Happy Chloe Dolandis Day! (11th Anniversary…)
Today has been so special, and continues to be. Jan. 13, 2015 marks the 10th, ahem, 11th anniversary of Chloe Dolandis Day in my hometown of Boca Raton, FL. Someone asked me if there’s a celebration going on for it and here’s my response:
Last night, most of my band and I joined a ton of other S. FL musician friends and music fans at the Snarky Puppy show at the Funky Biscuit. Everyone who played onstage mingled with the crowed after the show. It was amazing to see how accessible these guys were. And, they are SO talented! We hung out past midnight and ::officially:: kicked off Chloe Dolandis Day by going to Flashback Diner, our favorite (24-hour!) post-gig refuel spot. (I don’t know who was more excited about this–me or my drummer, Seth!)
Accompanied by Christian, I walked in to a table of our friends saying, “We just saw you on TV!” (For those of you who don’t know, Christian is my guitar player/musical director extraordinaire. He’s the guy I’m hugging in a lot of my insta/FB/Twitter pics.) WLRN has been playing pieces of our special we taped down in Miami a few months ago and the waitress at the diner happened to flip it to that channel the very moment Christian and I played/I introduced myself onscreen. Awesome timing. It was such a cool way to start the (24 hour!) party. The granola-covered french toast was delicious, especially with chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and whipped cream added to it. We got home super late and it was super worth it.
I woke up to a text message from my sales rep at Subaru letting me know I’m eligible for a new car at a ridiculously good price. Already being a huge Subaru fan, this serious customer service made me fly my “I <3 My Forrester” flag even higher. Having just been in a fender bender, I see this is a fresh start with more awesome timing–he must’ve subconsciously known it’s the 11th anniversary!
Then I did almost all of my laundry and cleaned my bathtub. If you don’t yet understand the power of doing household chores, get some gloves and start scrubbing. It’s therapy for me and spending part of my day making a white shower/bath combo whiter was oh-so gratifying.
Christian showed up at my place around 12:30. He popped his head in, wearing a loving and mischievous smile, then cracked the door open just enough for me to see a HUGE number “10” balloon. (I’d accidentally told him it was the 10th anniversary! Me=oops, him=thumbs up for listening! We can celebrate 11 & 12 next year.) He then surprised me with homemade pizza and 10 gorgeous white roses. Love it and him.
I got some great work done, had a couple of wonderful phone conversations, and was so happy that my mom sent me a copy of my proclamation. I haven’t looked at in a while and it was a reminder that Boca Raton, and South Florida in general, has been really really good to me over the years. Thank you, community. I look forward to continuing to serve you.
So, although I didn’t throw a “party” or have an “event”, this has been a special Chloe Dolandis Day anniversary. In lieu of a new year’s resolution, something I’m focusing on is enjoying every moment and being continuously grateful. Sometimes the little things can actually be big things. Appreciating it all is how I celebrate today, tomorrow, and beyond.
Chloe (Dolandis Day!)
I’m getting my new car tomorrow!