Monday, December 08, 2014

December 8, 2014

Today's Christmas music...a little genderswap for Baby It's Cold Outside, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lady Gaga.

Blog 365...

6. What makes you sweat?
Heat. I have little tolerance for it.

7. What do you wish your job was? 
Chief Pinner at Pinterest.

8. What relationship did you nurture today?
It's early, so I really haven't. I've been holed up at the office.

In my life...
Baby it's cold outside! It's below freezing, spitting little needles of snow. Tomorrow we expect 2-3" of rain through the day, with wind gusting to 45mph. Flood watches already.

Just finished reading The Old Magic of Christmas by Linda Raedisch. It's a fascinating recounting of ancient European winter holiday traditions, some of which pre-date Christianity, and some of which are still in practice today, however modified in form. It's a bit scattered, but told in a friendly storyteller's voice. It even has crafts and recipes to help you adopt some of the traditions, if you wish, and a calendar list at the end to organize the festivities. I expect I'll be trotting this one out every December.

Friday night I went to Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. It was a very impressive acrobatics show with a holiday  theme. Beautiful costumes and impressive acts. It was a lot of fun.

A rollercoaster weekend. Saturday, after a major blowup with Mommy, I left the house, determined not to let it ruin my St. Nicholas Day. We'd had plans to go downcity to Aurora, watch some kiddie Christmas shows, have a bloody Mary, enjoy the bagel bar, see Santa and a snippet from Festival Ballet. I would keep those plans, and avoid the household strife by strolling the mall or getting on a bus and letting it take me away for the day. Maybe Newport, or Woonsocket. Just away to decompress.

Instead I ended up running into them at Aurora. Them being Bear, Mommy and Wren. It was awkward at first, but I wasn't going to continue the drama in front of the little one. I helped her to see Santa, we shopped some of the downcity stores, and even went to lunch together. It was a pleasant day.

Traditionally, we put up the Christmas tree on St. Nicholas Day. This year we had to wait in order to let the tree settle in and let down its branches. We decided to let St. Nicholas provide our tree for this year, which involved bribing a coworker to take me to WalMart (have I mentioned I'm not a fan of WalMart?) to buy the tree, drive it and me home, and hide it in the garage Friday night. That's the part that went off without a hitch. Our Christmas tree is "too short. dead. dropping leaves everywhere. brown. bare. obviously chosen by St. Nicholas' drunk donkey companion." Two days, and I've heard enough about this tree to go artificial for the rest of my life.

Sunday I was informed that I was accompanying Mommy, Bear, Pappo and Peppy to Newport. Nevermind that I had plans for my day. Well, Newport mansions at Christmas are worth seeing, and I didn't want to disappoint my grandson. Sadly, I underestimated the cold and under-bundled for the day. The trip down, the mansion itself, and even lunch/dinner were very nice. Being outdoors waiting for transportation and getting from one place to another was miserable. When we got home, it was relatively late, I was tired and chilled. Then we decorated the tree. I think it looks quite nice, loaded down with lights, ornaments and silver beads in place of garland (I hate tinsel. and Easter grass. So. hard.).

In the world...
Protests all over the country - including in Providence - continue against the acquittals of the white police officers charged with killing unarmed black men. Several of the stores downcity sported "Black Lives Matter" posters. I don't like where this is going. All lives matter. That's been the point all along.

Boko Haram is suspected in the escape of 200 prisoners from a Nigerian jail.

There was a huge fire in downown Los Angeles that shut down 2 freeways.

There were Israeli airstrikes in Damascus.

Learn something new...
I finally learned the definition of "fine art." It has nothing to do with style or quality. It has to do with being created for aesthetic value, as opposed to applied art.

Something beautiful...

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