Throwback Thursday #14

Well here we are. Another Thursday has crept up on us. I don’t know about you, but my week went by in the blink of an eye. I’ve been making some exciting changes that are beginning to come to fruition. This coming Monday, I will be starting a new job, which I am very excited about. As I mentioned in the last throwback, I have also been making big strides in finally finishing the book I began writing three years ago. So all good things here.

#266: Get a book autographed by its author

In the summer 2008, my friend Taylor and I had the opportunity to go to an event where a handful of that year’s Golden Sower authors held lectures and workshops. I went to Han Nolan’s workshop were she had us do several writing prompts. Afterward, I asked her several questions about my own writing. She was awesome. At the end of the day, everyone had the opportunity to have any of the authors there sign a book. So I bought Han Nolan’s Dancing on the Edge. Even though I had spoken to her several hours earlier and she had met with countless people that day, she remembered who I was. Then, without prompting, she wrote, “To Grace, a beautiful person and a beautiful writer.” I almost lost it. A real author told me that my writing was beautiful. It was the moment that my dreams of being a writer became validated, and I knew it was something I HAD to do.

#270: See a Broadway show

Being a theatre nerd, I have seen my fair share of plays. Unfortunately, seeing Broadway shows is very pricey, so it is not something I get to do nearly as often as I would like to. I’ve only been able to see four. When I was fourteen, my mom took me to see The Lion King. It was absolutely the coolest experience of my entire life. It was all I could talk about for weeks afterward. Two years later, we went to see Wicked. I had heard the music before and loved it, so I was beyond pumped. It more than exceeded my expectations. The soundtrack was in my car’s CD player for about a year, and I immediately began trying to find an opportunity to see it again. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet.

Last year for my birthday, Nate bought me tickets for the two of us to see Something Rotten, which I had been dying to see for two years. A few weeks before the show, I found out that Adam Pascal would be playing Shakespeare. Two things you should know about me: I love Shakespeare, and I LOVE Adam Pascal. When he came onstage, I was literally shaking. It was one of my dreams come true. The show itself was phenomenal. As someone who once hoped to become a costume designer, I appreciated the hell out of those costumes.

Last Christmas, I bought my mom tickets for the two of us to see Matilda: The Musical. I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the movie many times. My mom was never really a fan of the movie, but when I heard that Miss Trunchbull is played by a man, I figured she might get a kick out of it. I was right. The show was very different from the movie, but absolutely amazing. Those child actors were unbelievably talented, and as anticipated, the guy who played Trunchbull was hilarious. My mom said it was a very good Christmas present.

#274: Mentor a young person

My senior year of high school we did a Teammates program where high schoolers were paired up with elementary kids. One day a week we would meet with them for an hour. My little guy was a First Grader named Chandler. We would meet in our Commons Area and play various board games.

#283: Build a snowman

Growing up in Nebraska, I’ve built a snowman or two in my day. But I’ve only been able to build what you would think of as a traditional snowman once (all the others were just piles of snow because the snow was too soft). Two winters ago, we got the perfect snow. I had never seen it pack so easily. Nate and I rolled three giant snowballs and stacked them on top of each other. We gave him a Santa hat, a scarf, two radish eyes, and a carrot nose. I was way too excited. It was awesome.

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Well, I’ve got some sad news. Next week will be our last throwback. I’m almost all caught up. Hopefully this will encourage me to keep crossing off new items. As I have offered in the last two throwbacks, let me know if you have any thoughts as to what I should replace Throwback Thursday with. I do have a few ideas I’ve been kicking around, so you’ll just have to wait to see. Until then, have a great weekend everyone!

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