Besides conferences and family visits, we’ve actually had a lot of other little fun adventures the past two months.
In June, I dragged Derrick to a local performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. I may or may not have exactly explained that the show is an operetta; I showed him the flier online for it, which was vague, and I left it that way. Easier to get him in the door that way, right 😉 The performance was in a small theatre that was built back in 1936 and they’ve kept the style with the paintings and decorations on the walls and such. We went to a Sunday matinee and we may have been the youngest ones there (well there were a few kids). I wasn’t sure how the production would be because it was a local, volunteer group that puts the show on, but once we sat down and the orchestra started the overture, I had a feeling we were in for a treat. Oh. My. Goodness. I laughed so much, the production was fabulous, and I think even Derrick enjoyed it (even if he got a little antsy sitting there watching it; thank goodness for intermission!). If you haven’t been to a Gilbert and Sullivan production, you are missing out. The lyrics of their songs are extremely clever and what I loved about the show was that they had all the song lyrics on a screen above the stage. Even though the singing was good and everyone had good diction, sometimes the quickness of the songs don’t let you soak up and appreciate the wittiness of the lyrics. One of my favorite songs from The Mikado is the song about the Lord High Executioner’s “little list” of people he could execute because of how annoying they are. The song is meant to be updated and adapted to fit the times, and whoever wrote our version did the song justice…included on his list were Justin Bieber, people who ask “is this gluten free,” and people who talk loudly on their cell phones in public. To me, it was a great way to spend the afternoon.
We had a pretty low-key 4th of July; we went to a friend’s house and sat by the pool, had burgers and chips and watched some baseball. We spent the next day shopping at the outlet malls, where I got a really awesome pair of shorts (more on those later).
Derrick’s birthday was last week and to celebrate we went to an A’s game. It was root beer float night, but they sold out of root beer floats 25 minutes after they went on sale (it was a local group doing a fundraiser and they had two stations set up and they ran out of cups so they quit selling), which was kind of disappointing because we were in line and were only maybe 10 or 15 people back when they sold out. We still had a good time sans root beer float.
Last Saturday, we did another 10k trail run. The theme was “Bad Bass” which somehow involved a bass fish in a kilt with bagpipes. I don’t get it, but I love it! At the start and end of the race, they actually had a bagpiper and drummer. All they need was someone with blue face paint yelling “The course can take your breath, but it’ll never take…your medaaaaaaaaal!” (yeah we got a pretty cool finishers medal). This course was tough. I was really struggling through it when we were going up the mountain (I don’t know what technically classifies as a mountain, but this felt like one) and towards the end I told Derrick “I can’t feel my legs.” So it felt really good to cross that finish line (this time I beat Derrick by 1 second!) and pig out on all the yummy snacks they provide.
That night we went out to dinner with a group of friends to celebrate Derrick’s birthday (again) and ended the night at a pool hall (where I just watched). And now it’s August!
Before I wrap up, I have a confession to make…I have an animal addiction. Let me explain by just showing you pictures of things that I have purchased in the past weeks:
I guess as long as I don’t wear my tiger sweater with my elephant shorts while standing on my owl rug using my bird salt and pepper shakers, I won’t look to much like a walking menagerie, right?
Happy August, y’all!