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 :: homemade birthday cupcakes (vanilla on vanilla), hot chocolate, a football stadium hotdog, hibachi vegetables and shrimp, hummus and naan, mashed potatoes and asparagus, zucchini fritters, a wheat berry salad, fontina grilled cheese, chocolate covered pretzels, Brunswick Stew
hearing :: the electric cheers of a stadium full of people thrilled that their team is playing on Monday Night Football and on a winning streak. BF surprised me with MNF football tickets featuring the Carolina Panthers vs. the New England Patriots, playing ON my fortieth birthday, and the Panthers won in the most thrilling fashion. We stood in the cold for three and a half hours and screamed, clapped, stomped, and it was a friggin’ ball. It will also take me a full week to recover from standing for hours and staying up late because I am forty and all but it was so worth it.
smelling :: the heady fragrance of a beautiful bouquet of flowers (I call them my Miss America flowers) that my college roommates/besties sent me for my birthday. Gorgeous to look at and to smell as they grace our dining room table.
seeing :: my sweet, sweet parents as we spent the weekend with them celebrating my dad’s 76th birthday. It has been a batch of hard, hard years for my family and so I just savor up any time we get to just be with each other and forget about things like cancer, strokes, brain injuries and more.
feeling :: really loved. My friends, extended family, and immediate family showered me with birthday affection and it was just so surprising and so sweet. I am a lucky woman.
wishing/hoping :: for a nice, relaxing weekend before the hubbub of the season starts. I love the hubbub but I also love some counterbalancing yin to my yang and so I am looking forward to the calm before the celebration.
What about you? What were your sensational experiences this week? Please share!