Friday, August 10, 2012
When I find a book that can make me laugh out loud, I want to share the title and the author with others. I am reading "Notes From A Small Island", by Bill Bryson.
This book is about him learning British-styled English as a teenager, then travelling around the country before moving back to the USA.
IF you have ever been to the British Isles or IF you grew up there, I hope you could enjoy this man's confusion with British terms and turns of phrase! Ouch-- I had to hold my stomach and cross my legs for the first few chapters.
I laughed, chuckled, guffawed and snorted reading Bryson's point of view. Well done, Bill!
Friday, August 10, 2012
Today at lunch, a friend met me at the food court in the mall where I work. She had a granola bar and I was enjoying a bean burrito.
She told me her hip surgery of 13 yrs ago is starting to disintegrate and she has fallen off the wagon in quitting smoking.
I told her about my vacation time with kayaking and the ziplining. Told her I took lots of photos and enjoyed some down time. Later I mentioned that last night I was so tired after work that I barely got home but wanted to fall asleep.
I thought we had a good chat and I had to get back to work via the mailboxes, and I would see her at my store 10 minutes later.
We met again after I got the mail & she had done an errand. She mentioned that we should get together soon. She was busy Monday but that was her only busy day. I agreed that some time together would be good.... but I didn't nail down a specific date.
When she left, the clinic was getting filled up with the afternoon appmts. and I had to give her a wave and a "Talk to ya soon."
By 5:30pm, she was on the phone asking me if she had offended me. What? Why?
She mentioned that I had been giving off negative vibes. (I thought I was describing a holiday.)
Turns out because I didn't jump at the chance to get together and confirm an exact date, I had let her down. I don't see the negativity, exactly. But she figures something bad or sad is souring my life and we need to talk..... I need to unload, I think she said.
ANYWAY, we will be getting together on the weekend. Plans are to go out for a meal instead of the usual walking a mall. (I work in a mall. Groan) So a dinner on Saturday together will be a nice change.
I don't know about sending out vibes of negativity. What did I do? Any help out there????
Monday, August 06, 2012
This afternoon I baked a dozen little scones for an afternoon tea. When it was time to turn on the kettle, it turned out that next-door neighbours were chatting with my spouse at the front of the house.
I mentioned to DH that I had a little problem. Everyone looked my way.
I told them I had 12 scones in the oven!
They all had a laugh and said, "That's the kind of problem we love to hear about."
I put a tablecloth on the patio table and popped the scones into a wicker basket as my neighbours told me NOT to make tea. Huh?
As we hosted the couple, they wanted to bring something to the impromptu get- together. So, in the afternoon sunshine, under the umbrella, we sipped margaritas and nippled scones! They even brought the glassware needed and a pitcher of yummy green nectar!
It was a strange combination but it worked!
So, if you imagine that you will throw a tea party for some friends, be ready for their 'take' on what that might entail!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
This morning I will be learning how to paddle a kayak. I have thought how smooth and lovely the trip must be across the water ever since I first saw one.
My understanding is, a single seater is more tippy than a two-seater and my lessons today will be the couple style.
For three hours after breakfast, I will be paddling to the sea!
I'll check in again and let you know how well I learned a new skill.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Yesterday was a lot of fun. I would recommend ziplining, especially at Adrena Line where I went. The guides were so safety conscious and comically entertaining at the same time. Yes, it was thrilling, but I never got the same stomach feeling as a ferris wheel.
Just a bunch of moments of saying, "WEEEEEEE!"
After the adventure amid the tree tops, I drove farther out of town to enjoy a delicious lunch at a Tea House perched above the crashing waves of the Pacific ocean. The fog was amazing!
After my lunch, I walked forest trails and took 65 photos on the beaches, rocks, their bridge and under the treed canopy. I got to see a swimming seal too.
On the drive home, I wanted to see the Potholes in Sooke, BC. People were swimming, sunning themselves and generally having a lovely time in the water. The Potholes are a series of round pools joined by a stream. I'll bet the spring run off is a lot more exciting! In the heat of the afternoon, I chose a shady perch to sit and read a history of Emily Carr, the painter.
It was an active day for me yesterday. I have to plan a day of 'keeping moving' for my Friday. I think I will take out the bike before it gets too hot.
So, I'm off to the library!
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