Friendship Awesomeness

life lines

diving into relationships from the far and more recent past is always a fun excursion.  the newer relationships that you take the time to look back on are full of fresh memories - you share recent accomplishments, awkwardness, local awesomenessa dn day to day shenanigans.  all beautiful things to share, and are the foundation for future, DMC (deep meaningful conversations.....i shortened it) based memories that end up shaping epic, life long friendships, work-relationships and romantical relates as well.  then you look at the relationships that had their topical beginngs years ago - that have had years to become those epic relationships where neither time nor distance nor connectivity change the fact that they know you better than anyone.  these are life lines.  

spending time in your home town, randomly reconnecting with old friends because 'something told you to get in touch with them', or mentioning a name in passing that sparks a memory with another, all these are opportunities in revisitng old school memories with the coolest friends in your book.  the ones that know you best.

 

its honestly amazing to see how life events bring people together, back together, together again, creating space for the estranged to become identified once again.  how good it feels to find that person again, waiting for your update, seeming to have been waiting for you to pick up the phone and chat like you just saw eachother yesterday.  and how much better does it feel to reconnect in situations where you get to show them your stand for your relationship, be an authentic representation of not only yourself but also your friendship, and to be able to share how that person has impacted your life over the years - through inspiration, dedication, honesty, integrity, and so many other things.  great is a friendship where you never stop learning about the other party - where time only makes you more curious, more engaged, and increasingly in awe of the other.

 

i learned much about myself and some of my closest friends this weekend. much about how i have shown up for others, and the impact on their lives that my choices have made. cool was the chance to share, to talk, to laugh and cry together.  thank you for a beautiful weekend of learning, ladies of the south cowtown people-ship.  we have some serious specialness going on in our lives because of one another.  a lot of beans in a pot of awesome-broth.  just saying.

every day im reconnecting!!

xo j

a bud for you

who can resist the glowing faces of gerber daisies?? life can use some brightening up every now and again - and nothing can add a spring into someone's step who has been down in the dumps like fresh flowers in exuberantly bright (obnoxious, even!) colors.

it doesn't take much - not a dozen roses, not a huge bouquet.  just a stem or two to say 'thinking of you' changes someone's day.

they don't even have to be in need of perking up.  the thought of showing someone that they are on your mind and being open with your love and care for them brings smiles all around.  and a sunny vase to stare into makes the smile come back time and time again.

maybe it's a thank you card.

perhaps you satisfy a friend's sweet tooth.

do what makes those people smile.

share your love for the people in your life.  show them you are thinking of them.

i'm thinking of my closest friends, sending love, strength and hope to everyone.

i am thinking of my family, and shooting rays of affection, appreciation, and loving care to everyone.

and i am thinking of you! and how you are going to share your love with your friends, family and community .

SHOW YOUR LOVE!

xo j

the mixologists

a fine art, mixology is. not only taking an old concept and adding a new twist, but innovating with unexpected ingredients and taking the time to let the drink come together (seemingly, about 7 to 9 minutes per cocktail) takes patience, understanding, creativity and passion.

an evening out with friends from out of the city - playing semi-tour guide is one of my most favorite things - proved that taking newbies to Vancouver to hidden AND not so hidden gems reaffirms that those ladies and gents behind the bar of the multiple establishments we Vancouverites like to visit so much have it going on.  furreal.

Chill Winston got us excited with their Pick Me Up martinis (espresso, espresso and vanilla vodkas and baileys, on ice, in the largest snifter I have EVER seen) and the Revel Room followed suit with three impressive, quirky and unique beverages.  A hand made, spicy salsa inspired Caesar, the Secret Garden, complete with gin and fresh apple juice, among, and the star of the night, The Fawlty Basil.  A savory cocktail that defies the norm of too much sweetness needing to be in a cocktail to appeal to the masses.  It was savory, only a baby bit sweet, and classy enough to be garnished with a basil leaf.  THATs innovation.

My dining mates had open minds.  They went for something new, I went for an old favorite.  If the 'something new's hadnt taken place, the Fawlty Basil would still be a mysterious option not yet explored.  But, braveness took over and won, and placed that glass a the top if the awesome list.

 

Moral of the story: try something new.  Do it now.  Who knows what savory flavors are awaiting you!

 

xo j

it takes two

two appetizers two glasses of wine

two old friends

endless conversation

 

much like 'love spans all bounds', as does good, old fashioned quality friendship.  regardless of how many minutes, hours or days in between text messages, voicemails or facebook shout-outs, face to face conversation with an old friend who knows you better than anyone else (including your hatred for broiled tomatoes topped with parmesan cheese - double barf) negates any misses in day to day conversation, any lag in point in time catch-ups, and any misstep in letting one another know details about the goings on of the daily grind.

 

xo j