W.H.P. {two}…

From this Side of the Pond
I am once again participating in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, hosted here at this fantastic blog!

1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given ‘the royal treatment’?

The salon I go to is pretty amazing. Every service they do, from hair stuff to facials, massage to really anything else, is taken to levels beyond other places I have been. There is such an element of genuine care and motivation to make a difference far beyond “doing a good job”. It doesn’t feel like a job to the staff, even though I know it is.

2. The last task you completed that was a ‘royal pain’?

Honestly, it isn’t that it was a pain at all- it’s that I really struggle with electronics. I have a podcast, and recently changed how our team records and produces the episodes because our original method was just heavily flawed. The nice thing about the first way was you simply push a button, but this new way involves all sorts of techy things like microphones, equalizer, sound boards, distance, interference and a bunch of other things that are just all way over my head. My husband is the tech-guy and when I have to record in his absence, I’m finding that I am a bit of a panicky wreck.

3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?

Wow! Unexpectedly deep question! So- I am exceptionally organized, a solid multi-tasker, a very thorough researcher and take on projects with a pretty serious passion. My biggest fault would be time management. I really struggle with not getting distracted by other tasks needing done, etc.

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

Well, let’s be honest- this would really come in handy with my poor time management skills, wouldn’t it? Ha! then the “what would you do with it?” Would be answered with “become addicted…” But in all honesty, crappy time management skills aside, I would fast forward and rewind to all the best times spent with my kids, and then stop time there for a while so I could soak it all in.

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?

No plans for the three-day holiday. I do try to make the personal practice of solemn observation and keeping in mind the reason for this holiday weekend. As the mom of a soldier, hailing from a military family, the losses of our service men and women is one which weighs consistent and heavy on my heart…

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I’ve come to a unique perspective on vision boards:  (If you aren’t familiar with vision boards, here’s a quick recap! A vision board is a board you spend time meditating on, using positive energy to push yourself in the direction of those things becoming true.)

Trust me for a second, and follow along-

I’ve been thinking a lot about Paul Bettany. I think he’s actually inspirational. He’s super talented, I mean I first noticed him in A Knight’s Tale and realized he was a gifted actor with a huge career ahead. This guy grew up with a poster of his teen crush pinned to his wall, like most of us. He was absolutely fan-crushing on Jennifer Connelly, He loved her in Labrynth and would spend hours staring up at her there on his wall. (Mine would be Kirk Cameron, Donnie Wahlberg and then Christian Slater. Who is yours?)  Additionally, like most boys of his generation, he LOVED Star Wars. (Not surprising) His teen boy hours were spent dwelling on day dreams of Jennifer and obsessing over Star Wars.

Paul is married to Jennifer, of course.

Let’s pause and think about that for a second… HE MARRIED the girl on his poster. Their actual love story is so human and normal and is one of my favorites, but not the point…

Paul is starring in the new Star Wars movie- Solo.

Also, as a boy he like comic books… And, as an adult Paul plays a character in the Marvel movies.

BUT WAIT… His character within the Marvel world becomes someone named Vision.

Yeah, It’s ok to admit your mind is blown. I mean, I don’t even have words…

8 Comments »

  1. I’ll have to come back and check out your podcast. I’m the daughter of a Marine and my son-in-law is in the army so I definitely have feelings on Memorial Day. And every day. Thank you to your son for his service!

    • I hope you do! It’s a girl thing, and pretty special! Thank your family for theirs! It’s a calling… Not for the weak of heart. Kudos to your daughter for being an army wife… My DIL amazes me every day!

  2. I didn’t even think of the salon as a place for the royal treatment but yeah, that’s definitely true. And cool story about Paul Bettany! Did not know that.

  3. I love your answer to the remote questions.
    There are times I would enjoy going back to just to soak it all in. Maybe take my time to enjoy it more than I did the first time.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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