So the word on the street is that last Saturday was International Women’s Day. We like that because we are really big fans of women. We may have a small bias here but we just think that women pretty much rule the world. We are capable of accomplishing so many large and earth shattering or small and subtle things with such strength, style, grace, and love. And we do it all day every day. So y’all make sure to take some time today and celebrate yourselves and other extraordinary women you know. And if you already did it on Saturday, then you should probably just go on and do it again because you deserve it.
Meanwhile we will be over here listening to Beyonce preach.
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So, I have been thinking long and hard about my to do list for this weekend and I have decided we should…
Start out our Saturday by having a kitty lay in. We should finish up the Harry Potter book that we are re-reading with fuzzy babies on our belly. For at least an hour, I think. Then when we finally get out of bed, we should probably call our girlfriends and demand they drop their plans and meet us for brunch at our favorite French restaurant. We will indulge in crepes and bottomless mimosas and most likely also some of those puffy pastries with the strawberry sauce until we are feeling very full and a little silly. And also caught up on all the good gossip. On the way home, we will swing by the fancy grocery store to buy ingredients for an afternoon of cupcake baking. We may also pick up a gourmet pizza for our dinner. When we get home we will put on our new apron so we feel like Martha and bake the yummiest and moistest cupcakes that anyone has ever eaten. Then we will eat 3 or 4 for our afternoon snack while snuggling under several blankets perched in our favorite chair by the fire. We will remember to fix ourselves a glass of milk to go with them before we sit down so we don’t have to get back up once we have kitties making biscuits in our laps. It is then that we notice that it has started to snow. Big fat snowflakes falling at a nice consistent pace. The ground will start to turn white and we will decide that this is probably the perfect time to pop in It’s A Wonderful Life because there is really no better movie to watch while it is snowing outside. Christmas or not. Then we will consume our pizza while we watch Jimmy Stewart. We will think to ourselves that while this may not have been a very skinny day, it most certainly has been a satisfactory one.
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So I have been meaning to write this post for the past few weeks but as is customary in my imperfect world, I am just now getting around to it. There are lots of things that I love about traveling. I love seeing beautiful buildings and landscapes, learning interesting things about history, and eating as much fat food as I want because I am on vacation and calories don’t count. But perhaps my most favorite thing about traveling is the way it makes me feel when I come home. After I get over the exhaustion and jet lag. It makes me feel refreshed and almost peaceful. Getting to know different people and places and experiencing different customs and ways of life while you yourself are completely outside of your comfort zone is so enlightening for me and I always come home with what I think it a greater perspective of the world. It is so easy in our daily lives to get stuck in our little loops and ways of thinking about things and we become so accustomed to our way of living that it is very likely that we start to feel that this may be the best or only way of existing. When I travel I am reminded that our lives are so small in the big picture and that the vast majority of people in the world exist in a way that is completely different than we do. They have different experiences, religious views, prejudices and values. And theirs are just as valid and true as ours are. I can see how this would be scary to some people to consider as it is human nature to want to feel we are the masters of the universe. But for me, it makes me feel better about the world and the people living in it because no matter who I came across whether it was a student from Lithuania working in Bath to help his girlfriend come to be with him, an Irish man whose dream it is to open a bar in the Caribbean like in the movie Cocktail or a Saudi man who didn’t much care for American government (but very much liked American people), it was easy to find common ground and mutual respect for each other. That, to me, is very encouraging because that is reality no matter what the news media would have us believe. Despite all of our differences, I truly believe that we have far more similarities.
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