But meanwhile time flies; it flies never to be regained. ~Virgil
Everyone finds themselves saying this at least a few times in their life, ‘Where did the time go?’ These fast few weeks, actually past month has been a whirlwind. Just to recap, mostly for my own sanity, there was hunting in New York, then I was on set for a couple of days for a new television series shot in Pittsburgh, then Thanksgiving came and went, then hunting season for two weeks locally, then my parents Wedding Anniversary, then the Discovering Portage Scavenger Hunt, and Christmas tree shopping with the family. Those are just the highlights. I’m sure I’ll elaborate on each of these as I find the time in my schedule, but I wanted to get my thoughts organized to what seriously has been going on.
This past weekend alone was busy, busy, busy. I guess this time of year most people find that the case. Administering to the Discovering Portage Scavenger Hunt, in Portage, Pennsylvania took up a better part of my Saturday. Of course the days leading up in preparation for an event, is also equally time consuming. The Portage Winterfest commissioned Thrill of the Hunt to develop and administer to the Discovering Portage Scavenger Hunt for their Winterfest. Great idea!
The weatherman was forecasting a huge blizzard, which really wasn’t the case, but the snow did randomly fall. Seriously, it was so pretty! Portage is about sixty some miles from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, about an hour and half to get there, opposite direction of Pittsburgh. Not a huge commute, but a little bit of a challenge with snowy roads. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no issues driving in the snow, at all. But as common sense dictates, I am not invincible on the white covered roads and I needed to adjust my speed to reflect the weather, so it became a little more of a road trip.
As we were driving along, I couldn’t help but reflect on my sister’s Penn State University years. Picking her up, bringing her back and visiting Nicole at Penn State forced us to drive past Portage with every trip. So this little coal mining town was not foreign to me, but a familiar sign along the roadway.
It was great having MaRissa accompany me on this job. However, it was bittersweet not having my little helper right beside me. Where was Kyle? He had to work the soup kitchen in Latrobe for the Sacred Heart / Saint Cecilia Youth Group, and it was the last day of hunting in Pennsylvania. Making the most of the opportunity when Kyle can’t assist me, I like to bring on new blood. It helps me to train others and prepares me for future expansion of Thrill of the Hunt. I’m not saying anyone that has worked for me will make Thrill of the Hunt their career choice, or maybe they will, but it does give them working experience and extra moola. Plus it gives me an extra body and assistance. Win, win for everyone.
When I finally rolled into town, Kyle was putting the finishing touches on with respect to the Christmas decorations at my parent’s house. He did a great job, even lighting the candles so I had the full ambiance when I walked in the door! It’s nice walking into a home that is decorated in the spirit of Christmas, with the fireplace on, snow covering the ground outside and still falling and my little man truly enjoying himself. Perfect home feeling!
Shortly after settling in, we went to Saturday mass at Holy Family. Why going out of our norm? We chose that church because they offer an early Saturday mass. The evening was promised to Kyle and a night in the movie theater.
That was the moment Kyle was waiting for, literally for months, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I must say I was in complete agreement with Kyle. I too have been waiting to see this movie with much anticipation. We both loved The Hobbit the book and the first movie and couldn’t wait for part deux.
Usually I take Kyle to the Carmike Cinema behind Westmoreland Mall off of Route 30, however I wasn’t too keen on driving up the highway with the roads in question. They were a mix of snow, rain and slush, teetering on brink of freezing into sheets of ice. So we went locally to the Latrobe 30 Theatre & Cafe. To us, we didn’t care either way, we both wanted to continue the adventure of The Hobbit. I just wanted to do it safely with my precious cargo.
Was it worth it? Heck yes! I’m sure I’ll talk about it later, but Kyle and I had a great time watching that movie. Now we can’t wait for the third and final Hobbit series, scheduled for release in December of 2014. A year from now!
On Sunday, my family went to get a Christmas tree. Yes, we’ve never had a fake Christmas tree and will never own one. There is nothing like the smell of fresh pine in the house. It’s presence alone brings nature indoors and really feels good on the soul. Plus it’s a nice continued tradition of picking out the focal point of the living-room for the Christmas season.
Later on that day, Kyle had Christmas play practice for his youth group. Apparently, Kyle is running the lights. While he was doing that I was getting a jump on my next scavenger hunt, Heart & Soul Scavenger Hunt. This one if for a work Christmas party in Annapolis Maryland. Yes, it’s outdoors! And yes, it’s for a company that manages and administers to kidney care. No, I didn’t call it Heart & Soul on purpose. The title was to reflect the caring nature of these workers and the great job they do and the joy they bring to others who are sick. I can’t wait to administer to this scavenger hunt on Tuesday!
Lots happening, lots going on, lots to look forward too.