Happy Thanksgiving!

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There may be Christmas weather headed our way today, here in NYC. I guess the weather gods got the month wrong – it’s still November, guys! I’ve seen a lot of different forecasts of how much snow the area may or may not get (and since I’m writing this Tuesday night, it all may have changed by the time this goes up), but I think we can agree we’re glad we don’t live in Buffalo. Sorry, Buffalo friends – I love snow, but last week sounded hellish.

But despite the precipitation, it’s Thanksgiving we’re celebrating this week. Just like last year, I have a lot to be thankful for – family, friends, a great job, a great apartment, good health, and a year that included both cross country and transatlantic travel. In the wider world it has often been a difficult year – this week is no exception – and it makes me that much more grateful for my own blessings.

The older I get, the faster the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s seems to go. Lots of people complain when holiday decorations start as early as the day after Halloween, but I like it. When I was a kid and in a production of A Christmas Carol for several years, our rehearsals always started right around Halloween. That was the beginning of the season for me.  Now I try to stretch it in little ways, like putting my Christmas tree up early so I get to enjoy it for longer, and playing lots of Christmas music.

When I’m home with my family this weekend, we’ll go and pick out a tree, too, and decorate it. The decorations went up at my office this week. They’re all just trappings, but in the midst of the cold and ice that is about descend here for the next several months, the lights and the greenery and the candles remind me of warmth and family and friendship. I may roll my eyes about the inflatable snowmen and Santas I’m sure to see in my family’s suburban neighborhood, but it all comes from a place of gratitude and joy.

Well, probably.

I hope wherever you are that you’re able to spend time this week with people you care about! And I hope your planes and trains and buses and cars experience perfect travel conditions and no delays.

Happy Thanksgiving, and see you in December!

 

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Thanksgiving thank-yous

Here’s the thing about life in New York City: Sometimes it’s a little lonely. It’s exciting to live in a place with so many people, and so much to do, but it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd. People don’t always talk about it, but it’s there—and it’s hard to deal with without a great support network. So on Thanksgiving, the perfect time to reflect on the things in our lives we’re grateful for, I want to say thank you to all the people I’m lucky enough to have in my life.

In the years I’ve been at my job, I’ve gotten to know a lot of my coworkers really well. They’re a great group of people—kind, thoughtful, smart, and the right amount of snarky to keep things interesting. My life in the city would be decidedly less awesome without them. The same is true of all the friends I’ve met through my job—we’re a pretty tight-knit community within my industry, and I love that.
My friends in the city from college (and my friends in the city from college who I met after college, and my friends in the city who college people introduced me to, and my choir friends, and anyone in the city who doesn’t fit into one of these categories…) keep me sane, come along when I come up with random things to do (thanks to everyone who’s ever come contra dancing with me, you’re the best), and give me much-needed perspective.
My long-distance friends (from home, from college, from awesome summer programs in Minnesota) are also great for sanity and perspective, and for being there when I need to rant about something, or geek out about something, or overanalyze everything. They’re also always ready and willing to hang out when I show up at home a couple times a year, or when I schedule a trip to visit them, or when they come to New York City to visit and I make them eat Italian food and pizza all weekend. Thanks for dealing with the fact that I am sometimes inconsistent about calling or emailing, and to any of you reading this who don’t hear from me that often—I’m sorry, and let’s be in better touch.
My family is amazing, and I’m so lucky to have had such support from them, for every choice I’ve ever made and will make. Thank you for everything. I love you guys so much! And, thanks for getting a new puppy for me to play with when I come home to visit.
Thanks for being here, friends. And if you ever need anything, I’m here for you—and I’m always happy to share my support network, too. The asking is the hard part, so consider this an open invitation.
Happy Thanksgiving!