Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

It seems everyone likes something new or do they?  Recently, Sonic, the drive-in fast food restaurant has opened here in suburban Philadelphia and the lunch scene was insane.  For some reason, I thought, "I'll hit the Sonic and head home to finish my work for the day".  Most of the drive-in booths were taken.  They had to have people directing traffic there.

My first exposure to Sonic was last Fall while visiting my 94 year old grandmother in rural East Texas.  I wonder if the draw here is the novelty - Sonic could be drawing people because it has been open for a very short while.    Plus, we do not get restaurants with so many milkshake options.  Let me say I recommend the Peanut Butter Fudge shake.  One of my Facebook friends recommended the Peanut Butter shake and I took it a bit further with the Fudge.  As a DOVE Chocolate Discoveries' Chocolatier, I had to do my research, you know.

I did savor my lunch. I was amazed at how busy the seating area, the drive-in parking booths, and the drive-through were.  I am quite pleased with how I spent my lunch hour today.

Now, go try something new today!

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

My work and business allow me time in front of the computer on an irregular basis.  When people forward links to YouTube videos, if I have time, I watch them.  YouTube is a unique way to get your message across whether it is a serious or humorous one.

One day, I decided to purchase a mango as a different twist to my eating regime.  Funny thing is, I had no idea how to cut one.  So, I searched on YouTube, found some videos, and watched each one (YouTube videos are typically short and sweet - to the point).  I found one particularly helpful and kept it open while I ran back and forth from the kitchen to the dining area, where my computer is located.  Loved the mango, too!

Happy 5th Anniversary YouTube!

Savor life's best,

Aimee

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Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Do you remember the question, "Where are all the beautiful people?" Well, I'm not sure where ALL the beautiful people are. I do know where the interesting people are. For me, I find them on Facebook.

I stayed away from Facebook because I thought it was for young people. Plus, the learning curve for new technology can be steep at times, especially if you're busy. Well, people seem happy on Facebook because they are connecting with people they know, people with like-minds, and people they'd like to meet - for personal or professional reasons. What makes me laugh is the status updates, like "I'm going to bed for real this time", or "I'm wasting the day at work on Facebook", or typically mundane updates - "I'm eating", "I'm drinking a glass of wine", etc. Although you're not there with them, you seem to be.  It's a great escapist feeling to learn about someone's life.

The photographs on Facebook is like watching from a distance or peeking through a window. Without saying much, friends share parts of their life. Sometimes the photos are from the past, ordinary parts of life, or those special moments like the Christmas, Vacations, Weddings, or New Year's celebrations. The photographs of your friends tell their own story. It's funny that I enjoy the photographs so much as I need to post a few of my own. I especially like when the photos include friends who have their own profile, which takes you into the world of someone you may not even have as your friend. The interconnectedness on Facebook is astounding.

Sites like Facebook is one way to make friends with people from other countries and from places you have never been. You can learn about topics you never knew existed. While some people use Facebook for personal reasons and others use it for professional reasons, my reason is a mixture of both. I must say, my day is not the same without a visit to Facebook, even for a few minutes. When I can't find laughter anywhere else in my day, I usually can find it on Facebook. Please feel free to connect with me there.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

I just experienced my 20th high school reunion. Lots of people grimace when they think about their 20th reunion past or future. I met it with delight. I had a great time learning about the fascinating lives and accomplishments of my high school classmates. A large number of my classmates are on Facebook and have been connecting with some people who I have not seen or spoken to in years. This included people I was not close with in high school. What a way to re-frame a past connection!

Although I am a big fan of active gatherings vs. less active ones - that is, gatherings where you mostly eat, drink, and talk, we got together at a local restaurant surrounded by the video and photographic reminders of our shared past. That is what brought everyone out - our shared past - classes, sports, clubs, teachers, signs of the time (it was the '80s), and other unmentionables.

Some people confessed their nervousness with attending. I love meeting people and hearing about their lives. Since I had the advantage of Facebook in some cases, I knew a little bit about a number of my classmates and had jumping off points to start the conversation. As you can imagine, there are standard questions to jumpstart a conversation or keep the conversation moving:

1. What do you do?

2. Where do you live now?

3. Tell me about your family. How many children do you have?

4. Who have you kept in contact with since high school?

If you have a reunion in your future, I hope these questions help you thrive and not just survive your gathering with a room full of old friends / new strangers. I hope you enjoy your reunion as much as I enjoyed mine.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 

 

 
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