I find myself on the Mega Bus, listening to Broadway music on Pandora.
I saw 3 fantastic productions this weekend - Anything Goes, War Horse and Follies. Each so different - and yet so powerful. Each one, in one way or another, allowed me to reflect on the past decade+ I’ve spent loving Broadway musicals and plays. And the friends I’ve made because of this love and passion.
It makes me nostalgic for trips of the past - for experiences I’ve had on trips years ago. It makes me miss the weird community I found in it… In a way I had forgotten how much I loved that community.
Sometimes, I find adults way too overly critical of shows. When I was younger (good lord, did I just say that?) there was such a purity about theater. An endless love and awe that I think is sometimes forgotten. Even I get that way at times. I know I do. It gets to a point where you see so many shows and productions and performers that it’s natural to compare and contrast.
Some will be better than others.
Some will not.
But I hope I never lose that feeling I get when the curtain goes up. I hope I never stop sitting up straight in my seat when I hear a fantastic note hit, or see a scene that strikes a cord inside me.
I may be 27 now…
But when the actors took their bows for each show this weekend - I was 15 again, seeing my first Broadway musical for the first time.
And if that always continues - I’ll always be young when I’m safe inside the walls of a theater.
Words can’t even express my excitement! One of my favorite actors/characters from one of my favorite tv shows of all time coming to my theater?! Suddenly, I’m okay with Brothers & Sisters ending… because it totally made THIS possible!
I was a little nervous about it at first. But after three days, I’m sort of getting the hang of it. It’s just a different way of thinking that’s all.
Plus, since it’s five small meals spread out over the entire day (with three liters of water) I have yet to be REALLY, TRULY hungry. Sure, I could totally eat now. But it wouldn’t be because I was hungry - it would be because I am a night eater and I looove to stuff my face at night. Now I’m just peeing nonstop.
I’ve also realized these past three days how much of a snacker I really am. So this is helping me deal with that issue.
Also - the only things I’m really and TRULY craving right now are milk and mac & cheese. The mac & cheese will probably never go away, since I’d dare say it’s my favorite food. And milk… well, everyone in my life knows if I could replace water with milk, I’d do it in a heartbeat. So I try to limit my milk to a small glass in the morning with my breakfast, which is when I crave it the most.
I am a little (lot!) nervous about the NYC trip this weekend. I’ll be able to induldge a bit with my (required) days/meals off for the game but I’m going to try not to go TOO overboard. I’ve already seen a REALLY good number on the scale (after only two days!) so I’m optimistic. I’m sure some of it’s water weight, but it’s the best kickstart reponse to a diet I’ve had in a long, long time… so we’ll see!
Speaking of NYC - I’m all packed up! Just have to throw in a couple last minute things and I’m ready to hit the road. My first Megabus experience — here I come!