Flicks and bunting

Friday, February 22, 2019

With the Oscars around the corner and the wind whipping up a cold spell outside, I curled up on the couch and watched two movies over the weekend. (Decadent!)

A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga got off to a really strong start. Solid all around, but the ending didn’t coalesce (for me). I have a feeling it is like an album that gets better with a repeat viewing though.

Green Book A gentle movie about race relations that your relative might see, and maybe, just maybe, it will shift their needle a bit more into the kindness and understanding side of the dial.

As for Edie up there? She’s probably wanting me to get off the couch and get her a treat, so she’s bunting.

Tasty Conversations: Tartine + Sazerac

Thursday, February 21, 2019

making a Sazerac

Constructing a Sazerac

The Hive is a place that blends contemplation with creative acts through classes, workshops and events. It’s just around the corner from where I live and I’ve been contemplating taking a class for as long as they’ve been there.

Soon, I always say. But I’m catching up to soon! Looking at their schedule, the hard part is to pick which things to try.

I popped in for their happy hour that celebrated the cocktail from New Orleans and an incredibly delicious tartine by Jeffrey.

It started as a small group so we began a thread to share a recent gift we had personally received that was meaningful.

There was talk of hospitality, gratitude of connection and thriving creativity to name a few, but then more folks poured in through the door and it was time to break back into smaller conversations.

I didn’t officially share a gift with the group, but I did thank the person who gave me one.

I met Jeffrey Miller (who made the tartine) at People’s Liberty while he was doing a project to educate folks about food waste. He’s extremely passionate about the topic and holds events to celebrate imperfect food—you know, a bruised apple or the too soft avocado… I shared that he changed my thinking about the matter and now he’s beside me every time I go through the produce aisle favoring the flawed vegetables and fruits.

That’s a gift in my book. As was tonight’s cocktail, tartine and the conversations.

half a tartine

Quick visit to the CAC

Lindsey Whittle CAC entrance

Entry to the Contemporary Arts Center by Lindsay Whittle

Cal Cullen at the CAC

Co-working with Cal from Wave Pool.

Mary Flinker

Always great to run into Mary. (She was a great participant in Photocorps)

Lindsey Whittle

Another piece by Lindsay Whittle

YES PLZ

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

YES PLZ Coffee

YES PLZ coffee and newspaper

There are many kinds of gifts in the world, some happen through experience or acknowledgement, some occupy a physical space in your life, and some are simply enjoyed and consumed.

I’m sure I could think of a few more.

(In fact, I would consider the notion of gifts the following day while having tartine and a Sazerac at The Hive, but I’m getting ahead of myself.)

Today was rainy. We’ve had a lot of precipitation in these parts of late—lots of overcast skies to encourage productivity inside and maybe a bit of hibernation.

Perfect days to take extra time and enjoy a good cup of coffee. Thanks to a good friend, I’ve been enjoying blends from YES PLZ. They ship out 250 grams of roasted coffee coupled with a newspaper dedicated to a particular topic. It’s all packaged up so very well, and the coffee has been delightfully flavorful but not overbearing.

(Insert five emoji stars and a hat tip to Mr. Pratt)

Rain through window

Rain droplets through screen with shallow depth of field #46,729,021

Facebreak

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Without too much fanfare (outside of this post) I deactivated my Facebook and Messenger accounts. At some point I’ll swoop in and reactivate, maybe? There is content I want to stay alive in that context. But I’ll create a post to reach me though this website and not Messenger, and then log back out.

But for now? I needed a break from that inelegant platform for staying in touch.

Sadly, Instagram is fast becoming as rackety.

I believe there is good in sharing thoughts, feelings and snapshots of our days with folks online.

I believe in chronological timelines.

(I also want to see the daily specials from the local restaurant / joints I follow, but that’s another can of beans.)

I believe it’s best to avoid the comments section, and frankly? Facebook just seems like the comments section anymore.

I’ll sit tight. Someone is going to make a good platform for social connection, someday.

These moments

Monday, February 18, 2019

A trip to Costco

Trips to Costco are rarely necessary. Even if you’re out of toilet paper you can get by with non-bulk provisions in a much tighter shopping radius.

But I had an afternoon with no meetings, and some light needs, so I made the trek.

It was all going fine until the aisle of soda that faces the book department and I began to miss my mom terribly.

I usually have her perspective on tap, hearing her best self smile and answer questions or marvel at the sights.

But at that moment? Her absence was distinct and tears began to form.

Perhaps there is no bilocation in the spiritual realm, and she simply was needed somewhere else in that very moment.

I’d like to think she was tending to something delightful or important, knowing that I’d be okay. And I will be, but I feel compelled to acknowledge these moments.

Wrigley’s Market

Sunday, February 17, 2019

I went downtown to bend elbows with a group of folks spanning all sorts of different vocations and passed this street along the way. No relation to taking photos of gum packaging.

Turned out to be an excellent evening with varied perspectives. It’s good to get out of the house!

Bumblebee

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bumblebee. This is the first Transformers movie that I have actually liked—the others were too bombastic and simply too fast. I like to relish in the visual process of transforming; seeing the travel of a fender from vehicle to robot. Aside from pacing? There was an adorable story here. I know, right?

Killed some time before the movie having a coffee and watching the skyline on a sunny day. The river’s high.

Pulled the car over to see this Heritage Bank eagle up close. That’s craftsmanship.

This carwash reminds me of the one Hot Wheels used to make. (Pardon the over processing, the photo actually was horrible.)