Sunday, October 21, 2012

It's a boy!!

No, I was not pregnant but did gain a new child. His name is Reve (pronounced Rev) and he is a Landseer Newfoundland like Heif. He was born Aug. 6 and I got him when he was 8 1/2 weeks old. I got him fromthe Watchbear Newfoundlands Kennel in Medina, OH. 

This was our ride home.

I got him home and Heif wasn't sure what to think. Mostly, "Why is this thing always biting me?!" I think it took maybe an hour until they were best friends and play buddies. Heif and I didn't get much sleep that first night but I think having Heif there saved me a lot of sleepless nights of having a puppy all by his lonesome.

We are not impressed!!
There's a lot of playing, sleeping, peeing and pooping going on in my house and I'm glad that I have hardwood floors for that reason! I couldn't imagine what he would be doing to carpet if we had it! EWWW!

Lots of people have told me that I should have called him Mini Me and from this pictures I can totally see it!

Sacked out!
Mom and Dad even got to meet him on their way through town!

first bath at home!
They love playing in the yard! Reve likes to bite everything! Me, Heif, leaves, Heif's leash! He's very cute and I can't wait for him to be house broken. We are getting there. I just have to remind myself that he's still a baby!

At 9 weeks old he weighed 19.4 lbs and at 10 weeks he weighed 25 lbs. I take him for his 12 week shots in 2 weeks and will report how much he weighs then. It's amazing how much food and poop you have to deal with from 2 dogs! I guess I never thought it would be this much! But I have to admit that I'm loving every minute of it!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rock Vegas - Day 2

After learning that the outside part of the day was free, we brought plenty to hydrate ourselves with!! It was a good thing too b/c it was hotter but we had some respite with an occasional breeze.

In the parking lot...

Conflict of Interest

There were fewer bands on the bill today so things started later and that meant things were hotter when we go there! We saw about half of Conflict of Interest's set and they were pretty good. I love seeing new bands that I've never heard of before!

Conflict of Interest

Otherwise was really good and now have 3 singles out off of their first album. When I saw them last year, they only had one. What a difference a year makes! These guys had a great turnout b/c they are from Vegas.


New Meds new drum art!
My favorite part of being outside was being front row, Brady's side, yet again to see New Medicine! I love these guys! They are moving up and currently are doing a small headlining tour in the west (boo!). I could watch them all day long! I can't wait for their new album to come out.



Rocking out!

Ryan! Why so serious?!


me and Brady outside the merch tent

Then we moved things inside. We decided to grab a bite to eat and then go to the show which made us late b/c they wouldn't let us take our leftovers in but our drinks were ok. Makes no sense. So we were late for Art of Dying but made up for it when we got to see them after. They are such nice guys! They remind me of my Canadian family every time I see them!

Art of Dying

Art of Dying

Jonny and Greg of Art of Dying

Tavis and Cale of Art of Dying

Jeff of Art of Dying

Corey Taylor of Stone Sour/ Slipknot
Corey Taylor was performing all alone b/c one of the Stone Sour guys had emergency appendix surgery. Funny enough, he opened with the SpongeBob Squarepants song!! It was hilarious! His set wasn't that long but it was just a cool experience seeing him up there with an acoustic guitar and just singing.

Corey Taylor

 Buckcherry surprised me with this performance. They were actually good and understandable. I don't know if it was too early for them to be wasted or if they are sober now but the performance was the best I've seen from them!
Buckcherry with fewer clothes on
And then the weirdness started...
I knew to expect odd things from Marilyn Manson but he went above and beyond what I would consider weird from him. He came out and seemed normal but then the wardrobe changes started...

Marilyn Manson opening

MM as the pope?

MM ad guitarist. dude looks like a lady?

MM singing 'Dope Show'
He came out as the pope/a bishop with a smoke gun that he pointed to the crowd and then with a white fur/animal coat on.

...and he plays the guitar
Then this podium prop came out and he was dressed like Hitler and at the end tried to hand himself from the razor wire on top of the podium. WEIRD!

creepy backdrop and props

dressed as Hitler
 Then it was time for ZOMBIE!!
His set was amazing with all sorts of moving parts and lights and costumes! At one point, balls were released into the crowd and even bubbles! This was possibly the most over ever been entertained at a concert!!
Waiting for Zombie
Love his microphone stand!


with the shadow of death

riding some mechanical contraption

Day 2 was very different from Day 1 but still awesome in it's own right. Each days had their highs and lows for me but very glad I went again. 

Maybe I'll try ShipRocked next year. Ideas anyone?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rock Vegas - Day 1

I'm sorry I've fallen off of the planet but September was a busy month for me! But I got to finish it out right by going to the Rock Vegas festival at Mandalay Bay and I got to spend it with Erin, whom I haven't seen since I moved away from Pullman.

The smaller stage ended up being outside in a parking lot and was crazy hot, 90+ degrees. It turned out that we could have taken drinks unlike last year but we learned for day 2.

Mindset Evolution
Mindset Evolution was a good band with some good music and lyrics but lacked the Rockstar looks. But they are very much coming into their own still.

Deuce and his Mask
Deuce was again disappointing as he was on the Uproar Tour I saw in Pittsburgh. He is a very thin framed guy and has incredibly large perfect teeth for someone that spits lyrics of his kind. I was kind of unnerved that he did some Hollywood Undead songs but he probably wrote them so legally he can. It just wasn't nearly as good as the HU guys!

Deuce and his horse teeth

Redlight King
Redlight King was very good and sounded just as they do on the radio. It was good to see them live and I look forward to what they do in the future!

Redlight King

Chris Jericho and Fozzy were again entertaining and fun to listen to. At the end of their set, the guitarist threw an amp/ speaker into the crowd which was soon to be demolished by the idiots that were most likely pushing people like bumbling idiots do.

It was a joy to finally see P.O.D. live. They were on a previous Uproar tour that I was at but were the closing act on the small stage when A7X was closing on the big stage, so we left early to get a good spot on the big stage. They had a really long set which I enjoyed but made us late getting inside for Adelitas Way. They seem older but haven't lost anything when it comes to entertaining.


Adelitas Way
As I was saying, we got inside late and AW had already started their set but we got to see most of it. They never disappoint and at the end, Rick even crowd surfed! It's exciting to see him being back in Chippendale shape!

Rick is back in Chippendale shape!

Hellyeah's singer seemed to fall back into his Mudvayne roots and was overly screamy for me and I couldn't wait for the set to be over, even with songs that I knew. I guess they lost the country vibe they were rocking last time I saw them.

Aaron Lewis and Staind again blew me away and he did an acoustic song that the end of the set that made me melt! Boy that man can sing!!!!

Aaron Lewis of Staind

I don't think it's possible for Godsmack to do a bad show, especially when Sully hops on a drum kit and does dueling drum kits with Shannon the drummer! 

Sully of Godsmack

Brent and Zach of Shinedown
I have loved seeing Shinedown every time I've had the chance! I don't know if I'm biased b/c I love their music or incredibly proud of how far they've come and all of the extra pyro and confetti that they can do now during shows!! Towards the end of the set, Brent and Zach walked to a small stage and performed most of 'Simple Man' acoustically!! It was great!!!

Brent looking good!

lean and limber!

Brent and Eric

Overall, the first day of Rock Vegas was awesome! I was a little sad that I didn't like any of the merch and hence did not buy anything but it was still a great time!