Good Sunday afternoon! I have so many things I want to talk about, my “To Blog” list is growing and growing… I’m beginning my catch up… NOW!
Let’s talk about last weekend. I talked in my last post about the Never Quit 5K we did on Saturday morning. After that was over, we took our freezing wet behinds straight to the car to begin what should have been a 4 hour drive to Tampa for the Kenny Chesney concert. I hadn’t seen him since 2002 and got the tickets they DAY (minute!) they went on sale. I was so excited!
I don’t think I mentioned in my precious post of the race recap but I had a hunger like I have never known before from the time my eyes opened. Usually, if I drink 32oz of water in the morning, that quenches any “feelings” I have and I am good to go. Not the case on this day. All through the race, I was insanely hungry.
Once we were done and in the car headed towards Tampa, we made it as far as St Augustine and I was on the verge of starvation. It was only 10 or so… I normally don’t break my fast until noon. I had my food for the entire weekend planned out in order to stay on track but it was clear that wasn’t going to happen. I ended up breaking my fast early and had a sausage egg and cheese McGriddle with a hash brown from McDonalds. Then we stopped at Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a donut. Because why not?! I’d already “ruined the day” right?
Once we hit the outskirts of Tampa, we hit traffic like I’ve never seen. For no good reason what so ever. Our 4 hour journey turned into 5 1/2 hours. We did have time for a nap once we got there but alas, we had to rush to get dressed and fortunately, I had packed a quest bar so I downed that while we were waiting on our Lyft. We arrived at the concert and found our seats. Apparently, being the non-thinking person I am, I bought tickets on the east side of the stadium facing an agonizingly hot west setting sun. At one point, I had sweat literally dripping off of my nose. It wasn’t pretty y’all! That is when I realized winter had FINALLY left the building. Also, the ticket said the concert started at 5. Kenny Chesney didn’t take the stage until 9PM. Yep. Now that isn’t to say that Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion weren’t good. They were. That was just a LONG TIME to be in one spot with a full 2 1/2 hours of that intense sun.
At one point, we decided we were hungry, so Kevin left to go find snacks. I opted for a soft pretzel. It was hardest, stalest pretzel in creation. I ate about 1/2 and gave up. Bear in mind, I am not a picky person. I love food and will eat most anything. This pretzel was horrible! By the time Kenny Chesney hit the stage, I was ready.
When tickets for this concert are purchased, his people send a CD set. Imagine my disappointment upon figuring out the concert was that CD set. Word for word. I was devastated. All of the “I do this for YOU! Right here, this crowd” is probably said at every show he puts on. While I am sure it is true, at least make it sound like an original thought, not a rehearsed script, ya know? While singing “Old Blue Chair”, when he gets to the “I woke up to 100 mosquito bites, I swear, TRUE STORY”… well, after hearing that day after day in my car, I KNOW it’s a true story! Basically, I could have saved the $300 I spent for tickets and another $300 for a room and listened to the freakin CD in my car and NOT had to put up with drunks all night. Sad to say, that is probably my last Kenny Chesney concert. I feel devastated. Like everything I thought I knew about him is a lie. Dramatic, maybe. But is it REALLY for that crowd in front of him right then or is it for the money so he just opens a can and pours out the same menu time after time?
Ugh! Anyway, leaving the concert, we went to the corner our Lyft driver told us pickups would be at and dispatched a ride, only to discover the police weren’t allowing drivers to pick up there but on the other corner. Across 4 very busy lanes of traffic.
I was yelled at by the police for trying to cross the road (no traffic was coming and the light was RED) and we were cancelled by 3 different Lyft drivers. Finally, the 4th driver dinged that he was on his way so I called and BEGGED him not to cancel on us. When all was said and done, we had stood on that corner from 10:51PM until 12:25AM. We were exhausted, ant bitten and Kevin was starving by the time we got back to our room. Naturally, there was no food to be had. He found some Doritos and a Twix bar. All I wanted was ALLLL the water.
I woke up a bit before Kevin so I decide to remove all of the food I had planned to eat but didn’t and input everything I did eat to see just how bad my macros were. I discovered they weren’t that bad at all. I was a bit high on fat and carbs and a bit short on protein, but overall, a pretty good day! Now, I am not saying it is OK to go out everyday and eat McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts and NOT plan your meals at all, that is just foolhardy. I am saying that if you think you’ve “ruined the day” check. Maybe you didn’t. And if you did? enjoy it and move on! A ruined day does not a ruined health journey make!
We had planned to hit the gym and swing by Epcot on our way home but after our adventurous night, decided a Chipotle lunch and Costco trip was just what the doctor ordered. Fortunately, our journey home was much more calm than our trip there.
Have you ever had a very disappointing concert experience?