The Christmas Spirit

Morning Coffee 88: December 18th, 2023


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Good evening. Just finished drinking an Eggnog latte as I wrap up this week’s newsletter. I hear the jazz instruments in the background. All I Want For Christmas Is You, by Kirk Whalum. About to step into the office to add some finishing touches to the two poetry books that’ll be released next week. I’ve edited the printed drafts a few more times than I originally expected, but I want them just right before releasing them to the world on Amazon. What I’ve learned from these two books will be recreated over a dozen times for the rest of the poetry books. That’s the exciting part. This is just the beginning. As always, I hope this letter finds you well.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. End of the Year Sale
  3. Ranking 2023 Media
  4. The Christmas Spirit

End of the Year Sale

I’m doing a big End of the Year Sale. Already sold a handful of things, but here’s what’s left.

  • Xbox Series X
  • Retroid Pocket 2S
  • Nintendo Switch OLED
  • 8BitDo Ultimate controller
  • Elgato HD60 X
  • Deity V0-7U USB microphone
  • Backbone controller
  • Miyoo Mini
  • Starfield Xbox controller

A lot of great devices that were barely used, ready for new homes. If any of these sound interesting to you, get in touch.


Ranking 2023 Media

Here’s my favorite games, movies and shows from 2023:

  • Games: Tears of the Kingdom, Spider-Man 2, Alan Wake II, Starfield, Sea of Stars

  • Movies: Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon, Across the Spider-Verse, Creed III, Mission Impossible

  • Shows: Succession, The Last of Us, The Bear, Snowfall, Silo


The Christmas Spirit

During the first week of November, we decided to buy a new tree and set it up earlier than usual. I took that as a challenge to keep the Christmas music and movies playing for the next two months.

All the good holiday movies have been playing in the living room, either in the background as we’re doing other things, or with us gathered on the couch as a family.

I also found a playlist that I love on Apple Music called Instrumental Holiday. All the classic Christmas songs, as only instrumentals. Simple jazz and folk melodies. These sounds have been playing throughout the house and backyard, at the same time, thanks to all the HomePods sprinkled around.

During this next week, we’ll be wrapping presents, baking sugar cookies, drinking eggnog, and bringing the kids to see the lights in New Orleans. Combine that with this ten-day vacation and I think I found a perfect recipe for the Christmas spirit.


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