Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday's Fortunes and Not-a-Fortunes, Part Deux

On Friday, August 13th, I said I was taking a cue from my friend j at Zebra Sounds and writing a Friday round-up post. Since then, j has changed her format and is no longer writing Friday round-ups. She's now doing a "best of j's week" post each Friday, which is well worth checking out (just follow that link above). I could write a "best of A's week" post, but it wouldn't necessarily be about cookie inserts and, let's face it, that's why you're here. 

Happy Friday!

 I'll start off with a not-a-fortune frequent contributor Single Blonde in the City received (and deemed "lame"):
"You create your own stage and your audience is waiting."
She received this while traveling for work this past week (in her oh-so-favorite Texas town of (h)El Paso), where the Chinese food was bad and the not-a-fortune was worse. However, it may have been a reminder to be on time for her post-lunch presentation, which I have no doubt she rocked. 

A childhood friend of mine received a not-a-fortune that he labeled "pretty weak" (perhaps his not-a-fortune should spend some time with SBITC's not-a-fortune):
"Every wise man started out by asking many questions."
My take? In the realm of fortunes and not-a-fortunes, it's not so impressive. It's probably not a bad way to look at gaining knowledge, though.

My twitter friend Caroline sent me this little gem:

"Something wonderful is about to happy."
The grammarian in me should be upset about this, or at least find it amusing (and by amusing I mean, "our entire civilization is going to end because no one can form a grammatically correct sentence using less than seven words.) However, I've been in such a good mood this week that my usual cynicism is on temporary hiatus. Weird, I know. I find this actual fortune oddly compelling.

My parents came to visit last weekend. We had Chinese food Friday night. (I should have written a separate post for that but I didn't. We were busy.) We went back to a restaurant we hadn't been to in a couple of years. The food was quite good, as we remembered. The fortune cookies are kept in a large bowl by the door and you have to remember to pick them up on your way out, a fact my mother commented on more times than I'd like to recall. Needless to say, we remembered.
[Photo taken in Cabo, June 2010 - unrelated to fortune cookies but I needed something to break up the massive amounts of text in this post and thought you should be able to see how cute my parents are. Pretty cute, right?]

None of us received fortunes. Here are our not-a-fortunes, though:
"The greater part of inspiration is perspiration."
[This could have been predicting the future in some way, as the next morning we all set to work wrangling my new front yard and boy did it involve perspiration.]

"Not having a goal is more to be feared than not reaching one."

"A smile is a curve that can get a lot of things straight."
[This last one was my not-a-fortune. It's not original; I've received it before, as have others. However, I think it was timely.]

I'll round up this Friday post with an actual fortune from last night. I received what I can only imagine is the fortune meant for a mountain climber:

"Soon you will be sitting on top of the world."


  1. Those good not-a-fortunes you share. How's that? Perfect grammar in 5 words (not-a-fortune considered one word). I kinda feel like it needs a comma, ellipsis, dash or something else to break it up though.

  2. Love Caroline's actual fortune. My big grin might be the something wonderful and it may have just happied.

  3. Hart this! What a cute family! I can see why you are so pretty! Makes me happiness to read. Glad you liked the fortune (j it was from, not mine sadily) ;o)


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