Tuesday, March 14, 2017

So Random and Coffee Chat

I'm linking up with Stacy Uncorked and Ink Interrupted.

So... having a conflict at work, and it is totally raining on my spring break parade.
 It pervades my thoughts and dreams, mostly thoughts.  I replay situations in my head.  It doesn't leave my mind for long before it's back.  You've probably been there before.  I would have liked to get it solved before spring break, but two of the three other people involved decided to leave instead of confronting the issue.  So, I wait. (heavy sigh)

But at least I've got my kids home for a week!
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I actually watched The Bachelor this season.  I had a feeling he'd end up with Vanessa, but I really wanted him to end up with Raven. My heart broke for her. Vanessa is too strong-willed and demanding.  She's beautiful, and she has a worthy occupation, but she kind of gripes too much.  Raven is also beautiful, but she's less demanding, more playful, and loyal.  They are both confident and strong.  Oh well.  He didn't ask me to choose for him.  I hope he and Vanessa will be so very happy together.

And I'm looking forward to Rachel being the new Bachelorette.  She is from my home state, you know.  She, too, is a beautiful, smart, and confident woman.  For so long, I refused to watch these shows.  I don't normally like reality TV.  Much of it is scripted, anyway.  I got sucked in the last three or four weeks of Ben's season.  I don't know how.  But I'm hooked.

So, today would have been my dad's 82nd birthday.  He passed in October, 2004.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him.  I'm going to try to stay busy by meeting a friend for lunch, a movie, and a trip to Hobby Lobby.

St. Patrick's Day is Friday.  Do you have plans?  I don't.  However, my grandfather, dad's dad, was born on March 17, 1898.  Pretty cool, huh? And yes, he was Irish.

I need to lose about fifteen pounds before our daughter's wedding, or 20, or more, but diets are so hard for me!    I have no willpower like I did when I was younger.  I've got 12 weeks.  But this is me...

And now, Coffee Chat

Today our hostess asks...
Where are your Lucky Charms?  
It's St. Patricks Day this week, whether you are Irish or not, 
do you have any special totems or symbols of your culture?

I don't have any lucky charms or totems, so to speak.  But I do have a pecan that my grandfather gave me once when we were walking around the property of his retirement home. Even at age 98, he liked to get out and take walks.  I've kept in all these years, and probably always will, not as a lucky charm, just as a remembrance.
I used to have a rabbit's foot (more than one) when I was younger.  It wasn't a REAL rabbit's foot, of course, but it represented it.  It was said that a rabbit's foot would bring good luck, prosperity, and success to the person carrying it.

The biggest symbol in my culture is the cross.  It is a symbol of Christ's crucifixion which happened in order to set us free from sin.   Another symbol is the ichthus, or fish.  The letters in the Greek word ichthus each represented a word:  Jesus, Christ, of God, Son, and Savior. "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my Savior."  The ichthus was a code word and symbol used to express their convictions by those afraid of persecution. (Reference)
That's all for this week!


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5 comments:

Cathy Kennedy said...

Good-day, my friend! The Bachelor/Bachelorette TV shows don't appeal to me but we have casually watched a few minutes of The Bachelor. Thankfully, I didn't get hooked on the staged drama. The cross is definitely an important symbol in my life. Jesus paid our debt and made it easy for us to get in heaven if only we come to Him. Have a good day and God bless!

messymimi said...

It's so difficult to solve problems when people run away, or won't discuss things forthrightly; i hope it can be rectified with a minimum of drama when everyone comes back.

Isn't it a blessing that the symbols of our faith mean so much more than just a wish for luck!

Lucy said...

hi Diane! your daughter is getting married?? congratulations!! I've always had great luck with weight watcher program. have you ever joined? Its just sensible to me. so sorry too to know how much you miss your dad. sending hugs xoxo

Rory Bore said...

I like your idea of Cadbury egg breakfast!! LOL
Every now and then can't hurt right? I haven't really stuck to my diet per say since starting this mini vacation, but I am not really going overboard either. And I still did my yoga in the room. And then had Maltesers. LOL

I use to have a fish symbol with the Greek letters too.. but it broke from the chain one day while out and about, and I haven't replaced it yet. But I'd definitely like to have something that represents my faith too. I do have a small cross tattoo incorporated into another tattoo, but it's not in a visible place.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I hate when unresolved conflicts can't get resolved before a long-ish break - it does tend to pervade thoughts and dreams. Here's hoping it's resolved when spring break is over so you don't have to stress any more. And good that your kids are home to help distract you! ;)

I was SO hoping/wishing Nick would choose Raven!! I felt so bad for her!! I know they edit things in such a way to manipulate the audience, so of course it looked like Raven was going to be the chosen one instead of Vanessa - *especially* since she kept saying she wasn't sure if she was ready to be engaged at the end. But she did say yes, so..... Huh. We'll see what happens - I mean, her family and job and students and everything is in Canada, wonder if she'll *really* move to the states for Nick?? I am looking forward to seeing Rachel as the Bachelorette, too - she seems so sweet yet grounded! :)

That is waaaaaay cool your grandfather was born on St. Patty's Day in 1898! I bet he had awesome stories to tell! :)

Heh, heh! Cadbury eggs for breakfast...now I'm craving them! :)

I have a favorite cross necklace that I wear more than most - thanks for reminding me I still need to unwrap my jewelry armoire to fish it out! :)

Have a great weekend! :)

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