A Christmas Carol & A Night of Panic

I’m sure I’ve mentioned once or twice that I take medication for anxiety. I’m super easily stressed out at home, which makes me snappy and mean. Thank heavens for meds, right? Another of my symptoms is social anxiety. Once I get to an event, I’m typically fine, but getting there is another story.

The other day I was invited to a Deseret Book event for the author of Jacob T. Marley by William Bennett. The bloggers attending were getting together beforehand for a quick dinner at Chili’s, followed by the reception for William Bennett, followed by seeing A Christmas Carol at Hale Center Theatre. It sounded fun and my husband was really excited for my opportunity to see one of his favorite shows.

If nothing else, getting ready for this event totally proved how close I am to losing my mind. And frankly, if it’s already gone, I’m not sure I would know.

First: that lovely little anxiety medication has made me gain weight like nothing but pregnancy can. So when I thought “Oh my gosh, I have nothing to wear,” that wasn’t exactly the thought an overly anxious mind, it’s pretty much a statement of fact.
{So much so that the other day my husband bought me jeans because he was sick of my ratty ones.}
Now, we don’t have a lot of spare money kicking around (but if you do, please, let’s be friends), so I didn’t even want to think about buying a new blouse.
I did what any crazy person would do.
I made one.

This may not seem crazy to you until you realize while I know how to sew, I’ve never made a shirt before in my life. I didn’t have a pattern. Please! I had Pinterest! Who needs patterns when you have dozens of tutorials a mouse click away?

This was immediately after a big, erm, discussion, about the lack of house cleaning as of late.
I sat down and attempted to sew a shirt.

It turned out okay but oh my gosh I tried it on and saw the knit jersey clinging around my hips and cried. For a surprisingly long time.

Then I had to juggle an eye doctor appointment with kids being picked up with getting ready for the event, and I didn’t get home until 5:45 from running errands. I was supposed to be at Chili’s at 6:00. I defiantly yelled at Gary that I wasn’t going. He sat me down and told me that this show, one he was dragged to years ago by family, was one of the reasons he decided to turn his life around.
{Post divorce, he really struggled. Don’t worry, I fixed him. :) Okay, and it may have been his children, his faith, and apparently A Christmas Carol that helped too, but I’ll take the credit.}

 After that, I couldn’t not go. He helped me figure out what to wear (a black jacket over my DIY tee shirt didn’t look half-bad), got the navigation app going on my phone and sent me out the door.

Once I got there–way past time for dinner–I met a wonderful woman named Stephanie from Utah’s Mama. She let me cling to her (emotionally still a bit unsteady on my feet) and we listened as William Bennett described the process behind writing his book. This is actually a book I’ve been hearing about on the radio and have been very interested in reading. I was thrilled to be given a copy from the lovely Deseret Book team. I’m a reader and that was enough to turn my night around.


We toured the Hale Center Theater. Wow! Seeing the behind the scenes workings of any play is enough to set my mind at ease. I was one of 5 people in the Deseret Book group who hadn’t been to the theater, and certainly the only one who didn’t know it was a theater-in-the-round. Soon enough we were seated, the lights dimmed, and the show began.

The quality of the acting and singing was superb. It was exciting to know that the Hale Center Theater is a true community theater–the actors, set designers, and directors are all Utah-based. The majority of those involved in any given play have day jobs. It was such a wonderful show and I was so grateful for being pushed to attend. I was especially thankful for Rachel of Utah’s Mama for inviting me along, as well as the fabulous Deseret Bookies (do you think they call themselves that? They really should) for throwing such a great night. Um, best cupcakes ever. I need the recipe–or at least the name of the caterer!

PS – next season they’ll be performing ZORRO the Musical, among others. It’s a US premiere and will be moving to Los Angelos and Broadway after it shows in little ol’ West Valley, Utah!

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One Response to A Christmas Carol & A Night of Panic

  1. There are some attention-grabbing points on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There is some validity however I will take maintain an opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well.

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