Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

Some weeks you get a clever title and some weeks you get just a title. On this last Wednesday in May I'm going with option B for the win. If you've answered today's questions be sure to add your link at the end of my post before you run say hi to your neighbor. Here we go-

1.  How should success be measured? Using that as your standard, who is the most successful person you know? (or one of the most successful?)

This is one of those words people define in different ways. I think of success as the achievement of a goal, and as such I know many successful people. As I thought about this question I decided if someone has a goal and is working their hardest to attain that goal, then I see them as successful whether they actually attain their goal or not. Success comes from knowing your purpose, believing you can achieve it, and then pursuing it for all it's worth. 

2. Have you ever been to a hot air balloon launch/fest/party? Ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? Is that on your bucket list? According to Frommers the ten best hot air balloon adventures in the world are-

Loire Valley (France), the Serengeti (Tanzania), Napa Valley (California), Lake Champlain (Vermont), Cappadoicia (Turkey), Istria (Croatia), Gstaad (Switzerland), Varra Valley (Australia), Muelle (Costa Rica), and Albuquerque (New Mexico)

Which one on the list would you most like to experience? 

I've never been in a hot air balloon, nor have I attended any sort of balloon festival. It's not on my bucket list mostly because I feel like there's the potential for a lot of motion in a hot air ballloon. Do you feel a lot of motion up there? I can handle heights, just not swaying and dipping heights. I suppose I might be talked into a hot air balloon ride under the exact right circumstances. 

Perfect weather would top my list of exact right circumstances.  

Of the rides listed I'm going with Tanzania because a friend of mine did this and said it was absolutely incredible. A safari is on my bucket list. 

3. May 25th is National Brown-Bag It Day. Did you/will you pack a lunch today? When did you last pack a lunch for someone and what are your go-to ingredients for a brown bag lunch? 

I did not pack a lunch for anyone today. I can't remember the last time I packed a lunch but my go-to ingredients back when I was packing lunch included a sandwich and some fruit and, because it was the 90's/00's, usually a cookie or maybe some goldfish. The food police were not out in force a couple of decades ago. 

I wasn't very creative in the brown bag department. If Pinterest is anything to go by, lunch box ingredients and options have come a long way since my girls were brown bagging it. 

4. What's one of your favorite dance scenes from a movie or television show?

How to choose??! One of my favorites is definitely Anna's dance with the King in The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. That dress! 

I also really love the scene in The Sound of Music when Captain Von Trapp dances in the garden with Maria. So swoony! 

5. John F. Kennedy made famous the line, "...Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." So what can you do for your country?

Respect the flag. Support the men and women who make up the armed forces. Vote. Lend a helping hand to lift up my community or state in some way. Treat people with kindness.  Get out and see this place I call home, appreciate the beauty that is everywhere. 

6. Weekends are made for________________________.

Less scheduled everything. 

7. On this last Wednesday of the month bid farewell to the month of May in seven words or less. 

Time flies when you're having fun! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Question #2 reminded me I have pics of hubs and Daughter1 in a hot air balloon over Disneyland Paris. 

It was tethered, but still a little scary, or so they said. I wouldn't know since I was safely on the ground with Daughter2. 

Why was the center of the basket open? Shouldn't there be a floor there?

Just in case she steered clear of center...

...and stuck close to Dad instead! 


  1. Love #5!
    I have seen those lunches on Pinterest, SHEESH, way to make you feel inadequate! If parents knew how much their kids threw away they would not go to such elaborate lengths! I know this from experience when Mousey accidently threw her retainer away!
    Have a good weekend!

  2. How funny...our answers for #5 are almost identical. Great choice on your pick of The Sound of Music dance scene! Love the photos of your hubby and daughter in the hot air balloon in Paris...kind of makes me a little nervous just looking at them. Like you, I'm not a huge fan of heights, but I still think going up in a hot air balloon is something I might enjoy under the right conditions, of course.

  3. No thanks on the Hot Air Balloon...smiles...enjoyed the Hodgepodge, Joyce, thank you.

  4. Yeah, it does seem like there should have been a floor in there! Cute father/daughter pic.

  5. Oh yes, that scene in The Sound of Music! I think I used that as an answer to a hodgepodge question a while back. My stomach got queasy just looking at that hot air balloon with an open bottom! I think our lunch packing ideas are identical :) Thanks for another week at the Hodgepodge.

  6. Well, wonders never cease, and the "linky" actually worked for me today:)
    You had a great answer for #5. I agree with every one of those.
    I don't know if I've been having fun, but the month of May sure has flown by! Thanks for taking time to host The Hodgepodge during all of the busy-ness.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  7. Yes, Anna's dance with the King is an excellent choice. Love your answer for #5 and what you can do for your country. I would definitely do a tethered balloon and being in Paris would be even better!

  8. There are no lunch police around here but there sure is a lot of sugar in student lunchboxes. I don't know what these parents are thinking. When does your teacher daughter get out for summer?

  9. Whoa, look at me linking up in the teens and not in the 30's! Where is everybody? Ha

    Funny, our weekends are MORE scheduled. Well, I should say MINE are. Not the Hubby's. Ha.

    I'm thinking a hot air balloon is NOT for the motion wary peeps. Like me. And WHERE IS THE BOTTOM?! Are they all like that?! Yeah, probably not my thing.

  10. I would love to ride in a hot air balloon. I think they look like lots of fun. One thing I'd hope about the ride that your daughter took is that there was a rail of some sort around that open center. Otherwise, I wouldn't want anything to do with it. :)

    Oooh The Sound of Music! I didn't even think of that one. I loved that movie and have watched it several times.

    Have a blessed week!

  11. That sounds like a really fun ride at Disney Land Paris.

  12. Great answer on success, I agree! I hated to miss HP this week but just couldn't work it in. Yes, that dance scene in Sound of Music was so sweet. I had forgotten about it. See you next week!

  13. Glad to be back playing again this week. Thanks Joyce.

  14. I liked your definition of success...the achievement of a goal. I thinks that's it in a nutshell. On the balloon ride thing, I have no desire to leave terra firma in one of those contraptions. I must say that the balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival were spectacular. Thanks for another thought provoking Hodgepodge!

  15. There will be a balloon and wine festival in Temecula soon, but we will watch it from afar. the sky is magnificent, though.