Happy Holidays! I am enjoying the simplicity of our holidays. While I wish we had more of an extended family circle to socialize with at times like these, I appreciate how relaxed our holidays are, no rushing around, no family pushing each other’s buttons, no guests outstaying their welcome. There are benefits to being “just us”.
What I am enjoying the most is being with my kids. My daughter Sam has returned from 6 months in India, for a short home stay before returning to finish the important work she is doing there. My son Tyler is also home, from college, and while is is doing his own thing (sleeping unusual hours, eating at unusual hours, etc.) he is spending more time than usual with the family – I love talking with him. He has a unique way of looking at things, and his analytical nature keeps me on my toes.
Highlights of our holiday adventures include watching movies together: The Good Lie, The Imitation Game, The 100 Foot Journey – all Sam-recommended and all excellent. I love sitting with the whole family, watching a good movie, whether on the couch or in the theater. Last night, we watched Gandhi, as part of Sam’s wishlist of Indian movies to watch. The 100 Foot Journey is on that list also, and today we will pick up Slumdog Millionaire; now that she has learned some Hindi, Sam is excited to hear it spoken in this well-loved movie.
On Christmas eve, our tradition is to attend the Unitarian Universalist candlelight service in Montclair, and thankfully, we continued this tradition and learned it was the last Christmas Eve service for minister Charlie Ortman. We also attended an earlier Christmas eve service at the Liquid Church in Nutley, which was a high-energy, polished and very different service. We were all given a bag of cookies to give to someone who had to work on Christmas eve; we gave ours to our waitress at Manny’s Diner in Montclair, and told her that we appreciated her. She was surprised and touched by gesture.
Another highlight of this holiday season is that I was given the opportunity to help several people in my networking group with their holiday cards, using Pixingo. In addition, I was referred to a local business that sent out over 1,000 cards using my services.
I do love helping friends design and send their cards – and I had a busy season making cards and gifts, including a photo book and a poster for several colleagues in my networking group (Nutley Women’s Networking group).
Tomorrow will be exciting as well – the kids and I are going into NYC to see Bradley Cooper in Elephant Man on Broadway, followed by dinner at 5 Napkin Burger in Hell’s Kitchen, where hubby will join us after work for a family dinner.
Happy New Year! …til next time…