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.
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."