The Noah Ginex Puppet Company went on the WGN Morning News again on Monday to celebrate the 75th birthday of Neil Diamond! Please enjoy Fuzzy's snake work as Ron, and the debut of Fuzzy Erica, the blue puppet in the background that kind of looks like me. Video Here!
I listened to this song on repeat for an hour today, and I keep listening to it.
Whoa, 2015 was a doozy, wasn't it? Let's be honest, it wasn't that great. But you know what? We got through it, we learned a lot, we cried a lot, we laughed a lot, and we are all pretty awesome for it.
I have a good feeling about 2016.
I like odd age years better than even ones, and this year, I turn 37, so that is a good sign.
I am moving into the new year with a bit more peace than I usually do. When my anxiety ramps up, I've gotten better at convincing myself that I am fine instead of letting the anxiety take control of me. I've gotten better at self care and knowing the limits of what I can and can't do.
Goals for the year:
To try to get out of debt. Having a day job helps, and I would like to pay down on our credit cards as much as possible and build up a little savings. There has been talk of maybe trying to buy a place and there is always also travel. I would like to visit lots of places, if possible: New York, Kansas, Oregon, California, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and everywhere out of the country. Plus, I always am flirting with doing this half marathon in New Hampshire, but I am not sure if my knees can take it but I think about it. I didn't do a triathlon in 2015, and I missed it. I am already looking forward to the first thaw and when the weather is warm again (though I know we've really only had one week of cold.) There is going to be less dancing in 2016, but that is ok--I will love the dancing that I am able to do. I am going to try to really enjoy all the awesome things I get to do instead of being stressed out about it. Fuzzy and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary this year (!!!!) and that is so super awesome amazing and I would like to celebrate in a fun way. I want to cook good food and enjoy my amazing friends and laugh and pet cats and be as happy as I can. I know that life is hard and presents all sorts of challenges, but that is also great. We got this.
Happy 2016, y'all.
I haven't posted in a few months. It's been nice being quiet and I've had lots to keep me occupied (my job, creative things starting up again, weddings, petting the cat) and now here it is December 2.
December 2 is hard and special as it is the day that everything changed in the Reid family--the day we lost Dad. In the last 8 years, so much has happened and changed and altered and flipped that I can't even begin to talk about it, but I try every day to just do the best I can and be the best person that I can be. I try to be kind (I don't always succeed), I try to be patient (I am terrible at this), I try to be curious (while living in my patterns).
I always take this day off of work and responsibilities so that I can rest and reflect and do what I need to do. Sometimes that means I treat myself to something nice and something just means I stay in bed and cry. Today has mostly involved the latter so far, but that's ok. I am constantly processing the events of these years and trying to find peace in my grief and mourning, and I am proud of myself that allow this space to just feel and be and do what I need to do.
I revisited this morning the editorial that Charlie Mitchell wrote for Dad after he died. It's really something special.
I'm grateful for my family, my friends, the life that I choose to live. I'm thankful for the memories of the laughter we shared as a family.
Peace to everyone.
Here's an amazing video from MCA Day at Lincoln Hall last month!
Video by Zoonotic.
I have the coolest job.
She's Crafty performing Root Down at MCA Day Chicago 2015, with Dina Kats (from Modet & Shmib!) rocking some sweet dance moves!
Here is a quick update on my summer:
I spent July very quietly--not communicating a lot, and focusing on resting and getting back into therapy. I did only what I felt like I could do, and I am happy to say that it worked. I feel a renewed sense of self these days, and a remarkable clarity on what I can and cannot do. I've realized that there is a LOT that I can't or don't want to do, so I am going to try everything I can to break the patterns that make me feel like I must do them. My focus moving forward is going to be on down time and truly listening to myself and my heart and my gut.
I also feel remarkably blessed. Just when I was feeling ready to take on a job again, one came along. It's full time, but temporary, and at a place I really want to work. I am excited, and it feels good.
I also remembered that I get to do amazing things. Working with a client this week, I felt like I truly AM talented with the gifts that I was given (in this case, choreography). I also am in awe that I get to work with She's Crafty--at MCA Day this weekend, we raised a ton of money for cancer charities and blew the roof off of Lincoln Hall with a packed audience. And I was a part of it. I am so honored. Here is a fun video that Rebecca took of me living the dream:
One of my goals for this break was to remember how to have fun. And we've certainly done that, too. Fuzzy surprised me with ziplining, we went to Windsor, ON for our 9th wedding anniversary, Rebecca and I had a blast at Phish weekend. Fuzzy and I have spent most of this summer laughing, and it's the best feeling ever.
So things are good. No, they are GREAT. I am happy. And it feels great.
This Saturday, August 15th, She's Crafty is hosting MCA Day Chicago, a celebration of the life of Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys. All proceeds from the event go to two cancer charities: The Adam Yauch Foundation and the Brandon C Gromada Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.
The show is at Lincoln Hall, one of my favorite venues in the city!
Featuring performances by:
DJ ENRG (that's me!)
$15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Doors at 7:30, and the party lasts all night.
Facebook event here!
Cause you can't, you won't, and you don't stop.
This is an awesome essay by my amazing Sister-in-Law, Katie Waldie Reid, about her work in Tanzania and with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Read here!