12 Year Anniversary & Nine Inch Nails

November 17th marked the twelveth year of me and Aaron's first date. We actually both still celebrate the 17th every month like we're still in high school cuz we're silly like that. *^__^*

Aaron surprised me after we got off work by taking me to this new place that opened recently, Fire Artisan Pizza, and we had a lovely time. This place is way too hip and trendy looking/feeling for our area (which was actually really nice), and they played nothing by indy music that made us feel really nastalgic: Modest Mouse, Death Cab, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes... it was like we were 22 again, haha!

One of our all time favorite bands, Nine Inch Nails, was playing in Portland on November 18th~ so we decided to take a little anniversary day trip. Portland is our number one city to see shows in, and since it's only 3 1/3-ish hours away, we were able to get away from the store for the day to go see the show.

We LOVE road trips and day trips! Rocking out to fun music in the car, singing like we're up on our own stage, laughing, and taking pictures the whole way~ it's just wonderful!

I have this unexplainable love for windmills. Don't know why, but I just do. On the way to Portland, there are a few portions of the high way that have hundreds of windmills. They're kinda hard to photograph cuz they're a ways off the highway, but Aaron was able to snap me one awesome pic.

Half way to Portland we stopped in Hood River and had lunch at Full Sail Brewery. As expected, lunch was great!

After lunch we headed straight to the venue in Portland, and ended up being numbers 29 and 30 in line!

This meant we were able to get ON. THE. RAIL!!

Never before had we been so close to a band at a concert! It was sooooo coool! That's actually an understatement.


Nine Inch Nails is known for putting on quite a visual performance, so after a few songs we moved back a bit so we could get a better view of the entire stage. Also, we aren't as young as we used to be and we could only handle so much of people getting overly excited and pushing... Aaron is the perfect gentleman and shield for me. ♥♥♥

The performance was excellent, the light show was fun, the new female soul backup vocalists were mindblowingly awesome, and we were treated to four songs we had never heard live before!

While Nine Inch Nails are known for their rocking, they have some of the most beautiful quite instrumental music I have ever heard in my life. In fact, my most fave song ever is by them and is the first song our baby heard when we put headphones to my belly:

La Mer

So overall, we had a ball spending so much quality time together yesterday! We got home at 2:30 in the morning, so it was a long day, but totally worth it. We'd do it again in a heartbeat if we could!

Jessica Howard said...

What an exciting weekend! That Fire Artisan Pizza joint sounds amazing. Scott and I will have to make a trip there soon.

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