Friday, February 25, 2011

A Friday Round-Up!

It's been a while since I've posted a Friday round-up but it's a beautiful day in Austin, Texas, and I'm sitting outside with a few minutes to spare.
(evidence of a beautiful day in the ATX)

Hester and I had lunch today and, though we didn't get fortune cookies, she and her daughter recently ate at Pei Wei, where they received these cookie inserts:
Hester's not-a-fortune: "Adventure can be a real happiness." 
[This not-a-fortune may have come true, given the joy on her face as she relayed her experience getting her first speeding ticket in her Shelby Mustang GT 500 today :)]
'Zilla's actual fortune: "Your eyes will soon be opened to a world full of beauty, charm, and adventure."

A few of my tweeps have shared inserts with me lately. 
The always popular lefty from Iowa shared this not-a-fortune with me, which he notes "appears to be Bush's presidential mantra" (have I mentioned how much I love him?):
"Act as if it were impossible to fail."

A new tweep found via Erin tweeted this gem:

"You will find hidden treasures where you least expected."

My girl Single Blonde's brother sent me this "worst fortune ever":

"Follow the middle path. Neither extreme will make you happy."
But is it a fortune or a not-a-fortune?

Boogie Roc tweeted me this actual fortune:
"Your many hidden talents will become obvious to those around you."
[Boogie Roc and I go way back. He does have many talents. This is one fortune I'd love to see come true.]

I'll end today's round-up with a strange find sent to me by CleverTitleTK:
Now that's a half-a-fortune if I've ever seen one!


Monday, February 21, 2011

j's Love Project Visits My Mailbox

My friend j is brave. She has embarked on a Love Project and is going to spend the rest of this year living it, engaging with it, completing it. Follow this link to learn about it.

I won't share the details of my conversations with j but she knows life and I have had a rough go of it lately. February is slowly but surely becoming my nemesis. So when, after a week that can best be described as "difficult," I pulled this pretty, pink postcard out of my mailbox, it was a reminder that life is bigger than the everyday obstacles that sometimes stand in our way.

I apologize for the hazy photo. iPhone4 pics aren't always the best. The card reads, "This is a fortune. You absolutely will get there...Where you long to be."

Thank you, j. Thank you for sharing your love in the fearless way that only you can.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Longest. Week. Ever.

It's been a long week and I'm still in catch-up mode. Two of my friends shared cookie inserts with me this week. From my favorite online retailer, Blonde Birdie, an actual fortune:

"Good news from afar may bring you a welcome visitor."

And from the Engrish Funny website, via Mr. Fabulous:
"Our first love and last love is...Self-love."

I got to spend a few hours with my niece this past week when she came to town for brunch and some Austin-style vintage shopping, and she gave me this bookmark:
Isn't it gorgeous? (It's okay to be jealous.)

It's already been put to good use over the weekend, marking the cookbook pages for Chicago deep dish pizza- a Saturday night extravaganza that turned out well, if I do say so myself.
(fortunecookiejunkie's first attempt at pizza-making, with help from a native Chicagoan)

And finally, my own cookie insert (bottom) from lunch on Friday, accompanied by that of my neighbor and friend Hester (top):
Hester's not-a-fortune: "Luck helps those who help themselves."
My not-a-fortune: "You have a heart of gold."

May this coming week be better than the last.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Found...But Not By Me (this time)

If you've been following this blog for any significant amount of time, you know Single Blonde in the City. (If you don't, you're either a) an unobservant reader, b) lazy, c) forgetful, or d) all of the above.) Her readers know she changed jobs back in November. Her new position requires her to wear an ID badge and, lo and behold, what did she find at the back of that badge yesterday- Valentine's Day?

Valentine's: A Day of Magnets & Cookies

Myrtle assisted me in an important task yesterday morning and as we were leaving her place she called out to me, "Yo, Happy Valentine's Day." I turned around to see her holding this magnet:

How stinkin' cool is that?!

When I returned home, I saw a tweet from @UffishL containing her lunchtime cookie inserts, the first of which is V-Day appropriate:
"Sorrow of parting will bring happiness of reunification."

The second is a not-a-fortune if I've ever seen one:
"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works."

I hope you had a successful February 14th, whatever that means for you. My evening included some time spent with a Magic 8 Ball, which is its own fortune teller of sorts.

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Last Apothecary Magic Hat Prediction?

I've blogged about the sayings on the undersides of Magic Hat bottle caps before: first back in March of last year, when @meh1214 introduced me to them; then again two months later after an unsuccessful Washington, D.C., search for fortune cookies; and last month when Erin, K-Felts, and I visited our favorite Austin wine bar, Apothecary. You'll notice a theme to my Magic Hat posts: most all of my bottle caps are acquired via the good people at Apothecary. Hence my dismay upon learning that Apothecary is no longer carrying Magic Hat.

Last Thursday I met Erin, K-Felts, and Single Blonde in the City at Apothecary for some much-needed girls' time, which SBITC chronicled here.
(aftermath of girls' time)

Before I left, though, I had what may be my last Magic Hat at Apothecary:
"Frolic around downtown."

Without reading too much into three little words printed on the underside of a beer bottle cap (or giving away too much), this not-a-fortune may prove timely...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011: The Year of the Rabbit

February 3, 2011, is the Chinese New Year and you know what that means: it's the year of the rabbit. (You didn't know that? Consider yourself informed.)

Last week's status on Not-a-Fortune's Facebook page lamented my lack of material and asked for reader contributions. My friends came through big:

LT offered these not-a-fortunes, which she found on her desk:
"Inch by inch life's a cinch. Yard by yard life is hard."
[You can imagine how LT, who never needs encouragement to add "in bed" to the end of a cookie insert, feels about this one.]
"Killing time murders opportunities."
[LT, on this find: "Which is always pleasant to receive after lunch." Agreed.]
Sidenote: LT and her husband are expecting twins and she is chronicling their journey on (Baby R) Squared. If you've read her fun fashion blog One Cat Away From Crazy (or even if you haven't), you may want to update your links.

My tweep @agostinelli dined at Pittsburgh's Burgatory, where he received this not-a-fortune:
"One extends one's limits only by exceeding them."
I don't know if you clicked the link for Burgatory, but it's a burger+shake joint. Just reading the menu made me hungry and thirsty, especially when I saw the extensive list of beer options with which you can wash down your fortune cookie.

Bea Dazzler and I enjoyed honey chicken and house special beef at Chinatown in Westlake before catching a show at Austin's One World Theatre last Friday. Our cookie inserts were less amusing than the stand-up comedy we saw after dinner, and if you had been at the show you would know just how difficult of a task that was to achieve.
"Now is the time to call loved ones at a distance. Share your news."
[You may recall that Bea Dazzler and her husband Princess Quite-A-Lot are expecting their first child in the next few weeks. Her response to this not-a-fortune was a variation of, "If they don't know by now, they haven't been paying attention."]
"Love conquers all."
[Does it?]

Here's an interesting not-a-fortune, received by a college friend who, along with his wife, courageously left his job as a high school teacher to run an organic sustainable farm. Go read about it here. And follow along on their journey at Good Life Ranch.
"To courageously shoulder the responsibility of one's mistake is character."

Finally, three inserts from Single Blonde's recent business lunch at P.F. Chang's:
"Big journeys begin with a single step."
[In bed?]
"Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today."
[Also "In bed"?]
"To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose the next best."
[SB and I are in agreement that this last not-a-fortune must have been written by a man. In an attempt to console an ex-girlfriend.]