reverb10: an "as is" moment

December 27 – Ordinary Joy Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)

Some of my favorite moments from this year involve riding in the car, which, like I've said before, is a bit odd because I spend a lot of time in the car commuting. M hates driving (or so she says) and early in our relationship I used to take her to work and pick her up because I thought it was a nice thing to do; I was trying to get brownie points and it meant I got to spend some time with her in her hectic schedule. The latter is still true of our lives now.

One day this late summer, we were going to Bloomington and the day was beautiful and almost cool; we were listening to the radio, singing along as usual. When I stopped for gas M suggested we drive along the backroads. It was a perfect drive. I felt incredibly happy and loved and free to enjoy the moment as it was.

Weekend in Indy

While M has been in Chicago, I went to visit my close friends Maria and Omer in Indianapolis. They're moving soon and so I wanted to take the opportunity to spend time with them before they move abroad. I got kind of a slow start on Friday but traffic wasn't bad and I got there around 4. We picked up Omer from work and later grabbed dinner at Ted's Montana Grill. The squash casserole was amazing and the chicken I ordered wasn't bad but Maria ordered this amazing fish; I'd say she won the best order award. We'd planned on going to White River Gardens' Butterfly Garden and the Indy Zoo but it rained so we went to see Transformers in Imax instead, which was really cool. So Sunday, it was beautiful and we hit the Zoo and Gardens then. The Zoo was pretty cool; I loved the lemurs and the bears the best.

The butterfly garden was amazing, beyond amazing. I'd been to one before at the Exploreum in Mobile but the one at White River exceeded my expectations. The gardens were also really beautiful. But you can see for yourself below: