A highlight of Chuck's company holiday party is the Dance Off, where teams and departments compete on the dance floor. I've found the perfect instructional video for this year's contest. James Brown, we miss ya.
Many decades ago, The Beatles came along and changed the lives of the Baby Boomer generation. I was there and lived it up close and personal. That's why it was such a thrill to participate in a performance of Love, the Cirque de Soleil show at The Mirage in Las Vegas. I say "participate" because this is a show where we didn't just sit there. We sang, we swayed, we dove under the white parachute. We had an unbelievably great time and the experience was just beyond description.
Three weeks of grueling work is finally over. We will now be able to reclaim the kitchen table from mounds of candy, crumbs and icing blobs.
Jessica's house features pink siding and golden windows, lit from the inside.
My Gingerbread House of Cats has a dancing feline perched on the roof. The cat consists of a couple styrofoam balls coated in royal icing and covered with brown fondant.
Here's the base of the Gingerbread House of Cats. Our "windows" were made from a rock candy recipe, which worked great except for one alarming discovery. The stuff melts! Jessica noticed a sticky brown substance dripping all over the snow and walls. Guess the heat and/or humidity breaks down the homemade windows after a while.
I am so glad to be alive to see this historic night. There is a lot of hard work ahead, but tonight I'm thinking of all the countless souls who suffered and dreamed of something better for their children. This is their night. The work will get underway tomorrow, but tonight just feels great. People are celebrating in Grant Park and a few are already posting their photos on flickr. Love this view of the city.