Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How about a Meme?

To start, how about a meme from Michael at Spo-Reflections

2010 Accomplishment
Despite my wife's discovery of my bi/gay sexuality in December 2009 and the ensuing drama that followed, we both continued to do a fantastic job as parents and managed to maintain an exceptionally stable, loving environment for our three children.  We are still trying to find our way; unsure what our future will look like.

2010 Discovery
Medina at Tetouan, Morocco
Like millions before me, I "discovered" Julia Child, first by the movie Julie and Julia, then her cookbooks, autobiography and then the reissued DVDs of her 1960s cooking show.  She was just fantastic!  I now understand why everyone loved her so.  Now, I'm cooking my way through her TV series "The French Chef."

Favorite 2010 Vacation/Holiday
Traveled in Spain from Madrid, Sevilla, Granada then crossed the Mediterranian to Morocco where we spent a day in a fantastic, ancient Medina of Tétouan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best dining in 2010

2010 Regret
I honestly can't think of any regrets.  I generally am a sunny, positive, calm person who has a very clear view of what really matters in life, given the cards you have been dealt.  I rarely allow myself to have "regrets" involving looking back at ancient history;  worrying about things you cannot change.  Second thoughts:  I regret the pain and distress that the discovery of my sexuality has caused my wife.    

Magic Moment in 2010.
 Every part of the Spain / Morocco trip was a magic moment, especially the food!!.... paella, sangria and infinite variety of tapas....on and on.

What states did you visit in 2010?
Minnesota, Nova Scotia, Spain and Morocco 

The 2010 Surprises

-the discovery that I am really great in a crisis.  I assisted in two serious medical emergencies until medical assistance arrived, one at my workplace and one involving anaphylaxis on the plane returning from Spain, in mid-Atlantic.  

Three 2011 Goals
-continue to provide a stable, nurturing environment for my children
In Tetouan, Morocco, deep in the heart of the medina, we had a fantastic supper in the most incredible eatery....  the room had whitewashed stone walls inlaid with colourful tiles and hung with tapestries and brass lamps.  Musicians played unfamiliar Arabic instruments and an Arabic dancer  twirled a brass tray with candles balanced on his head.  No women were working there.  The dancer was a wrinkled 70ish little man in red silk harem pants!   Here's what I can remember about the meal.
Moroccan waiter and dancer.
• A soup containing Moroccan spices, lentils (?) and vegetables.
• Couscous (Moroccan-spiced semolina cooked with vegetables and some type of meat)
• Tajine (a rich, spicy stew, with chicken, onions, tomato, almonds, herbs, dried fruit).
• Mint tea: strong green tea mixed with dried mint and a lot of sugar.  Everyone's favourite!
• Dessert was some very sweet honey and almond pastries of some sort.
-with my wife, try to clarify our status and our future.  Right now, we're in a bit of a DADT mode


  1. I was lucky enough to be able to watch Julia Child on TV when the programs were originally aired, although I didn't watch all the time. She was delightful, as you have discovered. Some acquaintances thought she looked like my mother.

    Best wishes to you in your marriage and self-discovery.

  2. I am glad I discovered your blog. Yours is the type of blog that I find interesting. Your write about your on self discovery and growth into your own person with honesty and clarity.
    By the way, I also "discovered" Julia Child when her programs were originally aired on my local PBS station in the 60's. I rarely missed a show. She got me started cooking. I remember the first time she dropped a chicken on the floor. I was shocked then I recovered and thought "This is what I like, honesty." I've been a fan ever since.

  3. Wow! My first comments...very exciting!! I'll continue posting my story tonight. Thanks, guys!

  4. Mmmm, I love paella, but get it so rarely. I don't really have the proper pan for it, but I do have a chicken fryer that I think I can use. Maybe I'll get some made by the end of the month.

    I hope you write about those two medical emergencies someday.

  5. Thank you for using the meme; I am honored so!


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