I've got friends in all the right places ... / by jen geigley

So, I forgot to show these pics of our date night to see Manchester Orchestra, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant.

Bo and I started off the evening with these awkward after-dinner pics.

And mandatory coffee.

And a delicious dinner at Centro. (And more pictures of each other looking annoyed. We're dorks, we know.) Date nights have been rare for us, so we really enjoyed our time out.

But really, it was an amazing night. We got to see the show in the historic theater at Hoyt Sherman.

Which seems entirely too fancy for a crowd concert goers, but is such an impressive venue. We can't believe they allow alcohol and crowds to walk amongst their art collection and mahogany carvings, but seeing a show there is a treat.

Silversun Pickups posted this pic of the band in one of the sitting rooms on Twitter. :)

Anyway, after some technical difficulties, Cage the Elephant started off the show.

They were extremely energetic and great to watch, not to mention that their music kicks it. They were right up our alley.

And then, the amazing Manchester Orchestra. Wow. If you love their album, you'll love them live even more.

And then after you seen them live, you'll be in love with the album even more. Seeing them on stage was just too good to be true. Hard-driving, killer lyrics, just phenomenal. Totally exceeded my expectations.

Silversun Pickups rounded it out, and I think I'm pretty much in love with Brian Aubert's voice.

This little bio on the band made me love them even more.

We really enjoyed them and loved how personable and cool they were. They did a question and answer mid-set, and just seemed happy to play. Nothing better. Their drummer, Chris Guanlao , goes completely nuts and is so rad to watch. You can see him really well here. He has a crazy style.

Best date night ever? It comes close.

The next day, I met with a few friends (some knitting pals, some not) to celebrate my pal Amy's birthday. I love these girls.

And then this past week, I got to hang with my best pal Erin to finally go see this movie.

Which I love loved loved so much. You know you have a good friend when they'll go see a movie twice so you can see it, too. Well, and it's a good movie. But thanks, Erin. Friends in all the right places? I think so. (By the way, I have to laugh at how much we have to listen to that song now. Lo knows the words and requests it every time we get in the car. Her favorite is singing the "stay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay" part. She also loves this one.)

So now, I'll leave you with some Dareness. A new Dare went up on Friday, all about your hands. What they do, and what they hold. I obviously highlighted the knitting and two-year-old hand-holding, two of my specialties.

And now that it's fall, The Creative Type is back with a bang. Seriously. We've added four new girls to the team and I'm so excited. Big welcome to Vanessa, Cynthia, Danielle and Dani!

Run over and check out the brand new challenge that's up today. It's a great way to use up those old letters you have lying around – masking! Masking is so much fun and it's one of those things that I just don't do often enough (but is really fast and easy.) I just slapped some gesso over these huge vinyl letters that I've had for like, five years, then peeled them back after the gesso dried. Fun and messy but not too messy. Play along and also check out our super fun guest girl, Jennifer Tucker, while you're at it!