In Her Shoes

Tackling my bucket list, one half marathon at a time.


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Important Message to All Concertgoers

I clearly don’t blog enough, because I need to get something off my chest that happened almost 2 weeks ago at the Ed Sheeran concert in Milwaukee.

BTW, who knew it would be filled with all teenage girls? I’m sorry, but there is a HUGE difference between Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. Back to my story…

Remember when we used to go to concerts to enjoy the artist? And watch them perform live? I do. But clearly the young, current teenage generation DOES NOT. And they will not remember Ed Sheeran performing live. Because they watched the entire concert through their cell phones.

Proof: Cell phone mania

And this incredibly tall young lady was obscuring my view the ENTIRE night.

Young chicks. So much to learn.

That is until I went up to her and said, “I’m sorry to be rude…but you’ve LITERALLY been recording this entire concert and people can’t see behind you.” Then walked away.

Slightly biotchy on my part? Maybe. But the girl didn’t raise her phone one more time the rest of the concert. So the point of my rant: PLEASE for the love of God, be respectful of people around you at concerts. I understand you want pictures to remember the moment. But 5 is plenty. 100 is overboard. And 18 videos are insane. Enjoy the concert, people.

I wish more bands would implement the “no cell phone rule” like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Sorry for the rant, I just needed to get that out there.

Today’s “beat” is more of a documentary of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros who I’m dying to see in concert. Enjoy because it’s simply wonderful.

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Hold the Phone. Megan Gets Serious.

I mentioned last week that my favorite things to talk about are traveling, photography, cheesy quotes, sports, running and music. And I decided to blog about this every Friday. The name of this tradition is still to be determined. But here we go.

Travel: I’m off to Clearwater Beach in 6 days for Gretchen’s bachelorette party with a few of my best friends on the planet. I’ve been planning this shindig for months and I’m so excited that it’s finally here! I just hope Gretchen still loves me after this trip 😉

Which brings me to photography. A lovely picture of Clearwater Beach. Clearwater Beach

Cheesy Quotes: I have an endless list of fabulous quotes so it’s is always difficult to pick just ONE. Beautiful Things

So why did I choose this quote? I’ll get serious for a minute because Megan + Seriousness is rare.

I’ve had a difficult last few months. Not difficult in a sense that I have a drug addiction, lost a loved one or had a Kevin Ware injury. Just more difficult that usual. Let me start by saying I’m an incredibly happy and optimistic person. Anyone who knows me would agree. But the last few months I’ve been confused about life, what I’m doing with it and where I’m going. It just constantly seems like a piece of the puzzle is missing and I’m trying to fill it with temporary fun.

But apparently this is what growing up is. This is what your 20s is about. It’s the time of your life where you find out who you truly are. Or so I’ve been told. I thought that was what college was for? Ugh, those 4 years just didn’t prepare me for life at all.

Well this is what I’ve learned about your 20s: it doesn’t turn out the way you’ve always pictured it. You go to work, have what seems like 30 minutes to yourself, sleep, repeat. You’re not making millions and you get hangovers that last 3x as long as they did at age 21. BUT …

Were the mountains made of rainbow sherbet and the clouds cotton candy until you became an adult? Absolutely not. Life’s been posing questions forever, we just had parents, teachers, adults to give us the right answer or guidance, and now it’s your call.

I am beginning to agree with the above. I do believe I’m finding out who I am. Slowly but surely, the clouds are fading and every once in awhile I get sight of what’s really important. And I’m learning how to be my own person. I’ve always been easy-going and I go with the flow. And more often than not, I put other’s thoughts, feelings, desires ahead of mine. I know that’s necessary from time to time but maybe not as often as I do. I’m happy to say that I’m finally “growing balls.” I’m learning to say “no” and speak my mind. I am happy to say that I’ve changed in the last year and I like the person I’m becoming.

So back to my chosen quote. I’ve come to one more huge realization: I am an incredibly fortunate person. I have a great family, amazing friends, good health and have the opportunity to travel and see/do things others cannot. I encourage you to take a step back for a moment and think of how lucky YOU are. It’s quite refreshing.

–End Serious Tangent–

Sports: During basketball season, I’m a diehard Badger. But the second the season is over, my heart and soul belong to the Hawkeyes. Well, that time of year has come. And it feels good to be back where I belong. Back with the big boys

Running: I got new kicks! I’m pumped because I get to nix the purple shoes (I’m not a fan of purple). But like you’re supposed to, I went with comfort over style. Here are the schnazzy new thangs:

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Please forgive the cheesy picture.

Random Question: I found this website on Pinterest where you can (apparently) buy North Face at a crazy discount. I’m nervous to try it but I’m curious! Does anyone know if it’s legit?

Music: Do you remember The Boxer Rebellion? Man, I haven’t listened to their music in so long and came across them in a movie last weekend. Ah, what a wonderful, long-lost band. Enjoy. Happy weekend, friends.


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The Madison Music Scene is Hoppin’

I’ll get to the beats in a second, but……I’m officially signed up for the Arizona Half Marathon on January 20th! I guess it’s time to get my butt in gear. On Wednesday Rock ‘n’ Roll was offering $20 off any race for Aaron Rodgers Day 12.12.12.

No going back now...unless I want to waste $110.

No going back now…unless I want to waste $110.

Now to the tunes…

I don’t know what it is, but I have been musically crazed lately. I think it’s because my body notices I haven’t been to a concert in awhile. Since October 16th to be exact. So I’m craving a concert. Or 8. And it looks like 2013 is going to be quite musically friendly.

January 

The Walkmen are playing at the Overture on January 19th and I was dying to go (thanks to Dominic for pointing this one out). But turns out this is the same weekend of the Half in AZ…priorities. So that one is out.

Kopecky Family Band at The Frequency

I saw The Lumineers at the Frequency back in April and they were phenomenal. The Frequency is a really small venue so we were right up with the band. Anyway, the Kopecky Family Band opened for the Lumineers that night and I loved their music. Turns out…KFB is playing with The Eastern Sea in Madison on January 25th. Add it to the calendar!

February

A friend of mine who always picks on me for my music taste (He hates Coldplay and is a Phish Phreak) finally found an artist that we both like…Martin Sexton! He’s playing at the Majestic on February 16th and this lovely guy already bought us tickets.

March

Remember when I was raving about Imagine Dragons a month and a half ago? Well, more great news. They’re playing in Milwaukee on March 2nd. I’m buying tickets the minute they go on sale tomorrow.

Now I’m just waiting for The Temper Trap to tour the US. I tweeted this at them the other day and got no response…I’ll keep trying. If you hate my music taste then you probably hated this post. If you like my music taste, check these bands out…I promise they won’t disappoint. By the way, I apologize for all the links.

Here’s today’s beat, which is from The Mahogany Sessions. I highly suggest following their YouTube channel.