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Friday Fives: Current Favorite Running Songs

It’s been a while since I’ve talked music, which is kinda crazy because it’s one of my all time favorite things to talk about haha. Anyways, I do most of my running with music because I think it makes running more enjoyable. I know there’s like, a whole debate about whether or not you should run with music and that some people take a really hard stance on one side or the other, but obviously I’m not one of those people. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can I run without music? Absolutely! I even opt to do it sometimes!! But I do most of my running with music because I think it’s more fun. So here are 5 of my current favorite songs to run to!

1. If There Was Ever A Time – Armstrongsย 

Ok but for real, if Tim Armstrong (from Rancid) and Billie Joe Armstrong (from Green Day) could just do a whole album together, that’d be great! That’s probably not going to happen though. Sad face…haha but at least we have this song. I love it. And I think anything by Rancid or Green Day is great to run to, and this song is no exception. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. The Sky Is A Neighborhood – Foo Fightersย 

Holy cow! This song! This song is AMAZING!!!

Not gonna lie, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Foo Fighters. I mean, I’ve never disliked them or anything, but I’ve always just kinda been “meh” about them. I think this song has kinda changed my mind though. Every time I listen to it I tell myself I need to listen to the whole album all the way through and maybe one day I actually will! Anyway, I really like the place this song takes me whenever I run. It’s like a dreamy rhythm zone thing and it’s great!

3. Fabuless – Stone Sour

I’ve been listening to this song a lot ever since Luke and I saw Stone Sour in September. Actually, I’ve been listening to several Stone Sour songs since Luke and I saw them. But I think this one is my favorite! I especially like it for running because it’s nice and angryย  haha. Angry songs are pretty fun to run to, in my opinion. Especially for intervals or hill work.

4. Police On My Back – The Clash

This is one of my all time favorite running songs!! I think the rhythm is perfect for running and it’s a lot of fun to sing along to. Plus I mean, it’s The Clash! What’s not to like?!?!

5. Somewhere Now – Green Dayย 

This song instantly became one of my favorites the first time I listened to it last October. And holy cow can we just talk about how crazy it is that Revolution Radio came out a year ago?! Anyway, I listen to this whole album a whole lot during the time I spend running and I tend to repeat Somewhere now once or twice because I just love it so much haha.

So there you have it! 5 of my current favorite running songs! What are some of you’re favorite songs to run to? I’m always looking for new to me music, so I’d absolutely love to hear what you like to listen to!!!

Anyways, that’s all for this Friday Fives. I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

~Ashley

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Friday Fives: Birthday Wishlist

Yay! My birthday is next month!! I’m gonna be a whole 26 years old. Fun times! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha so I figured why not share 5 things from my birthday wishlist, because not gonna lie, I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to write about for this “Friday Fives” post hahaha.

So pay attention family and friends who might be reading this! I know I’m pretty terrible at giving you guys gift ideas (I’ve been told this several times by many different people hahaha). So here you go! 5ย specificย things that I want/could use. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Thick Socks

First off, Iย love getting socks as gifts! My feet are always super cold in the winter and I’m really good at wearing holes into socks, so I always need new ones. But I like the super, crazy, super thick and warm ones for the winter months! They keep my piggies nice and cozy and prevent them from freezing off on our hardwood floors.

Also, yes, I do prefer men’s socks. They’re usually thinker and last a lot longer (not sure why that is). And I know that spending $12 on a single pair of socks might seem a bit crazy (the socks that are pictured below are my favorite brand and run around $12 at Bass Pro Shop) but trust me, it’s worth it!!

2. A New Hoodieย 

Since my new one was ruined in a conflict between my dog and some other dog who’s asshole owner was letting it run loose. Also preferably a men’s hoodie. I don’t like women’s hoodies. They are always too short and ride up and it’s super annoying…

Anyway, this Green Day one is a good one! Albeit kind of expensive.

3. All Of The Cute Headbands/Bows/Hair Clipsย 

My hair is currently at a super awkward length. Headbands/bows/hair clips help. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hottopic has some pretty good ones.

4. Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King and his son Owen Kingย co-authored this book together. I MUST READ IT!!! And I mean, Stephen Kind is my all time favorite author anyway, so either way I was gonna have to read it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. Honey Stinger Wafflesย 

A strange thing for one to ask for for their birthday? Perhaps. But these are my go-to running fuel and I could always use them!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Alright, I am aware and fully acknowledge that that was a super lame “Friday Fives” but hey, they can’t all be winners haha. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I hope everyone has a great Friday and a fantastic weekend!

~Ashley

 

Weekly Recap: September 18th-24th, 2017

Monday:

  • Rest day

I was feeling kinda off on Monday. It was kinda weird, I was just feeling super tired and run down. Haha weird because I haven’t been doing much running, but whatever. My body was telling my to rest, so rest I did. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, my Zensah gear got here on Monday! Yay!! I’ve only worn the compression sleeves a few times but I already love them! And the bra is pretty comfortable too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tuesday:

  • 40 minutes on the stationary bike

Ugh I probably should have tried another short run on Tuesday, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Haha I wasn’t really feeling that either but I needed to do something and the bike just seemed more convenient. Plus I could watch Green Day stuff on YouTube while biking so ya know, that basically helped me make my decision. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: 

  • 1 mile run
  • 10 minute strength routine

Yay! I ran!! Granted it wasn’t a very long run haha. It was 80 degrees out and since I’m the worlds biggest wimp when it comes to the heat I just kinda quit. It’s all good though, because 1 mile is better than no miles. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Followed my short run with some strength stuff that also had a tiny bit of stretching in it. It was nice.

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Thursday: 

  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

Nothing too exciting on Thursday. Spent a short amount of time on my bike then cleaned the house. Fun fun fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday: 

  • Rest day

Yet another boring day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just needed another day off.

Saturday:

  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 15 minutes of yoga

Yeah, I probably should have run on Saturday. But I had stayed up pretty late the night before, woke up late, and by then it was super hot/humid and the sun was all the way up, and you know how big of a wimp I am when it comes to the heat haha. Oh well, at least I did something involving cardiovascular fitness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunday:

  • 40 minutes of yoga

Oh man this yoga practice was exactly what I needed today! I feel so so so great now! ๐Ÿ˜

Anyways, my knee is feeling a lot better and I’m feeling good in general, so I plan on dedicating next week to getting back into running!

Happy Sunday everyone!

~Ashley

 

Yay! Exciting Things!!!

Little girl ferret still has no name (check out this post if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but I’ve loved all of the suggestions so far! Keep them coming guys!! At some point Luke and I are gonna make a list and narrow it down from there.

Anyways, on Tuesday I found out that Stone Sour, which just so happens to be Luke’s favorite band, will be in Kansas City on the 26th. So obviously I told him about it. But he wasn’t sure about going because it’s on a Tuesday night and he has to be up pretty early the next day for work. But then on Thursday while he was at work he texted me, saying he had something important to talk about and that he’d been thinking about it for a while. Haha because you know, he has to be super dramatic about it instead of just coming right out and saying what he has to say. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I asked him what and he sent me a picture of he’s online receipt thingy for the tickets he bought.

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So that’s super duper exciting!! I mean, I like Stone Sour and all but they’re definitely not my favorite (we all know who my favorite is and we just saw them in August. You can read about that here and here. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I just love going to concerts! Plus I’m so freaking stoked for Luke! This will be the first time that he’s seen his favorite band live and I’m ridiculously happy for him!! Plus it looks like Steel Panther will be opening for them! If you don’t know who Steel Panther is, go look them up right now! They are fucking amazing!!! So yeah, it should be a pretty awesome show! Not as good as Green Day’s concert obviously, but I’m sure Luke will disagree with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yeah, I’m literally never going to get over how awesome my second experience of seeing Green Day live, in concert was, so here are some photos! For like, the 8th billion time! I CAN’T HELP IT THEY”RE MY FAVORITE!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

Anyways, I know a decent amount of Stone Sour songs, but I figured I should probably listen to their new album all the way through, since we are seeing them live and all. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I did that yesterday morning and then again today while I picked up around the house and then while I used my stationary bike. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyway, I probably definitely should have run this morning but I was up until around 1 am last night, ended up waking up late, and by then the sun was up and it was pretty hot/humid. Any you know me, I’m the biggest wimp in the world when it comes it the heat. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh well, at least I biked for a little bit. And next week I’m going to make a point to work on getting back into my running routine and hopefully start working on building back up enough fitness to be able to run the Longview half marathon in November! Well, that’s assuming that my knee is even healed enough for that, but it’s been feeling pretty great so I think it just may be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today! Happy second day of fall! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

~Ashley

Green Day At The Sprint Center 8/11/17 Part Two: The Actual Green Day Stuff

Alrighty, so yesterday I left off at the end of our pre show shenanigans. My brother, Luke, and I were all in our seats waiting for the opening band to come on. So not gonna lie, I’ve been complaining since we got the tickets about how Rancid (my second favorite band ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) toured with Green Day in Europe but now that both bands are in the US they’re both doing different tours. Currently Rancid is touring with the Drop Kick Murphies and they aren’t spending very much time in the Midwest…sad face. Oh well, maybe one day I’ll get to see Rancid live. Anyways, Catfish and the Bottlemen are currently touring with Green Day. At around 7:30 pm the lights went out and they came on.

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I don’t really know much about them, not gonna lie. Before Friday I had only ever heard one of their songs and that was because I had looked it up on YouTube haha. I don’t think they’re exactly my cup of tea, but they were really good!! Lot’s of energy and a great stage presence, it was pretty fun! Definitely a good way to get pumped up for Green Day haha. I gotta say, I do kinda feel for opening bands. I mean, most people are obviously there to see the headliner and don’t really care much about the opener. Luke and I were both among that group of people. They played for about half an hour but after every song Luke and I would look at each other and wonder aloud if that was their last song. I guess that’s kinda mean, but we were their to see Green Day, dammit!! Plus their lights kept shining directly into our eyes and that kinda sucked. I swear I’m not trying to bash them too hard though, they were still really good!!

Once they were done with their set the lights came back on and the stage crew came out to set up for Green Day. Once they were about done setting up, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen started playing over the loud speakers. Now if you know anything about Green Day’s live performances or have seen the YouTube videos, this is something they’ve been doing for a while now before they come out on stage. Everyone sings along and it’s amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Haha so I couldn’t find a video of the crowd in Kansas City (no suprises there), so here’s a video of the crowd at Hyde Park on July 1st. Kansas City wasn’t this epic. Obviously there were a lot less people there, but we all still sang and it was still pretty great!

 

So after Bohemian Rhapsody the Drunk Bunny (who’s also been a staple at Green Day shows for quite some time now), comes out to Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones to get everyone pumped up! As if we needed even more pumped up at that point. We were all very ready for some Green Day!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a better photo of the Drunk Bunny from a different show. ๐Ÿ™‚ Source.

Onceย Blitzkrieg Bop ended the Drunk Bunny made his way off stage and Green Day’s opening music started playing over the loud speakers and everyone who knew what that meant lost their damn minds! Then once the band started making their way onto the stage everyone else realized what was going on and they lost their minds too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was great!!

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Green Day didn’t waste much time getting into their opening song; Know Your Enemy. Haha I think Know Your Enemy might be my least favorite Green Day song ever, but I have to admit I was pretty stoked to be seeing it live (and for the second time too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Plus I already knew that was what they were going to open with because I’ve seen pretty much every set list from every show from this tour at this point. Pathetic? Maybe. But I do not care haha! Anyways, it typical Green Day fashion, Billie Joe didn’t waste any time pulling a fan up onto stage to sing and then stage dive. That’s one thing I absolutely love about this band, they’re all about crowed participation!! ๐Ÿ™‚ And This kid was freaking awesome! He knew the words to the song and really did stage dive! Here’s a video if you wanted to experience his awesomeness for yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

After Know Your Enemy they moved into Bang Bang followed by Revolution Radio. I was pretty excited to see both of those played! And it seemed like the rest of the crowd was too!! They band also looked like they were already having a great time. Billie Joe was running around stage like an absolute mad man and you would have sworn there was no way in hell that than man was 43 years old.

At this point things kinda start to blur together for me haha. I mean, obviously I know what happened and I could probably list off the set list from Friday night pretty accurately (I looked it up just to be safe though ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but there’s just some stuff that I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but it most certainty did, so I’m just gonna do my best at remembering when all of this happened haha. I guess I was just a little bit caught up in the moment and the absolute euphoria of seeing my all time favorite band (and for the second time too!! I feel like not everyone can say that they’ve seen their all time favorite band more than once).

Anyways, after playing the first two singles from RevRad they moved onto some stuff from American Idiot! Fucking sweet!! I mean, who doesn’t like AI (haha a lot of people don’t actually, but those people are wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Anyway, we got to see Holiday, Letterbomb, and Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, in that order. That was kinda weird actually, on the actual album Boulevard of Broken Dreams follows Holiday and that’s normally how they’d play it live, but I guess it was kinda neat to have it switched up a bit. Plus I was just super excited to see Letterbomb live. I’ve always wanted to and now I have. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once they finished withย Boulevard Of Broken Dreams Billie Joe (and maybe Jason White, they’re other guitarist, but like I said I don’t remember exactly) ran off stage to change guitars, while Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool played together for a bit and then started off Longview (a classic from their album Dookie). Billie Joe walked back on stage proudly showing of “Blue” his first guitar and asked the crowed “how many old school Green Day fans are out there tonight”, before playing the song. Many people screamed at the top of their lungs, myself included. ๐Ÿ™‚

They also pulled another fan up on stage to sing the last verse of Longview. He was a lot of fun! He was obviously having the time of his life haha!! And of course Billie Joe made him stage dive too.

So just a quick side note, one of the reasons I wanted to do the Longview halfย as my first half marathon and why I want to keep doing it is because I’m obviously reminded of the song. My life is in fact just one giant Green Day reference. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After Lonview the moved into Youngblood another song from Revolution Radio (and one of my favorites too!). If you’ve never hear the song, one of the lines is “she said fuck you I’m from Oakland”, so in the live shows they usually have the crowd sing the “fuck you I’m from Oakland part. But once we got to that point Billie Joe told us to say “fuck you I’m from Kansas City” (so of course we did) and at the end of the song he told us not to tell anyone from Oakland that he said that and that Raider’s nation can be a little crazy (hahaha I had to ask Luke about that, but apparently Oakland and KC are football rivals.).

After that he asked if there were anyย reallyย old school Green Day fans out there, and again, I screamed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And then they went on to play 2,000 Light Years Away (which I got to see back in 2009 too! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), Hitchin A Ride (on of my all time favorites), When I Come Around (which isย alwaysย a blast live!), Welcome To Paradise (which is always lots of fun), and Minority (another of my favorites!). Haha the only problem with Minority was that a bunch of people didn’t know that they were supposed to do the “fuck ’em all” part in the middle of the song, so that was a little weak and disappointing. Haha but of course I was ready for it and it was still fun to get to scream that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now I think at some point in the middle of all of that Billie Joe said he felt like shit because he ate McDonald’s for the first time in like, 5 years. He went on to explain that it was like a one night stand. At the moment you want it and it’s great, but you totally regret it the next day. I mean, that wasn’t word for word or anything, but that’s the gist. It was pretty funny.

Then they moved back to a few songs from American Idiot. This time it was Are We The Waiting and St. Jimmy. Ah man, that was fucking great.

After that they pulled yet another person up on stage. This time to play guitar for a Knowledge cover. They’ve been doing that a lot this tour and it’s pretty awesome! The kid they pulled up on stage totally killed it and we all chanted his name when the song was over. I’m sure that was a surreal experience for him! He also got to keep the guitar he played and then Billie Joe dedicated the next song, which was Basket Case, to him. Lucky bastard. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then after Basket Case they played She, and then King For A Day.

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So King For A Day has also been a staple in Green Day shows for a while now and it is a lot of fun! After King For A Day they usually spend some time covering some songs and this show was no different. Billie Joe sang a little bit of Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, (I can’t Get No) Satisfaction, and Hey Jude. That’s like, all they’ve been covering lately, so it was a tad bit disappointing that there wasn’t anything different thrown in there, but oh well, it was still a lot of fun and there was plenty of crowd participation. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the middle of all of that Billie Joe went on one of his speeches (this is the point of the show where he usually does). I don’t remember all of it word for word, but he talked a lot about love and equality. That it was ok to be a freak and a weirdo or whatever and that even if you feel alone in life you never really are. How he came from a fucked up family and how everyone came from a fucked up family, but that’s what makes us all different and awesome. And how everyone deserves to be treated with love, respect, and deserves health care. Haha he just casually slipped that in and if you weren’t really listening you probably would have missed it, but it was fucking awesome.

I’m kinda surprised he didn’t say anything about the Westboro Baptist Church being there, but I guess he kinda didn’t have to. I mean, they were out there trying spreading their hate and bigotry, while he was preaching love and acceptance. Basically what I’m trying to say is I think it’s kind of ironic the the WBC thinks Green Day is a problem when really it’s probably them. And that’s why I was kind of excited when I found out that they’d be there before the show (and why my brother and I look so happy in the picture Luke took of us in front of them. That’s in this post if you want to see it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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Once they finished that spectacle they finished their set with Still Breathing and Forever Now. Oh man, that was amazing!! At this point I was absolutely exausted and I had no idea how they were still up there running around on stage, singing, playing instruments, and obviously having just as good of a time as we all were. That was pretty much the moment that I realized that everyone in Green Day is probably in much better shape than I am haha.

 

Ok, so I say they finished their set with Forever Now, but that’s not really true haha. They said it was their last song, but everyone knows that they always play an encore. Well, that’s actually not true. After Forever Now a bunch of people got up to leave haha. But I knew they were gonna play on encore. Actually, they always play two. A regular encore and then Billie Joe plays an acoustic encore. So After a few minutes Green Day came back out on stage and played American Idiot followed by Jesus Of Suburbia.

Oh. My. Gosh. I was soooo ridiculously happy about that!! Like I’d mentioned in a post about what songs I wanted to see them play, Green Day has the crowed sing the first few lines of American Idiot and that’s such an awesome experience! And then I’ve been saying I hoped they played Jesus Of Suburbia since we got the tickets!! It’s one of my all time favorite songs and they totally killed it!! It’s a 9 minute song, it was at the end of their set, but the still put everything they had into it and I was super impressed. Like I said, at that point I was exhausted, but I was on my feet and singing my heart out to that song.

After Jesus Of Suburbia the rest of the band left the stage, Billie Joe came out with his acoustic guitar and played 21 Guns. Again, he had the crowd sing a few line, a bunch of people had their phone flashlights on, (and a few people ever had lighters!), and Billie Joe said it was beautiful. It really was too. It was a magical experience. ๐Ÿ™‚ After 21 Guns he played Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) which is the song they end ALL of their shows with. Haha I think Good Riddance is always a bitter sweet experience. Because everyone likes seeing it live, it really means something at the end of the show, but at the same time, it means the show is over and you have to go back to your normal life haha.

So during this tour Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool have been coming out on stage at the end of Good Riddance and Billie Joe’s been making Mike Dirnt play the last few cords of the song. After the song was over the took some bows, threw their extra guitar picks and drumsticks to people in the pit, exited the stage, and that was that. Then we had to go back to our normal lives. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Except first we had to make our way out of the stadium, into the car, out of the parking garage, navigate through terrible traffic,and then go back to life as usual haha. That was all crazy, but we made it. ๐Ÿ™‚ My brother said he had a lot of fun and Green Day was definitely a great show for his first concert. And Luke and I both thought this show was better than the one we saw in St. Louis back in 2009. It was soooo much fun! And the band must of had a bunch of fun too, because right after the show Billie Joe got on Facebook live and said that it was a great show and that this has been a great tour so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Alright. That’s it. I’ve officially relived it all and this’ll probably be my last Green Day post for a while (probably haha). Not gonna lie, just writing this wore me out all over again. But I’d totally do it all again in a hear beat. I hope eventually we’ll be able to see Green Day again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways, I hope everyone has a great day!!

~Ashley

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Green Day At The Sprint Center 8/11/17 Part One: Pre Show Shenanigans

Ah man, post concert blues are hitting me kinda hard today (in my experience most people call it ” post concert depression”, but I feel like that might be a bit insensitive to people who actually suffer from depression. I do not. I just have crippling anxiety, but it’s whatevs, I’m getting a little off point here. ๐Ÿ˜‰). So what better way to remedy that, than by reliving the night?! Haha I feel like that might be a bit counter productive, but I’m gonna do it anyway!

So, let’s talk a little bit about last Friday, shall we? Obviously we’re going to get to the Green Day stuff, but there are a few thing I want to mention because we get there.

Alrighty! Lets start off with the reason why I didn’t do a long run last week; I’m a huge fucking klutz! But I think you might be aware of that by this point. I’m really really good at getting myself hurt and that’s exactly what I did on Friday. And it turns out I actually hurt myself twice and didn’t realize it until Sunday, but we’ll get there. First first lets talk about how I basically flayed part of my left pointer finger…

Friday is trash day in my neighborhood, so Friday morning I went to put my trash can and recycle bins out on the street, no big deal, right? Well apparently not haha! So, we have this pretty big pane of glass in our garage. The people who lived in this house before us left it and we’re not entirely sure what to do with it, so it’s just been propped up against the wall, behind the recycling bins. I guess it somehow got knocked over and was resting on one of the recycle bins and I didn’t notice (surprise surprise) and when I moved the bin the glass fell and my first instinct was to catch it. Of course once it did broke into 3 or 4 smaller pieces and one of those pieces sliced my finger. It wasn’t bad enough to need medical attention (I think ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding for a while and it seemed to get worse whenever I let my arm hang down for too long. So yeah, I figured running with a bleeding finger was probably a bad idea…And I guess I hurt my calf during the concert because I was an idiot and wore a pair of shoes tennis shoes that always make my feet hurt and obviously I was on them for a while. Bad idea on my part.

Anyways, so after I finally got the trash and recycle bins on the street, I took my parents dog Niko for a walk. He was at my house because my brother drove from Illinois (where he’s currently staying with my grandma) to Kansas on Thursday for the concert, and I guess he’s currently taking care of Niko for my parents. So yeah, I walked him, then Lily, then I showered, and then my brother and I began our long wait for Luke to get home from work.

We passed time by watching Family Guy for a while, then I straightened my hair, put on a bunch of eyeliner, got dressed, and then had to wait for two more hours haha. So I spend that two hours watching for any Green Day updates on twitter, and kinda sorta stalking the band on Instagram. Haha they tend to do a lot of posting before shows, so I wanted to see it if they did. ๐Ÿ˜‰ During my internet time wasting I found a post on twitter that said that the Westboro Baptist Church was going to be across the street from the Sprint Center to protest Green Day! Haha I think I may have gotten a little too excited about that, but I was kind of interested in seeing these people in real life. I mean, I’ve seen plenty of new stories about them, but that’s just not the same.

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It would appear they actually did their research! I’m actually pretty impressed! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyways, Luke finally got home around 4 pm, showered, ate a snack, and then we all watched one last episode of Family Guy haha. Then around 5 pm we all  loaded into the car, were I checked the tickets about 8 million times to make sure I actually had them in the envelope haha.

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I was so ready to go!! Haha I was trying to give a thumbs up, but that wasn’t working too well with my bandaged, bleeding finger.

On the way there we got caught in a bunch of traffic. Haha I was getting worried that we were going to end up sitting on the highway at a complete standstill, end up running late, and missing the Westboro Baptist Church. I told you I was excited about seeing them!! And my brother and Luke were too! It’s not often you get to see that much hate and bigotry in person. Well I mean, it’s not often that I do, but anyway…Luckily the traffic kept moving (slowly at times, but it was better than just sitting there) and we ended up in making it into Kansas City around 6:10 pm. We drove past a few parking garages looking for something cheaper than a $20 parking fee, but it would appear that all the parking garages charge the same amount depending on the event, so we ended up having to pay the $20. That kinda sucked, but oh well. The parking garage we ended up at was right across the street from the Sprint Center, so that ended up being very convenient! While walking out of the parking garage some guy tried to sell us some pretty shitty quality Green Day t-shirts. Haha he said they were the exact same as they were going to be at the merch stands but for half the price. But they looked like shit and they weren’t even the right color! They we had a lot of pink on them, but that was very wrong. They were supposed to look like this, but with the tour dates/cities on the back;

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Ah man, that was pretty amusing. Anyways, we made our way out of the parking garage, crossed the street, and that’s where we saw them; the Westboro Baptist Chruch!! Haha oh man, they has some pretty hateful signs, were playing poorly parodied songs, and were singing and dancing and laughing at us laughing at them. Oh man, so many people were taking pictures and videos and openly mocking them. I mean, that probably wasn’t the best response to these people, but I mean, it’s hard not to laugh and make fun of people openly spreading hate like that. And it’s not like they were open for any kind of civil conversation. I’m pretty sure a few people tried, but they just got shut down.

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It really is weird how excited my brother and I were to witness this kinda thing in real life. But I mean, it was pretty interesting.

So we watched them for a little bit, took our own photos (obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), witnessed the radio station who had a stand set up there raise the volume on their own music to drowned out the Westboro Baptist Church people (that was pretty great ๐Ÿ˜‚). Then we lined up to get into the venue and walk through the metal detector. Haha I had to warn both my brother and Luke not to bring any pocket knifes as they are specifically banned from the Sprint Center. I mean, I also tend to carry a pocket knife, but they sent me an email stating that, so I figured I should warn them as well.

Once we got into the lobby I handed Luke and Noah their tickets, told them to hang on them for dear life, and then we debated whether or not we wanted to stand in the long ass line to get t-shirts. While we were debating it, we kinda drifted into the line and we just ended up waiting haha. But the people working there were totally on to of things and were working very quickly so we actually didn’t spend too much time waiting in line. They had some pretty nifty stuff, but it was also pretty expensive! Haha if we had an unlimited amount of money I would have ended up with a super awesome Green Day blanket ($60), a drunk bunny plush ($35), a Green Day hoodie ($60), several different t-shirts (all of which ranged from $30-40), and Revolution Radio on vinyl. Obviously we didn’t have an unlimited ammoount of money, but Luke was kind enough to get my brother and I t-shirts. Noah got one like the one I posted above (the RevRad album cover) but with the tour dates/city on the back, and I got a pretty freaking awesome baseball T, with the American flag made out of barbed wire on it. It’s pretty freaking awesome!! Luke didn’t get one because while he likes Green Day, they aren’t his typical kind of music and he doesn’t really like wearing band T’s anyway (but I bet if he found a shirt with Corey Taylor’s face on it he’d totally wear it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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After we got our T-shirts we got scanned into the actual venue, found a food stand, got some crazy over priced pretzels and a bottle of water. Except they took the bottle of water and poured it into a plastic cup. That was really weird…I’ve been to plenty of concerts and usually they open the bottle for you and keep the cap. Whatever. Once we had our snacks (which I ended up sharing with my brother because he didn’t get anything and it was a pretty big pretzel haha), we found our seats and settled in for the next 45 is minutes before the opening band to come on.

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View from our seats. They weren’t very good, but hey, at least we were there!! ๐Ÿ™‚

We spent most of that time talking, listening to the kick ass music they were playing on the speakers, and people watching. I also spent some time checking the band’s social media accounts because I’m crazy fangirl. Mike Dirnt Ended up posting something on his Instagram story, so that was pretty neat. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So yeah, this is ending up to be a lot longer than I had originally thought, so I’m gonna wrap this up right here for now. Tomorrow I’ll talk about the actual Green Day stuff that went down on Friday, so there’s that to look forward to!

Have a great week everyone!! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Ashley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Recap: August 7th-13th, 2017

Monday:

  • Easy 2 miles
  • 15 minutes on the stationary bike

My asthma was acting up on Monday, so instead of doing a 30 minute run followed by 30 minutes of cross training like my training plan called for, I did 2 easy miles followed by 15 minutes on the stationary bike. At least I got something done!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Tuesday:

  • Intervals
  • 1 hour of working in the garden

My lungs were feeling much better on Tuesday! So I actually got the workout that was scheduled done!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Warmed up with an easy mile, ran hard for 5 minutes while pushing a little harder up the hills, recovered for 1:30 minutes, repeated 3 more times, cooled down with a few minutes of walking. This workout felt pretty good and accoridng to the data my spiffy Garmin Fenix 5 gives me, I improved my fitness with the workout!

After my run I spent around an hour working in the garden. Mostly cutting down weeds and harvesting tomatoes.

 

 

 

Wednesday:

  • Easy 2 miles

My training plan actually called for a 45 minute easy run for Wednesday, but I did something a little different. So I think I’ve mentioned before that this summer I’ve been making a point to get out and run a little later in the morning, so that the sun is up and it’s a bit warmer out. So that’s exactly what I did! I figure running in the heat will make me stronger physically and mentally. And I think it’s working, earlier in the summer I could only make it a mile before I would “have” to call it quits (I’m a huge wimp when it comes to the heat haha), but I made it 2 miles on Wednesday, so, progress!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thursday:

  • 30 minutes of yoga

Thursday was my rest day so I didn’t do anything exciting. Just 30 minutes of easy, great feeling yoga! ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday:

  • Green Day concert!!

First and foremost, this totally counts as exercise!! Haha I was on my feet dancing and singing for 2 and a half hours and I was absolutely exausted by the time it was over. It was sooooo much fun though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, the original plan was to do my long run on Friday, but obviously that didn’t happen. Friday is trash day in my neighborhood, so first thing in the morning I went to put the trashcan and recycle bins out on the street, no big deal. Well, it shouldn’t have been. But when I went to move on of the recycle bins this big pane of glass that we had propped up against the wall behind the recycle bin (the people we bought the house from left it here and we aren’t entirely sure what to do with it) started falling and my first instinct was to catch it. Of course once I did it broke into 3 or 4 smaller pieces and I ended up cutting my pointer finger on my left hand pretty badly. Like, not badly enough to need medical attention (at least I didn’t think so), but bad enough that I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding for a while and it seemed like whenever I let my hand hand down by my side it would start bleeding all over again. So running 9 miles was kinda out of the question unless I wanted to bleed even more from my finger and probably interfere with the healing process….I swear my klutzy-ness had prevented me from running a lot hahaha.

I think I did get pretty lucky though. If I didn’t catch that pane of glass it probably would have fallen/broken on my feet and I can only imagine that would have been worse.

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Saturday:ย 

  • Rest Day

So I was absolutely exhausted after seeing Green Day on Friday. Haha I felt hungover, even though I didn’t drink any alchohol. I guess I must have been a little dehydrated or something…So I spent the day resting and re hydrating. I thought about doing a few easy miles in the evening, but oh man, I was just too tired haha…

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Sunday:

  • 3 easy miles

So I guess I fucked my shin up at the Green Day concert?? Probably because I was an idiot and wore shoes that I know always end up hurting my feet, and obviously I was on them for quite a while…Anyway, I hobbled my way through 3 miles before I quit being stubborn and stopped. Haha I never realized how often I actually end up hurting myself until I started documenting and sharing my stuff on the internet…Ah well. I’m gonna go stretch and hope I can workout whatever this is. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Happy Sunday!

~Ashley