When I worked at Camden Tuscany, I had a resident that used to get a perishable delivery from Blue Apron. When he came to pick it up he raved about it as a food delivery service that he couldn’t live without. It sounded neat but I figured this was something I could never afford and how nice to have food delivered to your door. Eventually after hearing about it a few more times I realized that I wanted to give it a try.
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Not too long ago, Mr. Perfect suggested we buy tickets to the Broadway Series at the Straz here in Tampa. Imagine how excited I was. Very. This was also quite a surprise because Mr. Perfect would probably rather be fishing, or kayaking or paddle boarding!
We went to our first show this week, Cinderella. It was great, the music was wonderful and it was done with humor, a nice touch. My favorite part was when the guests at the ball played a game of “Ridicule”. So funny. At one point the evil stepmother and Cinderella were paired against each other. When the evil stepmother insulted Cinderella, Cinderella responded with a compliment. The evil stepmother was floored. It happened over and over. Although the rest of the guests were initially confused, eventually they liked the compliments! Everyone began to say nice things to each other. Of course soon Cinderella married the nice prince and they began to rule the kingdom with kindness. It all started with sweet Cinderella.
This morning I got to thinking about how this happens in our real lives day to day. You know when you’re going through the drive through to get a coffee and then you get to the window to pay, you discover the person in front bought your coffee. Then you are just so happy, you probably pay it forward. Like that.
Not too long ago while at Red Rock Stadium in Denver I was behind a guy about 45 yrs old in line who had ordered beer and hotdogs for his whole group. When he went to pay he was told they only take cash! Never fear, a very sweet 23 year old girl said “no problem I’ll get that”. He was so surprised, told her thank you so much. It was a really nice thing to witness. It seemed so effortless for her to give and for him to show genuine appreciation and that was it. No biggie, just a normal way of life. I bet he treats others with kindness and generosity too, because he understood what happened so instantly.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Perfect, our best friends and I rented a houseboat and toured the Trent Severn Waterway in Canada. Great vacation! While there we fell in love with Canada and the people. They are so flipping nice! The way the whole houseboat thing works on the Waterway is that you boat through lakes and rivers passing through locks. You can tie your boat off on any island (that doesn’t have a house on it) at any of the locks or at a marina (you pay for this). Mostly we stayed at the locks. They had lovely parks, clean facilities and it seemed like an adventure. There are lockmasters at every lock – we enjoyed talking with them. All along the way they gave us tips and advice about where to go and how to get the best out of our trip. One of them even offered to take us to the grocery store! So nice. When we gushed about nice they all are, one lockmaster told us he was from Newfoundland. He said Newfie’s are really friendly. If we were visiting there and stopped to ask where the closest B & B was located, the Newfie would probably offer to take us home to stay in the spare room. It’s a way of life there. The Canadians told us they think Americans are friendly. It looks to me like one of us is nice to other, which makes the other want to be nice to us – it’s a big kindness circle!
Every turn I take, there is some new person in my life who has a giving heart. Our Camden Cares event this year was for an organization called Starting Right, Now. A true angel, Vicki, started SRN after having a life changing moment. Through her vision, hard work and the generosity of others she has made this very impressive home to help homeless and unaccompanied youth. SRN provides a stable home, they teach financial literacy, life skills and promote educational achievement. While all our Tampa employees were painting their house, landscaping and just cleaning up the exterior, I met Antionette walking her dog. She stopped to tell us thank you for doing such a wonderful thing for the community. She has just moved to Tampa working with a group that helps homeless veterans get into a home and back on track.
I see kindness in my home. Mr. Perfect is always so patient and tolerant, available for whoever needs him, anytime he can. Very non judgey. His example makes all of us in our family better people.
A large part of my life is spent at work with Camden people. So I am also fortunate enough to be around good people every day at work. We are a family, we support each other, laugh with each other, cry with each other. We hug. I love hugging.
So I am convinced, this is the new norm! Oh yes, there are bad things that occur. But I see that most of us choose to be happy and to extend kindness to our fellow man.
Life is good, be happy and nice to others, it is the gift that keeps giving!
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Honest food that tastes really good. Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen.
True Food Kitchen recently opened their first Texas location in the Houston Galleria area. Having eaten there before in both Arizona and California, I was totally stoked. I’m not a health food nut in any way, shape, or form. Honestly, had someone else not taken me there, it’s probably not a restaurant I would frequent on my own. After having tried the food and some of the cocktails, I can admit I’m hooked.
Here’s what True Food Kitchen has to say about their menu:
“You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living.”
Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen.
I highly recommend taking a detour to try out the new location and its great fare. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our fabulous Camden Post Oak location!
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If you find yourself in or around Dallas this weekend and are looking for something Halloweeny (sp?) to do, drop by the Dallas Arboretum to check out their Pumpkin Village. Continue Reading »
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The fair is here! The fair is here! And the forecast for the week here in Raleigh, North Cackalacki? Downright. Perfect.
I am so looking forward to going to the fair this year. Last time it was here, I was 6 months pregnant and was not able to enjoy it like I normally do. Now I’m positively (and disturbingly) excited to bump into 1,015 strangers, eat a Turkey leg, endure the sound of a million loud screams, go through five bottles of sanitizer, overspend on a game I know is rigged, gain five pounds of pure fried food and simply be a kid again. I’m wondering how many of our residents feel the same way? I am betting out of all of the residents at Camden communities in Raleigh and Charlotte that will go to the fair this year, over half do. At least that is what I am telling myself.
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135 Camden employees from DC, Maryland, and Virginia at the World War II memorial
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the mid-Atlantic region of Camden participated in an amazing event. Camden Cares partnered with Honor Flight Network to Welcome Veteran’s flying in from Fort Worth, TX and Kansas City, MO to Washington DC.
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