beckydaroff.com [beckydaroff.com] My birthday present to myself was two tickets to see Idina Menzel perform at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. Though I can't help hating her for being Mrs. Taye Diggs, I'm in love with her for lending her staggering vocal power to two spectacular Broadway roles: Maureen in Rent, and Elphaba in Wicked. Now I'm reliving my Rent soundtrack obsession and missing my high school friends. I got us cheap seats knowing we'd be too far away to actually see her, or the adorable Keith Lockhart, but it was a joy to take in the entire spectacular hall. Idina's performance was part of the Boston Pops' 125th Anniversary celebration, so the classical hall was decked out for the occasion. Symphony Hall Photo by Brian. Across the street from Symphony Hall is one of my favorite places in Boston: Christian Science Plaza. We killed a half-hour taking in a very windy sunset (the surface of the water was really incredible). The plaza is home to the The First Church of Christ, Scientist (the Mother Church of Christian Science) and a reflecting pool leading towards downtown's high-rises. The Mother Church is incredibly beautiful, and in February 08, we finally went inside - click here for that photoblog entry [photoblog.com] Photo by Brian. Did I mention it was very windy? It's a little hard to see in this photo, but the earrings B's sister gave me for my birthday match perfectly with a necklace I bought recently. yay shiny purple things :) Photo by Brian: I was hoping you'd be able to see my long sweater blowing out behind me in a very artsy and dramatic way, but it didn't quite work. I know this is extremely vain, but doesn't this remind you of Madame X [metmuseum.org]?