Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Birthdays, Fortune Cookies, & the Blonde Birdie

A friend of mine from college, known on not-a-fortune as Blonde Birdie, is celebrating her 30th birthday today, March 31st, 2010. She is one of my most loyal readers and also a frequent behind-the-scenes contributor, always sharing her cookie inserts and alerting me to fun fortune cookie-related products she runs across. (Here is an example of one such product.)

She also made me aware of these fortune cookie crayons, available on Etsy.
(Another friend of mine, Robyn, shared these crayons with me as well.)


Two of BB's not-a-fortunes:
"We must always have old memories and young hopes."
"Relax and enjoy yourself."

When I blogged about fortune cookie superstitions, she commented, "I've always heard that you're not supposed to touch everyone's cookies - you're only supposed to pick up/touch the one you choose for yourself."

Less than a month after I started blogging, BB and I were in Houston for a friend and former roommate's baby shower. We were in our hotel room discussing fortune cookies when she told me about her own fortune cookie behavior: "I keep the ones I like and the ones I don't like I pretend never existed. After all, why burden myself with a bad fortune that I didn't know about 30 seconds prior?"

BB received the following fortune cookie insert just last week: "The best times of your life have not yet been lived." As she noted, "just days away from my 30th birthday, I am going to take that as a fortune- and a good one at that!"

Happy 30th Birthday, Blonde Birdie!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Audriella Says Goodbye to Austin, Fortune Cookies Included

Those of you who have been reading this blog for any length of time and/or know me in a non-virtual capacity know who my Audriella is. We were suitemates in college (a decade ago), and have been best friends ever since. Following too much time spent in Florida after college (ha!), she finally made it back to Texas - Austin - in 2008. 

Unless one of us was traveling, we have seen each other almost every day since her return. On the off chance that we didn't spend time together, we usually spent the day texting each other. She has been my go-to gal. She has been the best aunt Six Cents could ask for, offering walks and snuggles and too many treats. She has been a cleaning fairy, a laundry fairy, and an errand fairy. She has been a fantastic lunch and dinner companion, especially on short notice. She has been a nurse, bringing meds and food on days when I had a migraine (too frequently) or strep throat (twice in the past nine months!). She has been a dogsitter and a taxi service to and from the airport. We have spent holidays together and we have spent them apart; trust me when I say they are better spent together.

To say we can finish each other's sentences is an understatement, especially if a "Friends" quote is involved. We have a sense of UNAGI. She is the cheese to my macaroni, the Batman to my Robin (and vice versa, depending on the day).

As of Friday, March 26th, 2010, my Audriella no longer lives in ATX. She now resides in Washington, DC. I'll spare you the gory details of the move itself (it wasn't pretty), but I'm reminded of this fortune she received January 4th - "You will overcome difficult times." I am hopeful the worst is behind her.

On Audriella's last night in Austin, our good friends Bea Dazzler and UnScurvyGirl brought dinner from P.F. Chang's. Audriella's college roommate (and hence my other suitemate and our bff) Myrtle also joined in the fun. After she spent 12 hours watching movers pack all of her belongings onto a truck and then turning in her beloved car, Audriella opened her fortune cookie to reveal this not-a-fortune:
"Face any problem with dignity."
This was quite comical, given the day she had. She deemed herself a good candidate for a do-over and then received a second not-a-fortune:
"A small gift can bring joy to the whole family."

Myrtle's not-a-fortune was a repeat of my not-a-fortune from just two days earlier:
"Someone you care about seeks reconciliation."

My not-a-fortune left me baffled:
"A friend in the market is better than money in the purse."

UnScurvyGirl deemed her cookie insert half-fortune and half-not-a-fortune:
"Be careful! Straight trees often have crooked roots."

Audriella, I will miss you. I wish you the best.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Magic Hat

Have you ever encountered a cultural saying of sorts that seems similar to a fortune cookie insert? The sayings on the underside of the Magic Hat bottlecaps offer just this type of advice.

"The urge to create is always great."
"The choice has always been yours."
"Do not quibble with iskabibble."
"What could be better than a beer with Eddie Vedder"

Thanks to Michael at Apothecary for saving these caps for me & CAChick05 for researching this post with me.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Check Out This Site

One of my Twitter & Facebook friends posted this to his blog today:

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sometimes You Need a Do-Over

I met two of my best friends (and college suitemates) for dinner last night. After the meal, the server placed a fortune cookie in front of each of us. 

Audriella's not-a-fortune, which she deemed "advice": "Always surround yourself with true friends." [I'd like to point out that our dinner was evidence of her doing just that.]

Myrtle's fortune: "A dream you have will come true."

My not-a-fortune: "Someone you care about seeks reconciliation."

Audriella decided that because the server doled out the fortune cookies and we were therefore not allowed to choose our own fortunes (or not-a-fortunes), we deserved a do-over. She asked for new cookies, mixed them up as only she can, and we selected anew.

Audriella's not-a-fortune: "The pleasure of what we enjoy is lost by wanting more."

Myrtle's not-a-fortune: "Face any problem with dignity."

My fortune: "The respect and help of influential people will soon be yours."

Not bad for a random Tuesday night's dinner!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fortune Cookie Round-Up: Some Real Gems

This round-up includes some real gems. For instance, my parents received these cookie inserts ten days ago:

"You will have good luck and overcome many hardships." (Dad's fortune)
"Advice is like kissing. It costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do." (Mom's not-a-fortune, which I think says something about the fortune cookie industry at large.)

Another actual fortune my father received: 
"A solid challenge will bring forth your finest abilities." 

After the same meal, I received "Be yourself and you will always be in fashion," which is comforting and encouraging.

Blonde Birdie's not-a-fortune offers an opportunity to reflect on the value of youth:
"We must always have old memories and young hopes."

And finally, CAChick05 and I met for a nightcap at P.F. Chang's Friday, where we both received fortunes.
Hers: "There will be many surprises: unexpected gains are likely."
Mine: "Happier days are definitely ahead for you." (Again, comforting and encouraging.)

Poll Results

On Friday, March 12th, I posted a poll and asked you, my readers, to help decide whether the following cookie insert is a fortune or a not-a-fortune: "Your happy heart brings joy and peace where there is none."

The poll has closed and the results have been tabulated. Of the 11 votes cast, 2, or 19% think this is an actual fortune, and 9, or 81% think this falls into the category of a not-a-fortune. Thanks for voting!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stolen Fortune

Does a stolen fortune have a greater chance of coming true?

After a day of fun and work in Austin, my Audriella and I went to Chinatown for sushi. Before we ordered drinks or dinner, she nabbed this fortune cookie.

"Seek friendship and you will find someone special this month."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Not-A-Fortune: SXSW Edition

UnScurvyGirl attended South by Southwest's Interactive Festival (SXSWi) and received the above not-a-fortune as part of her swag bag. It was part of the wrapping for a cookie. 

Monday, March 15, 2010

Virtual Fortune Cookies

I have great readers. Loyal readers. Readers who share their fortunes and not-a-fortunes with me. Readers who email, text, and Facebook me with anything and everything fortune cookie-related. 

[Speaking of Facebook, if you haven't already become a fan of Not-A-Fortune, you can do so here.] 

LT sent me this link to a fortune cookie widget. If you click on the link and then click on the cookie, it should open to reveal an insert that includes a fortune OR a not-a-fortune. Try it and tell me what you receive.

My friend and colleague Robin alerted me to this site where you can send a virtual fortune cookie. While you can select the theme of the cookie insert for your intended recipient - career/money, success/luck, love, life, friendship/family, random (in the true spirit of fortune cookies!) - you cannot specify the (not-a-)fortune. Follow these links to see the two not-a-fortunes I received: First and Second.

While searching for "evite," my friend and former colleague Greg found this iPhone/iPod Touch app:

Here is an example of what this free app offers:

I'll end this post with a song, also shared with me by Robin. "Fortune Cookie" by Los Straitjackets is available for free download - you can also hear a clip of it by clicking the link. I spent some time trying to embed the song into this post, to no avail. Forgive me, dear readers, for my lack of tech skills. I hope you have enjoyed this post anyway.

Don't forget to vote in the poll (located in the sidebar to the right)!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Mini-Fortune Cookie Round-Up with a Twist

The last fortune cookie round-up was quite extensive yet also fairly cut and dry. Fortunes? Check. Not-a-fortunes? Check. Nothing fell outside of those lines. One of the cookie inserts in this round-up blurs the lines, at least in my opinion. And I'm asking you, my loyal readers, to help me decide into which category the questionable insert falls.

But first, the round-up.

I have only one actual fortune to share this time, received by my good friend Allison, a loyal reader and frequent contributor:
"Your most memorable dream will come true."
{Her response: "I better get to dreaming!"}


As Allison received the above fortune, her husband's cookie revealed the following not-a-fortune:
"You shouldn't overspend at the moment. Frugality is important."
{A bit of a clotheshorse, Allison's hubby received this particular not-a-fortune the same day he received a handwritten thank-you note in the mail from a local department store. Ah, timing.}

"Your graceful qualities make difficult things seem easy."

"The simplest answer is to act."
{This was my Audriella's not-a-fortune after dinner tonight, though we've received it before.}

"You do not have to know where you are going to be headed in the right direction."
{I love when something tells me what I don't need to know...}

And finally:

G's cookie insert has me stumped. Is it a fortune or not-a-fortune?

"Your happy heart brings joy and peace where there is none."

I'm leaning towards not-a-fortune, but it does seem to be forward-thinking. How about a poll to settle it? Please vote on whether you think this is an actual fortune or one of the more common not-a-fortunes. And, as always, your comments are welcome.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dog-Friendly Fortune Cookie

Given my obvious interest in fortune cookies, it was really only a matter of time before my dogs got in on the action. What you see above is a dog toy with an actual fortune attached. 

"There's travel in your future. Unfortunately, it's a trip to the vet."

The toy, purchased from SquidStuffis, arrived protected in bubblewrap and with dog treats.

I gave it to The Penny (pictured below).

She was skeptical of my paparazzi-like tendencies as I attempted to catch her every chew and squeak on camera.

Did you catch that word squeak? That's right- The Penny loves a squeaky toy and this was no exception!

However, she soon realized that if she moved a few feet to her left, she would be under the table and, therefore, slightly less easy to capture on film.

Now, let's see if her brother (The Nickel) finds the new toy or if she can keep him away from it...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fun New Fortune Cookie Blog

Dear Faithful Readers,

How many of you know my good friend and fellow blogger Single Blonde in the City's favorite addition to any cookie insert? (You should if you've been paying attention.)

If you guessed the phrase, "in bed," you'd be correct. (Some people also favor the phrase, "between the sheets.") This morning I became aware of a blog dedicated to this very idea. 

Based on the very funny website Texts From Last Night, Matt Rebelo's blog Fortune Cookies From Last Night takes cookie inserts and adds "in bed" at the end. Check it out if you enjoy this type of humor.

All my best,
Fortune Cookie Junkie

Monday, March 1, 2010

Fortune Cookie Round-Up

It's been quite sometime since I've written a post chronicling all of the fortunes and not-a-fortunes my friends, family, and I have received. In fact, looking back over my previous posts, the last one was January 15th. Trust me, there have been some good cookie inserts over the past 45 days or so!

"You will become an accomplished writer."
"You will earn a great sum of money."
{The day after my friend and her husband received these two fortunes they received a letter from the IRS informing them that they overpaid on last year's taxes and will be receiving a refund check. I'm eating with them!}

"You are going to have a really comfortable retirement."

"Your kindness is surely to be repaid" 
{I received this one & initially deemed it a not-a-fortune. My friend Nick set me straight.}

"A single kind word will keep one warm for years."

"A pleasant experience is ahead; don't let it pass by."

"Good ideas will spring forth naturally from your mind."

"Your sparkle will never fade."
{My friend Victoria's five year old daughter received this one. Her father is saving it to read to her on her wedding day, "since that is how he thinks of her."}


"Your mind is filled with new ideas. Explore them."

"Be assertive when decisive action is needed."
{My Marine buddy received this one; I think he's got the decisive action and assertiveness under control.}

"Emotions can be sweet and sour, so can your meal."

Similar to the not-a-fortune above (received by my friend LT), I received this gem: "A good way to keep healthy is to eat more Chinese food."

Upon receiving the following not-a-fortune, Blonde Birdie described it as "the lamest not-a-fortune ever": "Relax and enjoy yourself."

However, I had to respond that my colleague Jonesy had her beat: