Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Venturing Beyond the Rock

Yesterday was a lovely day!  There was beautiful sunshine, and autumn coloured leaves, and a wonderful warmth outside.  It was so lovely that I even ventured out from under my Cozy Rock and went for a walk with my little Cuddlebug.  We stayed away from any madness, I assure you, and quite enjoyed our little adventure.

I think a change of scenery (and watching the scenery change, as it does), can be a wonderfully recharging activity.  There's nothing quite like watching golden leaves drift gracefully down from the trees, seeing squirrels foraging and frolicking, and getting some cleansing fresh air to clear out the cobwebs.

Now, I must admit that I had to give myself a little push to venture out.  I could see the warm, inviting glow of the sun from beyond the shadows.  It beckoned to me until I finally got us both in shoes and socks and out the door.  Today is looking quite pleasant too.  I'm thinking I will take advantage of as much sunshine and beauty outside as I can before I am confined to the warm coziness of my rock for the winter.  Oh, but before that arrives, we have an exciting adventure!  I will tell you all about it, I promise.  The Cuddlebug and I will be traveling around the world to visit my family in New Zealand next week.  I'm sure there will be madness, but I will share all the fun with you while I'm there.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

When I Grow Up . . .

I am a bit of a dreamer.  I love new projects, and I love spinning an idea out into a huge plan to take over the world.  I'm not so good with the follow through, so I end up having a lot of ideas, and a lot of plans.  I'm now officially an adult, and I still think about what I want to be when I grow up.

I think a lot of people (myself included) spend too much time thinking about what we are "supposed" to do, and not enough time thinking about what would be really cool.  So lets focus on some dreaming.  When I was little I secretly really wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew.  Don't get me wrong, I also went through the standard set of young girl dreams:  moviestar, equestrienne, rockstar.  I made lemonade and had grand designs for the best lemonade stand ever (rather like the current Verizon ads).  But no matter what else I've thought about doing, I always come back to that detective / private eye dream.  Maybe one day that's what I'll do.  Wouldn't that be cool?

Today I had a completely different dream.  You see, being a displaced Kiwi on the East Coast of the USA, I frequently crave the little New Zealand things that I can't get here.  Thanks to my brother, today the craving was a hearty meat pie.  Not the American pot pie that you have to eat with a fork on a plate and is filled with far too many vegetables.  A proper kiwi Steak and Cheese pie I could eat with my hands and would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Suffice it to say that today's dream is opening a pie shop.  And not just any pie shop!  My pie shop would provide fabulous, economical, hearty, nutritious, hand held meals to the millions of cold, hungry and generally broke people of this country who have no idea what they are missing!

This isn't the first time I've had this dream.  Pretty much every time I crave a decent pie and can't get one I start thinking about baking them myself.  We'll ignore that "real world" issues that usually squash the idea.  Maybe I will bake some pies.  But I think I'll sit here under my rock for a little longer dreaming about the possibilities.