|Grand Rapids, MI|
Grand Rapids was absolutely lovely. The theater was gorgeous, though the stage was a bit odd. The actors were so far away that I felt like we were doing two separate things. Nevertheless, the city and the people were amazing. We spent most evenings at a Bitter Creek-esque bar called Hopcat with some amazing sours and even a Petrus. Heaven. I had to cross the river every day to get from the hotel to theater. The city had just set up their Christmas decorations making my walk all the more beautiful.
I spent a lot of time alone last week and it felt really good. I had a lot of time to assess my priorities on this tour. My default routine when I'm not feeling motivated these past few weeks has been: wake up late, sit around, play a show, drink, sleep, repeat....umm might sound amazing for like, 3 days, but it gets depressing!
In Grand Rapids I made a point to branch out and discover some things. I found an amazing sushi joint in the basement of one of the downtown office buildings. Sketchy, but surprisingly delicious. I also got my ass up every day and either did Insanity with friends or the elliptical for 30 minutes. This alone gave me the energy to practice, play a good show, be in a good mood, etc.
Well we are now in Minneapolis for two weeks and I am loving it here. Granted it is 14 degrees right now....with a wind chill of 5...I went to my first Opening Night party last night. Even though I am just in the pit, it really makes you feel like you are part of something huge, and that makes me happy.
Phil is visiting in 5 days for the first time since I went back on the road (6 weeks!). I am counting the seconds!! We plan on going to one of Anthony Bourdain's restaurant picks from the Heartland edition of No Reservations, Piccolo, followed by a benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring the cast of Les Mis. He'll also see the show on Wednesday and we might squeeze Mall of America in there too :)