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I Carried A Watermelon

My BFF/work-wife, Spanky is currently off on maternity leave.  This girl and I met years ago when we began working together and we became instant friends.  And, although we both had changed job locations, we maintained our friendship AND continued our lunchtime shenanigans all these years.  And now we’re back to working together.  ❤

MUD GIRLS

We just did Mud Hero together Yesterday.  #BFFs

And we have spent 10 years lunching together, walking thru Town, running the trails (training for races), running errands, or just sitting around stuffing our faces.  But one thing has always maintained the same for us, wherever we were and whatever we were doing, you can bet we were laughing our heads off and having more fun than should be allowed.  I have often said I bet people see us each day on our lunchtime ventures and are totally jealous of how much fun we’re having.  In fact, one day, just a few years ago, while running an errand in one of the little shops in downtown, we had a good case of the giggles and could not stop laughing and an onlooker, a chef from one of the local restaurants had been watching us and said he thoroughly enjoyed watching us have so much fun.  See…jealous.

But, when Spanky left to go off and have Baby Ruth I was saddened because I thought I was going to be alone for my lunch hours and, although I can go out and have fun make my own fun any damn time I please, I always enjoy the company.  And, just my luck, Spanky’s work replacement has also become my lunchtime replacement and Boo Boo and I are having tons of fun together.

We decided months ago, when there was still snow on the ground (which, let’s face it, this is Nova Scotia and that means it wasn’t that long ago that there was snow on the ground), that we were going to walk during our breaks.  Actually, it wasn’t so much a decision as it was something that just happened one day and we haven’t stopped.  It’s because of these lunchtime walks that I’m hitting my FitBit step goal way early in the day.

Boo Boo and I walk and laugh every day.  We are having way too much fun and, just like Spanky and I did, we’re making our fun.

One day last week, while out on our roam, we stopped into the local grocery store.  Boo Boo was checking out the watermelons and was intending on picking one up until I reminded her that she’d have to carry a watermelon through town, in 34 degree heat, and we still had a half hour to go on our break.  She left the watermelon there.  But, as we were in the checkout line, I noticed the guy in front of me was holding a watermelon.  When he glanced around at us I said to him “Can you please take that back to work or wherever you’re going and pretend you’re Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing and announce “I CARRIED A WATERMELON”.

I carried a watermelon

Boo Boo held her breath (because I’m a nut!) and the guy just looked at me for a few seconds like a deer caught in headlights and then the both of them cracked up.  He said he had heard us talking by the watermelons as he was picking his out and realized that he would be the one carrying the watermelon thru town in 34 degree heat (with a long-sleeved knit sweater on, mind you) and he felt like a dummy but he wanted to do something nice for his co-workers.

Watermelon

Nice gesture or not, I’d not be carrying a watermelon thru town in the heat.  

The three of us a had a long-lasting chuckle and he kept the conversation going until he finished his purchase and had to leave us, although it seemed like he would have rather stayed with us (Boo Boo said he’s now the president of my fan club).

I’m very thankful to both these gals, Spanky and Boo Boo, because you make my work days a heckuvalot more entertaining.  I soooooo look forward to Spanky’s return because I loooove her.  And I’m keeping Boo Boo too, so we can be the workplace Three Musketeers or Three Amigos – which, with the shenanigans and oopsies, seems a lot more fitting.

I love my life.

#makeyourownadventure

~Cheers

 

 

 


An Apple A Day

Just the other day I told you about being inspired by Drew Barrymore’s book Find It in Everything – a photo collection of her finding heart shapes everywhere (and my first find in a delicious potato skin at dinner). Well, yesterday I cut an apple in half (I know, I hope all my finds are food-related!) and I discovered two beautiful hearts – one completely perfect.

(Almost) Perfectly shaped hearts

(Almost) Perfectly shaped hearts

Now, I’ve been cutting my apples in half for a long time but this is the first time I really noticed the hearts. Maybe I just got lucky with this apple – or maybe they’ve been there all along waiting for me to discover them.

Cheers.


Find It in Everything

I’ve been inspired.
Last week I picked up Drew Barrymore’s book “Find it in Everything” in which “Photographs by Drew Barrymore reveal hearts found in everyday situations.”

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“I have always loved hearts,” writes acclaimed actress Drew Barrymore in the foreword to this heartwarming gift book. “The way that continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing–it conveys love.” In FIND IT IN EVERYTHING, Barrymore shares the photographs she has taken of heart-shaped objects and patterns she has come across over the past ten years. Some are obvious and others barely discernible. A discarded straw wrapper, a hole in a T-shirt, a scallion in a bowl of miso soup — seemingly everywhere she turns her lens a heart reveals itself. A very personal collection of images, many of them accompanied by brief captions that reflect on beauty in the everyday, FIND IT IN EVERYTHING is a delightful book from the beloved actress and director, who now adds photographer to her list of credentials.” {Chapters.com}

The other night I was out for dinner with a few friends. And while chowing on my plate of potato skins I saw my (first) heart.

A delicious heart-shaped potato skin.

A delicious heart-shaped potato skin.

It seemed like a sign. That if I can see the love in a freaking potato skin (of all places) then I, too, should be able to find It in everything.
And here I was, at a little restaurant that I’ve been patronizing since I was 14; one that held some of the loveliest memories with my best friends. And on this night I was settled in with girls I used to work with, enjoying the company, catching up and making new memories. I found It there.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts of where I’ve found It.

Cheers.


Inspiration, Please

I’ve had some writer’s block-of-sorts lately. I can’t think of anything good to write about. Truth be told, I’m tired. All the time. I go to work, go to the gym and to my 4 classes each week and by the time I’m finished I’m zonked. I’ve been a lazy couch potato for a little while now (tho, my laziness always follows my workouts so I’m really not that lazy).

I have been so tired the last few months that I decided to go to the doctor and see if we could figure out what’s going on. Turns out that my already low thyroid, which has been regulated by medication for several years, is lower than usual. And my white blood cell count is down. Not really sure what’s up with that. For the time being my thyroid medication has been increased and I have more blood work to come next month to see about the count.

In the meantime I’m gonna look to you for some inspiration so that I can get back into the swing of things. PLEASE send me ideas/suggestions for posts. I love getting them and you never know…maybe one of them will start a ball rolling for several more great ideas. Please be good readers and help a girl out.

In the meantime….Birthday Week is fast approaching and, although I’m not overly impressed with my birthday age this year, I am always excited for Birthday Week. You’re all invited!

Cheers.