Saturday, March 10, 2012

Flowers for Spring

Here you can see Domo admiring the tulips given to me by a friend.  In order to protect my anonymity, Domo offered to demonstrate my open-mouthed, wide-eyed appreciation of this thoughtful gift.

Ken and I took our new friend to a fancy vegan restaurant.    My Berry Buzz spritzer (wild blueberries, strawberries, sparkling water, and a twist of lemon) arrived with crushed rose petals and other edible flower bits on top.  Looks a little like potpourri, doesn't it?  It was very tasty.

My life has been feeling quite full lately, in a good way.  I am keeping my resolution to nurture relationships (of all types: friends, family, and colleagues) and it's a very rewarding process.  I can't recall the last time I felt lonely.  I often used to feel lonely because I was too shy to reach out to people.  That made me feel sad, which made me feel vulnerable, which made me turn ever more inward.  Now that cycle is reversed.

At work a project that has been looming on the horizon since 2003 (!!) is finally underway in a material sense.  I have been working on preparations to roll it out for over a year. I was initially intimidated by the prospect, but a series of delays transformed my fear into frustration, and a feeling of "Let's just get this over with already!"  It's gratifying to see stacks of equipment being unpacked: evidence that the project will eventually be done.

For now, my frame of mind is more Twitterish than bloggish.  I like that I can check in when I feel like it with a few bon mots and a photo.  No need to make a big production out of it.  I enjoy the haiku-like challenge of capturing the essence of a moment or feeling within a limited number of words and a single image.  It's much more immediate than saving up an experience, composing a post in my head for a day or two, and then sitting down to craft a story or essay out of it.  Twitter is about what's happening now, and then we can move right along to the next moment of this unpredictable and curious life.


DarcKnyt said...

Well, I have to say that was very courteous of Domo, to protect your privacy that way. And he does such a good job of the wide-eye gape. Who better to stand in?

I think Twitter can be fun, but it's hard to live in the moment when you have a lot of other things you have to take care of and typing on your touchpad with fat fingers on your phone stinks. And doesn't work out too when while driving. ;)

Tracy Makara said...

Domo is awesome! The tulips are lovely too ;) Glad to hear that things are going so well with you right now. That drink you posted looks really delish...I love berries and lemon...the flower petals are just icing on the cake.

Lynn said...

I have a Twitter account and follow chefs, so I have all these followers who think I am in the food business, and I never Tweet. :) I'm glad you still post on blogger now and then - it's always good to hear what's going on with you.

Sounds like life is treating you well right now. Cheers, SR!

Warped Mind of Ron said...

I didn't know Domo liked flowers that much... The fruity drink looks yummy by the way :-)

Jameil said...

You already know I love twitter! That drink looks just like a foot "tea" I have...

Sparkling Red said...

DarcKnyt: Ya, I hardly ever tweet from my phone. I have skinny fingers and I still find it hard to type on that weird little keyboard.

Tracy: Domo is one of my best friends. He's always there for me, and he's never judgemental.

Lynn: Thanks! Life is pretty darn good at the moment.

Ron: Domo doesn't get out much, but he has a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Jameil: Foot tea?! That sounds so gross.

DarcsFalcon said...

You are blooming like your flowers, Spark, and it's even more lovely to see. :)

What a sweet guy that Domo is! LOL This showed up in my Reader near your post - it must be Domo Day! :)

Keep blooming and growing - your confidence is inspiring. :) *hugs*

wigsf3 said...

I think you've misinterpreted Domo's expression. Domo wants to eat those flowers. In fact, I got ten bucks that says when you get home from work today, you'll find the flowers missing their blossoms and Domo with this "Who? Me?" look on his face.

Jameil said...

LOL!! It's not an actual tea. It's more like a foot bath. Assorted fragrant leaves and organic-ness that you put into water to soak your feet.