Wednesday, July 16, 2014


It's Hodgepodge time. Joyce, at From This Side of the Pond, manages to come up with interesting questions each week. Some of them even seem to stump her. lol Anyone can play. Join on in!

1. The month of July was named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He's quoted as saying, 'Experience is the teacher of all things." So what has experience taught you lately?
The more I learn, the more I see how much more there is to learn.

2. Where did you last 'roam'?
I took a road trip to Salem, OR in June for a conference. I camped overnight on the way there and back.  It was a very interesting trip. I had never been to that part of the country. Loved traveling through the Columbia Gorge. Beautiful. I almost hit a heron as it was flying across the interstate from the Columbia River. Of course, hitting it wouldn't have been great, but I did get to see it up close for a couple of seconds. Then, it was gone. I also saw some big horned sheep grazing by the guardrail.

For once I wasn't just trying to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. I got to stop when I saw something interesting or just decide that a campground next to a stream looked pretty, so I was setting up for the night. I got to lay out gazing at the stars. I got to have a neighbor who was traveling on his motorcycle. He looked a lot like Orlando Bloom.

He hung a hammock between two trees and slept there for the night. I started to consider whether he might actually be Orlando Bloom when I saw him get into the Lotus position to meditate and chant as the sun was going down. (Believe me when I tell you that I know Orlando Bloom is a Buddhist. ;) )   Also, believe me when I say that I was enough of a fan-girl in the past to be absolutely certain that I would have realized it was Orlando when we were paying our camping fees for the night. ;)

A view of the Snake River from Farewell Bend State Park.
3. Speaking of 'Rome', pasta, can only pick one, which would you choose?
Pizza. Though I love pasta and ice cream, I'm not sure that I could imagine life without pizza. :)

4. 'Rome wasn't built in a day', 'All roads lead to Rome', 'When in Rome...' which 'Roman' idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.
"Rome wasn't built in a day" We could be talking about my bank account. However, I think that it's really a definition of life. The things we do are a process. We make goals. We try to achieve them. It can apply to a savings account. It can be as simple as making it through a day. It can be as complex as rebuilding a church. It's understanding that sometimes we take two steps forward and one step back. It's realizing that we've been rowing in the wrong direction for a while and having to make a course correction. After all "Rome wasn't built in a day."

5. What's a movie you've seen or a book you've read, that makes you want to book a trip to Italy?
The Italian Job and the James Bond reboot, Casino Royale. Actually, my most accurate inspiration would be from a tv show. Travels in Europe with Rick Steves or more recently, Rick Steves' Europe. To tell you the truth, I've never been over excited to visit Italy. I mean, it would be nice, but I've never had a burning desire, like I've had with other places.

6.  Walt's original Disneyland opened almost sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955  Have you ever been to the California park? How about any of the other Disney parks around the world? What's your favorite amusement park ride or attraction?
Disney World is a place I have a burning desire to visit. I'll even go to Italy at Epcot if you want. ;) I have been to Disneyland (1981-ish). It was rather rushed, and the only thing I remember distinctly is the ride It's a Small World. (Just typing the words is bringing back the traumatic memory of hearing that song 5000 times. Perhaps, I exaggerate, but only slightly. lol)

I adore Disney World. The fact that they have so much control over the surrounding property really makes you feel like you are visiting a parallel universe or something. My favorite thing ... That's a hard choice. I haven't been there in a while, but my favorites are Star Tours and Muppet Vision 3D at Hollywood Studios. They incorporate one of my favorite aspects of Disney World. Often the entertainment while waiting in line is more fun than many amusement parks' main attractions.

Found on my bed one day at Disney World
I've gone a couple of times between Easter and Mother's Day. It is the perfect time of year. It's not too hot yet. Spring has fully sprung, so it's beautiful. And, there are hardly any crowds since school hasn't gotten out yet.

7. It's that time of year...when were you last bitten or stung?
Knock on wood, it hasn't happened to me this year, yet. It is one of the benefits of being in a dry climate. I did have one land on me while camping, but I was able to get rid of it before it injected any of it's terrible poison. Then, I closed up for the night to stay out of harm's way.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I'm too tired for a random thought. Vacation Bible School is in less than two weeks. I may have a nervous breakdown between now and then. lol


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