I've been telling myself for weeks - maybe even months - that I would do another Wednesday HodgePodge with Joyce (from This Side of the Pond - a lovely lady I "met" through this very blog when I became an expat in Hungary for two years. She was an expat herself and therefore we have had a lot to discuss. Plus, she's just a super sweet lady, and you should all go visit her blog and participate in the HodgePodge!). So, here we go, it's about time!
1. Turkey: Love it or Leave it? White or Dark? What about leftovers?
I love turkey on Thanksgiving (and Christmas, too!),
and I'm totally a white meat person - the dark just doesn't taste quite right.
And, leftovers? They're totally the best part!
Who doesn't love a Thanksgiving sandwich the day after -
turkey, stuffing, cranberry? It's the bee's knees!
2. Run a 10K or climb a mountain - day after Thanksgiving?
Seeing as I spent the summer doing this,
and I'm in NO shape to run a 10K right now,
I'll take "Climb A Mountain" for 1000.
3. Have all these social networks made your relationships better or worse?
This is tricky.
I've stayed in touch
(and reconnected, for that matter)
with a lot of people that I don't think I would have otherwise
because of social networking.
But the quality of some relationships?
Not nearly as good as if they were reliant on
more personal forms of communication.
I wish more people would write letters,
or pick up the phone,
or drive an extra hour,
and be together.
4. How do you find and/or express gratitude in your life?
Not nearly well enough.
I always try to say "thank you" when one is merited,
but is that really enough?
There are things I am thankful for everywhere,
from the place I live,
to the people I know,
to the work I do,
to the things I am able to do
(both physically and financially and more),
to the places I am able to go,
to so much more.
How do you say,
thankfulness for that?
It's something I need to work on.
5. All things Black Friday
The fact people started camping out last Friday
just goes to show how crazy our culture has become.
I shop in person,
but you probably won't see me out this friday.
6. What Black item in your wardrobe is your favorite?
I honestly have no idea.
Maybe my Carolina Fencing fleece?
It's black and I wear it a lot.
7. What do you appreciate about your life today?
But if you're going for something more specific:
I am thankful for how close I live to my parents
and how often I am able to see them and talk to them.
As an only child, and a daughter,
and a child in general,
my parents mean the world to me
and I am beyond thankful
for the amazing relationship I have with them.
I'm a really lucky kid.
8. Random Thoughts
I just bought this sweatshirt:
Proceeds (100% of them) go to help Sandy Relief Efforts,
and it's a pretty cool company and a pretty cool shirt.
I'm excited to get it,
and to know that, in a little way, I was able to help.