M&Ms chocolate bars

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Confection package design

Good light streamed into the apartment so I figured I’d capture these M&M chocolate bars before I tore into each one. I have a history of photographing candy bars. Examples: Snickers varietals, Wrigley’s gum 2007 redesign, 2004 redesign, Reese’s Inside Out, Kit Kats, Snickers Crisper, Wrigley’s Cool Green Apple and Snickers Fudge.

As for the new M&M’s chocolate bars? I’ve only had the peanut so far, but the chocolate itself is Dove-like (A bit richer and more creamy than most American chocolate). The bits of peanut and M&M balanced well. I wish the form perforations were more consistent for tearing off equal pieces, but overall? It tastes premium. All that said? I’m not a fan of cartoon characters on packaging.

And thus concludes this year’s review of candy and packaging.

Rounding the corner

Friday, February 15, 2019

A few beautiful homes in East Walnut Hills

I had previously set up an appointment with my family doctor in the throes of the cold knowing full well I’d likely be on the mend by the time I got there. Which was the case—but I kept the slot because I really like talking to my doctor. (And, I always have lots of questions.)

We parted ways with some fact finding tasks, a promise of a longer appointment and I was encouraged to drink lots more water. Because if you have dry skin in the winter? The best way to moisturize is from the inside.

Getting out of the house warranted some great reward and Fridays are Japanese curry days at Chako. (previously) I ran into Theo from the co-working space and had a nice chat over the delicious curry.

Love is in the air

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love is in the air, take a deep breath

We’ve been collecting all the notes and quotes mom had left around the house. Some go on display and some go into dedicated boxes, but the idea is to find ways to preserve and share each one.

When I find a slice of time and want to have some mom time, I scan some of these pieces of paper in to the computer and explore ways to reinterpret. In this case, I scaled her quote about love down to fit under a glass heart paperweight.

Seemed an appropriate way to spend a moment this Valentine’s day.

The Music of France & Japan

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Joseph’s faculty recital, from a distance

In the event you can’t be somewhere in person, it is amazing that we can still be a part of the audience these days. The resolution of video and quality of sound isn’t stellar, but fidelity will most certainly get better and better. This makes it a wonderful time to be alive.

And so there I sat in the virtual front row for a streamed performance of Joseph’s recital at Northwest Missouri State University. The set included music from France and Japan and to my untrained ears it all sounded wonderful.

If someone was in the hallway I’m sure the sound of applause from one person could have been a bit perplexing.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Edith on rug

Friends in California posted a photo of their living room and I immediately was curious about their rug. Turns out it was from Ruggable, and you could fold it up and put it in a washer to clean.

Considering how often Edie gravitates to any covered surface when she needs to release a hairball, I was intrigued. Seriously, there could be an empty room with a napkin sized rug and that is the exact place she’d expel.

It still needs to settle, and it’s a bit of color for me, but I’m going to give it a try.

Related unsponsored link: Linear Striped Multicolor from Ruggable

Office cat

Monday, February 11, 2019

Cat on chair, attorney’s office

Fever broke this day and I saw this cat.

Pictures of food

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Eggs and bacon things

Freezing outside, fever inside.

But the fridge was stocked so I spent the morning making egg and bacon things and then potato soup from scratch. A first for both. The latter turned out a bit too thick but super good.

Boatload of love

Saturday, February 9, 2019

File under: Good mail

Healthwise: In the arc of my cold, this day would prove to be that part when the rollercoaster is still clicking up that first big hill—it hasn’t reached peak yet, but you know it is there.

Otherwise: there were things to be sorted and addressed on all fronts: work, family, legal and emotional. I lost my cool a bit on this day, but in hindsight, it needed to happen.

My takeaway: Visualizing, and articulating the future you want is important when things feel overwhelming.

The bright side: Getting some good mail. Friends sent this Valentine card and it brought a smile out.