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Holidays, Arts, Gifts and Almost ready for 2015

December 28, 2014

Since my last post a few things have happened but nothing crazy, more thinking and less doing in December.  I did have another taxing weekend running the Dallas Marathon Sunday morning and ending the day at the blackjack tables in Vegas but seems like that type of combo is not too bad.  I have been thinking about my goals for 2015 and need some more ideas, unfortunately one of them is going to be living on a budget which, by its very nature, limit the other outlandish activities I will plan but guess all will remain to be seen.  There will at least be a big Go Ruck(Ascent Heavy or both), some mountains, some new countries, Just Brewing progress, half or full Ironman, more time with Nick and Winnie (family), and dancing more dancing, and whatever else I can come up with in the next few days.

My sister brought me back to my childhood with a wonderful Christmas present, an adult advent calendar.  She gave me the gift during Thanksgiving which was totally overshadowed learning that she and Rob were getting engaged so it will be awesome to see the family grow despite my being sad to lose a Nezda:)  Big congratulations to Rob and Libby we so look forward to joining the Orr family as they join the Nezda’s.

The advent calendar we had growing up was always such a treat, we rotated each day of December for a small treat from chap stick to chocolate and I remember it being such a big deal when it was my day, made me want to wake up early.  The calendar from my childhood is now at my brothers house and still in use.

Oldschool Advent


Today’s adult calendar was a little different and came from a great beer store near Libby’s house in Austin.  The place is called Whichcraft and they are probably best beer store in Austin so I would highly recommend a visit anytime your in South Austin. Below is the 24 days preceding Christmas, craft beer style.

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After a wonderful family holiday I have had a slow week, work has been quite and away from work has been contemplative.  Went to Once at the broadway series with Libby today and have to say was a wonderful show.  Seeing musicals and opera always makes me wonder if I should be more artsy, at the very least could be more emotional. since theater often makes me cry and reminds me of the relationship challenges I deal with compared to star crossed lovers.  Artists seem to have such passion and that would be an amazing goal for 2015, perhaps more art will be part of next year .  I will be posting my goals by new years with any luck so cannot wait to see how 2015 goes.

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