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Two for (Fat) Tuesday

Care to play along?  On Tuesdays, pick a topic and segue into it!

Care to play along? On Tuesdays, pick a topic and segue into it!

It’s Fat Tuesday – whoop!

Mardi Gras wasn’t as celebrated in my part of Canada that I can recall ~ I mean, we watched TV coverage of festivities from far-away places like New Orleans and such, but I had no experience with the Cajun culture, except for certain songs played at weddings. I’ll come back to that.

All of that changed when I met a man who became the best boss I ever had (no seriously, ever).  He was (and is) highly intelligent, incredibly educated and a self-described “Crazy Cajun” from Lafayette, Louisiana.    When he landed at our company’s world headquarters in southern CT, well let’s just say he shook things up a little. In meetings he’d say things like, “that dog don’t hunt.”  Once, I grinned at him and replied (after the meeting of course), “that dog doesn’t even rise up off the porch!” I never saw a man laugh as hard as he did and that was it – we had an instant connection. He was a breath of fresh air – especially to those of us so used to a stiff and stoic corporate culture.  As the new year dawned and he made a deal (of course he did!) with our company Chef for a Mardi Gras party, I knew right then that this was someone who was not only easily respected but easily liked because he was just so much fun.

File gumbo.  Crawfish  & crab Etouffee.  And of course, Zydeco music.

When I was a wee girl and we’d get to attend family weddings, certain songs would be played and those songs had a French origin. I think they were called “Chatisses” but I have yet to find a link to share with you.  All I know is that when the accordion or the fiddle started, we’d tap a toe, grab a partner and dance, dance, dance.   So it was really no surprise when I learned that the Acadia region of Canada and northern USA where Cajuns trace their origin was in areas where Nova Scotia (and other Maritime provinces) as well as parts of Quebec and northern Maine are now. In Louisiana, Cajuns developed their distinct dialect, Cajun French, and a lively culture devoted to family, music and cuisine.

It’s no wonder he and I always got along: He’s my brother from another mother!

How about you? Have you ever danced to Zydeco? Eaten fresh-made Etouffee?  Met someone from a place far away who just felt like they were known to you?

Happy Mardi Gras!

 

Don't do anything you'll regret! Google.images.com

Don’t do anything you’ll regret! Google.images.com

 

 

 

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Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Family, Fun, Holidays, Life, Men, music, Relationships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Throwing away what holds us back

 Let 2015 be the year we all just go for it!

This morning was the first time in months that I woke up feeling g-r-e-a-t.

And I know why that is: rest – and lots of it.

Seeing this clip made me want to crank the music up and be-bop through the house, too.  You?

Happy New Year, friends.

 

Categories: Attitude, Confidence at any age, Friendship, Fun, Humor, Joy, Life, Opinion, Personal | Tags: , , , , , , | 20 Comments

Random Pulaski Friday!

It’s Random! It’s Friday! Here are 5 random Friday thoughts ~

1. In addition to today being smack-dab in the middle of a 19 day event known as Art-Prize (an urban, open art festival /contest where what the people think matters most) today marks the start of “Pulaski Days!Celebrating Polish heritage, this is a weekend-long event of kielbasa, pierogies, holubchi (cabbage rolls), beer and of course, lots and lots of Polkas.  Tonight we’ll meet up with friends at one of the Polish halls and eat, laugh and, of course, get our Polka on! I’ll check out the “art” next week – or not.

2. Took a road trip to points north Wednesday.  My meeting started early afternoon so I had time to meet my Father-in-Law for lunch first. Arriving at a restaurant filled with Seniors,  I spotted him at a table about as far from the door as you could sit.  It was the seat you take when you don’t mind everyone knowing you have yourself a lunch date.   It’s also the kind of place where people like to linger because the food is good, the wait staff is friendly and nearly everyone gets called “Honey” or “Sweetie,'” at least once. We enjoyed a tasty meal and meandering conversations and I couldn’t help but think of her, my late Mother-in-Law, and how much she’d have loved that moment.

3.  On Facebook, have you ever noticed that friends & family share recipes of really yummy/naughty foods …  at night?  Sometimes my morning FB feed is filled up with cheese bread, caramel cake and pie recipes.  Right after the posts on workouts.  Hmmm.

4.  Speaking of workouts, I think I own most of them. I get bored easily. There was a time I was running, but then my knees started hurting.  Then came yoga, which I still like, but have never mastered.  Walking bores me and Zumba … well that’s just an epic fail. The only program I’ve stuck with is this one:  Kettleworx.  I found it in the clearance rack (that could have been a sign …) and gave it a go.  I started with the smallest weight and worked up.  The instructor is corny and the editing isn’t great, but it’s a 20 minute weights workout with a slow-enough pace that I can actually .. f-o-l-l-o-w along.  And you know what? It’s working.  I am stronger – noticeably so – and my clothes are looser.   Hmmm.

5. And finally, I have made no secret of the fact that I’m a list maker.  Always have a list. Yes I never find money in a winter coat pocket .. I find a list.   And this little saying here hits way too close to home.You?

oh yeah!

oh yeah!

How about you?  Have you ever danced a Polka? What’s your favorite? (Mine is “Idon’twantheryoucanhavehershestoofatforme)  Any cool doings in your town this weekend? Are you a late night recipe poster? What’s your workout of choice?  And lastly … can you remember a phone number without writing it down? 🙂

Categories: Attitude, Confidence at any age, Food, Fun, Humor, Joy, music, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Insanity or just a good beat?

Saw this yesterday and my toe’s been a-tapping ever since.

Never.

Underestimate.

The.

Power.

Of.

Music.

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” ― George Carlin. 

photo from dailymail.co.uk

photo from dailymail.co.uk

Be sure to click on the link below!  Happy Monday, peeps, and for goodness’ sakes – find a tune you love and dance to it today! 🙂

Categories: Beauty, Confidence at any age, Faith, Family, Fun, Gratitude, Growth, Joy, Life, music, Opinion, Personal, Relationships, Seasons, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Under Merle’s direction

It’s a toe-tappin’ two steppin’ kind of song.  The kind of song that makes a girl want a twirly skirt and a man who’ll spin her in it.

The kind of song that makes the kids groan and roll their eyes. The kind of song that makes us laugh and sing along, heh heh.

I think ole Merle has some good advice here, don’t you?

Let’s chase each other ’round the room tonight
Let’s play the games we played on our wedding night
To lock and bolt the door is only right
Let’s chase each other ’round the room tonight

Seems like lately people love to play with fire
The other games they play are just as bad
I’d rather stay at home and feel your burning lips
And play the kind of games that make me glad

Let’s don’t chase around and make each other weary
Let’s keep all our love at home and out of sight
Let’s leave everything like jealousy behind us
And let’s chase each other ’round the room tonight

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Categories: Attitude, Family, Friendship, Home, Men, Personal, Romance, Women | Tags: , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Secret worlds

In my secret world, beds are always made and my kitchen always sparkles.

this is not my kitchen

In my secret world, I am never late and every meal I prepare is healthy & balanced.

not balanced but no one cared

In my secret world, when I dance I am graceful and daring and hardly ever Elaine-like.

Seinfield’s Elaine dancing

In my secret world, I’m witty and wise and everyone wants to be my friend.

or not

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” ― Neil Gaiman

Care to share what’s going on in your secret world?

Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Faith, Family, Fun, Home, Joy, Life, Personal, Relationships, Thoughts, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Birthday cakes & peanut butter

“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.”  ― Janet Evanovich

That quote speaks to me, not because I’m an avid reader of Romance novels, but because life really is peanut butter and jelly.

Think about it: we grow up, we find someone we’re compatible with, there’s romance and wooing and all that, but when we find our way into a life together, a good part of our life is peanut butter & jelly.  Working at a job. Raising a family. Coaching a team.  Instilling Values. Paying bills. Saving for Vacation. Handling what comes our way: aging parents, kids with challenges, relatives, friendships, repairs, job stresses; you name it.

Valentine’s Day is coming and here we are bombarded by TV Ads telling us that the only way to show love is to buy jewelry, flowers, footie pajamas (huh?) and teddy bears.  Really?

You wanna know something heartfelt and romantic Hubbs did for me?

The night before our oldest boy’s wedding, he helped me clean the house, again.  Then he spent a couple of hours practicing the “Best Man’s” Toast with our youngest.  He stocked the garage fridge and re-arranged the patio the way I wanted it (because, of course, everyone was getting ready at our house the next day).  But that’s not it – when I least expected it, he grabbed my hand, twirled me twice and slow-danced with me, out in the garage, in the wee hours of that last night.  And when he held me close, this Mama’s heart overflowed with love for him and angst for our boy; getting married that next day, such a big step!  And hubbs did exactly what I needed him to: He wiped my tears as his eyes spilled over with his own.

Birthday cake is good but I’ll take the peanut butter, please.

Tell me something romantic and heartfelt someone has done for you!

me & the hubbs dancing at our boy's wedding

And … in case you wondered, here’s what we danced to:

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