We are barreling into the holiday season and getting ready to wrap up 2011. At the same time, I’m staring at the calendar for 2012 and trying to figure out how to manage the permanent transition from Chicago to Prescott. There are so many moving parts; the very thought of it stresses me out. The work starts now, but the move is some months away – so I’d rather focus on the near term activities and fun.
Thanksgiving will be spent with generous friends here in
Talking Rock. We’ll contribute a few
things, like Ron’s Oyster Casserole (oysters, butter, heavy cream, and
crackers) and my homemade Bailey’s Baileys Irish Cream (try this and I predict you’ll
never drink the non-dairy version again).
I anticipate a great day of eating, drinking and laughing.
On December 1st, we’ll be back at home in Chicago
to enjoy Ron’s mid-month birthday and all the trappings of our last Christmas
in the big city – decking the halls in the condo, shopping, lunch in festive
locales, a holiday stage show, watching the skaters in Millenium Park, and snowy
views out our front windows. Christmas
Eve and Morning we have our own traditions at home as a couple, but we’ll join family
in Evanston in the afternoon for a buffet lunch.
By New Year’s Eve we’ll be back in Prescott to usher in 2012
at Talking Rock, among friends, wined and dined by our marvelous Chef Richard
Saldivar, within a safe walking distance of home (just in case we have too much
fun). Last year’s party was a blast. Who remembers tearing up the dance floor to “I
Can’t Get No Satisfaction”? If I had any
pride, I would be embarrassed at the memory.
The hectic and exhausting process of
preparing the condo for sale or rent will be dealt with in the spring. After that, I’ll gird my loins for the big
move. Three and a half years after our
retirement, we find ourselves on the home stretch before the next big chapter
in our lives. I can do this.
Enjoy the season, one and all.