This week has been a bit of a blur and I haven't felt up to blogging. Sunday, Michael had back-to-back rehearsals so while he was at his first one, I helped my brother out at his place as he moves into the rest of his four-plex en route to converting it into a single-family-home. I drove Michael out to his second rehearsal (way out west at Humber College) and then returned home. We went out to Seoul House for dinner after picking him up, where I forgot my cellphone and had to drive back to get it.
Monday night was his first ever gig with the Jazz.fm Youth Big Band. I took him out to the subway around 3 and then Z and I headed down to the Old MIll on the subway around 5:30. The band was backing Bucky Pizzarelli and I was bowled over by how great they sounded. I have a lot of wonderful memories from my youth playing in a big band, and I just knew how great the kids were all feeling. The house was packed, sold out, and it was a great, if late night. On the way home on the subway, we realised that there had been a mixup with Michael's trombone lesson and he had been expected that evening. He had also just broken up with his girlfriend. I had too much wine along with my terrific dinner which resulted in a migraine the next day.
Tuesday was a relatively normal day (apart from the headache), although Z didn't make it home for dinner due to work. Michael and I had a "snack supper" which usually means grilled sandwiches or cheese and crackers or popcorn or cereal. I wasn't up to preparing anything else and Michael is good-natured about all this.
On Wednesday, I had a Catholic Women's League meeting for which I was asked to prepare a reflection just an hour before-hand. I probably should have realised that I was on the hook for that, but didn't, so I pulled something Advent-y together while making dinner. We had a very good speaker from Aid to Women at the meeting, although the turnout was quite small.
Last night I had tickets to an advance screening of The Next Three Days courtesy of The National Post and there was a surprise Q&A with director and screenwriter Paul Haggis afterwards. We both very much enjoyed the movie but didn't get home until well after 10, which is late (for me).
Today, Z had a big presentation at 11 am and pretty much everything went wrong. We were supposed to meet with our financial planner at 8:30 this morning, but after receiving input from his people for the presentation in the middle of the night, Z realised that he had to cancel. He was on the phone until 10:30 and asked me to drive him downtown for his meeting. At 10:45, stuck in the hell that is Avenue Road these days, we turned around and he took the call from home, and then raced off downtown after the call to something else that couldn't be done remotely. On top of all this, he had a call early this morning to learn that his aunt had passed away. She was his mother's sister and was in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease. It was in some ways shocking when his mother passed this summer before his aunt.
Oh, and it's his birthday today.
On the bright side, Alex turned 19 today (he shares his birthday with his father), which is "legal" in Ontario. I queried as to whether he hit a bar after midnight and received an affirmative reply. He sounds good and has been calling regularly, which makes me very happy.