Daily Archives: December 27, 2010

#Reverb10: Ordinary joy with a particular furball

Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)

With this project, I’ve already talked about many moments of profound joy in my life this year. I experienced joy while traveling and while being still and I felt joy during seemingly ordinary moments with friends and family.

Other joyful ordinary moments this year involved Breña, a little black cat with a stub tail.

Each time my cat rolls on the floor or pounces at nothing, I feel joy.  Each time it looks like she smiles wide while I brush her or while she basks in the sun, I also smile wide. Each time she tries oh so hard to sound like a cat and instead emits squeaks, coos and chirps as if she was a bird, I laugh out loud.

This little ball of fur means the world to me.  I love that she is still awake with me at 3am when I work long into the night.  I love that she resembles a bunny rabbit when she gallops and hops around the apartment. I love that she makes those cute little chirping sounds. And that stub tail wagging like a dog’s or poofing up like a bunny’s cottontail when she’s startled? Priceless.

Cheesy enough for you?

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This post is part of #Reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s to come in 2011. I’m participating with over 4000 amazing people. I will be blogging, tweeting, tumblring and posting photos each day as a response to each prompt. You can read my responses to prompts 20, 21 part 1 and 2, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

#Reverb10: Soul food

Prompt: Soul food.What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

I savored vegetables from my garden and produce, eggs and cheese from farmer’s markets or co-ops throughout the year.

I continued my beer and wine education in 2010. New favorites include Orin Swift wine and a number of bourbon barrel stouts. I savored local seafood and handmade creations at various restaurants across the country (and some overseas). From fresh caught mussels and the most perfect fish n chips in Scotland to sweet potato fries in Virginia to Cowgirl Creamery samplings in San Francisco to simple frozen yogurt on a hot day in LA – my taste buds were very happy to keep it local in 2010. I also loved that food remained a central part of many social gatherings. If we gathered in a restaurant or bar, if we ate by the fire in the living room or if we made a picnic to savor on the beach or on the lawn at an outdoor show: my friends and I ate very well.

I wrote a guest post for Nomadic Foodie about some of my favorite restaurants in Hampton Roads.

I also cooked more than I had the year before.  I love to cook and it was fun to try new things and stay creative in my kitchen this year.  During the week I tended to stick to a routine or I made something that would last multiple days (or that I could freeze). Marinara sauces, chili and soups go a long way.  On the weekends I splurged and made things like homemade pizza, ahi tuna steaks with quinoa or scallops with roasted veggies.

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This post is part of #Reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s to come in 2011. I’m participating with over 4000 amazing people. I will be blogging, tweeting, tumblring and posting photos each day as a response to each prompt.