“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” — Donna Roberts
Sheila, Gigi and I have been friends for 8 years now. We’ve seen each other at our most glowing moments (stellar careers, lovelife highs) and our worst (career dilemmas, hangovers by broken hearts). While our busy schedules keep us from meeting as much we’d like to, we take full advantage of technology to keep in touch. And of course we try out darndest best to keep one evening meeting-free so we can catch up.
I could write about our history. I could write about how much I look up to each of them. However, words won’t be enough and so I’ll just say this: Good friends are hard to come by. When you find a promising friendship, nurture it and make it grow. In a real friendship, there are no judgments made nor is there crab mentality. I’m blessed to have nurtured a real friendship with Sheila and Gigi. We’ve held hands, shrieked and laughed together during the many rollercoaster rides in our lives. I look forward to what the next 8 or 28 have in store for us.
Why does it look weird if you top a spoonful of rice with crabstick, mangoes, cucumbers and mayonnaise? But if you roll them in a perfect Maki way like this, it looks so appetizing? Thank you Japan! And I just learned that in other countries, they’d use avocado instead of mango in their California rolls. I can’t imagine mixing my avocado with rice… yet. Has anyone tried that?
If I were part of South Park, I’d look like this…
And H would look like this…
Cute ‘no! Create your South Park character here! Have some fun today. Enjoy!
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I’ve always been fascinated with this board game. I enjoy watching my piece and my co-players’ pieces progress through a simulated life by landing on good spots (Win talent contest!) or bad spots (Ski accident!). We pick out careers, get married, have babies (sometimes none, sometimes so much there’s no more room in the car), buy a lakeside cabin, invest in a Broadway play, become grandparents, retire in Countryside Acres or Millionaire Estates.
No matter how many times we play this game, we always end up with different stories and have different endings. During one game, I was a teacher and an accountant, made $80,000 per payday, had 5 kids (2 pairs of boy-girl twins and one boy), had a great life and retired a millionaire. Other times I had no kids, got the lowest salary card, had a tornado hit my house when I had no insurance. You won’t really know what happens next to you — it all lies in how you spin the wheel and where the pointer lands.
These are a few of my favorite things upon coming home. No talk of work is allowed. No bright fluorescent lights or harsh airconditioning. No clocks ticking to a bomb of a deadline. Just pure relaxation, moving as slow as you want, feeling the warm wood beneath your feet. You take no orders from anyone but yourself. Well, that’s until your husband goes, “Can you make me a cup of tea please?” But it’s all good. It’s all part of coming home.
Aside from the love of family, what do you look forward to when going home?