Packing My Bags for the Hodgepodge

Joyce asks the questions, and we provide the answers. See how others answered at From This Side of the Pond.

1. It's National Cheese Day (June 4)...does anyone not like cheese? What's your favorite? Last thing you ate or made with cheese? 

Dubliner Cheese. MS & I had a couple of lunches with baguettes, cheese, pesto, and tomato. I'm not sure if this counts as cheese, but I had a grilled "cheese" made with gouda tofu. It wasn't bad!

2. Last time you were instructed to 'say cheese!'? How do you feel about having your picture taken? 

I shy away from a camera...I'm not photogenic at all. I don't remember the last time someone told me to say "cheese". It very well could have been the weekend of my MIL's Celebration of Life.

3. What's your travel packing strategy? Are you typically a light packer or do you throw in everything but the ktichen sink? When flying do you check a bag or aim for carry on only? 

I'm typically a light packer. On a recent trip, I used packing cubes that compress. I was able to fit everything in a carry-on although I did decide to go ahead and check it. 

4. What is it about people's cell phone habits that you find most annoying? 

I'll try really hard not to write a book on this! I think the number one thing is people insisting on putting their phone on speaker. It absolutely drives me bonkers! 

5. What will be your summer mantra/slogan? 

I don't have one. Between a couple of trips planned, I plan on doing things around the house and hopefully relaxing.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I spent last week with my brother in Boston. It was my first trip there and it was marvelous! We hit the ground running as soon as I got there Sunday morning and didn't slow down until Saturday. They showed me so many things in and around Boston, so watch for a couple of posts (at least) summarizing!

Boston from the top of the Prudential Building


  1. Glad you enjoyed Boston. It's a city with so much to see and do! Our June is busy and I'm trying to roll with that. August has a lot of blank space which will be nice. And we'll have the kids and grands here in July which will be a lot of fun. Have a great weekend!

  2. I do use the speaker feature on my phone, but ONLY when I'm at home, NEVER when I'm in public! That seems rude to me. Glad you enjoyed Boston! I'd love to visit there again and take time to see some of the historic sites - we only drove through so we didn't see much. Hope you're having a great week!

  3. I got to visit Boston for one day in 2008. We also went to Harvard since it was on my dad's bucket list. People on the phone with the speaker drives me crazy too!

  4. Yum on your grilled cheese sandwich. I certainly don't like myself in pictures at all. That sounds like a great way to pack. Yes, people should not talk on their cell phones around other people. Way to go on doing some more traveling. Your trip to Boston sounds wonderful.

  5. Boy, I'm really late commenting on this one. I'm on vacation so didn't post to this weeks, so I figured I'd go back and comment on this HP. I enjoyed your answers. I don't always enjoy my picture being taken, but I don't want there to be a lack of "proof" of my life when I'm gone.


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