Sunday, March 30, 2008

My 'lil sister is getting hitched!

L got engaged last night - big news! My little sister is going to get married! J asked and she said...yes! Just wanted to share the news with everyone. And today is her birthday so she is having an extra special birthday weekend!
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

St Patrick's Day!

Happy Belated St Patrick’s Day! I took an all too short trip to NYC for a weekend of no emails, calls, or projects. Just me and some much needed fun! I spent the time shopping and wandering the city. The highlight of this trip - I met a dear friend at Angus McIndoe for pre-theater lunch. Then we went to see Curtains with David Hyde Pierce and I very much enjoyed the company and the musical! Not every day you get to see a Tony-award winning actor do his “thing” on stage and he did not disappoint, especially when we were 5 rows up and smack dab in the middle of the theater!!

I was also able to see Patti LuPone in Gypsy – from a spectacular seat – and she was AMAZING! I have ALWAYS wanted to see her perform and, in my humble opinion, I really think Gypsy was the perfect vehicle for her and the THREE standing ovations she received (beginning, middle and end) were proof I wasn’t the only one impressed with her! And like a groupie, I waited at the stage door for her. She shook my hand as I complimented her on her performance. As I was walking back to the hotel, I passed by the stage door for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is in previews with its first all-black cast, and saw Terrance Howard AND James Earl Jones leaving the theater. Quite the night! Did I mention I shook Patti LuPone’s hand….

I was also able to see Celtic Woman at Radio City Music Hall – a generous birthday gift and WOW! They are amazing performers and the show was over WAY too soon. Besides being in such an impressive venue, they put on an impressive concert. I can’t wait for their next tour! Pre-show dinner was at Sardis! Geesh – could the night have been any better!!!??!

So in between all those great shows, I walked the streets of NYC. I put on my running stuff early one morning and took the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge and ran across it and back. You know me and bridges – what would have made it absolutely perfect would have been a waterfall at one end – both of my obsessions in one! Then I followed up the run with a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts! I also hopped on the subway, headed downtown and then just walked north. Stopped in a lot of great shops in Tribeca and shopped for “special” (wink, wink) items in China Town. Had a lot of hot chocolate (non-fat, no whip) because there is a Starbucks on EVERY corner in Manhattan. No one threatened to stab me with their fork this visit so something was strangely lacking. I did get asked for directions and 3 out of 4 times, I actually gave them! Had my hotdog and pretzel from a street vendor and I lived to tell the tale!

SO in spite of having to cut the trip short and miss out on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, I still had a great time and can’t wait to go back for another visit!


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