Penny's Passion: Weekending - May 18, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekending - May 18, 2018

I swear I'm not sure how a weekend can go by so rapidly!  This one was a true blur.  When I started the day on Friday, the only thing on the agenda for the entire weekend was going to the Cardinal baseball game on Friday night and watching the Royal Wedding.  As the day progressed, that changed and my calendar filled up!

The highlight of the weekend came Sunday evening.  Kayla and I, along with a friend from work and her sister, went to see The Phantom of the Opera at the Fox Theater.  After the show we got a chance to meet some of the cast!  So exciting!!

Now let me back up to Friday and start from the beginning of the weekend.

Friday morning we woke to pouring rain and it persisted throughout the day.  At game time, the rain was continuing to fall.  Luckily we were in a suite at the stadium so we were at least able to stay dry.  The game started an hour and forty-five minutes late.

I have to be honest, by the start of the game I really wasn't feeling it.  Party Penny was no where to be found.  I hung around through the third inning, which was 10:00 pm, then I headed home with the Cards ahead 4-0.  There was a lot of action after I left because the final score was 12-4.  Way to go Cardinals!

Eric and I both wanted to catch the royal wedding so we sat the alarm for 3:00 am.  Being the fools that we are, we had stayed up watching CNN after I got home from the game until around 1:00 pm listening to all the pre-wedding hype.  We're pretty much caught up on all things royal.

Saturday morning the alarm went off early and we laid in bed watching the guests arrive and seeing the streest of Windsor fill up with spectators.  I learned a new term - Fascinator (the headpieces worn).  Moments before the bride was due at the church, this came up on our TV.

Thanks Spectrum for making us scramble to another TV that is hooked up to a high def antenna so we didn't miss any of the action.  We were taping it just in case, but it was fun to see it live.  The whole event was such a happy occasion.  I loved it all!  Did you watch it?  What was your favorite part?

The TV was turned off mid morning so we could get a few things done around the house before Eric headed to work and I met my friend Debbie at the Fox to see The Phantom of the Opera.  (Yes, if you're wondering, I saw it twice this weekend).  We both loved it!

After the play, we ventured to The Fountain on Locust for a little dessert.  This was the first time I visited this establishment, but had heard a ton of great things.  As you enter, you are immediately greeted by the coolest art decor interior.

Their specialty is signature ice cream martinis and other adult desserts.  It's been voted the Best Restaurant to Impress Out-of-Towners and is definitely on my list to take my friends during our next girls weekend in St. Louis!

Sunday morning we woke to thunder, but the sun was shining by mid-morning.  I sat outside and started a new book - Of Mess and Moxie.  It had been in my Kindle queue for so long I honestly had forgotten what it was about.  In case you're wondering, here's the Amazon description:  "In this highly anticipated new book, beloved author Jen Hatmaker parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere. Whether it’s the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”) or the way she learned to forgive (God was super clear: Pray for this person every day, which was the meanest thing He ever said to me. I was furious.), she offers a reminder to those of us who sometimes hide in the car eating crackers that we do have the moxie to get back up and get back out. We can choose to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold, and lead vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives."  Guys - I'm 15% in and am loving it!  Highly recommend this book and it's only $9.99 right now on Amazon.  Click HERE to check it out.

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by [Hatmaker, Jen]

In the afternoon Kayla and I did a little retail therapy.  We found the cutest things at Antropologie and I got some new shorts at Ann Taylor.  Then we headed to the Fox for my second viewing of The Phantom of the Opera.


We had dinner at the Top of the Grand Stairs restaurant inside the theater.  As we ate, the organist serenaded us with songs played on the house organ.  It was a wonderful prelude to the show.  My flatbread was fabulous! 

After the show, Kayla and I waited by the stage door and were able to get autographs and photos with the cast.  My heart sped up a bit at the chance to get a picture with the Phantom himself, Quentin Oliver Lee!  


We also got up close with Christine (Emma Grimsley) and Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny (Jordan Craig).

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Memories of a lifetime right there!  Kayla and I will be reminiscing about this night for quite a while!

Now it's Monday and just like that the weekend is gone.  But what a fun one it was!!  Hope you had a great one too!

Don't forget to pop back in on Wednesday for the Wonderful Wednesday blog hop and Thursday for the Thinking Out Loud blog hop.  Fun times!!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.

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  1. TWO viewings of Phantom! Wow! It's one of my all-time favorite musicals, but I've yet to see it live. How wonderful that you saw it twice! I'll admit, I didn't get up early enough to watch the royal wedding live, but I did watch the recap, and I loved it. I thought Meghan's dress was stunning, and the love on her face, as well as Harry's, was evident. So lovely.

  2. How awesome you got to see Phantom twice and meet the cast! I really want to check out that book, I'm adding it to my list! The Royal Wedding was lovely, Meghan was beautiful and you can clearly see how much they love each other. So beautiful.

  3. No where did you mention a nap after viewing the Royal wedding live! Sounds like an unbelievably great weekend!

  4. I saw phantom years ago and it'll always be one of my favorites!

  5. I love Phantom!! Thats so cool that you got to meet the actor and got all the signatures!!! =) Have a great week!!

    Melanie | Toots + Dill Blog

  6. What an exciting weekend! I was up to see the wedding and I am glad I saw it as it was happening. Such a beautiful service! I have never seen Phantom of the Opera but it's been on my list for awhile! That's great that you got to meet some of the cast!

  7. Very cool. What a cool weekend. Even though I am a huge A's fan, I have been following the Cardinals this year as a friend's son is your closer-Bud Norris. I remember when he got drafted and signed. Have a great week.