week #41 in an experimental year…

One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year.   My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT.   To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.

As I mentioned in April, orange is my least favorite color in the universe.  Imagine my chagrin (isn’t THAT a cool word?) when I was surfing for info on ‘awareness ribbons’ and found out that the MS ribbon is – you guessed it – ORANGE.

Granted, I’m not the most intuitive person, but hey, even I knew this might be a sign for me.   So this week I embraced my inner orange.

Over the course of the week I:

  • ate something orange every day (candy corn; butternut squash, Cheetos, an orange, cantelope, carrots and a baked sweet potato);
  • bought an ORANGE Chrysanthemum AND a pumpkin (AND put them in front of my home, even!);  and
  • used the ENERGY BOOST Aromatherapy roller my pal Jo gave me (THANKS AGAIN, Jo!).

As I type this post, I’m drinking from the mug that’s pictured above (and was a gift from my pal Robin, THANKS AGAIN Robin!).

Yep, this week, I’ve been all about orange.

It’s still not my preference, but hey, Life is about learning to roll with it, eh?

ORANGE you going to tell me how YOU roll with it?

6 thoughts on “week #41 in an experimental year…

  1. My Mom was convinced that my brother’s favorite color was orange until the day she died (he was in his 40s at the time.) He reports that his favorite color is dark purple or “aubergine” (aka eggplant.) He says he told her he liked orange once when he was about 9 years old, and that was that for Mom. It’s his birthday this week…coincidentally.

  2. I am grinning as I read this . . . I have a favorite color range–greens that go toward the olive-avocado-lime range, but in my quilt work I have learned to just love all kinds of colors. It’s sort of like those silly internet messages that demonstrate how odd the printed word would look without, say, the letter W. As it happens, this week I finished making an apron that vibrates between a tangerine-orange and hot pink and yellow. No, I’m never going to love wearing something pumpkin or squash orange, but I’ve often found it is the very color that punches up a fabric composition with a special intensity. I’m going to be cooking something ORANGE tonight to thank you for this very fun post!

  3. Janet, hope you’ll tell your bro happy b’day from me AND that my doors are painted (roasted) eggplant 🙂

    Penny, happy sewing AND cooking tonight. 🙂

    thanks, ya’ll…

  4. Learning to roll with life? Well, in this new chapter of my life, I am embracing being “less responsible for everyone and everything”. I am ready to have some good, honest fun and find someone who wants to share the fun with me!

    Learning to just smile and laugh is wonderful!

    Have you ever seen the drawing of the Laughing Christ? That is how I feel right now….and I haven’t felt like that in a very long time!

  5. You are so funny, Lisa! And I am right there with you on the orange thing. I’ve never been fond of it—I’m a blues and greens girl–but my freshman roommate in college insisted that we decorate all in orange and yellow to keep her feeling cheery. That should have been my first clue…after she went psychocrazybitch on me (pardon my French, as my mother used to say), and moved out, I was left with this damned orange bedspread and rug and no money to replace them! Then, an even worse experience with orange was when my 1st husband was getting his doctorate and insisted we rent, from one of his professors, an awful house with fake dark wood paneling and in the bedroom, wall to wall SHAG carpeting in varigated black, brown, “harvest gold” and ORANGE! I swear that carpet was the beginning of the end of our marriage. I do love all those orange foods you ate…I’ll eat orange, but keep it out of my decor!

  6. Judi, i SO celebrate this new (and rolling) chapter of your life!

    ML, ewwwwwwwwwww, just the PHRASE ‘Harvest Gold’ sends shivers. THANKS for the smiles!

    and thanks for chiming in ya’ll!

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