Did you ever meet someone who had a job or a career that you were envious of? It happens to me all the time, I meet people with cool jobs and I get a little jealous. I guess I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to be when I grow up!

My husband has a pretty envious job… he’s a lighting guy in the entertainment industry and most recently he’s been working with Rock ‘N Roll bands!

This past weekend my brother and sister-in-law had the opportunity to come with me to Pete’s last show with Motley Crue. They were so excited they got “passes” to get them into the concert and that we walked backstage prior to the show. They were also fascinated that they saw the show from right next to the light board! It was pretty neat to see how thrilled they got watching Pete work.

I have to admit I do get pretty excited when I get to visit my husband at work and get backstage pass. I was lucky enough to see some of Pete’s hard work a few times in the last three weeks.

He designed the lights for most of the opening bands on this tour.

The photos below are of a Canadian Band called “Big Wreck”.

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The opening band at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA was a young group from Binghamton, NY that won a “Battle of the Bands” contest and got to open for Motley Crue! I bet they were beyond excited!

Check out some of the lights for their set.

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The opening band this past weekend had won a radio contest.

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I’m so proud of my husband and the jobs he works!

Does someone have a career you are envious of and you wish you had?

What is your dream job?

two week re-cap

It’s been a crazy two weeks… let’s re-cap…

Traveling with the frozen piece of our wedding cake was successfully accomplished! The cake made it safely through airport security and onto the plane. I put it on ice overnight at the hotel and displayed it creatively for Pete’s arrival.    IMG_6741

He arrived early on Sunday morning and we celebrated with mimosas!


We had a lovely brunch and then took the day easy.

We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on presents for one another especially since we had me travel up to see him…however I snuck a gift in! A surprise to the hubby but for both of us!


I found a laminated world map that could be personalized! I thought it was perfect! The plan is to hang it in our future home and place pins where we’ve been, both separately and together!

The gift was perfect following along with the tradition of giving a “paper” gift for the 1st Year Anniversary!

I borrowed some tape from the hotel front desk and put it up on the wall for him to see! We can’t wait to get pinning!

That evening, we walked around “Old Montreal” and had dinner at a steakhouse! We shared a bottle of wine and enjoyed each other’s company.


Before bed we decided to follow through with the tradition of eating our cake!

Pete’s response was the best, “I’ve had better cake…” Haha!IMG_6804

It wasn’t terrible but it seemed to have absorbed moisture and so was a bit spongier than if it had been fresh.

Hope the good luck of eating our cake follows us through year #2 and beyond!

Back in the US I’ve been busy with work. I accomplished a life goal of working on a Broadway show and got to “call” the show for the first time on May14! I was very nervous and super excited! I called a few consecutive days and I am getting more comfortable each time!

It has been a busy but great two weeks! I was lucky enough to see Pete design the lights for two different opening bands in two different cities! More on that in the next post …    🙂

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Anniversary: 1 Year!

Some days go by faster than others. 

Some weeks go by faster than others. 

A year ago this time we were preparing to have our wedding … in 3 days! I remember telling my mom that the one thing I kept hearing over and over again was “the day goes by fast, try to enjoy it and take it all in!”

I said I wanted the day to go slow, I wanted to experience every moment and enjoy this one day where it was completely about me and my husband and the love we have for one another! She told me, “It is the same 24 hours as any other day and to take it as it comes and enjoy it all.”

We certainly did! We couldn’t have asked for a better day, we had “A perfect 10” weather wise! We were surrounded by family and friends and deep down all I needed that day was to be with Pete! In fact when the limo arrived at the church with my parents, maids of honors, and myself, my maid of honor reminded me that I “would be with Pete soon”… she knew that was all I wanted!


And here we are almost 1 year later and I still want nothing more than to be with him, especially on our anniversary!

This year I wish for the 24 hrs to go slow as well. I will be traveling to Canada to meet up with Pete on his day off from tour. We have no specific plans but to enjoy each others company, put the thoughts of other issues aside and celebrate our love and the first year of our marriage!

Some follow a tradition of eating the top tier of their wedding cake on the 1 year anniversary. Our cake was cupcakes and had a layer that was like a small cake to be saved for this very occasion. We also had a “couples” cake (otherwise known as a Image“grooms” cake) that was created especially for us. It looked like the road cases that Pete travels with! I have a piece of both that I plan on traveling as my “personal carry-on” when I head north!

These pieces of the cakes, compressed in a seal-a-meal bag, have made it through a year of living in my parents’ freezer avoiding disappearing with the many sweet-tooth cravings and the loss of electricity due to last years storm. (My father placed the cakes in the smaller freezer which he had connected to the generator–so it stayed frozen the entire Image2.5 weeks there was no power.)

I hope that if it made it this far I can get it through security at the airport and keep it cold and enjoy it for breakfast when Pete gets off his bus at the hotel.

I’ve heard some say “the first year of marriage is the toughest”… if this is true then I think Pete and are gonna do just fine! Don’t get me wrong we certainly had some bumps over the year and in the last few weeks some hurdles to overcome but through it all we have each other! (I know some of you may be a little nauseous reading that, but… I can only hope that you all have or find someone or something makes you feel the same!)ImageImage

Learning From Children

I don’t have any children of my own yet but I am often surrounded by young children. I am an Auntie to four, 1 girl and 3 boys. Each time I am near kids I am reminded that we as adults can learn so much from them!

One of my nephews is three years old and I had the opportunity to spend some time with him the other day at the playground!

He was very kind to the children around him in the sandbox. He wanted to hoard all the toys but once he was asked by his mom to share he didn’t put up a fight.

  • Lesson 1: Sometimes we don’t want to share our toys but it’s best if we do! It makes everyone happy!

Occasionally one of the kids fell down, but they got back up, wiped off their hands and knees and kept going!

  • Lesson 2: When you fall down, sometimes the surface is soft and cushy and other times it’s cement but you need to pick yourself up and brush off and keep going!

My nephew loves to wave at the garbage men when they pick up the trash and recycling each week. He says he wants to be a garbage man when he grows up. (I hear they make good money and I certainly hope so, since they deal with all the dirty garbage we make.)

  • Lesson 3: Don’t be ashamed to have dreams! & Dream Big!

As soon as children can speak they want to know what all the answers are. My niece is a very curious bug. Everything she sees she wants to know what it is and what it does. Most of the time if she asks me what something is, I tell her and she is content and goes about her way.

  • Lesson 4: Live a worry free live and be curious!

My other nephew who is almost 11 weeks old and is very dependent on the people around him. And really children at this age don’t care who it is that feeds, changes, or even holds them as long as it all happens. He cries and adults have to figure out what he needs. But he cries… 

  • Lesson 5: Do not bottle up your emotions! Let people know how you feel and accept the help or support they are offering…

I need to remember these few lessons and continue to be strong and carefree as I stroll through life!

I look forward to learning more from my beautiful niece and nephews!