My dear friend Tanya met me in Houston on Saturday the 11th and we took off for Denver the next day. It’s a long ride to Denver from Houston – something like 20-22 hours, so I was happy to have Tanya with me. We also hadn’t seen each other in about a year and a half – funnily enough the last time we were together was also in Houston, and we were both staying at the same Hyatt as this time (when I stopped to see her on my road trip after “Spamalot” – she was in Houston with “Mary Poppins”). So we had plenty to catch up on, making a long car ride kind of perfect.
We stopped for the first night in Amarillo, TX. and had our very own Tony Awards party at a La Quinta motel complete with takeout from Denny’s. We are classy ladies 🙂 The next day we hit the road early only to run into a giant forest fire on the border of New Mexico and Colorado – and the freeway we needed to get on was closed. I was really happy Tanya was with me because I probably would have had a melt-down if I had been alone when I realized we had to do a 135 mile detour to get around the fire! It added a couple of hours onto the trip, but we did manage to get to Denver safely around dinner-time. We made dinner with Eric at the Residence Inn and I tried (but failed) to stay awake with him until he had to go to work at 2:30am (for a 3am load-in – oy!).
Load-in was kind of a tedious one, unfortunately. Because of the long distance between Houston and Denver, the crew worked from 3am (when the trucks arrived) straight through to the show on Tuesday night. All hopes of getting an afternoon nap in were dashed when a big support piece on the set broke while being unloaded from the truck. It had to be mended, which delayed the set going in, which therefore delayed everything else. It took right up until the dinner break to get everything in and ready for the show. My friend Tiffany, who is an old friend from college, stopped by the theater in the afternoon with her kids Ava and Seamus, so I took a little break and showed them around. It was fun seeing Ava get so excited about being in the theater – Tiffany is convinced she is going to be an actress.
The next day was our regular “day after load-in day of rest”, but on Thursday I got up and went and had the most awesome prenatal massage from Regina at Harmony’s Family. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a good place for prenatal massage in Denver. My back is all jacked up from having those two herniated discs last year, and Regina also told me that my hips are exceptionally tight – probably from all the driving I do – which is not helping my lower back issues. She did such an amazing job loosening me up! I’m searching and searching for a place like Harmony’s Family in NYC – not only do they offer specifically prenatal massage, but also acupuncture for pregnant women (which I was told could help with my blood pressure), doula services and childbirth classes. Anybody know of a place like this in NYC? I haven’t had any luck with googling. There just aren’t enough hippies in NYC for cool businesses like this. I realized that when I first moved there and went in search of a spa like the ones I used to go to in Santa Cruz, that are new agey, hippie places with hot tubs and are all about relaxation. In NYC the spas are all about beauty treatments and are way more clinical than new agey. And I have yet to find a spa in NYC where you can get a private hot tub in addition to your other treatments. Anyway! I really do want to find somewhere at home where I can continue with the prenatal massage and also try out acupuncture (specifically for mamas) – so if anyone has any recommendations, please message me!
After my massage I went and had lunch with Tiffany, Ava and Seamus at their house. They had gotten a little birthday cake for me. It was fun hanging out for the afternoon in their yard. Both of the kids have gotten so big since the last time I saw them!
Friday was my birthday and I really wanted to do something outdoors. The weather was a bit sketchy, but Eric, Travis and I decided to brave it and head up to Red Rocks for a hike. The clouds cleared up after we got there and it ended up being beautiful. We ran into some other co-workers up there, but mostly had a really nice, quiet afternoon. We even ran into a group of very tame deer who let us get really close to take their pictures!
After getting back from Red Rocks, we got cleaned up and Eric took me out for a birthday dinner at Tamayo, a Mexican/South American restaurant near the theater. It was delicious!
It was the normal four-show weekend, and then Monday was rainy and gloomy. We had been thinking about taking the train up to Pike’s Peak, but I read online that pregnant women should really avoid going above 12,000 feet. I was going to call my doctor and ask about it (Eric said the doctors probably think I’m crazy since I am always calling with some random question like “can I climb a mountain today?” – ha ha) but since the weather ended up being crappy we decided to scrap the idea. Good thing, too – we had some friends from work who went up there and they said it was 17 degrees, snowing and zero visibility at the top. Seeing as I sent my winter coat home already, that wouldn’t have been too fun. We stayed in Denver instead. I went to the mall and bought some maternity jeans – my regular pants have finally stopped fitting! Then Eric and I went to REI to look around (didn’t buy anything though). Eric then went to the butcher with our friend Brad and they bought some giant steaks. We ended up grilling out at the hotel that night which was fun and super yummy.
The next day was gorgeous, so Eric and I got up early and headed down to Colorado Springs to Garden of the Gods. The last time I was there it was overcast, so it was nice to see it in a different light. We took a bunch of photos of all the rock formations and drove around the whole park a number of times. Afterwards we had lunch in cute Manitou Springs before heading back to Denver for the show that night.
On Thursday I met up with Janann and April, two friends from ACT days, for lunch at a great vegetarian restaurant called Watercourse. It was so awesome to see them both. Two really great girls. I wish I were able to see them more often then every couple of years!
Now we are headed into the weekend and I am trying to wrap my head around packing. We have a lay-off week next week, so Eric and I are spending three days driving my car back to New York. We are trying to load it up with as much stuff as possible to take home now. Trying to really lighten the load and get by with the bare minimum for our last three weeks on tour. I’ll be flying to the last two stops – Atlanta and Washington DC, so I have to make sure my suitcases are both underweight. I’ve filled my footlocker (which travels on the truck) with cat supplies that previously lived in the car. I can’t believe we are almost done with this tour! In some ways it seems like it has flown by, and in other ways it seems like it has gone on forever.
I have two doctors appointments next week – one is another ultrasound, so hopefully we can confirm the sex of the baby. Things are still going great – I think I have felt the baby move a couple of times now, but still not regularly. My blood pressure, according to my monitor anyway, seems to be normal. I had an anxiety dream the other night that I went into labor and we still had not bought one single thing for the baby. I think I am really anxious about getting home and starting to get things ready! I have bought exactly two onesies, but that’s it! We are getting a registry organized on Amazon, though, so I am at least “window shopping”. Excited to actually start getting some baby stuff into the apartment , though!
That’s all for now – will keep you posted with news from New York next week!