A Shared Life: The Holidays - Thanksgiving 2017
We departed for Warren on November 22nd, for our yearly Thanksgiving visit with Stein in tow. Along the way, in Indiana I was pulled over but the police officer was unusually reasonable and let us go. I took that as a warning and drove a bit slower the rest of the way. We stopped at a Sheetz for some food once we got off the turnpike in Ohio. We arrived as usual in the wee hours of the morning and it turned out that the burger I ate was not agreeing with me.
Thursday November 23rd, brought our annual Thanksgiving with the Sorensen family in Clymer, NY at my cousin Brynne's house. I had to take some Pepto to try to enjoy the meal. Other than that, it was good spending time with the family.
Friday November 24th, was a fairly relaxed day watching our pets interact. It turns out that our cat, Stein, is a bit of a bully. He walks around with his head cocked to the side stalking the other cats, including Mu who is at least twice his size.
We made our wat to Pittsburgh on Saturday November 25th, to catch the Penguins play the Lightning and WIN! We passed the Dairy Queen with an Apollo Capsule along the way on Route 8. When in Pittsburgh, we got some ice cream at Klavon's before the game and afterwards, we went to Roland's for some Lobster Rolls and Ravioli and to hang with Joe a bit. It was a good visit to my favorite city! Upon returning home, once again the quest for dominance continued with the cats.
We returned to Chicago on Sunday November 26th.
December in Chicago:
After returning from Thanksgiving, on Friday December 1st, Elphie and I went to Chicago Theatre to see Nick Offerman on his "Full Bush" tour. I snuck a clip even though it was a no recording event. On the way home, I took a shot of the full moon. The next day, December 2nd, was a long day. We started out by going to Racine, Wisconsin for Ray and Z's wedding reception at George's Tavern. On the way home we stopped at a Piggly Wiggly for some cheese curds then passed under a Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. It turned out that we returned to our neighborhood in time to see the CTA Holiday Trains come through as well. Later that night, we attended the winter edition of Nocturna at Metro. On December 3rd, we returned to Wrigleyville to attend Krampus Mart at the Gman Tavern.
I ended up waiting too long and the day of the Thrice show, Thursday December 7th, 2017, I found out that it was sold out when I made attempts to purchase tickets. I found someone on facebook who said that they were selling a ticket so I gave it a shot. They met me at the venue and sold the ticket for face value so I got to see Thrice. It was one of the better experiences I have had of seeing Thrice in Chicago. I believe it is due to the venue set up giving a little more space to watch. I filmed Of Dust And Nations...it was a song I've wanted to capture for a while. In hindsight, maybe I should have captured something from the Alchemy Index series since it was being celebrated that night. At this time, we were trying to save some money for going to Europe in the coming months but I did want to see this show and didn't think $30 was going to break the bank.
On December 13th, after a wonderful work related meeting in downtown, While waiting for the train to commute back home another CTA Holiday Train passed through. On December 16th the Wright girls had a Christmas party at their house. Later that night we drove to Kenosha, Wisconsin for Screened 2: Solstice Slammed at Mayhem Manor. It was an interesting night of VHS video on a bunch of tube televisions and music with a lit up floor. On December 18th, Elphie and I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights then to the ChristkindlMarkt at the Daley Center the next day, December 19th. On December 20th, we held a Christmas Party at Cornerstone Community Outreach. On December 21st at Chitown Futbol we were part of a surprise birthday party for Kyle Bawinkel just after the band got off tour. It was fun and it seems the surprise worked out fairly well.
Additional soundtrack includes “Santa’s on MLK Blvd” & “Holiday House Party” by Dark-Keys, “Carol of the Dubs” by A Heart Of Black & White, “Carol of the Bells” by Open World, “Carol of the Bells” by Jagged Doctrine, and “Carol of the Bells” by Accolade.
A Shared Life: The Holidays - Christmas 2017
We left for Cincinnati on December 22nd after I got off of work. We stopped at the Sheehy's to rest over night and got some time in to visit with them. In the morning, December 23rd, we had breakfast. Lisa stopped by to visit before we had to start down the road to North Carolina. We arrived in the evening.
December 24th, we celebrated Christmas with family on Christmas Eve. We spend December 25th, Christmas Day with family as well and had dinner at IHOP then viewed the McAdenville lights. Throughout the rest of the week we hung out with family and friends. We stopped by R.O.'s for Bar-B-Que. We also had dinner one evening at Whiskey Mill. We made a trip into South Carolina for gas as well as another visit with a friend at Pop Pops Pizza. We stayed in North Carolina to visit and celebrate Christmas with family and friends until December 28th.
Additional soundtrack includes “Carol of the Bells” by Accolade, “Carol of the Bells” by Timbre, “Carol of the Bells” by The Last Bison, “Carol of the Bells” by Future Of Forestry, “Carol of the Bells” by MAE, and “Ring Christmas Bells (Carol of the Bells)” by Folk Angel featuring Tedashii.
A Shared Life: The Holidays - New Years Eve 2017
On December 29th, we began our return drive from North Carolina. We stopped to visit with Elphie's niece along the way as well as at a diner to pick up some special Cherry Lemon SunDrop. We made our way north and west through the mountains toward Cincinnati where apparently there was a winter storm coming. We had to slow down somewhat but made it to the Sheehy's house with little difficulty and I was able to pick up some Skyline Chili to eat as well. We hung out for the evening with the Sheehy's and Lisa. Other friends didn't want to venture out due to the inclement weather.
We woke on December 30th, had breakfast with the Sheehy's then continued on our way to Chicago in single digit cold. I stopped at a Meijer as we left Ohio to pick up some Ale-8-One. We got to see a nice sunset as we drove and we made it home and the car seemed to survive the extreme cold.
On December 31st, because it was so cold we decided to not venture out to do anything to bring in the New Year. We stayed home and watched the events on television. The one event I would have liked to attend was Flatfoot 56 with Flogging Molly at the House of Blues and we were able to see a live shot from that party as well from the comfort of our living room.
Additional soundtrack includes “Carols Gloria” by Said Fantasy and “Holiday House Party” by Dark-Keys.
Filmed using an iPhone 6 and 8 by Elphie and Joel A. Swanson. Edited using Final Cut Pro on a Mac Mini by Joel A. Swanson.