The quirkometer has been working overtime here at Just TypiKel. But there’s hope. A chance encounter with a stranger has reminded me, once again, that perhaps all one needs is a little perspective. Oddities DON’T just happen to me.
All One Needs Is A Little Perspective
The first quirky gem happened earlier in the week.
Regular readers will be familiar with Poppy, our rescued border collie/and who knows what else cross.
Over the past five and a half years, she has introduced me to a wonderful group of dogs who regularly walk their owners about the neighbourhood. Lately I’ve been feeling rather guilty. These owners have welcomed me into their birthday party circle where I’ve consumed more than my fair share of their cakes. It was beyond time for me to produce one and happily I got my chance.
I fell back on my standard recipe that was given to me by a fellow marathon runner over 20 years ago. My kids love it. It’s a white cake with few ingredients.
As per usual, it whipped up beautifully and plopped out of the bundt pan obediently once cool. The problems began with the lemon drizzle icing. Fool me. I didn’t have enough lemon juice. Did I add the necessary equivalent in water? No, that could have potentially diluted the lemon flavour. I opted for just a weensy bit more water.
Oh dear. NOT quite the thin drizzle one normally achieves with this recipe. Can you say “wallpaper paste?”
Of course, I transported this blobby beaut on the glass plate in the car. Things were fine until I took that final corner … and she tipped over sideways smashing into the door handle. Guess what? Nothing happened. The icing was so thick. Had it been the thin drizzly lemon icing we’d have had a sticky mess. Hmmm. All one needs is a little perspective …
The second quirky event involves my trusty fitbit and another group. Every week, six or so relatives and friends from across Canada and the US “compete” to see who can get the most steps in from Monday to Friday. This past Monday was stellar for me. I got to walk around the Stanley Park seawall with my visiting nephew. A flat stroll with striking ocean and mountain views, it took us the good part of two hours. My step count at the end of the day? 28,000.
The next morning I was alarmed to find that the battery needed replacing. Abandoning any thoughts of a dog walk until it was replaced (all steps must be accounted for!) I zipped out to the local drugstore. Found the battery, slapped it in and VOILA.
Have a gander. Can you discern a slight problem?
Yes, 32,975 steps with a mileage of just 2.24 miles. After being fitted with a new battery this fitbit hadn’t recognized that we were on day two of the challenge. It simply synced with day one. And kept adding on …
and on …
and on …
Yes. I was awarded three fraudulent badges. Who knew there was a badge for 35,000 steps in a day, let alone 40,000 steps? The latter? Seriously, it should be called the Cheats badge.
I can only imagine what my fellow competitors were thinking … Just TypiKel. Thankfully it sorted itself out the next day.
Before I give your eyes a rest, remember I promised there was an event that put all things into perspective for me? Well, just yesterday, Poppy took me for a walk and as we passed a house on a quiet street a woman leapt out in front of us.
“Excuse me, would you like some wood chips? For your garden? Please?”
Long story short, she’d ordered the truckload of wood chips for her garden, online. Sight unseen, she’d no idea of the size of the truck.
This photo shows the amount that was left over after she spread the wood chips thoroughly throughout her back and front yards. That pile on the right (which she assured me had been greatly depleted by many a helpful neighbour) is available at no cost, should you want some.
Yes, all one needs is a little perspective.
This post has been loosely inspired (sorry for the stretch) by the Finish The Sentence Friday prompt of “While I was sleeping, I dreamt…” I suppose I could finish the sentence with a witty “… I met someone just like me.”
Enough about me and the concept that all one needs is some perspective. I’m curious about you. Does this sort of thing EVER happen to you?