The birthday continued

Friday, December 21, 2018

Celebration rolled into the next day with this yule log. I’m sure I’ve had one before, but after watching the Great British Baking Show, I feel like I understand all bakery items better, with a whole vernacular to describe the taste and feel.

Cake is like user interface design. It’s not just about the taste it leaves in your mouth, it’s the journey of discovery, hopefully delight, visuals, emotion and ultimate delivery.

I’m happy I got to share this moment with my sister and brother. Bonus points to Robin for making a backdrop for the photo.

They get me.

47

Thursday, December 20, 2018

My 47th birthday was kicked in with the a very slow lunch at Benihana with my ol’ partner and friend Heather.

It was hard to break free even after two and a half hours.

There was so much to talk about.

This time of year is always jam packed, but there is an extra strong desire to connect more meaningfully.

Shared birthday celebration with Richard and our overlapping set of family and friends that evening.

I’m wrapping my head around many passionate thoughts which are forming through conversations.

There is an urgency to channel these thoughts and feelings into something greater.

There are many moving parts.

Beneath everything is resolve.

I am surrounded by so much love and care.

My spirit is buoyed as I move forward.

Edith by donut wrapping paper

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tom & I had a collective birthday lunch with fellow studiomates DJ & Kathryn.

There were tacos, a few wonderful things to unwrap, and an evening going to see Bohemian Rhapsody with friends. I thought the movie was fantastic, even if there was a healthy dollop of artistic license.

If you’re going to get artistic, definitely do that when telling a story.

Imagination enhances reality.

Brussels sprouts

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

My friend Erik clued me in on a simple way to fix Brussels sprouts. I should mention, every time I type out Brussels sprouts I have to check to see if it was spelled correctly.

Start pan on medium heat with garlic olive oil ( I used this ), butter and pepper.

Slice Brussels sprouts down the middle from the top and place them all flat side down in the pan.

Put a lid on for 5-7 min to steam them.

Take off the lid and take em off when they are brown the way you like.

I actually let them cook on a lower heat for 30 minutes or so, then turned up the heat to brown.

Super good.

Holiday Windows

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sims Furniture Holiday Windows

I tip my hat to Sims Furniture in Covington Kentucky for going all out on their Christmas window displays

Sims Furniture Holiday Windows

Sims Furniture Holiday Windows

Grocery meditation

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The grocery is great for active meditation.

This, from a man that has never taken a class on the subject but regards the practice with keen interest.

Instead of simply being aware of thoughts, grocery aisles are filled with opportunities for observations.

Someone blocking the aisle?
It is a moment for reflection.
Visualizing meals to make.
Considering friends for breaking bread.

I tend to drift off, head tilted, smiling until I’m snapped back to reality.

Observing thoughts and patterns.
Eschewing judgement.
Cultivating compassion.
Finding stillness in motion.
Breathing.
Focusing on a single point (the next item on the list).

And then all that zen is erased when I check out.

This day’s haul: Wrapping paper, sparking water, flowers, cream cheese, milk and Dream Whip—a whipped topping powder once owned by a tobacco company.

Checking in

Saturday, December 15, 2018

I was having difficulty contacting a dear friend of my mom’s. Turns out he’d been in the hospital since Thanksgiving and was about to undergo surgery.

I let him know about mom and asked if he wouldn’t mind a visitor. He was (I think) delighted, but not prepared for the grizzled, salt and pepper bearded son I had become.

We caught up for a good spell. This, the man who my parents let drive me and my brothers two hours to see Pink Floyd in 1987.

His thoughts on passing beyond the physical realm filled me with hope and aligned with some of my own thinking.

Delighted

Friday, December 14, 2018

I was in a drive-thru, making bad choices, when I caught this moment.

My favorite part is seeing the delight on the kids’s faces by the energetic little dog who was running back and forth to their waves.

Bonus? The two girls filming or taking photographs.