Feeling much better today, though still full of phlegm ;-p

I slept 14 hours last night and spent most of the early part of the day on the couch. Around 2pm I showered and got dressed and drove to Columbus. I met my sister at her apartment because she wanted to hear the "clicking noise" that was apparently what the urgent care docs had heard Thursday night that led them to think pneumonia. She couldn't find it, so I guess I am getting better. Or she just sucks with a stethoscope ;-p Also, I am not a cat.

We met my dad at Akai Hana for dinner. YUM JAPANESE FOOD. Their sushi is pretty good, but maybe I'm just loyal to Sake, but they really do have some of the best sushi I've tried. I also had a salmon teriyaki appetizer and a shrimp tempura appetizer. YUM. I had to dine and dash and leave my dad with the bill, though ^^;; Because I was late to see....

SPAMALOT!! This show is part of a four-show-package deal I bought myself for my birthday. I got to my seat about 2 minutes before the show started. EXCELLENT seat, row D, left center. I was hoping it would be THE seat, but as soon as I saw it wasn't an aisle seat I knew it wouldn't be. I was seat D121 and THE seat was D101. SO CLOSE!!

The show was just as good as when I saw it last year. The cast was fantastic. I much much MUCH preferred the current Lady of the Lake to the one we saw last year. The one last year sang from her throat too much. The one tonight was excellent.

I was surprised by how short the show was; with intermission it was just about two hours. I guess I'm more used to Wicked's 2 hour and 45 minute running time. ^_^

Speaking of Wicked, only [livejournal.com profile] thepookey and [livejournal.com profile] kerinda wanted to go with me in January, right? Because tickets go on sale IN THE NEXT WEEK, so I need to know who's going!!
Yesterday I went to Columbus and saw Wicked for the last time this year :-(

I tried to win tickets in the lottery for the 6:30pm show, but I was unsuccessful.

The show was fantastic as always, but it had kind of a different vibe because of the cast. I knew Glinda would be played by an understudy because Christina Decicco had said last Sunday that she would be on vacation all this week. The understudy did not portray the character of Glinda as well as Christina had, in my opinion. She had the pipes; her singing was fantastic and she hit every note. But Christina really embodied the character, whereas this understudy seemed like just a poor imitation; she was going through the moves, but something was lacking.

I never got to see the "real" Elphaba. Last week I saw the standby twice (she ROCKED IT) and yesterday was an understudy, Marcie Dodd. She was good, and she put her own interpretations into the songs. I didn't think she was quite despondant enough during "I'm Not That Girl," instead she seemed almost chipper about it.

Fiyero was played by Cliffton Hall, the regular actor for the role. He was much better than the guy I saw last week, but still not my favorite Fiyero.

I bought The Grimmerie. It was expensive, but dammit I wanted it. It's so pretty!

So I've now seen the show four times total. I hope to see it at least three more times when it comes to Cincinnati in January!
Thank you all for the birthday wishes!! I appreciate them so much. I love birthdays, because it's all about me ^_~ I demand a parade thrown in my honor on that day, and yesterday came pretty darn close to it.

I woke up early and realized it was my birthday and squee'd. But it was too early, so I forced myself to go back to sleep for a few hours.

I finally got up and got dressed and headed out the door. Whereupon more squeeage ensued, because the always wonderful [livejournal.com profile] xoraclex had decorated my back stoop and my car!! She painted the back stoop rainbow colors and covered it with glitter, and she tied happy ribbons on my car. I was so happy! THANK YOU, CARLETTE!! ^_^

I drove over to the old apartment, and on the way there the manager called me and said the people below me were complaining of a drip from their bathroom ceiling. I gave her permission to send the maintanence guys in, but I told her I haven't used that shower in over a week (I'm showering at Carlette's right now, because I haven't scrubbed out the new bathtub and DAMMIT I just realized I forgot to get a new shower curtain liner when I was at Target today). I got to the old apartment and found that the toilet had been running for days. I'm sorry for the wasted water, but I'm glad the apartment complex has to pay for it. I told them in August there was a problem with the toilet, they half-heartedly "fixed" it, and actually made the problem worse. So screw their water bill.

I packed up the car and went to The Original Pancake House for breakfast. I'd never been there, but it was close to the old apartment and I wanted chocolate chip pancakes. I was pretty disappointed in the service and the food. :-\ Oh well. Now I know I wasn't missing anything all the times I drove past the place.

I came home, took a shower at Carlette's, and got dressed in the new dress and boots I'd gotten the day before. RAWR. I looked hawt. Damn, that is a sweet Penny you might say. I felt good.

I got to work and found treats on my desk! My mom had brought me a brownie from The Bonbonerie, which are only my favorite brownies EVAR, and my coworker A. had made me chocolate chip cookies! A. also got me a cute little kitten stationary set. She is so kind.

I had to sit through a four-hour training session on "Tactical Communications." It was pretty damn dull. And the guy running the training had an adverb phobia. He kept saying, "We need to treat the patrons good. We don't want to treat them bad." He said it approximately 10 times! It was driving me nuts.

I finally got to leave and drove out to Wright State to pick up [livejournal.com profile] ladyoceanstar. She was totally rocking her new glasses and haircut, and she looked fantabulous! I popped in the Spamalot! soundtrack and we sped down to Cincinnati where we met [livejournal.com profile] box_o_kittens for dinner at Applebee's. I'd really been wanting to try their new Apple Walnut Chicken Salad, but apparently I was craving pasta, because I ordered shrimp alfredo. We'd wanted dessert, but there just wasn't time. YOU KNOW how I freak about time.

We got downtown and walked the block and a half to the theatre. My feet were KILLING me by this point, because the boots have a higher heel than I'm used to. Oh, the ways we suffer for beauty. :-\

The show was, in a word, SO FUCKING AWESOME. I nearly fell out of my seat laughing at several points. It was pretty much just the movie with songs added and the plot changed slightly, but it was just frickin' great. It was so fun to see all the best lines being said right in front of you by a live actor. The guy who played Lancelot was just the best. Since that role was created by Hank Azaria, that actor had to play a ton of different roles: Lancelot, Tim the Enchanter, the French Taunter, the Knights Who Say Ni. He made each of them so different, but so true to the original. The guy who played Arthur was definitely channeling his inner Tim Curry. It was cool, so I could imagine how Tim would have done it, but I would have also liked to see him make the part his own. The Lady of the Lake was the biggest disappointment. She was trying too hard to affect the proper accent and she sung from the back of her throat. Which is how I sing, but I'm not on frickin' Broadway.

It was such a great night, and it was so nice to be able to snuggle and smooch with Lisa. Best present evar ^_~ She bought me a tee shirt, which was awesome. I still must...thank her... for all that she did for me for my birthday ^_~

Toby and I got back to the apartment late, and I crashed. It really was the second best birthday evar!! (Sorry, seeing Eddie Izzard front-row center and getting him to sign my video "Happy birthday" and getting to hug him will ALWAYS remain number 1 ^_~)



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