The Power of a Mask

Saturday is Halloween, so earlier this week Rich (my husband) and I visited the Spirit Halloween Super Store in Reno.

Holy House of Horrors, Batman! What an awesome showcase for the spookiest day of the year. The store is a dripping plethora of bloody and frightening props, in addition to make-up, costumes and masks featuring superheroes, villains, imaginary, and real-life characters.

Masks line the walls.   Wall of Masks © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

People were trying masks on, ripping them off and slamming them on one after another, choosing then discarding in a fast and furious frenzy.

Rich jumped into the fray looking for a hideous look to scare the kids who trick or treat in our neighborhood.

V is for Vendetta Mask © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com   Hum, no.

Metallic Pumpkin Mask © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com   Hum, no.

Chrome See-Through Mask © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com   Hum, no.

Skull w Baseball Cap Mask © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com   Oh, yeah!

He was going to purchase the baseball cap with skull, until we saw the checkout line.

Curses! It snaked from the front to the back of the store and people were already complaining about the long wait.

Rich decided to stick with his wicked pumpkin-face mask from last year and we left.

Of course being around all those masks and the way people cast them off as quickly as they put them on, got me to thinking about masks worn on a daily basis and by familiar characters.

There is power in hiding behind a mask.

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Batman disguises his secret identity and fights crime, striking fear in the guilty.

Darth Vader conceals his disfigurement, uses the mask to breathe, and strikes fear in pretty much everyone who gets near him.

The Zumbanator, my daughter’s made-up heroine, gives fitness flare, fights fat and strikes fear in no one.

We disguise our secret thoughts, conceal our feelings, and fight to survive behind masks of humor, humility, disappointment, indifference, and countless other attitudes and feelings.

We wear “masks” to help us be accepted, protected and find the power to be polite, respectable and civilized.

Taking a deep breath and wearing a mask of confidence gives us the power to buck a system, take a stand, fight for change and be extraordinary.

With enough practice, we no longer wear a mask of confidence, we simply are confident.

Most of my life I wore a mask of dread and feared owning my power. First, because I did not know it was possible and I could not comprehend the power of choices.

Second, because I thought somehow it was wrong. Like it was a violation of humbleness and personal power equaled pride and vanity.

It was easier and more comfortable to just not go there.

Eventually the negative masks grew into anxiety so severe that it damaged my mind, body and spirit.

Hitting rock bottom emotionally, I finally understood that it was time to choose. Either go on as I had been and die, or do something different, take charge of my life and live. At that point, I had nothing to lose.

That choice took me on journey – a quest – of discovering what is personal power, what was blocking it and how everyone is more powerful than we let ourselves accept or believe.

I learned to love and heal myself.

I learned to embrace my capabilities and flaws.

I learned the power is within me, not in the mask.

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The author of this blog does not presume to offer psychological therapy nor advocates the use of any technique for the treatment of any specific or traumatic psychological condition without the approval and guidance of a qualified psychotherapist. The writer’s intent is to convey personal experience in the hope it may be of help in others’ personal quests for mind, body and spirit improvement. If you use any of the information as a form of self-therapy, the author / writer assumes no responsibility or liability for your actions.

Love Letter to a Nutty Kid

Today, October 22, 2015 is National Nut Day.

To celebrate the day, I fully intended to post a killer Chocolate Chili Almond snack recipe. Ran out of time after the seventh attempt to perfect the formula.

The almonds took a left turn at Flavortown and landed smack dab in the middle of Bland Camp.

Not tasty? Not posting.

So, I’m “repurposing” National Nut Day to write a blog of appreciation for the three things I learned from my favorite nut, my daughter, Tysha.

From the day she was born I’ve told and showed Tysha how much I love her and thanked her for being a wonderful, extraordinary individual. Can’t recall ever telling her about my gratitude for her nutty side.

LIGHTEN UP

Tysha is a perfectionist. Yet she strikes a remarkable balance between being silly and being serious. She wears an essence of goofiness like perfume. It mellows the meticulousness.

If she wants to go somewhere or to see someone, she goes. No hesitation.

No worries about make-up, what she is wearing or how she looks. It’s the adventure and the laughter that is important. Life happens in those moments.

I used to laugh a lot.

I used to be silly.

The nut did not fall too far from the tree. When people see Tysha and me together, they nod and say, “Oh, now I understand where she gets it.”

Unlike Tysha, I lost my daily LOL (Laugh Out Loud.) I let anxiety become my master.

I got heavy, tightened up, and forgot how to live.

Watching Tysha and talking with her, reminds me:

  • it’s okay to lighten up and be myself
  • it’s smart not to care too much about what people think of me
  • step away from anything or anyone that crushes a merry spirit.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY

A few years ago, when Nevada was very slowly coming out of the Great Recession (more like a Deep Depression), Tysha was living in Wyoming and planned to come back to Reno.

“Are you nuts?”

Reminding her I was in the employment business and “jobs are as scarce as water in a mid-summer desert,” she did not let me deter her from reaching her goal.

“Stop worrying, I’ll find something,” she said with a smile in her voice.

And she did.

Later, she out grew that job. There was no room for advancement, she did not feel like she fit anymore and the feeling of unhappiness was pinching.

Tysha wanted to take a chance on a temporary position when Reno / Sparks still had not fully recovered its job market.

“Are you nuts?”

“Stop worrying, Mom, it’s all good!”

And it was.

Tysha is happy. She loves her job (that is no longer temporary), her co-workers, and the company. She’s making good money and her personal brand of nuttiness fits like a glove.

I am so glad she did not focus on my doubts.

She believed and trusted:

  • in herself.
  • in her worthiness.
  • in her abilities.

She knocked hard on the door of opportunity and did not hesitate to walk through – although you might have heard her laughing as she stumbled on a dust bunny or two.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR TIMING & MOTIVATION

When Tysha was little, I tried to share and teach her the things I enjoyed.

I despaired.

She didn’t want to bake.

She didn’t want to sew.

She didn’t want to dance.

Understanding they were not her “things,” I left it alone and let her be the kid she wanted to be.

Three decades later Tysha:

makes cupcake bouquets.    Tysha's Cupcake Bouquet for Judy's BDay © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

became a Zumba® instructor.    Allen Abraham & Tysha Zumba Instructors 2014 © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

creates exquisite costumes.    Tysha's Handmade 2015 Steampunk Ball Ensemble © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

She taught me about the importance of owning the timing and motivation.

When pressured or forced to do something, my heart is not in it. I don’t feel the joy and I’m not motivated to stick with it.

I’ve learned the best we can do is offer to teach, train with patience and excellence, be available for additional instruction, and then detach from the outcome.

That kid in the featured photo transformed into a lovely, amazing woman – who is still a nutty kid at heart. Isn’t life grand?

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Tricks For Learning a New Language

My American Sign Language (ASL) Barbie doll, currently up for sale on eBay, has her fingers shaped in the sign for “I love you.”

I tried to learn sign language in my younger days.

Didn’t use it much. It didn’t “take” and I did not advance beyond the basics.

I tried learning Spanish.

It didn’t take.

Ask my former co-workers who speak Spanish. They found it quite amusing that the only things I could remember and say well was, “The apple is red” and “Where is the bathroom? Pronto, pronto!”

I tried learning French and German.

Didn’t take.

The transformation of my life required changing my “thought” language.

Uh oh.

It did take, because I used some of the same tricks for learning a new language and applied them to changing my thought patterns.

WHY = MOTIVATION = COMMITMENT

Recognize why you want to learn a new language and make the decision to be in it for the long haul. No one needed me to communicate with him or her in sign language, Spanish, French or German. There were no plans to travel to different countries. It sounded fun and that wasn’t enough motivation to make a lasting commitment.

Changing the language of my thinking and thought patterns improves my life and moves me closer to my dreams. I wanted to learn and made the commitment.

TALK TO YOURSELF & RELEVANCY

Experts say talking to yourself is a good way to practice pronunciation. Hear yourself speak aloud and build confidence to speak to someone else. Focus on useful, every day, practical words and phrases.

When transforming thought patterns, it is crucial to listen to yourself. Words and phrases highlight where negative thinking is a conditioned response. Write them in a journal or notebook. The process may trigger additional thoughts or emotions, write those down too.

HAVE FUN & THINK YOUNG

Play with the language, have fun with it and be willing to make mistakes. Adults tend to give children and youth more leeway to make mistakes. Give ourselves (and other adults) permission to let go of perfection and embarrassment. If we use the wrong word or phrase or pronounce it incorrectly, someone will likely point it out. Thank them for their help while you are getting the feel for the language.

Many of our beliefs come from childhood teachings. Give yourself permission to question those beliefs and the resulting thoughts and behaviors. Explore if they are right for you and the life you desire. For each negative thought, give yourself the gift of discovery. Like a child, you are starting fresh and getting the feel for something new.

PRACTICE & REMEMBER TO BREATHE

Practice every day. Speak the new language, write it, think it, sing it. Use it. Feeling frustrated? Take a deep breath; ask for help. If you are learning from recording and written materials, take a class or find someone fluent in the language and ask to practice. People love helping people, especially when you are motivated to learn.

Practice changing your thought patterns by going back to what you wrote in your journal or notebook. Take each negative and turn it in to a positive. If you don’t know how, search for the word or phrase online, research self-help books, ask a therapist or psychologist for help.

When you hear yourself (verbally or inside your head) using a conditioned thought or response, take a deep breath, acknowledge it – my therapist taught me to say “Hum, interesting” – and redirect to your positive words or phrases.

Pay attention to what fears are blocking you from believing the positive words or phrases. Until you release the block, positive affirmations will not work.

Thank the CEO of the Universe® for help with removing blocks. “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 KJV)

Give yourself a treat; learn a new language. Improve on the beautiful person you already are and remember to tell yourself everyday “I love you.”

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Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

October 1, 2015 is National Homemade Cookies Day. As mentioned in my Careers & Homemade Cookies – Three Similarities blog, here is one of my favorite pumpkin cookie recipes.

Raisins, pecans or coconuts can be substituted for the chocolate chips. Since nearly everyone adores chocolate I’d leave them in. If you love raisins, pecans or coconut, and still want to please the chocoholics, reduce the chocolate chips to one cup and add a cup of the other ingredients.

PUMPKIN COOKIES

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ to ½ teaspoon ground cloves (use ½ teaspoon if you prefer a stronger taste of clove)

1 can (15 ounce) 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s®)

½ cup vegetable shortening (I use Crisco® Baking Sticks)

1 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

½ cup butterscotch morsels, chopped

1 bag (11.5 ounces) milk or semi-sweet chocolate morsels

FINISHING

1/2 bar (2 ounces) of a 4 ounce Ghirardelli® White Chocolate Premium Baking Bar

Preheat oven to 375°F – rack in center. Grease cookie sheet and cover with parchment paper cut to fit.

Place walnuts in single layer in a heated skillet (medium high heat) on the stove. Do not add cooking spray, oil or butter, there is enough fat in the nuts to keep them from sticking. Stir and shake frequently to prevent burning. Cook until brown and they smell toasted. Pieces will toast in approximately 3 – 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl. Do not leave in skillet, as they will continue to cook.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

After walnuts have cooled, sprinkle a teaspoon or so of the flour mixture over nuts and stir to coat.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat on low to medium speed with hand mixer, pumpkin and shortening until blended. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, egg and beat until smooth.

Gradually beat in flour mixture until blended.

Stir in walnuts, butterscotch pieces and chocolate chips.

Use a 1 ½ inch diameter cookie scoop to drop scoops of dough onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake approximately 17 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm and tops no longer look wet. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes; remove to wire racks and let cool completely.

Place white chocolate in small resealable plastic bag. Microwave sealed bag 60 seconds at half power. Turn bag over; heat 60 seconds at half power. Knead bag until candy is smooth. All microwaves are different; it may take another 30 seconds more or less at half power. Just don’t heat it too long, chocolate burns easily.

Cut tiny corner off bag; drizzle melted white chocolate over top of approximately half the cooled cookies. Set aside to allow white chocolate to harden.

Yield:  Approximately 4 dozen

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Careers & Homemade Cookies – Three Similarities

October 1, 2015 is National Homemade Cookies Day. Besides starting with the letter C, what in the name of sweet chocolate do careers and cookies have in common?  I believe what we do to earn a living can bring us as much joy and delight as the taste, smell and sight of a homemade cookie.

GIFTS & EXCHANGES

Have you ever attended a cookie exchange? Cookie swaps are very popular, especially during the winter holidays. When you walk into the event, the smells of sugar, vanilla, and chocolate scent the air.

Guests bring enough cookies for the total number of invited guests, extras for samples and copies of the cookie recipe. The host hands out containers (brand new paint buckets are my favorite) and everyone fills their vessels with the cookies on display.

You can keep the cookies for your family or give them as gifts.

The emphasis is on exchanging or swapping. Exchanging cookies, recipes and fellowship.

Careers are exchanges too. Exchanging time, talent, and skills.

We bring our “gifts” to work and exchange our energy for money. Sometimes we swap our energy for knowledge or experience.

At times in my career, I found myself in distress when I lost the emphasis on exchanging and remembering to use my gifts wisely.

Becoming too invested and with escalating commitment to the work or company, I ignored work-life balance, my health, my ability to make life-enhancing choices and veered off my dream career path.

Now I regularly remind myself:

  • it is okay to save some energy for myself and stop exchanging an overabundance of energy on a job.
  • it is okay to let go of the investment (time, resources, effort, pride) when it no longer meets my needs and it’s time to change direction.
  • it is okay that a position not be long-term when it strays off my career path’s focus.
  • it is okay to view money as my servant, not my life force, life’s blood, or divine master.

TRY SOMETHING NEW

Chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal and sugar cookies are classics. People light up when they see and smell them. Their familiarity is comforting.

Classic flavors are just plain good and stand the test of time. Savoring a warm cookie, we can feel that all is right with the world.

However, even classic cookies get stale.

We can be good, even great at what we do, yet in every career path, there are times to step outside our comfort zone. Be a smart cookie and try something different, learn something new.

The top professionals and producers in their fields are constantly learning. Continually updating and refreshing their skills. I’ve met some of the finest salespeople who take basic training annually. The goal? Come away with at least one technique they have forgotten to use and commit to taking action with it.

I was in the staffing industry for 18 years and constantly “repurposed” myself. Holding various positions and learning new skills kept me fresh and helped me uncover what I loved to do, which made me more effective.

Have you heard “cookie-cutter employees = cookie-cutter solutions?”

Taking refresher courses, new skill training and joining groups that impart fresh viewpoints and perspectives helps prevent a “cookie-cutter” staleness.

TOUGH COOKIES

Have you worked with a male or female “tough cookie?”

I don’t think the word “cookie” is gender specific. I have heard many employees say about supervisors and managers, “Boy, he is one tough cookie!” And there is the story of the “Gingerbread Boy.”

People earned the title in one of the following ways because they were:

  • strong enough to deal with difficult situations.
  • an athlete demonstrating endurance.
  • rarely showing emotion and not easily hurt by people’s actions or words.
  • hardened and very strong-willed.
  • well, um, just plain difficult to work with.

I’ve admired and respected a few tough cookies. Thinking there was something to be learned from their competence, they were icing on my career path.

However, when a tough cookie stops respecting me, I feel like I am not being heard, and their behavior becomes “my way, or the highway,” I will choose the highway every time.

If I can’t get to the highway soon enough, like a tray of tough baked cookies, I avoid them. Unless it is late afternoon, I am hungry and nothing else is around. Then I’ll dunk them in coffee until palatable.

That my friends, is how I perceive the cookie crumbles.

Click here for my favorite homemade pumpkin cookie recipe.

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Ginger Bacardi Rum Cake

Avast and ahoy, mates! As promised, in the Pirate Tea – All Hands On Deck blog posted yesterday, here is my recipe for the Bacardi Rum cake with a little kick of ginger.

I prefer spiced rum vs. dark rum for this treasure. If you want to use the other brand of rum bearing a captain’s figure  . . . why not?  Thar be pirates here!

For the scurvy purists, I’ve made rum cake from scratch and quite frankly once the rum is poured, it does not matter to me that this cake is made from a mix. Arrr!

Let’s get Kraken, oops, cracking . . . eggs that is, step smartly, and Yo Ho Ho seize the bottle of rum!

GINGER RUM CAKE

1 cup chopped pecans

1 package (15.25 ounces*) yellow cake mix
*the reduced ounces from the original 18.25 ounces recipe makes a very moist cake – add a couple tablespoons flour if desired

1 package (3.4 ounces) Jell-O® Vanilla Instant Pudding & Pie Filling

2 teaspoons ground ginger

½ cup spiced rum

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup cold water

4 eggs

2 tablespoons peeled, grated fresh ginger

GOLDEN GINGER RUM GLAZE

4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

¼ cup water

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ cup spiced rum

FINISHING

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip chunks

1 tablespoon chopped, candied ginger

Preheat oven to 325°F – rack in center. Spray 12” Bundt® pan with Pam® Baking Spray or Baker’s Joy®. Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of pan. Set aside.

Whisk together cake mix, pudding and ground ginger in large mixing bowl. Add rum, oil, water and eggs; blend with electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine; scrape down the sides of the bowl with rubber spatula.

Add fresh grated ginger. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes, scraping down sides if needed. Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth top with rubber spatula and tap pan on counter a few times to release some of the air bubbles.

Bake cake 1 hour, or until golden brown. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes.

Make the glaze while cake is cooling.

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in water and sugars. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat slightly; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove pan from heat, add ground ginger using a whisk to blend out any lumps. Slowly add spiced rum (it will bubble up), stir to blend. Do not pour alcohol anywhere near an open flame or hot burner.

Invert cake on a serving platter. Poke holes in the top and sides of cake with a wooden skewer. Pour half the glaze in the Bundt® pan, flip cake back over and carefully return it to the pan making sure to match up the ridges. Poke holes in the bottom of cake. Pour the rest of the glaze evenly over top and down the sides (not letting it go over the hole in center of pan). Let stand until glaze is absorbed about 15 minutes.

Invert cake onto the serving platter. Cool cake completely before topping with chocolate.

Place chocolate morsels in small resealable plastic bag. Microwave sealed bag 60 seconds at half power. Turn bag over; heat 60 seconds at half power. Knead bag until candy is smooth. All microwaves are different; it may take another 30 seconds more or less at half power. Just don’t heat it too long, chocolate burns easily.

Cut tiny corner off bag; drizzle melted chocolate over top and sides of cooled cake. Sprinkle top with candied ginger bits.

Fill center of cake with additional candied ginger bits, if desired.

For Pirate Tea, serve on gold charger surrounded with brown sugar sprinkled around the cake to look like “sand” or place gold candy coins on the rim of charger.

If decadence is desired, serve with dollops of sweetened whipped cream.

Enjoy and eat up, me hearties!

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Pirate Tea – All Hands On Deck!

Avast! September 19, 2015 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. By putting together suggestions for a Pirate Tea, I be honoring the day and continuing with ABlueSquash.com’s theme of the month, Pirate!

All Hands on Deck is a fitting theme for a business to thank employees for their efforts or to launch a new project. See tips and activities below – walking the plank is left out.

Same theme. Same menu. Couple of different strategies for family and friends projects.

BUDGET

When planning events and discussing budgets for companies or individuals, I’ve heard comments ranging from, “Um, good luck with that” (Arrr!) to “Make it happen; how much to do you need?” (Aye!)

Set a budget based on what you can afford and set time commitments. Decide what you absolutely can or cannot live without.

Create or download a detailed event / party checklist from the tons available online. Factor in costs of food, beverages, decorations (including centerpieces BTW: real gold coins will break the treasure chest), room rental (if needed), serving pieces, utensils, table coverings (none if you have wood tables) and favors / gifts.

Assign or hire a photographer. Remember to post the images of everyone having a great time on social media sites.

DO IT YOURSELF OR CATERED?

When planning a thank you for family or friends, depending on the number of people involved, you may choose to provide everything yourself. On the other hand (or hook), get out of the galley, have it catered.

Get recommendations and a minimum of three estimates. Give them the suggested menu or work with additional input.

I would never go the potluck route for a thank you or project launch.

MENU   Pirate Tea Menu All Hands On Deck 9-16-15 © 2013 - 2015 Susan C. Fix All Rights Reserved ABlueSquash.com

Unless hardtack, dried beef and a gallon of beer a day appeals to you, I would not suggest eating like a pirate.

For a fun read, check out the National Geographic article Eat Like a Pirate. You might make copies of this for employees and guests.

Serving the crab salad separately accompanied by fixings allows the low carb enthusiasts to enjoy the party without scraping the salad off bread. Arrr!

Rum cake is required. I believe it is one of the pirate codes or guidelines. Bake your own or use my recipe for Ginger Bacardi Rum Cake . If you live in northern Nevada, purchase a rum cake from local favorite Rum Cakes, Etc.

DECORATIONS

And this is why you have a budget. From hiring a Johnny Depp look-alike (swoon) to creating a mock sailing ship where folks literally walk up a gangplank to reach the festivities a person could go nuts with the possibilities.

Boards on a table or planks set across sawhorses, seashells, gold coins, pearls, jewels, wood barrels, swords and cutlasses, red bandanas, sails and sailing ships, eye patches, treasure chests, skulls, netting, flags, cannons, stubby candles, gold chargers, silver and gold bars, ship’s wheels and signs with pirate sayings.

Sand can be annoying in the wrong places. Never use it around food – use brown sugar instead.

PROJECT LAUNCH

When there is a large project to accomplish, bring all the employees together and have the “Captain” launch the venture during a Pirate Tea lunch. Even if all employees will not be involved, describing the project as an overall benefit to the business keeps everyone in the loop and makes them feel like part of the crew.

Email a company-wide invitation that says “Shiver Me Timbers It’s All Hands On Deck.” Ask your graphic designer or one of your creative-thinking employees to design it with a pirate theme or as a treasure map. Include the date, time and for the location put an X marks the spot on the lunchroom or site of the event.

TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY

Get the crew on board by capturing their imaginations with a Lost at Sea survival scenario. The point of this role-playing situation is communication, decision making and helping the team understand that a group of people pooling their knowledge and thinking together generally arrive at better decisions than a person thinking alone.

Click here for Wilderdom’s website page. It includes instructions and four free choices of Lost At Sea exercises with all the information you need for smooth sailing.

FAMILY & FRIENDS

All hands on deck for a weekend filled with chores? Moving day? Painting the house? When the entire family is involved in a project or friends are pitching in to help, it’s a great time to surprise them with a Pirate Tea.

If the crew isn’t worn out from swabbing the deck, choose one of the many games found on the original Talk Like a Pirate website.

Hand out movie, bowling, Community Theater, roller skating or sport event tickets or gift cards for gasoline, superstores, or treats.  Say thank you and “Eat up, me hearties!”

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