months ago, i purchased tickets to the nutcracker for us - it's an experience that i had been wanting to have for years. we ate beforehand & gave ourselves almost 2 hours to travel from provo to salt lake, making sure we could chat and take it all in. unfortunately for us, traffic was horrifically bad that night, all of the parking garages were full, and so we bustled in, completely late and flustered. it only took minutes, however, for the stress to melt off - and i almost forgot how much my feet hurt from running in heels. ;)
i was captivated by the entire performance, even more so that i was expecting. everything dazzled - the costumes, the music, the dancing. there were a few times when i realized that my mouth, quite literally, was hanging wide open. (to be honest though, this happens a lot in normal life. i have a really relaxed jaw or something, ha!) i was entranced, the entire two hours - and capitol theater is 100% regal. it was magic all around :)
last weekend, we hosted a black-tie dinner party. (note to myself: next year maybe don't throw this party in the middle of 3 school projects and studying for finals...just a thought.)
you guys, parties are a lot of work! prepping food, decorating, buying everything, setting it all up, coordinating 14 other schedules and hoping that everyone remembers to come + dress up + bring their white elephant, and has a fabulous time. hats off to our party-throwing friends. man alive!
it was fun to see it all come together, though - i was even pleased with our cute little paper plate set up. (don't tell my grandma i didn't use china. she would be mortified!) we have some really fabulous friends, and i had one of those moments mid-meal where the thought flew through my mind - "you are really lucky. look at all of these people you love in the same room." and it's true. everyone looked top notch, white elephant was a kick, the food was exactly as delicious as i had hoped. it was a classy night with classy people.
also, hello finals week! (my prayers go out to everyone experiencing the horror.) i am four deep, with one to go. (that should be a breeze, so i'm essentially done. i have been celebrating with gilmore girls and pinning by the hundreds, so sorry to anyone who follows me for clogging up your feed.) the relief has yet to sink in, but it will.
and this is the best news of all: we have 0% of anything planned friday or saturday. zero percent! i think it's been at least a year since we have had a weekend void of any calendar items. NONE. what are we going to do? sleep in, watch movies, maybe build a fort if we're feeling ambitious, and drink egg nog out of our waterbottles. maybe order pizza? who knows. but GO FIGHT WIN for anyone still finishing finals, and bring on christmas break!