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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Wonderful Night

Last night was my wonderful night. Not only was it 8 blissful hours of not having to utter the words "no bite"; "no, that's not yours"; "get out of the water bowl"; "that's not your toy that's Alyssum's"; "that's not your toy that's Sugar's"; and many others, but it was 8 hours alone with my husband...2 1/2 hours away from our normal life...and 2 1/2 hours of amazing culture and entertainment. On one hand, it stinks that we have to drive that far to experience good culture, but on the other it's kind of nice to get away for just a little longer because of it.

Back in July, I found an amazing deal for floor seat tickets to see Sarah Brightman in concert. For those of you that don't know who she is (which I'm finding out is quite a bit of Redding-ites), she was the original Christine in the amazing Phantom of the Opera. More than that, however, Andrew Lloyd Weber actually wrote/composed the part for her voice specifically. So her voice is phenomenal...especially live! Because of her theatrical background, her concert isn't just her singing, she puts on a very theatrical show which makes it very entertaining, even if you've never heard one of her songs before. Her costumes, backup dancers, and special effects makes her show one of the best I've ever seen. It was a very "Lord of the Rings" style show, which of course is wonderful to us. Plus, just to hear her powerful voice belting out sounds I didn't know were humanly possible made this a jaw dropping experience. Oh, and what other kind of concert can you sip on a glass of red wine while you watch? Amazing! And because of the great seats, I could see the sparkle on her false eye lashes. I was also glad for these seats because she had so many cool special effect stuff that there was no room for the usual big screens that they usually put up on each side of the stage. Oh, and to top it off, she sang a David Crowder Band song! I didn't even recognize it...Matt gets props for that one.
So after the show, we went and grabbed some coffee at our favorite coffee shop in Sac and headed home. It was fun to talk, laugh and dream about the future again with my very romantic husband. It was really nice to create a little margin for that. The cherry on top of our cake was to come home and hear that Alyssum had a great night too! This was the first time we have been away from her for this long (our options are slim) and thanks to Emily and Sarah, we now know that she can do ok without us for an extended period of time. That's HUGE for me...whether I actually use it or not, just knowing that the possibility of more freedom is there frees me up in my mind.
So, something you might have learned about the Brams: we love to dress up and do rich people things...like the symphony, fancy dinners (like the Equinox in San Francisco), amazing concerts, theatre, ect...

6 comments:

Jenna said...

totally know who she is! my mom LOVED phantom of the opera when she was younger... her name is christine, so that kinda clues you in as to why ;).

anyway, glad you had a wonderful night! may you be blessed with many more...

Sarah said...

ahh..I love Sarah!..as I already said-so jealous you got to see her..but am so so so glad you guys had a fun rich people's night together! It sounds fabulous!

and seriously..I will take Alyssum any day..I love her!..and you should be proud of your daughter..she was great!..Sugar on the other hand...haha;)

Pearcia LaPointe said...

Sounds fantastic! I love her voice! I didn't realize I could go see just her! Nice find on the seats. As for us, we get to drop off Elliot tomorrow night and get dressed up, go out to dinner and go see the Russian Ballet production of the Nutcracker! I'm so excited! And recommendations on restaurants here in town? We were thinking the Moonstone Bistro b/c it was great last time we went... but I'm not thrilled about this month's menu. We'll see. Maybe we'll end up at IHOP in my fancy dress and his shiny shoes and tie! :)

Sean Gafner said...

The night Rebecca and I realized we'd be together forever was on a date night to The Equinox...great views...bad steak...hot date...

Anna said...

I love Sarah, she's amazing!!! I used to have one of her CD's but some how w/all the moves I seemed to have misplaced it. That's awesome that you got to go see her in person, I think that would be amazing.

Lizzie said...

wow! that sounds wonderful! i am jealous :) i am so glad you and your hubby had a great night out together. i hoe to get one of those in the next 5 years :)