Hey Baby – My Next Career Move: Pt. 2

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So this morning, on the way to work, I royally ticked off a fellow commuter when I came to a complete stop in front of him…at a red light. He gestured widely with his mouth agape at my audacity. I waved over my shoulder at the red light. He waved at me with one finger. I waved back…with all my fingers. Seriously, it was a bouquet of fingers!

This guy was not the worst guy I encountered this week…

Sunday afternoon my cell phone started making phaser noises like the Federation was under attack, and I jokingly said, “maybe my cell phone # is in another porn ad”.

Oh Snap!! Sometimes I hate it when I’m right…

I have been extremely popular this week, at all hours of the day and night. And not in a good way.

When this happened last October, the ad offered “massages”. This time, the ad is…less clear. Most texts are just ” Hey baby, are you free?”. Only one really tipped the scale on the Creepometer.

I was laughing about it with Little Guy the other day, and I pointed out that the ad couldn’t be more wrong about me. I’m not young, Japanese or cheap, but at least they got lady part right. He pipes up…”you’re not a lady either”.  Good job, buddy!

(I wonder who taught him sarcasm?)

I may have joked about wearing “hooker” boots and have been known to make comments that were seriously misinterpreted. This career opportunity may have appeared unexpectedly…again, and I may have more ambition than to be the Gatekeeper in the Cubicle of Purgatory for the rest of my working life. But even so – pass.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. – Ian Fleming

Happy Weekend!

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Wicker Dale Tea Cup

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I have always loved this Wicker Dale tea cup. I loved the little pink and blue flowers, the trailing vine, the scallops and the subtle basket weave texture. It seemed so old fashioned.

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This pattern from Copeland was produced in the 1950’s. The original company, Spode, started in the 1700’s. William Copeland became the sole administrator in 1812. His son became a sharing partner in 1824. It remained in the family until 1966, where it finally closed in 2009 after a series of owners. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the Spode and Copelands names were both used. In 1970, the name was changed back to Spode to commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the company.

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. – Tom Stoppard

Happy Monday!

Courage

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It happens to me all the time. I see something, read something, hear something and a song pops in my head and bounces around in there the rest of the day. It’s not so bad if I like the song.

Yesterday it was The Tragically Hip’s “Courage” (1999). And as it bounced, I pondered that word.

Courage: The ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of pain or grief.

Doesn’t it just conjure up images of soldiers cresting the rim of a muddy trench? A Good Samaritan pulling a lifeless body from a burning car? A firefighter wading through a flooding street to rescue a child? An unarmed passenger tackling a terrorist on a train?

Boldness. Fearlessness. Valour. Grit.

In our own minds, none of those words apply to us, but I think they do…

  • I know a Mom who buried her daughter this week. Every day requires grit.
  • I know a woman living with cancer. She’s doing well now but there’s no cure.
    That takes pluck.
  • I know a woman whose dreams were crushed by a technicality, but who is busying herself making new dreams. That takes gumption.
  • And another caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. That requires fearlessness.

We tend to never apply that word to ourselves because in the midst of the pain, as we struggle to breathe and focus on the next day, or simply the next step in our current day, we don’t feel courageous or audacious. We feel burdened, helpless, and alone, and we balk at suggestions that we demonstrate anything resembling courage. We are merely doing what we have to do.

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I may only be in the middle of my life, but I’ve already had to make some difficult decisions and face uncertain days with some semblance of pluck and grace. I didn’t feel bold or brave, but looking back, it took guts and hard work and determination. Of course I didn’t live through those moments in time alone; God gave me the strength and I don’t know where I’d be now without it. Or where I am heading in the future, with it.

There’s no simple explanation for anything important any of us do. And, yeah, the human tragedy consists in the necessity of living with the consequences under pressure. – Tragically Hip

I just hope that one day, as you quietly reflect on your own life, you can see that there were indeed moments of courage in the face of adversity. Sure, we could just chalk it up to doing what we had to do in a difficult situation, but I hope that you can also graciously accept a little acknowledgement from yourself. Give yourself some credit. Smile. Quietly celebrate. (Maybe with chocolate.)

“Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.” – Denholm Elliott

Have a happy weekend!

WPC: Favourite

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The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge has come to an end, and so the final post is All-Time Favourite!

It is hard to pick a favourite. Do I choose something with a pop of colour? My dream car? Man vs. nature?

So I chose a photo that I didn’t seek out. It was really early in the morning on Boxing Day. The house was still and the room was just starting to lighten. I had spent a restless night on the couch at my parents’ home, and I was about to roll over when the moon caught my eye.  I was transfixed.moon-on-the-horizon_ed

When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore.
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore! – Dean Martin, That’s Amore

To see the final edition of the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Beauty in Brokenness

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Consider this when you feel broken…

In Japan, broken ceramic objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique moment in the object’s history which, when highlighted, only adds to its beauty in both its frailty and its survival. Sometimes the imperfections are grounds for creative expression and other details are added, such as cherry blossoms.

The technique is called Kintsugi, which means golden joinery, and it may have been used as early as the 15th century. There are different styles of Kintsugi. There’s the traditional crack technique where gold dust or resin connects the broken pieces giving the appearance of a thin line.  A large, missing piece my be replaced entirely with a gold piece.

Recently the kintsugi method is being re-conceptualized by artists, both in pottery. In  2014, the Canadian folk band, The Rural Alberta Advantage ,were inspired by kintsugi and named their 2014 record, Mended with Gold.

to be human is to be broken and broken is its own kind of beautiful. – R.M. Drake

Happy Monday!

WPC: Twisted Rat Rod

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Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.’ The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of ‘Artist.’ Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

 

To see more Twisted.

Happy Wednesday!

What’s In My Cup: Lavender Sage

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Sage is an herb, which goes well with pork, beef, duck and chicken. In Italy, it is commonly minced and mixed with melted butter and stirred into pasta or gnocchi. It has also long been used for medicinal purposes. In addition to easing sore throats and a number of digestive problems, it can also ease symptoms of menopause, depression, and memory loss.

Both lavender and sage are used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, and make-up. Lavender is also beneficial to relieve stress, improve mood, promote restful sleep, prevent infections, reduce inflammation, and ease bloating

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To make sage tea, pour 1 cup of near-boiling water over 2 tablespoons of fresh or 1 tablespoon of dried sage leaves. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes and strain. Add honey and/or lemon, if desired.

Drink in moderation, however, as there can be unpleasant side effects and possible interactions with other medications. As with cooking, let a little can go a long way!

Happy Monday!

Monster Undertaking

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It’s that time of year again, the annual community yard sale at the church to support those in need living in the streets of our city. And I’m in charge of the bake table again. So I’ve been baking my brains out all week – I even convinced my Mom to help out. Unlike 2 years ago, there are NO cake balls. I also learned my lesson and did not stick anything on the back porch to cool. That hasn’t deterred this cheeky fellow from visiting every day just in case…

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That’s not to say there weren’t disasters this year! Little Guy sloshed milk all over the floor and it ran under the fridge. My flour cannister tipped into the sink to create paste. And I picked up an empty Pyrex dish that I had just removed from the oven. I threw it on the counter, and it bounced and crashed on the floor. Who knew Pyrex bounced?

I figured if things came in 3s, it would be smooth sailing from now on. I was wrong. I made a batch of cookies, only to realize as I was stirring in the last ingredient, that the second ingredient was milk. And I didn’t add any. I quickly sloshed in some lactose-free milk because our “other” milk was chunky, and it sort of worked? Only last night, as I was tidying up before bed, I realized –

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I had measured ingredients for 2 batches of Fiddle Diddle Cookies, but I needed 4 cups of sugar and I only had 2. Enough for one batch. So as I made them, I took what I needed. Only…I should have used the full 2 cups of sugar and I didn’t. I used only one.

Oh well!

The triple-berry lemon cheesecake squares, key lime coconut muffins, shortbread cookies, triple chocolate brownies, chocolate-chip banana loaves, sweet biscuits, Monster PB-Oatmeal cookies, cheddar-green onion biscuits, and caramel corn will have to do!

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Have a good weekend everyone!