Sunday, December 19, 2010
Santa was spotted over the 405 tonight on his way to Huntington Beach, CA to deliver a couple of miss Ali Ringgold's Christmas gifts since she will be in Colorado for Christmas.
Seems it's easier for Santa to have toys in his luggage than it is for mere mortals...
We had to send him an email explaining the situation. He was very accommodating.
Despite Noah's flood happening all around us, we had a wonderful dinner with Ang's family this evening. Grandma, Grandpa, Ang's brother Steve, his wife Dina, and their kids Wilson (2 and 8 mos) and Molly (8 mos) were all in attendance. I really need to run or workout tomorrow not just because I've been lagging on the prep work for skiing on Thursday, but so I can fit into my pants! We had an AWESOME dinner and desserts... honey baked ham, mashed regular AND sweet potatoes, apple sauce, green bean casserole (resembled a Minnesota HOT DISH!) homemade bread, salad... YUM! I brought my guitar and we sang some Christmas carols as well, then tore into the gifts! The kids SCORED with all sorts of fun things. Ali got TONS of coloring supplies. That girl simply NEEDS to color, much in the same way I need to play music, so we constantly need raw materials around for her to chew through in order to satiate her creative thirst.
The real highlight of the night for me was little Molly. I missed much of Molly's life so far being up in MN. I met her as a newborn, then saw her when we returned in November, but I couldn't really 'see' her yet. It was too tough. However, after working with Cristo last weekend, this past week has been absolutely transformative. Tonight, as soon as I saw Molly, I naturally connected with her and noticed this absolutely beautiful baby girl! I noticed myself completely connecting and playing with her throughout the entire night. There was no pain, no grief, nothing between me and totally loving on her! I didn't even try... it just happened all by itself. What a nice Christmas treat. She is so precious, and I am so grateful to be her Uncle Timmy. Goooood stuff.
Yesterday, one of our blog readers emailed me about a gentleman philanthropist in South Dakota that she felt would be suitable to contact about donating to PUCK, but didn't feel suited to contact him directly. Her email got my mind going... perhaps there are people you (the person reading this) know who might be a good fit for PUCK and the research at the U. They might be alumni of the U, they might be involved in charities that involve children's diseases, who knows. Many of us are good connectors; we know how to match people with common interests or ambitions together. If you are one of these people, and you think there is someone who might resonate with Bella and PUCK's story, but you don't know how to approach them about it... if you want to or feel comfortable with it... let us know who they are, and if you know them personally, perhaps you can introduce us over email and we will begin the process of building a relationship with them. If you don't know them personally, just let us know about them and we will do the rest. I am learning all about the protocol of development from a true master, so I feel like I will have the requisite understanding in the near future since this is so important to me. Please email any prospects to email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can't remember if I shared this quote that came through me a few weeks ago when Ang and I were brainstorming on our new company:
"Wouldn't it be a shame if Mozart, Shakespeare, or Einstein never bothered to share their world with us because "plenty of others" were already doing "it," whatever it was?
Don't worry. You are not the first and you won't be the last to share themselves with the world.
BUT, you are the ONLY ONE who can share YOUR self, your unique ability, your unique experience, your unique perspective.
So share it already!"