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And I’m Ready to Go!

I’m excited for the adventures to come this week!

First Ave Danceteria

Adventures begin Saturday with Kieran’s Irish Pub and First Ave for Glen Hansard!  I’m excited to see him in concert for the second time!  Someone was tweeting during a concert in Washington DC last week and they were amazed so I am prepared to be amazed.

My bags are packed!

Thankfully I am packing slightly lighter than this – but only slightly!  🙂  How many clothes does one need for four days and nights in NYC?? And how many pairs of shoes to go with those clothes?  And how many purses to wear with those outfits?

Goodness.

I know that I overpacked, I always do, but I will have choices.  I haven’t even checked the 10 day forecast yet, so I packed for most eventualities.  Most.  I am not ready for cold or snow.  That won’t happen this week, although they are talking about some of that crazy weather for MN next weekend!

Things on the agenda for this NYC trip:

  • The movie “Pitch Perfect” – looks like a fun movie for music-loving people!
  • Depending on the weather, maybe a trip to the top of the Empire State Building (I haven’t been during the day) or a walk over the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge!
  • A walking foodie tour of Greenwich Village with Adriana Trigiani‘s tour group!
  • Central Park in the Fall!
  • The High Line in the Fall!
  • Avenue Q off-Broadway!
  • The Strand book store!
  • Forbidden Broadway!
  • Once – for the second time!
  • Bring It On!
  • Any other adventures that may come my way on my birthday week in New York City!

Sounds like I will need lots of energy for the City that Never Sleeps – So I’d best be getting sleep now – if I can!  I’m so excited to be on my way…

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Happiness is… my own domain name?

According to the Secret Society of Happy People today is the 13th Annual Happiness Happens Day.  August is Happiness Happens Month.  Or something.  But I’m all about Happiness, so I’ll buy in to anything that may make others think about happiness and what makes them happy and how to make others happy.  🙂

So for today, here’s what’s making me happy:

  • My own domain name.  Yes, I dropped the .wordpress.com and am now simply walkietalkiebookclub.com.  For $18 per year, why not?  Makes me feel legitimate or something.  I’ll check with my email subscribers to see if they still receive the email, but otherwise you’ll have to bookmark the very first website that I ever owned!
  • I got 7 hours of sleep today!  I worked overnight and was sooooooo tired this morning. I almost dozed off TWICE at work.  I fell asleep shortly after 7 and woke up at 10 and was worried… but next thing I knew it was after 2!  Yay! Bring on night two!
  • Planning and preparing for Ferragosto!  I’ll blog more about Ferragosto later this week…
  • Planning things, in general, makes me happy.  Right now I’m planning events for Cosmo Girls and my townhome community, another trip to NYC for my birthday, concerts (Jeremy Messersmith and Glen Hansard in September and Bruce Springsteen in November!), a Door County B&B stay with my fellow trivia contest winner in October, and maybe a spring adventure!  I seriously have a piece of paper by my computer with my upcoming days off listed and possible events to check into.  (I want to get to 4Daughters Winery!)

    He doesn’t look so happy!
  • The UPS brought my latest purchases from B&N yesterday, including a frame with the quote by Victor Borga, ” Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” I can’t wait to put a fun picture in there! Other purchases included the When Harry Met Sally DVD (where did mine go???) and the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed for Marissa (I’m sure I’ll read it sometime, too!).

Well, that’s a snippet.  I’m sure I’ll think of more.  I love the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and they end every show with “What’s Making You Happy this Week.”  I’ll try to do more of that!  SO much to be happy about…

What’s making you happy this week?

Off to get ready for work!

 

New York City 2012

A blur!

Wow!  I’ve been home from NYC for a week now!  The trip was indescribable and a blur, much like the photo above!  I loved every minute:  loved every show, loved the time spent with friends, loved my sleeping accommodations, loved the nighttime, loved the walks, loved the musicals, loved the play, loved the theatre district walking tour, loved the YouTube screenings… loved it all.  It simply flew by and I cannot wait to go back.  I’m thinking October, if it works for you Troy!

Highlights:  Click the links to see clips or the official sites for everything below!

Monday: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was such a fun show to start off the week!  Literally dancing in my seat and singing along to the music!  Quite a spectacle – so glad I got to see it, as it closed last Sunday!

Luis and I at Carnegie Deli

After the show we went to Carnegie Deli for some late night “snacks.”  The portion sizes are crazy!  I ordered a chocolate cream pie and didn’t expect to get the whole pie piled on one plate!  Yummy!

The High Line Park

Tuesday I walked a lot on the High Line, attempting to walk off the previous night’s dinner.  🙂 The High Line is a new park that is built on an abandoned railroad bed above 10th and 11th Avenue on the west side of Manhattan.  I walked its length, getting off in the Meat Packing district and enjoyed lunch at a French restaurant and then rambled around Greenwich Village a bit.  I took a lot of pictures of interesting buildings and sat in a few parks for shade, when needed.

On the Broadway Stage! Once: A New Musical

Tuesday night we saw Once: A New Musical.  It was just sooooooo good.  During intermission they opened the bar onstage and we got to go up there.  It was fun to stand on the stage where the performers/musicians had been standing.  It was a great show – the music is made right on stage and I either had goose bumps or tears in my eyes throughout the entire show.  The show flew by and before I knew it, it was done.  Troy and Luis were kind enough to wait at the stage door with me and I got Steve Kazee’s (Guy in Once) autograph.  Ah.  Afterwards, a delicious pub meal at the Playwright’s Celtic Pub – although it is noted that it wasn’t true Irish fare offered, as there were some Mexican offerings on the menu.  🙂

Kevin, tour guide, and George M. Cohan (“Give My Regards to Broadway”!) statue at Times Square

Wednesday Troy and I signed up for a walking tour of the Times Square Theatre District.  Kevin was our tour guide, and of course he was an aspiring actor.  It was a lot of fun to walk around the district and learn about the history of the theatres and how Times Square has changed.  It was beastly hot on this first day of summer, so a brewery lunch was a perfect respite before the matinee of Newsies!  A great fun show!  I took pictures of the cast after but somehow I saved them so that I can’t get them off my camera.  Ugh.  But what fun, that show was.  Great singing and dancing.  Loved it!  Seize the Day!

Brilliant, it was!
Adam Chanler-Berat (Boy) from Peter and I!
Christian Borle (Black Stache) and I after Peter and the Starcatcher

We freshened up and ordered Chinese before our second show of the day, Peter and the Starcatcher!  What a joy that was!  I loved the books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and the play was so fun!  Very musical, very funny, very smart!  Black Stache cracked up the cast on stage, and it was just a delight to be there!  He obviously doesn’t like to smile offstage, as he looked so serious while taking pictures with the stage door fans.  But I smiled big enough for the both of us!  How fun.  His last day in the show was last night, as now he’s focusing on Smash, the TV show.  I’ll have to catch up with it!

Then…

Billy’s Bakery

Delicious desserts were brought home to savor while we sat up late (again!) and talked and talked and talked. Ah.  Good times.

Central Park

Thursday was the hottest day of the week so I jumped in a cab to 80th street, wandered Zabar’s for a bit, and then grabbed coffee and a muffin and walked to Central Park and sat in the shade.  I took a LOT of photos this day, and I walked a lot of the city.  From Central Park I walked down Fifth Avenue for some window shopping, and then caught a cab back to 18th street to meet Kaitlyn for lunch at Room Service (yummy Thai!).  Then more walking around Chelsea and on the High Line.  Then back to Troy’s to rest my weary feet.  I had blisters in several places, I think because of the heat of the day.

After Nice Work If You Can Get It

And then the finale of the week – Nice Work If You Can Get It!  what a fun show!  It is so beautiful to look at and reminded me of an old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie.  The dancing, the Gershwin tunes, the beautiful costumes and set, the bootleggers and the high society.  How fun.  And to see Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara was a treat!  I can’t wait til this Broadway Cast Recording comes out!

Post-Broadway dinner at Sardi’s

And to top off the week of Broadway Blitz/Bliss, a post-show dinner at Sardi’s.

This was a perfect vacation.

Broadway Blitz Week

I’m already making plans for next time and hope that I can get there again in 2012!

The Empire State Building from the High Line Park
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

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!

Things to Do in 2012

Now that I have some ‘certainty’ in my life, I have been able to think about the things that I would like to do in 2012.  Not really New Year’s Resolutions, but more of a To Do list. I’m sure I’ll add to it, but right now I have:

Garrison Keillor
Image via Wikipedia
  1. See Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theatre
  2. Visit the Four Daughters Vineyard in Spring Valley (maybe more than once!). Doesn’t it look lovely?
  3. Get my passport – so I’m ready!  This was on my list of 40 Things and it didn’t happen.  It will happen – soon.
  4. Write – at least weekly blogs
  5. Write – more letters. It’s so fun to get mail.
  6. Eat healthy and REAL food
  7. Watch for and attend more Table Trivia Nights
  8. Seek out author and book events, especially for authors and books I love!
  9. Go to New York City to see “Once – the Musical” – you see that, Troy?

    New York City
    Image by kaysha via Flickr
  10. While in NYC maybe go on a Greenwich Village walking tour with Adriana Trigiani (love her!)
  11. Read at least one GOOD book per month.  Easily achievable.
  12. Try new recipes and cook for myself (or invite others!)

That’s all for now!  If I think of more, I’ll add on… but a Dozen Things to do in Twenty-Twelve List suits me fine, too!

Off to read!

 

40 Things (30!)

The Passage of Time
Image by ToniVC via Flickr

Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 30!  Her topic is:

30) A favourite sensational novel

I wasn’t quite sure what Boof meant when she chose this topic – a book that makes a sensation when published? a book that has a storyline so sensational that you can’t believe it? a book everyone is talking about?

So I googled it.

And got a lot of hits for “sensation novels,” British novels written in 1860-1880.  (See Wikipedia definition summary: The sensation novel was a literary genre of fiction popular in Great Britain in the 1860s and 1870s, following on from earlier melodramatic novels and the Newgate novels, which focused on tales woven around criminal biographies, also descend from the gothic and romantic genres of fiction. Typically the sensation novel focused on shocking subject matter including adultery, theft, kidnapping, insanity, bigamy, forgery, seduction and murder.)

Well I’m pretty sure this is what Boof meant, as I’ve seen her talk about some of these books and she is British, and I’m also pretty sure that I haven’t read any books of this type.  There was a list of books in this genre and the closest to anything I’ve ever read was “Great Expectations,” except I haven’t read it.  I’ve read Charles Dickens.  🙂  Crime fiction is not my favorite type of fiction and I don’t read too many books written pre-1900.  One book that I loved (that doesn’t fit this in the true sense of the term or at all, really) was “Time and Again” by Jack Finney – a story about time travel to New York City – 1880.

Goodreads summary:  First published in 1970, this highly original cult classic tells the story of Simon Morley, a young Manhattan illustrator who is selected by a secret government agency–presumably to test Einstein’s theory that the past actually co-exists with the present–and finds himself suddenly transported back to the New York of the 1880s. Written with style and elegance, this bold, visionary novel provides “Mind-boggling, imagination-stretching, exciting, romantic entertainment.”– San Francisco Examiner.

I loved this book and was excited when the sequel was written in 1995.  I believe I have that one on my bookshelves.

Harry Connick, Jr. - Oh, My NOLA

#30 on my list of 40 things was: Go to see Harry Connick Jr. in concert, which I did on April 5, 2007!  Deadra and I both have loved Harry Connick, Jr. since his early days – his music and his goofy acting career.  Will and Grace – loved it!  Hope Floats – how fun!  When Harry Met Sally music – superb!  I have a LOT of his albums so was glad that he toured during the time that I was working on this list and we were able to see him at the Orpheum in Mpls.  Good times with good friends and good music.

Off to read!