Tuesday, March 23, 2010


This past weekend Shawn and I headed to St. Louis. Lauren stayed with her Meme and Papa Barry and had the.best.time. I don't think she missed us for a second. How could she when her every need (and want) was attended to within milliseconds? I know I've said it before, but that girl is loved! I didn't manage to get any pictures of her with the grandparents before we left but that was probably because I was trying to get out of there before I started with the crying and wailing and lamenting about how my baby is old enough to stay with her grandparents for two whole nights and not miss her mommy one single bit. 

We drove to St. Louis that night and stayed with Shawn's friend from college, Chris and his fiance, Abby. Sweet, sweet girl. Especially to put up with Chris! They live really close to downtown St. Louis in the neatest little apartment. It was built in the 30's and had so much character! It reminded me a lot of our old house with the wood floors and doors that don't shut properly. 

We stayed up late that night watching college basketball, talking, remembering old times (I'd never met Abby but Chris, Shawn, and I have been to many a JM concert together), and playing a game I can't remember the name of right now. 

The next day, Chris and Abby had a b-day party to attend for a couple of hours so Shawn and I headed to the mall. I didn't walk out with a single thing but I can tell you I saw a GREAT many things I wanted at Anthropologie. We're getting ready to re-do our kitchen and I pretty much drooled over their plates and linens and measuring cups and aprons the entire time I was there. 

That evening we went to eat at a St. Louis brewing company called Schlafly. Shawn had bison nachos and I had some kind of goat cheese salad and a turkey sandwich with jalapeno peach preserves. Strange but kind of good. 

After that we headed to THE.CONCERT.I.HAVE.BEEN.WAITING.FOR.SINCE.THE.LAST.CONCERT! I was so excited I could barely stand it!!! Here we are just waiting for the show to begin!

 Michael Franti and Spearhead opened for John and I was sitting there thinking, "Why does this guy's voice sound so familiar when I don't know a single one of these songs..." It was literally driving me crazy until at the very end they sang, "Say Hey". Remember that song? Big hit last summer? Really catchy and kind of reggae? I wish he would have sang that one first. Oh well!

Obviously this isn't the greatest picture but people JOHN came out and I freaked out!!! We were pretty far up in the nosebleeds...but I guess since I've seen him now 5 times Shawn didn't think I needed to be too close!

The concert was so good! One of his best ones in my opinion. Of course with all the drama surrounding him  lately he made a few comments like this one: "Here's a song I have not accepted my own advice on yet. You'll understand why when you hear it," when he introduced "Daughters." At the end of the show he also thanked the crowd for sticking by him and promised that as long as we still listened to his music he would keep writing and playing. 


Yeah, he wore some kind of black tank top. It was a little blousy for my taste, but whatev!

He sang one of my very favorite songs of his, "Why Georgia." I think it must be one of his favorites too because I am pretty sure that every concert I've been to he's played it. It's off of his first cd. 

We had such a great time. I loved the concert, spending time with good friends, and feeling "young" for a little while. I wonder when I'll see him again?!?!