We anticipated an arctic snow storm yesterday. Such weather predictions send widespread panic in Seattle. Schools were closed and we had the grim morning huddle of black swivel chairs in our office where we discussed whether or not to cancel our much adored company holiday party scheduled for the evening. The snow never came.
Shopping occurred as usual in the store. Two women, great friends, shopped for glassybaby. They took their time and were quite adept at lighting and reveling in the signature glassybaby shopping experience. As they left, they informed me with uniquely Seattle Cheshire grins: 'We are West Seattle teachers off from work because of a "snow anticipation" day.' Quintessial Seattle.
We had the most delightful holiday party later in the evening after all. The egress of barren, snow-less, streets made it a breeze to come and go. Phew. Hightlights?...There was a towering red Christmas tree craftily made of Poinsettia plants. Fireplaces were glowing and bubbly was flowing. I had a Cosmopolitan and felt cosmopolitan. Erin, one of our shipping arch angels, came dressed to the nines, with rhinestones in her high heels and feathers in her cocktail hat. Her beau, Dan, dazzled in a tux. Dinner was impeccable, a masterpiece of serving 70 guests at once. Lee's husband Peter gave a marvelous toast... channeling Lee. Elocution is his excellence. His words brought everyone together in celebration of craft and beauty and the team work of glassybaby. Steve Heuring our wonderful new CEO spoke to us in both words and piano keys. I love that he busted out a jazzy piano solo at Lee's urging. It was a splendid night. The ribbon on it?...one of our glassblowers, Mikey, who just slays me with his sweetness, climbed upon a chair to announce that the glassblowers were to gather in the neighboring room for a white elephant gift exchange and then he spoke for all of us in thanking Lee for a lovely, lovely evening.
The snow is finally falling...post party. I love the acoustics of snow. The silence is a gift.
Until Next Time, Nicola