My favorite number

I have a few different numbers I am partial to, but my absolute favorite is the number seven. It has a beautiful shape (especially when drawn with a slash through it like they do in European countries), and I like its significance in biblical texts.

I also like to add numbers in my head, and it gives me a dab of mental pleasure when they add up to seven. For example, if I’m driving on our local highway, I like to set the cruise so that my digital speedometer reads 61. It’s a little OCD, but who cares, right?

Anyway, you can imagine why I am excited about 2014. ;)

2014

Books read in 2013

  1. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  2. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
  3. The Jew Store by Stella Suberman
  4. Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan
  5. The Other Guy by Cary Attwell
  6. A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
  7. Private Conversations in Neverland with Michael Jackson by William B. Van Valin II MD
  8. My Drowning by Jim Grimsley
  9. The Watch by Moonbeam McQueen
  10. Jesus Is Sending You This Message by Jim Grimsley
  11. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott
  12. Joe by Larry Brown
  13. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  14. The Key Is Love by Marie Osmond
  15. Scrap Metal by Harper Fox
  16. Life After Joe by Harper Fox
  17. Clear Water by Amy Lane
  18. The Boy Who Came In From The Cold by B. G. Thomas
  19. Caught Running by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
  20. Denial: My 25 Years Without A Soul by Jonathan Rauch
  21. Driftwood by Harper Fox
  22. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  23. When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  24. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  25. Brothers of the Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
  26. A Midwinter Prince by Harper Fox
  27. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  28. I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis
  29. The Catcher In The Rye by Jeff Marsden
  30. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  31. Fire Birds by Shane Gregory
  32. When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Beyonce’s ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ in Louisville

I took this photo with my cellphone and I am quite proud of it. Please don't reuse it without permission.
I took this photo with my cellphone and I am quite proud of it. Please don’t reuse it without permission.

Thursday afternoon, Amanda and I headed for Louisville, KY, to see Beyonce. This would be my second time to see her, but Amanda’s first. We were both very excited.

After arriving at our hotel and getting dressed, we drove downtown and parked a few blocks from the arena. Knowing we had general admission tickets for the floor and that we would be standing the entire time, we ditched our coats in the car and practically froze to death during the walk to the venue. Standing outside in line for an hour and a half didn’t help our frozen extremities, but we finally got inside at 7 pm and literally ran to the floor area where we had to wait in line again to get wristbands.

Once we actually made it to the floor, we were astounded at how close to the stage we were able to get. I had checked Twitter earlier in the day and read that the first fan had arrived outside at 8 am. I figured the floor would be filled before we had a chance to get a good location, but we wound up just a few feet from center stage.

For the next several hours, we stood. No drinks or bathroom breaks. Just standing, screaming, dancing, and sweating. It was a blast.

It doesn’t seem possible, but Beyonce is even more beautiful in real life than she is in digital format. She is also a consummate entertainer, and I have even been thinking of her as the female version of Michael Jackson. It must feel great to have so much talent in such a lovely package. I can only imagine.

BeyoncĂ© told the audience this was the 100th show of the tour, then sang a beautiful rendition of “Happy Birthday” before doing a silly little dance to end the show. We walked back to the car, dehydrated and tired.

After returning to our hotel and scarfing down some liquids and pizza, we discovered Beyonce’s new album had dropped without any warning whatsoever. It was a nice surprise and a great way to end a remarkable evening.