Second Trimester (So Far!)

In the latest installment of long-overdue pregnancy recaps, I bring you the Second Trimester (So Far). Once I’m caught up, I’d love to get into weekly recaps, but considering how busy I’ve been lately and also how little really changes from week to week, that may get boring and overwhelming. We’ll see how things go!

The most notable symptom the second trimester has brought is lots of round ligament pain. This is a totally normal symptom as the ligament that supports your uterus stretches and grows with your uterus, but it can be really painful and disconcerting to get little stabs of pain in your lower abdomen all the time. And walking long distances makes it a lot worse.

Unfortunately, I had a resurgence of morning sickness around week 20. Somehow, I made it through my entire first trimester without puking once, only to lose my breakfast on a random Friday morning halfway through my pregnancy. Ugh. Thankfully, it was a brief remission, and I’ve been feeling fine since that week.

Lastly, my right hip and back have been bothering me. I bought a fancy pregnancy pillow early in the second trimester and it’s helped, but I think my body is just unhappy with lying on my sides ALL THE TIME. I am much more of an equal opportunity sleeper.

The first half of the second trimester was a bleak time for fitness. I was tired, I was busy, it was the holidays… Then we bought our house, I went to NYC, we both got the plague, and then were frantic with moving. Not a lot has been happening. I’ve tried some walking lately, but that makes my round ligament pain even worse, and makes me lightheaded. Not cool.


Unimpressed with my round ligament pain.


One thing I actually have done is gotten into prenatal yoga, yay! There’s a dedicated prenatal studio within my favorite local studio, and the instructors are wonderful. I bought a 10 class pass because you get a discount if you buy it after your free intro class. Unfortunately the schedule isn’t super great (who can get to yoga at 8:15 on a Friday morning?), but I worked it out with my boss so that I can take a late lunch break and hit the 4:15 pm class on Tuesdays each week. I just wish I could go more!

Weight Gain
All seems to be going well in this department so far. I’ve been doing a lot better on the nutrition front since we moved into our own house, but I do wish I were getting more exercise. So far, I’ve gained roughly 10 pounds, which is pretty standard for where I’m at in the process.

Baby Movement
I didn’t really feel her move definitively until week 21. The movements were really small and subtle until all of a sudden during week 23 when she just started going crazy in there 🙂 It’s incredibly reassuring to feel her moving around so much.

Purchases and Preparations
We haven’t really bought anything of note; I’ve bought exactly two baby garments. But we’ve gotten a TON of hand-me-downs from various friends, including piles of clothing, two different types of baby carriers, a high chair, a Boppy pillow, a jogging stroller (yeah, seriously–for free!), a rocker, a crib, and an exersaucer.

We’ve painted the guest/baby room and started putting some furniture in there, but we haven’t done much in the way of setting it up or decorating yet. I started an Amazon baby registry, but I find the whole thing kind of overwhelming.

I had a TERRIBLE cold for most of week 19. It was bloody awful. Not being able to take a decongestant meant that I basically didn’t sleep for three days. By the third night I was so tired I started hallucinating in the middle of the night. I had to wake Ben up because I was hysterical from exhaustion and fear. Thank god for my loving, supportive husband, who calmed me down and slept with the lights on for the rest of the night so I wouldn’t be scared. It took over a week for me to recover completely. Very glad to be done with that nonsense!


First Trimester Recap

I know these pregnancy posts are coming at you way after the fact, but having waited so long to make our pregnancy internet official and then being so busy with moving/house stuff, it is what it is. Enjoy! And if you’re not interested in pregnancy posts, please come back another day 🙂

I was one of those lucky few women who did not spend her entire first trimester praying to the porcelain god. I dealt with varying degrees of nausea all day, every day for a few weeks, and even retched once after taking a whiff of something pungent that my in-laws cooked up, but I never threw up! This was such a relief, as I have a mild phobia of vomiting.

What I did have, though, is some next-level hormonal acne. Jesus, I thought it was bad when I was a teenager, but this was something else. My entire forehead was covered in red bumps and whiteheads, and I even got some cystic acne, which I’d never really had before. It was awful. And because I’m pregnant, the products I could use to combat said acne are somewhat limited, so I basically just had to suffer. Thankfully, right around 16 weeks, the acne cleared up.

I’ve also experienced a few less terrible symptoms like mild cramping and sore boobs. And of course, I was tired pretty much all the time. There were a lot of 9 pm bedtimes those first few months.

In general I found that any physical activity helped keep nausea at bay and helped improve my energy levels, but it was really hard to make myself do it when I was just so damn lethargic! Most days all I wanted to do after work was go home, change into comfy pants, and vegetate. That said, I tried to force myself into some kind of activity a couple of times a week.

I was fortunately able to continue going to CrossFit through my first trimester. I talked it over with my midwives and they agreed that as long as I listen to my body and scale as needed, I’m good to go. My CrossFit coaches were actually among the very first people I told, and they’ve been great about offering modifications and scaling options to keep me and the baby safe. In fact, they are pretty damn aggressive about offering modifications, and checking in before and after WODs. I haven’t gone that much because I’ve been so tired, but the times I do go feel great. I did, however, switch my membership from 12 classes a month to a 10 class punch card. I just haven’t been going enough to justify $165 a month.

I ran a few times early in the first trimester, but low energy levels, cold, and darkness meant I didn’t do it a lot. I ended up rejoining my fancy gym (I get an amazing corporate discount through work), so that a) I have treadmill access for the winter, and b) when/if CrossFit becomes too much, I can take classes/work out there.

I haven’t really had any true cravings or aversions, but I will say that what I feel like eating at any given time is completely random. One day something is delicious, the next I’d rather starve than eat it. Then the next day I like it again. I guess the one thing I’m noticing is that I don’t really want sweet stuff that much. Pre-pregnancy I would have at least one sugary treat per day, but entire days go by without even thinking of treats. Savory foods are much more my jam.

Weight Gain
I’m trying really hard not to stress too much about weight gain during pregnancy, but it’s hard. My midwives want me to gain about 25 pounds, which would put me uncomfortably close to 200 pounds. I know I need to gain weight for the baby, but those numbers freak me out. I’m just doing my best to eat as normally and healthfully as possible. There is no “eating for two” mentality for me. At my 12 week appointment, I’d only gained 2 pounds, which is right on track.

Weird Stuff
Something very interesting that happened is that early in my pregnancy, my ocular migraines became MUCH more frequent. The weekend of our Toronto trip, I had one every single day, and I had several more throughout the course of the first trimester.

I talked to the midwives about it, and they said that sometimes pregnancy just makes other conditions worse. I never really got an answer as to what was causing my migraines, and they were so infrequent I just didn’t worry about it. The midwives assured me that there’s no danger to me or the baby, and it’s probably just “one of those things” that will go away after the baby is born. I haven’t had one since my second trimester started, so I’m gonna cross my fingers that I don’t have to deal with them anymore.


I have a distinct lack of photos of me from the first trimester, but here’s an ultrasound!



Weekend Update – Shindig!

Happy Monday, friends! We passed another excellent weekend as residents in our new house and couldn’t be happier about it. We even christened it with a mini housewarming. Read all about it below!

We invited a half dozen or so friends over since Ben had a by-week for broom ball. It was so nice to be able to host a gathering at our OWN house. My in-laws were wonderful about us having guests over, but it’s always sort of fraught when you’re trying to host a party at someone else’s house.


I whipped up a batch of what we lovingly refer to as “Crack Dip” (basically a cheesy, spicy corn dip), and asked our guests to each bring something potluck style so we wouldn’t have to cook a big meal. David and Alex brought an absolutely sinful mac and cheese with bacon, caramelized onions, and goat cheese, and Nick and Nikki brought a nice green salad to balance out the carbs and cheese. We had a great time chatting, and baby Kalamack was absolutely enthralled with the kitties.


Saturday was “productivity day.” As residents of what we lovingly refer to as “the boonies,” we don’t have weekly trash pickup. This means that we have to make runs to our local transfer station (aka dump). And after a couple of weeks of unpacking boxes and setting up a new house, we had a LOT of trash and recycling to get rid of, so that was our first priority.

Meal planning and grocery shopping was also on the agenda while we were out and about, so before leaving for the day, we planned out our meals for the week and put together the grocery list. AND we even remembered to bring our reusable shopping bags. Score!

After getting home for the day, I decided to tackle some of our remaining painting projects while Ben did some other random stuff. I started in the guest room closet, and then moved out to do a second coat on the guest room itself. For whatever reason, one coat just didn’t cut it in that room. The open gallon of paint ran out with about 9 square feet of wall left, which was incredibly frustrating, but I was exhausted by that point, so I decided to just save it for Sunday.

Ben and I spent the rest of the evening cooking a nice supper, eating, playing video games, reading, and relaxing together. It still hasn’t gotten old that we have our own house and our own space to hang out in 🙂

We slept in a bit, and after breakfast I resumed painting. Armed with a fresh can of paint, I finished the tiny bit of wall in the guest room, and did the entire guest bathroom as well. Now that that room is done, we can finally start putting it together as an actual guest/baby room instead of the dumping ground it was starting to be.

I was done with painting by about 2 and started in on a few loads of laundry. I mostly loafed around the rest of the afternoon while Ben made bread for our neighbors who have been plowing our driveway FOR FREE.

Around 5:30 we headed over to the Johnson’s house to join my in-laws for dinner. The Johnson’s are some of my in-laws’ oldest friends, and they always make such great spreads. When we arrived, there was a veggie platter with a delicious bean dip, and homemade potato skins with all the fixings. Then for supper, there was boeuf bourguignon, salad, and fresh bread, with brownie sundaes for dessert. I was STUFFED by the time we headed home.


I ran around doing a few more productive things to get ready for work like making a few jars of overnight oats and putting coffee to soak in my french press for cold-brewed iced coffee for the week, then headed to bed early. Ben is on February break this week, so he stayed up late playing video games. Lucky duck! The good news this week is that because it’s February break, my commute is a lot nicer and faster than usual.

Is it school break time in your neck of the woods?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/23/18

Friday Free-For-All

I’m slowly but surely getting caught up around here! I’ve been super busy with projects around the house, AND we don’t have internet set up yet, so the only time I have to blog is breaks at work. But after this week’s flurry of trip recap posts, I’m nearly back to where I want to be. I’m hoping to get caught up on pregnancy posts next week so that I can maybe start doing a weekly update the following week. No promises, though. Not having internet at home is rough.

We scheduled our first mortgage payment this week. Eep! Talk about feeling like an adult. We’re planning to overpay our mortgage as much as possible through the coming years with the goal of ultimately owning our house and removing our mortgage payment from our budget early. Based on some rough calculations we did, we will hopefully end up paying off our mortgage 10 years earlier and save ourselves tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments in the process. Woo!

I went to prenatal yoga for the second week in a row! I’m so proud of myself for committing to exercise, and I really, really love prenatal yoga. It’s so relaxing and lovely. Here’s to making it a weekly habit for the rest of my pregnancy. I’m glad yoga is going so well, because…

I went for a walk on Wednesday and it didn’t go well. It was 65 degrees and sunny, so I couldn’t wait to get outside on my lunch break. Unfortunately, within 5 minutes, my round ligament started to hurt. A lot. It just felt really tight and uncomfortable. I stuck it out for a slow 30 minutes, but then when I got back to my office, I suddenly felt so lightheaded that I almost passed out in the elevator! I knew lightheadedness is a common pregnancy symptom, but it was really sudden and scary. I called the nurses at my midwife practice just in case, and fortunately (unfortunately?) this is all “normal” for the second trimester. The advice was to drink MORE water (I already consume at least 64 oz per day), eat plenty of healthy food (which I do), and that symptoms can vary from day to day. I’m really hoping that this ligament pain doesn’t continue, because walking and yoga are pretty much the only exercises I have been feeling comfortable with lately.

Pregnant women/mamas out there–any suggestions for relieving/avoiding round ligament pain?



NYC Trip: Days 4 & 5

Welcome to the third and final installment of my NYC/BroadwayCon trip recap! If you missed parts one and two you can find them here and here.

Sunday was the final day of BroadwayCon. Sarah and I decided to sleep in a little bit after our late night out, and mixed up our breakfast routine by hitting a little deli for some egg sandwiches to go. I kind of wish we’d gone there every day instead of Pret a Manger, as it was cheap, fast, and delicious! We made it to the Javits Center by 10 am for my photo session with Jenn Colella. Those of you follow me on Instagram probably already saw my hilarious “photo essay” of being completely starstruck, so instead, here’s the nice professional photo we took together:


While I was busy at my photo session, Sarah went to a panel celebrating Ahrens & Flaherty musicals, and when I was done I slipped into Stage Door Stories with Broadwaysted and Friends. The hosts of Broadwasted spoke with Hayley Podschun (Hello, Dolly), Alex Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), and James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton) about fun/interesting/weird stuff that has happened to them at the stage door. It was fun and also ended up being a bit thoughtful too, which was nice. I snuck out a few minutes early to line up for my Stephanie J Block photo session. She was totally gracious and lovely and I’m just a tiny bit obsessed with her. I love, love, love this photo!


When I was finished, I joined Sarah at the Mainstage for the Come From Away show spotlight, as we’d be seeing the show later that afternoon. It was great to hear the cast and creative team talk about the show and made us super excited to see it.

Since the programming for the rest of the afternoon didn’t look terribly interesting, we decided to head out in search of lunch before the 3pm show of Come From Away. Since Shake Shack is such a luxury, we went again! Their fries are just so damn good, people! And my pregnant self was loving their milkshakes.

We had a bit of time to kill so we stopped in at the Disney store in Times Square, where Sarah bought some gifts for her nephews, and I somehow restrained myself from buying every single Little Mermaid-themed item in the store for my unborn daughter. We also grabbed some tissues because we knew Come From Away was a tear-jerker.


From the moment the show started, I was enthralled. It was a beautiful story, imaginatively and sparsely staged; just actors, some chairs, and some tables. The music was incredible and I definitely cried several times. And I wasn’t the only one. I can’t recommend the show highly enough, particularly while most of the original cast, including Jenn Colella, is still in it!

After the show we were emotionally drained, and headed back to our hotel to regroup. We had left Sunday evening open to possibly go out to a nice dinner, or see another show. Or just nap if we were too tired, as we didn’t know how I’d be feeling as an 18 weeks pregnant lady. Ultimately, we decided to grab some last-minute tickets to Kinky Boots, since the tickets were cheap and the theatre was literally around the corner from the hotel.

Before the show, we treated ourselves to Coldstone Creamery for dinner. I had been craving ice cream all weekend, and Coldstone is another thing that we can’t get up in Vermont, so I was in heaven with some cake batter ice cream, sprinkles, and Heath Bar.


While Kinky Boots was a lot of fun (who doesn’t love to watch 6 foot tall glamazon drag queens kick higher than their heads while wearing stilettos?), I was pretty underwhelmed by the music. The story was wonderful, and the spectacle was great, but it was my least favorite show we saw for sure. I kind of wish we’d gone out for dinner instead, but oh well!


Finally, it was time to hit the hay. We were both exhausted after having been on the go all weekend and not sleeping very well in our tiny, hot, loud hotel room, and we had a long day of travel ahead on Monday.

Our train was due to leave Penn Station around 11:20, and while we had originally planned to be super touristy and go to Ellen’s Stardust Diner for breakfast, we opted not to. Ellen’s was in the exact opposite direction of Penn Station, and we didn’t feel like walking or paying for a cab, so we just hoofed it the 10 blocks to the station and grabbed some deli sandwiches and coffee.

Our train left almost exactly on time, and was once again pretty sparsely populated, so we passed another day in the Wi-Fi enabled lap of luxury. It was a long day and I wasn’t really able to nap at all, but I was intensely grateful to have room to stretch out nonetheless.

We arrived at Essex station at about 8:30 pm, and Ben was there waiting to pick me up. I gave Sarah a big hug goodbye, and thus ended my NYC trip. It was an incredible, fun, exhausting experience, and I’m so, so glad I went. I knew when I booked the trip that I might be pregnant, and it might be my “last hoorah” before becoming a mother, and it was indeed just that.


NYC Trip: Day 3

Welcome to part 2 of my BroadwayCon trip recap! If you missed part one, find it here.

We were up and at ’em early once again Saturday morning for day 2 of BroadwayCon festivities. After grabbing our quickie Pret a Manger breakfasts, we walked to the Javits Center so Sarah could make her 10 am autograph appointment with Anthony Rapp of RENT fame. He’s also the co-founder of BroadwayCon, which I didn’t know at the time!

While Sarah was doing her thing, I decided to just wander the Marketplace a bit and relax, as there weren’t any panels during the 10 am time slot that interested me. When Sarah was done, we headed over to the Mainstage area for the Dear Evan Hansen show spotlight. The panel was made up of Steven Levenson, the book writer, Noah Galvin, and Taylor Trensch, who respectively were just finishing up and just coming into the role of Evan. It was interesting to hear more about the show, but I found Noah Galvin to just be really off-putting for some reason. Oh well.


We once again grabbed a quick lunch in the cafeteria and then headed to Playing Theatre History. This was such a great, nerdy panel. The panelists were all women, and there were so many excellent topics of discussion I can’t remember them all. My favorite part, though, was one of the panelists relating a story about how she went in for an audition, and she was so nervous, but right before it was her turn, the casting director came out and said they’d cast the part and wouldn’t be seeing anymore auditioners. Suddenly, she was furious that she had spent all this time preparing and hadn’t been able to audition, and she said that completely flipped the audition narrative for her. Rather than being nervous, from that day on, her attitude was that those 10 minutes were HERS, and the casting directors damn well better listen up and pay attention to her. It was just such a refreshing take on something that can be so emotionally fraught.

At 2, we headed back to the Mainstage for Theater People Live Featuring Laura Benanti. Theater People is one of my very favorite podcasts, and the host is just such a delightful gay theatre fanboy it’s so much fun! Laura Benanti is unbelievably funny–she has a super quick wit. She’s also a social justice warrior who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, and a badass working mom. The hour flew by and was a total blast.

We decided to continue the podcast love and went to the Broadwaysted Live show featuring Sierra Boggess. Broadwaysted is my other favorite podcast. It’s similar in nature to Theater People in that they interview Broadway folks, but they do it while drinking and playing drinking games. Too much fun!

Our last two stops of the day were the Mainstage Singalong, which was pretty short but absolutely adorable, and The Band’s Visit show spotlight. Neither Sarah nor I knew anything about The Band’s visit, but the short clips of music we heard, plus the lovely interviews with the cast, made us both want to know more. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score tickets while we were in the city, but it’s on my list of cast recordings to purchase soon.



At this point we were starving, so we set off in search of dinner. We ended up at Beer Authority, a pub about halfway between the Javits Center and our hotel room. I was feeling some pregnant lady eating guilt (so much processed/fast food happened!), so I had a big fat chicken Caesar salad… AND a side of fries. #balance

Food coma in full force, we headed back to the hotel to rest up for a few hours. We were meeting some other VT friends for a midnight show at the Comedy Cellar, so quiet time was in order. We left our room at about 10:30 to meet Megan, Ian, Sean, Faith, Don, and Serena at the hotel bar where Megan and Ian were staying. After a round of drinks and chats, we hopped on the subway for a quick ride.


The Comedy Cellar is just that: a basement where there are comedy shows. It’s apparently the place where Jerry Seinfeld and lots of other famous comedians have started out. They have an incredibly strict no photos policy (if they catch you taking photos during a show they throw your entire table out!), so I didn’t take any pictures, but the show was fantastic. As always, the night was heavy on male comics, but it was still well worth the trip. And I was proud that I was able to drag my pregnant behind out for some late-night city fun! We shared a cab with Ian and Megan since their hotel was just down the block from us, and we made it into bed just before 3 am. Oof!

And that concludes part 2 of the NYC trip recap. I had hoped to cram Saturday and Sunday into one post, but this has already gotten a little long, so stay tuned for the final installment soon!


NYC Trip Days 1 & 2

I know, I know, this is LONG overdue, but as you know, I’ve been super busy with moving and house projects, so I’m just now getting around to this. Enjoy!

Ben and I were lucky enough to snag a ride to our various ports from a family friend. They dropped me off at the Essex Junction train station right at 9 am, then continued on into Burlington to drop Ben at the airport.

The train arrived promptly at 9:45 and we were off! The Amtrak Vermonter goes from St. Albans, VT all the way down to Washington, DC. It makes LOTS of stops along the way and doesn’t travel very fast, so it’s about a 9 hour ride to New York. While this sounds like a lot, driving to NYC would take at least 6 hours, we’d have to pay for parking, and contend with city traffic, so really, it’s not bad. Plus, the train is Wi-Fi enabled, there are power outlets at every seat, and there’s a snack car. Not to mention, the seats are huge, with plenty of leg room. AND, Sarah and I each had two seats to ourselves for the majority of the trip. So basically, we were riding in style and comfort.


Along the way, we chatted, ate snacks, napped, read, and otherwise passed a leisurely day watching the scenery go by. We arrived at Penn Station around 6:30 and walked the 10 or so blocks to our hotel. We stayed at City Rooms – Times Square. In a nutshell, it’s about a step above a hostel. Super cheap, zero amenities, small rooms, no elevator. And our room was on the 5th floor. I don’t know that I’d stay there again, but it worked for this trip. At least the location was convenient!


On one of the landings at the hotel.

After checking in and dumping our stuff, we walked over to Shake Shack for some dinner. We don’t have Shake Shacks in Vermont, so this was a treat! We were both pretty tired, so we just headed back to our room to read for a while, and went to bed early.

This was the official first day of BroadwayCon. Sarah and I got up around 7 am to get ready and head out to find breakfast. We ended up eating breakfast at Pret a Manger pretty much every morning because it was on our way to the convention center, and offered halfway decent hot breakfast options on a budget.

The Javits Center was about a mile and a half from our hotel, and we walked there and back pretty much every day (we ended up taking a cab on Sunday afternoon, and only because it was rainy and we were exhausted).

Sarah and I had purchased Gold level passes for the weekend, which got us a few perks like a swag bag (not really that swag-y), early entry to the Marketplace (souvenirs galore!), and a few other things. Unfortunately, they were having internet issues and didn’t start letting Gold passes inside until almost 9:30, which was, frankly, annoying, but what can you do?


After wandering the Marketplace for a bit and making a few purchases, we made our way to our first panel of the day, Thank You, Five! The Stage Management Panel. I’ve only ever been an assistant stage manager, but Sarah has done some stage management, and it was actually quite interesting.

Our 11 am panel was The American Theatre Wing: 100 Years, 100 Voices, 100 Million Miracles. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this panel, but it was great. I learned a lot about the history of the American Theatre Wing. For instance, I didn’t realize it was originally a branch of the armed forces, or that it was founded by women. It was also an integrated organization during a time when integration was still pretty new and scandalous. They passed around some old, original Tony Awards, which used to be money clips for men and makeup compacts for women, and I got to hold an ACTUAL Tony award, which was beyond cool.

We took a quick break for lunch at the Javits Center food court (typical food court fare), and headed to our 1 pm panel, The Secrets of Broadway’s St. James Theatre. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a great panel. It featured Jordan Roth, whose family owns and manages five different Broadway theatres, including the St. James, and I found him to be a bit pretentious. He also talked a lot about improvements that were being made to the theatre, rather than the theatre’s history and “secrets” as one might have expected from the title of the panel. They also showed a slideshow of photos from the theatre’s past, but the screen was tiny, on the other side of the room, and the photos moved so quickly I basically couldn’t see anything.

Afterwards, Sarah and I split up, as it was time for my photograph session with the incomparable Donna Murphy. Those of you who aren’t Broadway fans might recognize her as the voice of Mother Goethel in Disney’s Tangled. At any rate, she was lovely and gracious and told me I looked beautiful, and I was basically tongue-tied after that.


At 3, Sarah and I met up for Everybody Say Yeah!: Kinky Boots After 2,000 Performances. I was particularly interested in this panel because one of the panelists, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, who is an original company member, is an acquaintance of mine. We did summer stock together a loooooong time ago, and I was hoping to say hello. The panel ended up being an absolute blast. The cast members featured had tons of hilarious stories about auditions and ridiculous stuff that has happened over the course of the past five years on Broadway. And after the panel, I was able to hug Kevin and tell him how happy and proud I was of everything he’s done since we met. It was lovely to see him! I just wish we’d gotten a photo together.

It was time to line up for the BroadwayCon 2018 Opening Ceremonies on the Mainstage, and this was the only real low point of the day. As Gold pass holders, we were supposed to have guaranteed seating at all Mainstage events. I had assumed that this would mean there would be a separate line for Gold pass holders, and we would be seated first, or at the very least, there would be a section of seats reserved for Gold passes. This was unfortunately not the case. EVERYONE was lined up together, and the lines were completely disorganized. A chunk of lines here, a chunk of lines there, with no clearly defined beginning or end. It was pretty chaotic, and people were understandably confused and upset. Thankfully, we did manage to get inside, but we had pretty crappy seats, way over to the right and relatively far back.

The opening ceremonies themselves ended up being pretty awesome. Billy Porter came out and sang a song that I’m ashamed I didn’t know. Betsy Wolfe sang Meadowlark, which immediately made me cry, and Kelli O’Hara sang Pure Imagination. It was quick and lovely.

Immediately following was the In the Heights 10 Year Reunion Panel, with most of the original cast of In the Heights, including Lin Manuel Miranda himself, which was beyond amazing. He’s just obviously such a nerd and so happy to be doing what he loves. At one point when they were discussing songs that had been cut from the show, he jumped up and ran to the piano onstage to start playing one of the songs while the cast sang along. It was so fun!

After that, we were done with BroadwayCon for the day, and headed off to find some food. We ended up at Donoghue’s Irish Pub, since it was close to both our hotel and the theatre where we would be seeing a show at 8. Sarah and I split an appetizer sampler tray and some curry fries, then headed over to the theatre. Hello, Dolly! was excellent. Amazing costumes and gorgeous technical elements, and BERNADETTE FREAKING PETERS as Dolly. Oh, not to mention Victor Garber, Gavin Creel, and Kate Baldwin. *sigh* After the show, we headed back to our room and crashed, exhausted from a full day of Broadway awesomeness.

Stay tuned for part two of my trip recap, hopefully coming soon!