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Christmas Day!

25 Dec


I hope wherever you are and whatever you celebrate you have a day filled with love, hope, and peace. πŸ™‚



Christmas Brunch

13 Dec

Every year my work holds a huuuuuge Christmas Brunch. We have so many residents now there were three brunch seatings, a 9:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm.

I look forward to this day all month! I’d say all year but lets be honest, I’m not really thinking about a Christmas brunch in the middle of summer, that’d just be weird lol πŸ˜›

We had around 400 people come through the brunch today, which is ridiculous if you know the size of the space and the amount of staff we have. But we are a team of awesome and rocked the brunch like nobodies business.

Ok yeah, I am bragging but whatev, it is a long, busy, hard, day and we not only handled it we did great at it. The people I work with are awesome. πŸ™‚

Pretty much my entire day was spent dealing with brunch related work stuff, not related directly to the food, which is a good thing because oh wow I can be clumsy lol More the organizing and seating and directing of people and tracking everyone so I knew every resident was accounted for and every guest counted so we don’t screw up the charges and answering all the questions and blah blah blah.

Oh, and the hugs. There were countless hugs from residents, and warm wishes exchanged, and love, there was so much love in that building today it was beautiful to watch.

Seeing someone surrounded by their family, watching a resident’s face light up as they see their great-grandchild, listening to family members exchange stories and catching up. People taking an hour and a half out of a random Sunday to turn off their phones and spend time with their loved ones and focus on family, and being connected to each other.

It is something people should do more often and its such a pleasure to be there when it does happen. πŸ™‚

The only part that kinda sucks is that breakfast (for me) was at 7am and I didn’t get to eat again until a bit after 3:30pm. That is a loooooong stretch of time! By the time we ate my stomach had left the feeling hungry stage and was back at not feeling hungry, which was unfortunate. I loaded up my plate, mostly with veggies lol, in the hopes my stomach would wake up once I started eating but it didn’t really so I was left feeling oh-so-full and a tad gross. I hate when that happens. But look, look how good the food looked!

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Okay so not the best picture, I am not skilled at plating my food so it looks pretty but hey, it tasted good and really, that is all that matters…to me anyways!

There is some smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese, turkey with gravy, roasted potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, golden beets (which are a fave of mine), red beets, zucchini and prawns. There were other food items, like eggs benedict, salmon with some sort of sauce, roast beef, mashed potatoes with corn, various salads, various types of bread and buns…there might have been more stuff but that is all I can remember right now, I think I am in a bit of a food coma lol

There was also a dessert buffet which I didn’t think to take a picture of until it had been almost picked clean, this is the only image I have of it…

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There were various pies, cheesecakes, tarts, bread pudding with rum sauce, cream puffs, fruitcake, cookies, fresh fruit, creme brule, mince tarts, cheese…I’m missing some stuff but it is a lot to remember!

From 10am until the end of the last seating we had a piano player sharing her talents which is always nice and of course Santa Claus appeared for each seating, no child can be left behind! lol I was too busy to remember to take pictures of either of those so you’ll just have to trust me that Santa and the piano player were top notch. πŸ™‚

The only other thing I took a picture of was the ice sculpture but I waited too long and the poor guy was fairly melted, as you can tell by the size of his head…

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So yeah, that was my Sunday. Basically working my butt off, then enjoying food with my co-workers, then going home to digest and sleeeeeeeep! πŸ™‚

Hope your Sunday was just as awesome!

Beauty Everywhere

5 Jan

The first hospital visit (you can read about thatΒ here) took a while, well ok, both visits did but I heard something that made me smile, and feel like juuuust maybe there is hope for the human race.

In the “room” next to me (basically three walls and a curtain lol) was an old Chinese couple. The lady didn’t say much of anything but the husband spoke quite a lot, it could have been because of the dialect but when he spoke he sounded harsh and just not comforting and I kept thinking how I wish he’d shut up because I’m in enough misery as is and how much worse must it be for the lady stuck in the same space as him?

Well, at one point, when their son had left for a bit and there were no medical staff in with them the husband started to sing to his injured wife. Softly, and not well, lol, but gently. I don’t know what he was saying (language barrier!) but it wasn’t the words that mattered so much as the tone behind them. That song, being sung by that man to his hurt wife sounded of love. You could hear in his voice the affection he has for her, you could hear that he was upset she was hurt, you could hear the love.

For those couple of minutes she seemed soothed. For those couple of minutes I felt soothed.

That song, the emotion he obviously felt while singing that song made it clear that language barriers can be overcome by strong emotions and that you can find beauty anywhere you look if only you take the time to pay attention to your surroundings.

I’ve never dated someone that would have been willing to sing to me in public to help me feel better but listening to that old man do that for his wife gave me hope that maybe someday I will.

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