Quarterly Update - 2019 Q4

2019 is over!  I hope this year was kind to you and that 2020 will be your best year yet.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help make it so.

This year, I think we should all make these simple phrases more common in our vocabulary:
  • I love you.
  • I am sorry.
  • Thank you.
  • Please forgive me.
Need an accountability partner for your New Year goals?  I would love to partner with you this year.  Full transparency, here are a few things I am working on:
  • Running a marathon
    • i.e. Trim the stomach fat which is creeping in
  • Become a morning person
    • i.e. Learn to love the routine and rise with gratitude
  • A few career & money related items 
95% of people who set New Year's Resolutions never follow through!  Let's keep each other accountable and get momentum together.  What is one of your 2020 goals that you are be comfortable sharing?
"Trade your expectations for appreciation. The moment you do, your whole world transforms."

Congratulations to Alejandro and Sam on their engagement!  We had dinner with them in celebration.

Spent a few days in the Northwoods of Michigan hunting for woodcock and grouse with Dad and a few friends.

Dad's cousin complained about the home cooked meal the first night.  The following day, we collected some deer droppings in the woods and made him a locally sourced and organic hors d'oeuvre--Applé de Turd 😂

Joking aside. Ivy (Dad's english setter), did a great job hunting this year and even made it into the Ruffed Grouse Society's calendar + was in their quarterly magazine.

At a conference this fall, the final night finished up with dinner in Petco Park and a concert by OneRepublic. 

Fishing trip in Apalachicola, Florida with a group of guys and I learned how to shuck oysters!  Jeff was my fishing partner for the day and we had a fantastic day on the water.

A large red fish that Jeff caught.

The gulf coast was beautiful and relaxing.  It was also very eye opening to see the damage done from the hurricanes down there.  I spent more than a few moments thinking about all small things we take for granted each day.

Ran my first half marathon in Philadelphia and was really happy with my time.

Melissa and I got to spend time with a few of my cousins while in town. I spent more time with family this year than I have in the past few years and it is hard to describe how impactful that shared time has been.

Then, deer season kicked off and we shot two does this year which is plenty of meat for our family to share.  We skinned one of the deer and I am getting the hide tanned to make into gloves for next year!

Melissa and I also harvested the tongue and tried it for the first time!  It was very tasty.  This photo is particularly repugnant (which is why I love it) because the skin on top of the tongue, which is later removed, has bubbled up from the boiling water it sat in for 4 hours.

Here is the recipe.

We celebrated Kaylyn's birthday!

And we celebrated the most beautiful time of the year!

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