Sunday, August 26, 2012

This Diva Needs Her Stage

This summer I went to see two amazing diva's perform on stage. Not only are these two women amazing Diva's but they once performed on stage together. And now that I have seen them perform I feel that my summer is wickedly complete. If you haven't guessed by now I'm talking about Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.

I started the summer off being serenaded by the ever spunky Kristen Chenoweth. She performed in Constitution Hall at the DAR. We were drawn into the world of Kristen when she sang about her shoes and about her love of Dolly Parton (WWDD, What Would Dolly Do). She delighted us with classic songs, Wishing You Were Here Again from Phantom of the Opera, Bring Him Home from Les Miserable, which I have never heard a woman sing before and I was absolutely breath taken. And of course she did her classic performance of Popular and For Good from Wicked.

Idina Menzel is one of those divas that can do whatever she wants to. To put it in her own words, you can put her in a pretty dress, in a beautiful theater, with a live orchestra but when it comes to putting on 4 inch heals to perform *&^% it, she's going barefoot with the symphony. Idina delighted the audience with her own version of Defying Gravity, For Good, and The Wizard and I. Along with other classics from her own broadway past with Rent singing No Day But Today and Take Me for What I Am. She also performed a few new songs that I hope will be released in an upcoming album soon.

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing both of these amazing divas this summer. They brought so much happiness to my life and have inspired me with the lyrics in so many ways.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

IPM Team Outing

Last Friday, my work team went out for a team outing to play mini golf at the National Building Museum. Architects built a mini golf course based off of buildings, bridges, landscapes and sights in the DC area that were quite fun. One of the holes was designed to look like the inside of a technical device. Somehow I hit the ball where it went underneath one of the ramps. The only way I could get it out was to lie on the floor. Unfortunately (or fortunately for the camera memory sake) my coworkers found me. It has been a good office laugh of late.

There was also a cute little hole that was set up as a tea party. Team Tea Party.
After mini golf we went to happy hour at a cute little poche bar around the corner. It's really interesting how people react when they find out you don't drink. Its even more interesting when they assume that because you don't drink you have never gone out to a bar before or been around people drinking. Lets just say this, to work in the corporate world you have to learn to go out to happy hours and be around people who drink. I have also been in social environments where I had to take care of someone who has gotten too tipsy. So don't assume that I'm completely innocent or can't understand what alcohol can or can't do I think I know a little more than you think I do. Don't look so shocked if someone who is tipsy says "you can't get drunk on a full bottle of wine" I have been around an entire group of people who each drank their own bottle of wine and believe me they were plenty tipsy. And for the record. I don't drink not because my religion tells me not to but because I choose not to.

It was a fun outing but having not been drinking I was still able to maintain professionalism in front of my boss and her boss. And I could still drive home afterward. Plus I got a few cute outfits shopping with the girls later that night.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Jazz Under the Stars

Thank you to Lindsey Blau for helping me to appreciate the musical jazz talent of Diana Krall.

A Special Work

I love being an ordinance worker. Tonight I was blessed to work in the initiatory room and help with the ordinances work for a patron who was doing the work for some of her family. As I was saying the ordinances to her the spirit was so strong. I could feel the love that our Heavenly Father has for this work, the people who the work was being performed for, and those that were performing the work.

I feel so completely blessed to have the opportunity in my life to work in the temple every week. The blessings that come from it are more than I could ever dream possible.

80's Love

It's always a good time for dressing up and rocking out to 80's music. That's right. Another fabulous evening of music and dancing at the Legwarmers concert at the State Theater. This time I decided to dress up a little more classy 80's style. I also wanted to get the big hair thing going. I was definitely born in the wrong era because man I look good.  
Apparently the guitarists on stage and the bouncer thought so too. The bouncer kept his guard right in front of me and was always watching what I was doing. I was also hand given a pick from one of the guitarists. I got the other guitarists pick later on in the evening.
All in all a fabulous evening with my girlfriends rocking out to the songs I love to dance and sing to.