We are officially past the halfway mark of 2018 and I’m not quite sure how to feel about it. July was a whirlwind, and I really don’t think I have had a chance to stop and breathe until now when I am sitting here reflecting back on the past month.
The month obviously started with celebrating Independence Day which is always a great time. We had two picnics to go to this year, so we were gone for the entirety of the day celebrating with our loved ones. The following day, I was off to Pittsburgh for a weekend getaway before heading back to work for the following Monday.
To say this was the month of concerts would be an absolute understatement. I really didn’t do much other than that and, really, I think I am still tired from all of the fun I had. It started off with traveling to Toronto, Ontario to see the Foo Fighters at the Rogers Center on July 12th. Seeing the Foo Fighters was a lifelong dream of mine, so to finally have this become a reality was other-worldly. I have seen a lot of concerts in my 25 years of life and, even after the endless concerts this month, I would have to say the Foo Fighters show was the greatest I’ve ever seen – I really don’t know if anyone else will ever top it.
The following Wednesday, we attended Wines in the Wild at the Buffalo Zoo. I had never gone to this event before, so I was really excited to snag tickets and go. For $45 you get entrance to the zoo, unlimited samples of food, wine and beer, and a wine glass. There were more vendors than I could count, all local businesses [which I love], and shockingly enough, we left full!
The following week, the month of concerts continued with three more shows in one week. Sunday the 22nd brought Macklemore and Kesha at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien, New York. I had bought these tickets back in December, so to finally have this show in my month’s itinerary seemed surreal. While Kesha wasn’t really the greatest, Macklemore didn’t disappoint, and was as great as I remembered from the last time I saw him. Tuesday the 24th brought The Struts at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, New York. These tickets were purchased the day after the Foo Fighters show, as The Struts opened for them and I knew that I needed to see them perform live again. Fate was on my side because to find out they were performing in my hometown was the greatest surprise! On Wednesday the 25th, I traveled to Canandaigua, New York to see the Arctic Monkeys at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. Like the Foo Fighters, seeing the Arctic Monkeys was another bucket list item for me, as they are one of my all-time favorite bands, and they did not disappoint.
Also in the mix were two family reunions, birthday celebrations, a funeral, and some other odds and ends. And if that isn’t enough to make you exhausted, then I don’t know what is.
As I write this, I am two weeks away from being in Las Vegas with my family for our annual family trip and I could not be excited to get these next two weeks of summer session at work over with, and to have some time off to spend with my family before my brother goes back to college for the fall semester.
What are some standout things you did this July? xoxo.