Mike and I started the day making breakfast together – pancakes (dyed red with food coloring, of course) and strawberries – and watched Good Morning America. They had a “Flash Wedding” for Valentine’s Day, and it was so much fun to watch. A guy proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of Times Square and then, after she said yes, said ”There’s a catch.. I need you to marry me today.”
Her family and friends were there – already decked out for the wedding – and so excited for her. She was whisked off to pick out her wedding dress from a selection the people at GMA had put together for her. And then they showed the cakes. Yepp, plural. Buddy Valastro (the Cake Boss) made three cakes for her to choose from. How did they know she’d even be interested in any of what the show had put together? They had looked at her Pinterest to see what she was pinning on her wedding board. So clever!
I had a lot of work to get done, and quite a few meetings, so the morning went reallllly quickly. But then it was time for lunch! One of my coworkers and I went out for lunch (on the company!). We got to pick the restaurant, so we chose a new place that neither of us had been before: Rutledge Cab Co.
I’m not very adventurous when it comes to food, so I stuck with a burger. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of my burger – it was much closer to the size of the burgers I make at home than what restaurants normally serve, meaning I was actually able to finish it haha. And their french fries were really good (I’m a sucker for french fries). The whole atmosphere of the place was awesome. I’ll definitely be going back there.. if for no reason other than to get one of their milkshakes. From the descriptions on the menu, they sounded so delicious.
After lunch it was back to the apartment to finish up work for the day, and then it was time for Rascal Flatts! Last week, the venue where this concert was being held posted on their Facebook page that they were running a Valentine’s Day special – 2 tickets for the Rascal Flatts concert for $14. Mike and I knew they were playing there that night and had talked about going, but nothing had come of it. I’m not really sure how you can pass up $7 tickets, though, so I bought them. Over the course of the next week, Mike mentioned our plans at work, and one of his coworkers said we could use his family’s company’s box at the venue. Well, let me tell you – this was the best $14 I have ever spent.
We were the first ones into the box and were a little too excited about just how awesome this concert was going to be. There was a kitchen with a fridge, a Keurig (can’t imagine wanting a cup of coffee during a concert or a hockey game haha), and more cabinets than could possibly be necessary.
And we had a waitress! I was still full from lunch, but Mike ordered dinner, and we got a few drinks. Then we picked our seats – definitely the best seats in the box (early bird catches the worm, right?). While we waited for the concert to start, I focused all my efforts on getting a tweet up on the big screen, because why not? Valentine’s Day shout-out to Mike = success!
First up was Kristen Kelly. I had never heard of her before this concert, but man, can she sing. I would guess that most of you haven’t heard of her either, so here’s my favorite song she played last night.
The Band Perry was next. Going into the concert, I wasn’t sure if I liked them or not, but their performance made up my mind. They were a lot more rock-ish live than I’ve ever gotten from hearing them on the radio, and I loved it. They played quite a few covers as intros to their songs, and you could tell they were having fun. Great performance!
Finally, time for Rascal Flatts. I was a huge fan of them back in high school and college, but I was a little nervous about not knowing much off their last three albums (I love singing along at concerts, so it kinda sucks when I don’t know many songs). It did not matter at all. They played all of their classics, and it was an awesome concert.
My favorite song was definitely “Fast Cars and Freedom.” I always loved singing along with that in my car, so doing it while watching Rascal Flatts perform it live was so awesome. My only complaint about the entire concert was that they talked about playing “Mayberry” (my all-time favorite Rascal Flatts song), and then they played “Sweet Home [Carolina]” instead.. not cool, boys, not cool.
Someone proposed to his girlfriend during “Bless the Broken Road” – when the band noticed it, they had a spotlight shone on the couple and Gary sang the rest of the song (and a little more) looking directly at the couple. Congratulations!
In all honesty, I think this was my favorite Valentine’s Day ever. Live music, good food, and my favorite boy – that’s a pretty perfect day in my mind.
How did you spend your Valentine’s Day?
What’s the best concert you’ve been to?