to the weekend, friend! I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome and this
weekend's unofficial kick off for the Christmas season finds you getting
in the spirit.
As this newsletter goes out, I am either shuffling off to Buffalo or
already shuffled to prepare for this weekend's Neglia Ballet Artists'
production of The Nutcracker at Shea's Performing Arts Center. This
means our family is already in full Christmas mode!
DO YOU LIVE IN THE BUFFALO, NY AREA? My youngest son, the dancer, and a
friend of his were interviewed with their Maestro Sergio Neglia about
the upcoming Nutcracker performances. You can catch it on AM Buffalo or
livestream it on Channel 7, Saturday morning between 9 and 10 am.
When asked how he felt about the interview, my son said, "It was fun,
but I was nervous! My underarms were sweaty!" HA! Such an honest kid!
KEEPING ME SMILING:
- This video had me in tears of laughter this week. Do you know anyone like this? (I might accidentally be this guy from time to time.)
- I am in love with the promotion going on on the Two Blind Brothers website.
You click a button agreeing to "shop blind" and experience shopping
like visually impaired or blind people. It's very thought provoking and I
love that these brothers who suffer from a rare form of macular
degeneration give 100% of their profits to help cure blindness. I accepted the challenge. What do you think?
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BLOG THIS WEEK:
No Knead Cinnamon English Muffin Bread: Get
the classic 'nooks and crannies' of English Muffins in a far simpler
but equally delicious, gently sweet No-Knead Cinnamon English Muffin
Bread. This makes the most amazing toast perfect for slathering with
fresh butter or your favourite jam.
THINGS I LOVE:
This Christmas Album.
Because we were doing construction on our home when I gave birth to my
first son, we had to stay at my parents' house for a couple of days when
we left the hospital. I was exhausted, I had no idea what to do with a
newborn, and he was crying so much. My stepmom tucked me into her
recliner, pulled a flannel blanket up to my chin, took the baby from me,
and walked him while playing this album softly in the background. To
this day, it remains one of my best life memories. This has always had
the power to calm all my boys and me, so I highly recommend this for
inducing relaxing holiday moments. What can I say? This time of year
turns me into a sentimental mess.
This White Noise Maker:
My husband has tinnitus in his ears and it makes falling asleep a
little tricky. A long time ago, we learned a fan would help cut through
the ringing but that wasn't convenient for the entire year. We had a
white noise maker that we loved for about 10 years and it kicked the
bucket about 2 years ago. In the interim we went through four or five
(he couldn't stand the ones where you could hear where the sound pattern
started and ended) and finally stumbled upon this one. It has no
loop... it is easily the best one we've ever owned (better even than our
dearly departed white noise maker) and it has a bajillion other
positive reviews, too!
BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND:
Fer-De-Lance by Rex Stout: I
love, love, love the Nero Wolfe mysteries and this was one of the first
ones I ever read. This is one of the best known of the Nero Wolfe books
and you just know that any time someone tries to take Nero Wolfe out
that the dialogue is going to be even snappier than usual!
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein. It's
a classic for a reason! My youngest and I listen to this as we do our
multiple trips to and from Buffalo every week. The magical world of the
Hobbits is so beautifully described that we both may have asked my
husband for a round hobbit style front door. And honestly, every time I
walk back to the house from my mailbox, I expect to see my house lodged
into a mountainside with a plume of smoke rising from the chimney. This
is one of my all-time favourite books and I love this recording. It
isn't dramatized; it's a very well read, word-for-word rendition of the
May laughter, contentedness, and many tasty things find you in abundance this week.