One hundred and fifty-five

The start of Out of My Comfort Zone month

This month I will be putting myself Out of My Comfort Zone every day.  Stretching my boundaries.  Doing things that challenge me and make me (and sometimes other people) feel uncomfortable, but ultimately I will learn from them.  And it will be hilarious to read about!

Day one – Lunch with a stranger

Yesterday, for my first day of the month, I went and had lunch with a stranger.  I went into the Eaton Centre (that mall is generally out of my comfort zone – can people walk any slower?!), got lunch at the cafeteria and looked around for someone sitting alone.  I found a girl in her twenties and asked if I could join her at her two-person table.  She agreed and I started a conversation.  We started with small talk – how busy the mall is, the New York fries she was eating, my Thai food.  I asked her why she was in the mall.  Then the conversation developed from there.  She’s from Winnepeg, is a part-time student deciding whether she wants to stay in Toronto.  She’s studing Latin.  She lived in Montreal and Quebec City.  We spoke about our lives, our goals, where we have lived, what languages we speak. All while we ate lunch.  In the city of Toronto, where rarely will anyone make eye contact with you, let alone share a full conversation over lunch, it was very strange.  But really lovely.  More people should do this.

When we were done our lunches, we went our separate ways.  A random interaction with a complete stranger with nothing before and nothing after.  A beautiful moment that I think made both our days a little brighter – with no strings attached.  Just a moment of connection.  And after the initial fear of rejection and nervousness at speaking to a stranger, it was actually quite easy.

Tonight

Karaoke!  I am FREAKING OUT.  I have been trying to find a good song to sing all day and I can’t find one.  I am so nervous.  Ahhhhh!!!

An update on online shopping

I got my red rubber boots today in the mail from Beyond The Rack.  I was so excited, as I love the colour red and I really needed a pair of rubber boots.  This was also my first buying experience with Beyond The Rack and has been four weeks since I ordered the boots (after an e-mail saying they were “PENDING” because they hadn’t received them yet).  I received them through Canada Post and tried them on right away.  Well, the boots were in two different sizes!  They were both labeled size 9, but the left was clearly way smaller than the right in width and length (it didn’t fit my foot and my feet are the same size as each other).  I’m a little bit annoyed.  I called customer service, sent an e-mail and am sending them back.  Hopefully they have another pair that are both size 9, if not I better get a full refund (including shipping).  I will most likely never shop with Beyond The Rack again.  And I’ve heard other horror stories of things taking 5-6 weeks to arrive.

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7 thoughts on “One hundred and fifty-five

  1. I sang Karaoke once, Smokey Robinsons “The Tracks of My Tears” and I made tracks back to my seat after facing my fears.
    I think it may have been the only time in Karaoke history that the machine was turned off mid song and the singer was told to take a seat. I’m sure you will do much better, I remember you singing at a school play and you did a great job. Good Luck!!!!!!!!

  2. I’m probably too late (as in, you’ve probably already sung your song), but bohemian rhapsody is always a good one. If you pick a song that everyone likes, it doesn’t really matter how good you are because everyone else is singing to themselves anyway. A bit of advice: never do ‘come on eileen.’ Although you might think you know this song, i guarantee that when you start reading the lyrics you will quickly realize that you don’t.
    Have fun tonight.

  3. Can I suggest “Come Together” by The Beatles? 😉 Was fun sharing the limelight with a fellow karaoke virgin, hope to see you out again sometime!

  4. I can’t wait to hear what you sang, I hope there is video….I’d suggest a really hard one, like an Aretha Franklin song or James Brown. If your going to do it, go for it! I’m sure you’ll be fine, brilliant even.

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