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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Brad Paisley: Hey, glory, glory. Hallelujah!

For all of you (sweet, adorable, kind) readers concerned about me, I want to assure you that both today and yesterday were very good days. I, thankfully, got to hang out with Sebastian for a good portion of Friday afternoon. We bought a beanbag chair for his dorm, made out a lot, and then he made me the most delicious and gorgeous grilled cheese sandwich anyone has ever seen. Oh, and he also gave me these incredible knee-high white boots with two-inch heels that just SCREAM Sailor Venus. So, you know, now I have to find an opportunity to dress up like an anime character. How unusual for me!

That night, I went with my brothers and one of my sisters to see my favorite (don't laugh) country singer, Brad Paisley. A raging thunderstorm started up as soon as we made our way onto the lawn, and we were head-to-toe drenched before the openers finished. Nobody really cared, though, because it wasn't cold or anything. It just made the whole atmosphere a little more exciting. I had more fun in those few hours than I've had over the course of full weeks before. You're standing in a massive crowd, half the people around you are laughing, wearing trashbags on their heads to avoid the rain, and the other half are embracing the muddy surroundings and sliding around happily with their Natty Light.

I've seen Brad live three times, and it never gets old. His songs are funny and geeky, and all his lovey lyrics are about his long-time wife. He also, singlehandedly, makes short animated films to play on the big screen at his shows; in this year's, he was a scrawny, cowboy hat-clad superhero who had to fly over the world to save Carrie Underwood and other country stars from dinosaurs and such likely obstacles. He's so frigging cute. Pretty much everything about Brad Paisley appeals to me, from his stage personality ("Raise your beer if you're having the best night of your life! They can't arrest all of us.") to his lyrics, to his suspicious little smile. Y'all can hate if it makes you feel better, but frankly, I'm a little bit country, and I'm a lot proud of it.

This morning, I woke up looking like I'd been at a concert in a rainstorm the night before, with my hair a curly, congealed mess and my new purse on the floor smelling slightly like mildew. My parents were gone, moving my sister into school (she's a senior at OU with an actual apartment, so she's going a week earlier than I can move into my dorm), so I took advantage of the silence by taking a two-hour bath, reading, making waffles for one, and watching Flight of the Conchords. Lor and I decided to go buy designer cupcakes from a cute little shop a town over, and we each scarfed a shimmery pink one that tasted like berries and champagne. We then wasted some time driving around and, as usual, sang Miley Cyrus. This hangout was a lot less melancholy than a few days ago... but I suppose we'll really only get to see each other about once more before I leave.

After I dropped Lauren off, I went for a long walk with my mom and dog, and here I am now. I guess nothing hugely exciting has happened since I last wrote, but I feel like I'm entering into a new stage of grief. Or something. I'm still nervous and upset, but it's been plaguing me less. For now, at least-- no telling how I'll feel tomorrow. Ah, teenagerhood. How I adore your unpredictable, unavoidable mood swings.

Sexy: Um, duh. He's so nerdy! And so cute! I'm not asking you to strip to a wifebeater and grab a fiddle, but just listen to this song and admit that it's funny. That's all I need from you.
Unsexy: Refer to my tweet from this morning. I accidentally cut my leg while I was shaving, but I didn't notice it. It wasn't until I got home an hour later that I saw the bright red blood stain on my new shorts, which looks, obviously, like something other than a shaving nick. FML.

Chipotle burritos this year: 28
S'mores this summer: 6
Subscribers: 19,897

Bye, guys! Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow. <3

48 comments:

ginger jones said...

Last night I was reading one of my favorite books (The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson) and it reminded me that you wanted to write for the same age group and I really hope you become of the next generations literary heroes.

Adrienne said...

i think you should know that the ad on your post was for trojan condoms. probably only because of the making out comment. or because your blog is so sexy.

to_thine_own_self said...

Ahh, I love Brad Paisley!
And I'm so glad you admit to loving country music, as well. While it's not my absolute favorite genre, I enjoy listening to some of it every now and again.
I feel like I constantly have to defend it to people. It's as though if you like country music you must be a hillbilly and live in a trailer park. Ugh.
Stupid stereotypes.
Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying yourself lately.
=]]]


Oh yea...So Much Cooler Online is hilarious!

agioacchini said...

At least you have an excuse for liking country music, living in a rural farm area. I grew up in the city, not a farm for miles and even when you spot one it's probably no more than 20 acres TOPS. But I'm a proud country music loving, greenhouse crop producing member of the Future Farmers of America (and I've got my membership card and blue courdaroy jackets with my name and officer position to prove it). My family, my neighbors, and all my friends (excluding the friends I've made through FFA) think I'm a lunatic for absolutely fangirling Brad Paisley and other country music artists, but I'm not afraid at all to admit my deep love for the man. I'm also not afraid to admit that I'm extremely jealous that you've seen him 3 times, and then best I've done as far as country concerts go is that I saw George Strait this year. Which obviously isn't too shabby. =]

Krazy_4_Kelly said...

No need to apologize for liking Brad Paisley or country music, I love country and, like agioacchini, have no excuse having grown up in Las Vegas...

When do you actually start school then? I started this week and it is a lot less different than I thought it would be. The only difference basically is that I call my mom to talk to her instead of walking to her room. But I like having you (and a lot more of your blog readers) going through the same things with me because it makes me feel less crazy about how going to college and living away from home has been affecting me.

Good luck when you finally move in and start classes! Hopefully they aren't too hard or take up to much time so you'll still have time for us =]

Margaret said...

Online is a fantastic song! I'm particularly fond of the marching band rendition at the end. :)

I think we're all feeling that sense of grief and moving on. It's especially weird since my sister is still going to high school. I know you hated it, but I sort of enjoyed my high school experience and it's just weird not going back this year.

RLeviathanH said...

Haha, that song IS funny, I'll concede it to you.
I think I might be cooler online, too. Oh dear.

MarriageOnTheQuad said...

Jealous!
-Graham

It amuses me to no end that I grew up in TEXAS, where country music is a way of life for like 80% of the population, yet most of my friends who actively enjoy country music are yankees from Ohio.By "friends", I mean you and Graham and Mr. Badger . You're in good company.
-Sarah (Is it obnoxious that we have a joint Google account?)

Robernay said...

I live right around the heart of country music. Taylor Swift went my high school and all the rich musicians live in mansions along the lakes. So of course the entire school listens to country music privately but then talks about it like it some racial exploitation of white people.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why country music fans seem to feel like they are being persecuted. Country music is very popular. Shania Twain has one the best selling albums of all time. Carrie Underwood won American Idol and is probably the 1st or 2nd most popular person to come from that show. There are a lot of people who don't like rap. Plenty of people used to make fun of the nsync/backstreet/spears era, and don't like the new generation of disney creations.
No one is a victim here.

beautyisterror said...

I'm currently listening to Brad Paisley on youtube now. Thanks for introducing me to him! I have started listening to country music, but living in Australia and having no friends who are country fans kinda suck.

Kristen said...

Here's one blog reader not laughing at you. I love Brad! I've never seen him live (so I'm obviously, madly jealous)but I love all his songs, especially "Two People Fell in Love" which is my favorite: ). I made a video for my grandma last year with all these pictures and videos of her set to "The World". She loved it! Sounds like your feeling slightly better which I'm glad to hear! I'm sure everything will be awesome once you move in to your dorm : )

Eddy said...

Brad Paisley ftw! Glad you are feeling better. I love being out in the summer rain. I've been to many summer events and the rain never stopped me. Warm rain is great. It's the rain in January that sux.

Olivia said...

I like Brad Paisley.

toastburntbread said...

as the mature person that i am.... making making. outy outy. :]
will yo momma be reading that?

traderbob11 said...

Hi Hayley

Hey-I'm a little bit country!

Nah, I'm not.

Ava said...

I love the 'making out' comment. It made me grin, and miss my boyfriend. I also love country music. There is something nice about driving around cornfields with the windows down and being able to listen to songs that tell your life! I love growing up in a small country town! How small and country you ask, well our high school mascot was the Farmers!

Brynne Annaë said...

The only times I ever cut myself shaving are in places which a) bleed ridiculously (the ankle bone? Whaaaat?) or b) get blood in a socially awkward spot.

Arden said...

I'm usually not much of a fan of country, but that was a really funny song ^^

Indigo said...

That song is quite funny, although I don't think I can ever come to liking country music.

Anyway, I'm glad you and Sebastian are happy :)

Hayley_leesha666 said...

I am so glad that everything is ok :) i was wondering if someting had happened on the college nerves front.. so hearing that everythings ok.. makes me very happy!

as for the shaving thing.. yeah.. my friends thought it would be funny to not tell me i had sat on tomato paste that had fallen of some pizza.. they let me walk around at uni all day with an awkwardly placed red stain...

Tom said...

In that Miley song, when she's like "Hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan," the first time I heard it I thought the said "Hopped off the plane at LAX with my green card again."

Which is pretty hilarious. It would add much more patriotism to an already patriotic song if it opened with a line bragging about being a legal immigrant.

Sebastian said...

Your mom reads this!

Mègan said...

I've become ridiculously obsessed with your blog. <3 <3 <3

I would totally both flail and swoon if I actually MET you.

Mègan said...

Oh, and btw, safety razors ftw!

ayamizuno said...

So I'm not American and I don't live in a small town or anything, but I think country is kinda awesome - so no hatin from me :)

I'm glad you had such a great time, and hope the last-few-weeks-with-your-best-friends-before-college grief stays relatively bearable. I know it sucks, and I hope that college, when you get there, is awesome enough to make up for it :)

On a completely unrelated note, today's interesting and informative blog-advert is for scientology.org. Um...

VicMorrowsGhost said...

You know you're approaching 20,000 subscribers here. That's a lot of people. You're basically playing to an arena every night. :D

SlytherinSweetie said...

That's nice. Sounded like you had a good day!! And I've cut my leg before and gotten it all over my jeans, but it didn't really look like anything else. Ha ha.

I'm not a real fan of country music, but I do think that Brad Paisley has some really good music. ^.^

~Kayla

HarryPotterNERDFIGHTER said...

Im glad you and Sebastian made out? Haha.


Ok, so you're a 'lil bit country? So whats your stance on Taylor Swift? And yes thats a genuine question.


Ok the song IS kinda funny, and he is cute.

Hayley, you are going to be awesome in collage. I can see it now, dashing to your dorm inbetween classes to continue your story even if its just for ten minutes. I agree with Ginger Jones, I hope you do become a literary ledgend. And I think theres a very good chance that you will be.

Freya <3

Emily said...

AND Brad Paisley likes Battlestar Galactica. So major plus.

Hilary said...

so basically i'm jealous!
i wanted to see brad paisley and he was going to play here next week, but our agrena is simply TOO SMALL. we don't get acts all the time thanks to that.
and i wanted to see him in saint john, but my mother won't drive me and this guy i work with has football.
not to mention, it's sold out.
soo..
-sadface-

Katie said...

I challenge Sebastian to a grilled-cheese-cook-off. Because I am totally confident in saying MINE ARE BETTER THAN HIS. Seriously, I'm known almost world wide for my mad grilled cheese skills. And by world wide, I mean at least family+boyfriend+a couple friends wide. Same difference!

Katie said...

P.S. I listened to the Brad Paisley song and...are you trying to tell us something? Don't make me doubt your real-life coolness, hayleyghoover!!

omgitsoml14 said...

I got cupcakes from this place called Main Street Bakery, and omg they have the best cupcakes in all of nothern Ohio. AMAZING!! Plus they're building is so cute

Samantha said...

I think my boyfriend was slightly less than pleased when I interrupted GoldenEye by playing Brad Paisely, but I thought it was hilarious :]

sibbsadventure said...

I went to Summer in the City this weekend.
I met Kristina, which was awesome! But the one thing that would have made it even more awesome would have been meeting you :)
Just had to tell you, despite it having no relation to your blog today, whatsoever!!
:D

Bel Glezer said...

The song is adorable, and there's nothing wrong with country music... There are worse things you could like!
Musical taste is sooo relative!

"Kathryn" said...

Alright, fine. That song is amazing. Grrr.You made me enjoy a country song.

runswithwands said...

I just GOT so excited when you mentioned Sailor Venus! I had to comment on it right now without even reading further! But I will. In 7th grade my best friends all were different Sailor girls! I was Sailor Jupiter! Woot! ANNND cue me being lame.

Madhuuu said...

i thoroughly enjoyed that link to the (ever disgusting) miley cyrus song!

also i feel like nerdy + singer = celeb crush. just saying

CHEERS TO THE TEENAGE YEARS

kira902k said...

Haha, he's actually not that bad!
And stop linking me to all these Miley Cyrus songs...I'm starting to listen to them by my own free will now. Ah!

:P

-alex

Sara said...

This really has nothing to do with the actual blog, but...

I had my very first s'more a couple of weeks ago and I felt it necessary to share this information.

It was ridiculously good.

Kellye said...

I hate when I nick my legs. That's one of the downsides of being a female. *sigh* :(

Callidora said...

I am in the same position as Lauren, my best friend is leaving for college on Friday and reading your blog has really made this a reality for me. I am crying as I type this because I am going to be missing her so much.

Driscoll said...

I am so jealous that you saw Brad Paisley. I looooooooooooove him.

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