Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Taking a Break.

"Instead of worrying and agonizing, move ahead constructively."

It's been a busy spring and summer promises to be even busier. I'm taking a break from blogging. The above not-a-fortune (more of a direction, really, and one I should heed) is the last one I received.

Before I go, here are some of my friends' recent cookie inserts.

@UffishL, whose birthday is today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAUREN! - got a kick out of this oddly worded not-a-fortune:
"Today, you are wiser than usual, and also less anxious."

@blakekrause, brother of my good friend Single Blonde, wonders if his recent insert - "You find the beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability." - is a fortune or an indication of a fortunate trait. 

My dear friend Erin, who just returned from two trips, received this insert, which she deemed "a not-a-fortune AND bullshit":
"Keep in mind that it's the journey and not the destination that counts."

Pam's fortune made her "laugh maniacally when [she] read it": "You deserve respect and will eventually get it." (don't we all?)
However, when her "sweetie got another lecture fortune" - "A friend or partner will be giving you needed information. Listen!" - we see how the respect may require patience...

My Audriella married her Mr. Jones last month and they are currently enjoying a Hawaiian honeymoon. Always on the lookout for fortune cookies due to too many meals with yours truly, she sent me this photo:


I'll leave you with two cookie inserts my close friend Colleen received recently, with apologies for the blurry text pic:
"Love is like wildflowers...it is often found in the most unlikely places."
"Smiling often can make you look and feel younger."

Thank you for visiting this blog, whether you do it regularly or occasionally. I wish for you productivity, wisdom, and the ability to find beauty in ordinary things. Remember to enjoy the journey. May you get the respect you deserve; may your fortune cookies be dipped in chocolate (if you like that sort of thing, and aren't allergic to it). Pick love where you find it. Smile.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Found-a-Fortune!

I've been busy. I have some material saved up and will write a longer post in the coming days but look what I found as I went to check my mail today...
(this is what the little slip of paper looked like when I first spotted it on the ground)

"People will find it difficult to resist your propositions."

Did you ever see the Sex & the City where Berger* tells Carrie that he collects found playing cards? He tells her they're all over the city; she tells him she's never noticed; he tells her she will now. I wonder if fortune cookie inserts are like that- tiny slips of paper floating on air, resting on the ground, waiting to be found.

*Berger & Carrie sidebar: that little post-it note he left her was its own not-a-fortune, wasn't it?


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lonestar Round Up Friday Night Fun

Last Friday night marked the beginning of The 10th Annual Lonestar Rod & Kustom Round Up. My friends Mr. Fabulous and UnScurvyGirl organized dinner at South Congress's Hopdoddy so we'd be in a prime location to take in the hot rod sights. After burgers (try the Greek- mmm!), fries, and craft beers, we set out on what turned into an impromptu pub crawl along Austin's famed SoCo district.

Mr. Fabulous served as photographer and I put together a slideshow of some of our adventures. This is only a sampling of the 70+ photos from the evening, and much to my dismay we didn't catch my favorite moment on film- when one member of our group dove into the Hotel San Jose pool. (In case you're wondering: no, it wasn't me.)


Now, you might be asking yourself what any of this has to do with fortunes (or not-a-fortunes). After Hopdoddy and Hotel San Jose but before our last stop at Guero's (did I mention it ended up being a pub crawl?), we popped into Snack Bar where we each ended up with bottles of beer, four of which had nifty little sayings under their caps.

The top of the caps

Their undersides:
"Feels like a Chinook."
"Ale-o. How RU?"
"BRAVELY DONE"
"Peace, love, beer"

It was a great time.