Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone, OR; When Halloween Happens in March

Good morning! Welcome to Tuesday; I hope your week is off to a great start.

I’ve been thinking a lot about tradition lately, about the comfort that comes from sticking close to what you love, and about the thrill that comes from trying something new. We have some long-standing Easter traditions in my family, and I have some not-quite as long standing traditions here online, and both of these areas of my life got a good shaking up over the past few days.

Thrilling, indeed: it turns out that moving away from tradition was the perfect way to create some new memories with Shutterbug Sis. It was also the perfect way to brighten up my little corner of the internet.

We’ll start with the memories. Never mind that Shutterbug Sis and I are supposedly adults now – if we’re at our parent’s house during Easter, we get Easter baskets. That’s the tradition, anyway. But it appears that since my parent’s big move last summer, certain elements of this tradition have gotten, shall we say, revamped.

Yes, I’m trying my best to put a brave face on it, but the truth is, the worst had happened. You guys, this weekend I couldn’t find my Easter basket.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in my case, this turned out to be true. I was motivated by a very necessary need for magazines, chocolate, and Calvin Klein.

… yes, Calvin Klein. The Easter Bunny has always brought me pretty, girly, things along with my chocolate, and while to this day I can’t tell you exactly how that particular tradition began, I do appreciate it. It seems … spring-like, somehow.

Spring-like thoughts aside, I wanted my chocolate and celebrity gossip, and Shutterbug Sis wanted her holiday photo op. So, we made it work:

easter baskets

I give you … my Easterween basket! Ta-da!!
(Thanks to the lovely Liz at Foodforfun for the brilliant title).

The other change to our annual plans was that we weren’t actually at my parent’s house for Easter. If you visited me here yesterday, then you know we were with friends in Georgian Bay. As was the case with my “revamped” Easter basket, the change allowed us to have some fun with the scenery:

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With those brightly coloured decorations we’ll move on, appropriately enough, to brightening up my little corner of the internet. (See what I did there? A nice little side effect of all that Easter chocolate).

If you’re a regular reader you’ve probably noticed that I’m happy to talk about anything and everything here with you. You might also have noticed that “anything and everything” comes with a little asterisk beside it. The details of the break-up I went through this winter, for instance, won’t be found here, and neither will the names of the folks I spend my days with in Corporate World. As much as this blog helps me to process the world, there are parts of the world that I just don’t want to invite in here.

Recently I moved away from that tradition too, and started a conversation that could have been fraught with unwelcome-blog-iness with a fellow WordPresser who I just love to bits. As with my Easter Hallow’een festive basket, though, it turned into something that was memorable for all the right reasons.

Like I said at the beginning of this post: thrilling, indeed.

Was there a time in your life when you shook things up and got great results? Did you know you’d get great results at the time, or did the good karma come later? I’d love to hear all about it in the Comments! We’re going to continue this theme with tomorrow’s Wordful Wednesday, and more of Shutterbug Sis’s photos will be making an appearance, too. Hope to see you there,

love amb

18 thoughts on “Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone, OR; When Halloween Happens in March

  1. You have me intrigued, miss amb, with what new “shakeups” might be coming down the pike for you (and WBS). Excited for whatever conversations you are having πŸ™‚ Also, I was going to ask about the Easterween basket and now I know! Looks like great fun and I absolutely love your family as 1) they set a tasteful Easter table and 2) they raised you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Also love that the Easter bunny gives you the latest Vogue. Such fine taste he (she?) has.

    • You’re on the inside track Liz, and already know about the future wbs shakeup πŸ˜‰ I have a couple of other things I want to try, too (one of which is inspired by you and Fannie and our chat about old movies from last week) so I just need to get myself organized and plan when to introduce them to everyone else!

      As for my own shakeups, I’m pretty sure you’re on the inside track and know what’s happening there, too. πŸ˜‰

      Easterween!! I am going to update the post right now to call the basket that. Best name ever.

      I will pass your love along to the fam – they’ll be thrilled to have it. And thank you, by the way – that was such a nice thing to say! Made my morning!

      • Easterween is celebrated regularly here in the U.S.–have you never heard of it? πŸ˜‰

        Of course I was not referring to any shakeups I already know about–I’m wondering what I don’t know. heehee. Have a good Tuesday in Corporate. I put the girls on the bus this morning (first time in over a week πŸ™‚ ) and have a whole day to play catch up. Yay. Though a nap sounds good, first. ha.

        Oh, if you scroll back on deLiz facebook you’ll see our Easter eggs/cookies/cupcakes. Thinking you’d like as they’d look totally at home on your table. Great slide show πŸ™‚

      • I haven’t, and I’m wondering where it’s been all my life! A chance to dress up and eat chocolate when it’s sunny out? Sign me up!

        Heehee – sneaky. But you’ll have to wait and see for those surprises! Have a fabulous Tuesday yourself, and enjoy that nap! Sounds heavenly.

        Off to check out deLizious on facebook now πŸ™‚

  2. Ahh… I now understand what Easterween means. I thought Halloween only happened in March when they decided to move Community back to mid-season. Apparently not!

    • Dave!! Nice save – I totally missed the potential Community reference there! I’ve told you lately how glad I am that you’re around, right? xo.

  3. Love the Easterween baskets. Especially the part about the Calvin Kline. Can’t wait to read the Wordful Wednesday’s greatest hits list. Or see what you do with the movies.

    Thanks for the smile.

    • I’m thinking that Easterween baskets may become a new tradition around here, whether I find my original Easter basket or not πŸ™‚

      And I have to tell you Fannie, I’m so glad that you got a kick out of Calvin! I worried after I wrote that part that linking lingerie with the holiday might raise a few eyebrows, so I’m glad at least someone thinks it’s part of my charm πŸ™‚

      I am super excited about both of those projects, and will very likely be coming to you for some guidance and irreverent wisdom while I get them off the ground! Stay tuned.

    • We had a great time. But Iceland looks like it was on a whole other level of amazing! I can’t wait to read your latest post about it!

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