If We Were Having Coffee… Mountains, Animals, and Theater!

Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives.  It’s a lovely check-in!

If we were having coffee I might look a bit worn down. Ridiculously happy, but worn down.

It’s been quite the week! I had an out-of-town friend visiting and we spent Monday up at Mt. Hood!  My mom went with us, which was nice — my friend went for a hike and Mom and I had some time to visit which is something we don’t get to do very often, despite living under the same roof!  It was strange to see the Mountain with so little snow… very sad.

Mount Hood. I see this mountain in the distance a lot during any given week, but I haven’t gotten up to it in a very long time.

In addition to visiting time I managed some writing time!  It was nice and cool up there, and the views were stunning.

Mom captured this picture of me working while looking up at the Mountain
Until it got too bright this was another one of my writing spots — looking away from the mountain.

The rest of the week went in a blur — work was busy busy busy.

But Saturday.. Saturday was the day I was looking forward to.  Back ages ago a friend of mine and I bought tickets to go see Wicked when the Broadway Tour came to town and this was the weekend to see it!

We made a day of it, which was fun.  First came breakfast out with her, her husband, and her two awesome daughters (I love doing things with her family! They are such an awesome little group of people.  One of her daughters has guest posted for me, and they helped me out with one of my reading challenges for Nerd In The Brain‘s Summer Reading Program!)

Then we were off to the zoo!  Well, my friend and I went to the zoo — the girls changed their mind so her husband took them for a day of activity.  I had been wanting to go to the zoo for a while, and it hadn’t happened with any of my out-of-town guests so I was very pleased to get the chance to wander around.  I know that some people have issue with Zoos… but I really enjoy them.

I think this was the first time I saw this guy away from the lower viewing window!
This picture looks a bit like a painting to me… This bird was having a fun time posing for me.

We saw Lions! And Tigers (well, sort of, he was trying to hide out) and Bears! And giraffes, and penguins, and elephants, and otters and much more.

And then, the main event!

20150808_133325I have wanted to see Wicked forever… I know the music well.  I read the books that it’s inspired by, and I just love it.

I was very pleased with the show – it was beautifully sung and acted, the scenery was awesome!

The mechanical dragon above the map of Oz. From our seats we could see the guys up in the scaffolding who helped make the dragon move!

I generally love going to the theater but for some reason this show was one I REALLY wanted to see and I felt like a kid waiting for a big celebration — bouncing in my seat, grinning through the entire show (and mouthing many of the words).  It was so much fun!  And the story… the story they tell is just wonderful.  I love turning the Wizard of Oz story on its ear, looking at a different way of telling it.

Where I come from we believe all sorts of things that aren’t true. It’s called history.                              -The Wizard

My Storyteller brain and my historian brain just gobble it up…. I say as though those two parts of myself were separate at all…

I’ve about run out of steam so that’s all I’d have to say for now… how about you?  What have you been up to this week?





11 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee… Mountains, Animals, and Theater!”

    1. This was the first time I was on the correct coast for it (I keep being on the wrong side of the country when the shows I want to see are showing my “other” Portland!) It was such fun — I’m glad you enjoyed it when you saw it!

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  1. I’m glad you got to see Wicked. It sounds like you really wanted to see it! Glad it did not disappoint.

    I haven’t been to the zoo here in a while. I enjoy going but I wasn’t healthy enough before. All the walking up the hill would do me in. I almost didn’t make it the last time I went, almost two years ago. But, now that I am healthier, I think I want to go. Maybe before school starts to take Anderson. Spencer is two and has never been to the zoo. Time to take him!


    1. I did really want to see it — there are a handful of show I haven’t seen yet that I REALLY want to see, and a few of them I will never get to see (because they are well out of production and unlikely to come back) so when I do get to see one of them it’s awesomeness in extreme!
      The hills at the zoo are tough, but so worth it if you’re at a point of being able to do it! It was kinda fun to be with my friend who is usually there with a 2-year old… we could stop and read signs, and listen to a zoo talk, without chasing after the little one — but going with the little ones is such an awesome experience too (especially if he’s never been! What fun!) Things there have changed A LOT over the years, it’ll be almost like going to a whole new zoo if you haven’t been in 2 years!


  2. I’d love to see Wicked, its part of my list of shows to take my kids to once they’ve grown up enough. At the moment my daughter has trouble sitting still for 5 minutes let alone concentrating through a whole show. Have a great weekend.


    1. Awesome that you have a list of shows to take them to when they’re old enough — one of the most special treats I got when I was growing up was that my parents would take me to shows sometimes – such an awesome experience to have as a kid!

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  3. Oh I loved Wicked! Funny story—a friend and I came to NOLA years ago (pre-move) to see it, and the power went out just at the beginning of the second act when Elphaba encounters Fiyero again. It was going to be hours before they could get the power on again, so the brought out the cast to perform a song from the ending and gave us tickets to see another show. It was years before I got a chance to see Wicked again and finish the ending!!

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