Monday, December 5, 2011

Weekend Report: Jersey Boys and Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

On Friday night I saw Jersey Boys, a musical full of music that I didn't know I knew so well! (How’s that for a confusing sentence to start your Monday morning?)

But really, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are awesome. You probably know a lot of their songs – Big Girls Don’t Cry, Bye, Bye, Baby, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – to name a few.

Before the show, SpeedyKate, Ex-Co-Worker-Rachel, and I met for dinner Ella’s Pizza. We split the special that had calamari, anchovies, and capers, the “Genovese” (pesto, parmesan, fingerling potatoes & prosciutto), and the “Pucillo” (tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella, prosciutto & fresh arugula). I think the Genovese was my favorite – potatoes on pizza are surprisingly delish!

And after the show, thanks to SpeedyKate’s awesome connections, we got a backstage tour! We walked through the dressing rooms, then onto the stage where we saw all the set pieces and quick-changing areas. They have all real instruments, which are pretty awesome, and “historically accurate” props.

On Saturday morning, I got up before the crack of dawn to cover the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K for the Washington Running Report (read my article here). 

It’s a good thing I wasn’t racing - the race was a logistical nightmare: traffic, cold, and an hour-late start. "I think the logistics were set in such a way to weed out the weak,” said my teammate Chris. (If I were racing, I definitely would have cried multiple times through the experience.)

But everyone I talked to did surprisingly well and enjoyed the course, so that was a win - congrats to all my CAR teammates!!!

I may not have run the race, but after a 5:30 wake-up and series of transportation shenanigans, I definitely deserved a good brunch! I met LLC, 6x6, and LOTR-Emily at Matchbox, a pizza place that also has amazing breakfast. I went for the lox and flatbread (cream cheese, capers, red onion, oven roasted eggs), and we split the cast iron skillet cinnamon rolls. Sooo basically brunch was huge and really good.

Then Saturday afternoon (the day just kept going and going and going), I stopped by the National Gallery for a brief visit to my favorite exhibit, then walked around the Sculpture Gardens and Capitol.

Sunday I really wanted to go see Zoo Lights and eat fro-yo, but unfortunately that was not to be...there's always next weekend!