Gratitude Sunday – June 28, 2015

Another fabulous week has come and gone.  Some pretty fun stuff went on this week:  different get-togethers with different groups of friends, good food, lots of laughs, a few tears.  Definitely a good one!

Martin, one of our group, recorded one song from the concert but I cannot share it here…. 😦  So… the least I can do is share with you the same tune!  It’s too bad because Al had met this electric violinist, named Evan Garr, (with the coolest green violin I’ve ever seen) in Toronto that he invited to join him and his band in Montreal for the jazz fest.  His violin added some truly great notes to the piece below.

Class of '81

Class of 81

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Gratitude List

  1. As mentioned in my 50 Things That Make Me Happy post, I absolutely love gatherings of all sorts.  When it’s hooking up with people I went to high school with?  Oh… double bonus!

  2. Not only did we get together for dinner and drinks, we also went to see a most fabulous Al Di Meola concert at Place des Arts.  I did not see the time go by (though Martin pointed out to me about four people SNOOZING at the show!  How one can snooze with jazz guitar playing full-blast is beyond me!)

  3. Every year, Sylvain “Boubou” has a mechoui.  Everyone brings something to add to the food and I brought my Thai Salad Wraps that were such a hit the first year we went (about 4 years ago).  I was a little reticent about going as it would be the first time I went solo and was expecting comments or queries about Mick but none happened.  No one really knew so I ended up breaking it to the small group I usually hang out with.  All good.

  4. I finally wrote the first of my stories with Mick.  Now that the ice has been broken, more will be following!

  5. Brought my boys for sushi and the movies.  We very much enjoyed the Jurassic World experience in IMAX 3-D.  I think my boys are happy I like “guy” flicks!

And We Have Lift-Off!

Due to technical difficulties, this post is a tad later than it should have been! Yesterday really means two days ago…

I have mentioned a few times in this here  blog that I have started a new Mary Kay bizz.  So far, all that has entailed is purchasing a small inventory (choice is always totally up to you just how much you want… you can start with a whole lot of nothing, if that’s the way you want to roll) and participating in various training sessions, meetings, and whatnot.

Well, yesterday I finally had my launch!  Apparently, as far as launches go, it was a success (according to my leader, Martine).  Who am I to argue?  I’m in training!  Of the 20 or so ladies I invited to help me start out, 14 showed up (and three called to let me know they were tied up and couldn’t make it ~ very appreciated).  This, too, is considered a good turn-out.


The table


Some may, or may not, have come for the food (!)  No, seriously.  Some totally came for the food!  😉 I made sure there were plenty of goodies to eat (Thai Salad Wraps, Chicken Chipotle Wraps, Open-Faced Smoked Salmon sandwiches, veggies and baba ganouj, salmon and coffee bites, prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and brownies and fruit tarts.)  Only thing left over was the second plate of sweets that got forgotten in the fridge!  Much to my sons’ chagrin…

Thankfully my friend Dominique called to ask if she could come early.  Absolutely.  As long as she understood that I would be putting her to work!  I have this problem, you see.  I can be over-ambitious when it comes to food.  I have a reputation to uphold, you know.  I needs must deliver!  Thanks to Dominique, I did.  She took care of all my veggies for the platter as well as the salmon sandwiches.  Woot!


My helper


Martine arrived early to help ~ OK, she totally set up my table with the products while I finished in the kitchen and getting my cadeaux ready.

Martine and silly me

Martine and silly me

We sat/stood around my dining room table whilst Martine explained the company and the products and I went around “sputching” creams on hands and handing out wet cloths.  There were many laughs…  After the presentation, they were all invited to take a closer look at the products and see if there was anything that tickled their fancy.

A good time was had by all, I sold a few items and am now pumped to get this going.

It’s funny… ever since I signed up with Mary Kay, I have a phrase from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” that keeps repeating in a loop in my head. (I wanted to add the clip but don’t have the technical ability (read inclination)

  • 02:03:14 You’re the reason I get up every morning…
  • 02:03:18 and that Mary Kay’s havin’ such a good year…