This Friday’s Five is a break from the normal legal update – I’m asking you a few questions.  I started this post last year, and wanted to continue with the questions. Hopefully the questions will help you reflect on 2023, what you are most grateful for, and what you are looking forward to in 2024.  I cannot claim credit for many of these questions, as many of them have been asked during various meetings I attended leading up to the holidays.

What is the thing you are most grateful for in 2023?

I’m grateful to work with clients who inspire me with the products and services they sell. I am amazed with the variety of products my clients invent, and how innovative these businesses are.

What is your favorite thing to do over the holidays? 

I enjoy going somewhere with snow with my family.  We spend some time skiing and have a lot of down time to hang out.  Usually we get snowed in, and it is nice to spend the time with family with no outside obligations.  However, this year there is not much snow, but it is nice being in an area without distractions so that I can spend time with my family without having everyone preoccupied with gifts and other obligations.

If you were to have a famous singer visit your house for a concert during the holidays, who would you like? 

This was a question asked during a board meeting – the responses were awesome.  For me, my favorite singer is still Walker Hayes.  I really enjoyed seeing him in concert, and think Walker would be a great musician to have over for a holiday party.  My favorite song of his?  Probably “Country Stuff.”

What is your favorite food during the holidays?

I’ve had some great tamales given to me from a restaurant client, and I look forward to them every year.  However, my best friend/roommate from college and his mom make a cookie plate with a variety of cookies, and these are by far my favorite (if I can fend off my family members from eating them before I can have a couple).

What is the coldest place you’ve ever traveled to during the holidays?

Last year while I was in Montana for the holidays, it reached -22 degrees Fahrenheit. This was the coldest weather I’ve ever been in.

I hope these questions help you review what is important to you and reflect, even if it is only for a minute.  I hope you are staying warm and wishing you the best over the holidays and have a Merry Christmas.