Being Blown Away

Mary Poppins came to mind today.  We have had tremendous winds here in Chicago, and while I didn’t feel the need to move on to another town as Mary did… it certainly helped blow out some cobwebs and let me see things a bit differently.

It started as I began the day the way I start most Wednesday mornings, at the Green City Market.  As I was crossing the street to begin shopping,  I was blown away (pun very much intended) by the almost overpowering scent of fresh strawberries!  The berries were a very strong reminder of why I love going to the market — to buy what is ridiculously fresh and abundantly in season this week and decide what to do with it later.  That’s exactly what I did and decided on a chicken and strawberry salad for lunch tomorrow.

Then I was off to my miracle-worker hairdresser at Salon Soca to get my hair cut.  Nothing like a scalp massage and a fresh “do” to set you right with the world.  As I was walking home, the wind whipping my newly cut hair, I experienced about four climate changes in my one mile walk — bright sunshine, menacing dark clouds, and what felt like a 15-degree temperature change.  All of this accompanied by these amazing winds.  It really felt like all of the cobwebs had been wiped out of my brain and I was experiencing a clean sweep!

I got home to discover a unique work-related opportunity had popped up (or blown in?).  Not only was I really interested in pursuing this, but I was more excited about it than I’ve been about many similar opportunities.

Finally, I made myself lunch.  Whenever my husband is out-of-town (as he currently is) I see it as a chance to spoil myself and “go all French” with my cooking and experiment a little.  After all, if it’s awful no one will know!  My newest cookbook obsession is Dorie Greenspan‘s “Around My French Table“.   I decided to try the Creamy Mushrooms and Eggs.  It is served over toasted brioche slices.  I took my first bite and was instantly transported to someplace sumptuous, fabulous, and no doubt incredibly French.  To put it simply… I was Blown Away. (I apologize for not having a picture of the dish… I really didn’t anticipate it being such a momentous occasion. I thought I was simply having lunch).

Maybe today was caused by the winds of change.  Whatever it was… it made my day.

Seems Logical To Me

So yesterday I went to the local branch of my bank to deposit a check.  I went inside and was immediately followed by a mother and a boy around 5 years old.  As I began to work my magic at the ATM machine, I overhear the following conversation between mom and child:

Child:  “Mom, what is that woman putting into the machine?”

Mom: “I think she’s making a deposit.”

Child: “What’s a deposit?”

Mom: “It’s when you put money in the machine that then goes to your bank account.”

Child: “Are we going to make a deposit?”

Mom: “No, we are waiting to take money out of the machine.  That’s called a withdrawal.”

Child: “We’re going to take money out of the machine?”

Mom: “Yes.”

Child:  “Why don’t we just trade with that lady?”

Gotta love the logic of kids!

No Explanation Needed

How can this not make you happy?

Came home today to find “World’s Dorkiest Cat” on the bed.  Instant Quick Qi!