“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer
I absolutely love the holiday season, and though it brings with it crazy schedules, obligations, and somehow always ushers in change, the fact that I’m writing as I watch the snow fall and reminding myself that I get to see so many people I care about as they travel back to town fills me with infinite joy.
So, what have I been up to as of late?
For Gapers Block, I’ve written about some fun events and chatted with some talented individuals. I previewed an epic weekend concert event centered around the legendary scores of Leonard Bernstein. I gave away a pair of tickets to see Kaskade at Navy Pier, undoubtedly an unforgettable concert experience.
I spoke with Melissa Basilone, co-founder of Sputnik, a new shop on the Northwest side that sells records and books, yet is also a place to hang out in a welcoming, space-themed atmosphere. I also chatted with Anthony Pavel, talented producer and musician, who just dropped a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” before his full EP is released very soon.
Have you heard of Daybreaker yet? If not, check out this preview I wrote of Chicago’s first installment. The next event is December 18, and I personally cannot wait to get those endorphins flowing and dance it out before even going to work on a Friday morning.
Because this weather has just begun to descend upon our now wintry city, I created a playlist to listen to as the snow falls. Enjoy with a steamed beverage in hand.
Besides writing, recent times have brought about belly laughs, life lessons, and times I wouldn’t trade for anything else. As I’m ready to close out 2015, I am thankful for all that it has taught me and can’t wait to continue the journey.