Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Watery Hodgepodge

1. When did you last 'swim against the tide'? Explain.

I can't even think of a recent example of this. I feel like I'm a pretty easy going person and I tend to have friends who agree with me.  Maybe I need to diversify!

2. What's the last self-help or self-improvement book you read?

I read The Happiness Project a few years ago, but my most recent one was doing Brene Brown's course on Imperfection through It was great and every week we did an artistic project -- and I am NOT artistic -- but I had so much fun.  Of course I promised myself I would continue the art journal, but I haven't.  My art table is waiting though. 

3"Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness." (Sir James Goldsmith) 

Agree or disagree? Discuss. With civility please, because I think we have a good thing going in our very diverse (in geography, age, religion, political persuasion, ethnicity, marital status, upbringing, and cooking abilities) neighborhood here on This Side of the Pond.

The Goldsmith quote is certainly true. 

 4. What is one of your most vivid memories of the kitchen from your childhood?

My grandmother and our wonderful housekeeper cooking and laughing. Chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, collards, and more.  They had the most fun ever. 

5. How did/do your own children's summers compare with your summers as a child? If you're not a parent, answer as it relates to what you've observed about the current generation of children vs. your own childhood.

Every minute of the summer is scheduled now -- a different day camp each week. When I was a kid, we went to camp for a month or so, but the rest of the summer was free. I think that it was better when parents couldn't find kids via phone and text. We left the house and knew to be home by supper.

6. Tell us what body of water you would most like to be on or near today, and why?

Any ocean -- most of my beach life has been spent in Padre or Destin -- the Texan's Riviera(s).

7.  Share a favorite song about water, or a favorite song with the word water in it's title, or a favorite song to listen to as you sit beside the water.

There is a song by The Talking Heads with water in it. I used to love the The Talking Heads. The one I'm thinking of is Once in a Lifetime.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

There is such fun to being with old friends. They know you and love you no matter what. There is a shorthand that comes from years and years of shared experiences and it can't be replicated. 


  1. Great post, Paige! I love Brene Brown too - altho haven't read her books just watched her on Oprah. Hope you're enjoying your week. My girls tell me you are getting a lot of rain AGAIN!!

  2. Old friends are some of the best. I love the way you can pick right up with old friends, and they force you to be your authentic self. Enjoy your week!

  3. Your random thought is a great reminder for me to reach out to some old friends. thanks!

    I hope you can stop by:


  4. I think I should read The Happiness Project. I also like people that Oprah has on her OWN channel and Super Soul Sunday. Those are awesome memories from the kitchen. Love that song you picked!

  5. I have friends like that - we just pick up where we left off whenever that was.