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When in Rome Hodgepodge

Can you believe that it’s the last full week of July?  Seriously?  How in the world did this happen?  Sheesh!  Time does march on, as does the Hodgepodge!  Join in the fun by linking up with Joyce!

1.  July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day.  Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  What’s something you’ve recently accomplished solo?

I’ve been on a vegan cupcake baking kick lately, and I recently made buttercream frosting for the first time!  I had to use the instructions in the recipe, but nobody really helped me, if that’s what you mean.  It was delicious!!!!

2.  What’s one product you use that never ever fails?

I love my Bon Ami to get the toughest stuff off of my pots and stove.  I love this cleaning product!

3.  Have you found your place in the world? Where is it?

I have to tell you that as soon as I read this question, the following song came immediately to mind (MWS’s is so very 80’s, don’t you think? He has aged well!):

At the ripe age of 43, I do think I’ve found my place in the world.  I love the place I’m at right now with my career and my job as a parent.  It’s so good to feel comfortable in my own shoes!

4.  Worst movie you ever saw?

One weekend a few years ago, Rooster and I rented a couple of movies.  One was Hoodwinked.

Oh word, but Rooster and I stuck it out but kept looking at each other and saying that we couldn’t believe we were watching it!

5.  What’s the last fun thing you did?

Heck…every day is filled with fun!  As of this writing (early Tuesday morning), I can tell you that the last fun thing I did was meet up with my local BFF at Chill, a local frozen yogurt place…at 8pm.  This place is the kind where you help yourself and weigh your bowl afterward, paying by the ounce.  It has quite a few flavors of yogurt along with four different flavors of sorbet, a vegan-friendly dessert.  Chicky went with me, and one of her friends, who’s dating my BFF’s son, went too.  It was a fun time filled with much laughter.  Both girls will be headed to school very soon, and their presence will be missed.

6.  The month of July is named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar…ever been to Rome? What’s your favorite Italian dish?

I have never been to Rome but would love to go!!!!  I love Italian food, but I haven’t had much except for the standard pasta dishes.  I’m a fairly simple girl and will say that pasta with marinara is just fine with me!

7.  What is one piece of advice you’d offer new mom Kate Middleton?

I would tell her to enjoy Every Single Day…even the day that’s filled with little sleep and lots of crying.  Children grow up very quickly, and this time passes all too soon.

8.  My Random Thought

This time next week, I will be loading up a truck and moving my Chicky out of my home.  We will drive to south Florida and get her set up in the house that she and two other roommates are renting.  After she completes her student teaching, she will graduate in December and, hopefully, secure a teaching job afterward.  We have had a wonderful summer, and I am so thankful that she chose to spend it at home.  This is a gift that she gave us, and I will be forever grateful to her.

10 Responses

  1. I thought you couldn’t have butter if you were vegan because of the milk? So have to ask – how does buttercream icing work for vegans? Or cakes – I totally realise you can make cakes dairy free by using oil instead of butter, but what do you do about eggs?

    Always worry about if I ever have to do vegan cooking as I don’t think eat many vegan friendly things so wouldn’t have a clue. Would love to learn just in case…

  2. Hi congrats for getting the #1 spot! 🙂 I havent seen that movie but i have seen a lot of bad ones in my life i wish i can get my money back. ;o

  3. When I read your random, I thought, “wow, she’s finishing really early”, but then I had to stop & think about MS and when he’ll be finishing. Where have the past 4 years gone???
    Very good advice for Kate. Hoodwinked: there’s 90 minutes you & Rooster will never get back! 😀

  4. It’s great that you had one last summer with your daughter. Perhaps she’ll end up working not too far from home 🙂

  5. Bon Ami! I grew up with that stuff. Loved it. Can’t find it anywhere around here anymore!

  6. I am sure your daughter is anxious to graduate. Hope her teaching days are successful. It has been a wonderful summer so far hasn’t it!

  7. I had never heard of Bon Ami. I’ll have to check it out now.

  8. Awww.. My heart goes out to you, in your “random thought” response. I had a very difficult time letting go of my daughter, who also went away to college, and who NOW teaches Spanish full time!.. Like your answer for #7, I treasure and enjoy every moment I have with her now!!

  9. Never even heard of that cleaner… to Amazon I go 🙂

    I never heard much about that movie – forgot it existed. Guess that’s a good thing.

  10. So glad you’ve had the summer with your Chicky.Our oldest will be home on the 3rd and we’ll have her for about 2 weeks and then she goes back to FL for her senior year.

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