Prioritizing the Hodgepodge

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

1. What do you think has remained the same about you your whole life? How has your perception of yourself changed over time? 

I think I've remained caring and empathetic. I am much more confident in myself and I am a stronger person than I was early in my marriage.

2. What was the first thing you learned how to cook? Do you prefer to cook or bake? 

I'm not sure, but it was probably spaghetti out of a jar! I much prefer to bake.

3. What are some of your current priorities in this season of life? Elaborate. 

Taking care of myself, for sure. It's easy to get into the habit of not eating or exercising. Having a dog that has to be walked daily helps with the exercise. Also, taking care of myself spiritually is huge. Surrounding myself with people who share my faith is important.

4. How much time do you spend on your hair each day or, put another way, what's your hair care routine? Do you get it cut regularly or just whenever the mood strikes? Do you go to the same stylist every time? Do you tell your stylist everything? Any other beauty treatments you indulge in throughout the year? 

I'm a "wash, gel, and go" kind of gal. I don't spend a lot of time on my hair; it's going to do whatever it wants to, so why fight it? I get it cut every 3 weeks; if I wait 4 weeks I can really tell it. It's hard for me to find a stylist who cuts my hair the right way, so I tend to stick with her. I tried going to someone else for a while but that person kept trying to style it (even though I told her it wouldn't work) and tried to make my hair do something it just didn't want to do. I crawled back to my hairstylist and begged forgiveness! 

5. What is the most awe-inspiring place you've visited? 

Oh, man. I haven't visited that many places, but I've seen some amazing things. Last year, CH & I spent a month out west. The Little Grand Canyon was amazing, as was The Badlands. But, so was Turquoise Lake in Colorado. I've seen amazing places in Ireland, as well as Germany. I can't just pick one!

The Badlands
Little Grand Canyon
Turquoise Lake, Colorado

Benbulben, Ireland (Photo Credit: Tomas)
View from our campsite at Mile High Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway
6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I finished the book "I Hope There's a Kettle in My Room" by Paula Rooney. At the time of the writing of the book, she was 55 and solo-traveled through Europe. The book read as if reading her diary, and at times was a little choppy and painful to get through, but it was interesting and gave me hope that I could do something similar, although, since she is British, she is more familiar with train travel and timetables. Maybe not backpack on the Interrail, but I got a couple of ideas of where I would like to go. I saved this quote:
"This has been a very selfish trip. It’s been exactly what I wanted it to be, and I have done exactly what I wanted to do, and it’s been a revelation. No one has suffered because I was selfish. It doesn’t have to be a choice between my happiness or someone else’s. We can all be happy. I need to be a bit more selfish from now on. Not so that it hurts others, but do a bit more of what makes me happy. It is my life, after all. I dedicated myself to my children as they were growing and took the job as mum very responsibly. Despite its many challenges, I thoroughly enjoyed it and enjoyed seeing my three grow into wonderful adults and see Jamie thrive as well. It’s been very rewarding, but now it’s time to learn to be more selfish. To put me first if I want to. I am not sure that I can break the habit, or change the way that I live my life, but I am going to try."

Definitely words to live by!


  1. I have always wanted to hike somewhere like that but know I'm not that tough. LOL. I can see myself and my hubs doing some Appalachian trail at some point.

  2. I'm sure you'll do great with some solo traveling and you can start small and work your way up to longer and more daring trips.There is so much beauty in the's good to get out in it! Have a great day!

  3. I used to travel alone but now I prefer that my husband is with me. There are some great tours to go on in groups.

  4. Good for you being a stronger person. I agree with your answer for #2. I think I made spaghetti sauce once but I out of the jar is good for me and I do prefer to bake but haven't done much lately. I know I need to take better care of myself. Walking your dog is great! I love your photos. I like your random. You go girl!


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