Also, a reminder the Hodgepodge is on summer holiday next week (June 11th), so no link party. Look for its return the following week-June 18th.
Here we go-
1. I've read several posts and status updates recently describing end of year school field trips. Do you remember taking school field trips as a kid? Where did you go and do you recall a favorite? For any parents responding today, have you ever chaperoned a school field trip, and if so where?
I definitely remember field trips from my childhood, but those memories are a little fuzzy. Two that came to mind were a trip to the Campbells Soup Plant (I can still see those enormous vats of tomato soup), and a trip to a facility where bread was baked and packaged. It was more of a plant, than a bakery. I remember the smell of yeast and that we each got to take home a loaf of white bread, the soft squishy kind that makes me gag now. I guess I liked that when I was six. Not even going to mention both of these field trips were food related-ha!
Have I chaperoned a school field trip? Yes, too many to list, and most were enjoyable. The one that stands out in my memory is a middle school show choir trip to Disney. Let's just say that was thirteen years ago, and I think I'm almost over it. I might turn this question into its own post one of these days.
2. What's something you're tired of seeing online?
I'm weary of status updates trying to convince me of the evils of fracking/corporate America/the oil industry/guns/George Bush/blah blah blah, and implying I'm an idiot if I don't agree with whatever opinions are posted. Not saying there's nothing to debate there, but for every 'news' story posted on a social media site, an alternate example could also be posted. Most of the time those pieces only tell a part of story, and the information is often interpreted in a way that's questionable. It's just not what I personally want to see in the social arena, and by that I mean Facebook. I don't mind the occasional blurb now and then, but mix it up people. Don't turn your Facebook feed into a giant rant about all that is wrong with the world.
3. June is the month for roses. Which of the following expressions would you say could most recently be applied to your life-'everything's coming up roses' 'there's no rose without a thorn' came out smelling like a rose' or 'wearing rose-colored glasses'?
Well, this past weekend it certainly felt like 'everything was coming up roses'. And I pretty much walk through life wearing rose-colored glasses, although they've been smudged a little by some things here recently-non family related. (I'm gonna leave it at that). Still they are mostly intact, so either of those two would apply.
4. When grilling outdoors do you prefer gas or charcoal? Who does the grilling at your house? What's the last thing you ate that was cooked on a grill?
I love a charcoal grill, but at the moment we don't own one. We use a gas grill and that's good too. Hubs is the grill master, and most recently grilled salmon which is always delish.
5. Are you afraid of the dark?
Depends. The dark of a quiet summer night spent stargazing on my patio? No. The dark of an unfinished basement anytime? A little.
6. Share a favorite song with a number in its title.
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman. One of my favorite songs, number or no number.
7. "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves."(C.G. Jung) Do you agree? Why or why not?
This was interesting to consider. I'm not sure it's true in every instance, but it's certainly true some of the time. For instance, if someone is completely self-centered I find that irritating. So what does that say about me? Maybe nothing precisely, but it does make me want to be more other-focused, and that's a good thing. Chronic negativity gets under my skin too, and when I'm forced to spend a lot of time with negative people I feel grateful for my sense of optimism. Negative people in their own way, make me look for the bright side, they inspire me to hunt for the silver lining in any given situation.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
After we made our dress purchase on Saturday, my girls and I spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in a comfy space situated in the center of a condo-retail-restaurant park in the middle of a city. Sounds odd, doesn't it?
It was really lovely, and I think I've mentioned how truly fabulous the weather was that day. We'd gotten some coffee, and intended to sit while we drank that, but it was too nice to leave so three hours later there we were. Still sittin', still talkin', still lovin' life.
I need more days like this one with my girls.
Days where we're face to face and we talk about everything and nothing.