Jan-March 2018

Q1 flew by (seriously, why does every month of adulthood seem to go by exceedingly faster). Here’s a recap of some highlights in chronological order:

Trip to LA – I wrote about that fun trip here. The museum trips to The Getty and The Broad were my fav.

Tahoe Ski Trip– I tagged along to the end of Kev’s company’s offsite and enjoyed two days of skiing. It was my first ski trip of 2018 and my first time skiing on the brand new skis I bought myself the end of last year and they were great.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Boqueria – We celebrated Valentine’s Day at a spot I love that is around the corner from our apartment, Boqueria. They have chocolate and nutella-stuffed churros which is obviously why I like the place so much

Aspen over President’s Day weekend – Kev and I stayed with friends for a long weekend in Aspen. We had an amazing time (including an outrageously fun afternoon at Cloud Nine spraying bottles of champagne). Getting home, however was a challenge. A storm rolled in canceling all flights out of Aspen so we had to hire an Uber to drive us a few hours to the Denver airport where we were lucky to get one of the last NY flights out. On the way to Denver we stopped at a great doughnut spot called Sweet Coloradough…see, making lemonade outta lemons.

Comedy show at 24th Street Comedy Club – Kev and I went to a comedy show and dinner with our friends Morgan and AJ. I really don’t take enough advantage of all of the comedy venues in NYC; it was the first comedy show I’ve been to in years and I had a blast.

Michigan game at MSG – I saw my wolverines play at the the final 16 NCAA basketball tournament at MSG. It was a lot of fun and they won. #GoBlue

Lobby Hero on Broadway – It had been a while since we last went to a Broadway show so we got tickets to see Lobby Hero because I’m a fan of Michael Cera and Kev is a fan of Brian Tyree Henry from one of his fav shows, Atlanta. Chris Evans is in it as well. It was a GREAT show. The actors did an excellent job and I liked the story line.

Michigan trip – I was due back to Michigan for work and I hadn’t been home in a while so I was able to go to some meetings and spend time with my family while I was in town. I had dinner with Garr Bear and Randi one night, I got to spend time with my BFFAFAT, Becca, on her 30th birthday, and I had lunch and pedicures with my mom and Aunt Donna.

I stayed with my brother on one of the nights I was in town. He has a cool VR setup so I got a chance to check out the Oculus Rift. It was so awesome. I was impressed how high-quality it was so I’m looking forward to seeing how much more it advances, especially after having recently read and watched Ready Player One

On Saturday I spent the day with my mom, dad, and brother and we went to The Henry Ford Museum which was fun. My favorite exhibits were With Liberty and Justice for All, Heroes of the Sky, Driving America, the Dymaxion House, and Your Place in Time which was like a step back into my childhood growing up in the 90’s.

Kev’s 36th Bday and Knicks vs. Pistons basketball game – It was a bit self serving but I got tickets to see the NY Knicks play the Detroit Pistons for Kev’s birthday. We had great seats (I made eye contact with Stanley Johnson lol ) and the Pistons won 🙂

It was a jam-packed three months and it already looks like the next few months are going to be busy so I’m looking forward to having more adventures and making even more memories. <3

1H 2017 Broadway Shows

I realize I haven’t done a post on the Broadway shows I’ve seen since the start of the new year, so below are the shows I’ve seen over the past several months. I saw a variety of shows–some were musicals and some were dramas–but I enjoyed all of them, so I can’t pick a favorite but if I had to choose one musical and one drama it would be 1984 and Miss Saigon (with Sunset Boulevard a close second for best musical).

February-Beautiful The Carole King Musical

My friend Kelly invited me to see Beautiful the musical about Carole King’s life. I really enjoyed it because I grew up with my mom playing Carole King songs so they were familiar to me.  Jessie Mueller who played Carole did a fantastic job–I loved her voice. I also didn’t know King’s life story, so it was very interesting. I definitely felt for her. She was much more patient than I could ever be with her love life.

February – Sunday in the Park with George

I read an article in The New York Times or somewhere about a limited showing of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Since Jakey G is Kev’s man crush, I jumped on getting tickets. It wasn’t the best show I’ve ever been to but it wasn’t bad. I didn’t realize it was a musical but I didn’t mind hearing Jake sing 😉 I was actually more interested in learning more about the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat and his famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Similar to Beautiful the Carole King Musical, it was interesting to get the backstory on what went on behind the scenes in someone’s work.

May – Sunset Boulevard

I saw another show with my friend Kelly in May. I was super stoked to see Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close because I had heard good things about it. She did not disappoint. It was a great show and I loved the plot.

June – Miss Saigon

Kev took me to see Miss Saigon in June. Miss Saigon was nominated for a 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and the main actress Eva Noblezada was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. I absolutely loved the show and think Noblezada has an angelic voice. The show also inspired me to get the book ‘The Sympathizer,’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen (I still have not read it but it’s on the top of my list!).

The Little Foxes

Since Kev took me to see Miss Saigon, I took him to see The Little Foxes on Broadway a few weeks later starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. It was pretty good but a little too long. I think it’s cool that Linney and Nixon switch playing the opposite sister in different shows.

July – 1984

Man oh man was 1984 a shock. I had to read the book when I was in high school but I kind of forgot what it was about. It wasn’t really necessary to brush up on the plot though because the show would have been alarming regardless. I was excited that we had really good seats for this one so I could see the fake blood and facial expressions more closely. Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge were fantastic in it as well; I was really impressed with their performance. I don’t want to give too much away, but it was definitely one of the most shocking shows I’ve been to, partly because as everyone is saying, it feels close to home. Here is a good article NPR wrote about it.