3 months and 2 days later…

…emotions surrounding the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon are still raw. Rolling Stone’s decision to feature a photo of the accused terrorist on their magazine cover was a an insensitive, reckless decision. By plastering his photo on the cover of a nationwide publication, we are teaching a future terrorist that he won. By saying his name, the cause that those Marathon bombers declared as the reason for their actions is being heard. We need to show terrorists like this that we will not help publicize their cause. Their voices will not be heard. Their faces will not be remembered.

Instead, we should remember Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier’s faces. We must tell stories of bravery displayed by Jeff Bauman, Richard Donahue and Carlos Arredondo. We as a nation need to make the decision to focus on the victims, to focus on the healing. That is what should be printed on the a magazine cover.

Here are some excerpts from a great post write by a fellow Bostonian.

Dear Rolling Stone…

I’m not over the marathon yet. Not by a long shot. I can’t walk down that street without thinking about it. I can’t walk past that bar or that shoe store without looking right where the bombs went off.

Time passes and feelings fade. 30 years from now some kid is gonna hear about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, look it up on wikipedia, and think that it was a relatively minor terrorist attack. “Worse stuff happens around the world every other month” he’ll think. That’s fine, I won’t blame him because he won’t know any better. He won’t know how much it hurt for all the people who were lucky enough not to be killed, or lose limbs, or suffer some other senseless injury. He won’t know about the week after the bombing, about how the uninjured followed the people who were in the hospitals, reading every news story they could get their hands on and praying the totals didn’t go any higher. He won’t understand everyone finding a tv to see the FBI post pictures of the terrorists, and everyone immediately sharing the picture so everybody in the civilized world could see it. He won’t know what it felt like to wake up to a call from your friend at 3am telling you to get online because there was a shootout with the bombers 2 miles from your apartment. He won’t know what it was like being glued to online police scanners for 24 hours, and just when you thought he somehow got away, he was trapped in a boat and it was over. He won’t know what it was like seeing Jeff Bauman throwing out the first pitch, or walking on the ice with his prosthetic legs, and giving you hope that things were getting better.

But you knew, Rolling Stone. You knew all of that. You knew how much this meant to Boston. You knew and you put him on the cover anyway because you didn’t care. Just to create some buzz, sell a few more magazines. Killers are glamorous, victims aren’t.

Boston Strong

Summertime, sweet summertime

With tomorrow being the official first day of summer, I thought I’d share some of my summertime plans. Am I the only one that gets cabin fever in the spring and goes crazy in anticipation of summer and books up every weekend??

This summer I’m planning to…

Celebrate the birth of this amazing girl with a weekend in NYC

Kris!

Cruise around Boston in honor of America’s birthday in our rented yacht

Indescretion Yacht

Rock out with Jake Owen and Jason Aldean at Fenway Park

Jason Aldean

Travel to XXX (its a secret!) with a group of bachelorettes ahead of a dear friend’s September wedding

Secret

Finally make it down to Virginia Beach to see this lovely lady

Lauren!

Head back to Fenway to see Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z in their suits & ties

justin-jay-z-legends-tour

Attend my 6th (maybe 7th?) Countryfest at Gillette Stadium and sing along with the one and only Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney at Gillette 2012

What are your summer plans?

Funny how a melody sounds like a memory

Last night I got back from my much anticipated trip to Nashville. This was my 5th (almost) consecutive year going down for CMA Fan Fest. I went for the first time in 2008 and then have gone every June since 2010. This year we had our biggest crew ever with about 25 of us in total. The trip was absolutely amazing. If you don’t know what Fan Fest is (you are missing out!), it is an 4 day long country music festival that raises money for music programs in public schools. All of the artists perform for free so that all of the proceeds can go directly to the programs. It features all of country music’s major artists performing on Nashville’s Riverfront during the day and then at LP Field at night. Highlights from this year’s line up included Zac Brown Band, Phil Vassar, Luke Bryan, Craig Campbell, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Jerrod Neimann, Jake Owen, David Nail, Corey Smith, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Jake Owen and Carrie Underwood. Phew!! That was only the acts that I can remember!! You can visit the CMA’s website for the full line up. Highlights from the show will air on August 12th on ABC.

Despite this being one of the best vacations of my 27 years, we did experience a few snags. The first would be the surprise performance by Lenny Kravitz. If you follow me on twitter, you may have an idea how I feel about this. Lenny came out and performed a 45 minute set which was one of the longest (if not THE longest) out of the 4 nights. The crowd was completely unfamiliar with his songs besides American Woman and Fly Away. After multiple attempts to coax the crowd into singing along to one of his other songs and being met with silence, Lenny then decided to extend the song with a 10 minute guitar solo. He clearly didn’t read the crowd…..or the camera men when they tried cutting him off about 10 minutes earlier. He finally flipped off the crowd and stormed off the stage in anger. I truly don’t know what the CMA was thinking by having this “surprise SUPER MEGA STAR” featured. One can only assume there were some type of backstage politics involved. I won’t even get into the decision to have Jason Aldean (a real country artist) join Lenny on stage for one song and then leave.

The only other snag was Sunday night’s concert at LP Field. Due to an impending thunderstorm, each act was limited to 1-3 songs instead of their planned 5-7. Poor Jake Owen was only brought on stage for one song before he was told to get off. Brad Paisley and The Band Perry were both allowed two and Carrie Underwood had time for three. We all know Mother Nature cannot be tamed but because of the rushed acts, the concert let out over 2 hours before the rain actually began. I do want to commend all of the artists for handling their shortened time gracefully. After all, they donated their time to be there when they absolutely could have been paid to perform elsewhere.

Here are some highlights from our trip:

CMA Fest 2013

Above: Kip Moore, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band at LP Field

Nashville

Clockwise: Some of the ladies of the trip, Vanderbilt’s football field from our hotel window, Craig Campbell at the Riverfront, Quitting my day job and learning to play guitar, Phil Vassar at the Riverfront

While in town, we stopped for dinner at my all time favorite restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. Our meal highlights included WK Bourbon Poppers which were bourbon BBQ glazed chicken poppers, seasoned sweet potato fries, ranch; Aristocrat Wings flavored with truffle, parmesan, parsley, black pepper; The Southerner which was a quarter pound biscuit, peppered bacon gravy, cheddar cheese, topped w/ fried egg and with choice of side choose from: fried chicken, smoked ham, fried green tomato, or steak (I went with the tomato)Whiskey Kitchen, Nashville, TN

Only 360 days until next year’s trip to Nashville. So blessed ^

Drunk on You & High on Summertime

Drunk on you, high on summertime - Chalkboard art from Boston In Heels

This weekend marked not only Boston’s first (just about) heatwave of the year but also the first beach day. I guess when Mother Nature decided it was summer, it arrived in full force!

Girls at Jerry Remy's

I spent the weekend preparing for my upcoming Nashville trip (Wednesday!!!!), celebrating a friend’s birthday and singing along with Luke Bryan…all while trying to stay cool. I also received my first sunburn ever which you can see in the picture above. #whitepeopleproblems

Below are a few pictures from Sunday’s Florida/Georgia Line & Luke Bryan concert:

American tailgate

Luke Bryan at Comcast Center