Monday, February 4

Book of Mormon Weekend in Des Moines!

What a weekend! Maybe I say that every Monday, but this really was an exceptional few days. My parents (God bless them) got me tickets to see The Book of Mormon at the Civic Center for my birthday. J took off work, and away we went!

Naturally, we were halfway to Des Moines before I realized that I had left the tickets back at the apartment. I called my parents to see if I could get the tickets online (nope), burst out sobbing, then turned the car around. Bleh.

We did finally get to Des Moines and find the hotel my parents reserved for us to stay at (also a birthday present). I think it would be safe to say that room was bigger than our apartment... Seriously cool!

J and I were starving, so we stopped by A Dong's off Ingersoll. It's one of my favorite places in Des Moines, and I get what I always get: #31, grilled shrimp! It's a surprisingly light meal, but it's filling and so incredibly delicious. If you're in the area, I would highly suggest it. So says the Foodie.

After lunch, we headed out to Jordan Creek Mall to go to the Apple Store. J's iPhone's been heating up and losing charge really quickly, so we made an appointment and shopped around for a little bit. Luckly for us, Ben Rogers recognized me spacing off in the mall, so I got to see Miss Julia Warfield while I was in town too! 
J's phone was pronounced expensive and in need of repair (boo), so we left and went to dinner. My choice was Haiku sushi near Drake- it's relatively new in comparison to the other sushi restaurants I know, but it has really good prices and the food is to die for! J and I each had our own little feast, which I'm still drooling over.

We left dinner and went back to hotel for me to change shoes before The Book of Mormon. We had a quick sit and relaxation session in our giant room, then walked through the skywalk to get to the Civic Center! Dad had been telling me how the seats were pretty far away... He was a liar.

Yeah, that's J's seat where the picture was taken. And I'm touching the stage. HOLY. MOLY.

I don't think I've ever seen the Civic Center that packed before! And, of course, the show was AMAZING. It was so funny, but you kind of felt guilty for laughing because the jokes were so offensive! They sang/joked about aids, "fucking frogs," etc., but the whole musical had this sweetness about it. Chase really missed out, because he would have loved this more than life. 

My favorite scene was probably the "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream," because Satan played some sweet licks on the guitar. That, or the Baptism scene ("I'm wet with salvation!"). It's hard to choose because they were all so fabulous!

Anyhow, J and I are back home now and (I think) glad to be here. The cats certainly missed us, but it was really nice to have a break from work and school and stress. Now we really have to buckle down with packing the apartment up for our move this month! Ahhh!

Have you seen the show yet? What was your favorite scene? Have you gotten a break recently that you really needed? What did you do on your break?

Love you all,


  1. Hey bff, looks like you guys had a great time... I'm super excited cuz Joe and I *might* get to see Book of Mormon here in Chicago sometime this spring... we'll definitely have to share our thoughts on it if we do :) Love you, miss you!

    1. Oh my god, you guys are going to LOVE it. Totally up you and Joe's alley, humor-wise! :) I love you too, I hope you guys get a chance to see it!

      xo Madie

  2. Spooky Hell Dream was absolutely fantasmal! But I would agree that the sexual tension in the baptism scene was hilarious! I really enjoyed the African's play about the history, I about died laughing. Best show I have seen in a VERY long time!

    1. Completely agree! :) The sexual tension was HILARIOUS, it kinda came out of nowhere but it was just so perfect. The "Man Up" song was great too! I mean, as a religion nerd, this was basically my perfect musical.

    2. I'm gonna Man Up all over myself!!!