Tuesday night we went to see the touring Broadway musical, “If/Then.” I was excited to see it, because Anthony Rapp (of Adventures in Babysitting fame – ha!), who starred in it on Broadway, was also with the touring company. I listened to the Broadway Cast Recording a few times and I knew that there was a dual story line of “what could have been,” but the ending was a surprise to me – very sweet.
The story shows the life lived when chances are taken, when the heart wins over the mind, and when a life is lived fully. Tonight at Cosmo Girls we watched “About Time,” the little British drama about time travel that is also sweet and thought provoking. The movie and the play both have the message that each day we get to start over and make a choice about what kind of life we’re going to live. Each day is filled with choices and what we do with the road we travel is what can make life meaningful and full.
The musical numbers do not translate well into a singalong, but the songs tell quite a story. Songs encouraging taking leaps, songs wondering “what if?”, songs of love to a baby, songs questioning whether you would change your path if you knew your story ends with hurt, and a song with an expletive in it questioning what just happened. Idina Menzel was the original lead on Broadway, but the touring actress was a look-alike and sound-alike – quite a powerhouse.
So glad we saw it. Enjoy a few clips of the music. And ponder your own “What if…”
It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of January 2014. I haven’t written my 2013 re-cap yet, I haven’t thought much about goals or theme for 2014, I haven’t even organized photos for my photo book for 2012 yet!
But all the “haven’t”s are only because I have been doing so much. Here’s what I’m thankful for today —
Chris and I found a delicious authentic Mexican restaurant – and I crave it almost daily! Can’t wait to go back there.
Got through another weekend of overnights, and was able to have dinner with Marissa one day and with Chris and his daughter the day I was recovering. Working overnights makes me want to hibernate and put life on hold, but it doesn’t hurt to fit in a little social life! I’m thankful I don’t work all overnights, but can’t wait to try to spread them out even more. 🙂
On a day off, Chris and I were very close eyewitnesses to a woman driving through the exit door at my local Target. We were the last people out that door, and I looked her in the eye as she backed up and slowly drove away. I felt scared that she was going to use her vehicle as a weapon against us, because it appeared intentional, so I am very thankful that everyone was safe and that I wasn’t alone in experiencing it! Koni was inside the store and saw it from a different angle… quite a story!
And then NYC… how to recap that in a few short words? Travel in January is not without its complications – the flight was delayed out of Rochester and we nearly missed the last flight from Chicago to NYC that night, but we arrived – as did our luggage! Our flight home was cancelled, so we were able to enjoy one more full day in NYC – and we made the best of it! Our flight out of O’Hare was delayed delayed delayed, but eventually we made it home. And the trip was so much fun… I’ll write more about that in another blog. Monday. 🙂
January 30 is the 2 year anniversary of my employment at Mayo Clinic – and I got to enjoy it with a day off! Yesterday and today I have been able to take care of things at home (laundry, mail, groceries), enjoy time at Caribou with Chris and a book, go to the ED book club, attend an author talk at the library, and now tonight a BBB game.
By the skin of my teeth (and with the help of Sparknotes summaries!) I finished reading “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway for book club last night. Hemingway really has an interesting writing style, which is not my favorite, but he and his life still fascinate me. I was able to set my DVR from NYC to record the movie on TCM – so I can’t wait to watch it. All 2 hours 45 minutes of it.
The talk at the library was by Allison McGhee, author of “Shadow Baby.” I haven’t read anything she has written, but I will now. I am always fascinated by author discussions and she was not a let down. She was able to speak eloquently about her insecurities and her writing process. She said she reads poetry every morning, and that sounds like something I’d like to do. She also talked about writing exercises, and I think I’ll do one!
Things I’m looking forward to in early February –
I look forward to organizing my NYC photos and blogging about the trip!
I “get to” take a class, which starts Friday! I’m working on my clinical license and have to get some “hours” in different content areas and this class will help a lot. I’m thankful that the class will be very relevant to my job, but I’m dreading the actual work of taking a class. I have homework due before I even go to class, so I’ll be looking at that this weekend. The books have arrived, so now I’ll get organized. It’s one Friday per month, so I can do it. And I’m thankful for an ED colleague who is also taking the class – she will keep me motivated and on top of things!
Next weekend is SocialICE downtown Rochester! I have gone every year with Kristine and a varied group of people, and this year is no exception! Saturday night we will be enjoying the bands, the weather, the beautiful ice sculptures, and the company of fun people! Can’t wait!
Just bought tickets to see Jeremy Messersmith at FIrst Ave for Marissa’s birthday! Looking forward to spending her birthday with her! Yay!
Although I work on Valentine’s Day, I will actually have a Valentine this year! That’s something to look forward to, right??? Wow. Thankful for him. 🙂
I’ll end with the quote that I adopted for my January photo album on Facebook. I think it’s a great sentiment and I hope to live up to it! (And I hope to read something by Neil Gaimon in 2014, too!)
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
I’ve been trying to do one of these posts every other week, so here’s the third “in a row”!
Maybe I’ll get some format, but for now it remains random…
Things that were great about Thanksgiving week –
Getting a haircut! Always feels great!
Choir – getting ready for some upcoming gigs!
FOUR days in a row without work!
Playing “Headbandz” with the kids – so many laughs!
Flying kites on Thanksgiving morning – amazing weather!
Watching the “Cheers” Thanksgiving episode – hilarious!
NOT shopping on Black Friday because I was working – still loving my great colleagues!
Working four short shifts (i.e. 8 hours v. 12 hours!) in these two weeks!
Getting my tree up effortlessly!
Things that I look forward to this week –
Seeing “Life of Pi” on Thursday with a couple of book-lovin’ fools like me (although neither has read the book)!
Thursday off – and probably car shopping!
A short day of work on Friday and then a weekend off!
The Christmas Radio Show gigs in Winona and our annual concert with the Winona Brass Band on Sunday!
Organizing my Christmas list and starting to make purchases!
It will be December! Yay! Because, why not?
Things that I will never tire of:
The movie “Once” – I just re-watched it tonight for the first time since I’ve seen the Broadway show twice, and it’s still just soooooooo good. Such a nice story with great music and the lovely Glen. Ah.
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?
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!
The Broadway itinerary for the week includes:
Monday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
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!