I survived! Two strangers from New York stayed with me all weekend, and I survived. And it was completely awesome.
And! They came bearing cannolis. As you can see, I couldn't even restrain myself long enough to take a picture before ravaging them. I might move to NY just for the cannolis. I do it all for the cannoli.
It was one of the only times in my life I felt zero shyness when hanging out in person with someone for the first time. It felt like we had known each for years (we technically have), and I can't remember the last time I've hung out with girls I actually click with. It was glorious. I showed them all my favorite spots in Columbus, yadda yadda yadda.
BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, SHALL WE?
BECAUSE I SAW HIM. RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY EYEBALLS. BREATHING THE SAME AIR.
But really, where do I start?! I don't even know! It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen in my life! Exclamation points!!!!
I don't think there are many things worth recapping, but this is. It was three hours of singing and dancing and screaming. He KILLED it. The row of soccer moms in front us were breaking it down like I've never seen before, but I was peeved by the high schoolers. The age difference was so apparent when they would dance and sing to Suit & Tie but stood still with confused faces during Cry Me A River. If you weren't old enough to be devastated when he and Britney Spears broke up, and if you didn't dance in your bedroom to Bye Bye Bye while putting on your frosted eye shadow and Bonnebell Lip Smackers (Dr. Pepper, of course), then you don't deserve to be here. Excuse me, but GET OUT. I need your seats so I have more room to dance to all the songs that came out while you were in diapers.
However, my favorite moment was when Sir Timberlake was singing What Goes Around Comes Around, and when he sang the line "I was ready to give you my name," I suddenly heard Kelsey scream next to me "I'LL TAKE IT! I'LL TAKE IT!" But I can't judge, because every video I took has my screaming and/or singing in the background. My other favorite moment (all of it. all of it was my favorite moment) was when part of the stage MOVED through the arena, and he was LESS THAN 100 FEET AWAY. I AM STILL SHAKING. I should be humiliated by the things I screamed at him, but I'm not. I've been a JT fan for as long as I remember. I feel like we grew up together. I remember his ramen noodle hair and his denim tux, for crying out loud. At this concert, I morphed from a 24 year old married, working woman to a tween with frizzy hair and braces. Seeing him in concert and watching him perform the songs I so vividly remember listening to on repeat in middle and high school made me the happiest person alive. You haven't lived until you've sung Señorita with him.
I have never dropped it like it's hot quite like I did that night. I'm surprised Kelsey and Alissa didn't pretend to not know me. I left my shame and dignity at the door and lost my mind/fangirled in an entirely new way. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.
This weekend was 6 months in the making and I'm so bummed it's over. The whole weekend lived up to every expectation. In the words of Kelsey, I have no idea how to go back to my normal life like that concert didn't happen. But it's ok, because it's happening all over again. The Avett Brothers. March 7th. NYC. Bring it.