On Vacation | SIMA

Do you enjoy musicals about puberty, masturbation, sex, abortions, suicide and rebellion? Then get yourself tickets to see “Spring Awakening” on Broadway before it closes on Sunday!

My sister and I saw the show last night from the first row in the mezzanine. While the story was dark, the music was energetic, and the young actors were absolutely brilliant. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like with the original cast, who I heard were a bit older than the current cast and had stronger voices.

As part of the new cast, Hunter Parrish, one of Mary-Louise Parker’s sons on Showtime’s “Weeds,” plays Melchior, one of the leads, and, despite having a hard time with some of the high notes, is wonderfully convincing in the part. Doesn’t hurt that he’s also extremely pleasing on the eyes… (But he’s so young! Stop it!)

And some trivia for you: The actress who plays the lead female’s best friend is originally from Nebraska.

Big, beautiful chunks of snow are falling on my parents’ house in New Jersey. Briscoe is in heaven. He adores running and jumping on soft, fresh snow.

Rather than enjoying the snow like my puppy, I’m in panic mode. I have to pick my grandmother up from her apartment this afternoon and drive her to the hospital to visit my grandfather, who was admitted the other day for some tests. I have a real phobia when it comes to driving in the snow. Ever since my fender bender in December 2007, I get anxious just thinking about being on the road during winter weather. It’s as debilitating a fear as avoiding air travel if you are afraid to fly.

(However, I do love taking photos of snow!)

I just purchased Amtrak tickets to head down to DC next week for the inauguration. For the price I paid, I could have flown round-trip from Nebraska to New Jersey!  But can you really put a price on something as historic as the inauguration of Barak Obama as president?

Of course, the friend I’m going to visit and I don’t actually have tickets to the main event. I imagine we’ll stand among the huddled masses on the Mall, excited just to be kind of close to where the real action is taking place. Once we decide we’re too cold, we’ll head back to her apartment to watch the inauguration on TV, which will be recording on her DVR.

Is anybody else planning to be in DC for the inauguration?

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Over Columbus Day Weekend, J and I took an impromptu road trip to Minneapolis to check out furniture options for our new house.  The plan was to go to West Elm, Crate&Barrel, Room&Board, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and IKEA (of those six stores, we only have Pottery Barn in Omaha).  Of course, a trip to the Twin Cities wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Mall of America, to which neither of us had ever been.

The nearly 6 hour drive was mostly uneventful until we reached Minnesota.  Suddenly there was vibrant orange and red foliage that I tried to capture as we sped along toward our destination.

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J and I had a truly fantastic time in Italy. The past ten days were completely exhausting, though! I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a day without sightseeing tomorrow.

As wonderful as our honeymoon was it feels good to be back–even though we haven’t quite made it to Omaha yet.

Can’t wait to catch up with everybody! I have some big news to share tomorrow…