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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

this is the end....

You won't see ME up till midnight, nosireebob...
2014 has been a good year here, hope it has been good for you too.  I am excited to fill out my running calendar's last box today.  It folds out of my filofax.  I run 3-5 miles  every morning, except when I don't, like yesterday it was so snowy and slick and I used the home gym only.  At the start of year I had a pedometer and wrote miles run and the day's paces, but the pedometer broke, so I started just writing in the miles run plus number of times I walked dogs.  I seem to have averaged 6+ runs out of 7 a week and about 4.5 dog walks a day.  I know, how do I find time for anything else? And WHO CARES?  Well, to tell the truth, I know some people who move only with great difficulty.  Running makes me feel alive, walking is how I meditate and think and I don't wanna stop until my ashes are in the urn.

SPEAKING of which, I had a request yesterday for a custom funeral urn. About 12 inches wide and 18 inches tall (A HUGE POT, like twice the size of a big cookie jar).  I remember reading before I went into pottery full-time "never take custom orders" and I politely told the person I was sorry they needed the urn, but they should find another potter.
The wife tells me "that thing would be so big, are they gonna put a whole FAMILY in there?" and I am like "I could crawl in there myself!".

On a more serious note, I made my first Thai papaya salad (click here) and OMFG it was good--I wanna try its sauce with a mango, or any other salad.  YES, yes I am eating a lot of tropical foods lately, the weather is cold......
happy new year and have fun!



Michèle Hastings said...

Happy New Year to the Rith family from the Hastings & Brown family!

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are quite the active person Gary!
Wishing you, the Missus and the critters a safe and happy new year!

Anonymous said...

That's a huge urn. Great idea, I may file it away for future use. But a smaller one. My remains won't take up that much space;) Unless they had medical parts they also wanted to store? Just a theory...
Your rock monsters...well, they ROCK.

Hilary said...

Happy New Year to you, Maude and the critters.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Most days it does hurt to move (but I do it anyway) so I applaud your activity, Gary!
Share the recipe for your papaya salad?
Happy new Year!

Jennifer Denise Ouellette said...

Happy New Year to you and the Missus!

JB said...

I made a couple of urns as a response to a car accident that claimed the lives of 6 teenage pedestrians. Perhaps I was just working through the shock of the incident...many of the kids had been students at the school where I taught. I included the urns in an exhibition the following year and one was sold to a Potter for her personal use! On that reflective note, All the best for 2015. Happy new year.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Okay, I'm behind in blog happy new year. I just wanted to say that I LOVE the idea of keeping track of your running/walking/dog walking. There is something so satisfying about looking back at all that activity. I would love that. I've been off walking because of the damn foot for almost 6 months and it's making me more crazy than my usual level of crazy. Hoping to get the all clear tomorrow. Meanwhile, just today I started keeping track of yoga. So, aren't we the smart ones? Onward to 2015!

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