Lately, I’ve been a hardcore homebody during the weekends. Partially by default. During the week, I’m running all over so I usually keep my off-days empty. But this past weekend, I went to see a musical and brunch. I’m a social butterfly at heart and I do thrive on being around people. This season has been a little different, learning new things and focusing more on myself, which has been a blessing. But it’s still okay to switch it up and go out. A double whammy of fun for me. Of course, I had my phone and camera nearby, so this post has a chockful of pics! Let’s go. 🙂
Friday, I attended my friend’s show, The Wild Party at Constellation Theatre Company. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in DC to watch a show, so I was thrilled to make this happen. Sometimes when you work in a specialized genre, you don’t want anything to do with it during your downtime. I feel that way with dance and theatre. At the same, it’s a good thing to support others, be an audience member, and get re-inspired.
I thoroughly enjoy this soundtrack (Andrew Lippa is a genius), but I’ve never seen the show in person. Taking the drive and having the interesting experience of finding a good parking spot, I arrived right after the show began. Thankfully, the kind house managers were able to seat me as soon as they could. So, I was in the last chair in the front row. Basically, right in front of the action. Being able to watch the details as the actors perform is always a treat.
What’s always cool is having friends in the shows I watch. Pep and Carl did a great job; I know for a fact that Pep and I made eye contact at one point, which is always funny. I commend them and all of my friends who perform for a living. They have the passion and willpower to give it their all every show, whether they feel like it or not. The cast worked well together, with their sharp choreography and very strong harmonies. The space was intimate, but the production staff was able to cater it to their advantage, through set design, props, and light design.
Speaking of lights, Y’ALL. Such beautiful plots with rich pinks, purples, blues, and reds. It enhanced the show beautifully.
(From Pep’s snapchat.)
Afterwards, we ate a late dinner – grilled cheese and tomato soup at Ted’s Bulletin. Nothing like some comfort food to conclude an evening. It was nice to talk and chill before our dance teaching year starts! As we walked back to my car, we ran into a good long-time friend, Eben! So funny how in DC, you can just find someone you know.
On Saturday, my friend Nikki and I met for brunch and much needed catching up. We haven’t seen each other in over six months. When work and real life gets in the way, it’s hard to coordinate schedules. But we made it happen and I am so glad that we did.
We decided on City Perch at Pike & Rose. It was a perfect setting – we sat outside, exchanged stories, and enjoyed our meals. Our server, Stephanie, was just the sweetest. I’m pretty sure we were there for three hours. That’s the best kind of brunch! No time constraints, being able to laugh and encourage each other, and living our best lives.
Nikki ordered an Eggs Benedict, while I had biscuits and gravy, with eggs. I didn’t finish mine; it was tasty but I should have ordered something lighter. The coffee was delicious and of course, I paired my brunch with a strawberry lemonade mimosa. A rare treat for me!
We strolled down the street, visited a few stores, and took a few pictures. Another great layer of a lazy Saturday in my book.
This year has been so busy (mostly good things!), I haven’t made the time to participate in social events that aren’t work-related. I’m going to do better – find that balance. Besides, it’s fun to look forward to something at the end of the week.
How about you? When’s the last time you did something fun during the weekend? Let me know.