Wednesday, August 15, 2018

our 8-year wedding anniversary date night

Our anniversary was in June, but I had managed to snag a pair of Hamilton tickets back in May for last night so we decided to put off celebrating. The tickets were our gift to each other and we decided we would make a night of it with dinner beforehand. Best laid plans and whatnot.

Upon figuring out the logistics, we decided it would be best for us to put Etta to bed before we left. That meant no dinner out. Instead, we got Lebanese carryout and ate at home surrounded by our shrieking children. I got fattoush and a beef shawarma roll and Jon got a baba falafel roll and len-chili. The food was so good and hit all the right spots.

After we got Etta to bed we headed downtown. We managed to find free street parking so that was a win. We found our way to our seats with just a few minutes to spare. 
And thus begins the part where I likely get burned at the stake. At intermission, Jon and I weren't very impressed. I mean - it was definitely good, but I think it had just been so insanely over-hyped that our expectations were maybe too great? The set was cool, the choreography was great, the music was good. But with the way people have obsessed over Hamilton, we just didn't get the hype. Then we took a selfie before Act II began.
For us, Act II was redemptive of the first act. We thought the second act was much better than the first. I'm not entirely sure why that is--neither of us could pinpoint it--but when we asked ourselves if we would see it again if given the opportunity, we both said "meh." Don't get me wrong--Lin Manuel Miranda is incredible and I absolutely loved the diversity of the cast and how different the show was, but it was kind of a bummer. When it was time to trek back to the car I took off my heels and walked the streets of Cleveland barefoot because a) I am a hippie at heart and b) my feet felt like they were about to fall off in my heels. Even though we were a bit disappointed by the show (though I would totally watch a show all about Eliza Hamilton's life following Alexander's death!) it was really nice to be able to spend some quality time together and talk about things other than our kids.

1 comment:

  1. Happy anniversary! Here's wishing you many more great years.
    I would've taken my heels off first chance too!

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