Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm toasty warm on the inside

Every so often someone does something so thoughtful, so completely unexpected that it totally warms you from the inside out.

Today I arrived at work to discover a pink envelope propped against my computer which had my name on it and the cryptic message Not on your list - A big mistake "Get a friend to help me". Inside I discovered four scrap pieces of paper with different messages.

Message 1: TMM 69. I was over 40 when I first discovered HUBRIS
Message 2: Better  get moving on this one SI 89 (can't believe you haven't done this - a sheltered life)
Message 3: B&S31 Skin Central Brighton 83771300 (monthly specials)
Message 4: F&F 41 Victor Harbor $99

I'm not cryptic in my thinking - at all, in fact I'm kinda thick sometimes when it comes to anything cryptic. In the mornings I get to work at a ridiculously stupid hour, so that I have a traffic free run and then so I can read my emails and have my breakfast before I start my work. The only person who gets there earlier in my area is my boss (although some days I wonder if he even goes home at night)

I knew it wasn't him (he's not a pink envelope type of person) but he had put other work on my desk so I went with my best thought that it must be from his wife. She's recently discovered my blog through Google Plus (which is the only positive thing that I can say about Google Plus at this stage, because I'm not a fan yet)

It was only when I sat down tonight and really read through the messages that I realised what they actually were, they were related to my 101 tasks in 1001 days list on the challenges tab.

Below is message 1 - as in # 69. Learn a new word every week and use it on my blog. The word is HUBRIS which I googled and it means "extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power"

Love it, now I just need to figure out a sentence using this word.

Message 1
Message 2 was #89. Go to the movies on my own. She's even included a movie ticket - go figure. Now I need to choose which movie to see?

Message 2

Message 3 was # 31. Treat myself to a manicure and pedicure. She provided the name and phone number for a salon.

Message 3

Last but not least, message 4 was # 41. Organise 3 overnight getaways with hubby. This is a special deal for a standard spa room for $99 a night at a nearby Country Club.

Message 4

I'm stunned, surprised and absolutely bewildered at how thougtful this gesture is. So to all my bloggy friends, especially those involved in Sarsm's 101 tasks in 1001 days, lets keep the circle going and do a similar thing for someone else. Kind of like the pay it forward theory.

I'm going to come back and tell you about what I do for someone else and also about the four challenges I'm going to cross off of my list very soon. With photos even if you're lucky.

Candy - I'd like to be even half as thoughtful and as creative as you are. Thank you.

Cheers, Fi


  1. I've always wanted to go see a movie on my own but never had the courage. Don't ask me why I think that takes courage, but it just seems like something I wouldn't do alone. What movie will you be seeing?

    1. I think you have to have courage too Karen, I guess that's why it's on my challenge list. I have no idea what to go see, any suggestions would be welcome.

      I don't go to the movies much at all. The last time I went was with my husband with Gold Class tickets (ironically with tickets that my boss (his wife) organised for Christmas for me)

    2. I have to tell you... we only go to the movies about once a year so I really don't have any suggestions. I can tell you a ton of movies I want to rent, though! I guess that's not going to be helpful. Sorry.

  2. I haven't been to the movies on my own either!! It just occurred to me.

    It wasn't exactly the same for me, but I noticed when I started my list, that friends were prompted by it too. One bought me Le Creuset stuff for my birthday. Others offered to show me new restaurants they knew. I also was then given vouchers for restaurants as presents. Another bought me a new cookbook. Another offered to babysit so my husband and I could go to the murder mystery dinner. I was totally shocked at the response. thought it was me doing something for me, but people could see what I wanted and have tried to help me achieve it.

  3. I love random acts of kindness. I'm also very impressed with your lists of challenges/goals - here's to achieving every one of them.

  4. How absolutely lovely! And deserving. Wow!

  5. Ok, that is just like the coolest thing ever! How thoughtful! I can't believe you have never gone to a movie by yourself either. There are lots of movies coming out. We went and saw The Lucky One not to long ago. Chick flick. Make sure you share the details of where you and the hubby end up going. Have a great weekend!

    1. Now Jenn you know I'm going to share details :-) it's what I do best, talk (or write)

  6. Well that's just lovely! Wow, truly an inspiration to be lovely too : )

  7. Very cool. And as you say, so thoughtful. Have fun!

  8. I am new to your blog, but so enjoyed reading it. I followed you here from another blogger, a mommy blogger, where you had posted something that caught my attention as I do not usually read other comments--it seems like an invasion of privacy, to me, between a reader and a commenter. I can be a bit odd :)

    HUBRIS is actually a word that can describe the blogger I read your comment on. "
    The word is HUBRIS "extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power"
    Really a delightfully true description of said mommy blogger mentioned above.

    I love to go to the movies alone and do often, and have for years. I do during the day early in the afternoon. Not a lot, but once in a while. I don't picl a movie to see until I get there, buy my ticket, then go get coffee if I've time before the movie begins.

    Enjoy your fun things to do.

    Looking forward to reading your blog.

    1. Thanks for dropping in Mari. Some of my most favourite blogs to visit are ones I found through reading comments. I never thought of it as being an invasion of privacy before, I figured I was discovering people who liked reading the same things as me. Happy reading :-)


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