Take A Deep Breath . . . and RELAX!

Aug 15th
I know I use this image a lot, but I just love this squirrel!

It’s Friday and what a wonderful thing that is today! I am starting this later than usual on Thursday night as I just got home from the coast and performing one of the sweetest weddings.  Most ceremonies I do great when it comes to feeling tearful.  It’s a really fun job, but it’s a job.  My purpose is to facilitate a union between the couple getting married so they can get on with their future. Sometimes though, a couple will tug at my heart strings.  One young bride a few years ago was a cancer survivor, and her groom was nearly sobbing as he said vows he’d written for her – that one I said my portion with tears streaming down my face and feeling grateful for waterproof mascara.  I even managed to get through both of my children’s ceremonies without shedding a tear – of course that could have SOMETHING to do with the fact that I could see my dreaded ex’s face in the audience and he irritates me by default.  Today’s though – the groom had tears in his eyes and his hands were shaking as he recited his vows to his bride. The bride was barely holding it together, her voice quivering as she responded.  My biggest mistake was looking out at the parents.  . . there they were, all four of them, wiping tears from their eyes . . . I nearly lost it.  You see this young bride has moved here from Australia, and though the parents are thrilled that she is happy and has found the man of her dreams, they know that this marriage means their baby girl is never moving home again, and that HAS to have a major impact on them.  It was all I could do to get through MY baby girl moving to Colorado, even knowing that she could (and did) move back! Not sure how that mama is holding it together, but she was doing a great job considering.  It was a long drive there, and a long drive back . . . but thanks to my Mother for keeping me company and keeping me awake.  We had lots of conversation, laughter, many pit stops and what ultimately was a great day.

 

Chauvin Day –  I admit it.  I don’t get this one.  We’ve all heard of chauvinism, right?  Most of the time now we hear it in the context of treating females as substandard individuals.  That’s not how it started though.  Chauvin was a French soldier from Rochefort, France who idolized Napoleon.  Nobody really knows why, or they didn’t document it that I could find.   He was ridiculed horribly by his peers because his blind loyalty and dedication to anything French.  Originally chauvinism meant blind or absurdly intense attachment to any cause, so named after his aggressive patriotism to anything French.  This is celebrated today on Napoleons birthday because nobody knows when Chauvin’s is!  My problem with this is that this man was ridiculed for being patriotic to his country.  Hm, wouldn’t that be a GOOD thing?  I get it if he was ridiculed for his blind devotion to Napoleon, who was by all accounts a horrible leader.  Heck I find myself ridiculing MANY people daily for doing that in our own country today! 

Men’s Grooming Day –  It is so funny that this one is today because my Mom and I were just having a conversation about men and their various grooming habits on our drive yesterday.  I have a pet peeve – well, I have a LOT of pet peeves, but here’s one that is pertinent to this celebration.  I HATE it when men let their eyebrows get all crazy!  This typically happens as a man gets into his 40s and older, and it’s really annoying!  I’ve seen older gentlemen who are GREAT guys, but they look like caterpillars are attacking their eyes! And that blob of hair growing out their noses or ears – get rid of it! It’s gross and honestly it catches things that don’t need to be caught!  Speaking of things that don’t need to be caught – comb your beards! They shouldn’t be a catch-all for crumbs for a snack later. Yuck!  If it’s scaring off the ladies you are going for, then keep it up, but seriously today choose not to be scruffy and unkempt.  A little sexy stubble is one thing, but get it under control!  Keep the beard trimmed, clean up those ears, nose and eyebrows, and for goodness sake, if your shirt is stained, please change it.  Today you may even luck out because many salons and barbers will be having sales today, so check it out and see what you can find to make getting cleaned up more budget friendly.  If you can’t find any sales, it really isn’t that difficult to trim yourself up – I’m sure you can figure it out .

Relaxation Day  – I wish!  This one happened one day early!  Relaxation Day is all about just kicking back and doing nothing . . . I’ll have to celebrate this one tomorrow. My hubby has an unexpected day off today, so it happened on a great day for him, and I hope he takes full advantage and celebrates this one to its fullest extent.    Today, if you are able, is the day to spend doing whatever you want to just break free of everything that overloads your system with stress, so the rule of the day?  Avoid all stress causing activities!  Here are the Ten Top Ideas for enjoying Relaxation Day:           

  • Do nothing today
  • Go to a Spa
  • Go fishing
  • Play a round of golf(caution: not always relaxing)
  • Lounge around in a hammock
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Spend the day at the beach
  • Go to the  movies
  • Do a little gardening (no heavy duty work, though)
  • Have a picnic in the park

What art you waiting for?  Start relaxing!!!

This Day In History

1914 – The Panama Canal is opened.

Food Celebration of the Day

Julia Child’s Birthday Break out the butter and heavy cream! It’s time to honor Queen Julia with a French-inspired feast for all your loved ones.  Now, I’ve never made any of Julia Child’s recipes – but I do have a couple of her old books, and I’ve seen her on classic cooking shows.  Julia Childs was such an incredible role model for women chef’s everywhere – in a male dominated world, she took her dream and made it come to pass.

I hope at least some of this makes some sense.  By the time I was finished writing it I wasn’t all that coherent any more.  Enjoy your Friday, for tomorrow we sleep in!

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