Sibling Time

A monumental occasion happened this weekend: my brother came to visit me. While my brother and I get along just fine, never in my not-living-at-home life has he come to hang out with me. But my brother is a theatre geek, and when I found myself in possession of a coupon code that allowed me to get $20 off a pair of tickets to Phantom, he was the first to come to mind.


After a thrilling dinner of subs and frozen yogurt (because when Mom and Dad send dinner money, you don’t pass by Forever Yogurt, even if it is 21 degrees outside), we made our way to the Cadillac Palace Theatre downtown for the main event: The Phantom of the Opera.


For the first time in my theatre-going experience, the ushers told us we were allowed to take photos before and after the show, so obviously I took advantage of that rare opportunity.


To be honest, I was a little nervous going back to Phantom. When I saw Les Miserables for the second time last year, I was a bit let down by the show since I had seen it before, and I was worried Phantom would lose its wow factor the second time around. BOY was I wrong. I was enchanted throughout the entire show and cannot recommend it enough if you happen to be in the area and enjoy Phantom of the Opera.

Funny side note (with a minor spoiler, in case you haven’t seen Phantom before): the first act of the show ends with Phantom bringing the Opera Populaire’s chandelier crashing down onto the stage, which is a pretty epic way to end Act I. Obviously an intermission follows those dramatics, and even more obviously, the house lights are meant to come on during said intermission. Well, for whatever reason, the house lights at the theatre were not turning back on during our intermission, which was easily one of the spookier things I’ve ever had experienced at a show.


(The lights did eventually come back on, assuaging any fears that there is a Phantom of the Cadillac Palace 😉 ).

I absolutely love going out for breakfast, but because I’m cheap and lazy I very rarely go out for breakfast (or any meal, really). But, once again, since Mom and Dad were paying, I took my brother to Ann Sather Saturday morning, which I’ve wanted to visit for quite some time. Obviously cinnamon rolls had to happen.

ann sather cinnamon rolls

GAH. Indescribable. Plus they give you two, which meant I had one for Sunday breakfast as well!

Along with eggs, chicken sausage, and hash browns (aka semi-smashed potatoes).


I ran five miles on Saturday before breakfast and had two hours of dance that afternoon. Even with only having a bag of Sun Chips for “lunch”, I still wasn’t hungry for dinner until 6:30 or so. If that’s not a testament to how filling (and awesome) my Ann Sather breakfast was, I don’t know what is.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?
Favorite breakfast food? Pancakes, for sure, as far as main dishes go. Cinnamon rolls definitely take the side dish first place, though. Runners up for both categories are waffles and muffins, respectively. Give me sugar or give me death! Hahaha.

15 thoughts on “Sibling Time

  1. i have never seen phantom of the opera, and I consider myself a theater buff but man I have let myself down on this one. Don’t hate me but they already cancelled work for us. i did my run. still no snow. I am sitting here drinking coffee and still no snow. Hilarious.

  2. This sounds like a great weekend! My brother and I were never close growing up but I hope that once he is in college that will change and we can do things like that together. I would kill for a cinnamon roll right now. For some reason food always tastes way better when mom and dad are paying 😉

    • One of the most surprising things about growing up for me has been how much closer to my family I’ve gotten now that I don’t live at home. Maybe it’s because we all have to actually make an effort to see/talk to each other, but it’s been a really great change, and it’s fun to do sibling-y things together!

      Cinnamon rolls ftw. I honestly have no idea when I last had a full cinnamon roll before Saturday. The most recent one I can remember I had in January of 2012 when I went out for a roommate’s birthday in college. That’s a crying shame. Must incorporate more cinnamon rolls into my life.

  3. What an awesome way to spend time with your brother! Mine is not into theater at all as much as he loves music so I don’t see us ever doing that sadly 😦 a breakfast like that, however, is right up our alley! I haven’t had cinnamon buns in forever haha but you just made me want one badly 😛

  4. I think Phantom was one of the first large scale theater production shows I ever saw. And I saw it in Chicago YEARS ago. Loved it then, pretty sure I’d still love it now. Darn Jason for no longer working for the theater company! I miss our free tickets 😦

    As for breakfast items, I’d have to say pancakes. I rarely make them for myself but love getting them when I go out. French toast is a close second, though.

    • Hahaha how inconsiderate of him! 😛 The Phantom playing right now is actually a brand new production, so while the story and music and all that is obviously the same, the set is entirely different (at least from what I remember from when I saw it in ’06).

      Pancakes are like 95% of the reason why I run, not even going to pretend that’s not true hahaha. I absolutely live for post-run Saturday pancakes.

  5. What a fun time with your brother! 🙂 And I am happy you enjoyed the show! I have gone to see a few things and been disappointed and it feels like such a waste! I am happy to hear that was not the case! 🙂 And I didn’t mean to kind of rhyme. Ha ha.

    Hmm. Breakfast. I really like grilled potatoes with stuff mixed in! 🙂

  6. That theater is down the street from my work! I’m not super into theater but I think I should make myself go because that play does look beautiful. I’ve never been to Ann Sather but I’m a huge fan of cinnamon rolls so it looks like I have something to add to my to-do list 🙂

    • Very cool! It’s an absolutely gorgeous place. There’s always a variety of shows coming through Chicago, so hopefully some day you’ll be abel to find one there you’d like to see 🙂 And yes, visit Ann Sather! You absolutely must experience the amazingness that is their cinnamon rolls!

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