Happy Monday! Only one more Monday before Christmas (and actually, it's our last Monday because our vacation starts this Saturday, woohoo!). I am so totally excited about vacation. Kristen just pointed out that we haven't taken a vacation this long EVER. Even when we went to Florida to run the Disney Half and then cruised to the Bahamas last year, the entire trip was 10 days. So with the exception of intermittent unemployment, this is the only time we've ever both taken a full two weeks off (and let's face it, unemployment is NOT "vacation").
And Kristen definitely needs the vacation. Her job has been crazy busy lately. She works late every day and then spends any and all free time on the weekend doing more work. It's not usually like this, but this is the busiest time of year for her agency plus she was handed a lot more responsibility recently, so she's trying extra hard to impress her big boss and biggest boss (pssh, piece of cake since she's so awesome). We're also crossing our fingers that she'll get a promotion. It's a lot of politics and she'd be the youngest senior director by FAR, but she's more than qualified and has already proven she'd be a good fit, so.... here's hoping!
Anyway, it is for that reason that I went to the gym by myself this weekend. She just had too much work to do. But I really want to build in a consistent exercise routine, so I ventured into the nasty weather alone.
|all bundled up to hit the gym|
I did a really tough back and bicep workout ending with a super challenging core workout with the BOSU ball. Ugh, so hard. But worth it. My abs are still screaming at me. Last night I was so sore, I said to Kristen, "life is so hard to live when you can't use your core." She cracked up because I was so pathetic, but it's true! I was laying down reading while she worked on her report and every time I had to get up it was this whole production because I had to utilize my other muscles and counterweight and momentum just to sit up! Tough life.
After that workout, I drank a protein shake and showered while Kristen finished up her work. Then we headed to Grand Central to catch our train to the Tegan & Sara concert!!! We entered through the MetLife building and they had the prettiest Christmas decorations!
I'm totally obsessed with any and all holiday decorations. Especially in the City because it makes everything seem even more magical!
We usually go to Grand Central via MTA train, but we had to run an errand in the City first, so we just walked over. As soon as we entered the station, I realized that I have never actually been inside the main room in person. I've seen plenty of photos, movies, TV shows that feature it and I've been to the station before, but I usually just go from MTA train to another train underground.
It really is spectacular in there! It was even more dazzling with the holiday decor. The "100" is for their 100 Years Grand exhibit. I can see why the station is a tourist destination itself!
There was also apparently something else going on. Santa Con. Ugh.
It seems harmless enough - it's just a bunch of people dressed up like Santa, Mrs. Clause, and Elves, right? NO! It's essentially a huge Frat party. I have never dodged so much vomit in my life. Gross, people. Gross. If I ever needed convincing to never ever do New Year's Eve in Times Square, this encounter with endless drunk co-eds puking all over everything was it.
It was utterly freezing in the station and our MetroNorth train was late, so we grabbed coffee nearby to warm us up.
Our train did finally arrive, however. Then we all had to switch to the train across the platform. Trust me when I say that a train full of drunk 20-somethings is not what you want in this situation. Sloppy.
But whatevs, we found a seat amidst families and nice old people, so our actual ride was fairly pleasant.
As soon as we arrived in Port Chester, we looked for a place to have dinner. Mostly because we were hungry, but also because the weather was 100% ridiculous and we needed to get out of the freezing ass cold. I spotted a Buffalo Wild Wings and that was that. We shared delicious honey BBQ boneless wings and french fries. Not our healthiest meal, but we shared.
|Yummy BBQ wings|
They had a bunch of sports on the TV's, but I was mesmerized by the luge (so excited for the Olympics! I love the Olympics so much!) and beach volleyball (I have a huge crush on Kerri Walsh-Jennings, who was playing against the Chinese team).
We hung out at BWW for a while and then headed to the venue, which was literally one block away.
|Yay for Tegan & Sara!!!|
Kristen and I are boring, so we bought tickets for the balcony. There were a TON of super young and enthusiastic people there and they STORMED the stage when the doors opened. But we're just too old for that shit anymore. It's tempting to be that close to the musicians, but then we remembered what it feels like to be standing in a pit of drunk people holding up their iPhones for 5 hours and realized we'd made the right choice. I like the containment of an assigned chair.
To reinforce our boring-ness, we brought our NOOKs with us to read before the show started. Yup, we really did. And it's a good thing because (of course) the show started super late and I was happily reading The Hobbit instead of sitting there, bored as heck.
There were all these trippy projections that went up on the walls and ceiling before the show started. This one is squirrels, eating an acorn:
This one made us feel like we were on an actual acid trip, or being sucked into a black hole:
This one was less trippy and more "Vera Bradley handbag":
And the biggest hit of the evening was this giant rainbow projection. The gays loved it (it is our thing, afterall). And since both the opener and the headliners are all lesbians, it was fitting :)
I also kept telling Kristen that the ceiling projection looked like the Eye of Sauron. It does, right?!
Once we were all thoroughly engrossed in the projections, the lights dimmed and the show started. The opener was Mary Lambert (aka the chick who sings the hook in Macklemore's "Same Love"). She actually used the hook to write a whole song, which has the cutest lesbian love story music video ever:
She was fantastic. So talented. So raw. So funny. So vulnerable. She sang, she read poetry, she did a combination of both. She told funny stories about thinking "Teenage Dirtbag" was a lesbian love song (she did an amazing cover), singing with Jennifer Hudson, and almost being kicked out of the VMAs after performing. Her work is very powerful. At moments I felt so uncomfortable and vulnerable myself. She really is something special! Her EP drops tomorrow and we're DEFINITELY going to buy that up!
|Just Mary and her keyboard|
My favorite was this piece she did called "Body Love." It sent chills up and down my entire body. It was the realest thing ever. Still can't shake all the feelings it brought up. Every woman and girl (or person, for that reason) should hear this...
Then it was time for the great Tegan and Sara to take the stage. Phew, the baby lesbians up front totally lost. their. shit. It was adorable.
T&S are amazing. I have loved them for the better part of a decade. Their best album ever is "So Jealous" (which was released in September of 2004 and was my official college anthem album). I haven't loved their other stuff as much until this new album, "Heartthrob" dropped. It honestly took me a while to warm up to it, just because the sound is so different, but once it grew on me, I was in love.
You might not know them by name, but you've probably heard their latest single, "Closer":
You might not know them by name, but you've probably heard their latest single, "Closer":
This is a photo I took with an accurate representation of our seats:
But here are some photos from the same concert that do much more justice:
Kristen has actually liked T&S longer than I have (thanks to her lesbian BFF from junior high), but hasn't been into them much recently. She LOVED the concert though and she was definitely listening to all their albums while working last night :)
We both decided that Sara is our favorite of the two, both because she's weirder and more talented. Tegan is great, too, but Sara has a more controlled and pretty voice and her stage presence feels more emotional and invested. Tegan seems a bit more distracted and anxious. It could have (obviously) just been this particular concert, but I've always sorta favored Sara anyway. They actually added two older songs in the middle of the set because ...why not. Their crew freaked out a bit, but it was awesome to have the extra performances (for fans: they added "Walking with a Ghost" and "You Would't Like Me").
We were pretty hungry afterwards, so in good fitness blogger fashion, I pulled out Clif bars for us to nibble on while we waiting for our train back to the City. Always prepared!
It was an amazing concert and totally worth the trek through drunk co-eds and nasty snow. I'll leave you with a video of my fav T&S song (which they did not perform at the concert, but that's okay).
Do you like Mary Lambert or Tegan and Sara? Have you ever heard of them? What was your favorite concert that you ever went to? What's your dream concert?