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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, February 22, 2012


Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol 67

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?
Interesting, my grandson's, Wadiah, name means "humble" in Arabic.  He makes me very proud as do my children and grandchildren.  

What keeps me humble is the fact that in an instant I know all that I am proud of can disappear.  I would rather be thankful than proud.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

This is a big "No, no" in our home.  I am constantly removing my hubby's keys and wallet from the countertop in the kitchen.  He has a dresser and a desk for that stuff!

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?

Yes, and once the hubs retires, we plan to visit as many as possible.  Yosemite is my favorite and I cannot wait to return.  
4. How would you define honor?

As far as being honorable, I would say a person who stands by his/her word, tells the truth, doesn't curse or swear or wish bad upon others, and treats everyone fairly.  My father was all of these things--and more.

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?

No choice when it comes to chocolate. Devil's food it is.

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

Since we are now living in Europe and traveling from one country to another is like traveling from one state to another back in the U.S., car trips are very frequent for us.  The last one took us to Venice, Italy.  I refuse to go non-stop.  I'm a photographer and everything is new to us so we are often stopping along the way.  It's the journey, not the destination!    So we plan for frequent stops.

Car snacks for me are apples or pretzels and the prerequisite diet Pepsi, of course.
7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes.
The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?

All I have to say is, "Big Brother." How can this justify the salary of a school lunch inspector?  Next, we will have them in our homes.
8. Insert your own random thought here.  I will spill the beans as Joyce did--our next trip in March/April will be on a high speed train from Munich, Germany to Vienna, Austria, Kracow, Poland  and then on to Budapest, Hungary.  One by one, I am ticking off my bucket list of travel destinations.  These are cities are ones I have long awaited to visit with my hubby.  We are so anxious to do this.  


Joyce said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun. I have a friend from Kracow and always wanted to see that city. Enjoy!

Katie2SS said...

I would love to go to Italy! My sis like to photograph everything too!

April said...

Your upcoming travel plans sound so exciting! Hope you'll share some pictures! Yay for Devil's Food cake!

Marti said...

I love to travel! I lived in France for three years, and took that opportunity to see as much of Europe as possible, however never got to Poland or Hungary. I'm sure that you are going to love your exploration of these historical places. I agree with you quote about the journey. Enjoyed your answers. Visiting from Wed. HP Drop by for a visit.

Conny said...

oh, you sound like you are doing my kind of traveling thru Europe. When we lived there (w/ the Army), we often traveled on bus tours ... I hate the driving straight thru "to get there". At the time, it was easiest as we didn't feel comfortable driving and hubby always had to get back to work too soon - but now, I would take my time & see and experience like you do!

The Henry Crew! said...

What a fun trip! And yosemite is one of my favorite parks as well! have a great day!

Nel said...

What fun answers. Wow your trip sounds wonderful! I agree with you on #7 how can they get away with a salary for an inspector. I don't want to even get started with this issue or I will have to get my soapbox out... lolol Have a great week!
until next time... nel

Mama Hen said...

Enjoyed your comments.
How wonderful that y'all get to do so much traveling!