The holiday season (already!?!)

I’m sitting here at 1:30 in the morning listening to Christmas music already. The turkey isn’t even fully eaten yet and it’s already Christmastime. Good lord, where has the time gone?

It seems like only a few days ago I was sitting here complaining about the heat and humidity and contemplating whether to go to the beach or not. Now we’ve already had a snowstorm (which has already melted) and it’s time to put up Christmas trees and other various decorations.

Time passes by so quickly that I barely have a chance to stop and figure out where the time has gone. Is this what getting older is all about? If so, I’ll be 50 by the time I finish this post. And at the rate I’m actually typing all this out, that isn’t too far from the truth!

So Thanksgiving has come and gone, and compared to last year’s holiday fiasco, this year’s celebration was much more peaceful, relaxed and enjoyable for all family members involved. Thank goodness. We had a relatively small celebration, which was nice. I actually prefer that anyway.

The entire 4-day weekend was full of things to do. On Wednesday night after work my friends and I saw “Rent,” which I enjoyed a lot. It’s definitely a challenge staging a show such as this on the movie screen, but I think the people involved did a great job. They stayed suprisingly faithful to the original script, only cutting a few numbers and taking advantage of the film medium to beef up a few things that were hard to tell or describe on the stage. The emotional parts brought us, as expected, to tears; and the high-energy numbers brought us to our feet. It was a great way to kick off the weekend.

After the movie we ended up at Sidetrack and stayed til almost closing time. That made getting up the next day juuuust a bit harder. šŸ™‚

But get up I did, and drove myself to Kenosha to be with the family. Dinner was fantastic as always. There is just nothing better than Thanksgiving turkey dinner. I don’t know what it is.. but it is just the best comfort food in the whole world. I stayed there that night and put up my parents’ Christmas decorations the next day– something they hadn’t done in two years. By the end of my visit, with the tree up and the lights glowing, I was heavily into the Christmas spirit.

I would have continued the spirit in my apartment when I got home, but the place is such a wretched mess right now. I took this coming Friday off specificially to take care of this task, so hopefully I will be able to accomplish it within the allotted 24 hour period.

Other highlights of the weekend:

  • A return visit to Sidetrack Friday night, which included flirting with a very cute (and very young) guy. I got his phone number but I doubt anything will come of it.
  • A tree trimming/wine tasting party on Saturday evening, thrown by my friends Dave and Jeff which only further helped to bolster my Christmas Spirit.
  • A lovely and intimate dinner party (after the tree trimming party) thrown by my friends Scott and Richard (Why are so many of my friends couples?) at their home, which led to singing around the piano. They also rehearsed some gorgeous Bach and Rachmaninoff pieces for a concert they were giving the next morning. Scott plays the flute and Richard is a pianist. If I ever DO get married, they are playing at my wedding. They’re incredible.
  • Brunch this morning with Jeremy, Rafael, Ricardo and George, then some shopping afterward, where I picked out my Christmas cards for this year. LOVE them!!!
  • And of course, it all culminated in Chorus rehearsal tonight.

So it was a busy weekend, but a restful and relaxing one as well. Tomorrow starts “Hell Week” for Windy City Performing Arts, which is followed directly with “Hell Week” for Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. This is my crunch time, folks. I may not be posting very much. So if I don’t slip in a word edgewise, I hope everyone enjoys the season as it progresses and is safe and content.

And if you’re in Chicago, come out and see WCPA’s show on Saturday, December 3, and CGMC’s show on Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10.