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Skipping Along

May 25, 2008

Alright so I’ve been away for a while. Truth is I haven’t had much to say and what I did want to say was not very nice, or just boring, so I figured I should save it for myself.

I’ve had a very good couple of weeks for the most part. very busy at work however, and so my energy level in the evenings doesn’t have enough reserves for blogging.

I’ll start with the bad stuff first. Have you ever said something to the wrong person and have them twist your words and repeat it to someone and the whole thing becomes one HUGE mess? Ya, that was my world at work the last couple of weeks. Someone I have known for only 6 months had a casual conversation with me in which I voiced my opinion of what a friend’s manager MIGHT be thinking in a particular recent situation, and that IF that was the case, I couldn’t say that I disagreed with him. This friend I’m talking about, I’ve worked with her for ten years, her husband and I go to hockey games together, I went to the hospital to visit when their kids were born, they come to my house for BBQ’s, you get the picture, very good friends. Anyway, this new person, she told my friend that I had talked to her boss and agreed with him about how he is handling the situation. Now my friend won’t talk to me. If this is all sounding very “high school” you are absolutely right. And that’s a large part of what’s making me insane. If everyone involved was male, we would tell each other to f’off, then talk it over and go for a beer. But no, oh the drama. I could tell you more but it just gets more ridiculous, and honestly, it’s a waste of time. I only posted it because it DOES bother me to lose a friend over something I didn’t do, and it put me in a less than ideal frame of mind these last couple of weeks.

So that, plus a riduclous workload made a little less than my normally cheery self. But it wasn’t ALL bad. Kelly and I returned to Point Pelee last weekend and although the birding was not quite as good as the week before, we had fun and I added a couple to my life list.

One was this little fella. He was hard to spot at first. We knew where to look because a crowd had gathered, but he was still pretty well camouflaged. I was able to add Screech Owl to my life list.


Also on the same day, thanks to an alert birder who pointed it out to us, we were able to see a yellow warbler building it’s nest. She was building it just a foot off the ground, and it looked like a tiny teacup made of silk.


Another good thing is that with some help I have managed to plant our little herb garden. It’s not too big, in fact it’s in containers on the deck, but it has most of what I think we might need to add to recipes through the summer. I’ve always wanted to try this, and Kelly seemed to like the idea so here it is.

Dinner was especially good tonight, if you’ll allow me to pat myself on the back for a minute. I made NY strip on the BBQ and vegetable skewers. The skewers were mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and three kinds of sweet peppers. I brushed them with half a cup of Olive oil, to which I added 2 tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar, 5 cloves of crushed garlic and salt and pepper. My mother made some basmati rice, and my sister made a fruit cobbler. All of it went perfectly with a bottle of Cabernet Franc.


This has nothing to do with anything, but I still want to mention it because it made me happy. I was driving to work on Thursday, doing my usual thinking and planning about the day ahead, driving on autopilot dodging the same potholes I dodge every day. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something bright yellow on the sidewalk. I looked up ahead of me, and it was a little girl, maybe 9 or 10 years old. It was a bright sunny day, and there she was, with her bright yellow shoes, skipping to school. Yes, skipping. Not the kind with a rope, just the skipping along that happy kids do, not a care in the world. She wasn’t doing it to make someone laugh, or to make a statement, I looked around and there was nobody for blocks. No, she was just skipping because she WAS happy. And she did NOT have a care in the world. For a moment I remembered that feeling, I felt that happiness. She made my heart sing. She really did. I smiled all the way to work.   The world needs more skipping.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2008 10:43 pm

    I just keep wondering that if you were to write what you wrote here and gave it to your friend to read she might come around. See that you meant no harm. I mean if it was that solid of a friendship this drama does not seem warranted. Wonder what the new person did to stir things up. And why your friend believed them over you? Shame on her.
    I hope she comes around.
    A shame really.

    I love the little yellow bird peeking out of its nest…
    and the little girl skipping in her yellow shoes.

    I got to skip with my little grand daughter this weekend.
    Her shoes were purple.

  2. May 27, 2008 5:33 pm

    the world DOES need more skipping! in yellow shoes! And your veggie skewers look awesome 🙂

  3. May 27, 2008 10:37 pm

    We regularly skip through parking lots. While holding hands. This way, we can be sure that no one drags behind, and we are absolutely sure that EVERYONE sees us. We are quit the site.

    I used to be a good jump-rope skipper in my youth. Freaking kids though – I can’t do it anymore. Sigh. The world could use more jump-ropes. Good for the heart.

    On a totally different note – I LOVE the photo of the wee yellow bird.

    I also hate the drama. Confront and clear up is always my way of dealing with things. But I’m one of those odd ducks who kind of digs confrontation. Would you be able to clear this up?

  4. May 28, 2008 1:37 am

    You’re right, Sylvain! The world needs more skipping, more joy, more good food and wine, more love. Thank you for the good things you bring to it! Peace and love, O xxoo

  5. May 30, 2008 10:06 am

    thanks Sylvain for this great post… i should thank Kelly for directing us here…
    the skipping girl and that yummy dinner you made filled me with a sense of reality and being present at the moment… and i needed it now… these past few days all was sadness and sorrow…
    just living … not a care in the world…

    your problem with your friend is not of high school type… such things happen in our workplaces too… think what Lynn says is wise…. talk or write to your friend directly about this…
    thanks again
    wish you the best …


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