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Had a daddy-daughter date today with Colette. We went down to Long Beach to drop a present off for her teacher, and then had a picnic lunch in Bixby Park. Now I’m watching Clone Wars with William. ❤️
A new french bakery opened up in the neighborhood, right by the beach. Enjoying an incredibly tasty smoked salmon sandwich on a fresh baguette. Love my little slice of SoCal 😍
Finally getting around to watching the Clone Wars animated series with my son. This is my first watch, and it’s pretty great, though I admit that Jar-Jar Binks sucks just as hard you would expect.
Impeachment 2: Electric Boogaloo
Welp, I now have an M1 MacBook Pro on the way. Wasn't planning on upgrading, but my current laptop continues to give me issues. Pretty sure its the logic board. Apple Silicon, here I come.
Pleased to report that the problems on my computer with external USB devices has been resolved. My LG UltraFine displays were acting as my "hub," but were super unreliable. Got an OWC Thunderbolt Dock, and all is now well!
My favorite holiday discovery is The Repair Shop, which you can find one season of on Netflix. There is just something special about skilled specialists, deep in their craft, bringing memories back to life that I find utterly delightful. Highly recommended.
In the pantheon of delicious liquids, where bourbon holds the throne, a very strong second place is held by pot likker. Sop it up with cornbread, and thank me later.
My house is full of wonderful aromas right now. Black eyed peas with salt pork, collard greens, and fresh baked cornbread. Cheers to good luck and blessings in 2021! 🥂
Just invented a tasty New Years cocktail. Bulleit bourbon on a large ice ball with a float of Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider. I call it a Kid’s Table.
I test drove the VanMoof S3 and X3 at their pop-up on Abbot Kinney in Venice yesterday. Today, I placed an order for an X3! Very excited, other than the fact that it won’t arrive until Feb/Mar.
Watched Pixar’s new film, Soul, with the family last night. It was beautiful. Highly recommended, especially if you have a soft spot for jazz!
For Christmas, I’ve been authorized to get myself an e-bike! Now, I have to figure out which one I want. Currently thinking about the VanMoof S3. Any recommendations?
I have ordered a Thunderbolt 4 dock from OWC to see if that will resolve the issue. Ideally, I'd like to move to a pro-level Mac Mini with Apple Silicon, but I want more RAM and ports than the current offering.
My 2017 MacBook Pro is having constant issues with USB peripherals randomly disconnect. Given that I haven't unplugged the laptop from its monitors in months, I am considering moving to a desktop, but timing isn't great right now.
Tonight, my daughter couldn’t fall asleep, and came into the living room to see me. She said, “one of the best parts about being a kid is when you can’t sleep, you can go snuggle your dad.” My heart is so full!
Bedtime no longer exists. Children just randomly walk the halls of my home like feral beasts, ensconced in the same pajamas that they’ve been wearing for days. Partially finished craft projects litter every square inch of my home. Save me!
Made a lovely little holiday libation to enjoy this evening. Bourbon, orange peel, simple syrup, cinnamon stick, clove, and orange bitters. Mixed and stashed in the fridge all day, then strained over an ice ball. Tastes like Christmas in a cup!
The Mandalorian season finale just BLEW MY MIND.
Roasting some vegetables and duck carcass to make a duck stock. Spatchcocked duck is seasoned and resting in the fridge. It’s Lame Duck a L’Orange night!
Yes, my pug Eliza wears Christmas pajamas and loves to kiss me. It’s because she’s a perfect little princess. 🤷🏻‍♂️
When this is all over, I’m going to hug every single one of you so much. Hugs for all!
Speaking of food, this weekend I’m preparing a Lame Duck á L’Orange to celebrate recent events.
Because I was sick last week, I didn’t prepare any turkey for Thanksgiving. Well, tonight I made up for it by making an amazing sous vide turkey breast with roasted crispy skin and pressure cooker gravy. It. Was. Epic. 🦃
Anyway, no matter how chaotic the world gets, cooking has a way of helping me appreciate life. Cooking for others, in particular.
I used a pressure cooker to help everything break down and thicken into a very flavorful sauce. The beef was fall apart tender. I didn’t have any pappardelle on hand, so settled for spaghetti.
I made an extremely delicious pasta for dinner this evening. The sauce was made with mirepoix, garlic, Parmesan rinds, sirloin tips, diced tomato, wine, broth, a little cream, and lots of grated Parmesan.
Got a new Roomba today and the family named it Vactoria.
My biggest recommendation to help you enjoy the Big Sur look and feel? System Preferences ➡️ General ➡️ Allow wallpaper tinting in windows ⛔️🙅🏻‍♂️
My Big Sur upgrade went well. At least for me, everything is actually working *better* after the upgrade, especially Mail.app. I know there have been mixed reviews on the new look, but I like it overall.
I am officially living the BIG BOI phone life now. Happy with my new iPhone so far!
Pretty sure that @realDonaldTrump is gonna deliver his concession speech at the Ritz... Cracker Factory. #zing
How's everyone holding up? Yesterday was brutal. Take care of yourselves, please. If you need someone to talk to, feel free to ping me. I'm so, so tired, but never too tired to support a fellow human.
Hot Fuzz is a near-perfect film, from start to finish.
That the trigger phrase for Google Home is not “great googley moogley” is a missed opportunity.
Also ordered a new liquor cabinet, designed built-ins for the laundry room, setup a HomePod stereo pair for the media center, completely re-cabled the media center, and more.
Been extremely productive around the house over the last week or so. All new beds for the kids, new outdoor lights, planters for the back yard, more smart lighting, etc.
Watched Enola Holmes on Netflix last night with Lacey. Recommended. It was a little slow at times, but Millie Bobby Brown is an absolute delight. Hopefully they make a sequel or a series!
I can’t believe it, but I may actually be ordering the “large” iPhone for the first time ever. I’m a sucker for the best camera. I think all of my time with photographers has broken my brain!
Of all the objects in my possession, perhaps the most ridiculously Jonathan one is a preposterously overpriced doohickey for making perfectly clear cocktail ice. I do cherish it. I do.