Hosting Thanksgiving & other things

We probably shouldn’t have hosted Thanksgiving this year. Our time was split between caring for our weeks old baby, making our house look presentable, all while preparing a large meal. Overall, I think we did pretty well, but by the time the guests left and the last plate was washed, we were completely whipped. But I guess that’s Thanksgiving. We've hosted before, but I don't ever remember feeling this drained. I don't think it was all the fault of the activities. More than anything, absences were keenly felt this year. The reason why I wanted to host the holiday, despite good sense, was so that my father could see his grandson for the first time, but situations beyond everyone’s control prevented that from happening. Moreover, the ghosts of those no longer with us haunt my mind and their memories are always stronger during the holidays. I don’t mean to sound like I was miserable this year, but it felt less relaxing than i was hoping for. Anyway, Christmas is on the horizon and I don’t really want to think about what lurks underneath that gift-wrapped box, propped up by a candy cane.

More entries for Project Selfie 2014 are coming in and I. Am. Excited! I’m also glad I decided to start the entry process earlier this ear so that people could be reminded. It’s always tough to remember to take a picture of yourself as soon as you wake up. If you have a cell phone, set a reminder along with your alarm. I’m waiting on a few emails from those who might make this project A) different from last year and B) a bit more special. I hope it works out. So keep sending them in, seeing everyone's pictures in the morning is one of the best parts of my day.

Over the break we were able to watch Chef directed by Jon Favreau and A Million Ways to Die in the West directed by Seth MacFarlane, both of which I really enjoyed. Chef is a joy because of the simple story of a high and mighty chef who gets fired, and ends up working a food truck across country. It’s a father and son story as well as a story about the creative process. However, I especially liked it for it’s cast of character actors. John Leguizamo is one of my heroes and it was a pleasure to see him, even if it was just a small part. A Million Ways to Die in the West had me laughing from start to finish, partially because it is pretty much my thesis as to what the old west would have actually been like, and many of the jokes felt like VCoT material. There is much of the humor that is blue, but just as much that is sheer observational humor about the time, place, and genre of the western. As well as being an astonishingly funny writer, Seth MacFarlane has been traditionally picky about the music he uses, and the score for this film was gorgeous. It felt like a classic western with flourishes from Morricone, Silvestri, and Williams sweeping beautifully into one another. Composer Joel McNeely really outdid himself with this wonderful piece of work. I may have to buy the soundtrack soon.

Since this weekend has been a bit on the hectic side, I’m just now getting back to the work side of things, but there will be some really neat things on the horizon, but right now, it’s the waiting game. Stay tuned.

Take care,

-Rob