Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses. My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting.
Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).
Here is my sensory round-up for this week:
tasting :: cheddar bean soup, sauteed kale and spaghetti squash, chicken carbonara, gooey chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, a ball park hot dog as we went to a Carolina Panthers game, Mark Bittman’s minestrone soup (delicious; make some soon!), fried chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans.
hearing :: screaming football fans as our team won (truth: I was one of said screaming football fans), old fashioned video game music (like Pac Man) as a traditional bbq restaurant we visited had video games in the lobby, fascinating insights about the Carolina Panthers program (more on that below!)
smelling :: Clementine Body Butter from The Body Shop (I am normally a coconut BB girl but BF threw this one in the mix when he picked up a batch of BBs at the mall this summer and it smells good enough to eat)
seeing :: thousands of pink balloons released during the half-time show at the Panthers game as part of their breast-cancer awareness campaign- not the best for the environment but pretty. It, at least, served as a good reminder as I promptly scheduled a mammogram given that I am turning 40 in weeks. Also, all the behind the scenes spots at the Carolina Panthers stadium on a cool tour friends invited us to experience with them (and the dear sweet Panthers staff gave me a 40th birthday goodie bag– classy, classy staff, I tell you). I even got to hold Kevin Donnelly’s NFC Champion ring from the year we went to the Super Bowl and ask veterans Mike Rucker and Al Wallace questions (My question for Rucker: how did he prepare for what would fulfill him next after retirement. My question for Al Wallace: what players does he most enjoy watching on the field now. And a random fun fact: even when the team has a home game, they spend the night in a hotel the night before the game).
feeling :: inspired by my beautiful students as they tackled all natural day with aplomb. So many wonderful moments in class that day but one of my favorites? A student who normally wears a wig who came in with a rockin’ pixie. Long live her pixie. Also, relief and anticipation as I wrapped up a project proposal that I am oh, so hopeful about it and sent off into the universe. Now, the waiting begins.
wishing/hoping :: For good news on my proposal! Fingers crossed!
What about you? What were your sensational experiences this week? Please share!