Saturday, October 15, 2016


I call my husband, Jay and me: Ricky and Lucy. Essentially because he calls me a Lucy and that makes him Ricky by default.
At some point earlier in the year I made the decision that we would take ourselves on a concert tour. Now, Ricky’s a great guitar player and all but me, I’m no singer. My claim to music fame is playing a mean air guitar and I do it proudly, and typically while wearing a fantastic pair of beer goggles. So, this tour would have to include performances by other bands and we’d stick to being fans.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to purchase all of the tickets. Sure, we bought some of them, and sure it costs money to travel, but we hit a few strokes of luck and also with proper planning it worked out quite well .
We bought the cheapest Gun N Roses/Chris Stapleton  tickets we could get for Nashville, TN., which is about 3.5 hrs away from where we live. We had enough Hilton points for a free room a bit far away from the show itself, but we used Uber and paid quite a bit for it due to surge charges at a peak time. However, the room was free and once we got to the very top of the stadium, we were given tickets ( if we wanted them) to go all the way back down to the lower section on the side. It was a side view and wasn’t a fantastic view of everyone on the stage, but it was a much better view than what I started off with! Fantastic show by the way!!
It just so happened that Ticketmaster settled a thirteen year lawsuit with fans over extra fees when purchasing tickets. Seriously, sign into your Ticketmaster accounts and see if you have any free codes. I had two free codes. Each code is good for two lawn seat tickets at one of their many LiveNation owned pavilions.
Not only did I have two codes but, one of my sisters had eighteen codes and gave me four of hers. I decided to share in the wealth. I chose the shows we wanted and got at least one more set of tickets to each show. I went into my Facebook and invited anyone who was willing to split a room and gas to the location of the show and I’d give them tickets. Friends of course, not complete strangers.
We went as far as Bristow, VA., seven hrs from home to see Def Leppard/REO Speedwagon. Ricky had a meeting and had to cancel on this one so it turned into a big girl’s trip. We had a blast! Another great show.
Ten days later, Ricky and I made that same trip to see Black Sabbath:The End tour. Another amazing show!!
The next week we headed off to Charlotte, NC., three hours from home to see Rick Springfield/Night Ranger/ The Romantics. This time we took advantage of staying with Ricky’s brother and family, who not only lives thirty minutes from the venue, but also dropped us off and we only had to Uber back late that night. This was another show where we found ourselves a spot on the back of the lawn when this time, the radio station approached us with two free upgraded tickets to a real seats about fifteen rows back. We’re  two for two on the seat upgrades! This time we shared an Uber with someone who split the cost of the ride.
Now, long before the free tickets came along, we purchased tickets for that same Charlotte location  to see Heart/Joan Jett/Cheap Trick. We invited friends, we bought lawn seats in a four pack (did you know you could do that?), and therefore we got a discount and each ticket ended up being $11.25.
When the free tickets came along, more friends got tickets to the same show and we reserved a two bedroom, two bathroom room at Homewood Suites minutes from the show. We now had nine people splitting the cost of a room that had four double beds and a sleeper sofa. But guess what? The hotel overbooked and our room was no longer available when we arrived. Now they had a room with one King bed and two doubles, so they provided that of course, and at no extra charge to us, they gave us the connecting suite with another King bedroom, kitchen, living area with sleeper sofa.We now had three bedroom, two living areas with two sleeper sofas, two kitchens, and three bathrooms. I’d say that worked out very well in our favor!
In between our tour shows, my mother, sister, teenage daughter, and myself had been holding onto Maroon 5 tickets that we had purchased last Christmas as a gift to ourselves. We held onto them for about ten months and finally it was showtime. Again, great shows all around. Ricky skipped this one as well.
He also skipped the last minute Bret Michaels concert that was nearby and Momma and me took advantage of that one. Momma is seventy-four years old and she loves his show. She fell in love with him after watching him on The Apprentice lol. Even though we already have tickets to see him in November at the Casino about an hour away, we saw this one as well.
Our free tickets ended with the Heart show back in Charlotte, but our upcoming Bret show is a birthday present for my bff and if you haven’t guessed it by now, we’re all splitting the cost of the room. Approximately  $34 each. I can dig it!
Ricky ended the Summer tour with a minor, outpatient surgery yesterday to have a Lipoma removed from his back. As you can see in the photos, he made even that fun!
If you’re not super picky you can definitely see what you want and go where you want to go on a budget.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour story as much as we’ve enjoyed living it 😊 😎🤘🎸🎤🎙🎶. Rock on!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


It wasn't too awful long ago that my Barrelassin' Momma was doing this cute little jig at a Bret Michaels concert in Kodak, TN.

Who says your momma don't dance?! My little momma is 74 years old, as I frequently have to remind people, and she sure dances! So much so that in fact, she'll be dancing a jig at his upcoming show in Knoxville, TN. at Cotton Eyed Joes on Friday, September 30, 2016, and then again when he performs at Harrah's  Cherokee Casino, November 19th, 2016.

This will be her second time seeing him perform at the Joe, however, in the past she has made me drive her as far as six hours to see him.

And that, my friends, is why we're called Barrelassers!

Enjoy 😊

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


I assure you, you have not lived until you’ve traveled from place to place attending mostly Rock N Roll concerts with your  70 plus mother in tow (it’super fun!), but let me REALLY, REALLY ASSURE YOU, that you have not lived until your mother’s pants fall down at the airport while waiting to check your  luggage.

For starters we can all take comfort in knowing what a trooper and a great sport my seventy-four year old mother is. I always say I live the life of Lucy and she is clearly where I get my Lucy-ish lifestyle from.
Several hours before this photo was taken in San Diego, California, we waited at the curb-side luggage check outside in the pre-dawn hours at the airport in Knoxville, TN. where my mother, my daughter, and myself, were also waiting for my husband to park the car.

I suppose the three of us were hanging out checking our phones when I heard a yelp from my mother and my name called out by her somehow at the same time. When I turned my head to look her way, my mother’s pants were around her ankles and she was bending over with her bottom facing toward, not away from, but toward the groups of people being dropped off and exiting cars. Keep in mind, had she been facing the other direction she would’ve only shown myself and my daughter her bottom but no, not her lucky day apparently.
The backstory to this particular pair of pants is that they were my pants. She had spent the night with me the night before flying due to our early flight and was still wearing what she had worked in, and had forgotten the pants she had planned to fly in. I told her how comfortable she would be in these pants and loaned them to her.
When I ran over to help grab my mother’s pants off the ground and pulled them up, something wasn’t quite right. Not only were the three of us laughing with tears streaming down our faces because of the situation thus far, I had to tell her that she had the pants on backwards. The front/side pockets were in the back, and the back pockets were in the front, which also contributed to them not fitting properly in the back to begin with.

At this point we were left with no other option than to tie her sweater around her waist tightly to use as a belt of sorts. That, and lie down on the sidewalk and laugh until I cried of course. My teenage daughter was laughing but she couldn’t even look at us. My mother had tears streaming down her face and couldn’t even speak from laughing. Fortunately, my husband missed the entire episode!
Eventually we were able to get our luggage checked and get her inside to the restroom and at least turn the pants around. All she could say when she was finally able to speak again was, “They felt like they fit fine.”
Enjoy, Barrelassers’🙂

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Oh man! This has been on my phone for a few days just waiting to be turned into a meme. While I feel the need to be clear about it, I also can't just let this opportunity slip away.
I don't know if he was wiping sweat, sneezing, singing, or what was going on while I was dancing, but he wasn't crying. Even though we were at a Heart concert and he absolutely adores both Anne and Nancy Wilson, and he would have had every right to cry, he was not. However, he is such a great sport and knows how to have a good laugh belongs to the Universe now. You're welcome, world. I have a few different ones to share but this one will get you through the night. Again, you're welcome.


You can never make too many memories, especially with your 74 year old mother.

In one week my barrelassin' momma has joined me for two more concerts. One being Maroon 5, because she likes that "Adam guy with those tattoos up and down him", her exact words; and the other being the Heart, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick concert, for which we had to take a little road trip for.

She loves live music and she loves traveling so there's no doubt  I get it from her. She's great company and we enjoy every second of our rock n roll road trips together.

If you and your 74 year old mother have never embarked on a rock n roll road trip together, I suggest you get right on that! You, my friend, are missing out.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Have you ever seen a more beautiful library??



The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was once a hotel where many Presidents have stayed in the past. It is absolutely beautiful! If you've ever seen any of the three Work and the Glory movies, which almost all of my family filmed in as extras for all three movies, this area is where all of the characters eventually ended up.One of the views from the 10th floor is where Brigham Young stopped and decided this was the place to be. As the story was told to us by one of the many volunteers who give free tours and information, there was one tree here when he settled.

I also learned that the Steed family from the movie was not a real family; I did not know that previously.

The Mormons have the largest family research database in the world, and it's available to search right here in their Family Research Center, which we took advantage of while there and again, the volunteers were quite helpful in assisting us. 

Enjoy, Barrelassers ;) 

Thursday, September 15, 2016


If you love Rock n Roll then you've heard of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA.!
Well, I, too, love Rock N Roll and I've most definitely heard of it and many things about it.
This is why I'm currently working on planning my 43rd birthday around the iconic, Sunset Boulevard come January, 2017.

I don't want to get ahead of myself here but, I'm hoping that you'll see many future posts from me about the fascinating area as I plan to try and travel from Tennessee to California and spend at least a few days celebrating in such places as The Rainbow Bar and Grill, better known as the Rainbow Room, I believe; as well as the Whisky a Go Go, The Roxy, and more!

My ideal stay would be somewhere not too far away such as, the equally iconic Beverly Hilton, famous for many, many gatherings and stories right out of a Hollywood movie scene.

Let the planning begin!
Wish me luck, Barrelassers! 


Barrelassin' Momma ❤ Maroon 5

Monday, September 12, 2016

SAN DIEGO ZOO- Barrelassin' With Momma

Yesterday, we found ourselves barrelassin' around the San Diego Zoo, in San Diego, California. My oh my, what a beautiful and massive zoo!
We spent about nine hours at the zoo and I guarantee you we could have spent more time if we could have located more energy within ourselves. Thankfully they have the super convenient Kangaroo hop on hop off bus, and the Skyfari to help get you around.
Here's just a sneak peak at some of what we saw!
Enjoy, Barrelassers 😉