“She’s an amazing cook, sure, but the incredible thing is how she does everything with such ease.” A lovely compliment, right? I listened to a close friend, Anna, describe how a mutual friend, Shannon, handles herself in the kitchen, and I was inspired by how Anna managed to applaud not only Shannon’s product (the meal), but also her process (cooking style).
How often do we look beyond what was created to recognize how it was made? It’s wonderful and humbling to find something worthy of recognition, but it’s even more awe-inspiring see something endowed with grace and ease.
Would placing emphasis on process make us more accepting of things that deviate from the norm? Would we, for instance, applaud something that ultimately fails, but was attempted with love and care? Think of a mother burning the family dinner or a father building a bookshelf that leans to the right.
I don’t have pictures of Shannon working her magic in the kitchen, so you’ll have to settle for these images of the Brewers beating the Twins. What I can offer you, however, are printable ‘best thing about you” cards. These cards have nothing to do with valuing process over product (and nothing at all to do with baseball), but I’m sharing all the same 🙂
I hid mine around the apartment in places that Jon frequents, but you can (obviously) use them however you wish.
Download your own cards by clicking here.
i had so much fun watching the twins beat the brewers last week that i didn’t think twice when jon mentioned we should get tickets to last night’s phillies/twins game. our friend andy was in town from madison, and the sun was shining — signs were pointing to a perfect summer night.
andy (former elephant keeper turned dentist):
summer night at the ballpark:
the evening took a turn for the worse in the first inning, when the phillies scored an easy run, and it was obvious that this wasn’t going to be much fun for the twins fans. to make things worse, aaron hicks was injured, and so we didn’t get to watch my favorite player. the find score ended up being 3-2 phillies, and it reminded me of the adage “to the victor- the spoils” (ie, all the fun at the end of the night.. it’s never quite as nice to leave the ballpack wishing you had fun as celebrating in the streets).
lucky for us, the company was excellent, and i laughed so hard i cried not once, but twice. maybe the quote should really be the ‘to the friendly, the spoils?’ okay okay okay, that’s perhaps the cheesiest thing i’ve ever said — but i’m not taking it back.
twosome being me and jon, and twins being the Minnesota Twins (of course). Jon loves baseball as much as i love yoga+biking+cooking+reading combined, and he has been wearing Brewers jerseys since he started pre-school. that said, we were pretty excited to see the brewers play the twins with the badger alumni (jon went to uw-madison) at target field.
we pre-gamed with the alumni at the official badger bar, 508. the setting was perfect for us: we got to play our favorite game (bags), tried our first juicy lucy (verdict: not as good as everyone claims — i.e., where is the cheese in this thing? minneapolis doesn’t know about cheese the way that wisconsin does), and discovered the fulton brewing company (sweet child of vine is the beer of summer 2013).
the best part of the evening, however, was definitely the game itself. the target stadium was gorgeous — the way it rises out of the downtown and then surrounds itself with sky. jon and i were both impressed — the stadium has all the old school charm of an older field like Wrigley, with all the modern conveniences of a field like Miller Park.
so.. at this point i’m definitely thinking i could become a twin fan. not that i’m a bandwagon fan (ok… maybe a bit), but since i grew up in phoenix, went to college in new orleans, moved to chicago for grad school, followed jon to wisconsin for work, and now find myself in Minneapolis, i haven’t had a ton of time to devote myself to my own true team. and then.. i saw aaron hicks play, and the deal was halfway sealed.
the decision was made, however, when they brought out TC Bear and i realized how many similarities this playful mascot shared with my dog, Kinzie. cheesy, definitely, but whatever — i told Jon that kinzie would be friends with TC bear, and then aaron hicks hit a home run. needless to say, i bought a twins jersey the next day.