There's a change in the air this week. I know it's August but our high temps for the day are now "only" in the 80's. A sign of the ending of summer? It's funny that hubby and I sat out on the porch last evening and we said it seemed cool out. Ha!
Joyce's first question in this week's Hodgepodge is about a place that stays warm year round!
1. Aloha! On August 21, 1959 Hawaii officially became a US state. Have you ever been? Upon arrival would you prefer an orchid or a hibiscus to tuck behind your ear?
I have been to Hawaii twice. Both times I went to the island of Maui. My first trip was for my honeymoon...which on the surface sounds like what a great place to get away after a wedding. BUT, unfortunately on the way to Hawaii my hubby started feeling sick. He continued to be ill and by the time we arrived he was downright really sick! I won't go into all the details but I will say that the poor guy had a spinal tap done at Maui Memorial Hospital, and although he didn't have to stay in the hospital he was not able to enjoy any (and I mean ANY) aspects of our honeymoon! I dragged him out of the hotel room for 1 photograph. It was a long 7 days. We had booked the trip using non-refundable and changeable vouchers. Thank God my husband slowly got better once we got home (it was a virus that took a good month for complete recovery) and our marriage survived the scary start.
Our second trip to Hawaii was with a group from Coca-cola when hubby worked for them out on the west coast. That time we were healthy (I was pregnant with our first) and we enjoyed sightseeing and wonderful dinners, etc. It made up for the first experience.
I would love an orchid tucked in behind my ear. We have hibiscus here - so getting an orchid is a bit more rare and beautiful.
2. Since we are talking tropical...what's your favorite food made with pineapple?
I love pineapple upside-down cake...but I never have it. This answer goes with question #4 because my mother used to make it when I was a kid. It was from a mix but it was WONDERFUL! I don't think the mix is available anymore. It came with the batter mix, then brown sugar to sprinkle on, and a small can of pineapple. Has anybody seen it lately?
3. Do you believe in soul mates?
I believe in two people who find each other and are "meant to be together"... if that's what defines a soul mate. I have always thought that God had a hand in putting together my hubby and me. We are NOT alike in everything...so that doesn't make a soul mate. But, we do have the same direction and we have the same desire in life. We want to go through the life adventure together. He is my soul mate.
4. Share a memory about the house you grew up in.
I am definitely hearing the Miranda Lambert song "The House that Built Me" in this question!
I grew up in a few houses so I don't have the ONE house with memories. We did a little moving when I was a kid. I went to 2 elementary schools, 2 junior high, and 2 high schools. One memory of the house in Cleveland Heights is the backyard, which wasn't large but big enough to keep a badminton net up all summer long. We played badmintion ALOT. I think it was mostly my brother and me. He and I also shot baskets on our driveway. The garage was detached from the house and Dad had hung a backboard on it. We played many, many games of "Round the World."
5. Are you comfortable with silence?
Absolutely! Sometimes I love it. But, it's not really total silence...because that's when I hear the birds, or other small sounds that can often go unnoticed.
6. You spot a giant spider on your bedroom wall....what's your next move? (All spiders are giant, right?)
I am not afraid of spiders. So, depending on where the spider is...if it's easy to reach I will probably take a tissue and get it and squish it. If it's too high to reach I will leave it alone - or get a broom and knock it down. So, call me if you need a spider "removed." Now, snakes....that's different!?! EEEK!
7. My idea of fun does NOT include __________.
It is not fun to do something, anything, which might hurt another person - phyiscally or emotionally. Count me out.
8. Random thought.
I am interested to hear what people think of posting pictures and fun times on Facebook. My hubby and I had a discussion about it this morning. I am pretty much into "journaling" life on FB and I post a lot of pictures there. I do not do it in any way, shape, or form to "brag" but he thinks people perceive it that way. I love using FB to "share" with my family and friends who do not live near by. I use it so my daughters can see what we are doing. I love to take pictures and "tag" family and friends. But, what do you think? Am I showing off when I do this?