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.
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.