Tra La! Goodbye May!

I can’t believe that in an hour May will be history!  The days and weeks continue to fly by… wasn’t I just celebrating Cinco de Mayo de Derby Day?

Mint Juleps and hats!

There have been baseball games and softball games and musical events and concerts and lunches with friends and work. One blissful day at the lake, resulting in sunshine on my shoulders which kept me warm for a few days!  I’m sorta caught up in my magazine reading (June Oprah awaits!), I culled my blogs so it’s not so overwhelming to read them anymore and I’m reading a great book (The Shoemaker’s Wife by Trigiani).  I saw a couple good movies in the theatre – The Five Year Engagement and The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel – and continue to watch DVDs and wonder why I pay for cable television.  🙂

Life is good.

Now, onto June.  It’s really hard to believe that it will be here tomorrow!  My crazy work schedule continues; I work the next two weekends with random days off during the week.  I have a girl’s day in the works next week and a four night / five Broadway show trip to NYC to look forward to mid-June!  I can barely contain myself — I’m always planning and thinking about how to pack so that I can be minimalist and still bring everything that I need.  I don’t want to be high maintenance but I want to look good!

English: Lower Manhattan at late dusk.
English: Lower Manhattan at late dusk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Broadway itinerary for the week includes:

Monday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Tuesday: Once
Wednesday matinee: Newsies
Wednesday evening: Peter and the Starcatcher
Thursday: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Are you jealous much???  It’ll be a dream week for sure!

I look forward to Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tony’s on June 10 and have a good chance of seeing the Best Musical winner!

Well, enough gloating… I’m going to enjoy the rest of May with a good book in hand!

Off to read!

Stories

May 5 was the Kentucky Derby, and my friend (and fellow Walkie Talkie), Sarah, hosted her 3rd annual Derby party!  This year was a bonus event, as it turned into a Cinco de Mayo party, as well.  Cinco de Mayo is always fun to celebrate with my friend, Beth, so we made plans to attend the Cinco de Mayo Derby party together!  And there were stories…

First, the horse race is such fun!  Sarah informs us about the horses and the odds and the jockeys and the owners. I downloaded the iPad app for the Kentucky Derby and could read about the horses and the odds and the jockeys and the owners.  You can even place bets, if desired!  We placed bets at Sarah’s – shouting out the horses we wanted to bet upon – and the two minutes of the race are so exciting!  I chose two horses, because there weren’t enough of us to take all the horses.

Cover of "Daddy Long Legs"
Cover of Daddy Long Legs

I chose Daddy Long Legs (in honor of Fred Astaire), and he was disqualified, and I also chose Dullahan, and he came in 3rd!  I’ll Have Another came in first, and the host’s husband, Bennie, chose him.  More about Bennie later… Beth chose the 2nd place horse – Bodemeister.  We cheered, screamed, watched the replay, and then stopped drinking our Mint Juleps and moved on to Margaritas and Sangria!

We kept the hats on, because the hat-hair would have been horrendous!

Thankfully the rain cleared and we were able to move outside to enjoy some spring weather.  We had tacos and Sangria, there was a pinata filled with candy, and a firepit to sit around while enjoying all of the above.  We saw fireballs in the sky (yes, I read about them later!  It wasn’t fireworks that I saw after all!) and got a glimpse of the Super Moon later in the evening.  And we laughed.

We laughed at stories about the neighbors, about Super Bennie who is called upon to do the strangest things and goes without any questions, about the pizza and pineapple that were given as thanks for the help that Bennie gave, and it was a great time.

Can’t wait until next year.

Off to read!