If you follow me on Twitter then you know that I was blathering on about a certain concert that I was excited to attend. When my sister told me that Snow Patrol was coming to Edmonton (about an hour from here), I really wanted to go. And, as luck would have it, we were able to get tickets last minute. Let me tell you, it was worth every single cent! Not only was the music fantastic, Gary Lightbody was funny and entertaining. His words to the crowd were: "It should not be this cold and you should not be this sexy."*
|Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds|
So glad he didn't sing "Wonderwhine"
One of the opening acts for the concert was Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and while I was never much of an Oasis fan, the sound of Noel's sometimes nasally voice was like a blast from the past. Took me right back to my final years of high school. Of course, closing out their set with "Don't Look Back In Anger" (an Oasis tune) got the crowd going as there were clearly many Oasis fans on hand. Jake Bugg, an eighteen-year-old English musician, opened up the show, and can that boy sing and play the guitar! One of the highlights of the night: A 70-something man rockin' out and dancing to Noel Gallagher. Fantastic!
|Me and my sister Erin. Pardon my wacky owl dress. :P|
The misadventures of two bloggy and wacky sisters
My sister Erin, my brother-in-law, and my nephew were there too, and it was fun spending the evening with them. Lucky for us, we managed to get tickets right across the aisle from them and a room in the same hotel (all last minute). We had a great time hanging out and enjoying one of our favourite bands. Erin mentioned this in her post today too—we both have songs from Snow Patrol on our WIP playlists. I was waiting for the song "New York" in particular, and Gary did not disappoint. Love that song!
|IKEA's Billy bookcase line = Best. Shelves. Ever.|
Of course, no trip to Edmonton would be complete without a visit to IKEA and coming out with at least one Scandinavian furniture purchase. (I'm not even kidding.) I've posted photos of my bookshelves before, and I'm not sure if you noticed, but I'm running out of space. So I purchased shelf extenders. Seriously folks, I have a problem. I am thinking of calling up the local high schools to see if they want some of the books I won't be reading again. But for now, shelf extenders it is. My shelves now sit about three inches from the ceiling and I'll need a chair to reach the top.
|Gorgeous pictures and a really fun story about books.|
Before leaving Edmonton we stopped in at Indigo and I picked up a copy of this picture book. I want to do a whole post on it sometime because it is just the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. The illustrator is über-talented William Joyce (George Shrinks, Rolie Polie Olie, Meet the Robinsons...) which in and of itself is enough to make me pick it up and love it. And it's a book about books—awesome piled on top of awesome. So creative and visually appealing. Not surprisingly, it was made into a film** and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Here's a link to the site for the film and book: Mr. Morris Lessmore.
My weekend was capped off nicely with an email from Harlequin books saying that I've been automatically approved to read and review all of their books on NetGalley (I stick to the Teen category). And we were treated to a delicious turkey dinner at my in-laws' place, which was especially nice considering we didn't get to do Thanksgiving a couple weeks back.
How about you? How was your weekend? If you're on the East coast (or elsewhere), I hope you're safe!
* It was about -15C/5F (ish) with the wind chill, and Mr. Lightbody had a few fun expletives for that. That's nothing. He should come back when it hits -40C/-40F. Now that's nippy! And the 'sexy' comment was likely in reference to the fact that there were plenty of people in Halloween costumes (Saturday before Halloween) that were scanty at best and this despite the chilly weather.
** The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore short film is available on iTunes in HD for only $2.99 (CAD)!