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16 October 2016 @ 10:14 am

if I could stay
here with you
watch the stars
shine in our view
whisper dreams
into the night
drift to sleep
holding you tight
I’d count my blessings
one and true
grateful to savor
this time with you

Sullivan Stapleton on Blindspot
Sully on Blindspot

The last hours of fall break are upon us. Alas! I enjoyed the quieter moments at work and having time to go through old files and shred things from like 2009. (No, don’t ask me why I still had stuff from 2009.) I liked wearing jeans every day (but not the same jeans consecutively). I liked the lack of phone calls and emails and visits to my desk… The good thing is that my new boss starts on Monday! I’m so glad that we have someone permanent in that office…

Blindspot – There are very few shows I will watch at its airing time. I have become accustomed to not watching commercials during scripted television (sports is a different story). But I endure the commercials for Blindspot. Why? I want to say that it’s more than Sullivan Stapleton but that would be a lie, wouldn’t it? I absolutely watch this show and endure the commercials for Sully. If he wasn’t on the show, I might still watch it but I wouldn’t sit through commercials for it. The show is really good and I most definitely recommend it. There’s action, mystery, and intricate relationships. This week’s ep was a great mix of action and story, showcasing different sides of Sully’s Kurt Weller character. He was all together infuriating, protective, loving, in charge, out of control– and that was just one episode! Sully makes Weller a compelling and complex character and he is the reason I keep watching the show…

The Siege of Jadotville – The hubby commented that the only time I want to watch such movies is when one of my fellas is in one. But hey, at least I’m watching such movies… Jamie Dornan stars in this one and if your only exposure to him is 50 Shades of Grey, I IMPLORE you to watch his other work (especially The Fall).

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

It’s a good film, well shot and beautiful in its dusty starkness. I really enjoyed the performances by all the actors, especially Jamie Dornan and Jason O’Mara (both speaking their Irish accents). I would definitely recommend watching it. It’s on Netflix, so get to it!

I just had a dream last night that I was 1) hanging out with William Gregory Lee then 2) in a huge mall place with my cousin and I lost my purse somewhere, along with my phone. OH NO! Yeah, I don’t get it either but I had to comment on it because it’s totally still sticking to me…

Pre-National Novel Writing Month – I’m at the part where I’m not even sure I want to do the story I’m prepping. How insane is that?! I think my fear is that I’m not sure if what I want to write will carry me to the 50K words. Is it enough? I don’t know! How do I address the ex? Do I start the story with the ex and the short romance or weave that part of the story through the main narrative? I like when stories just start but maybe this one needs a prologue to set up the action. And even though I’m attempting a “sweet” story, do the characters actually engage in intimate relations? So many questions! And I’m supposed to have the answers. At least I think I might have the occupations of the main characters set. Maybe. I actually love all this confusion because I know that when November starts, I’m just going to write it without thinking too much about it…

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10 October 2016 @ 10:55 am

the whisper of the chill
fleeting for the moment
the longing for the cold
seemingly so out of reach
the silent plea for rest
willing to touch the darkness
can’t we fall just a little bit
linger somewhere in between
just enough to want again
the solace of warm light

Tyler"s guitar
Tyler’s guitar

Out here in my part of California, students attend school on a modified traditional schedule. This means that they have shorter summers but get two weeks off after every quarter– the usual winter break (December) along with fall break (October) and spring break (March). We are in the middle of fall break and as a twelve month employee, it’s easier to take time off during the breaks than not, so this time around I’m taking a long weekend in the middle. I started my weekend on Thursday and have been enjoying mostly lazy days. Love it!

I had of course planned my days off around Tyler’s G Bar schedule. We were going to go on Thursday but instead headed out on Friday. Tyler had been sick earlier in the week and was still not feeling well though I thought he sounded fine even if he didn’t think so.

with Tyler the other night
with Tyler Friday night/Saturday morning

As always, it was great to see him and talk with him. He shared some little cupcakes with us (soo good!). I showed him my guitar pick necklace and mentioned that I needed another one for the other side of it and he said he knew someone who could take care of that. Then he reached into his pocket and gave me another pick. Gosh, I adore him. He’s so sweet…

I was so glad my friends showed up towards the end of the night. It seemed liked ages since I’d seen them! We didn’t get to talk much but the few minutes we had were lovely.

Sullivan Stapleton in Blindspot
Sullivan Stapleton on Blindspot

Pre-National Novel Writing Month – So I’ve utilized the twitter poll function a couple of times in regards to my upcoming NaNoWriMo story (Rebound). So far it’s come down to a “sweet” romance (or one in which the steamy bits are better left to the imagination) with the main fella played by Sullivan Stapleton and the ex’s name being Carter. I’m still trying to figure out how much the ex plays in the story. I think in the main fella’s mind, the ex is a huge part of the main lady’s life. I think the big challenge for me will be to make the story less steamy. I will have to rely on other means to express the attraction, I suppose. It’ll be fun to figure out.

The Arrangement – Finished! But it needs so much editing. I think I’ll let it sit for a while then come back to it and re-read it all the way through and see what needs to be added or deleted or revised. The story is over 60K words and I really loved the characters. Some of the motivation might seem weak though so I need to tighten up on that for sure. I had a great time writing it.


Squadiversary gift exchange
Jacob Davis Squad Anniversary Gift Exchange

I belong to an amazing group of fans brought together by our love for Jacob Davis. For our first anniversary as the JDSquad, a gift exchange was arranged. I received mine this week and how much do I love all of it? I LOVE IT ALL! Coasters and pictures of my main three (Sam Hunt, Tyler Rich, Jacob Davis), Texas stuff (so cute!), a headband that I’m so going to wear– all in an awesome box made just for me! I am so grateful to be part of such an awesome group for such a wonderful artist. I love how we’ve gotten to know each other in the group and a lot of them have met each other and Jacob. It’s such a wonderful and beautiful thing that we have. The power of music indeed…

Off the top – I wonder sometimes the audacity of people who make assumptions from their own suggestions. Just because you suggest it doesn’t mean it’s true. How many times does someone needs to say, no, it’s not going to happen before you believe it?… I feel like this election season is a test and we’re failing. Our lives, our country, our very humanity is worth more than the drivel and trash thrown out there. Politics is a dirty business to be sure but if you really care about this country, GO VOTE. Whatever your voice, USE IT. And that’s all I’m going to say about that… I miss my Holli dog so much. I get these throwbacks from various places I upload my photos and there’s usually a shot of Holli or Saffy in them. I miss Holli the most because she was the one who left us last and there isn’t another dog here to fill the void. I miss Holli and the way she greeted us at the door, the way she napped on my lap or sometimes beside me with her nose in my hair. I miss her big brown eyes and the way her paws slapped the floor when she walked. I miss just sitting with her…

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02 October 2016 @ 09:22 pm

the something sweet of your lips
temptation or promise
either way points to bliss
the something warm of your embrace
forever or just for now
either way makes my heart race
the something soft in your whisper
the simple truth or honey lies
either way makes the world a blur
am I lost or merely losing
surrendering without a fight
am I found or floundering
using us as an anchor
because of the something in you

oh those snap filters

WORK – I’ve been covering the front desk at work because the regular receptionist is off. I find it interesting because when I was the front desk receptionist, I’m not sure that anyone got pulled from their desk to cover mine. Hmmm… Got pulled into a meeting that left me a bit discontented and I’ve been thinking way too much about it this weekend. UGH… So glad it’s now fall break even though I am working a lot of it. BUT I get to take time off so that’s awesome. 🙂 Also, my new boss starts when school is back in session!

BAD SERVICE – We went to Wing Stop the other night after not having it for probably close to a year. It took about an HOUR to get our food. WTF I think I lost count of the phoned in or online ordered people who walked in and walked out before we got our food. I know I don’t know when people ordered but I heard one of the workers tell a customer that the customer ordered 15 minutes ago and there would still be a wait. Yet that customer walked out with her food before we did. We were probably there at least thirty minutes after she left. So frustrating!

WRITING – Almost finished with “The Arrangement.” I need to just end it and start the whole editing process. 🙂

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Release Day: October 31st

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Edwin Allen Mercer

I want them all to read my words. And they do. Every last blood-stained sentence, they’ve read and praised me for. They love the gore and violence, the realness. And I get a sense of power with it all because I know a secret: the victims in my books—they’re real and have all died on my table. And maybe that’s why the last book had such awful reviews. Murder is, after all, a dirty little thing. Some can stomach it. Others can’t. My answer to those reviews: find a woman to co-author with. To be the next pathetic character in my book. Pity she’s so pretty.

Miranda Cross

All I’ve ever wanted was to be successful as a writer so when I was offered the opportunity to co-author a book with my idol, EA Mercer, I jumped at the chance. He’s beautiful and a literary genius, but something about him makes my stomach knot. And maybe it’s my overactive imagination making my hairs stand on end when he walks up behind me.

After all, these wicked little words we’re typing are only fiction. They’re only fiction…


About the Authors:


Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

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BT Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour to Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts motivational speeches, works as a cover and fitness model and he’s a personal performance trainer. He co-wrote the military romance novel A Lover’s Lament and will be releasing his debut solo novel, Into the Nothing, on June 21st, 2016.

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30 September 2016 @ 01:26 pm

My site was down so I’m trying this stealth thing again to make sure it’s working…


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25 September 2016 @ 09:30 pm

wearing that guitar pick

“The Arrangement” – I’m near the end of the story and for some reason I’m slowing down on it. Is it because I don’t want it to end? Maybe so. Not sure if I kept the tension in the story long enough. I suppose I’ll have to re-read it and see how it goes.

Pre-National Novel Writing Month – I think I might already know what my NaNoWriMo story is going to be. I’m in the prepping stage with that story. We shall see if it sticks by the time November rolls around…

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20 September 2016 @ 03:10 pm

I’m trying out the steal publish for wordpress. Mostly how it works going to LJ. Does it go to LJ? Maybe. I can make it not post to my usual socials. So here we go…

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18 September 2016 @ 10:18 pm

his dreams are filled with
the sweet laughter in her eyes
beckoning to him

Guitar pick

We saw Tyler again last night. Such a LONG day but it ended on a good time. 🙂 Always love seeing him and just listening to him play. Of course I got another picture with him and he gave me one of his guitar pics. Yah!

We sit in the same spot and it’s become familiar to me. My focus is usually just on him or the other people in the area. I don’t see a lot of the other people who walk in or walk by but what I do see makes for interesting people watching.

My new boss was announced on Friday. I’m SO RELIEVED to know who it will be.

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11 September 2016 @ 09:26 pm

maybe it’s our time
maybe it’s really just love
binding you to me


I had things in my head to write but it’s Sunday night and all of it has just flown from my head. So a little poem and a Sully pic are all I’m posting today…

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04 September 2016 @ 02:13 pm

it’s almost time
to say the words
to give this heart
its proper due
it’s almost time
to take your hand
to whisper love
you know is true
it’s almost time
to hold you close
to face the world
on this crazy spin
it’s almost time
to just let go
to trust your heart
is already in

just another me and Tyler pic
Tyler & me the other night

It was an interesting week, looking back on it. So how about a little rundown?

pinot grigio just for me
TUESDAY – After work I joined my fellow workmates to wish my boss farewell on his new adventure– a position with another district. I am super sad that he’s not my boss anymore but I’m so happy for him too! It was great to sit with everyone and just relax while stories were told. We had drinks and appetizers and I managed to stay until the end, which was really nice. I am going to miss my boss. We had a great working relationship.

the empty office
WEDNESDAY – This was his actual last day and at the end, his office became the empty office (as pictured). SO SAD! Who will next sit in that chair? We’ll find out soon, I hope.

Tyler singing Sam Hunt!

FRIDAY – I took the day off (the last day off okay’d by my boss) and we headed out towards Rohnert Park. We first stopped in Petaluma at the Lagunitas brewery for a couple of drinks. I like that place! Plus the stout is pretty yummy… We checked in at our room then went out to dinner. It was a little disappointing (Outback) and it made me appreciate our Black Angus so much… We ended our night at the G Bar and Tyler was GREAT. He sounded fantastic. We were in what I consider our “usual” table and it was just lovely being able to watch him sing and play. As always. Met a new person who is just the very sweetest and so lovely! I like her. I hope we see her again because I didn’t get a picture this first time meeting her. (Didn’t want to seem too keen.) At the end of the night, Tyler chatted awhile with us and it was probably the longest conversation we’ve ever had. So cool! I adore him, I really do.

SATURDAY – After we checked out, we decided to visit the father-in-law. The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is nicely situated and the FIL’s final resting place is in a good spot. I can’t believe it’ll be five years in a couple of months. It’s still sad that he’s gone…


After the cemetery, we headed to Heretic for a bit of lunch and beer. I had the pork loin sandwich and it was so good! I had a couple of beers, one of them being my favorite, the Torment. SO GOOD! We bought a small growler of it because I like it that much.

“The Arrangement” – So now the characters know that’s love but they haven’t told each other yet. It’s all starting to come together for them so of course I’m plotting on how to break them apart. Just need to get there. I know what’s going to happen, I just need to make it plausible.

reading my grandfather"s life story

My grandfather hand wrote his life story and the family has copies of it. It’s never been transcribed as far as I know so I’m going to try my hand with it. I had to read the whole thing first because I never have and wow, it’s so interesting. When I finished it, I felt so connected to my family in a way I hadn’t before considered. My grandfather lived such a full life before he even set foot in the United States. I felt such gratitude for his fortitude and I am so glad that he wrote down all that he did. Now I want to transcribe what he’s written and then perhaps edit it a bit…


So the other night, I changed my wallpaper to Henry Cavill. How could I not when he’s so decidedly YUMMY?

phone wallpaper
lockscreen/homescreen – Cavill style

I had other reasons for changing it but I’ll leave that mystery untold for now…

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Sometimes, when I’m in the midst of writing a story, I stop and think, “Why am I writing this? Who’s going to read this? Will they like it if I let them read it? Will I let anyone read this? WHY WHY WHY do I do this?!”

I don’t get paid to write. Most of what I write goes unread by others. These blog posts are sometimes read, I think. But I write these posts for myself, so that I can read them in the future and marvel at my dorkiness or whatever. On rare occasions I’m actually astonished by what I’ve written, usually in the vein of “What the hell was I thinking?!”

For a long time, I wrote a poem everyday. Every day for I think about eight years I wrote a poem a day. Granted, some (a lot?) were haikus but still, they required that I think in a creative manner. I found it a great challenge on some days and other days the words just flowed almost without a thought. Sometimes I miss being that creative.

Nowadays, I write my stories. I don’t know if I’ve given up on the whole sci-fi epic (I haven’t, not really) but I’ve concentrated on romance stories of varying length. I really loved the short stories/novellas I wrote a couple of years ago but right now I’m going for the 50,000 words or more. And I always try to do National Novel Writing Month because I LOVE knowing that I’ll have a novel by the end of it. My longest one was from 2014 and that’s a story I still love to this day. Truth be told, I generally love all my stories.

So, to the question, why do I write?

1) The Boys – More often than not, the men in my stories are played by my current fellas. I don’t know if I write to work out my crushes or if I write to give my crushes something to do. Either way, it’s interesting and funny to me when I think, “Oh, Henry is playing this one. Sully is playing that one. Kitsch played that one. Philip plays this one.” I figure, I like the fellas. Why not have them doing something besides singing or acting in the “real world.” Right? Right. So I write.

2) Talking in my head – I hear voices in my head. No, not really. But I do hear my characters and their lives in my head. Sometimes they’re very insistent and demand that I give them their due. So I write.

3) Music and Books – It is a rare day indeed in which I do not listen to some piece of music. And more often than not, a song can inspire a scene and that scene can inspire story. Books remind me of the parts of a story and good books fire up emotions. I want to elicit the same thing. So I write.

4) Escape – The world can be rather chaotic and insane. Just as I read or listen to music sometimes for escape, so too when I’m crafting a story. Even if it’s just for me, it gives me focus on something other than the insanity. So I write.

I write because I must. I write because I can’t imagine not writing. Now whether or not anyone ends up reading any of my stuff is another story…

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21 August 2016 @ 05:57 pm

we don’t say
we need the words
we don’t confess
we feel something more
how every whisper
races the pulse
how every kiss
promises forever
we can’t say
we want the words
we can’t confess
we know this is more
with every smile
curved unbidden
with every touch
sparking desire
we won’t say
we need the words
we don’t confess
until this is more


“The Arrangement” – I’ve been steadily writing this one. I think I’m at about the halfway point? Almost 40K words which is pretty good for me considering it’s not National Novel Writing Month. I really do love the characters. They don’t know it yet but they love each other. Well, maybe they’re starting to realize this truth. I don’t think it’s ever taken me about 100 pages to get my characters to the bedroom. Go me? LOL But now they’re way into it. I need to dial it back on those scenes. Just a little bit.

Sometimes I wish I wrote more privately so that I can just unleash the venom that lurks inside of me. No, this is not about my recent drama. This is about that person I call the SAB. She’s a whack job. I wish people who defend her and laud her for being a good person would look at all the actual good people who have turned away from her. And then wonder why. Why have these good people finally washed their hands of her? She’s a fake, disrespectful and deceitful and ungrateful. Everything is someone else’s fault. She can’t fathom taking responsibility for her own actions. I do so pity the people who believe her. They are deceived by her. They choose to ignore the ugliness in her…

So a year ago yesterday we saw Tyler for the first time at the G Bar. Has it already been a year?! I still remember a little bit of that night. I LOVED being so close and having a chance to just chat with Tyler. So lovely.

The next day, we went to the Dierks Bentley concert! Did we really do that? Such a fantastic concert and I still remember it well. 🙂

at the Dierks concert

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Tyler Rich at Ironstone Amphitheatre
Tyler on stage!

Sunday, August 14th – Ironstone Amphitheatre

Sunday afternoon we headed out to Murphys, California for the Chris Young concert at Ironstone Amphitheatre. The drive on SR 4 was pretty lovely as I watched the countryside from my window. Sometimes it astonishes me how vast and open California can be and as we moved along SR 4, I understood why people drive that way to go to their cabins to get away from the Bay Area.

Thanks to my niece, I was made aware of a Groupon sale for the tickets to Chris Young’s concert. Since I was also a new user (yes, I’d never used Groupon before), I was able to get lawn tickets for not only the discounted price but also more discounted as a first-time user. Score!

In deep contrast to the concert at Levi’s Stadium, Ironstone Amphitheatre had portables as restrooms and the data coverage was spotty at best. We had lawn tickets so it meant taking a blanket and thankfully having my nieces find a sweet spot with enough room for all of us. (Thank you, nieces!) It was probably one of the hottest days of the last seven days but there was a breeze and by the time the sun had moved, it didn’t seem as hot as when we arrived. The amphitheatre was rather lovely (portables and lacking data coverage notwithstanding), set amongst trees in Calavares County.

I was in my Rich’s Bi$ches shirt and my friends were thankfully in theirs as well. I didn’t walk around a lot but after Tyler performed, my friends were stopped a few times and asked about him, which is pretty awesome. I almost forgot I was wearing it until someone later commented on it.

Tyler Rich
Tyler opened up the show and he was so good. It was weird being so far from him as he performed. I think this was the first time I was too far to see his face. It didn’t matter, it gave me a different perspective and from my place on the lawn, he was energetic and having fun. I hope at the very least he could hear us when he’d end a song because I think we were probably one of the only ones in our section who were super enthusiastic for him. Hearing him with a band behind him is also definitely something I’d love to happen more often!

I loved being able to sing really loud with him and the audience without anyone really hearing me. The band was very awesome and I should probably get to know them because when I went to the merchandise table between sets, I talked with the bassist and didn’t even realize it. Ooops! (Hi Ben Jindra, you were pretty cool!) Of course, I wish Tyler had gone on for longer but he left the stage after “California Grown” (which was probably appropriate since Jon Pardi is the referenced in the song and was the next act).

Jon Pardi
I confess, I was merely ambivalent about Jon Pardi before this show. Although I can’t stop singing along to “Head Over Boots,” I didn’t really think I cared either way about him. His set perhaps persuaded me towards his music a bit more. He kept saying he was hungover and though he sounded a bit tired, his voice was strong and he sounded great. And apparently I know more of his songs than I realized. He had a good set and I was dutifully entertained.

Chris Young
I’ve known about Chris Young since his days on Nashville Star. Who remembers that show? Well, he’s always been an artist I’ve enjoyed and this was the first time seeing him live for us. He was great! Such a strong voice and a great on stage personality. He talked a bit much but he was witty and entertaining. I loved being able to sing along and there were some songs I had forgotten were his until he started singing them. In the end I was so glad to have seen him.

After Chris was finished, we headed to the merchandise table where Tyler was set up to greet fans and sign and take pictures. My nieces were already in line and I joined them (probably to the annoyance of the people behind me but hey, the cars in the parking lot were hardly moving so might as well have been waiting in line for Tyler than waiting in line to get out of the venue). I didn’t mind waiting as it allowed me some time to do some people watching. A mutual follow from snapchat and a friend of Tyler’s came over to say hi to me and we chatted for a little bit. So sweet! And as the line moved, one of my fellow fans and online friend came over to say hello as well. It was nice running into people I knew! When it was finally our turn, I introduced Tyler to my nieces. They took their pictures with him and Tyler signed one of their Giants bags (I’m sure he got a kick out of that). When it was my turn, we had a quick chat then our picture taken. As always, I was happy to have a moment with him and a picture to prove it.

artsy version of me and Tyler

All in all, it was a most lovely evening spent under the stars listening to good music amongst family and friends. I don’t know when I’ve had that happen. I loved being able to catch up with my nieces, who are just the loveliest young ladies. I’m so glad I’m not the only one in our big family to like country music. It was also super great getting to know my fellow Rich’s Bi$ches. I’m so glad they’ve welcomed me into the group because they are some rockin’ ladies. I had a fantastic time with them! It was also great to finally meet Tyler’s friend after watching his snapchat all these months. I’m so glad we had a chance to chat a little. I also got to touch base with fellow Tyler fans, which is always awesome.

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14 August 2016 @ 12:50 pm

the swell of music
filling the stadium
the lift of your voice
seeping through the soul
the harmony of voices
matching your words
the unmistakable energy
creating sweet memories
all of it worth
the heartbreak and wait
all of it worth
the unknown and joyful
I’d never take back
finally seeing you
I’d do it all again
to bask in such perfectionn

As the venue emptied, we enjoyed the view once more
we had such a great time last week!

So things were weird for me this week. I had to recover from my concert high (not sure if I’ve recovered yet). I reached out to my friends because I sensed they were giving me the silent treatment and found out that they think badly of me. My boss has taken a new job with a different district which means I’ll have a new boss to train in a month. Goodness me!

I loved telling people about the concert. It was just too awesome not to share. Most people listened with a smile and didn’t mind me telling them about what a great time we had. It’s a good story and good stories should be shared in this world of so many bad stories. I was so happy and so grateful for having such an amazing experience…

My friends think I’m a bad friend. I’ve done what I can to defend myself. It’s a definite bummer that it wasn’t kept between just the two of us and others had to choose sides. Because sides were chosen without giving me the benefit of the doubt. And I tell you what, it sucks…

I am so happy for my boss! He’s going to another district for a higher position and he so deserves it. He’s a fantastic boss and is great with the parents and students. I’m going to miss him because we get along so well and had a great working relationship. I know that he will be so awesome at his new gig. They are so lucky to get him!…

Tonight we see Tyler! I am so excited and glad that I will get to see some awesome people (besides Tyler). It should be a great time. Well, it’s always a great time when I see Tyler. 😀

such a great time!
last weekend was so awesome…

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Sam Hunt on stage!
Sam Hunt on stage on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium

Where do I even start? The whole concert experience this time around was just crazy AWESOME. My cousin surprised me with two tickets to the show and I was so happy that I would get to experience the lineup of Old Dominion, SAM HUNT, Miranda Lambert, and headliner Kenny Chesney. SAM HUNT, y’all! What could be more awesome than free tickets and SAM?

Last year for the Luke Bryan concert, we sat in the club level. I thought maybe perhaps we would have the same kind of tickets again, which were pretty cool. But this time around, we had suite tickets. Very awesome but we didn’t discover the magnitude of awesome until we arrived.

Stella in my Jacob Davis Squad koozie

We got to the Red Lot with plenty of time to eat and drink and watch our fellow tailgaters play cornhole. The sun was warm and bright but the breeze was cool. I was representing my other musical loves by wearing my Tyler Rich wallet buckle and using my Jacob Davis Squad koozie. I wore my cowboy boots with shorts and my Take Your Time t-shirt, which I had to stretch to make fit but fit it did. It was really a beautiful day. When it was almost time for the gates to open, we packed up and headed for the lines.

waiting in line to get in

Levi’s Stadium has extremely strict rules on what you can bring inside so I somehow managed to go without a purse. Thank goodness for pockets! And really, I didn’t end up needing anything from my purse. Why don’t I do this more often? We found the entrance to the SAP Tower, stopped by the United Club for a couple of drinks, then headed up to suite 517 to check it out. When we said which suite we were in, we got a couple of, “Ohh, very nice” kind of comments. On the suite floor, the lady who opened the door for us said, “It doesn’t get much better than this one.”

And lo, she was so right.

the back of suite 517
Suite 517

Suite 517 is the Levi’s Suite. Yes, the Levi’s Suite of Levi’s Stadium. It sits at the 50 yard line and has a fantastic view of well, everything– the concert floor, the stadium seats, the stage. We were on a bit of an angle for the stage but we could see mostly everything. The sun shone on the other side of the stadium. The breeze was cool from our vantage point. The Levi’s Suite is a double suite with plush seats down front and a food area in the back. There was a refrigerator stocked with water, soda, and beer. Different kinds of foods were available– hot dogs, macaroni and cheese with bacon and chicken, chicken strips, tamales, pizza, sushi, and probably more I’m forgetting. This meant no lines for food or beer. We just had to get up from our seats and make our selections. How spoiled did I feel? Very.

the stage my background

The suite experience so added to the concert experience. The music was fantastic. All the artists sounded great! The group in our suite wasn’t too wild and it was comfortable considering we didn’t know anyone. I was perhaps a little enthusiastic during Old Dominion and SAM HUNT but I didn’t care and mostly got amused smiles from my fellow suite mates.

So how did the artists fare? Here we go:

Old Dominion – I knew every single song they played, which surprised me for some reason. But I guess listening to their album many many times over, as well as their EP just worked my mind enough. I loved that I could sing along to every song. They sounded fantastic, had great hearts, and just worked that stage with such enthusiasm and energy. I LOVED THEM. I wanted to wave at them and touch them and just watch them play their instruments. LOL

Sam Hunt!!!

SAM HUNT – Oh Sam. HE WAS AMAZING!!! He was everything and so much more than I imagined. He sounded great, he looked good, he went into the audience not once but twice, and he was just everything. My heart was so full while watching him. Just being in the same space as him was enough. But hearing him sing live the songs I’ve had on my playlist since February of last year was such a blessing upon my soul. Being able to watch him, to sing with him, to feel the energy from the crowd because of him was worth the wait. Maybe just maybe I’m a little bit healed from not seeing him last year. One day I’d still love to meet him and thank him for opening up country music to me again. He is the reason I’ve had such great experiences and met new people and made new friends. He is the reason I love Tyler so much. Sam Hunt is just everything to me and I want to thank him so much. I’m so happy I got to finally see him live. He will always be one of my favorites. ALWAYS. And he did not disappoint in any way at all. He was simply perfect.

Miranda Lambert – It’s wonderful to watch the progression of an artist and I remember the one time we saw her open for George Strait and here she was performing second only to Kenny Chesney. Miranda sounded great, looked great, and worked the stage liked she owned it. But of all the acts, she seemed a bit disconnected, as if she wasn’t all there. But she’s a professional and maybe I was reading more into her facial expressions. She sounded great and that’s all that really matters, right?

Kenny Chesney!
ready for Kenny!

Kenny Chesney – Just wow! He put on a fantastic show. He sounded great, performed with the same energy at the end as he did in the beginning. He brought up the Old Dominion guys for a song, which I just loved! Later Sammy Hagar came out to rock the stadium with “I Can’t Drive 55”. All of it was great! Kenny was damn awesome and a wonderful way to cap off the evening of music.

We stayed until the very end. Part of it was that we didn’t want to leave the suite, which was so comfortable and easy and meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. The other part was Kenny was just too full of energy for us to consider stepping away and not watching his whole set. He was so good!

Merchandise wise, I loaded up on Sam Hunt stuff. We headed down between Miranda and Kenny sets and had enough time for me to buy a hat, a koozie, and a tote. Passed on the t-shirt but would have bought one if they had still been selling it when we were leaving.

I’m sorry I didn’t get to see the friends who were at the concert too. I hope everyone had a spectacular time! It was such a good show, how could you not?

I don’t think there is any way to thank my wonderful cousin for giving us tickets to this concert. My heart is just so full with such love and gratitude for him. Because of him, I got to experience the stadium in a way that cannot be equaled AND I got to FINALLY watch one of my favorite artists perform live. My cousin has no idea what a gift he’s given me and I know I cannot thank him enough for his generosity. I am so eternally grateful to him. THANK YOU, LOVE YOU!!!

So excited for Sam Hunt!!!
My happy Sam is coming up next face…

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