I failed at the Daily Gratitude Posts on Facebook this November, so I thought I’d attempt a wrap up of the month. There is, indeed, so much to be thankful for!
I am grateful for the arts – music, movies, theatre…
- Chris and I saw Madea at Saint Mary’s University in Winona – a translation from Seneca which was creative and interesting to see!
- 10 years of Take Note! Amazing… 10 years ago we created a group with people who loved to sing showtunes. We moved on a few years ago to incorporate different genres, but we still have a great time! We have put on 10 Christmas concerts (our final one with our current director is this Sunday!) and 9 spring concerts. We have performed at community events, nursing homes, and with college students. It has been a touchstone in my life, keeping me connected with the community where I grew up and raised my daughter, with my friends, and provided me with great visits with my parents. Let’s see what the next journey is!
- Koni, Gracie and I saw the final installment of the Hunger Games series, The Mockingjay Part 2. We went to a late show and sat holding hands through the entire movie! Just a little stressful, that final flick. A war film with monsters. I watched some through my fingers and asked for spoilers (Gracie remembers the story better than I do!). Glad to see it through!
- Chris and I saw Glen Hansard at the State Theatre in Minneapolis! I don’t know what it is about Glen, but his passion for his art moves me. I had tears in my eyes for the first four songs! He started the concert unamplified with strings. Wow. Chris appreciated the live music and got a handshake as he came up the aisle! A fun night! Tickets were purchased in August – the anticipation was worth it!
I am grateful for family –
- We had a great weekend in Rushford during opening buck season. Many cuddles with baby August, Gracie’s first buck, Rees’s first hunt (with the big ones that got away!), and movies and relaxing together. Only thing that would have made it better would have been having Derek’s family and Chris there!
- We had a delicious tuna casserole (made mostly by Chris) at Sierra’s house, with games and books and good times! We also had Kaydee over to help decorate our Christmas tree – complete with hot cocoa and cookies!
- I worked during Thanksgiving so I missed all of the family time in Rushford. But Dana and Koni invited us over (via an email from Rees!) for a Thanksgiving Feast on Saturday night! We had great food, great family time, and played some fun games (Suspend for the win!)!
- Sunday we drove to the Cities for time with the Bendson Cousins! Kristyn, Andrew & Natalie and Emily and Andrew were home and we joined them with Ruth and Steve and Marissa, Adam and August for snacks and chili. All was delicious and the company was fantastic. A great celebration of family!
- The basketball season is underway, so we have made a few games with many more on the calendar! I hope to make as many as possible! Trajan, Gracie and Rees are all playing, so it’ll be a whirlwind!
- It’s hard to get enough snuggles of that new little grandbaby. He’s giving us those precious smiles and it’s hard to stop looking at him. Love him so! Marissa is counting down the days left at home, so send special wishes and prayers her way!
- I’m looking forward to December and hoping for some quality family time, grandbaby snuggles, and Christmas cheer!
I am grateful for friends –
- Cosmo Girls met at my house in November and the focus was gratitude. How appropriate, eh? We watched YouTube videos, TED Talks, discussed what we’re grateful for, and of course there were laughs. We left everyone with a notebook to keep track of the things they’re thankful for and Thank You notes to send. I’m going to start my daily journaling in December – so that’s tomorrow! Looking forward to getting in to a habit of writing again!
- The Satellite Sisters were in Minnesota for a book signing and us faithful followers drove up to be with them and get books signed by them! They are amazing women/sisters, and it was fun to see Sheila and Liz in person and hear the stories they chose to share. There were many laughs and a few tears. We had a great time and I’m so thankful that my Satellite Mister from NYC was able to come to Minnesota and spend a little time with us. He Periscoped from the Brooklyn signing and it was so fun to get that glimpse into the next-generation of women who wrote for the book, and it wasn’t too hard to convince him to trek to MN! We had a great time with the Sisters as well as over dinner at Parma 8200. It was such a fun day!
- Work has been a little calmer than earlier in the fall. I worked a lot of afternoons, evenings and overnights during November, so I am not used to getting up in the morning but I am working on it. 🙂 I’m thankful for my coworkers who work hard, are supportive and fun. It makes the difficult stuff we do a joy.
- I am looking forward to some intentional quality time with friends during this holiday season, as well! I’m going to start making plans soon! Time is precious!
I am grateful for so much.
- For the cookie dough I whipped up, which is in the refrigerator waiting to be rolled out into stars.
- For Hulu and Netflix – I love commercial-free television.
- For books – I’m hoping to spend more time reading and less time on Facebook in December.
- For quotes and words and pictures.
- For the wonderful autumn we have experienced so far – it has been amazing!
- For Trader Joe’s.
- And most of all for my daughter, the beautiful new momma, and my husband, my confidant and rock.
Life is good.
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise
What I’ve Been Watching:
What I’ve Been Reading:
- Gone With the Wind – Finally started this and about 100 pages in. I’m sure that I have watched the movie in its entirety only twice in my life, but it’s amazing how it is so firmly in my mind as I read it. I can hear Scarlett’s mama’s voice in my head as I read the words. I can picture the barbeque (which I’m just coming up to) and Scarlett and her admirers. I look forward to reading more and then having a viewing party!
- My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places – A fun little “guide book” that Sarah bought and I borrowed. I’ve been taking notes, Troy, so will have some little additions to my itinerary when I visit next!
What I’m Listening to:
- “Nice Work If You Can Get It” has a great Broadway Cast Recording! Love the Gershwin tunes!
- Noisetrade is introducing me to a lot of new musicians for the cost of my email address. – just downloaded a SXSW sampler. Love samplers!
- NPR Music also has a free download of 100 songs featuring artists who will be at SXSW. Love NPR! Good through the beginning of April!
- Still listening to my weekly stash of podcasts – Pop Culture Happy Hour, Satellite Sisters, Wait, Wait!, Filmspotting, The Moth, …
- Listened to a few hours worth of Gaelic Storm via their youtube channel – good stuff!
What I’m Looking Forward to:
- It’s March! Spring is right around the corner!
- Gaelic Storm this weekend – can’t wait! “What’s the rumpus!” Guess I’m going to find out!
- Cosmo Girls Thursday – stargazing!
- There are some movies that I look forward to seeing (Oz! Admission!), but many of them are on DVD already (Anna Karenina! Celeste and Jesse Forever! The Sessions!)! More to come on that front!
What about you? What’s up?
I’ve been trying to do one of these posts every other week, so here’s the third “in a row”!
Maybe I’ll get some format, but for now it remains random…
Things that were great about Thanksgiving week –
- Getting a haircut! Always feels great!
Cheers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Choir – getting ready for some upcoming gigs!
- FOUR days in a row without work!
- Playing “Headbandz” with the kids – so many laughs!
- Flying kites on Thanksgiving morning – amazing weather!
- Watching the “Cheers” Thanksgiving episode – hilarious!
- NOT shopping on Black Friday because I was working – still loving my great colleagues!
- Working four short shifts (i.e. 8 hours v. 12 hours!) in these two weeks!
- Getting my tree up effortlessly!
Things that I look forward to this week –
- Seeing “Life of Pi” on Thursday with a couple of book-lovin’ fools like me (although neither has read the book)!
- Thursday off – and probably car shopping!
- A short day of work on Friday and then a weekend off!
- The Christmas Radio Show gigs in Winona and our annual concert with the Winona Brass Band on Sunday!
- Organizing my Christmas list and starting to make purchases!
- It will be December! Yay! Because, why not?
Things that I will never tire of:
- The movie “Once” – I just re-watched it tonight for the first time since I’ve seen the Broadway show twice, and it’s still just soooooooo good. Such a nice story with great music and the lovely Glen. Ah.
Glen Hansard (Photo credit: Irish Philadelphia Photo Essays)
- My life and the Life of Pi (middleagebutch.wordpress.com)
- Life of Pi Inspirational Review (wholeness4all.wordpress.com)
- ONCE breaks Jacobs house record (boneaubryanbrown.com)
- And I’m Ready to Go! (walkietalkiebookclub.com)
- Bite-Sized Wisdom: Glen Hansard (thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com)
- I Am Thanksgiving (jessieeps.tumblr.com)
- Pop Culture Thanksgiving (asheathersworldturns.wordpress.com)
I’m excited for the adventures to come this week!
First Ave Danceteria
Adventures begin Saturday with Kieran’s Irish Pub and First Ave for Glen Hansard! I’m excited to see him in concert for the second time! Someone was tweeting during a concert in Washington DC last week and they were amazed so I am prepared to be amazed.
My bags are packed!
Thankfully I am packing slightly lighter than this – but only slightly! 🙂 How many clothes does one need for four days and nights in NYC?? And how many pairs of shoes to go with those clothes? And how many purses to wear with those outfits?
I know that I overpacked, I always do, but I will have choices. I haven’t even checked the 10 day forecast yet, so I packed for most eventualities. Most. I am not ready for cold or snow. That won’t happen this week, although they are talking about some of that crazy weather for MN next weekend!
Things on the agenda for this NYC trip:
- The movie “Pitch Perfect” – looks like a fun movie for music-loving people!
- Depending on the weather, maybe a trip to the top of the Empire State Building (I haven’t been during the day) or a walk over the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge!
- A walking foodie tour of Greenwich Village with Adriana Trigiani‘s tour group!
- Central Park in the Fall!
- The High Line in the Fall!
- Avenue Q off-Broadway!
- The Strand book store!
- Forbidden Broadway!
- Once – for the second time!
- Bring It On!
- Any other adventures that may come my way on my birthday week in New York City!
Sounds like I will need lots of energy for the City that Never Sleeps – So I’d best be getting sleep now – if I can! I’m so excited to be on my way…
- Perez Reviews: Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! (perezhilton.com)
- Lists (walkietalkiebookclub.com)
- New York City 2012 (walkietalkiebookclub.com)
- Review: Glen Hansard (backtorockville.typepad.com)
According to the Secret Society of Happy People today is the 13th Annual Happiness Happens Day. August is Happiness Happens Month. Or something. But I’m all about Happiness, so I’ll buy in to anything that may make others think about happiness and what makes them happy and how to make others happy. 🙂
So for today, here’s what’s making me happy:
- My own domain name. Yes, I dropped the .wordpress.com and am now simply walkietalkiebookclub.com. For $18 per year, why not? Makes me feel legitimate or something. I’ll check with my email subscribers to see if they still receive the email, but otherwise you’ll have to bookmark the very first website that I ever owned!
- I got 7 hours of sleep today! I worked overnight and was sooooooo tired this morning. I almost dozed off TWICE at work. I fell asleep shortly after 7 and woke up at 10 and was worried… but next thing I knew it was after 2! Yay! Bring on night two!
- Planning and preparing for Ferragosto! I’ll blog more about Ferragosto later this week…
- Planning things, in general, makes me happy. Right now I’m planning events for Cosmo Girls and my townhome community, another trip to NYC for my birthday, concerts (Jeremy Messersmith and Glen Hansard in September and Bruce Springsteen in November!), a Door County B&B stay with my fellow trivia contest winner in October, and maybe a spring adventure! I seriously have a piece of paper by my computer with my upcoming days off listed and possible events to check into. (I want to get to 4Daughters Winery!)
He doesn’t look so happy!
- The UPS brought my latest purchases from B&N yesterday, including a frame with the quote by Victor Borga, ” Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” I can’t wait to put a fun picture in there! Other purchases included the When Harry Met Sally DVD (where did mine go???) and the book “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed for Marissa (I’m sure I’ll read it sometime, too!).
Well, that’s a snippet. I’m sure I’ll think of more. I love the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and they end every show with “What’s Making You Happy this Week.” I’ll try to do more of that! SO much to be happy about…
What’s making you happy this week?
Off to get ready for work!