1. I learned something new about myself recently. I have a thorough obsession with Christmas decorations.
This is the first time I’ve had “my own place” to decorate, and I’ve found that it’s downright dangerous for me to venture into any store selling Christmas decorations, because my immediate reaction to nearly everything is that I must buy it, and probably should buy more than one of it. Like maybe 20, for example.
I still have a few things on my Christmas decorations list that I hope to pick up this weekend, and I’m now taking volunteers to be my wallet monitor to keep me from doing something foolish, like buying all of Target.
2. On Tuesday, I went to Les Misérables at the Cadillac Palace with possibly the most random collection of friends possible: my half marathon friend, who I knew through a student organization in college, my Pinterest Party friend, who I lived with last year, and Christina.
Even though I’m almost positive none of my friends actually knew anyone in the group (aside from me, obviously) ahead of time, I think it’s safe to say we all had a fantastic time at the show. I saw Les Mis at the Cadillac Palace a year and a half ago, so it wasn’t *quite* as awesome this time around since I had seen all the cool visual effects before, but it was still an excellent production. I even managed to not sing along during any of the songs (though significant lip synching may or may not have occurred), which was probably best for all involved.
3. Speaking of France, it’s book club week again, and this time we read The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.
This book chronicles Lebovitz’s various experiences as an American learning, often through trial and error, the various cultural quirks that make Paris what it is. After living in San Francisco for many years, Lebovitz packed his bags and moved across the ocean to the land of baguettes and fancy cheese.
The Sweet Life in Paris is part cultural guide, part restaurant guide, part cookbook, and all hilarious. Lebovitz has a fantastic sense of humor and kept me laughing throughout the book. I’ve never been to Paris and my knowledge about French culture is pretty minimal, so I really enjoyed learning a bit about one of the most glamorous cities in the world from someone living there. I definitely struggled a bit with all the French vocab thrown in, particularly in the in-my-head pronunciation department (this Spanish student of 8 years likes to pronounce all the letters in foreign language words, which doesn’t fly with French), but it was a great read and I highly recommend it.
(btw, I’d have to say the highlight of the book for me came at the very end where Lebovitz said that Parisian apartments sometimes have the bathroom light switch outside the actual bathroom. That’s how it is in my apartment as well, which I think ups the inherent fabulousity of my place 😉 )
Do you get into holiday decorating?
Have you ever seen a live Broadway show? I’ve never seen any on Broadway (never having been to New York City makes that a challenge), but I’ve seen the national tours of The King and I (pre-glasses…so I more heard The King and I than saw it haha), Peter Pan, Phantom of the Opera, RENT, Wicked, and Les Misérables (twice). Phantom and Les Mis are far and away my favorites. I think I’d like RENT more if I saw it again…I didn’t like Wicked nearly as much as I expected to