Things that happened this week --
ATTENDED: the Alberta Baroque Ensemble's annual Christmas concert Music for a Festive Season. The orchestra was joined by the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers in the performance of a Magnificat and a Bach Cantata. This is always their most popular concert of the year and the church was packed!
FINISHED: my art classes for this year. Now I have a month off until the new ones start in January 2024.
WINTER WOES: we got snow and freezing rain this week, but luckily it was on a day when I didn't need to drive or walk outside.
UPPED MY BEAUTY GAME: got my hair cut and my eyebrows waxed. "Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
SPEAKING OF POSING FOR THE CAMERA: building management had security cameras installed this week throughout our parkade, presumably to deter vehicle break-ins and drug use. My car's only been broken into once in nine years, which is pretty good for downtown living. In the last couple of years, however, there's been a lot more open drug use by transients in the parkade, which I think scares people.
LISTENED TO: a full recording of Handel's Messiah. Yes, I know it's the chestnuttiest of chestnuts, but I still love it. Since the pandemic, I've stopped attending an annual live performance of it at Christmas so listening to the oratorio on CDs has become the way to continue my now 38-year tradition.
WATCHED: a Christmas rom-com called Happiest Season (2020). It has a great cast, including Kristen Stewart (Abby) and Mackenzie Davis (Harper) as star-crossed lesbian lovers. Daniel Levy plays Abby's gay best friend. Lots of good dialogue, funny quips and dysfunctional family of origin fun. Recommended!