We have an important birthday to celebrate today + Thursday news

One year ago today, I was in the Walgreens at Church Road and Highway 51 in North Mississippi, picking up some supplies on my lunch break. As I walked down the toy aisle, I noticed a lot of merchandise from the Trolls movie that had been released a month earlier. One item was a foil-wrapped mystery pack – you knew you were getting something from the movie but didn’t know what. It was only $2.99. I figured, what the heck, I can give this away as a gag Christmas gift. I got the foil pack back to the office, found some scissors, and cut it open, being extra careful not to damage any troll hairs inside. This is what came out.

That Saturday, as she stood on the bar at Bardog watching me drink my PBR, I decided I liked the little troll too much to give her away. So I gave her a name and kept her. Amazingly, an entire year of standing on bars has gone by and I have not lost her. She went with me to Little Rock when my mom passed away. A conversation-starter, in February her presence led to a discussion where I recruited two new BBQ teammates. After that I gave her an official title, Deputy Director of Public Relations, on the team. It’s a good feeling to know that if I ever step down as Director of Public Relations, I have groomed an able successor.

So, happy birthday to my troll. May her second year be as great as her first.

The Memphis Farmers Market Holiday Market happens under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson this Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Whether you’re looking for treats to eat or gifts to give, the Market has got you covered.

The Brass Door will host Nollaig na mBan: Woman’s Little Christmas is an Irish celebration of the last of the 12 days of Christmas, where the men take over at home and the women head to the pub. The day will start with Sip, Stretch and Breathe Yoga with Kat Sage, who will help you melt away holiday stress. Next there will be an appetizer buffet of muffins, bagels, granola & fresh fruit. Then there will be an a la carte buffet prepared by Chef Patrick Reilly:

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs
Harissa Grilled Chicken & Butter Lettuce Salad with mint & feta
Asparagus & Roasted Red Pepper Omlette
Shrimp Salad, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers & Marie Rose sauce

The Mezzanine level of the Brass Door will be transformed into a spa, with some of Memphis’ best masseuses on hand to help rub your stress and holiday worries away. Availability is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance ($95). Call 901-572-1813 to make reservations.

The Volunteer Odyssey Pop-up Party is back this Friday:

That’ll do it for now. Home slightly after midnight so this qualifies as a Thursday post. Highly successful BBQ meeting – details on that to come – followed by an evening listening to Charvey at Blind Bear. Time to get a little sleep. Back later today with more news.