I'm Too Old for this S!#t

This weekend was exhausting. Exhausting in a good way, but also in that way that reminds you that you’re dangerously close to 40. So. very. close.

Hubs, the bestie, and I drove down to Tampa on Friday afternoon for a couple shows we were seeing at the Florida State Fairgrounds. We checked into the Red Roof Inn across the street from the amphitheater – our usual spot to stay when we see shows there. But this time it was different.

Those rooms are nasty. Why did it take me until now to notice all the hairs in the bathroom (that were not ours) and the stains on the comforters (also, not ours)? We’ve stayed there five times and this is suddenly news to me. It also took me until now to realize there were four other better hotels right next to it. So valuable lesson: don’t stay at the Red Roof Inn and pay better attention to surroundings. Check.

We hung out in the hotel room and had some drinks and a photo shoot before we walked over to the show. We now have 50 variations of this picture.

Once we got there, I randomly ran into my cutie patootie friend, Kim, from high school (she’s the one in the Air Force shirt). I had no idea she was going, so for me to run into someone I know at a sold out concert of 20,000 is pretty impressive. Though, I am taller than most of the world so I’m kinda easy to spot.

We also got the only photo evidence that hubs was with us the weekend. That one likes to evade my camera.

Anyway, the first show of the weekend was Maroon 5. I love them. Their music is catchy as hell and only someone with a cold, black soul would say otherwise. We were in the lawn section so we were far back. Real far back.

The acoustics aren’t great on the lawn since it’s in open air and if you need to go to the bathroom, you have to wade through a sea of people to get there. Not ideal but the concert was still a lot of fun.

Kelly Clarkson opened. She is crazy adorable. I super love her, even more than Maroon 5, so I could have gone for another hour of her music. I was sad when her set was over. She needs to headline her own tour.

Maroon 5 is a hit machine and that’s basically what they did. Hit after hit. I could have gone for several songs that they haven’t released but I guess when everything you release is popular, that’s what you do.

The next day, our friends Jimmy and Linda came into town from Orlando. Originally we were planning to go to the zoo, but we ended up on a mall shopping spree instead. Poor hubs and Jimmy had to walk around the mall together like bro-friends while Linda and I tore it up in Papaya.

We all tried a Japanese shaved ice while we were there. Linda insisted it was amazing and that it “tastes just like Chinese shaved ice.”

None of us had a clue what she was talking about. I know what a sno-cone is and that’s about it. But she was right, it was delicious. I got the Tsunami, which tasted like melon with kiwi and honey drizzled on top. Delicious.

After our shopping spree, we got ready for Depeche Mode on night #2. That means drinks in the hotel room, a quick stop for dinner and drinks at Wing House beforehand, and then a walk back over to the amphitheater.

I only took one picture of Jimmy and Linda the entire night which probably isn’t appropriate for the internetz, so instead enjoy another more appropriate picture of Lisa and I.

We had seats for Depeche Mode, but were still pretty far away.

This was my fifth time seeing them and the first time I didn’t care for their show. I didn’t love the set list and they usually have a much cooler stage set-up. I mean, they always sound good but they’ve just been so much better previously. I guess it’s just wasn’t worth the travel to Tampa and the hotel cost this time. Plus, they always seem to play the only song I hate from them (< — haha, that video is mesmerizing). It’s like they do it on purpose to torture me.

Later that night, we ended up at the Hard Rock Casino some how where we ate our faces off, gambled an entire dollar, and then took a cab back to our hotel. It was a great weekend with great friends but I am wiped out and I think my liver needs a vacation.


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37 responses to “I'm Too Old for this S!#t

  1. Looks like you had an awesome time this weekend! Woo. Plus that mall snack looked awesome (though I’m not a fan of melon flavors). Oooohhh at the Maroon 5 concert I saw back in March, they played hits and practically their whole new album. 🙂 Ahhhh it was great, plus I was closer than you to Adam. LOL.

  2. Look at you go you party animal! I think you left out the important part….what did you buy on your shopping spree?!

  3. I believe this is my dream weekend. Minus the gross hotel. You and your bestie are so cute! FF is also, of course. He has such beautiful teeth. But, and we have discussed this before, you and Lisa are the American version of me and my bestie Lisa! I think this means we all need to hang out. And we’re all tall!

  4. Melissa

    Yes, I need to know about your purchases as well.

    What I’m amazed by is the fact that you even attempted such a feat. I almost never go out even ONE night on the weekend, let alone 2. That, my friend, is impressive.

    And also you look smokin’ hot. That FF is one lucky dude.

  5. WHERE IS THAT ICE?! STAT! I am going to go live there, because now I won’t have to travel all the way to Epcot Japan to get that shiz. Remember me.

  6. I was supposed to meet Maroon 5 once. My friend won meet and greet passes but Adam hurt himself with some of those workout bands that attach to a door and couldn’t do it. So we just drank a lot while sitting on the roof of my CRV, watching people filter into the parking lot. Parking lot drinking is fun.

  7. Mz. Teri

    Congrats to your liver for making employee of the month! You should celebrate with a couple shots of tequila! 😉

  8. Wait, WTH? Not a single word about the lovely and talented Bat for Lashes? Throw me a bone, how was her set?!?

    • Paula

      She was good! I knew a lot of the songs too. She didn’t have a lot of stage presence but she sounded great. It was a nice change after the craziness from the night before.

  9. My liver is exhausted just from reading this. I do love all of the adorable pictures of you and Lisa (and glad FF got in on the fun too!).

    I saw Maroon 5 in the old Amway and remember not being impressed. Adam was pretty damn hot, but they just sounded “meh.” It could also have been due to acoustics in that place!

  10. I have a hard time believing you are almost 40. That being said, I’m not quite 30 and I’m exhausted reading this post. I stayed up until 8:30 last night and could barely keep my eyes open.

  11. Verlin

    In the category of “totally focussing on the wrong part of the story”, I’m digging the darker liner/smoky eye thing you’ve got going on. Two nights of concerts in a row = endurance crosstraining.

  12. Wait, there are different kinds of flavored ice in this world? I am so out of touch.

    • Paula

      Well, the ice itself wasn’t flavored. But flavoring was put on top of the ice. Kinda like a sno-cone but the ice was super fluffy.

  13. OMG kelly’s boobs look like they are going to burst out of there! Pretty sure you are going to FLBlogCon right?! You are going to crack me up, I know it.

    • Paula

      I was kinda impressed they looked so good from so far away!
      I won’t be at FLBlogCon. I just happens to be on Fabian’s birthday so I’ll be celebrating the birthday boy. I’m sad to miss it!

  14. What a fun weekend for you! You’re almost 40? Wow, you do not look like it. You definitely look great.

    I LOVE Depeche Mode but have never seen them in concert. They were in the Chicago area about 2 or 3 weeks ago. And I do like that song that you hate. Can we still be friends?

    • Paula

      Well, I’m close enough to 40 to say I’m almost 40. 🙂 DM is my favorite band. I always try to catch them when they’re in town. They never come to Orlando which is super annoying!

  15. Liz

    Good food, libations and music…awesome weekend!

  16. Lee

    My wedding first dance song was a Depeche Mode song. (not the one you hate, fortunately.)

    How tall are you?

  17. MIZ

    so am I

  18. Amber K

    That sucks about the hotel, but the concerts sound super fun!

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