As you may or may not already know, I work at a bakery as a cake decorator. I started working there for 2 reasons: I wanted to learn to decorate cakes and I needed something to fill the time after I moved here. It has been a good job and I have met some really nice people, but I think the time has come for me to move on. I am really ready for my "big girl" job, and I am in the beginning stages of job hunting. I did have an interview the other day with Walton Communities. This is a chain of apartment complexes that are locally owned and very nice in their own individual ways. The position I applied for is a leasing consultant. It sounds interesting enough, but the lady I interviewed with wants me to shadow one of the offices to see if it really is something I would like to pursue. She said that it was a lengthy process, so even if I do make it, it could take a while. I am honestly looking forward to this change. I want to do something that doesn't require me to wear a uniform, but instead requires me to look nice. Please keep me in your prayers as I continue on this journey for the next big thing.
Change. It happens. And there is nothing you can do about it. You have no choice but to accept it. And that's easier said than done. I have never been a very big fan of change. In fact, just days ago I would have said that change is bad, but in the last 36 hours, I have learned that that is not the case. I have finally come to understand that, while change can be utterly gross, it is absolutely necessary. Change produces growth. Change builds character. Change strengthens who we are as individuals, and makes us better people. As I look back on the changes that have taken place in my life, and I remember the sadness, the fear, and the anger, I have no choice but to recognize that through it all, because of it all, I have come out better on the other side. We don't have to love change. We don't even have to like change. But we should at least take the time to appreciate change and all that it brings into our lives.
So, my mom has discovered air...in a can, and has now taken to using it on EVERYTHING! The tv screen, bookshelves, bugs on the wall....everything. If you see dust, stand back, mom is coming in with the compressed air. What the crap? I tell you what I think is fun...the steam blaster on the iron. Now, that is good times. I had to iron my shirt for church this morning and I steam blasted that thing until the water ran dry. Mom made fun of me, but let's remind ourselves that she's the one who blows bugs with compressed air. Hello! So, alas, it is the simple things in life that amuse us. Who needs Broadway when you have air in a can and steam-blasting irons? Go figure.
As some of you may know, I am a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan. I own several copies of the book, I have lots of memorobilia, and I even own the t-shirt. I am a HUGE WoO fan! So, naturally, when the Broadway show Wicked rolls into town, I am the first one in line to see it.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the storyline for Wicked, allow me to give you a brief synopsis. The musical is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and it follows the story of the witches of Oz before Dorothy flies a house into it. It tells how Glinda the Good Witch became the good witch, and how Elphaba, the green one, became the Wicked Witch of the West. As if that weren't fascinating enough, it even delves into how the Tin Man became tin and the Scarecrow became a scarecrow. Trust me when I say that whether you read the book or see the musical, you will never look at the story of Dorothy and Toto the same!
Back to my story, I finally got to see Wicked for the first time this past Wednesday. My mom and aunt got me the ticket for my birthday and the three of us plus my sister an uncle all went and saw the magic that is Wicked. It was amazing! Glinda, previously known as "Galinda," is absolutely hilarious. She has such a bright and bubbly personality and is an absolute hoot! Elphaba, again the green one, is also funny in her own way. As you can imagine, growing up as the only green person anyone has ever seen, she has never had many friends and has, therefore, found her own way of looking at life. She has such a dry sense of humor, it was great to see her portrayed as a person versus a wicked witch. In addition, the "special effects" were amazing. There is one scene where Elphaba flies and it was both powerful and spellbinding. Another thing that I absolutely loved was how much of the movie they subtly have thrown into the dialog. It is truly remarkable how well everything from the concept of Wicked flows into the idea we have all know as the land of Oz. If you ever get the chance to see Wicked, you MUST take it! It is an unforgettable experience and I am absolutely serious that you will never look at the Wizard of Oz the same way again!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Mom and Aunt Tracy for taking me to see Wicked. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for a chance to see it again!