Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We are Going on a Road Trip!

From this Side of the Pond
Time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you want to participate go over to From This Side of the Pond and pay the lovely Joyce a visit. 


1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.
 I am a 1! Maybe even a -1. I can't find my way out of a WET paper bag. I know the directions if I am in my hometown. But no where else. I need a compass. I used to have one on my car's rear view mirror. But not anymore. So I am just lost! I use the compass on my phone if I need to. But usually I believe in the 'left' 'right' rule. Heck with west or north!

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!) 


I don't read maps. They are as confusing to me as directions. I rely on my phone. But the last time I touched a map was when I found one stuck down by the driver's seat in my car. Justin must have used it when we went to Georgia.
back east, down south, out west, up north

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it


When I hear these directional expressions I visualize a map of the United States and can figure out which way is which. Otherwise, I don't much use these expressions. 


2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.


Let me see! It was Tuesday. No one home but me. So I would say I did more listening!

In one word, yesterday was Peaceful!

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?


Sadly, I waste water-power-resources. I am guilty of leaving lights on. I've been known to leave the water running in the sink in the kitchen. Sadly! Sad! Sad!

4. Did  your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family road trip from your own childhood.


I don't ever remember going on a vacation as a child. The first time I remember going anywhere was on a road trip to Texas to see my sister, after she got married. Mom, younger brother Rich, and me. I think it was between my junior and senior year in high school. We just didn't go on vacations. No money for such fluff. 

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?


I have a pretty green thumb. I am lucky this way. But right now I would want my orchids to bloom. Its been awhile. They need to be re-potted. 

6. Insert your own random thought here


I just finished listening to the book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzia. The format I listened to was for young people. I don't know if it is different from the original book. But it was way cheaper! The story is narrated by Neela Vaswani. It is a very good story. Malala is from Pakistan. The story takes place when this 11 year old girl risked her life to continue going to school. Girls in Pakistan were not allowed school. Her father was the principal of the school and she continued going. She was shot in the face by the Taliban at age 15. Because she was speaking out against them. She recovers and goes on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. It is an amazing story. Especially knowing how young 11 years is. She is an inspiration to all. It should be required for all students in America. They have no idea how lucky they are and how much they take 'going to school' for granted! I give it ***.


23 comments:

  1. Your answer to the first question made me laugh. I was going to read I Am Malala but as usual I kept adding books to my list and it kept getting lower and lower.

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    1. I listened to this book and truly enjoyed her story. A lot for a very young girl to go through. Our own kids don't know how fortunate they are to not have to battle for an education!

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  2. My directional ability has increased from -1 to +1, as I really have to arrive with the kid.

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  3. So many bad with directions. Interesting. The way 10 is described... Yeah, not me. But I don't get lost. Not really. If I know vaguely where I am, I can find my way out no problem.

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    1. I can't find my way back sometimes the next day let alone in 10 years!!

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  4. Oh girl, I need to shadow you in the garden! I've never planted anything in my life, and just this year I've killed 4 succulents and one pot of daisies.

    I, too, waste water. Lots. (Sad.)

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    1. If you are killing succulents, my friend, you are giving them too much water!! Try just a few 'drops' a month!

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  5. That sounds like a good book; I think I have heard of her story before. So gorgeous! LOL with you and directions. I usually get lost the first time I go some place, then it becomes easier the more I drive the route. Brown thumb here when it comes to plans; probably good we live in a desert!

    betty

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    1. I don't know how I was blessed with a green thumb but it helped that Richard had a green thumb too. He taught me a lot!

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  6. I am very good with directions but do not drive around much anymore. I'm pretty good at finding my way around foreign places. As for vacations when we were young, my family sometimes could not even afford a car, let alone a trip.

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  7. I'm good with familiar places but when I'm traveling in new places I do tend to get north, south, east and west turned round. I'm thankful for when the sun is shining at least I can find east and west. I do love the fact that I have maps on my phone. If in doubt they will get me home! Ha !

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    1. Yes, the sun has helped me many times too!

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  8. Somewhere around a 9-10, although down here (south) I occasionally feel I am headed north instead of west. This only when headed to daughters. I check maps on Google maps, just to see where something is located. To travel, even local, I program the address into TomTom. I don't always follow TT but always give it a chance to pick the route. I have always used the Out, Down, Back and Up
    something in grade school I think.
    I was told my first vacation was to Colorado at 6 weeks in our model A. Caught pneumonia, guess it was cold would have been February.
    I waste time, because I can now that I am retired
    Have a nice day

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    1. I've learned to use the GPS on my phone. But even with it I can manage to get lost on ocassion. I waste lots of time too!

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  9. We have GPS in the car and of course on the phone but I'm pretty good without them. I'm also ok with a map but I have to turn it the right way up - as in if we're heading south the map would be upside down so that I don't confuse the left and right turns! lol
    I'm glad you enjoyed the Malala story. She is definitely an inspiration.

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  10. I say a prayer of gratitude every time I switch on the GPS in my car. I don't know how anyone got anywhere before GPS

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  11. Decent sense of direction -- maybe a five -- but can barely grow anything. I've got one plant that's persevered since I was in high school. Everything else has passed away.

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    1. I have a African Violet that was my mom's from many moons ago!

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  12. Because I lived in Alaska and basically there is only one highway, I never learned to read a map. That is, until I married Gene 16 years ago and we lived in Arizona. He taught me how to read a map and I became very efficient at it. I never knew that house numbers were odd on one side of the street and even on the other ... had no need to know in the little itty bitty town I lived in. I didn't know that every town has a Main street and that the house/business numbers start there. I do love my GPS nowadays but if I was stuck somewhere without it, I think I can navigate better than I used to. Great post, as always! Susan

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