the hyphens that define my life

Been There Done That December 6, 2013

Life isn’t about what you have, it’s about what you do with the time you are given.  Christmas isn’t about what you get, it is about the experience, the moments, the joy, the love.  Holiday traditions require repeats, but these are repeats that you love, that’s why they are traditions.

A couple of weeks ago, Green Day’s American Idiot musical came to Spokane.  Our boys saw advertisements promoting the show and begged and pleaded to go.  Our eight year old even proclaimed Green Day as his favorite band and needed to see them….he then quickly confirmed with his older brothers that Green Day is indeed a band…right?   I reminded the boys that in May 2012, we saw American Idiot at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles.  Not only did we all go see the show, they each got a t-shirt.  AND, I added, we have a Green Day American Idiot magnet on the fridge.  I quickly started singing (because they really love my singing and singing is my new approach to shutting down whining, begging and pleading) “been there done that and you got a t-shirt to prove it, been there done that and my fridge has got a magnet to prove it.”  They were not impressed and they were disappointed to have missed the show.  My husband and I told them we’d go to another show, we don’t want to see the same show over and over, there is so much to experience in life.

We wow’d them tonight by taking them to Popovich Pet Comedy at the Bing Crosby Theater.  Billed as:  The World Famous Popovich Pet Comedy is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters.

This is not head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich.

The kids, and my husband, were skeptical.  Performing animals?  Juggling?  Why are we doing this?

Turns out Gregory Popovich has been on the Tonight Show, David Letterman and America’s Got Talent.  Who knew?  Most likely anyone that watches television, which I do not.  This is what I miss!

The show was fun and everyone enjoyed the juggling, acrobatics, antics, skits and, of course, the performing animals.  The animals ranged from geese, rats, a parrot, and various cat and dog breeds.  Two hours of simple and enjoyable entertainment.

All of the tricks were beyond the current skill level of our menagerie which inspired our boys to train our cats.  Not the dog or the birds.  The cats.  We had to buy the How To Train your Pets video. My husband and I are taking bets on who gets their face scratched off first.  Any takers?

The World Famous Popovich Pet Comedy is based out of Las Vegas.

Advent-ageous Day 5 is a reminder to keep the holiday season fresh.  Traditions are good but leave the “been there done that” out this year.


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