Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Nutcracker

I took a little intended break from blogging. After Friday's massacre, I just didn't feel right blogging about such frivolous things as my work Christmas party, girl's night Friday (so fun!) or another Christmas party we attended on Sunday. I've been sick since Sunday too so a break was in order but I'm slowly starting to get back into the groove of things.

We were fortunate enough to go to the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker yesterday. It'd been a few years since I'd been, and even longer for both my mom and sister so it was a magical outing for all of us. Plus, I was ready for a distraction from being sick.
We started out getting a drinks. My sister and I got salted caramel apple cider which was two shots of Black Velvet Whiskey and apple cider in a salted-rim glass. It wasn't that great. I'm not used to warm whiskey so I think I'll stick with my favorite rum cider recipe.
I Instagrammed a similar picture already but I winterized my favorite Kiki La Rue Dress so it was work appropriate. Although, I was the only person I saw at the ballet wearing a dress with tights/leggings. It's too cold to go without people!

I looooove the Nutcracker. It's really difficult to see in this picture, but the sets are excuisite. Exquisite is not a word I use often, but that's really the only way I can think of to describe them. 

They're by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and they're fun. There's a huge, growing Christmas tree, a huge rat, a huge Nutcracker, an awesome rolling waves scene....besides the dancing there's so much to look at.
Part of the Christmas tree via

 The dancing was different even from the last time we went which was just three years ago but still enchanting, and, my favorite elements were still included.
The "Chinese Dances" are my favorite because of this little guy in the middle. He's small, fun, and full of energy! He does a great rendition of Russian kazatskis (you know the ones, the squat kicks...)

My other favorite dancer is the Peacock. Her dance (and costume) is gorgeous. I kept thinking 1) I want her legs and 2)I wonder what would have happened had I stuck with dance.

Have I ever mentioned that I have a history of dancing? At 14 I was supposed to start assisting classes, but it didn't work out and I pretty much only danced intermittently after that.

Sadly, my body did not care that I was sick. I was the annoying girl trying to muffle a cough every so often and I ate 5 cough drops in the span of maybe 2 hours.

To make myself feel better, I may have gone overboard shopping.  I purchased two books I saw at the gift shop off Amazon, and then I bought four ornaments.
The two bottom ones don't really have a lot to do with the story, but I am in love with the little girl and can't wait to pass it on to my own daughter someday. The girly mouse has the cutest tail made of thin rope.

Our tree is quickly becoming my favorite part of decorating for the holidays, but I'll share more tomorrow when I share some packages I've received from some sweet friends.

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  1. Love the dress. I love the ballet - absolutely love it. Cute ornaments... Looks like you all had a great time.

  2. Though I'm not a fan of nutcrackers, I love watching that ballet.

  3. I know what you mean about not wanting to post much after last Friday. That dress is adorable too! I have never seen the Nutcracker or heard the story, it is definitely on the to-do list!

  4. I love going to see that. I haven't been since before I had kids! You looked great!

  5. Awesome post! I haven't seen it in at least five years and keep telling myself to go back!

  6. I love your ensemble!!! You look are glowing baby!!!!


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