Wednesday, August 11, 2010

She's ba-aack

Hello blog. I've missed you. I've been away for a few days (again) and honestly I don't know how my hubs travels like he does. I've been on four flights and in four different states since the first of August and I'm pooped. We got home at 11:30 PM last night and I feel like I could sleep for a week. Hubs got up at 6:15 and went to work. Yay hubs!

Anyway, I have much to say about my travels but today is Wednesday and The Random Dozen has returned from its blogholiday so I think I'll take the easy way out and play along. After that I will tackle the mountain of laundry, fill my empty refrigerator, pick up the dog from the kennel, take a nap and finally, collect my thoughts for a post later about Ronnie and Kix, fun in the city, and catching up with a friend from my England days. You can hardly stand it I know.

Feel free to join in the fun every can post your answers to the random dozen questions on your own blog and then link up over at 2nd cup of Coffee for all the internets to are mine-

1. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

A week ago at a friend's surprise 50th birthday party which was celebrated with old friends from our college days. We crack ourselves up.

2. If you found $10 today what would you do with it?

Probably add it to my grocery money. My refrigerator resembles Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in the worst way right now.

3. Do you volunteer anywhere?

At the moment no. I have been enormously slightly over committed as a volunteer for the past several years and when we moved I decided to give myself a year to really get settled into a new town and see what's out there before I acted on my 'jumping in head first' tendency.

4. What is your favorite summertime veggie or fruit and how do you eat it?

corn on the cob-rubbed with a little bit of butter, wrapped in foil and roasted on the grill.
fresh tomatoes-sliced and sprinkled with a teensy bit of salt
watermelon-cut into chunks and served ice cold

I am gonna miss the fruits and veg of summer.

5. Is your social sphere (circle of friends) small, medium, or large?

One of the benefits of moving a lot is you have friends sprinkled all around the world. And we do a pretty good job of keeping in touch and seeing one another every chance we get. We love our peeps and we have a large circle of friends although I will say in our new little town our circle is still small. We have spent many a weekend in the year we've been back stateside traveling to see friends and family elsewhere so we haven't built new friendships here as quickly as we normally do.

6. When was the last time you attended a family or school reunion? How did that go?

My family spent a weekend here in July celebrating my mom's 80th birthday. I wrote about it here...we had a great time and I don't have all my sibs and the kid cousins together nearly as often as I'd like so that was wonderful. A couple of weekends ago we flew to Atlanta to surprise a college friend for his 50th birthday. Lots of other friends from college were there so it was a mini reunion of sorts. See #1.

7. When you're feeling blue what is the best way someone can cheer you up?

a small kind gesture, a hug, a sweet note/text/email, a chocolate treat

8. Have you taken a vacation this summer?

We took an early vacation since my girls had jobs to get busy with and my husband had an insane amount of work travel all summer long. We spent a week in Marco Island Florida just after daughter1's university graduation. It was heavenly. You can read about it here. Oh and also here. I know...I'm wordy.

9. What is the most unnecessary item you carry with you all the time?

I can't think of anything but I'm sure my husband would have an answer. Just yesterday he was commenting on the contents of my purse. Or the black hole as he likes to call it.

10. What is the best summer flick you have seen so far?

Toy Story 3. Okay, Inception was good and made me think and has kinda stayed in my brain but Toy Story 3? That was too sweet!

11. Describe a perfect summer day.

Sunshine + a beach + a soft breeze + my feet in the sand at the edge of the ocean + a book in my hand + my family beside me = perfection.

12. Please share a favorite photo from the summer so far.

It's so hard to choose but I guess I'm going with a photo we took on holiday in was a happy restful week of family togetherness in a beautiful setting.


  1. Family vacations are THE BEST! Loved reading your answers, as always.

    Do you count cyberfriends, too? If so, count me in your circle.


  2. Yay for the Random Dozen's return!!

    I love, love, love all the summer fruits and veggies, definitely gonna miss them when they are gone.

    And Toy Story 3 was a fantastic movie, but I went with Inception over it as my favorite. But Toy Story 3 definitely tugged at my heartstrings.

    Love your summer pic. I need some beach vacation time, pronto.

    P.S. Psalm 139 is one of my all-time favorite passages of scripture, so I love the verse on your page!

  3. Welcome home! LOL Our ideas of a perfect summer day are pretty close to being the same! Gotta' love the beach...(Kathy)

  4. Toy Story 3 is aweseome! I am glad you came back . . . thought you were AWOL! :)

  5. Welcome home! Ditto on the perfect summer day!!
    I have not seen either movie. I was waiting to see Toy Story until after all my chicks go to school so I can have a really good cry and get it over with! Ha

  6. Your perfect day and mine look very much alike. I have to settle for a beach by the lake though. :)

  7. Loved your answers. I've missed you while you were traveling!

  8. Glad you are back and I am trying to "be back," too! I have missed you!

  9. Chocolate fan here too. :) I'm like you. I'm so gonna miss the fresh produce. And you are right. Travel is fun but can be so exhausting. Welcome back. Blessings, SusanD

  10. #12 - Why am I reminded of the Cialis ads with the two bathtubs?

    BTW, I love your new blog header.

  11. Your picture and the description of a summer fit perfectly. Looks amazing!
    Glad to see you posting again and hope you get caught up on all the stuff you mentioned. Don´t forget that nap. :)

  12. Joyce,

    I loved the latest Toy Story 3 movie. Sorry to see the series finally end! Loved your summer picture. Oh how I wish I was there.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  13. I absolutely LOVE that picture. It's so peaceful.

  14. We have the same favorite summer veggies. I would add blueberries and cherries to the mix as well. And peaches. And....

    I'm really going to be sad when fall comes along. At least I like squash :)

  15. Enjoyed my first stop by your blog today. Enjoyed your great answers and can't believe you stopped to blog before unpacking. How funny! wish I could do that. I sometimes forget that whatever it is that I need to do will be right there waiting on me when I get through with something else I'm doing. Blessings to you!

  16. Chocolate is always good! I love your picture--looks like a great vacation!

  17. Loved your description of the summer fruits and veggies you like. Mmmm....made me salivate. (I'm dieting. *grin* Can you tell?)
    I'm so glad you are back and blogging, Joyce. You were missed! And I love that you say "we were on holiday". So British! :-)
    Oh, and my hubs tends to have the same opinion of my purse....but I keep it organized and can find anything HE wants that happens to be in it, with my eyes closed! Ha! :-)
    I loooove your vacay picture so much!! I'm about ready to save it, blow it up and stick it up on the ceiling above my bed!!! *sighhh*

  18. Beautiful photo! I enjoyed reading your random dozen!

  19. I've already eaten a midnight snack, and your description in #4 has me dreaming of another. I better go to bed now! Ha! And you know I'm a chocolate person too. ;)

  20. # 11 - perfect description. I don't even like summer, but I like it your way! Sounds wonderful!

  21. #9 The Black Hole, LOL!!!!
    I really enjoyed reading your answers!

  22. Loved reading your answers! I call my purse, "the abyss" for the same reason you kids make fun of me all the time...

  23. I was thrilled when it came back :) I too loved Toy Story 3! Inception was awesome too!