Monday, September 14, 2009

What A Weekend...

Where do I begin - with the good or the not so good? I'll start with the good...

Friday and Saturday were pretty typical days of grocery shopping, running errands and trying to clean. Sunday was the big day of the weekend.

Ed and I had tickets to the Carolina Panthers football game. My sister and her hubby were nice enough to watch the girls for the day even though they have a house full of girls of their own. So we left our house at 6:30 am to head to Concord.

We dropped the girls off with Faith and David at their church around 9:30 and then headed to the stadium. The game started at 1:00 but we also had passes for the UPS hospitality tent in the South Lawn Village. The tents opened up at 10:30 and we wanted to get there as early as we could.

After driving around in circles in downtown Charlotte, shocked by the $40 parking prices, we finally found a safe but much, much less expensive parking lot. It meant we had a little further to walk but we could not imagine paying $40 for parking!! We did not even have that much cash on us anyway.

The UPS hospitality tent was great ~ free food and drinks and a band for some entertainment. I had a delicious bbq sandwich, macaroni & cheese, chips, a chocolate chip cookie and brownie. Ed had pretty much the same thing but also a hot dog which he raved about and two bag of chips instead of dessert since he doesn't eat chocolate.

As we were sitting, talking about what time we wanted to go into the stadium, one of the UPS reps came over and told us he had pre-game on field passes for us!! How awesome is that?? Around 12:15 we were escorted through the press entrance and out onto the field. We were allowed to take as many photos as we wanted but couldn't bother any of the players as they were warming up. It was very cool. We stayed out on the field until about 5 minutes before kick-off.

Our seats were pretty good too except that we were surrounded by Eagle fans! There were almost as many Eagle fans at the game as Panthers. For anyone who saw the game or knows the outcome you'll understand why being surrounded by the opposing team was no fun at all!

As for the not so good part of the weekend... The Panthers played a horrible game. We lost 38-10. In addition to watching a horrible game we got sunburned. It was soooo hot! I don't even want to think about what our faces would like if we had not splurged on some new Panthers baseball hats at the stadium.

About halfway home there was construction on I-85, just outside of Greensboro. It was late, almost 9:00, we were all tired, Samantha was crying and now we were in stop and go traffic due to lanes ending. For those of you who know my luck and my history can probably see where this is going. The lady behind us wasn't paying attention and sure enough we were rear-ended. Yes, that would be accident #5 that I have been involved in, none of which were ever my fault. Four out of the five involved someone rear-ending me. But back to last night's incident - it seems to be very minor, just a scratched bumper. No one was hurt and Gabrielle did not even get frightened by what happened. When the trooper came up to the car to check on us her only comment was "Is that man saving us?" Unfortunately we were stuck on the side of I-85 for about an hour.

Finally at 11:30 last night we pulled into our driveway safe and sound. The girls remained asleep as we laid them in their beds and both Ed and I went straight to sleep as well. I don't know how Ed is holding up today. He left for work as usual at 6:30 this morning. I managed to sleep until almost 8:00 and even had a short nap today and yet I'm still exhausted!!

All in all, even with the way the night ended, it was a very fun Sunday and a nice treat for me and Ed. Samantha was not fussy for her Aunt Faith fortunately and Gabrielle had so much fun with her cousins that she cried for half an hour about leaving to go home!

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1 comment:

Matt Guthrie said...

Pretty cool. Too bad they sucked it up on the field. BTW, did the stands look as empty in person as they did on tv?