I know that the winter solstice wasn't technically till today, but man, it's cold here. So cold that I convinced my dear sweet husband not to run outside (believe me, hell has to freeze over for that to happen). I believe the current temp in Hades is somewhere around -3F...or maybe I'm getting it mixed up with Omaha... And let's not ever discuss the wind chill factor! Whoa.
Despite the chill, we've had a good time this weekend. Friday night, the DH and I braved the icy streets to see "An Evening at the Purple Peacock" at the Baby D Theater in Benson. It was a Christmas musical revue and it was Fabulous. Yes, the capital F is deserved. It was basically 4 prominent local actors impersonating great singers of the past (Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe, Patsy Cline, to name a few), which a few other "characters" thrown in. It really put me in the Christmas mood, plus it benefited Nebraska Wildlife Rehab and all those cute little bunnies and raccoons.
Since we were already in Benson, we swung by Pulp Art and Paper gallery for the latest artist reception and exhibit opening. The show was "Benenden Girls", by Scottish artist Mark Gilbert, and consisted of roughly 106 charcoal drawings of girls at an elite English boarding school. It was wonderful, and I can't wait to hit Bemis and see Mark's other local exhibit, "Care Packages". Mr. Gilbert is the artist-in-residence at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has been drawing portraits of the patients and staff for what looks to be a truly awe-inspiring show.
Of course, all this would have made for an early night, so we then stopped at Barfly for a birthday celebration with the guys from Lowell's band. Ah, yes, nothing like a bunch of drunk guys together on a Friday night, especialy when said guys can't act older than 12 around each other when sober. Let's add alcohol, shall we? Woo-hoo!
Saturday was mostly shuffling around the house, staying warm, putting up our Christmas tree (finally), and then bundling up for a Mexican dinner, some shopping, and a movie downtown at Film Streams. We saw "Slumdog Millionaire", and I cannot more highly recommend this film; it was Excellent! It was about this kid from the slums of Mumbai who wins India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to win the heart of a girl. It was so Good!
So, despite the rotten weather, good times can be had in Omaha in December! OK, starting to get chilly...