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Traveling Through the Hodgepodge

Joyce’s questions have a decidedly “travel” theme to them this week.  This seems appropriate given that it’s the middle of July.  Remember to post your own answers on your blog and link up with Joyce!

1.  Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid-1800’s and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard?  Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you? Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel?

I think I last sent a postcard on the first cruise I went on several years ago.  We were back way before the cards arrived, which is why I don’t send them anymore.  I can’t say that I ever receive them, so I really don’t collect them.  I do like the way that postcards capture an area’s scenic areas.  The cards are a great way to remember where you’ve been!

2.  What treat do you most like to indulge in while on vacation?

I treat myself to yarn when I travel.  I believe it’s my mission to visit any and every yarn store that exists in whatever location I’m visiting.  Purchasing a skein or two serves as a souvenir of the place.  😀

3.  Are you good at hiding your feelings?

I have been told, ever since I was a wee thing, that I wear my feelings on my sleeve.  Yes, I do, and those feelings are reflected on my face.  I am not a good actress, I’m afraid.  While I’ve often loathed this trait, I believe it helps me stay transparent, which is a trait that isn’t all that bad.  People know where they stand with me at all times.  I am soooo not a fake person.  I couldn’t be, even if I wanted to.

4.  Does your town/city/county still deliver telephone books to your home? Do you check the yellow pages when searching for a local business number or has the internet replaced the phone book in your home?

Podunk, USA does, indeed, still deliver phone books.  I keep them in a drawer in the kitchen and have, from time to time, referred to them.  I do prefer, however, to use the internet to look up numbers.  It’s so much easier and usually more up-to-date.

Funny story related to this topic.  Many years ago, when Chicky had just begun elementary school, I read an ad that I could make extra money delivering phone books.

No problem, I thought.

Oy vey!

It was one of the dirtiest, most physically exhausting jobs I ever did.

I got assigned the task of delivering to the apartment complex I lived in.

It was three stories, and the stairs were outside.

Delivery took place in the middle of the summer.

I stuck with my commitment.  It took me a few days to deliver the load I’d picked up.

It was a miserable experience that was not worth the measly paycheck.

When I returned the paperwork, I was asked if I wanted another load.

Oh, heck no!


5.  Would you rather be first or last?

This would depend on the task.  To be first means that you don’t mind taking a risk or being a guinea pig.  Last week, I attended my district’s Common Core training.  It was the first session offered this summer.  It.  Was.  Interesting.  Yeah.

I think my cautious nature would have me leaning toward being the last if given the choice.  I like to observe what others have done and learn from their mistakes.

6.  July is National Park and Recreation Month (in America, but everyone can still play along)…where and when were you last in a park?  Did you participate in any recreational activities while you were there?

The last time I was in a national park was probably when I drove through one to take Chicky to a soccer tournament.

I am not an outdoorsy kind of gal.  Nature is pretty…to a point.  I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on anything by not hanging around and participating in activities.

7.  What was one of your worst ideas?

Look back at my answer to #4.


8.  My Random Thought

I just made this…Blow Your Mind Tomato Basil Pasta…for the second time.  This time, I added a thinly-sliced green pepper and sliced mushrooms.  I also doubled the number of cans of diced tomatoes.

Holy cow!  This is such a delicious and EASY recipe…throw it in and you have dinner ten minutes later.  No.  Kidding.  The recipe can be found here.

9 Responses

  1. So would love to hear your thoughts on the Common Core : ) The pasta looks awesome. I will add that to my to-try list.

  2. Just reading about your phone book job made me hot!!!
    I have never thought to look for yarn on vacation!! Good idea!

  3. I bought all the stuff to make it… but been too lazy to do it. Maybe I’ll do it now with your extra hints. I’ve got mushrooms & peppers just waiting at home. Thank you – that just took care of the ‘whats for dinner’ question of the day 🙂

  4. The recipe looks delicious and I love easy. Will have to try this one soon. I enjoyed your phonebook story.

  5. Ooooh yarn. YARN! I have to remember that if I ever get the chance to go on vacation again. I have fond memories of standing at a street fair in Dresden fingering some beautiful fingering weight wool, and put it down because I didn’t know how much I’d want/need. And I regret not getting it to at least make a scarf to remind me of the trip!

  6. Wow…that pasta meal looks delicious! I might have to give it a try! We’re big pasta eaters! Oh, girl…I can’t ever get enough of nature and being outdoors. There are never enough hours in the day to do and see all I want to experience. Be sure to enter my giveaway, if you haven’t done so already! 🙂

  7. Nature is pretty…to a point. I think that’s about where I stand with it anymore. Ticks, poison ivy, mosquito bites, oh, my! I’ll stay on a nice paved trail and out of trouble, thanks very much! 😉

  8. I never thought about buying myself postcards to keep, but it’s a good idea!

  9. I’ve been wanting to make that recipe. I saw it on FB. Glad now to know someone tried it and that it’s good. Thanks for the ideas on the extras you put in it.

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