Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Shelby's Celebrity Look Alikes

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valetines' Wrap-Up

Ben's and my Valentines' Day was absolutely perfect! You'll see my giant homemade Valentine from Ben and a few pictures of us just enjoying our time together. We had delicious food, exceptional service, and a romantic setting. We were too full to enjoy a heavy dessert so we stopped by Starbucks on the way home while listening to our favorite songs and then finished off the night watching Alex & Emma. What a PERFECT evening.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines' Day

Let me be honest with you all for just a minute. I had never been a huge Valentines' enthusiast is years past. No reason in particular... Maybe I am just not much of a romantic? Now, I know no girl is allowed to say those words, but it is (or was) true. However, for whatever reason, this year I am really excited to celebrate Valentines' Day.

Ben and I agreed to keep it low key but I am just very excited. We are going to Maggiano's for dinner tonight. They have this meal that is absolutely to die for that we always share and we are also making homemade Valentines for each other. Ben worked really hard for a really long time on mine last night so I can't wait to see it. And lastly, we decided on a joint gift to ourselves: a mini set of dance lessons. I am so excited!

It has also been very sweet because several of my residents have brought me by little goodie bags of candies, muffins, flowers, cards and all kinds of other assorted gifts.

I am becoming a big fan of this holiday! I hope you are too!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cirque du Soleil

A HUGE thanks to Mark for an absolutely worderful gift: tickets for Bobbie, Holly, Britt, and me to Cirque du Soleil's Corteo. We had an absolutely wonderful time! I had never seen a Cirque performance and had always longed too. It was more than I could have ever imagined. The performers were so graceful and the costumes beautiful. There were too many exciting scenes to choose a favorite. The show was 2 hours long and flew by in just minutes. I am now an official Cirque junky! It only took one show to completely lure me in!

Here is Cirque's much more elegant and detailed description of Corteo:

Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.
The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music, by turns lyrical and playful, carries Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

(Toward the end of the show a tragedy occurred when a performer fell in the middle of a stunt landing on his head and neck. He was whisked off stage by numerous EMTs and other emergency response personnel. Holly read an update the following day that the performer had been taken to the hospital and was in recovery.)