The Fourth

The fourth advent.
Three has gone by.
Next is the turning of the light. The winter solstice.
Officially the longest night of 2018 was last Friday, but to keep things simple we like to celebrate it together with Christmas, celebrated by many people all around the world. And the winter solstice in the Roman calendar.
So today is the fourth advent.
The last Sunday in preparation. And also for us, it was preparation.

Remember last week?

We ended with a cliffhanger.
The Winter Holiday Train 10254 reached the Winter Village Train Station 10259. However, the mystery ticket 0937 did not reveal its mystery.
Maybe it will today. Maybe. Do read on if you are into Christmassy Cliffhangers just like us.
It is after all the fourth advent.

Last week the train got connected.
Yet ticket 0937 still a mystery.

Back to the beginning.

So, connecting the dots. That is what the fourth is all about. We got a winter train, a winter train station and even a winter village fire station, but the story would not be complete without some serious tracks.
Not the music ones, but the ones from set 60198 which The LEGO Group kindly provided on the last RLFM days (yes, a review of that set is coming soon).

Are you ready for those tracks and get the beat running? Read on …

Trains

I love trains.

Maybe it is because I grew up in front of a train station. Maybe it is the promise of new adventures in charted territory. Or maybe it is some nostalgic memories of the very first steam trains.
Anyway, I love trains. Continue reading “Trains”

Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

It has been a busy week to say the least.

After our epic friendship dinner and some tears and hugs the day after (when we all said our farewells and goodbyes), Shelly got in an epic write up mood and not only wrote a fantastic sequel on being grateful, followed by an interesting observation on art as the conversation topic of choice for bankers in the weekend but also continued to reveal the century old secret ingredient of lemonade being lemons.

If this all was not sufficient, we got reminded on the honey trap we all face when we go out on our favorite social media platform of choice looking for instant recognition and gratification.

A true Roller-Coaster for the mind.

In the meantime I was stuck in corporate boardrooms with Darth, discussing his latest and greatest top secret projects I can not talk about (remember these silly NDA‘s …) without a decent connection to the internet (WiFi on the Death Star is restricted).

So, when I came back from my corporate deep dive I got completely energized by all the food for thought Shelly put out there.

Food for discussion.

Food for our brains and our heart to take in, absorb, dissect and include in our work.

I for sure will respond on some of the posts in more detail (I still believe bankers talk shop in the weekend and likes can help you grow your skills as an artistic crowdsourcing) but for now I can only wholeheartedly agree with Shelly when she reminds us of the gap between following our own artistic self and seeking instant gratification on our social media of choice.

Mind the gap.

Me2

Trainspotting

After a long trip through the woods of Lapland crossing Norway, Finland and Sweden (meeting up with the locals across the arctic circle) our friends made it finally back into the urbanized world where they decided to hitchhike back across the vast lands of Sweden with the local train.

Soon our friends will reach the Studio™where the secret package of our little green friends will be turned into something delicious to end this epic adventure before our friends travel back to the different corners of our world and enjoy the memories of friendship, crazy adventures and midnight sun