She asks-At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?
Officially age 24 1/2. At age 24 1/2 hubs and I moved from Tennessee to Virginia, a new to us town and state without any family nearby. I remember thinking, 'I guess there's no more looking around for an adult to solve a problem. We're the adults.'
What keeps me young today? Um, my hair dresser? Actually she only keeps me looking young. Age is a state of mind, and I think young. It helps to spend time around younger people, to move forward with technology as best you can, and I'm also going to say travel. Travel keeps me young. Exploring new places and learning about all sorts of things as a result definitely helps me feel sharper and less foggy headed. A foggy head makes me feel old.
2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?
We bought a new vehicle on June 16th. We moved on June 11th so I won't be rating the experience a 10, but once we knew we had to buy a car, the process went smoothly. We like what we like, so deciding what to buy wasn't difficult, and the salesman was nice. I'll give it an 8 because I don't know that I'd ever rate buying a car as a 10. That's not my thing.
We weren't planning to buy a car, but mine needed a very expensive repair, and we decided it didn't make sense to put that kind of money into the vehicle. I'm really happy with the new car, and if you read here you know I've spent a lot of time on the road since June, so we made the right call.
3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?
I don't dislike any of those foods, but corn on the cob is my favorite. What needs to be served alongside? Something grilled...a burger, chicken, a salmon fillet...add a plate of sliced summer tomatoes and I'm happy.
4. What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?
That's easy-coming up with the Hodgepodge questions week after week. Sometimes I have to crowbar them out of my brain, but remember...I'm helping you stay young!
5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.
The Breakfast Club is one of my all time favorites no matter the category, but in this category I'd also add Mr. Holland's Opus. Two completely different movies, but both are films I can watch over and over again.
6. Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?
Road trips, relocation, and restaurant dining. We've moved twice since June, and when we weren't moving we were road tripping, hence much restaurant dining. Too much in fact. I'm ready to do some home cooking, but I don't have all my pots, pans, and tools here which means the idea of cooking is more appealing than the reality.
7. What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?
So much of what I've learned recently has not been 'easy as ABC'. The house build process, all the bells and whistles on my new car, a new cable TV guide...that last one I still haven't mastered. Like I said in #1 though, these things keep me young. They force my brain to think in ways it resists and that's a good thing.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
We are really enjoying living near one of the most beautiful college campuses in America.
Hubs and I have done some walking here, and look forward to making that part of our routine.
Once we quit with all the road tripping I mean.