Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Best Anniversary Ever.

(This is a repost. This post was doing weird things when I published it a few days ago, so here it is again. Read the next post for a general update and links to other posts.) 

Okay, so DK and I had theeeeeeeee most amazing anniversary ever. I'll skip over the whole "We've been together almost 13 years, married for eight...and it's wonderful...not perfect...but we love each other and we support each other...and DK's my best friend, etc." because you know this, right? I still have a huge crush on my husband and would marry him again tomorrow. So let's skip that part.

Let's talk about this anniversary date.  We went to Atlanta this year for an epic experience. We had lunch at one of our favorite spots: Pappadeaux (and B'ham is getting one in the fall -- woohoo)!  I filled up on the fried alligator appetizer (amazing) and salad, and ending up taking my gumbo to the hotel room (and forgot it when we checked out -- boooooo!).

The restaurant has some good-looking desserts, of course, but I wanted something else.

The one closest to where we live closed a few years ago, so I try to visit Cold Stone every time I'm in a city that has 'em.  

Then we headed to the hotel with a few hours to spare before our big anniversary "event." DK loves the hot tub and pool and always brings his swim trunks when we travel. There was no way way I was going to get frizzy, humidity-crazy hair before my evening with my BFF (my other BFF, not on). I just did what I typically do...sat back in a lounge chair and chatted with DK while he enjoyed the hot tub or pool. (For the record, I think public hot tubs are disgusting and I'm afraid I'll get a staph infection that will enter my body through a small cut or something and I'll die or lose limbs. I saw that on Orange is the New Black. It happens, people. And other stuff happens, too.)

I ended up getting frizzy hair anyway because of all the humidity in the pool area, but whatever. I was spending time with my man.  My BFF would understand when I saw her later that evening.

So the time came for us to walk to our destination. We passed the SkyView Ferris Wheel.  And yes, I've ridden this thing and have seen it countless times, but I still like getting a picture of it every time. It's huge and gorgeous and I like looking at there. 

We got inside the Georgia Dome pretty quickly, found some good food (duh), and found our seats (which were pretty good).

And if you didn't see my social media posts or still haven't a clue where we were, then the next pic says it all...

Yessssss. We went to see my BFF (in my head) and her husband. Best anniversary date everrrrrrr!

Anyone who knows me know I love Beyonce. Sasha Fierce. Yonce. Bey. Whatever. Love her.

And while she's clearly talented and gorgeous and easy to love, I've always been more impressed with her work ethic.  ESPECIALLY in the past few years and since she's become a mother. She's one of those women who works hard, loves her career, and makes no apologies for it. I dig it.

I cannot describe the level of epic-ness from the show. Neither DK nor I had ever been to a concert of this magnitude (I mean, Beyonce? -- major).

The lights, the sound, the show overall was pure excellence.

And the energy...

...oh, my goodness, the ENERGY!

I felt like I was partying with 70,000 of my closest friends. 
We were all singing and dancing the whole show!

It. Was. So. Amazing.

Of course I took some video, too, because I wanted to remember as much as I could about the experience. Not sure I'll ever seen another artist as big and talented as these, two. (In some of the videos, you'll notice that majority of the picture is the jumbotron -- obviously because it made for a clearer picture. But Bey and Jay can be seen on the left side of the screen onstage.)

These videos aren't censored, so you may not want to watch this at work or with the babies around.

I didn't expect to enjoy Jay's performances as much as I did, but they were SO GOOD. He performed hits new and old -- many of the songs he's made that I actually love.

Believe it or not, "Single Ladies" is not one of my favorite Bey songs. I knew the performance would be amazing, though, so I got the last few seconds of it.

Before the show began, they had a big sign in the middle of the stage that read "THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE." Yes, we know, Jay and Bey, y'all are regular people.  Super talented, but yes, regular at the end of the day.

But toward the end of the show, they showed a sign that read "THIS IS REAL LIFE," and then showed tons of pics and home videos of their family. Jay and Bey have never been very open about their home life, but they gave us a very sweet peek into it. BEST PART OF THE SHOW.

As we looked on at the two and their sweet Blue Ivy, they lovingly stood back and held one another. You could see the pride they had in showing us pictures of their little girl.  Just like regular parents. And all this crap in the news about them splitting...WHO CARES? I love Jay and Bey, but my goodness, I don't give two flips if they're having marital issues. That's not my business nor anyone else's but theirs. And if they are, in fact, having marital issues, guess what: they're human. And just like all of us, their relationship isn't perfect. And if they are "putting on a show" for the public eye, that TOO is their business. Folks need to get a life. A hobby, or something. Because I can promise you neither Jay nor Bey give two flips about what we think.

Anyhoo, back to the adorable ending to the concert: Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Carter, for showing us that you are human, and the things that make you happy are really the same things that make all of us happy: FAMILY and LOVE.

Best anniversary date ever.

We stayed in Atlanta that night, but had to get up early the next morning because I had to get back in town for a meeting. I took the picture above from the hotel room as the sun was just starting to peek out. So beautiful.

So yep, amazing anniversary! So glad to be married to a guy who respects my love for Beyonce -- ha! :-)

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