Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Day 1 United Airlines, you are not my friend nor will you ever be. Our flight time changed yet I stayed on the plane that left at 6 am while Jenni, Sara, and Allison headed out on the 630 plane only to meet up in Chicago for our flight into Newark. Thankfully, we all made it onto the same flight and arrived in Newark, excited for the week ahead. We found a cab to drive us into the city and to our hotel in Times Square: The Millennium Broadway. We could look out our window and see the New Year’s Eve Ball or look down at the street and watch Good Morning America tape every morning. For being as close to Times Square as we were, I thought it would be extremely noisy but it was surprisingly quiet and our hotel was rather nice. After check in we made some quick loops around Times Square. It is loud, crazy, bright and flashy. I loved it. For all those years I watched TRL on MTV, I couldn’t believe I was finally standing right there.
We grabbed an early and delicious dinner at Virgils BBQ. Both Allison and Sara bought some extra bbq sauce to take home because it was so delicious. Around 6 we hailed a cab and headed towards the Highline for the Parachute concert! What luck for us that they were playing in NYC the night we flew in. Katelyn Tarver opened for them which was really fun and then Parachute hit the stage. I love their music and I’ve seen them enough times to only expect a great show and that’s what it was. Parachute was followed by The Cab. I hadn’t really heard of them before but when they opened their show with green laser lights and this sounds machine thing, they had my attention and I was impressed. They have a song with Boys Like Girls so the lead singer from that band made a surprise appearance to sing with them which was really fun.
We were all pretty exhausted by the end of the night so we cut out a little early and headed back to our hotel to catch the very end of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. It was a great first night in NYC! 4 girls in the back of a taxi
Be small Jenni!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Idina Menzel!

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

4th of July

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!