Before we get started, a moment of reflection for Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
When I was watching coverage about his passing on CNN, a few things really struck me. One, all the video they showed of him, he was smiling and dancing, which is exactly how I’m sure he would have like to be remembered. And the second thing came this morning, where a friend of Nelson Mandela’s stated that he didn’t view this loss as Mandela’s death, but as freeing his spirit from an ailing body. I just love that.
The man also never ages. I was watching video from his 90th Birthday party, where my favorite fellow Jew, Amy Winehouse, performed, which was right after she’d won a bunch of Grammy Awards. I loved the video because you’ve got Mandiba, who at the time is 90, and is watching this little squirrel of a jazz singer scurry all over the stage. At one point, you see an aid of Mr. Mandela’s sort of motion toward Amy and try to explain what she is. It’s so cute.
But really, nothing I can say here will do Nelson Mandela any justice. He was, and is a beautiful spirit.
Now, speaking of some beautiful spirits – The Jingle Ball last night in Raleigh. So, I talked about it before, but basically, the Jingle Ball is a beautiful ball, and the price for admission is a child’s toy, valued between like $20 and $30. So me, Austin, and my friend Kim from undergrad orchestrated an evening where I was still able to run, teach my class, shower at the gym, and still get to the ball with plenty of time to party and dance.
Rocky Top Catering did the food, there were free drinks, and the DJ was so bomb, that I got his card for our wedding. I saw everyone that was anyone in Raleigh, realtors, everyone from run club (cause runners are amazing nice people, duh), and a few folks from my job. The best part of the night happened when the DJ proposed to his girlfriend on stage, stating “Baby, we’re not going ring shopping this weekend.” CAUSE HE ALREADY BOUGHT THE RING OMGOMGGOMG!
The second best part of the night, other than getting to dance it away with my future husband and good friends was when I realized that with my beautiful and expensive ModCloth dress, I had completed the look by forgetting and leaving my Garmin on my wrist. So as the night was wrapping up, I made sure I took a pic in my beautiful dress (that had pockets and a stunning neckline and garnered a million compliments) and my Garmin 610. Happy Holidays!