Five For Fighting and Other Assorted Miscellany

Thanks to Barbara Jones and One2One Network, my husband and I got to see Five For Fighting last night.  Even though I have several of his songs on my iPod, I didn’t realize until last night that Five For Fighting is more of a him than a them.  Go figure.

Either way, him or them, John Ondrasik has one of the most impressive voices I’ve ever heard.  He switches back and forth from falsetto to his regular voice (that is SO a technical term) effortlessly.  I love how he referred to his wife and kids often and told the stories behind his songs.

I’m really glad I went.  Because yesterday was one of those days that I just wanted to curl up in a ball and hibernate.  The monsoon continues in the great northeast.  If this infernal rain doesn’t stop soon, I’m going to sell my house and build an ark.

I could not seem to get motivated to do much of anything yesterday.  In fact, I did something that I’m pretty sure I’ve never done before.  Right smack dab in the middle of the day, I turned on the TV and curled up on the couch under an afghan and dozed for over an hour.  The only reason I got up was because it was time to pick my daughter up from school, so I slogged through the downpour to get her and bring her back home, where I promptly declared naptime and took her into my bed with me where we slept for two hours.

Lazy much?

I didn’t feel much better when I woke up.  I even considered bagging the concert, but I didn’t want to waste the tickets, and I do love Five For Fighting, so I managed to drag myself upstairs and make myself presentable just in time to go.  Even on the way into the city — in the rain and stop-and-go traffic, of course; is there any other kind in Philly? — my husband and I debated about pulling off the road and going out to eat instead, but we pressed on.  I’m glad we did.

The concert was at the World Cafe Live, where I attended the Diane Birch concert.  I absolutely love this venue.  It’s small and intimate, and they serve food and drinks.  What more could you ask for?

I only had my Blackberry, which we’ve already established takes rather lackluster photos, but in case you’re a John Ondrasik fan and you’d rather see blurry pictures than none at all, here you go.  He was singing 100 Years in this photo.  *swoon*


We were supposed to get backstage passes to meet John after the show (don’t you like how we’re on a first name basis now?) but it turns out that he didn’t have time in his schedule.  So let’s just imagine for a minute, shall we?


I’m thinking my Photoshop skillz need a bit of work.  For the record, I’m much better with Illustrator, which is the program I use to do my blog designs.

Oh, and speaking of blog designs, I’m offering 20% off for the next few weeks on all Blogger designs.  So if you’ve been itching for a new design, here’s your chance!

Alright, I’ve procrastinated long enough.  Time to put my face on and head out the door.  I’m volunteering at the elementary school this morning for some sort of apple taste testing activity.  Pray for me.

It’s hard to imagine that I was once a 3rd grade teacher, isn’t it?

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15 thoughts on “Five For Fighting and Other Assorted Miscellany

  1. Sounds like a great time! I’m glad you made yourself go because sometimes you just need to get away (rainy weather and all!) Love the photoshop job, too!

  2. I have days like that–where I just wanna curl up and sleep. I think that’s our body’s way of telling us that we have tried the Super Mom/Wife/Woman bit a shade too far and that we need one day of rest and rejuvenation. I’m glad you went to your concert–that was a For You activity!

  3. That Photoshop photo made me laugh – in a good way, of course! 🙂

    I didn’t know that you used to be a teacher! I also taught for six years in an elementary school before I had kids. Last year I was asked to come in and substitute teach for day. That was a one-time deal! Once the “longest day in the history of my life” ended, I said “never again!!”

  4. I saw your tweets about the concert and was jealous – so I’m glad you had a good time!!

    And also, you are tempting the heck out of me with 20% of your designs… I am having a hard time resisting this awesome sale!

  5. You amuse me. We had infernal rain yesterday as well here in Georgia. And it was my birthday. It was raining when I got up and rained until I went to bed. And you thought it was just you.

  6. This was a fun post.

    It’s small and intimate, and they serve food and drinks. What more could you ask for?

    Not much.

  7. How fun! Glad you got to go. I have never been there before and I have lived in the area pretty much my whole life!

  8. Sounds like you had a great time, and you should be on first name basis with John why not. Is this the World Cafe in Philadelphia by any chance there more than one? I am glad I found your blog I have been enjoying

  9. Loved the concert when he came here to NY. And, not to rub it in, but I DID get to meet him after the show (see pic on Facebook) and I do have to say that he is as nice as you could ever expect. Glad you had fun at the concert, it was a good show!

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