Where Are You Christmas?

Christmas is less than 2 weeks away which is kind of odd because it really doesn’t feel like Christmas time yet to me.

I don’t think there’s one main reason why.  I think there’s a lot of little ones.

It could be that Thanksgiving was a little later this year shortening the shopping time.

The fact that my wife works retail and has to deal with crazy hours and even crazier customers could have something to do with it.

Just last week after going above and beyond to correct a store mistake she had a customer say, “That’s not acceptable.  I don’t make mistakes and you shouldn’t either!”

Seriously?  How my wife came home with a lip that night is a mystery to me.  I would have bitten mine clean off… or told the guy off and came home unemployed!  She has more restraint than me in that area.

Maybe I haven’t been in the Christmas spirit much lately because of how busy our family has been.  We’ve had basketball and Nutcracker practices along with Church and school activities.

All that has put us behind on decorating the house!  The tree is up but lots of our other decorations are still in boxes.  Getting out the Nativity set will certainly help us all focus on the season better.  That’s on tomorrow night’s to-do list.

I think the biggest thing zapping my Christmas spirit has been the weather.  We had a cold snap with snow a few weeks ago.  Since then it’s warmed and all the snow is gone leaving everything dirty and brown.

It was so warm today I was able to clean the garage in sweat pants and a t-shirt.  Not something I’m used to in December!

This week I plan on getting back on track!  I can’t control the weather but I can help finish decorating the house.  I can listen to a ton of Christmas music, we can watch some Christmas movies… and I can count my blessings.  That should help do the trick!

How about you?  Are you filled up with Christmas spirit this year or is it lagging a little?

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The Magic Of The Theatre Stage

Television and movies have numbed our minds and senses to the point where nothing really surprises us anymore.  There’s so much animation and special effects that we come to expect the unexpected.

That isn’t the case when you see a performance on the theatre stage. Your mind knows that you aren’t seeing characters on a screen. You’re actually seeing real people bringing characters to life right before your eyes.

Today I was reminded just how cool, entertaining, and yes, magical live theatrical performances can be.

My oldest daughter was dancing as a blue soldier in The Nutcracker. It was her first time doing this ballet and it was presented at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.  Which I think is one of the best stages for live performances in Iowa.

Needless to say my daughter was more than excited!  The rest of our family was excited too.  We had a whole group of Grandmas, Grandpas, an Aunt, Uncle, and niece all attending the first show.

Even though we purchased our tickets separately, in two separate transactions at different times, we end up sitting all together!  What are the odds of that happening in a theatre that holds a little more than 2,700 people. My mother would call that a “God wink”.

Once I realized we were all sitting together I had another reason to be exited besides watching my daughter on the stage.  I had a clear view of my 4 year old niece and could spy her reactions to what she was seeing.

The looks on her face are what reminded me of the magic of the theatre.  If she saw a Christmas tree double or triple in size in a movie or cartoon I doubt she’d think anything of it… but seeing it happen on a stage right in front of her made her jaw drop and her eyes light up.

To be honest, I enjoyed that part as well.  I enjoyed it all!   The dancing was amazing, the music familiar, and the scenery and lighting was great too.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience seeing The Nutcracker for the first time.

Do you have your own “theatre magic” story?  I’d love to hear it

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Are Digital Id’s A Good Thing

Iowa made tech news recently and it wasn’t for our Facebook server farms or wind energy.

It’s because the Iowa Department of Transportation is pushing to create a first of it’s kind Id app.  You can read about some of the details here and here.

I’m still trying to sort out my feelings on the issue.  At first glance I like the convenience of it.  My phone is always with me.  I can’t say the same thing about my wallet and id.

On the other side, there are security and privacy concerns.

I asked on Twitter if it was a good idea and got this response from @HolaChiqa: “It needs more refinement. It’s like any new technology, it becomes available, some issues arise, then it improves.”

Yep.  I agree… I also think it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Since I’m still on the fence on this I’m curious what do you think?  Are digital id’s a good idea?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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