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Your Pick

Published December 22, 2016 by lynn k scott

The end of 2016 is quickly approaching.  With it comes the promises of fulfilling those pesky resolutions people pick to force themselves to change in the upcoming year. Depending how much celebrating takes place on New Year’s Eve, those resolutions may not last a week; depending when they were made.

I gave up resolutions three years ago.  Instead, a friend introduced me to a new concept:  selecting a word to represent you for the following year.

That being said, it takes a bit of reflection and thinking to see what word would best represent you.  There is no penalty for choosing a word that is way off base.  There’s no word police, well unless you’re on Facebook.  (hee hee)

Simply choose a word, based on what you hope to accomplish, changes that have passed or may come to pass and how you hope life treats you.

In 2015, my word was “perseverance”.  It proved to quite the word that year.

In 2016, my word was “genesis”.  While I had some new beginnings, it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for.

My word for 2017, after quite a bit of thought, is going to be….

INFLUENCE

How will 2017 influence me?  Who might I influence?  How will I react to those influences?Obviously, I can’t answer those now. You will have to check back around this time, next year, to see if my word was a good pick or not.

So, are you sticking with tradition or you ready to venture out into the word-picking world?

A New Word; Not A Resolution

Published December 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

A few years ago, a friend introduced me to her way to acknowledge the upcoming year.  She didn’t make resolutions, but instead, chose to select a word to represent her in the new year.

As I had given up making New Year’s Resolutions, I thought this was a fabulous idea.  My first year participating in this was 2014 and I had chosen, ‘Perseverance’ as my word.  It was very applicable at the time.  My word for 2015 was ‘Genesis’.  The word turned out to be very appropriate with all the new beginnings and changes that took place this year.

As 2016 is about to roll in, I have to select a new word.  The word I choose to represent me is, ‘Understanding’.  My world has been a runaway train over the last few years.  I’m finally gaining some perspective, made some necessary decisions, and in 2016, I’m hoping to continue my personal growth and find more understanding in my life and with those around me.

Would you like to join me in selecting a word for the New Year?  If so, what word do you choose?

understanding

photo by pixabay.com

Chinese New Year in San Francisco

Published March 8, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have been attending the annual Chinese New Year Celebration almost as long as I have been in California (almost 18 years now).  The New Year’s celebration is typically held a few weeks after the Chinese New Year has passed.  On Saturday there is a huge parade and Sunday there are street vendors, where the city blocks several streets off from on-coming traffic so people can walk up and down looking at all the good luck charms, health vendors, companies providing various promotions, plants, community care programs and the like.

I have to add, my husband is a San Franciscan native.  It drives him absolutely nuts when I “act like a tourist”, esp. when we aren’t.  I had to take pictures all day today, so I would have them to add to the blog.  That earned me the nickname, “tourist” from both him and my daughter.  Every time we needed to continue moving, I would hear, “come on tourist”.  What I go through for my writing.

We decided to go in earlier than we usually do.  We arrived by 11:30 and to our surprise, the streets were filling up with people; fast.  My daughter already has the traditions down.  Bakery, ice cream shop, and tea for mom.  After we park, we start walking to Chinatown.

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It’s almost as if he’s welcoming us to Chinatown!

We stumble upon the “speak no evil, hear no evil and see no evil” monkeys.  There are several of these “statues” throughout the festival.  People stop to take pictures with all sorts of displays.

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My daughter stopped to pose with the “Monkey King”.  I love this story.  I loved the movie even more.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for Jet Li (who starred as the Monkey King).

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From here we head to the bakery.  After all, it’s time to get our baked bbq pork buns (aka brown buns).  My husband likes some of the rice desserts.  Then there is the sweet butter cream buns.  As soon as we finished our purchase, we found an empty bench right outside and sat down.  I NEEDED my pork bun.  You have to understand, I wait all year for this.  I only buy these items during the New Year’s festival.  I mean it costs $10 in tolls, two bridges, gas and $15 in parking to go to/from San Francisco.  So, it’s extra special when I do get to consume these simple, yet saliva-inducing, baked delights.

Eastern Bakery San Francisco

  
     

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After we finish our snack, we continued walking up Grant Street to a shop that sells ice cream, some fast food Chinese food and most importantly, a clean bathroom.  I always remember this place, because one of the stalls in the women’s bathroom cracks me up.  Talk about making the most of the space you have.  When using this stall, once the door closes, you have mere inches between the door and your knees.

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From top of the hill, you can see some of the festival as well as the new Bay Bridge in the background.  Each year, I take a picture from this spot.  I am in love with the beauty of the bridge.  Sometimes, the bridge in encased in fog, another thing San Francisco is famous for, but other days, I am lucky to have a clear shot.  There is truly beauty in things as simple as looking upon a bridge.

We continue walking up and down the streets.  For those who have never been to San Francisco, if you’re a fan of hiking, you get a great workout minus the wild animals and poison ivy.

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This guy comes up and hands all of us some Oolong milk tea.  Now, I’m not the biggest fan of milk anything but I love Oolong tea.  It’s a free sample so it’s almost a must try.  WOW!  It was incredibly delicious.  Walked right over to the vendor stand, gave them my $3 and I had a yummy drink for the rest of my journey through Chinatown.  My daughter on the other hand, full of grace and manners, promptly spit her drink out, near the guy who gave the sample.  Oh, what motherly pride I was beaming with while desperately looking for a hole to be swallowed up by.  Children:  the reason hair dye was invented. (sigh)

Here are a few more pictures of the festival.

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We’ve seen what we’re going to see.  We take advantage of the being in “the City” and head over to Pier 39.  Might as well make the most of our day.  I hope you’ve enjoyed “visiting” Chinatown.   Stay tuned for our adventures on the Wharf.

No Resolution This Year

Published December 31, 2014 by lynn k scott

Nope, not doing it and you can’t make me. I’m not going to make empty promises to myself, call them “resolutions” and continue to do exactly what I have been all the years before me.

I broke the resolution chain last year and it’s staying broken. Instead of promising to do something, I choose to go a different route.

I have a friend, Dana, who inspired me to do this. Her way to start the new year is to pick a word to represent you for the entire year. Last year, my word was “perseverance”, as I was going through a lot.

In 2015, there are some new adventures that I am undertaking, including the Pink Herald, so I have chosen the word, “genesis” to see me through this upcoming year. Since genesis means “beginning”, I cannot think of a more suited word.

Next December, I will reflect on how well “genesis” fit this year. For the moment, I am excited to see what 2015 has to offer and how different things could be.

I ask you. Are you still going to pick yet another “resolution” or will you choose a word to represent you instead?

*photo by Pixabay.com*

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