Tuesday, August 14, 2012
My brother is still disappointed in me regarding the time I was in London and had the opportunity to see Idina Menzel perform as Elphaba in Wicked… which, I admit, wasn’t very smart of me for passing it up. Thankfully, Idina decided to bring her Live: Barefoot at the Symphony show through Des Moines and I knew I couldn’t pass up this chance to see her or I’d never hear the end of it. My mom was able to make the drive down to see the show with us and it was wonderful. She sang a lot of her famous songs from Rent and Wicked as well as some show tunes (Don’t Rain on my Parade!!!) and even some of her own personal songs. Her banter with the sign language staff was pretty hilarious as was her attempt to find the most talented audience singers during her reprise as Maureen singing “Take Me or Leave Me.” She ended the show with only her voice and no other sound. It was truly incredible and I could finally say that I saw the original Elphaba sing Defying Gravity!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Just a month behind... no biggie. This 4th of July a bunch of us played in a volleyball tournament. It was a hot hot day in the sun but we all had a great time. In between games we grilled and were able to watch the Olympic trials (go USA!) which made the day both relaxing and fun. The evening was capped off with some fantastic fireworks. I love the 4th of July!