I decided this year during the 40 days of Lent I would spend it decluttering my life. This inspiration left my mom and sister inspired to do the same. We all look for ways to do clutter. What can be donated? What can be thrown out? What could be recycled or repurposed?
I have many friends that are chefs and bartender. Listening to Road Rash podcast with Russell Davis and Brian Duffy is like sitting around with my friends talking about cocktails, food, and our crazy adventures while having great cocktails and food.
I have followed Russell and Brian on social media and TV, listening to Road Rash gives more personal insight to how they got where they are. When you have a chef and bartender hosting a podcast one can assume there will be talk about food, restaurants, cocktails, and bars; Brian and Russell won’t let you down on those topics. Their guests enhance the conversation with their careers, backgrounds and how they tie into food and drinks. The guys have talked to other chefs, bartenders, Cider Mistress (Awesome title) Danielle from Big Apple Cider, pro golfer Jerry Kelly, and a variety of other people from a comic to a toy designer to porn star, and poker player. I am a self-proclaimed information junkie and I find it fascinating to learn little bits of the lives of the Road Rash guests. Listeners will find things out about people that you typically might not of listen to an interview with because maybe you don't play golf or professional poker or live in New York to try their ciders or restaurants.
Brian and Russell ask questions to each other or their guests, I try to answer the questions from my own experiences. I am looking forward to future podcasts. The topics are relevant and fun. The guys also answer listener/followers questions. They have also released an online comic book illustrated by Magge Gagliardi.
Find out more at http://roadrashpod.com/
**Listeners should be aware there is often explicit language.
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Today a lady came to my checkpoint that reminded me of something…
I was asked to come up by the x-ray machine because a passenger wanted to have something hand checked; it was a bag of medication. The woman seemed to have a slight hesitation when handed me the bag and her eyes remained fixed on it as if her life depended on it. Reading that signal, I made sure I stayed within her view; something told me this was more than an everyday bag of medication. She had to go through the body scanner which meant her back was to me for a few seconds. Immediately she turned around to see where I was standing. I met her at the exit and told her I would wait until she gathered her belongings.
Once she had everything I explained the simple test I needed to do on the bottles of medication. I noticed when I said the word "test" her eye began to tear up. I assured her test was safe and would take less than 30 seconds. She said, "I am sorry I have been down at Mayo Clinic because I have a brain tumor. I am going home to Bismarck today." as the tears began to roll down her cheek. I stopped what I was doing and walked around the table where she was standing. I did something I wasn’t sure I should do in my position (I didn’t care) I put my arm around her shoulders and squeezed her tight. She looked at me and I said, “Never apologize for what you are going through.” I asked her her name. She said, “Terry.” “Terry,” I said, “I will keep you in my prayers. I know you are in great hands at Mayo. My friend Tammy was there with a brain tumor.” I went back to testing the outside of the containers when Terry asked how Tammy was doing. I explained Tammy passed away many years ago, but the medicine and technology was not as advanced as today. “Make the choice to enjoy life every day.” I told her. At that point her husband came up to us. He asked if everything was ok. Terry looked at him and said, “Yes. This officer,” “What is your name,” she asked. “Kelly,” I said. “This officer was just checking my medication and telling me about her friend who was a Mayo.”
My testing was complete. I smiled as I handed back the bag to Terry. “You are good to go. Have a safe flight home.” “I will,” she said, “I appreciate you being so kind and sharing your prayers with me.”
Sometimes I wish people around me would notice that I do things like this or that maybe a passenger would take a moment to fill out a comment card. However, when I think about it, I don’t treat people like I do for recognition, I do it because it is the right thing to do. I do it because I want to make a small difference in people’s lives.
I slacked off in January because I had not published my list. Heck most people quit or forget their New Year resolutions by the end of January. February is the time to start getting moving on my list. I have been looking around my condo and noticing clutter. Things I don’t use. Something I haven’t touched in years. Clothes I don’t wear. Socks without a match. Paper. Magazines. Just stuff.
I think “If I had to move, would I want to move all this crap?” No! Time to let go! Time to throw, sell, recycle, or donate!
Can I find 16 things to get rid of in the next 20 days? Absolutely!
I saw these beautiful orange tulips today and they reminded me of the elderly lady, Memi, I took care of until she passed away in July 2015. I told her the color meant energy. It must be a sign because today I woke up at 5 AM and have been wide awake and on the go since. I feel very accomplished already today.
Memi was 95 when she passed away. She didn't have a lot of energy the three years I helped take care of her but she still had some sass and spunk. I cherish the way her face lit up when I brought flowers. She love to smell them and couldn't believe I could find such beautiful flowers. She told me once that when I bring her flowers and I have to leave it's like I am still there with her until my next visit.
Memi like to tell me stories about growing up and then living in Keota, Iowa. She had an incredible sweet tooth for chocolate and loved eating a BLT sandwiches.
Before she passed away she told me she wished Bill (her nephew and one of my best friends) would find a wonderful girl to love. Then in the next sentence she would say it's also important that when I have a man in my life he loves me because you deserve that love. Last year Bill and I both started great relationships with people we love. Even though she wasn't very responsive due to her health, Memi was introduced to both of them. She got her wish!