It's Wednesday, so it's Hodgepodge time! Many thanks to Joyce at This Side of the Pond for hosting the Q&A each week. I've always wanted to be Oprah and ask the questions, but I must admit that I like answering them too. If you are a blogger and want to participate in the fun, hit the logo below and read about the process.
1. Is your home air conditioned? If it's not air conditioned, is that by choice? Did you grow up with air conditioning? If not how did you cope with the heat? Share about a time or place you remember as being too hot-the temperature kind of hot, lest anyone be confused.
I live in Dallas, so you better believe I have AC! I have never lived without AC (except at Camp Longhorn), but I did own a duplex for a few years that had window units, and my condo in DC only had window units. I actually liked my window units and they cooled off a room super-fast. It is hot as hell here every time you leave the office and get in your car, though. I even have air conditioned seats and it still burns my butt.
The main thing now is our capital campaign at Community Partners of Dallas. Where will the building be? How long will it take to raise the money? Who will give us the large gifts? The small gifts? The first gift? The final gifts? Will I lose weight or gain it?
Never mind, I know that last answer.
3. Your favorite light and airy dessert?
It is Ina Garten's Mocha Icebox Cake. Amazing. I'm making it this weekend (again). Here's the link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mocha-chocolate-icebox-cake-recipe.html
4. When did you last feel like you were 'floating on air'?
I am a terrible loser. When I play a game, I always want to win. I can't remember the most recent time I won, but I'm sure that it was the last time I was "floating on air". Or maybe at Versailles a few months ago. I could be very happy living there.
5. Airport, airmail, airtight, airhead...which have you most recently encountered? Explain.
I've spent a lot of time this spring and summer at airports.
One thing I know for sure: It is much better to travel with a friend who has access to the Admirals Club.
6. Have you ever been to the Alps? If so where did you go? If not, is this a destination on your must-see list? If you were headed that direction this summer, which of the following would be your preferred activity...a gentle walk, a serious walk, a bike ride, a boat ride around one of the lakes, or summer snow skiing?
I may have been to the Alps, as my friend Priscilla and I spent a couple of months traveling all over Europe when we had graduated from college. It was so long ago and we were super cool, so I have no records of the trip and not a lot of photos at my disposal. I would certainly ride the gondola up and look out -- that's about my speed these days.
7. What is one saying or phrase that was considered 'cool' when you were growing up?
My favorite (and I still say it all the time) is -- Noun here (that/he/she/it) is SO gross.
Another was Scots are fine in '79 -- our high school team name was the Scots.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
If you travel at all, I totally recommend the Global Entry/Frequent Traveler/TSA Pre-Check deal. It is well worth the money and such a blessing to not have to remove your shoes or jacket.