Last night was such a blessing in disguise for Mark and I.  We really weren’t planning on doing anything for new years. 

Georgia Dome!

Georgia Dome!

 Frankly, we haven’t made a ton of friends here yet, we really didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and we were just exhausted from travelling so much lately.  But luckily I got out of work early and a co-worker and her husband met us for a night out.  We were planning to go to the Chick-fil-A bowl at the Georgia Dome.  They had tickets, we didn’t.  So we made our trip to downtown on the Marta (public underground

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Our friends, Jamie & Josh

transportation…we’re not really used much of that in our lives).

 Immediately upon getting off the Marta we were approached by scalpers.  He wanted $50, Mark said no, and I hollered out “$30!” and he took it.  So we had tickets!  Now we just hope that they scan and we get in.  They did!  I’ve never been to the Georgia Dome before, but it’s just like Rupp Arena, and by that I mean there’s not a bad seat in the house.  After half time we got to go down to the club level, 50 yard line. 
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50 Yard Line!

It was great!  I just wish the game was as good.  Georgia Tech got spanked by LSU.  In fact, the game got so dry that everyone started to make paper airplanes out of marketing material that BB&T tried to give us.  It was hilarious!  There were hundreds of paper airplanes making their way down to the field.  Finally, they threatened to kick anyone who threw one.  Most Georgia Tech fans probably didn’t mind that much. 

 After the game we headed to Taco Mac, a really cool sports bar connected to Phillips Arena.  It didn’t take long for my friend and me to realize that the Little Wayne/T. Payne concert was at Phillips tonight (we could hear the bumping of the music) and we were already trying to shmooze the Taco Mac manager to let us in.  He finally said, “Hey, you give it a shot, but I don’t think you’ll make it.”  I was, of course, up for the challenge so I walked right into the concert.  My friend followed shortly after.  It was awesome!  I rarely go to concerts anyway, but these 2 rappers have a ton of songs out on the radio so it was really cool to get to hear them live. 
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Mark making paper airplanes 🙂

 The audience was out of control.  It was sooo entertaining! 

 Finally we felt guilty for leaving our husbands behind so we went back to Taco Mac (after getting re-entry wrist bands, of course).  Long story short, we got all four of us in the concert for free, the seats were great and we made it just in time to hear Little Wayne sing “Mrs. Officier,” probably one of our favorite songs out on the radio right now.  Even though the air had a stench of a particular herb, not to name here but you know what I mean, and some of the songs we couldn’t understand a word they were saying, it was unreal.  The best part about it was that it was free!
 
So Mark and I had a wonderful New Years Eve.  The blessing in disguise, you ask?  Well, I think it both made us realize that there’s a lot more fun out there to be had and we’re just not ready to settle down just yet.  And it also reminded us that we have soo much fun available to us here in Atlanta that we have to take advantage of it.  It definitely hasn’t been the most smooth year, moving so much, changing jobs, putting our lives in the hands of faith so many times.  But God has blessed us and has provided the opportunities that have enabled us to write a story that is memorable.  If this past year has taught us anything, it is that God is good and that faith is all we need to take on the challenges that life has thrown our way.  With all the difficult decisions that we have had to make over the past year, God has always guided us and given us the peace to face them.  We are unbelievably happy. 
T. Payne performing!

T. Payne performing!

Jamie & I

Jamie & I

Hello 2009!

Hello 2009!

Little Wayne performing!

Little Wayne performing!

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