Twelve years ago on October 12th, I finished my show as Pippi Longstocking at the Norsk Høstfest and walked around to say hello to the wood workers.
There was a cute guy in suspenders and a plaid cap, carving a timberframe trestle. I stayed in character… And stopped by again later.
We went to the Ground Round for supper (along with my mom and some of the North House ‘old guys’). We spent the next 4 days of the festival together, making plans for trips to Prague and India. (Charlie the birch bark guy said “don’t go getting married tonight!”)
A week later I visited Grand Marais for the first time. We kayaked Lake Superior (and got soaked), slept in a yurt, looked at stars on the Bridge of the Master, and I kissed him on Fishhook Island.
In January we got engaged.
In August we got married.
Since then we’ve lived in the Twin Cities in an old farmhouse, at a canoe camp at the edge of the Boundary Waters, in the Indian Himalayas, in a yurt at a CSA, and now at the B&B.
I know weddings are a big deal, but the day we first met always seems like the most magical anniversary to me. ❤
Over the weekend Jay and I did our first ever play together! We played a married couple, along with our friends Jackson and Hannah. Dinner With Friends won the Pulitzer in 2000 and is an moving, accurate story about friendships and marriage (the highs and lows). It was powerful to not only do a play with my husband (who hadn’t done one since high school but who was amazing), but to tackle this topic.
We had great turn out for an off-season show (in tiny tourist town), and people said it really got them talking. Some said “that was a little too close to home at times!” and that this was the best theatre they’ve seen here in a long time. Great to know that people want some of the heavier stuff. (I had forgotten that relationship angst can be funny– there were a lot more laughs than I’d expected, though plenty were the laughter of recognition).
Enjoy a little photo recap:
Note: grape juice is FAR better than cranberry juice for fake wine. Especially if the cranberry juice is “lite” (it was on sale).
Theatre means dress up, make-up and hair spray! All rare in this practical northern climate.
FIRST TIME EVER!! I’ve never in our 10 years seen Jay put gel in his hair. But this was the 90’s…
Jackson, Jay & Hannah. (Jay is pointing to the sign that says no pictures in the dressing room…)
It’s so hard to say goodbye! (Actually, I was trying to get in for call on Friday…)
I followed this busyness up with some sleeping in, two movies (Girl Most Likely & Birdman), guitar playing, and a middle grade book splurge to counter the imminent feelings of “I never do ANYTHING” that show up immediately after I do something big.
I hope you had a lovely week/weekend!