Royally Hodgepodge

You can tell I'm on summer break because I'm back again!!!

1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?
During my trip to Ireland, I felt like we were being pampered almost the whole time. We shared a car/driver with another family but we felt pretty pampered along the way.

2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?
Getting the end of the year stuff done. I'm being transferred from one of my schools so I had to pack up the materials there. It wasn't my base school so it wasn't that much a pain but it had to be done.

3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?
Being able to get along with most people has been perfect for my job. I have to get along with so many different people so it has come in handy.
I've done a lot of soul-searching since Christmas about how my faults have hindered me and have figured out that I do what I do for God, not for me or for recognition. I'm just going to leave it at that.

4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?
Throw it away.

5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Does your town do anything special to mark the day?
Hopefully, we'll be camping. Our first choice of campgrounds doesn't take reservations so we may be taking our chances.
Edit: I completely skipped over the other questions!!!
My husband is from a military family (his dad is retired Army) so the military is close to our hearts. The Small Town doesn't do anything special for the day (that I know of, anyway).
I've been to Arlington a couple of times, and it really does hit home. So many people who died so we can enjoy the freedom we have.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.
If you've read past years' posts you know what a fan I am of getting out of the door at 6:00 a.m. during the summer for a walk in the park with the dogs. I'm rethinking that this year and have decided 5:45 is an even better time. The squirrels aren't even awake then so I don't have to worry about the dogs getting distracted. Monday we had the whole park to ourselves and Tues. there was a group of guys (possibly Air Force...there's a National Guard base close by) running and doing some situps/pushups along the way. So 5:45 it will be!!!

A Royal Knot

Picture courtesy of Pexels
Raise your hand if you were up at 4:30 to watch Harry & Meghan get married. I didn't set my alarm but I woke up at 4:00, thought "It's too early", again at 4:30 and thought "I'll catch it on replay". Then at 5:30 Laika woke me up to go outside so I got my coffee going (no tea for this girl) and turned on the telly. I turned it on just in time to see Sarah Ferguson arrive. Doesn't she look fabulous?
Speaking of looking fabulous: Serena Williams. She appeared to be very inconspicuous and didn't seem to make a spectacle of herself. I'm sorry, but some of those hats were ridiculous, and not in a good way. I just don't get the little "half-hats" sitting cock-eyed on the head. Not everybody can pull that off, for sure.
Let me back up a bit. I watched some of the "pre-wedding" shows on Friday night. Why in the world does some of the media have to zero in on Meghan's ethnicity? She is a beautiful American woman who will become a princess and will become royalty by marriage. Does it really matter that she is biracial? I'll go ahead and answer that right now: NO. It just makes my blood boil to hear the media mention ethnicity. In my opinion, that just separates us more and doesn't bring us together as Americans. That's another reason I've stopped watching tv for the most part.
Who would have known that Prince Harry would be so handsome after seeing those pictures of him in his adolescence?  I just love Harry's and William's relationship. They've been through so much in their lives; it's touching to see how close they are. When I watched Friday night I noticed how William is balding, but Harry appeared to have a full head of hair, but Saturday, as they greeted the ministers there, was a good shot of Harry's back of his head. Oops...looks like he is balding as well.
No doubt, Harry & Meghan are a striking couple. I don't keep up with all of the goings on with the Royal Family (I didn't even know Kate was pregnant until after she had her youngest), but how great is it that Diana's boys have continued their mother's causes and have continued her legacy?
Someone said to me that Meghan's life is about to drastically change, but I beg to differ.  She's used to paparazzi, she knows how to conduct herself in public, she's already done so much in the way of humanitarian efforts, she just hasn't had a title or done it in the name of a royal family. I think she unknowingly has been groomed for this moment in her life and I think she's going to do GREAT. She's poised, classy, and elegant.
Didn't the Queen & Prince Phillip look great? I was amazed at how, even at 92, steady Queen Elizabeth is on her feet, how steady her gait is. What an incredible woman!
Prince Charles appeared to be asleep during the preaching, didn't he? Bishop Curry was a bit long-winded. I think they should have given him a time limit. The sermon was good, but I'm just sayin'.
Oh, that cellist!!! Only 19 years old but what poise! Absolutely beautiful. It was good to see Prince Charles actually talking with Meghan's mom...good to know he can be "real" and not too "royal"!
Overall, what a beautiful wedding, a mix of British and American culture. A wonderful blending of both of their worlds. I'm expecting this couple to do great things together!

Cluttered Hodgepodge

First day back to the Hodgepodge & I've picked a doozy! I'm just going to jump in and see where it takes me!

1. What would you say is your biggest day to day challenge?
Finding time to do it all. There just aren't enough hours in a day, and I'm the type of person who needs her 8 hours of sleep!

2. May 16th is National Biographers Day. What's a biography you really enjoyed reading? Is this a genre you read regularly?
Any biography about a Holocaust victim enthralls me. I'm a bit obsessed with that time period for some reason.

3. How important is keeping a clean house? Do you need to de-clutter your life?
It's nice to have a clean house, but keeping it? Eh. That's something altogether different. Right now I'm in the midst of decluttering my room at school. I'm tossing all the things I've had since I lived in Ga. (over 20 years ago) & SC (14 years ago). Oh, but Joyce asked about our HOUSE! desk is an absolute mess. Who am I kidding? It's not just my desk! Now that CH & I have the house to ourselves (with the exception of YS who mainly stays in the basement when he's home-which is rare) I seem to have taken up just putting stuff down somewhere & not picking it back up.
Oh. Joyce asked about decluttering my life! I'm working at it, but...see the answer to #1.

4. You're the 8th dwarf. What's your name?
Too many pans in the fire. No, wait. That would be a Native American name.

5. What's surprised you the most about your life or life in general?
I don't know that anything surprises me about my life. I always knew I'd get married and have kids. I guess the thing that surprises me most about life, in general, is how easily it is to keep going when bad things happen around you. Life truly does go on!

6. Insert your own random thought here.
About that decluttering: MS graduates from Law School in 2 weeks! 2 weeks, y'all! Then he'll come home, study for the bar, and move on with his life. He plans on living with us while he studies which means I've got to get the desk cleaned off since it's in the room where he'll be staying. It's a good thing Friday is our last day of school!

Don't forget to visit Joyce (by clicking on the Wed. Hodgepodge picture above) to see how everyone else answered!

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