I reckon I wouldn't post at all if this weren't my main means of communication with most of you. With the holiday speedily approaching, I realize that I have never begun the tradition of sending out Christmas cards. It's kind of the grown-up thing to do. How many of you send out Christmas correspondence? Letters? Cards? Emails?
Well, I sadly won't have time to start any new Christmas traditions this week. I'm planning to drive home to Tennessee on Friday night, which means I have approximately two more nights in Maryland. And hardly any Christmas shopping is finished.
One of those nights, Thursday night, is our school Christmas concert. I signed up to be a student monitor. Last year, that involved sitting in the theater with the students and making sure they behaved and kept quiet. This year, with a shift of venues and loss of seating, I instead will be spending the whole show in the green room with three other teachers and all of the upper school choir students. Yippee.
Tomorrow night, then, I hope to finish the bulk of my grading and do laundry and pack. It's hard to know what to bring home for a two week vacation that involves Christmas Eve in Kingsport and New Year's Eve with my grandparents in Richmond and a trip to New York City as well. I want to pack lightly and still have everything I could possibly need. I am no good at planning.
Yes, New York City! I thought all my opportunities to visit were over for a while, but apparently my mom has been wanting to go for a while and suggested a trip with my sister and me! We are going to see New York City Ballet's Nutcracker and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I even convinced them to see a matinée of Hansel and Gretel at the Met. It's in English so I thought it would be a good introduction to live opera. I'm such a nerd. I am so excited.
I haven't been thinking about college nearly so much this year as I did last year, but I apparently have such strong winter and/or Christmas memories attached to Hillsdale that I've been feeling a bit nostalgic recently. My church did a small-scale production of Handel's Messiah and of course that reminded me of choir freshman year. The new Facebook group "Overheard at Hillsdale College" has been providing a lot of funny memories. And to remind me of Whitley, tonight I made this: