Using your favorite bread (we prefer whole grain) put together a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich as you would. Add sliced avocado. Now for the kick: blend mayo, lemon juice and Chipotle powder together and spread on the sandwich. Quick and Tasty! Add a side salad and fruit for a complete meal.
Laugh and Your Friends Laugh With You...
But I'm telling you this lack of time with good friends can leave a lady missing those weekly therapy sessions!
Happily, we were able to carve out a recent evening together, sans kids, and enjoy a good old fashioned Monday Lunch dinner. The menu was perfect for a summer evening. A glass of wine and BLT sandwiches with a kick, inspired by Rachel Ray.
After dinner The Busy Buddha introduced us to a grand new libation she discovered recently: Tequila Rose. Sipped out of cute little glasses, this was the perfect way to finish our meal.
As the evening went on we reconnected over conversation and A LOT of laughter. It occurred to me that there truly is no better pick-me-up than a good laugh.
When you are with people who truly connect with you, laughter ensues it leaves you feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. Which happened to be just what we needed that evening.
We shared funny stories about our summers, our sometimes quirky families (aren't they all) and our summer travels. Eventually we retired to the basement to watch classic television footage of The Busy Buddha being interviewed on national Canadian TV about a storm she had weathered on the golf course years ago. The footage had been verboten for years due to her embarrassment, but somehow she was letting the freak flag fly! What a riot! Thankfully,she is gifted at being able to laugh at herself and we laughed right along with her!
We usually don't have to look too far to find something to laugh about.
One Monday Lunch years ago we came across this video of a sneezing baby panda which we watched over and over again laughing so hard that we had tears streaming down our faces. I'm not sure what we found so funny about this other than we were all moms of young kids at the time and could fully relate to this poor mother panda trying to enjoy her bamboo in peace!
It doesn't really matter what it is that makes you laugh, the fact is, sharing those outbursts of genuine laughter with friends is one of the best, and cheapest forms of therapy.
Yes, it was quite a challenge keeping those masks on our faces for 20 minutes while engaged in utter hysterics. I'm sure we added laugh lines that night rather than reaping any age-defying benefits from our masks.
That's okay with me though, I'll take the laugh lines... and plan to enjoy getting every single one of them!
The Simplicity Buf