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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


1. How do you typically react in a sudden, extreme, pressure-filled crisis? Would we want you nearby in an emergency?

No, I don't think I qualify as the best candidate in an emergency.  I panic, quite honestly, and then I go into shock mode.  Not the best in a bad situation.

2. Caramel apple-caramel sundae-caramel corn-caramel macchiato...of the four, which carmel treat would you choose?

Caramel sundae, yum!

3. Is there such a thing as destiny? Explain.
Biblically, yes.  Our Lord knows our future--it is a part of His plan.  I do believe in predestination.

4. What's your favorite piece of furniture? I'm referring to something currently in your possession as opposed to something on your wish list.

The lamp you see in the photo is one of a pair of floor lamps.  The other one is on the opposite side of the cabinet.  When we turn on the lights it gives the room a soft glow.  I would say they are one of my favorite pieces.  I purchased them in Shanghai when we lived there and they remind me of that time in our lives.

5. Wednesday night marks the start of the 2011 Baseball World Series. Did you know? Do you care? Will you be watching? Ever been to a professional baseball game? If you're not an American do you find the title 'World Series' annoying or amusing?

Sorry, baseball is not something I follow.

6. A sound that takes me back to my childhood is____________.
An ice cream truck.  Instantly, I'm a kid again.  (I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)

7. On average, once you've linked your hodgepodge post to mine how many other participant blogs do you visit? Do you ever come back to the Hodgepodge later in the day or even the day after to read posts?

I really do make an effort to visit each and every one.  It is my goal to know each blogger.  I am finding it much more interesting when I know a person's personality and circumstances in their life.  It makes their blog a personal experience for me.  I am retired, so I have the time to do this.  Also, I figure that if a person takes the time to participate in this, the least I can do is appreciate the effort they took to do so.  Guess that's the English teacher in me coming out.  I really do appreciate it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Tomorrow I am teaching a group of ladies here in Munich how to play mahjong.  There will be eight women, enough for two tables.  Four of these women have never played before and I am hoping that they enjoy the game enough to want to continue playing with us.  We play weekly and it is a great game to play while having fun with your friends while complex enough to be challenging.  We have a great group of gals and a good competitive spirit.  I'm hoping all goes well tomorrow as it is a difficult game to learn at first, but then it becomes addictive!


April said...

I am with you all the way about the ice cream truck...I often have the urge to run up to the curb every time I hear a "ding, ding, ding".

Expats Again said...

Ha, ha, April. So I am not the only one who salivates like one of Pavlov's dogs at the sound of an ice cream truck?

My Kid's Mom said...

We didn't have ice cream trucks where I grew up :(

Christine said...

Who doesn't love the ice cream truck?

Have a great Wednesday!

sterlingsop said...

I have only every played the computer version of Mahjong and your table looks really inviting! I hope you have a lovely time with the ladies playing it tomorrow.

Best wishes, Pam

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love it....you and me and the ice cream truck!
What a fun game I hope they like it....I was I had found a group of ladies like that when I lived aboard would have made a world of difference.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sally said...

We didn't have ice cream trucks where I grew up - I guess they weren't allowed in the hoity-toity suburb of Los Angeles where I grew up - but I am so glad that in all of the small towns we have been stationed in, there is always an ice cream truck my children can run out to!

Betty said...

I forgot about the ice cream truck. That is goes for me too. I haven´t hears those in many many years.
I would love to learn Mahjong. Sounds like a fun game and a great time you have with your friends!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful floor lamps. I think I need to go make a caramel sundae right now! Ice Cream truck is a great answer. I have only played mahjong on the computer, I didn't know it was played in real life.

Joyce said...

I love the lamps. We have several pieces of furniture purchased while living overseas and they are special, not only for their physical beauty but also for the memories associated with them. I do love the Aisian influence in design...I need a trip East : )