First delights post of 2023. My first delight should probably be that I remembered to write 2023 instead of 2022. I don’t have high hopes that 2023 is going to be any better for me, but good riddance 2022.
- My first delight is related to why I don’t have many delights. It was a pretty low key week for me. I was off work, and I didn’t do a whole lot. It was a nice relaxing time.
- Obviously my trip to New York was a delight, but you already have a full run down of that in my previous post.
- I got a walk in with a couple of friends on New Year’s Eve before the rain set in.
- I had no idea what to get my husband for his birthday this year. It’s always hard because it’s so close to Christmas, so I have to come up with multiple gifts back to back, and he’s no help. So this year I gave him either the best gift or the worst gift. He’s the one who does almost all the cooking in our house, so I gave him 12 coupons to redeem for me cooking dinner instead of him. I chose 12 because I figure that’s one per month, though he isn’t required to redeem them that way. He seemed very amused by the gift if nothing else.
- In the before times we used to have a big New Year’s Eve party every year. It had sort of dwindled a lot in the years even before the pandemic because too many people had kids and couldn’t come out anymore. I’m still mostly avoiding large indoor gatherings where it doesn’t make sense for me to be masked unless people have tested themselves for COVID, so this year instead of a party we just had one other couple over. We had a little dinner party, played some games, and walked over the neighborhood ball drop at midnight. It was a nice chill way to ring in the new year.
- I love our neighborhood ball drop. It’s on the same block that has all the Christmas lights. My favorite part about it is just seeing all the people pour out of their houses and head over there shortly before midnight. It’s a very eclectic mix of people, and it makes for lots of good people watching. It was also nice this year that it was relatively warm and the rain had stopped before midnight. Way better than the years when it’s freezing cold.
- I discovered that moths ate the sweater I normally wear on Christmas, so I was on the look out for a new red sweater in the after Christmas sales. It was actually way harder than I was expecting it to be because every time I found something I liked it was out of stock in my size. I never shop at Talbot’s, but I figured they probably have a red sweater. They did indeed have one that I liked and was super on sale, but I decided I didn’t want to pay the $9 in shipping for it. There’s a Talbot’s not that far from my house (I didn’t even have to go to the mall!), and I figured I might as well run over there and see if they had one in stock. They did indeed have exactly one red sweater left in the store, and it was in my size. Score!
- It is no secret that I have love polar bears. One year for my birthday my husband flew me to Buffalo to spend the day watching their two polar bear cubs at the zoo. My dream trip is to go to Churchill, Manitoba to go on one of the polar bear watching excursions there. The polar bear at the Toledo Zoo recently had twin polar bear cubs. You can watch them online for part of the day, though mostly they’ve only been sleeping when I’ve popped in. Will my first post-COVID plane trip involve a trip to Toledo? Whose to say?
Hey look at that. It turns out I had more delights than I thought since I literally had two things written in the notes app on my phone. And now for your musical delights.
- I was watching the Kennedy Center Honors. One of this year’s inductees was Amy Grant. Many people probably remember her from her cross-over pop album, Heart to Heart. I of course had that on CD, but my favorite part of her tribute was the medley they did of her most popular straight up Christian hits from the 80s. We had two of those cassettes, and I listened to them a ton as a kid. That medley was a pure joy hit of nostalgia.
- This video of Fiona Apple covering The Waterboys “The Whole of the Moon” is two years old, but I just ran across it for the first time this week. Brilliant.