19 July, 2018

The Last Hodgepodge for a While

It's HODGEPODGE time! I started joining Joyce over at "From This Side of the Pond" a few weeks back. This will be her last Hodgepodge link-up until September, so I guess I'd better make it good. If you want to join in, it's a nice, quick little bloghop, just 6 questions. Click the link under the image.

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1. I feel most energized when I ____________________.
Workout. Well, workout properly. I haven't had a proper "workout" since moving overseas. I do yoga, I get some strength training at home. I even did a couple online cardio workouts while in Beijing, so maybe that counts. (I definitely worked up a sweat.) But my primary exercise is walking. I miss getting up and hitting the gym for an hour before going to work.

2. Where were you ten years ago?

WOW. July of 2008, I was living in Delaware... that's four moves ago! That's the place I call home. I was working on my Masters, living and working at the beach. I had friends and margaritas. I still have the friends, but I don't see them anymore.

3. July 17th is World Emoji Day. Do you use emojis? Which one's your favorite? Your most used?

I wasn't much of an emoji user - only in Messenger, really. But then I moved to China. Chinese people use emojis more than possibly any other nationality on the planet. Maybe because the characters often have more than one meaning, and you can't hear tones in a text, so they add emojis. On WeChat -
the Chinese social media - they actually have a facepalm emoji! Why hasn't the western world done that yet? So yes, now I use emojis more than most of my western friends. In Wechat, I use the giggle emoji the most. On Facebook, probably the winkie.

4. What song would you put on a wedding DO NOT PLAY list? 

I have no idea. Anything tacky. Things like that 80s song "I like big butts and I cannot lie..." You know, anything I'd be ashamed for my mother to hear should NOT be played. Keep it classy, people.

5. What deserves less of your attention? More of your attention?

Less = games on my phone. I don't have many, but without working, I play them a lot. I just deleted one today.
More = people. I'm not naturally social, but maybe it would be good for me to put effort into the friendships I'm making here. My social anxiety has notably lowered since moving to Da Nang.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Joyce called this "Winds of Change Hodgepodge", and the questions do lead me to think about change. I'm at a place in life now where, once again, I'm trying to figure out how I fit. My identity is a bit up in the air. The person I am inside hasn't changed much but the way I live my life, and the obligations or lack thereof are extremely different. What is my role? What should I be doing? How do I do it? Can we afford it? 
For not going to church in a long time, I have to say my faith is about the strongest it's ever been.


  1. Why is this the last hodgepodge for a while?

    Yes, we so need that facepalm emoji. I can't believe that no one has thought of that until now.

    1. Joyce is has a very full summer, so something had to give. She will see what's up in September.

  2. I enjoyed this and considered joining in the hodgepodge, then saw this was the last one till September and even then it might change. Will just follow the blog for a while.

    1. Yeah, I mean, it's just 6 questions, so it's an easy one to follow along, but can't blame her for taking some time off!

  3. Sad to see the possibility of the Hodgepodge going away!

    1. At least she'll let us know in September what's happening.


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