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This week was full of celebrations, big and small.
On Monday, we went to the art museum with my mom. We all wanted to see the Kandinsky exhibition that is currently at the museum. The exhibit was really well done and the audio guide had just the right amount of information. Also, they have now made it free admission to all K-12 educators in Wisconsin. I love our Milwaukee Art Museum!
Then, we walked through downtown Milwaukee to go to Cubanitas for lunch. We had a perfect lunch of Cuban sandwiches and plaintain chips with guacamole. Of course, we also had a nice mojito.
Thursday was my birthday. I had a nice relaxing day and some fun treats. For lunch, we went to one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. Then, I went to Starbucks for an afternoon fancy coffee drink treat. Then, we went out to dinner at the Brazilian steakhouse in town. They had a crazy good deal on Groupon and I was happy we could have a nice dinner for a good price. The food was so good!
The best part of my birthday celebration was The Phantom of the Opera. When I heard that the tour was going to be here over my birthday, I immediately got tickets. It was fun to take my husband to see this show. I LOVE Phantom and I was happy to experience the new pyrotechnics that were added to the show. There is something magical about that dramatic Phantom music being played in a theater with an orchestra. It wasn't the best performance I have seen of this musical, but I still enjoyed sharing the experience with my husband.
Wednesday, I enjoyed going to the annual sale at The Learning Shop, which is a local teacher resource store. It is so much fun to share this part of the anticipation of setting up my classroom and getting ready for the school year with my husband. I wasn't just dragging him around the store looking at my stuff, he was wandering around looking for his own stuff. Although this is a little dangerous for our wallets, it is so fun!
Lastly, I worked again to make writing a priority this week. I missed a couple days, but I definitely am developing much more of a habit. I started drafting another incarnation of the novel that I have drifting around in my head. The narrator who emerged in this draft surprised me, but it feels right so now I will play with this version to see what comes out. I also experimented with writing in the present tense, which was challenging, but felt right as well. We shall see where it goes, but I am celebrating the seed that might grow into something good.
What do you have to celebrate this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments.