August 23, 2016

Snaps From Home

Hi All! Just wanted to share a few snapshots from home lately as we settle back into a more “regular” life for a bit. It’s always an adjustment to go from living alone to being a household with 2 adults all of the sudden, but we’ll figure it out! We’ve been trying to read more lately and Todd’s been into this amazing coffee table book about Wes Anderson’s movies that I got him last year. It’s got so many beautiful behind the scenes photos, drawings, and inspirations for all his films—it’s a really fun read and kind of a must for any WA fan. On my end I’ve been wanting to read the Blue Zone book for years about the areas of the world where people live the longest and I’m about halfway through at the moment. It’s not quite as power-packed with information as I thought it would be based on all the hype, but it’s still an interesting read for sure and I’m glad I’m finally getting around to it.
Also, we recently had the house painted (!!) andI didn’t tell Todd I was actually having it done while he was on tour so he came home after tour to a very different looking house! You can see a bit of the before and after here…After a bit of a backyard makeover we’ve been extra excited to hang out outside and catch a bit of whatever is left of the summer. Side by side lawn chairs and a good book isn’t a bad way to spend a Saturday, let me tell you…Charlie is so happy her favorite guy is home!Anyways, nothing too crazy going on here but after this touring year so far, that’s the way I like it!signature2 copy

August 19, 2016

Hooray! The Summer Tour Ends in New York

Hallelujah!! I thought it may never come but we finally reached the end of the MUTEMATH summer tour season. After 46 shows the buses rolled into Nashville for a show and a quick rest before heading up to New York for back to back nights at Madison Square Garden. Since I didn’t get a chance to go to one of the other coolest venues of the tour, Red Rocks in CO, and because I was obviously pretty desperate for some quality Todd time at this point, I decided to come along for the trip and soak up as much of the city as I could in just 2 days. We were here with the band back in November for the release of their record and a Seth Myers taping, but the schedule was so full we didn’t really get to do anything off the schedule and this time seemed like a chance to get out in the city a bit more.Traveling on the bus is generally a little easier than this trip because I’m usually sleeping while the bus is rolling on to the next location at night, but since we were driving during the day this trip I got to discover how incredibly terrible my balance apparently is. I mean, it’s not that easy to walk around, use the bathroom, make food, etc. while the whole room is swaying back and forth (especially in the area where the bunks are because it’s completely dark in there). I had to crawl on my hands and knees to the bunk one night because I thought I was going to fall into someone else’s on the way if I didn’t!Anyways, we made good use of our time on the way up by watching the entire season of Stranger Things in the back lounge. A little dark and creepy for sure, but I’m the worst at being a scaredy cat and it was totally worth it. Just maybe don’t watch it alone at night. Always with a friend.
Our first day in New York had a bit of rain, but it passed on through and gave us plenty of time to go shopping at a few stores near the Empire State building (ZARA!!) and we checked out the Ace Hotel nearby that has a really cute old-timey photo booth and a Stumptown coffee at the front of the building. Can’t resist a photo booth on a trip!

The show that night was really exciting since it was the first time that Todd has gotten to play MSG so I was really happy to be there and see him play a venue that’s a pretty big milestone for a lot of people. You can tell above he really appreciated my presence and would be lost without my support.The next day we decided to take the subway and walk through a bit of Central Park to get to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which I’ve never gotten to go to before. I was an art major in college and my Mom was an art teacher so I’ll go to just about any art museum I can get to. Except for some modern art museams…I’ve been to a few of those that just didn’t do anything for me. Even through all my art history classes I’ve always preferred artistic technique to more concept art, but that’s a debate for another time. Like most museum experiences, I spent the most time in the European Impressionist wing but I also love to see all the giant portrait paintings that rich people commissioned. How they paint all that delicate floppy lace and velvet and taffeta fabric is so beyond my comprehension!!Since our mini stroll through Central Park on the way to the Met was so pretty we decided to walk the entire length of the park on the way back and just Uber back to the bus once we got to the other side. Even though Todd has been to NYC a lot more than I have, he’s never been to the park either and we were both so impressed with the area. It was such a pretty and peaceful place to spend an afternoon although I also couldn’t stop thinking about all the Law & Order SVU episodes that take place there as well. I kept half expecting Ice Tea to pop up from behind a rock, but he never did…
One of the best parts of touring with other bands is that the guys get to make new friends over the season, but so do us wives as well! I got to know Jenna and Caroline of the Twenty-One Pilots gang a little bit this summer and they are both so sweet and contributed to some much needed girl chats along the way! They are just too cute!
In case you didn’t know, the last night of tour is generally the “prank night” of the tour since it’s the last time everyone will be together. Darren (the MUTEMATH drummer) got this amazing dinosaur costume to wear during a segment of the Twenty-One Pilots show where the opening bands come out and play cover songs with the TOP guys, and he was somehow not only able to dance in the costume, but perform all his drumming duties as well. YES!!

The last show was a little sad in some ways to say goodbye (or at least “see you later”) to some people that we like, but after 49 shows in 2 1/2 months, well, everyone is ready for a break!!Overall, it was a relatively short trip but one that I was definitely glad to be a part of. Now we get to ease back into “normal” life for a bit and remember what it’s like to live together again (always an adjustment, amiright??). After all the time we’ve spent apart this summer, normal never sounded so good!signature2 copy

August 9, 2016

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Paint, Paint Again…

If I have learned one thing from being on my second house renovation it’s that you don’t always get it right the first time. Sometimes things don’t turn out how you planned or maybe you just don’t like it once you get what you thought you wanted. I couldn’t wait to paint our bathroom when we first moved into this house but I rushed picking the color and ended up with a grey that looked really purple in sunlight and I just wasn’t happy with it. I think I left it for so long because I was tired of painting (we were painting the whole house at the time) and I just felt too tired to think up a new vision for the master bath. Fast forward about 8 months later and Dutch Boy Paint contacted me to see if I would like to partner with them for a room makeover featuring their Refresh® Paint + Primer with Arm & Hammer® Odor Eliminating Technology. When they asked me if I had a certain room in mind to paint, all I could think was, “boy, do I ever!”Dutch Boy makes the painting process smoother with their easy to open Twist & Pour container (the built in spout and handle are also great for pouring). When it comes to painting tools, an angled brush like Purdy’s Clearcut Glide is a must for me when cutting in a room. The brush has sharp edges for a smooth cut and helps make the job so much easier. To paint the walls, I used Purdy’s Revolution Frame and White Dove Roller Cover. This roller releases the paint evenly for an even smooth finish so you avoid any weird streaky lines or bare spots.

I still wanted a really light color to keep the small bathroom feeling bright and as spacious as possible, so I picked this really pretty light mint called Dutch Boy Aqua Quartz (DW53) as the new shade.
The nice thing about Refresh paint is that it actually reduces household odors and has a mildew resistant property, so that seemed perfect for painting a bathroom. Also, I definitely noticed that the “paint fumes” smell was not as strong as usual and by the time I went to bed I couldn’t even smell the paint anymore (which is great since the bathroom is right by my bed!). It’s also GREENGUARD® Gold Certified for Indoor Air Quality which goes along with my current regiment of trying to keep our indoor air as clean as possible—yay!

Such a soothing color, isn’t it? The super soft mint was just what I needed to inspire me to switch out a few other decorative items and finally add this room to the “finished column.” Now it feels beachy and calming and is a beautiful place to start and end my day. Have you ever immediately regretted a design choice? Hope you got a chance to correct it like I did!signature2 copy

July 27, 2016

Endless Bummer

Summer is my favorite time of year. Yes, it’s hot, too hot most of the time, but my dad was a school teacher and our whole house became electric during the summer months. Dad was home! Swimming pools! Popsicles and ice cream! Fireworks and county fairs! I think for that reason I still have the mentality even as an adult that summer just plain rules. That’s why I was especially bummed when I found out that Todd would be home for a total of 5 days from the end of May to the middle of August. I mean, it’s always good for him to be working, but I just have a major case of thissucksformeitis. This is also our first real summer in Nashville and I really wanted to experience it all with my bestie. I say “real” summer because while we moved last July, we only saw the inside of the DMV and Home Depot for the first few months. Lame. I had so much fun going to see my first concerts since moving to the Music City a few weeks ago (Weezer and Flight of the Conchords) but I always listened to or watched those with Todd so the experiences felt kind of incomplete without him there. No one to take walks with at night when it finally cools down, no one to watch fireflies with in the back yard, no one to sit with like a lazy slug on the couch because it’s literally too humid to breathe outside…anyways, I know I can do all those things by myself or with a friend, but it sort of falls into that weird band wife category of “building a life with someone only to not have them around to actually live that life with” a lot of the time. It can be hard to go back and forth between modes so often and so fast.

Anyways, this post tile is actually a track off of Weezer’s new album which also, incidentally, has my “summer song” on it as well. It’s a Beach Boys inspired summer love song called “(Girl We Got a) Good Thing” and I love that it mixes two of my favorite band’s sounds together. I was so bummed that Todd couldn’t see Weezer with me, but we have tickets for us to go see what will be his first Nashville concert this fall—Bryan Wilson playing the Pet Sounds album! There are several Beach Boys songs that are really special to us and I feel like mentally it’s a really positive thing to look forward to. Maybe we won’t have as many popsicles and pool parties together this summer as I would have liked, but I still need to have a summer that rules while I keep planning a few special nights to look forward to when he returns next month. Fall can be pretty good too, right??

(love that pink lifeguard tower print—good vibes!)

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July 19, 2016

Get On the Bus, Gus…

I feel a bit like a yo-yo this summer going back and forth between seeing Todd on tour, but this current tour with Twenty One Pilots is a bit of a long stretch to say the least (almost three months) so I guess back and forth it will be! I was so happy to be able to go out the weekend that I did because we got to be together for our 6-year anniversary and celebrate it with a day off in Austin, TX. Since Todd has quite a bit of time on his hands with all the tour downtime I had him plan our anniversaryextravaganza and he created a day full of thoughtful little trips to get crepes, a rooftop pool, massages, a delicious dinner, and a beautiful historic theater that was playing classic movies. Such a sweet day!
The restaurant he took me to was called Geraldine’s and it was so beautiful! I kept seeing exact items that I have pinned onto Pinterest wish boards (like that black and white tile at their gold bar). I swear there was about 6k worth of lighting fixtures in just the women’s bathroom—it was amazing!

The food was some of the best that we have had in a long time as well. Everything we got was so good, but try the Pig Faced Candy Bar if you ever go—it sounds crazy but it was delish!This visit out was also special because all the wives and kids were out at the same time (which hasn’t ever happened in the five years that Todd’s been with the band). It was so nice (although a bit cramped and crazy at times) to have our little MM family all together and see the kids all play together. #CUTEMATHSpeaking of band babies, there was an ice rink attached to the Dallas arena and my pal Amelia and I apparently had the same vision for what one should wear when ice skating. Her posing skills are off the charts!!

A Twenty One Pilots song came on while skating—HA!

Also, in case you are wondering what the backstage magic looks like at arenas…well, it’s basically a whole lot of gear cases and cinderblock hallways. Pure romance people.

Saturday in Oklahoma City was our actual anniversary day and I didn’t know that the arena was part of a zoo that (wait for it) would give us a VIP tour of the zoo next door!! Todd is a big animal fan (I took him to meet and feed monkeys for his 30th birthday 4 years ago) so it was an extra special treat to get to feed 90-year-old galapagos turtles, get a hug and kiss from a sea lion, see a 2-week-old seal pup baby (squeal!!), feed stingrays, and pet a baby elephant. Feeding the stingrays was awesome because you have to hold the fish under their bodies and they suck it up into a hole like a vacuum cleaner. It freaked me out so much that it took me three times to do it right without dropping the fish out of panic!

These guys were hilarious! They were born in 1926!!

I can’t even tell you how cool this was! She felt like the thickest wetsuit you can imagine and she just plants a big smackaroo right on your face!

I think I could feel my heart breaking into one billion pieces watching this little baby. For sure on the of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

My last day was in Kansas City, MO and we only had the morning and afternoon before I had to fly back home so we went for a late brunch at Succotash where I got some great vegan blueberry pancakes. I was feeling pretty sad about leaving so there were a few tears before the pancakes came but the food was a good distraction.Lately I don’t like to go more than 2 weeks or so without seeing each other but it looks like this span will probably be about a month until we are back together and that thought was making me extra weepy as I packed my bags to go home. I was so glad to get back to the cats (and they were so happy to see me too) but the house feels extra empty it’s going to be a long summer on our own.

Maybe I can get that seal pup for some extra company…
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