I’m doing something today I don’t I too often. I’m sitting in Starbucks watching the world go by.
I was a buckaroo (that’s starbonics for an employee) for about five years. This was truly the most fun job I’ve ever had. Every time I put on that green apron, I felt like an actor walking on to the stage. I said things to customers I’d never really say in real life. All said with a smile and a little extra sass. Seriously, when you are getting coffee at 5am who wants a barista that’s yawning and bored?
When I lived in Portland, there was a Starbucks on every corner, and the mothership was just a few hours north, the expectations were higher. Now, visiting Starbucks has a different feel. One of my first times in a store here, it took me 20 minutes to get an iced tea and a muffin… And I got the wrong muffin. I just smiled and walked away. Today’s experience was more akin to what I had experienced in days long gone by.
My orthopedist’s office is just across the street and my next stop is to get a new vehicle plate for my van. In the middle, I’m treating myself to some people watching.
The nice thing about this hour of the day, most of the patrons are professionals and nicely put together. There’s the gentle tinkling sound of coffee beans being scooped and the swooshing of milk being foamed; all of this overlaid with a funky rock beat and hushed southern accents chatting.
Alright… Time to get on with waiting at the DMV.
Enjoy your day.
One of the things I love about weekends are sitting on my patio, drinking my coffee, and watching the birds that bounce around the trees. Much to my horror, I came home one evening recently to find the four trees closest to my patio were gone. Evidently the storm that hit earlier in the day split one of them in half and they were concerned about the others. Whatever the reason, my mornings on the patio have been much quieter and Ginger kitty has had less live entertainment.
Quieter mornings aren’t bad. I read blogs, think about my day and week ahead, what I want to write about, and think how auspicious it is I have found the blogging community and friends in Memphis that have been such a great support to me.
Since I don’t have the trees directly outside my window anymore, the birds are coming up to the patio directly. As I sat reading the other morning, a hummingbird flew right up to me, hovered for just a moment, then flew off. In Ancient Rome, they would watch birds in flight to foretell the future and divine omens. The Aborigines believe that birds carry stories. Maybe the trees coming down were auspicious as well.
Merriam Webster defines auspicious as kindly patronage and guidance, and a favorable sign. It is derived from the Latin auspicium, from auspic-, auspex diviner by birds, from avis bird + specere to look.
I recently did the WordPress Blogging 101 workshop as a way for me to jump-start myself back into regular writing. I find I’m not so great when I have an “assignment” and have to write on command. But that just makes me stretch my wings a little more and grow. A great result of the workshop, a group of us have stuck together to offer support and feedback. After my post about ennui, I was invited to contribute to the word of the week to the alumni group. I’m offering a slightly modified version of that post here today.
When I told a friend about this “assignment” for the weekly word etymology, she suggested the first word that popped into her head. I’d been trying for almost a week to find the right word, and it immediately came to her, not knowing our little band of bloggers at all. I am a firm believer that the universe will speak to us, we just have to be open to receiving the message. My fellow 101’ers provide guidance to those who need it, and it is most favorable that we have all come together.
An assignment from the workshop was to come up with a recurring feature. I was stymied. I ramble, weave, and bob my way around the posts I write. I’ve written about a few recurring themes, but not with any regularity. Again, the universe spoke to me and being the word nerd I am, I’m going to do a regular series on words, starting with A and working my way through the alphabet.
Any ideas and suggestions for the letter B…
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I got home from getting my haircut just before 9pm and was hoping to add some pictures of the amazing moon that I saw on my drive home. It was huge and golden. Everywhere I turned it was there! I drove up Mt Tabor in an attempt to get some pictures, but nothing I got captured the hugeness of the moon or the awe that it inspired. To think that people were all tucked in for the night and missed that beautiful moon.