Hurricane Sandy happened. All of the stores were closed for 2 days (the downtown stores were closed longer because they didn't have power until the end of the week) and I was really happy because the impromptu time off coincided with my annual fall-to-winter-transition sickness. I definitely needed the extra time to rest and felt much better when I went back to work. Aaron, Dan, and I spent some quality time hanging out and I got to crush them at Scrabble which was loads of fun.
Also, Dan and I went to Montreal shortly after the hurricane which was a nice little get away. Dan gave me the trip for my birthday which was super sweet. It's only 6 hours away so we opted to drive instead of fly. I was paranoid before we left because of the major gas shortage but it all worked out well. We stayed in this super swanky hotel in the middle of downtown so we were able to walk everywhere which was very convenient. We saw Old Montreal, the Quebec Club Monaco (my request of course), the Notre Dame Basilica, went to a Scandinavian relaxation bath house, and did a ton of walking around. I'd love to go back because there were a lot of things that we didn't have time to do.
In other news, I'm doing a ton of playing right now (probably too much as usual) and am feeling very run down. I say this to myself all the time, but I'm going to try to slow down once I get through all the concerts I'm doing right now. Last year this lead to me getting shingles which was no fun at all. Maybe pacing myself will be my new year's resolution. I am actually really excited that I was asked to play a viola solo in a concert in May so I've been thinking about cutting back after December is over and just focusing on that for the spring time. We shall see.