Stubborn tree. Won’t drop its leaves.
Log with its winter coat on.
Yesterday, a cashier at my grocery store wasn’t aware of how to apply a pretty substantial seasonal coupon. At first, it was easy to see that the customer was a little surprised and upset since the cashier had missed applying the coupon on her daughter’s order just ahead of hers.
She could have gotten frustrated and unloaded on the cashier. Instead, she said they would go to the service desk and figure out the daughter’s order. Then, politely, she helped the cashier apply it to her order.
As she did this, she engaged the cashier in conversation and asked her how long she had worked there: 30 days. The customer didn’t ask this as a way of insulting her, but instead, as a way of understanding and emphasizing with her.
By the end of the transaction, both the cashier and the customer were clearly relaxed and in a good mood.
It was nice to be a bystander, watching this example of grace and understanding.
“First, seek to understand.” I think Covey wrote that.
Today, as a father walked out of my coffee shop with his son, the father told the son to return a goodbye to a family friend who had just seen them leave. The boy muttered goodbye while walking out.
“That’s not how you do that,” the father said. “You say it to their face.”
He then marched his son across the cafe to the woman who had already turned her back at the counter. Shyly, the boy had to get her attention and say goodbye.
“Can you believe he said goodbye and didn’t look you in the eye?” the dad asked.
I love when people pass on good habits.
I used the same soda bread recipe I made last week and added what the Internet claims is the best ratio of sugar to cinnamon (1/4 cup sugar to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).
I had to add more buttermilk due to the additional dry ingredients. The dough was a lot softer than last time because of the sugar I assume.
It turned out and smells great! We’ll see how it tastes over coffee tomorrow 🙂
It turned out really well and was a hit at work!
I had a lot of people pass my cube with compliments, partially filled mouths, and slices in their hands. It’s a keeper!
Michael’s Cinnamon-Sugar Soda Bread
Combine and mix dry ingredients. Mix in 1/2 buttermilk and combine with a spoon. Add remaining buttermilk and combine with hand. Tip out on a floured surface and knead lightly by folding it over itself (trying to get more air into it). Work quickly. Shape into a dome. Cut into quarters, all the way through.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 40 minutes at 375 Fahrenheit or until internal temperature is 200 Fahrenheit. Remove to a cooling rack. Dust the four edges with powdered sugar.
Here’s my first attempt at a soda bread.
I’m tempted to try it, but I think I’ll leave it uncut for work tomorrow. 🙂
There’s always this group of older guys at my coffee shop. While reading a newspaper today, one older guy across the coffee shop yelled over to the other group of guys and said “Good news! You’re not in the obits today!”
I can’t wait to be an old guy at a coffee shop 🙂
One of these years, I’m going to write my winter recap before summer nears. Once again, it’s almost summer, and I’m just getting around to putting the 2016/2017 winter to bed with a recap.
Despite the lack of snow this year, it was an incredible season for me. Each year, I start with a set of goals, like improving my switch carving or getting better at moguls. And each season, it seems like I check a few off the list and unexpectedly develop some other skills that I hadn’t even thought possible.
So what happened this season?
Disclaimer: I am no where near to this level, but I can press my tip and tail now to flip to my other edge.
Although my western trips were busts for snow, I had a great trip with my friend Jennifer and her pals, Dominic and Melanie. The highlight of the trip was actually hanging around Jennifer’s parent’s house and sitting out a bad weather day. We sat around the kitchen table, chatted, and played games. It was a fun time.
And we had one great final day riding together. I had to run to catch a plane, but we decided to wake up early and hit the hill together. It was so much fun to ride down with everyone and watch them make their turns. I love seeing other people ride and carve.
I’m still in awe and humbled by each season I get on the slopes. Each year, brings new progress and often in surprising ways. I never get bored. I never know what to expect. I just know that I’m going to get better and push myself further. And, as always, I get to spend hour upon hours, being outside in the comfy cold, sometimes at night, watching the snow fall on a slow chairlift, before popping off and carving down what always feels like a new, unexplored path.
Next Season Goals
I don’t take many photos while I’m snowboarding, but here’s some shots from the season:
See you next year! :) I can’t wait.
Tonight was my first time racing gates. My top time for my two runs was 29.45s. I’m about 5 seconds behind the leader who is on an alpine snowboard (boo! Cheater!) 🙂
Goal: Tie the alpinist and try to get below 24s.
The snow was forgiving tonight so I pushed on my switch (backwards) riding and touched the snow with my left hand while carving for the first time ever. I love the feeling of being ambidextrous on my board. Nights like tonight allow me to progress further.
Next week, it is on! 🏂