Things you are dying to know


1)      I’m back from New York.  “Newsies” was the definite, absolute highlight of the weekend.  I smiled basically the entire time – that is, when I wasn’t tearing up (and then just letting the tears spill over) during “Santa Fe.”  If it’s even possible, I think I’m getting MORE EMOTIONAL with time.  Suitors to the left.

2)      In addition to getting good, quality time with my pal Val, a twist of serendipity brought Nashville Miranda to the city on the same weekend – something we didn’t put together until we were already there.  So fun to get some unexpected time with her and her awesome boyfriend, Brandon.

3)       Speaking of Miranda and Brandon, I like to think of them collectively as “Mirbranda.”  I’m waiting for it to catch on.  So far, I might be the only one who thinks this is a good idea.

4)      To complete my month o’ travel, I’m heading to Nashville this weekend.  Out of all of the trips I take, ones to Nashville are my favorite.

5)      Did anyone catch the Broncos game last night?  I did, because I’m so sporty.  GREAT GAME.

6)      I bought a 2013 calendar, and already have things to write in it.  Things like…

7)      BECCA’S WEDDING.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’re gon’ have a weddin’.  Michael Murphy is joining our family in January, and we couldn’t love him more.



  1. Val on October 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I love you and I love Newsies and I love this blog!!!!

    Our trip really was the greatest, wasn’t it?? If I think too much about the show I start to tear up. What in the world.

  2. Lan | angry asian on October 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    it is with deep regret that i must tell you that you might get more emotional as you get older. things that never fazed me when i was younger now hit me harder & i’m more susceptible to tears. i’m sorry.

    in other news, i’m glad you enjoyed newsies, i’m jealous. i’ve been a fan of the movie for so long & i can’t justify a trip to NYC to see it on stage…

  3. Maria on October 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    This may be way off – but are they in Ireland? Looks a lot like The Cliffs of Moher to me. Either way, beautiful picture!

  4. hootenannie on October 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Maria – indeed, Ireland. :) They got engaged there a few weeks ago. NO BIG DEAL.

  5. Miranda on October 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Haha, that’s actually a new one! :) Biranda, Mirandon…
    I’m hopeful that this nickname catches on as well as your last one for me. What was it again? Miruncie? :)

    Congrats to Becca and MIchael!

    See you soon Annie!

  6. natalie@thesweetslife on October 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I think Mirbranda is catchy! And now that you’ve met Katie, it’s my turn to meet you!! So glad you had a good weekend–dying to see Newsies!

  7. Michael on October 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    You make me smile a lot, Annie! Congrats to Becca and Michael and Mirbranda and everyone, and much love to you, sweet friend!

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