Yesterday I found out I’m going to be an auntie, the NHL is coming back, AND I got to go to the Big Apple Circus- it was the most AMAZING day of my year so far! Totally better than Saturday when I sat in my pajamas and worked on the book all day. Or Friday when I did pretty much the same damn thing, but with chips and dip.
You have absolutely NO IDEA how happy I was here, and not just because I had 2 bags of cotton candy. You also cannot possibly understand how amazing this circus was. Go. Go now. It closes on Saturday, and you don’t even need kids to have an excuse to go. Hell- I really think it’s far better as an adult. My kids are looking at these guys spinning through the air without a net and saying “That’s AWESOME! I could TOTALLY do that!”. Matt and I are looking at these guys and going “SWEET JESUS! THE HUMAN BODY SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THAT!”
Seriously- watch this video. Go to the 1:40 mark.
How do you even figure out your body can do that?!?!?!
We are extremely proud to be able to support the circus through our company- not just because it was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life (there may have been a lot of crying), but also because the Big Apple Circus is a non-profit organization (who knew?). The circus itself supports all their other work, such as performing in pediatric hospitals and nursing homes, teaching performance skills to at-risk youth both in American inner cities as well as in third world countries, free specially-designed shows for children with vision and hearing impairments, free shows for disabled children, and more.
For all those worried about their animals- you should know the circus treats their animals extremely well, and all their dogs are rescues. This isn’t just from a press release- they took me back to stables to see for myself, and they were the cleanest, most odorless stables I’ve ever seen. And I got to pet and kiss all the horseys and tell them how much I loved them! And then I started hysterically crying in front of all the performers and I’m pretty sure they were laughing at me. They’re just jaded because they get to pet horseys all the time and don’t realize how magical they are.
And they freaking curtsy!!!
If you decide to give a charitable donation to the Big Apple Circus this year to help support all their incredible work, you will get some amazing perks like interactions with the other non-horsey performers, gala receptions, invitations to rehearsals, AND it’s tax deductible. It’s like getting one of the most incredible moments of your entire life for almost-free.
Now go make yourself super giddy and eat some cupcakes! They always make you happy, don’t they? And really- try to get to the circus this week. They’re also coming back around to NJ in a couple of months, so you’ll get a second chance if you’re just too dang popular this week.
Liddabit: Chocolate cake, salted caramel nougat buttercream, roasted peanuts, ganache and caramel drizzles
Southern Belle: Banana bourbon cake, vanilla buttercream, brown butter bourbon glazed pecans
PB& Raspberry J: Vanilla cake, raspberry jelly, peanut butter buttercream, roasted peanuts
Bailey’s Cheesecake: Chocolate Bailey’s cake, Bailey’s cheesecake buttercream, cake crumbs