Blondes Do Have More Fun! | #199

Waiting for our boat to doc.

Waiting for our boat!

I am excited! My girlfriend who lives in Truckee invited me to spend a couple of days with her!

This day was our day at the lake! Her husband volunteered to take us three blondes out on their boat.

Donner Lake

 

Donner Lake

What a beautiful lake!

Girlfriends at Donner Lake

Blondes DO have more fun!

I had a wonderful day! Don’t we look good for a bunch of middle aged moms? Say yes! The answer is you ladies look really good for middle aged moms! Say it! I know, I know, we have our dresses on over our bathing suits…THAT is what happens at this age. We become a little modest….that is all.

 

365 Day Gratitude Project | Day #199

Grateful for time with girlfriends on Donner Lake.

Sing It, Doris! Whatever Will Be Will Be!

“Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be.”
–Jay Livingston and Ray Evans

I remember Doris Day singing this song when I was a young child. her voice was sweet and comforting. I would dance around the room as I sang along projecting my voice even louder during the chorus which I knew so well.

Today I find myself singing these words once again as I enter a new chapter in my life. Yes, the future is not mine to see and what will be, will be BUT I can help the chapter along a little. I can visualize what I want in my life; it has worked in the past. I know that if I visualize what I want, it will be!

Do you believe this?

 
I also know that I have to contribute my energies to what I might want for my future to be. I need to educate myself for that new job hence I went back to school and received two certificates that i think will contribute to my future career.

I need to be in…or out of a relationship that allows me to be.

I want to write. I want to blog. What do I write about? Will people be interested in what I say? Can I reach out to others with my words? How much personal information do I dare share through my blog?

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Sing it, Doris,

The future’s not for us to see.
Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be…”

I don’t know what my future will be. I am going to keep blogging here…looking for my voice. I am going to keep applying for jobs…looking for my new opportunity. I am going to keep praying…asking for God to open the next door. I am going to keep working on my faith. After all, with faith everything will be just as it suppose to be. I am going to keep loving and listening and growing. I am going to keep focusing on what I want in my life.

The question is “What is it that I really want?”

The future’s not ours to see…
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be!

 
Que sera!

Eat Pray Love Luncheon in the Park with Girlfriends

Table set for Eat Pray Love Lunch at the park

I was just reminiscing about this luncheon I had for my girlfriends…

I absolutely loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love”. It was an inspiration to me full of eating, praying and love! Yeh, duh! My girlfriends had all read the book and most felt the same connection that I did to Elizabeth’s experience. I decided that I wanted to celebrate the book and the movie coming out with my girlfriends. So…I planned a Luncheon and Movie date with some of my closest friends.

Everything I did for the luncheon was inspired from my reading. I kept in mind the countries she had visited: Italy, India and Indonesia along with her adventures and the food she ate.

I wanted this to be a memorable experience for my girlfriends. It was important to have the food, decorations and the atmosphere depicting the book.

 

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Food was a big part of Liz’s Italy adventure including some wonderful fresh fruits. Here I served melon wrapped in prosciutto with grapes as the first course.

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In the book there was a very special bonding of the relationship between Elizabeth and her friend Ketut’s wife. When Ketut’s wife offered Elizabeth a cup of coffee the first time, she served it in a Mason jar. The second time she brought her coffee, she brought it in a Mason jar on a china saucer. Hence, I used a Mason jar to serve the ice tea on a saucer. The other interesing thing that Ketut’s wife did: she brought the sugar in a little bowl. Hence, I used these little crystal bowls for each one of my guest to serve the sugar in.

I loved this exchange in the book between Ketut’s wife and Elizabeth. It was hard for Ketut’s wife to accept Elizabeth at first. It took her some time before she trusted and allowed her into her heart and have a relationship with her. I can completely see where Ketut’s wife is coming from. Here is this lady from America coming into their life, asking lots of questions of Ketut, and spending a lot of time with him. I, too, would have my guard up!

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Sticking with the Italian food, I served an artichoke and tomato salad with olive oil!

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There is a wonderful scene in the book when Liz visits Rome. She is enjoying a pizza and practically has an orgasm while she is indulging in every single bite of this amazing pizza. (Reminds me of the movie “When Harry Meant Sally” remember Meg Ryan sitting in the coffee shop? hahah)

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Liz did a lot of praying and meditating during her journey so I thought the Buddha statue from Cost Plus was a perfect centerpiece.

The stargazer lily is my favorite flower. The fragrance is exquisite and represented the large fragrant flowers from the gardens of Bali.

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I wanted my friends to know how grateful I am for their friendship so I wrote a thank you note to each individual guest which also worked as a placecard.

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Heart sugar cookies reminded us of the love that Liz received at the end of the book.

The elephant sugar cookie represented the scene from the trailor of the movie where Julia Roberts has the encounter with the elephant in Bali.

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I got the India tablecloth from Cost Plus, too. It did such a good job at pulling all the decorations together and depicting India.

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No party is complete without party favors! I included elephant and heart sugar cookies, tea, and homemade berry jelly.

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A toast to good friends, love, peace, Italy (most of us are Italians hee hee), and spiritual growth.

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College Boy made these prayer beads for each of my guest. A heart replaced the 109th bead of the prayer necklace. The necklaces graced the table representing Liz’s spiritual journey. Each of my guest took a prayer necklace home to remind them of this beautiful day together.

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College Boy was so sweet to put these together for me on such short notice! Isn’t he cute with his prayer beads on?!

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“…it is wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” –Elizabeth Gilbert

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Tirimasu for dessert was the perfect ending to this Eat, Pray, Love themed luncheon in the park
My girlfriends and I left that park and headed to the movie theater where we cried, laughed, and cried some more. We each could relate to Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey. Each in our own way we could feel the love, the hurt, and the spiritual growth. We wanted to be Elizabeth Gilbert.

After two hours of being on the journey with Elizabeth, we wanted to continue our journey when the movie was over.

Which one of us friends would most likely leave everything and take that big leap of faith to visit three different countries? Could we take that leap of faith?

I would jump at it! Got a book deal you want to give me? I’ll pack my bags while you draw up the contract and wire me my first check. ok?

It will be a great journey!

 
pam

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