Singing Along with The Ready Set at Macy’s

Right after I graduated from college I got a job doing promotions work for a group of local radio stations. I LOVED working in radio. Part of my job was to set up and run on-site broadcasts and events. Basically, I got to hang out with the DJs (and occasionally pretend I was one) and talk to people all day. Not a bad gig.

Melanie Donahoo Radio DJ

The bonus? I got free concert tickets. I saw a lot of big names perform, but I also experienced some of the up and coming musicians when they stopped by the station to put on more exclusive shows. I definitely miss that.

So when I heard the Macy’s MStyleLab was putting on a concert series and The Ready Set was coming to Salt Lake last Saturday, I thought it would be a great way to relive the “glory days.” I was right.

The Ready Set Macy's City Creek Center Outdoor

Never heard of The Ready Set? I bet you’d recognize some of their songs. Especially their most popular one, “Love Like Woe.”

It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor concert at the new City Creek Center. If you haven’t been there, you have to check it out. It really brings the “big city” shopping experience to Utah in a beautiful atmosphere. Definitely not your typical mall. I could wander around there for hours. Who am I kidding? I HAVE wandered around there for hours. My friends and I met there, had a really tasty lunch, and headed to the concert. It was a perfect fall day and the perfect setting.

The Ready Set Macy's City Creek Center Outdoor Concert
There was one small problem, though. When we got to the concert we learned that Jordan Witzigreuter, the lead singer for The Ready Set, had a wee case of bronchitis. Yeah, apparently bronchitis doesn’t mix well with, oh, I don’t know, singing? I felt bad for him, but he actually handled it really well. Instead of canceling or being a jerk because he didn’t feel well, The Ready Set held a sing-along. It was really fun, and the crowd LOVED IT!

The group also spent a lot of time answering questions and talking with the crowd. Are you kidding me? When do you ever get to chat it up with your favorite band? To top it off, there was a meet and greet inside the store after the concert, where Jordan took pictures with the fans and signed autographs.

The Ready Set Macy's City Creek Center Outdoor Concert

It was a really fun afternoon and a great event put on by Macy’s. I was happy to be able to get back in touch with my concert-loving self and I was reminded that I need to do stuff like that more often. How do I know that? Well I sent out some Tweets while I was at the event, and when The Ready Set retweeted one of them, I kind of squealed like a 13 year old girl. I didn’t even know that was possible. But I guess that’s what a little fun can do for you.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s and the mstylelab Concert Tour. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

A {Less Than} Ideal Brainstorming Room

You should probably know something about me . . . I do my best thinking in the shower. TMI? I’m sorry, but it’s true. That’s just one of the many reasons why I take ridiculously long showers.

So the other day when I had a business problem I was trying to think through, I decided headed to my brainstorming room to get my creative juices flowing. I guess I was in there for awhile, because I started hearing a strange chirping sound coming from outside the bathroom.

Yes, you guessed it, my “brainstorming session” had set off the smoke detectors! They weren’t full on blaring, but all four of them were definitely chirping loudly and warning me that they were about to go off any minute.

Fire Alarm

Since I live in a townhome, I know my smoke detectors are somehow hard wired to the other units in the building. I’m not exactly sure how this works, and strangely enough, in the six years I’ve lived here, I’ve never tested it. Weird, I know. So basically I was panicking thinking I was going to set everybody’s alarms off and that the fire department would come break down my door and I would end up standing in the street in a towel while trying to explain to my neighbors that everything was ok, and oh, by the way, did they want to hear the great business idea I just had?

Luckily for everyone, a few open windows seemed to do the trick. The smoke detectors settled down and I was able to resume my brainstorming session. The thing is, it didn’t seem to be quite as effective as it had been previously. I guess there is some peace of mind knowing that in the event of a real emergency, my smoke detectors have me covered. On the other hand, it may be time for me to find a new favorite brainstorming spot.

How to Resize a T-Shirt—Yeah, I Did That

How come the clothes you want to shrink never do, while your favorite sweat pants that fit just right shrink to smithereens every time they hit the dryer? (I swear it’s the dryer that shrinks them, and it has nothing to do with the 8 pounds of sour gummy worms I consumed this summer.)

Gap New York shirt

I recently ordered a too big t-shirt off the Internet because I really wanted it and they didn’t have it in my size. I naively thought it’s 100% cotton-ness would be no match for my dryer. Clearly I was wrong. It was still way too big after the standard hot water wash and high heat dryer treatment. So, I took to the Internet to figure out how to resize a t-shirt.

The solution I found: Boil It

It was worth a try. I have to admit it felt a little odd stuffing my shirt into a pot of boiling water, but it seems logical that the super hot water would do the trick, right? Wrong. After 15 minutes on the stove and another trip to the dryer, the shirt was the same size as when I started.

It was time for drastic measures.

It was time to bust out my sewing machine. [insert ominous music here]

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of scared to put my brand new, and now very clean, shirt under the needle. It was especially risky since my sewing repertoire only includes a few things since the pencil pillow I made in 7th grade home ec class, but I figured it was worth a shot.

How to Resize a T-Shirt 101:

I turned the shirt inside out and used a ruler and pen to mark and draw a line that followed the original seam of the shirt. I continued the line all the way up through the sleeve. I then pinned the shirt together and took to the sewing machine.

Resizing a shirt pinned

Since I don’t have a serger or anything fancy like that, I just used a standard zig zag stitch. I sewed right on top of the line I had drawn and made two passes for extra durability.

Resizing a shirt stitched

After I was done sewing, I cut away the excess fabric (trust me, I was really nervous about this part since stitches can be removed, but cutting is kinda permanent). I cut just slightly outside the stitching.

resizing a t-shirt cutting

Ta da! When I turned the shirt right side out, everything looked good. Phew!

resizing a shirt finished

The real test was putting it on. Luckily, it all worked out. I love it! Best of all, I’m much more likely to wear it now that it’s the right size. In fact, I may or may not be wearing it right now.

resizing a t-shirt

And now for the irony:

I washed this shirt in cold water after I resized it. It shrunk. Of course.