Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (353/365)

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Kennedy Center


Tonight we went to see our third show of the season at the Kennedy Center. It was the first time we got to sit in our seats in the Opera House and I have to say, they aren’t too shabby. We’re in the first row center of the balcony which means we have the full view of everything. It’s great.

We saw the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I had first seen this show when I was younger with Donny Osmond in the role of Joseph and I loved it. I was instantly obsessed with the soundtrack and to this day still know all of the socks by heart.

That being said, this meant I was surprised when the show opened and there were girls in yoga pants and guys with messenger bags walking across the stage. This new show has a new take on the story. While the songs are still the same, the interpretation has been updated and modernized. The cast all wears sneakers and the songs and choreography are much slicker (?) than I remember. I liked the new songs and dances, but the two leads were sort of disappointing to me. The Narrator was ok. Her voice is decent, but not as commanding as I would have liked. And Joseph? He sounded like a muppet. I found it very distracting, but Andrew didn’t seem to notice or mind.

So, my nostalgia won over in the end. It was still a really fun evening, but the show did not stand up to my expectations. I liked it, but I’m not overly itching to see it again. 

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New Slippers (352/365)

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Slipper Sock


Andrew has this habit of deciding he likes something and then that thing is completely unavailable. The guy doesn’t like suitcases with wheels. Do you know how hard it is to find a suitcase without wheels? It’s impossible. Because no one wants to lug around a heavy suitcase when they can much more easily drag it behind them on wheels. Except Andrew. And you know what? He has a suitcase without wheels. It’s a vintage suitcase I found a Goodwill. Because that’s the only place you can find a suitcase without wheels. Where people donate stuff they don’t want anymore because it’s old and outdated.

That being said, his desire for things that no long exist extends beyond just suitcases. Andrew has had the same pair of slippers for the past 15 years. Yes, FIFTEEN years. Over half his life. When he got those slippers, he was a freshman in high school. Y2K was thing. We were partying like it was 1999…because it was 1999. 

But a few days ago, the slippers finally died. He’s been trying to keep them as long as possible, but at this point they have multiple holes in the soles and are fundamentally failing at what they’re supposed to do. His feet are no longer warm. So, on Wednesday he tossed them in the trash. 

I have known about this slipper conundrum for a while, and as the holiday season has approached, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find Andrew a replacement pair of slippers. But guess what? They don’t make them anymore. Slipper socks are no longer in style. Especially not fleece ones. Moccasins are in. Uggs are in (even for guys…so says Tom Brady and that’s one stylish man). But slipper socks? Impossible to find. (Of course).

So, after weeks of looking and finally giving up, I decided to try to make him new slipper socks. After lots of internet research and one failed attempt later, I realized I was on a fruitless journey to find a pattern to make him exactly what he had before. I had almost resigned myself to making Andrew some subpar slipper socks when it occurred to both of us that we had the pattern we needed right in front of us. Andrew fished his old slippers out of the trash, I tore them apart, and started again. Also, that is true love right there. Ripping apart a 15 year-old slipper sock at 11 PM. It wasn’t pretty.

As of right now, he has one new, half finished slipper sock. I’m going to call this project a success. 

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Reminiscing (351/365)

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This afternoon I did an interview for the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project. It was two and a half hours of me talking about myself. Talking about myself as someone who is Jewish and talking about myself as someone who is Korean and talking about myself as someone who is adopted and how those three things intermingle in my life.

Basically it was a long journey down memory lane and in the end I showed the interviewer a couple of pictures of me from when I was growing up. After I showed them to her, she asked me if I could scan them and any other interesting photos I might have and send them to her. Which then led me down a whole other path. When my mom was here earlier this year, she brought with her a whole crate of photos. A lot of them are from when I was a baby and there are progressively fewer and fewer as I get older, until late high school and into college. I used to claim I didn’t really have an awkward phase. Yeah, that’s completely wrong. I was just blissfully unaware of exactly how awkward I looked and I’m grateful for that.



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