031.December 1

Booklyn, NY

We went to Angelika Cinema in NY for "Frida" at 16:15. The theatre was unlike any movie palace I've ever been in, and very exciting.

Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 15:03:38 -0600

Now I am in New York, post turkey day. We had a very successful bird, 17 pounds, and cooking it was quite a journey. I got to carve it up.


Rachel and I were invited to dinner and John's house, Jill and Roar brought a roast to share with all. We were induced to stay while the rest of them went to a GOTE meeting. Rachel encouraged me to do any DIY projects I could accomplish after I danced with the kids to Christmas music. Ole had a great time, and gave me a great big kiss when I left. At home, we cleaned the house to prepare for the piano tuner, and for a Christmas tree.


Rachel convinced me to play tenor saxophone with her in church this morning a the Call to Worship. I stayed and listened to her play organ. She is really turning into a wonderful organist, and I have heard that her confidence is growing every Sunday. We skipped 2nd service so that we could go to the Festival of Tree breakfast with Lee. Rachel's students were playing Christmas songs to entertain the diners, and Rachel finished with an hour set of music that ended at 13:00.


I took today off of work to cut down one of our kitchen counters about 2 inches so I could put our coffee maker on it and still open the cupboards above. It turned out very well, and I also improved the look of the wall behind it with some pressed fiber panels Rachel had purchased for our last house that we didn't end up using. I started by washing the floors with vinegar. Our kitchen is now cleaner than it has been since we moved in almost 10 years ago. I spent the whole day working on it, going through all the cupboards and trying to get rid of stuff.

I had rehearsal at YOOH for "Freshly Brewed", and afterwards it was Wine Wednesday, and I started a fire in our outdoor rock wall. Rachel, Mark, Scott, and Jen came over, and stayed outside until quite late. We all made a vow to get hot tubs set up by January 1. Or at least one couple to do so, that can hold six.


We presented our grand nieces with an American Girl doll with a bunad and a Santa Lucia outfit after work. Then we rushed off to Christmas at Luther! There were some really cool life size puppet costumes and the story revolved around the animals at the manger. We went to Koreana afterwards and forgot Rachel's truck in town, which she will need tomorrow morning to get the the Molly B. show in Reedsburg.