Thursday, October 14, 2010

defying gravity. and you can't bring me down.

"honey, i'm home!"
[oh, ricky ricardo. gotta love that man. gotta love lucy.]

it literally felt like i was in the car all day yesterday, which is pretty much true. we left GA late wednesday morning and visited family a few hours away from his house. we had a couple lovely visits with family and then continued the trek to meet up with my parents at some random stop. then my family and i were on the road for at least 2 1/2 more hours. though it was a lot of driving, i did enjoy the time with ryan, his family and then enjoyed catching up with my parents and sister on the way back home.

but man, i'm beat. i don't think i have too much planned today so i look forward to a vacation from this vacation. i will defintely be catching up on orders and emails that need to be replied to - so if you are expecting one from me, it's coming!

okay, somewhat random transition in conversation...

how many of you have seen the broadway wicked?

without giving too much away, i think that wicked is one of the best broadways out there - musically and story-wise. like it's tag-line, wicked is the untold story of the two witches of Oz. you know the wicked witch of the east and the west from the wizard of oz? it's what happened before dorothy and toto dropped into Oz. while living in chicago, i saw it four magical times. swoon. i probably could go see it again. i also had a friend who was one of the dancers so i had the amazing opportunity to go back stage and see the set as well as meet some of the actors and actresses. i'm a little obsessed with the show. go see it if you haven't yet!

sooooo, guess who i met chilling out
on the butler's staircase...?

elphie and i had a couple good conversations over the weekend. she said she looked a little different than she did on stage because she didn't have as much make-up on. i told her she looked cuter without all that make-up, so she need not worry about it.

as i type this post, i keep singing or humming to some of my fave wicked songs like "defying gravity" (which actually made it to glee 'cause idina menzel was the first elphie who happened to be in season 1 of glee, remember, gleeks?) OR "not that girl." oh my goodness, the soundtrack is too die for.

any other wicked fans out there?
or any other broadway lovers?

and hey, the weekend is almost here! woohoo! what do you have planned? it's so close. i look forward to spending time with my family now that i'm back but i'll also be working on some etsy orders as well as some new designs (so be sure to check the blog and shop for updates!).

also with the handful of new followers (thanks so much! i'm so honored and giddy to have you here, friend), i hope to launch my first giveaway once i hit 200 followers. i tried to do it when i hit 100 followers but that was in the midst of my big move from chicago to SC, so yeah life was so crazy then, let alone juggling the shop and the this time around i plan on celebrating this blog once i hit the 200. spread the word! your support and comment-love is so appreciated!!

and whatever you have planned today...
drive safely. be nice to animals. and eat an apple a day.

[happy thursday, folks!]


  1. heyy lady! i haven't been to a broadway show in who knows how long!! i've never seen wicked before but i hear great things about it!!

    i'm totally going to spread the word about following you!! can't wait for that giveaway!! ;)

  2. I heard great reviews about the Wicked:)..I always adore your photos,sweetie
    Glad you had fun with the family:)Have a great day

    Ps:I hope you had a chance to enter my Giveaway!

  3. I"m a hugggge fan! Seen it on broadway without the original cast though...but good thing both of them were on GLee! I'm inspired to be Elphie for Halloween now =)

  4. I am sooo def a lover of broadways and Wicked is one of my favorites!!! <333

  5. here's to 200!! I haven't seen Wicked, but have always wanted to! xoxo

  6. I LOVE WICKED!!! I saw it in San Fransisco on my honeymoon, and it was amazing!! I want to see it again soon!

  7. I've never seen a broadway show, but I want too SO badly! Hopefully someday the sweetheart & I can go.

    And yes, I LOVE Lucy. :)

  8. Ahhhh! Ryan took me to see Wicked for my birthday a few weeks ago and I was in AWEEEEEE. I loved it I loved it I loved it!!!!!

  9. Yes, yes, yes!

    I <3 Broadway. And I <3 Wicked.

    I've got tickets to see it again next month. Can't wait!

  10. Oh, its lovely being your "follower"! LOVE your blog!
    Havent seen Wicked but would love too! Sounds like a really cute musical! And I do love musicals!

  11. Welcome home! I love plays and broadway shows but haven't seen one in a while. Wicked would be one I'd love to see though.

  12. I started singing Defying Grafity in my head when I read your post title!

    ha ha ha
    Never seen it but I know all the songs :)

  13. i've always wanted to see Wicket! I want to read the book first, too :)

  14. I'm a big Wicked fan! I've seen it twice. Once in Chicago and once in Memphis. My cousin was in the touring show.

  15. Beautiful post darling!
    Because I know you, I have been changed for good!
    Have a beautiful day,

  16. I saw Wicked in NYC this summer....loved it!!

  17. I haven't seen Wicked yet, but I'm a huge Broadway fan! Jim said he'd take me once we move to WI. :) Glad you had a great trip & are home safe and sound!

  18. i LOVE wicked :)
    i watched it once in chicago & once here in LA.
    def one of my faves!

  19. What a great blog you have! Thanks so much for stopping by mine and introducing me to yours. Your photos are lovely :)

  20. I'm a HUGE Wicked fan! I too am a little obsessed :) I saw it in LA, and then as soon as I got home, I booked another ticket for a showing six months later :) I love Broadway, but Wicked is definitely the show that I consistently recommend to EVERYONE, because I truly think that that's a show that anyone & everyone would enjoy! I had their soundtrack playing in my car for awhile, and every time I think back to when Elphaba was on stage singing Defying Gravity, I get chills! :) And then I get happy whenever I see Kristin Chenoweth or Idina Menzel anywhere else on TV :)
    That Elphie doll is ADORABLE. I need to get myself one! :)

    Anyway, have a great weekend, Ilene!! Hope you get to your 200 soon!! :)

  21. Four times?!:D Lucky you!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  22. okay it has been far to long since i've paid a visit. i'm not very good at blog looking these days ;o) anyhow just had to say that i LOVE the new header and i am a huge wicked fan. oh the soundtrack is so good when you're wishing you could go see the show again. love love it and hope you're doing great!

  23. i've never had the opportunity to see wicked, but i LOVE the music! Defying Gravity is definitely my favorite (and i know that you've hear the glee version)!
    hopefully one day i will live in a town big enough to have musicals like that.

  24. I've heard so much about it. I love the soundtrack. Determined to see it someday soon:)

  25. I saw Wicked in London it was UH-MAZING!

  26. Ohhh yes...I definitely feel your pain about traveling and driver to and fro. I'm glad you got back safely though and hope you enjoy your additional vacation. I'm jealous! :) Now...I have never seen Wicked, but my boyfriend and the majority of my friends absolutely LOVE that show! I HAVE TO SEE IT SOMEDAY SOON! I have heard some of the music and it is beautiful. I heard that it was also a lovely story..and here you are, confirming that. :) Only 20 more for your 200! I can't wait to enter for your giveaway! :)

  27. I've read Wicked but have yet to see the play, which is SUCH a bummer for me. It's been in Minnesota twice but the first time I didn't hear about it till too late and the second time I definitely did not have enough money. So sad because I adored the book!

  28. i bought the book about a year ago and sadly, i haven't committed to reading it. i hope to see the play someday soon. well, it will serve as ample motivation to read the book! glad to hear you loved it. :)

  29. my friend who had visited the states told me that wicked was very good :) i always adore your blog :D

    kiss and hug

  30. I haven't seen it. I read the book and didn't care for the story at all. I wonder if the musical would be different?

  31. Hahaha that photo of you is TOO CUTE! Good luck on 200 followers! :)


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