This past weekend I had the chance to see Snow Patrol in concert. Not only are they my favourite band ever, but I have some of their songs on the playlist for my WIP. Talk about an amazing opportunity for writing inspiration! Seriously though, writing inspiration or not, I’d pay good money to listen to Gary Lightbody yodel the phone book.
We drove five hours to get to the concert and it was worth every freezing snowy minute and every penny we spent on tickets--especially seeing as on the way there I managed to crank out a detailed outline of book two in my trilogy (Yay!). Have to do something to keep busy in the car right? This was my son’s first rock concert so it was a fun family milestone and a total blast for him. And as an added bonus, I got to see my sister Jaime and her hubby who managed to get last minute tickets right across the aisle from us.
Here we are before the concert, and yes, that's my brother-in-law making wacky faces behind us.
Not the clearest picture, but there's Snow Patrol putting on an amazing show. The highlight for me was their performance of "Open Your Eyes", which I listened to when writing a certain important scene in my WIP. Also enjoyed hearing "Run" and "New York". Both are on my playlist as well. Loved listening to Gary Lightbody's lovely Northern Irish accent almost as much as the music, and man is he energetic. No wonder he's so skinny (thus the name "Lightbody", hmm?). Phenomenal show. I left with a huge smile and very numb eardrums. Oh, and an ecstatic twelve year old :) I would go to another of their concerts in a heartbeat. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Jake Bugg opened the concert and both were great as well.
Before heading home, we checked out Wee Book Inn, a very cool used bookstore. For of any of you Firefly/Castle fans out there, Nathan Fillion used to buy comic books at Wee Book Inn when he was a kid. It seems that whenever we go away anywhere we always end up at a bookstore of some kind.
This is Yvan, one of the cats that lives at Wee Book Inn. He's seventeen years old and has the squishiest face I've ever seen. So adorable. His buddy Bunny was sleeping in the display case under the front till when we paid for our books. The guy working the till said there's something fitting about having cats in a bookstore and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree. Petting the cat was just as fun as buying books, and that's saying something!
Another not so stellar picture taken by my husband's phone, but perhaps clear enough for you to see the rows of delicious cupcakes in the case. This is Fuss Cupcakes and it's becoming a tradition to stop there whenever we go to Edmonton. Sure their cupcakes are delicious (I chose Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Addiction), but the best thing about them is that they're peanut free! This is a huge deal in my family because it means my son gets to enjoy them as well. In fact, he's the one that found Fuss Cupcakes on the internet. This was lunch on the long ride home. I'm such a horrible mom. :)
Well, that was our whirlwind overnight trip. Incredible music, lots of books, cute cats and stuffing our face with cupcakes. Great weekend!
Here's a link to Jaime's account of the concert: A Wonderful Weekend.