In the Room Where It Happened OR 59 thoughts I had while seeing Hamilton on stage in Chicago

Note: Gifs are from Original Broadway Cast version in New York.

1. Why are my hands shaking? I’m not performing.


3. What if one of them has a sub-par voice? I’ve been spoiled by the original Broadway cast recording.

4. Wonder if they’ll have a female Burr or Hamilton ever… I could totally do either part.

5. Don’t sing along, don’t sing along…

6. What’s your name, man??! ALEXANDER HAMILTON.


8. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a fucking genius.

9. Low-key have a crush on this Hamilton.

10. They need more people in the company I think. Katie and I should go volunteer at intermission.

11. Oh, yeah, I couldn’t dance like that though, so if that’s a requirement…

12. This King George is pretty great.

13. George Washington!!!!!! I think I wanna read a biography about him now.

14. True Life: Hamilton made me more interested in American history.

15. The conundrum of me listening to/daydreaming about being in this show. Do I play Eliza or Angelica?

16. Got-dang, this song (Satisfied) gets you right in the feels.

17. She’s giving up her happiness for her sister’s. She loves her sister. I’m crying. I have sisters. I LOVE MY SISTERS.

18. This is so much better than just listening to the cast recordinggggggg.

19. Wait For It. I think I feel bad for Aaron Burr.

20. This song might make me cry too. I don’t know. I’m just really emotional about being here, y’all.

21. When I do concerts in my car I KILL IT with this song.

22. So this part in the recording always gives me goosebumps, when Hamilton and Washington are arguing……. oh, yep, THERE THEY ARE.

23. My God, I am a nerd with this shit. Sorry not sorry.

24. Stop singing along.

25. Must also stop smiling… my cheeks hurt and my face will be stuck this way at the rate we’re going.


27. Is it too late to start a second career in theatre?

28. How do I get into the cast of this show?

29. Maybe I could just do their social media…who do I talk to about that?

30. Dude in front of us just got up for the third time for a bathroom break – HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THIS?!

31. Oh shit, Nonstop. My other great car concert performance piece.

32. Intermission? Already? How is it already halfway over? It seems so much longer when you listen to the cast album multiple times in a row!

33. OK, I changed my mind, if they had women taking these parts I’d be Jefferson. He’s having the most fun.

34. He also gets the most reactions from the audience…interesting.

35. OK we’re to the Cabinet Battle. I wish I could freestyle rap. Just once I want to go up to someone, rap some insane verse I just came up with off the top of my head and drop the mic and leave.

36. Who am I kidding – I just want to be able to drop the mic one time. On, like, anything.

37. Did. he. just. do. the. Carlton. dance. YES.

38. OK we should be real mad at AHam in this song but it’s a good song. And I’m low-key jealous of the girl playing Maria Reynolds. Katie is too.

39. Room Where It Happens – this is what I’ve been waiting for. Don’t disappoint me, Chicago Burr.

40. This song is about FOMO. I know that feeling. I feel like I kinda have it for being a part of this show somehow. Does that make sense…

41. This is the best song in the show. Don’t @ me.

42. This is living up to all of my expectations and more omggggggggggg.

43. CLICK BOOM. (It took everything I have not to shout that just now…)

44. France.

45. May or may not now be obsessed with George Washington. He’s so fucking good. One Last Time gets you right in the feels. I feel like we should all be saluting him right now.

46. Shit’s about to get real bad. Where’s the handful of Kleenex I brought?

47. Secondhand embarrassment for Hamilton telling everyone in the country about his affair and thinking that was doing the right thing. Yeesh.

48. Burn that shit, Eliza. But also – um, hi, stage people? How do we make sure that doesn’t all catch on fire because it’s looking precarious AF.

49. Yep, crying. And also still slightly worried about the fire in the bucket on stage.

50. Stay Alive Reprise/It’s Quiet Uptown – I am realizing I did not bring enough Kleenex. #feels

51. Can we get back to politics? PLEASE. I feel you, Jefferson.

52. I’m obsessed with this Jefferson. Christopher Lee, you the real MVP of this show.

53. Your Obedient Servant is highly underrated. And, I wish my name was cool enough to be abbreviated like A.Ham. It’s L.Hag. HAG. NO.

54. NO, don’t go, Alex! Stay home!

55. So this kills me. Nobody gets a happy ending in this thing, really. Hamilton? Dead. Burr? Only remembered for killing Hamilton. Sucks all around. I think about this musical far more than I probably should. Nerd. #nolife

56. Chills. Chills. Chills.

57. Oh damn, ok. I didn’t realize that’s how it would end. You got me, Eliza.


59. Um, yeah. When can I see this again?


A few of my favorite things

Well, there are a lot in this one. You know, three-month break and all. Because even though I wasn’t writing on the Internet, it doesn’t mean I wasn’t reading it. I’m not an animal.

First and foremost, even if you aren’t on tumblr, bookmark this one and follow it. One of the best things I’ve ever seen. Genius.


This is the kind of writing I wanna do.


Just some general advice. Also, hellogiggles is my fave.


Y’all can just go ahead and get me these for any and all future babies (Spoiler alert: Not pregnant. Yet.) Sidenote- I love Paddington Bear, OMG. Except for the new live-action version. That’s an abomination.


No seriously, we’re BFFs.



I must say I agree with most or all of this list.

Take this personality test:
And see what I got.

Viva Frank Underwood, that crazy bastard. (Spoilers). P.s. Hurry up, season 3, damn!

This is how I wake up Saturday mornings..

Maybe the only time you’ll see Lewis Carroll and Kendrick Lamar paired up?

I want all of the dogs.

And all of the cakes… (my birthday is April 12, thanks).

Spot-on alternate book titles.

Slow clap, all around..

I just love him, so much. Can I please see him in concert now?

I wish I could draw

This shirt..

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This summer I watched all four seasons of Game of Thrones in about 2 weeks. So I’m a wee bit obsessed.

Need to print this – but I downloaded it from a site called paperfelt. Now to find a frame.
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(sidenote – I also want to buy out paperfelt‘s Etsy shop..)

I don’t know how the powers that be at Disney haven’t made this go away by now, but I’m glad they haven’t. One of the very best accounts I follow… (it’s a parody, btw..)

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Jenny Lawson is my spirit animal. Her book made me laugh harder than anything else ever has. Anxiously awaiting her second, but I understand the struggle. Especially since I haven’t started my first yet.

Amazing photography of children playing around the world. This makes my heart happy.

I need this framed, as well. And on a T-shirt, maybe.


#TBT Tunes

In honor of Throwback Thursdays, I’d like to share with you a new (old) bit of awesomeness.

You see, back when we had that Murder Mystery New Year’s Eve Party, those of us (all of us) who couldn’t do math thought our “reunion” was taking place in 2003. So, cue me looking into my mixed CDs for those burned in my second and third semesters at college.

Ohhhh, the flashbacks. And the eclectic-ness.

So it’s made me want to explore some more of my old mixes that I haven’t listened to in years. This week? We journey through “Laura CD 1.” Not sure what year it was made. So mysterious.

Track 1: “Angel,” Shaggy.
Because, obviously. Where else would you start?

Track 2: “The Call,” Backstreet Boys
Oh. My. God.
“Listen baby, I’m sorry, just wanna tell you don’t worry. I will be late, don’t stay up and wait for me. Say again, you’re dropping out, my battery is low. Just so you know, goin’ to a place nearby, gotta go.” Such bad boys.

Track 3: “Get Another Boyfriend,” Backstreet Boys
Well, someone was on a kick.

Track 4: “VMA Live Performance” NSYNC
2000. The year I decided “This I Promise You” was totally gonna be my wedding song. No changing my mind on that one. Whoops.

Track 5: “What’chu Like,” Da Brat feat. Tyrese
Not even joking. You don’t know me. P.s. Tyrese…mmmmm.

Track 6: “Crazy For This Girl,” Evan and Jaron
Of all the songs so far on here, the only one I’m really not proud of is this one.

Track 7: “Sin Wagon,” Dixie Chicks
Because why not.
It’s SO FAST. I love it.

Track 8: “If My Heart Had Wings,” Faith Hill
It was a confusing time in my life. Did I like country? Did I like pop? Did I like rap? DID I LIKE THEM ALL?? So many questions.

Track 9: “Between Me And You,” Ja Rule
The obvious next track after Faith Hill. Sometimes I think about Ja Rule and wonder what he is doing these days…

Track 10: “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” J-Lo

Track 11: “Crazy,” K-Ci & JoJo
Time to slow it down. High school make out music, y’all.
Seriously, if you wanted to make out with me in high school, play some K-Ci & JoJo.’d still work now.

Track 12: “All My Life,” K-Ci & JoJo
I’M JUST SAYIN’. Jesus take the wheel….

Track 13: “Ladies Night,” Lil’ Kim, Left Eye, Da Brat & Missy Elliott
First of all, RIP Left Eye. Second of all, revisiting this mix is making me so happy. Third of all, all good songs start with the sound of rolling dice.

Track 14: “What’s Your Fantasy?” Ludacris
Fun fact: Listened to this on the radio in a church van on a ski trip w/youth group that year. #Presbyterians

Track 15: “Don’t Tell Me,” Madonna
I don’t even like Madonna.

Track 16: “E.I.” Nelly
Country Grammar fo’ life.
“I’m a sucka for cornrows and manicured toes..”

Track 17: “Liquid Dreams,” O-Town
I wish I was lying.

Track 18: “Sorry Miss Jackson,” Outkast
All the baby’s mamas mamas.
I miss Outkast.
Related-ish: Want to see my favorite Andre 3000 moment ever: Skip to 6:15.

This movie is so underrated. One of my all-time favorites.

Track 19: “You Make Me Sick,” Pink
The grand finale of the first of many volumes of mixed CDs. I can dig it. Pink is the shit. I have two of her albums. Girl got attitude.

Join us next time for the equally mysterious, untouched since 2000 mix, “Lawa CD 2.” We graduated to nicknames. Shit was serious.

Rap superstar

I am the reason my sister knew all the words to Busta’s “Break Yo Neck” in high school. I still got all the words to Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems up in the ol’ noggin’ and rap along just fine when it comes on 100.5.

Then there was that whole couple of years in my life when I could – actually, who am I kidding, I still can – do all of Nelly’s Country Grammar album like it was my own. Loved him. So did my dad. No joke.

My current rapper of choice is Weezy, of course, for several reasons, including that I can sound like him when I’ve got The Bronch or a sinus infection (which is at least 8 times a year) and he’s the shit. And I’ve almost got ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ down.

However, there are a couple of rappers sneaking up on me. Jay-Z and Kanye.

My sister and Swarles have long been fans of ‘Ye. Many a night of partying with friends has brought out one or both of them singing his stuff word-for-word. And Jay-Z ain’t bad either, he’s just never been my number one (NELLY reference, anyone? Two is not a winner and three nobody remembers…).

But Watch the Throne? Pretty good. At least the three songs I’ve heard off there on the regular – Otis, H*A*M and —-as In Paris.

That last one I downloaded Sunday night. I have since listened to it about nine times. And slowly but surely, I’m learning the words. Because I’m a fan of good rap. And this is good rap. Plus it has Blades of Glory snippets in it and if you put Will Ferrell in a song, that’s enough to make me happy right there.

Below are the words/versus/lines/bits I know so far. It really gives you a good idea of the song as a whole.

“Y’all don’t know that don’t shit faze me.”

“Bitch behave.”

Something about “broke my clock but roll east it still tick tock.

“That shit cray.”

“That shit cray.”

“That shit. cray.”

She said ‘Ye can we get married at the maaaaahhll? Come and meet me in the bathroom staaaaaahll.”

“What she order? Fish filet.”

My favorite part – “Prince Williams ain’t do it right if you ask me. If i was him I woulda married Kate and Ashley.”

“What’s that jacket, marzshilla?”

“They going gorilla.” Then there’s that part from Blades of Glory where Napoleon Dynamite says “I don’t know what that means” and Will Ferrell says “Nobody knows what it means. It’s provocative.” Seriously.

“You now watchin’ the throne.”

Then Kanye says “dont let me get in my zone.” A bunch.

And somewhere in there Jay-Z said he’s got “that hot bitch at home” (shout out, Beyonce!) and ‘Ye says “you know how many hot bitches I own?”

Yeah. That’s all I got. Beautiful though, right?


How’d you spend your Easter? Maybe church? A nice meal with your family? Yeah, we did all that.

BUT. Did you also have Peep Wars? Because you should have. It looks something like this:

I am not a fan of eating Peeps, and yet continue to receive them in my Easter basket every year – and yes I still get an Easter basket. I’m 25. What. So this year, when my sister told me about Peep Wars, I knew that’d be a great way to utilize those uneaten Peeps left by the Easter Bunny.

The premise is simple, stick two or more (depends on if you want a duel, a battle or an all-out war) Peeps on a microwave-safe plate. Put the plate in the microwave for at least 30 seconds. Stick a toothpick (aka sword) through the Peep for use as a weapon. The longer they’re in the microwave, the bigger they grow, and the one whose sword goes through the other one first is the winner.

My first competitor, Fredrick McBunny, took on Amarillo McPeepster, a Spanish chicken. Fredrick was victorious. Later, the bunnies took on the chicks in a four-on-four war. It was chaos.

Oh, and my sisters T-Pain-ed themselves. It’s my new favorite iPhone app.

Today, we learned that my sisters have the least rap-like voices of possibly anyone in the world. And it’s hilarious.

Here’s Rachel channeling some Jamie Foxx: Blame It on the A-a-a-a-a-alcohol..

And Baby Einstein singing one of the sweetest-sounding rap songs you’ll ever hear.. Wait a good two minutes, she didn’t really know the words until it got to the chorus..

So, like I said. How’d you spend YOUR Easter? 😉