After not having any holiday spirit most of November, I am happy to say that my Christmas spirit is fully enabled now that December has arrived! The Christmas music is playing, Christmas movies are being watched, Season of Giving is in full swing, and the first of my holiday events has arrived. And I have to tell you a day of fun is just what the doctor ordered!
I didn’t realize until yesterday, after coming unglued and yelling at the baby cat, that I have not gone out with friends or done anything fun for myself since I got back from Minnesota at the end of September. That’s right, Healthy Living Summit was my last batch of fun. I have been working so many hours that I’ve forgotten to take time for myself and self-care! Thankfully that all changed today!
I got all dressed up and headed downtown this afternoon to watch one of my best friends perform in the Seattle Men’s Chorus‘s Christmas concert. It was kind of fun being girly and getting all dressed up in my new dress. Of course I sent a few texts to my “fashion advisers” for input. I also posted a sneak peek picture of my shoes on Instagram. The bus was pretty empty and luckily drops me off about 2 block from the symphony hall, which is good considering how windy it was!
I got there a few minutes before the doors to the lobby opened, dropped off my food donation, and wandered around the lobby before the show. Pieces of the AIDS quilt (specifically panels of members who were a part of Seattle Men’s Chorus) were on display.
I took a few pictures of the lobby decor before purchasing my raffle tickets (prizes include a new car and a cruise), I turned around after purchasing my tickets and there was Jeff, also selling tickets. We chatted for a while before the show and I ended up with another raffle ticket since Tom (Jeff’s husband) bought some and gave me one. Then it was time to take our seats. I was seated on the second tier in the second box with a great view overlooking the stage. I was able to see Jeff perfectly from my seat (he’s a lower first tenor).
The performance itself was amazing. There were a lot of laughs and some of the more traditional songs brought a tear to my eye. The special guest for opening weekend was Levi Kreis. He is a singer/ songwriter/ actor who won the Tony in 2010 for playing Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway. He was fantastic! I stayed in my seat during intermission and was even more entertained by the second half. I am definitely making this show a tradition every year now!
After the show I met up with Jeff and Tom (and a friend of theirs) in the lobby where we chatted for a bit more before everyone headed home. Now I’m working on the blog and trying to get some cleaning done, but all I really want to do is go to sleep… and its only 7pm! But I had a really great day and I’m feeling much better. To keep in the spirit of remembering to give myself permission to take time for fun, I’ll be heading to the movies this week to finally see Catching Fire!
Just a quick note… I’ll be doing a link up on Thursday for anyone who is interested in participating in Season of Giving.