Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Three Signs

Despite being on the fringes of unemployment I decided to take myself out to lunch yesterday. From my experience, it's a practice to keep doing what you really want to do under the circumstances of a budget. Lucky for me, every time I take that leap, I receive wonderful little signs from the world at large that I am supported in my decision. Yesterday, at lunch, I got three.

#1. One of my mom's favorite phrases to say is: "This is so civilized." And, for whatever reason, since the dawn of time, it drives me CRAZY when she says that. So, now, she says it FOR THE PURPOSES of driving me crazy. Then I say, "Stop saying that," and we laugh. Sometimes I abstain from the whole conversation and she goes through the whole thing by herself: "This is so civilized" she says. Then I quaver in disgust. "Stop saying that" she says in a mocking version of my voice. The whole thing is hilarious to us. Yesterday, at a table nearby, a mom and daughter sat. The mom was much older and the daughter spoke loudly throughout their lunch in order for her mom to hear. During their grand finale of coffee and dessert, the daughter said to the mom, loud as all get out, "Mom, I'm sorry but I have to say this: 'this is so civilized.'" The mom shook her head, "Ahhhhh, I can't stand that phrase of yours." They laughed and the daughter defended the phrase and then said it again one more time to their mutual amusement.

#2. I read in my book: "In my experience, the universe falls in with worthy plans, and most especially with festive and expansive ones."- Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way. At first I read EXPENSIVE ones. Expansive can be expensive and its also SO MUCH MORE.

#3. The sign to end all signs I found on the back of the restaurant's bathroom door. The restaurant I went to is called Dragonfly. Believe it or not they had won THE COVETED "Best Cafe in Taos Named After an Insect" back in 2000. Now do I know how to pick 'em or do I know how to pick 'em?


bETH said...

Do you know that Julia Cameron lives in Taos? Or at least she did about 20 years ago!

AshB said...

Hi Beth, thanks for asking! I read in the beginning of THE ARTIST'S WAY she used to. I'll try and find out from some of the locals if she's still around! Thanks for inspiring me! I WOULD LOVE to run into her!

bETH said...

I went to high school for a few years with her daughter and then moved from Chicago to Taos. I actually visited them there and it was absolutely GORGEOUS!! We've fallen out of touch, but I'll see if I can't find her on Facebook and learn if Julia is still in Taos.

AshB said...

THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!!! I'm a really big fan of the power that is THE ARTIST'S WAY. I've done it a few times and I always encourage my friends to do it too. I would die and go to heaven for the chance to meet Julia Cameron and see if I could help her with her programs that she does in accordance with it. THANKS SO MUCH BETH!!

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