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Fun Recent Activities in Utah

It’s no secret that I spend a lot of my life cooped up in doors. Sometimes people will say the weather has been bad but I don’t really know because I’ve been inside all day! So lately for my sanity I’ve been trying to get out and go to more activities- particularly plays and concerts and I thought I would give you a round up of what I’ve seen. Let me know if you’ve seen any of these and what you thought.

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First cool experience is I got to go to the Utah Symphony to hear a concert called An American in Paris which was half Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and half Schubert’s Symphony No 7 in C Major. I preferred the Gershwin but as Utah has one of the best symphonies in the country it was a great experience.

Next, if you’ve been following my blog you probably know my favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Well, after 13 years he has a new book called Bridge of Clay which I am dying to read. He came to Salt Lake for a lecture and book signing and it was really neat. He autographed my book and I was able to tell him how much his writing meant to me. So cool!

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Then I tried out a new theater in Provo called The Hive.  They were putting on a new original play called The Bookbinders Tale, which I had heard great things about. Unfortunately I found it to be a bit hipstery for me. I think it felt it was being more groundbreaking in its themes and messages than it really was. Still, I like what they are trying to do with the theater and would definitely give them another chance.

Anyone who has been following my blog knows how much I adore Josh Groban. One of the coolest experiences of my life was in 2007 when my friend Camille got bumped from the nosebleeds to down right by the stage! I also love Idina Menzel and have seen her in concert. So I was thrilled to see they were touring together and snatched up a seat (a terrible seat but I was sitting by nice people so it was fun). They did an amazing job and sung all the songs I wanted them to. My only qualm was that the big screen was broken so we could barely see them (the photo of them is from the Deseret News). But other than that a fantastic concert!

I also had the chance to make a new friend named Ashley who is a member of a theater group I follow on facebook. Always good to go out of your comfort zone and meet someone new. ūüôā

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As I was driving around in my hometown of Draper I noticed a sign for ‘A Night of Broadway’ by the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society and decided to give it a try. To my delight it was such a great experience! Everything was so well done with so many different shows covered by talented singers and dancers. There were a few minor hiccups with microphones but other than that it was amazing and I hope to go to many more of their concerts

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I was very excited to see Hale Center Theaters latest version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I had seen it there once before years ago (at the old Hale of course) and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately this time I left with mixed feelings. It was fun and I enjoyed seeing it with my family I thought some of the casting was a little off (not great chemistry) and the show isn’t very memorable. I couldn’t tell you a single song. Also it doesn’t use the Sink Me and iconic poem very well. The production of the play was very good and great costumes.

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Next I was able to see 3 shows at Hale Center Theater Orem. 2 of them were at a double header of sorts. First I saw The Velveteen Rabbit, which is a play for children written by my former teacher Dave Smith. It was a very sweet little play for kids. Next I saw Anything Goes which is a bright and bubbly play full of Cole Porter songs. Naturally I loved it!

But the greatest surprise was seeing Daddy Long Legs which is a 2 person show based on the classic book (which I’m not high on and I like the movie even less). I went into it with low expectations but I wanted to support Dave and I ended up being delighted. The songs are great! It’s very romantic and I was amazed how they could learn so many lines! Very impressive!

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Finally I went to another ‘Night of Broadway’ this time at the Scera theater in Orem. It was full of talent and they mixed in the standards with some more obscure picks. It was great. My only complaint is the seats in that theater are so small I could barely sit through it and you can’t move the seat arm rest up making it quite uncomfortable. Oh well

So there you have it! It’s been a pretty fun Fall for checking out the arts. There are so many great things to see and do that it can be quite overwhelming. I’m grateful to live in such a artistic and talented place.

What have you been doing lately? Been to any plays or concerts? Any recommendations? Let me know! Thanks!

Random Thoughts Feb 2012

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So I’ve been posting a lot lately for 2 reasons- I’ve had a lot of pain lately and a lot of insomnia.¬† Here I am with both of those conditions. Here’s some random thoughts

Pain-

Quick note- I’ve gotten a lot of feedback on the fibromyalgia facebook wall but those in the blogosphere do you normally have localized pain or is it all over?¬† I actually don’t have pain all over.¬† It is specific unless I’ve particularly exercised another part that day.¬† I ALWAYS have pain in my ribcage- all over the ribcage, sternum, side.¬† It is tender to the touch.¬† Hurts to wear a bra or any clothing. Swimming is oddly fine but it is sore no matter what I do.¬† I live with a minimal level of pain but some days like today it was so sore and when I touched it the muscle feels puffy and swollen…I’m going to the doctor Monday but I’m just curious if anyone has heard of anything like this? The odd thing is my doctor gave me muscle relaxants to take in an emergency and they seem to do nothing.¬† Its like the bones hurt.

Friends-

However, I pushed forward and had a good day anyway.¬† My friends have kept me really busy lately which has been a HUGE blessing in so many levels.¬† I will never be a girl who complains about not having enough friends- at least I shouldn’t.¬† I have my swim friends, my church friends, my long-time friends, my friends who live away from me who I chat with via facebook, my siblings and family.¬† My cousins are my friends. Even my Grandma is one of my best friends. I just think of all the sad people I used to meet on my mission who would let us in just so that I spoke to someone during the day and I remember how lucky I am. I work really hard at my friendships but still I am very blessed.

Food-

Ok.¬† Lately I have been struggling with food.¬† All food looks gross to me. I have no energy to cook and especially clean. I love having people over for the company but also because it forces me to cook! I’ve had mixed luck with the crockpot of late. I think it works great for roasts and bbq pork but other dishes have been mixed at best.¬† I usually end up eating out or at Harmons. Sometimes I wonder if this saves me money.¬† I was thinking about that yesterday when I got a salad at Harmons and for me to buy portabello mushrooms, chicken, mixed greens, bell pepper etc would have been a lot more than the $7¬† I spent on my salad.¬† Plus, I would have had ingredients left over I wouldn’t use and it would take me forever to cook, chop up all those ingredients.¬† Thoughts?

Oscars-

So the Oscars are tomorrow and I could really care less about Hollywood and its awards (Is there a more self-congratulatory group in the world than Hollywood?  There is an awards show every day).  I do like the fashion.  This year is fun because I have actually seen 5 of the 9 movies nominated for best picture- Tree of Life, The Artist, The Help, Hugo and Midnight in Paris. If it was just me picking I would give the prize to The Help and I would have nominated Harry Potter for best picture, but I loved The Artist and Midnight in Paris also.

Also, if Tree of Life doesn’t win for best cinematography than the category has no meaning.¬† I wish that the documentaries would come to the theaters.¬† They sound pretty interesting.

I think The Artist and The Help will win most everything and they are great movies and deserve it.

(Also, I think Jean Dujardin should win for best actor and tired of everyone comparing him to Roberto Begnini.  What you can only give an Oscar to a foreigner every 20 years? Plus, their movies are totally different).

Television-

So today on lifetime (I was resting before my busy day) they had 4 movies in a row (no I did not watch them) about abducted children.¬† There’s a laugh riot for your Saturday morning…

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So today was really fun. My friend Tennille asked me if I wanted to go to the show at Hale Theater West Valley-¬† Zorro: The Musical.¬† It was the US Premiere!¬† I love Hale Theater and jumped at the chance to go.¬† Before the show we went to my favorite sushi place- Nagoya Sushi in Midvale (this random little place in a strip mall but it is so good. We had 2 kinds of sushi, tempura vegetables and gyoza for $26. There’s no way I could have made all that for $26.).

Anyway, the show was great!¬† So fun to see a show in development.¬† I am sure by the time it makes it to broadway they will work out some of the kinks.¬† The performances were all very good, as is almost always the case with Hale (the last one I saw was a rare miss so nice to see them back on track).¬† It was fun to see a show that I didn’t know the music for, made it a surprise.

Here’s an article on it from Deseret News-¬† Broadway-bound ‘Zorro’ a sizzling sensation at Hale West Valley’

Visiting Bryce, Cedar City and the Classic Famiy Road Trip

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As I have mentioned many times on this blog that the last summer has been crazy for me.  I have gone from having one job, to thinking I had no job, to having 4 jobs!  In the next few weeks things should down as we have 3 of the vacation rentals converted into long term rentals.  I am glowingly proud of my work with these rentals. I think it is amazing I found 3  long-term tenants in under 2 months without a real estate license.  All I did was use Craigslist and KSL classifieds!  It has also been shocking at the level of  interest in a 6 bedroom furnished rental.  We are easily getting 3-4 calls a day on the house.  If I had my license I would go around Suncrest and call all the homes for rent or for sale and offer to manage their property.  I certainly have experience to brag about! I finally had to mark the homes  as sold on the old ads because I felt bad at disappointing people.  In addition, the two families moving into our homes in Draper are very nice.  They are great people- the best.

With all this work, (I have only begun to describe everything- it has been 7 days a week, long hours!) I was eagerly awaiting our family trip down to Southern Utah.¬† I think I could have been happy going just about anywhere but it was a particular treat to go to Cedar City and attend 3 plays at the Utah Shakespearean Festival.¬† It is a Tony Award winning festival with a traditional outdoor theater, renaissance food and a green show with entertainment before the plays.¬† It is one of my favorite things in Utah. In fact, attending the festival is one of the first theater experiecnes I remember.¬† When you are from a big family there isn’t a ton of alone time with parents.¬† This made it particularly special when my dad took me at 8 years old to see Taming of the Shrew, Blithe Spirit, Merchant of Venice, and Volpone.¬† I am not sure why it was just me but it was a great memory.¬† I still have the old programs.¬† Since that first trip I have been 5 or 6 times and just love it!

Before arriving at the festival things were a bit bumpy.  The original plan was to take the Greyhound down to Cedar and meet up with my family who would be arriving from California (they had to make the trip anyways because Anna was coming out to BYU).  Tuesday night (the night before their expected departure) Madeline got very sick.  We were even afraid she might have the swine flu but it was a different  infection (still not fun but better than the alternative).  At first we thought the entire trip would be off, but after a restful day  and antibiotics she was able to travel comfortably in the car.

This delay meant I arrived on the Greyhound (which despite all the horror stories was quite pleasant and affordable) and saw the first play by myself.¬† It worked out great because the hotel had¬† a shuttle, and I had food ordered to my room.¬† It was nice to have one day of vacation all to myself.¬† That night I saw Henry V, which was excellent.¬† It was probably¬† just as well that the kids couldn’t make it because it was a pretty serious and war-torn play.¬† I don’t know if they would have liked it.

On Friday the rest of my family arrived and we saw 2 plays- Comedy of Errors and As You Like It.¬† The former was our favorite.¬† It was funny and in an air conditioned auditorium.¬† (As much as I love the quaintness of the outdoor theater, it was brutally hot and muggy).¬† I have heard the festival is loosing funding and the shows aren’t able to get the professional actors they used to get.¬† I saw a little of this in As You Like It.¬† You think with all this stimulus money programs like the festival could get a little stimulus.¬† It is after all a tourist attraction to the city and generates income while being an artistic gem.¬† Oh well, that’s a topic for another post (btw, I have been selected to write¬† a guest post for the blog http://rightwingchicky.wordpress.com.¬† Still working on it but if you have any ideas let me know).

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After the festival we set off to see Bryce National Park and Capitol Reef National Park for 2 days.¬†¬† Even with the car sickness, it was¬† beautiful-red rock formations bursting of more than just red.¬† Purple, orange, yellow, black, white and more.¬† We even saw some petroglyphs and laughed about an ancient pictionary game gone array.¬† Can’t you just picture someone carving in the stone and their wife saying “that’s supposed to be a warrior?”.

It was a lot of driving and we did grow weary of it after a while, but it was still a nice trip overall.¬† The one hick-up we had was on Sunday my dad decided to take a dirt road to show us some of his favorite camping sites.¬† Naturally I asked “why are we taking this road, when we can take the regular road”.¬† My dad responded “Because it is beautiful and it is a smooth road”.¬† I still can’t believe that a grown man was debating with me about taking a dirt road vs a regular road.¬† To me it makes as much sense as selecting a horse and carriage over a car!

So, we are going down this dirt road and all of the sudden I hear a hissing noise- almost like a rattle snake but it keeps going.

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My¬† dad¬† stops the car¬† and yes, you guessed it- we had a flat tire in the middle of nowhere.¬† To make matters worse we had borrowed the car from a friend and didn’t know where the jack was or any other items.¬†¬† We also had tons of stuff in the car, which we had to remove in order to the get the jack.¬† It was one of the more complicated spares I have ever been a part of changing, but in fairly quick time my dad had it figured out and changed.¬† Unfortunately as we were getting back in the car dad checked out the other tires and noticed a bubble in the another one.¬† Clearly we only have one spare tire.¬† I can’t over-state that we were in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road.¬† It was the kind of place where you would expect to see a flying saucer!

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We only had one car pass us on the dirt road as we changed the tire and they didn’t even stop to see if we are ok.¬† Can you believe that? Rude!¬† My dad kept saying we could camp out overnight but we had no tents or pillows.¬† I am sure all of you can just see me camping out in the middle of nowhere waiting to be rescued.¬† Naturally I prayed extra hard we would get out alive and without having to camp out.¬† Thankfully we did just that, finally ending up in Price, UT.

There is a canyon going from Price to Spanish Fork and we were so nervous about the bubble in the tire that we decided to stay the night.  It was just too risky going on a narrow highway without a shoulder on a bad tire.  We ended up at the Price Holiday Inn in a double suite.  The room was nice and we even got to swim before the night was over. Big O Tires was open at 8 am Monday morning, so we had  the tires fixed early and got on our way early.  As much as I enjoyed the trip, I was definitely grateful to be back home, safe and not stuck on a dirt road in Southern Utah. I certainly will not need to take the scenic route again for a while!

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My family has been in town the rest of the week helping get Anna checked into college at my Alma matter Brigham Young University.  It was so great getting her settled into her apartment.  Today was the last day before my parents left and it was quite the goodbye.  It brought back so many memories of my first year at BYU.  It was a happy time in my life.  I was so excited and ready to be out on my own. I am almost envious of Anna and all the great experiences she is going to have.

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So, this has been a long, rambling travelogue.  My apologies, but it was an eventful couple of weeks.  Now I am back to work on sales tax, vacation rentals, real estate school, and Grabber events.  Busy, busy, busy, but happy.