1. Summer officially rolls in with the Hodgepodge, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere anyway. What song says summer 2012 to you?
In short, we've had a year.
I'm longing for simple and this song takes me there-
2. What is the quintessential summer food?
Nothing says summer is here like red, ripe, watermelon.
3. I've spent a lot of time traipsing up and down the NJ turnpike in recent weeks. Did you know the rest stops on the turnpike are named after people who lived or worked in NJ? Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, James Fenimore Cooper, Molly Pitcher, Joyce Kilmer, Thomas Edison, and Grover Cleveland just to name a few. Of those I listed who would you most like to have known and why?
Definitely Thomas Edison. All that intelligence and curiosity...I'd love to see his reaction to the computer age!
4. At what age did you move out of your parent's house and what prompted the move?
I guess it was a month before my 18th birthday. I went off to university and while it didn't feel like I was leaving forever I never really did live at home again. I spent the first two summers of college working as a camp counselor about an hour from home and once I graduated from uni I started working in Tennessee and then got married. I'm glad it was a process. Glad that as we pulled out of the driveway on that long ago August day I was blissfully unaware I would only be coming back for holidays and visits.
5. What's more satisfying to you-saving time or saving money?
At this stage of life I'll say saving money. We're coming off a six year spending bender-think university tuition and all the bells and whistles that go along with it. Saving is bound to feel good, don't you think?
6. Name something you think brings out the good in people.
I think we see the good come out in people when they work for something outside of themselves. It might be something on a global scale like the way the world united to help the tsunami victims or the people devastated by the Haitian earthquake. It might be something smaller and closer to home like preparing meals for a family dealing with a seriously ill child. Either way, it seems when we see people's lives turned upside down we stop and count our own blessings and in doing so feel prompted to give-act-do. Be better. Sometimes I wonder if God allows a certain amount of suffering in this world in order to force us outside ourselves.
7. This last question comes to you courtesy of Kathy at Reflections...are you taking a vacation or staycation this summer? If so where are will you go? If a staycation is on the calendar have you made any special plans to fill the time?
We don't have either on the calendar. We do have an out of town wedding to attend in July and there are a couple of other weekends planned as well but nothing too big. Hubs and I are hoping to get away for a few days later in the summer but nothing definite yet. We're on the go a lot so I'm sure we won't be sitting around twiddling our thumbs. Perhaps I should pencil that in because did you read my answer to #1? Sitting around twiddling our thumbs sounds pretty good right about now.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I was struck by a thought recently and its kind of random so I'm dropping it here. Last Saturday I posted a picture, taken on our wedding day in 1984, on Facebook. The photo generated so many comments, and as I was scrolling thru the list I had to smile at all the many ways I am connected to the commenters.
There were comments from family of course, but also friends from elementary school, high school, summer camp, and the church I grew up in. Also, friends from university, our early married years in Virginia and Ohio, friends from the Maryland years, England friends who are now scattered all over the world, blog friends, friends I've met thru other friends and friends from my current home.
Now tell me, where else but Facebook could I get all these people together?