Thursday, February 25, 2010

Three Beautiful Things Thursday

Have you ever felt time is alternately crawling at a snail's pace but in the same breath flying by so quickly you can't seem to make heads or tails of where the day went? I think in seasons like this, seasons where you are both urging time along but in the same breath wishing it would stop for a minute so you can breathe its doubly important to stop and consider the beauty around us. So without further adieu. . . (and hope all is well with you!)

Snow. Down here in the south we don't get much of this. Sure sometimes we get flurries that causes the entire city to shut down with breaking news announcements interrupting perfectly lovely daytime television, but in my years here its been rare to see the nice snow, the fluffy white snow that falls down in clumps on your nose and lashes. The kind you can have a real snowball fight with and create towering snowmen of. A few weeks ago we had this kind of snow and it was just plain old fun. I'm a native Floridian and this is exactly the type of snow I can enjoy: once in a blue moon, build a snowman, and then poof, gone the next day before it can get grimy and gray and require loads of shoveling. [Our mini-snowman on the left- is he thug or what?]

Spring Cleaning. I think its Spring? Though the fact that I need three layers to leave the house imply otherwise. In any case we had a beautiful 'spring-like' weekend recently in the 60's. The kind where birds chirp and kids scooter around and for a brief moment you don't care that temps will drop 30 degrees in just a few days. We took advantage and finally got down to the nitty gritty business of deciding which of my teaching things to donate. I had so much stuff it lined the entire side of my garage. This. was. hard. I look at a box of games and remember the children who laughed as they played, I see the books I used to read and keep thinking maybe someday they will come in handy. But- the truth is for the past few years they've been gathering dust and going untouched and its time they go to someone who could use them. I saved a few things that my future child can insh'Allah someday use, but I'm happy to say I now have an empty garage. I appreciate K for helping me let go. Now that I have, I feel a little lighter inside.

Casual Dining. I have come to accept that as much as fancy restaurants can be good to mark a special occasion I don't like being waited on. I don't like a check brought to my table indicating I must leave and especially I don't like eating while others are clutching black pagers eyeing my table and waiting for us to vacate. One thing I loved about Brazil was that it was considered rude to give a check to the customer without them requesting it. Dining out was an experience, not a cattle call feed lot situation. You were expected to relax and talk and take your time. This is just not possible at most restaurants. For this reason I find myself preferring a simpler affair like Boneheads, Zaxby's or Chipotle where you order your meal, get all the refills you want without having to flag anyone down and can stay for pretty much as long as you like.

5 comments:

mystic-soul said...

I like ed this: "One thing I loved about Brazil was that it was considered rude to give a check to the customer without them requesting it".

By the way nothing beats Chipotle (How you say it right? (Chee-po-tal or chee-pot-ley?)

Aisha said...

Hmm, I guess its the second version! I never thought about it before! :)

sadeya said...

I like how a meal is a whole experience in some cultures.


By the way, check out whitehouse.gov in order to see some things going on with education policy. You may be interested in getting involved somehow in atlanta or by joining some relevant organization. I think that is why you liked education law - the bigger systematic picture.

pilgrimchick said...

Oh, snow....never-ending out here in New England, sadly. We won't see the end of it until April, I'm afraid, and it does get old. But, the weather was warm enough today to open a lot of windows and air out the house, so I will take that for now.

Nur said...

chipotle rocks! i love that guacamole so much i had to figure out how to make it myself. and i agree, the simpler 'quick-service' restaurants are much easier to sit back and relax in! which is kind of ironic.

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