The History of the Fork

Random word of the day is “fork.”

Did you know the use of a fork was once seen as evil?

The origins of the fork date back to the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium but some of the earliest known table forks made their debut in Ancient Egypt. The Qijia, who resided in part of present-day China, also are known to have used forks. The utensil migrated west after Byzantine princess, Theodora Anna Doukaina married the Venetian doge in 1075, brought the utensil to Venice. God-fearing Venetians saw the fork as a monstrosity.

God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks – his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating. -St. Peter Damian

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In the 16th century during the Italian Renaissance, the popularity of forks began to grow when Catherine de Medici brought along a set of eating forks from her native Florence to France. People also became more aware of hygiene and didn’t want their food covered in filth. Men still preferred to use their fingers as forks were deemed too feminine.

By the 18th century, the upper-class began carrying forks as part of their utensils set. During the industrialization period, the middle and lower-class gained access to the “split spoon.”

In 1633, John Winthrop, a founding father of the Massachusetts Bay Colony received a case of utensils accompanied by a note stating, “for the useful application of which I leave to your discretion.” At this time, the proper use of a fork was still unknown. Once the Americans grew accustomed to the fork, their dining etiquette was critiqued by international users. Everything from how Americans held the fork and whether or not the tines should be facing up or down as you ate the food was a source of controversy.

The popularity of forks blossomed and several variations were created.

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So the next time you use your fork, take a closer look. It had a long journey to become a staple in our lives.

 

Respect and Recognize Your Employees

Today’s word of the day is “employees.”

I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing people throughout my career. Everyone had diverse backgrounds, personalities, and specialty they could contribute to the job. I’m happy to say I’ve remained friends with many of them. The only problem, the employees weren’t appreciated by management and/or the CEOs.

I’ve worked with two teams that were dedicated to their job and wanted to see the company thrive. We came up with amazing ideas and presented them to management only to get shot down. Both of these jobs had managements that would outright call your idea stupid in front of everyone. Even when we all agreed how great the idea was, the managers would go into a full-on rant as to why we’re all wrong. Sometimes the debates would go way off topic, get personal, and become a shouting match. It was ridiculous. Then lo and behold, another company had the same idea, ran with it, and it was a success for them. Then management yelled at us for not thinking of that idea when they were the ones who shot it down three months prior.

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One job, if they had listened to its employees, could have been elevated to the virality of Buzzfeed. Instead, the CEOs were oblivious to trends and had other money goals that had nothing to do with us. They were failing so much, they were losing money. By the time they actually did listen to us, it was too late. We were laid off. Not only were we laid off for financial reasons, but we also discovered the CEOs hadn’t paid the rent in months and they were getting evicted.  I think this is possibly one of the biggest company fails I’ve experienced. We could have been great.

Management needs to respect and recognize their employees. A well-rounded group of talent doesn’t come that often. When you have a group that is visibly dedicated to their work, take note of those employees. Don’t dismiss them or their ideas. Let employees know they’re valued. They were hired for their expertise. Utilize it. Listen, absorb, and implement their ideas when it can add to the success of the team and company.

Random Word Challenge: Discouraged

Day four of my random word challenge!

Today’s word is “discouraged.”

If you’ve gone through life never being discouraged by anything, I applaud you. Do you have any advice? 😀

Honestly, I have to remind myself to not be discouraged each time I think of something creative. When it comes to creativity for clients or my job, it’s easy. When things get personal, I’m my own worst critic.

There’s always someone better than you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach yourself and up your game.

It’s easy to find people who are doing better than you, but how you view them makes a difference. I enjoy baking, painting, writing, and design. Whenever I see someone doing better than me in those areas, I can get discouraged, but what good will that do?  If anything, that’ll make me want to quit. Instead, I look at that person and know I’ll be like them someday as long as I keep improving my craft. Use them as motivation instead of being discouraged.

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The last thing you want to do is look back and realize the same amount of time you spent self-sabotaging yourself, you could have been elevating your skills. It’s easy to fall into a negative space, but monumental when you can turn it around and use it as a driving force to do better.

Random Word Challenge: Bacon

Random Word of the Day: Bacon

I couldn’t help but laugh when this word appeared. This is day two of my random word challenge. It seems like it’s going to be interesting. 😀 OK, let’s talk briefly about bacon.

Remember when people put bacon on and in everything the way they do Flamin’ Hot Cheetos now? Well, they still do. I’m all for a nice crispy piece of bacon, but bacon milkshakes and bacon ice cream was going too far. OK, I’ll admit I did have a breakfast ice cream that included maple flavored ice cream with bits of waffles and bacon. It wasn’t bad, but the soggy bits of bacon distracted my tastebuds from fully enjoying it. If a bacon milkshake sounds interesting to you, here’s a recipe. Honestly, I may try this milkshake myself. It looks good. No shame here.

I’ll never forget when I first saw a bacon bouquet. My first thought was people are crazy. After giving it some thought, I wouldn’t be mad if my man gave me one of these instead of roses. I’d laugh my ass off, but I sure would eat it.

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If you want your own bacon bouquet, here’s a recipe that includes chocolate.

Alright, now I’m craving bacon. Let me get up and workout to take my mind off of food.

 

 

 

Random Word Challenge: Advice

As I sat at my desk thinking of something to write, I’ve decided I’m going to do a random word challenge using each letter of the alphabet. I’m using an online random word generator. I insert one letter and the first word that pops up is going to be the word I write about. If you’ve done a similar challenge or want to join me, let me know in the comments.

Today’s word is “advice.”

I’ve received advice throughout the years, but none of it stands out as deeply memorable. I have found people, including myself, who will give advice that we should be following ourselves. It’s amazing how we subconsciously try to teach ourselves through the advice we give to others. Unfortunately, we don’t realize what’s happening until the person we gave the advice to gives it back to us.

Imagine your friend’s relationship ended. You provide all of the advice needed to help them overcome the obstacle of restarting their life without their lover, how to occupy their mind so they aren’t constantly thinking about their ex, advice on what they should take away from the relationship to better themselves, and so much more. As soon as you go through a breakup, you instantly forget the advice you gave. Your friend is now the one regurgitating what you told them. Interesting how that works.

My advice to you, the next time you give advice, listen to your own words and analyze whether or not you need to apply those words of wisdom to your life. Your advice may be the subconscious pep talk you needed.

 

 

 

Blogtober: My Progress So Far

Blogtober has been interesting. I’m a day or two behind with posts but will make that up before the month is over.

I stated in a previous post that I wouldn’t create an editorial calendar to plan my month and will blog about whatever comes to mind. It’s interesting how many interesting ideas pop into my head, but those topics are deeper and would require some time to create. They’re currently in my drafts and will appear eventually.

There are times when I still don’t know what to write about, so I toss in funny quotes as fillers. Not the best form of content, but it keeps me active on the blog. I think this is the most consistency I’ve had in quite some time. I’m even looking into purchasing a domain to make my blog look more “official.” That has been in the plan for quite some time, but I want to make sure I remain active to get my money worth.

I will do another month’s challenge. Maybe do it in January and call it “Bloguary.” I will create an editorial calendar for that challenge and schedule a post in advance. My life isn’t hectic, but there are challenges within myself that I will discuss in a later post.
To wrap this up, so far so good with posts. They can be better, but “quality” content will be released soon. More deep thought pieces.

If you’re participating in Blogtober, how has it been going for you?

Blogtober 2019: No Idea What to Write, But I’m Doing It

I just found out October is Blogtober. I’m already a day late, but challenge accepted!

If you aren’t familiar with Blogtober, the challenge is to post a blog each day of October. The topic can be about whatever you choose. Some bloggers may be more strategic based on their audience/niche, they may want to gain more traffic, incorporate more SEO, etc. My goal is to simply write more.

What am I going to write about? I have no idea!

My life has been busy and stressful, but I’ve been itching to write more. I feel like I’m letting my imagination go to waste due to my job taking over my life and my over-appreciation for taking naps on my days off.

I will get out of my mechanical rut of repeating mundane life expectancies that don’t provide intellectual stimulation or pleasure in my life.

I could write about the BS that’s going on at my job, but there is enough negativity in the world as soon as you turn on your TV or step out of your door. Let’s keep things positive for once.

I’ll post another blog later today or I’ll do it tomorrow. See, I’m already procrastinating—side-eyeing myself right now (¬_¬).

Are you participating in Blogtober?