Time sure does seem to go at light speed when you are actually looking forward to something. What exactly am I looking forward to? Well duh! The end of the freakin' year is less than 2 weeks away! (I still don't have any NYE plans by the way...sigh.) But let me save all of the end of the year talk for next week's blog, which will in fact be the last blog of the year. HOWEVER, it is pretty darn tough to think of something to talk about in today's blog when all I really wanna do is talk about the end of the freakin' year! Today's blog will be about a few of my new experiences for this time of year. I suppose I CAN talk a bit about Christmas stuff. About a week and a half ago, I went ice skating for the very first time (that I can recall. Someone mentioned that I had been ice skating in Detroit before... this person says they have proof that I have yet to see, so for now, I'll believe this was my first time). Ice skating was pretty fun! I always did wanna be a figure skater. I will say this, ice skating is pretty darn expensive! I mean, I did go in Bryant Park, but still! If you don't live in NYC, it should probably be (hopefully!) be a bit cheaper. Ice skating is so much harder than it looks if you are new to gliding on ice, but after a few times around the rink, you should be totally fine.
This past week has been filled with lots of Christmasy activities, and the next few days, I'm expecting quite a few more. It's kind of exhausting! That may also be another reason why the days seem to be going by so rapidly (besides the fact that the days literally ARE going by rapidly. The sun sets at like 4 for Pete's sake). One thing that was pretty interesting for me that stood out this year, I got invited to attend a Christmas party of a different culture. A Chinese Christian Christmas party to be exact! Not necessarily a traditional Chinese (from China) Chrstmas, but more of an Americanized type version. At first, yes I was actually a bit nervous (in part because I heard there would be no alcohol). Before moving to New York in general, I wasn't the most cultured person. Back home in Detroit, there wasn't really much diversity. I had mostly African American friends (I'd say about 95%). Since being in NYC, I have learned so much about people from all over the world. This past year however, I have had the pleasure of being around quite a bit of Asian culture. Even when I did use to live in Michigan, I often got that I looked a bit Asian... I really just think it's just my eyeliner! Anywho, I never really knew much, so I was very intrigued to see what would happen at this party.
First of all, everybody there spoke Chinese but me! Of course everybody also spoke English as well, but they did mostly speak in their native language. We did sing some English holiday songs. After singing for a while, we played a game. The object of the game was to see who could name the most Chinese cities and their location via a numbered map. Needless to say, I sat that game out! The next game was the US version though. I got a most of the answers right, but everybody knew those answers too! That just goes to show, America only thinks of their own geography! When the games were done, we ate a bunch of food. Just like New Orleans, there was a bunch of shrimp I couldn't eat, but there was plenty more to choose from. I used to think I was allergic to Asian food, but after I stopped being a wimp and tired different dishes, I realized that it was in fact just the shrimp. I'm glad I did because I also realized that my new favorite food is a type of Korean fried chicken (if you've ever had BonChon, that's it...so freakin' good!!!) At the end of the party was the gift exchange, which is self explanatory, and always fun! Overall, very good experience, and I'm really glad I went.
Another interesting thing I did this holiday season that I have never done before... sing Christmas carols! I mean, I'm pretty much a karaoke connoisseur, but this was different. I was invited to help sing a special set during Sunday brunch (super early, I know) at one of my favorite places in the city. I would never consider myself a singer, but performer? Absolutely! I will say that it's fairly difficult for performers to find venues to display all of their different talents. Especially in New York! Do you know how many musicians there are in this neck of the woods?? I really thought I would be much more nervous than I was, but maybe all of those karaoke nights DID help. Performing live in front of a group of people is always exhilarating. You can never particularly gauge their reactions. Sort of like every time I put out a blog! I never know if anybody is going to read this thing, I just do it for the love of it. If it sucks, it sucks, but it's out there. It's out of my head and in the world in some way shape or form. That's more than a lot of people can say, so for that I am grateful. I'm really appreciative of all the new things I got to do during the holidays since I couldn't exactly get back to my hometown. I know some aren't too chipper during this time of year because of that exact reason, but you can always learn to value the things that you DO have. This is also the first year that I don't have to work during the holidays!
p.s. If anyone DOES need some extra cheer, I may also be guest performing a few tunes today for an encore brunch show! (There is a beautiful harmonious version of 'Oh Holy Night' that may or may not blow you away. Just sayin'.)
p.p.s. Dangit, I really want some Bonchon now!
p.p.p.s. Another one of my resolutions for next year revealed: I have decided I'm going to learn conversational Mandarin... (which I've heard is one of the hardest languages to learn...bring it!) or Russian. I have to pick before January 1.