The Wednesday HodgePodge (June 15, 2022)

Hi all! I am participating in the Wednesday HodgePodge once again. Here goes.

1. Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Elaborate.
It really depends. I can either bottle up my feelings or blurt them out – there’s not much inbetween. I am not good at hiding my true feelings even when I try though.

2. A favorite love song?
I don’t tend to listen to love songs, so I’m naturally going with a parody: She’s My Girl by Tom Lehrer.

Tom Lehrer has many more parodies to different types of love songs and I love them all.

3. Do you consider yourself a trusting person? Explain.
No, not really. Like with wearing my heart on my sleeve, I tend to be quite black-or-white with this: I trust someone or I don’t. I also struggle to give people second chances when they’ve done something that feels as though it’s betraying my trust.

4. June 14th is National New Mexico Day…have you ever been to New Mexico (aka The Land of Enchantment)? Any desire to visit the state? Some of the top rated tourist attractions there are- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Park, The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Bandelier National Monument, The Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe Plaza, and the Petroglyph National Monument. Of the attractions listed which would be tops on your list?
I’ve never been to New Mexico and, if I have to believe Tom Lehrer’s song The Wild West Is Where I Want to Be, I don’t want to either. Of course, that song’s a parody too.

If I were to visit New Mexico though, one of the national parks would likely be on my list to go to. As a side note, is there a national day for each U.S. state?

5. What’s something you’ve found enchanting recently?
I try to find delight in the everyday, so really anything can be enchanting. An example that comes to mind right now is the music I listened to on Spotify recently. Back when I used to go to the day center, I’d go to the sensory room and lie on the waterbed while listening to a CD by Don Gibson’s Solitudes called Songbird Symphony. A few days ago, I discovered several other albums by that same group. Listening to them on my music pillow is pure bliss.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Speaking of enchantment, I’d like to mention an exercise I did a while ago in which I had to imagine my safe space in all its beautiful sensory detail. I tried to imagine being surrounded by unicorns, because most real-life places I’ve been carry some trigger one way or the other. I also love to imagine their beautiful colors in my mind’s eye, even though in real life I’m no longer able to see color. I know some blind people lose their memory of sight over time and I did to an extent too, but color remains with me at least to some degree, for which I’m forever grateful.

10 thoughts on “The Wednesday HodgePodge (June 15, 2022)

  1. I’m not sure about each state having a national day. My guess is that it would be the day the state achieved statehood. You would think I would know that answer, but I’m just guessing! Good question!

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  2. I think each state does have a national day. I’m not sure how much they’re actually celebrated (other than in Texas) but they are good springboards for Hodgepodge questions. We rarely have the tv on here, but we do love to have music playing in the evenings. Have a great day!

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  3. Oh, Astrid! You like Tom Lehrer too! Isn’t he just the best? I hadn’t heard the first one here (She’s My Girl). It’s wonderful. Just brilliant and I love his voice!

    Thanks so much for coming by Marmelade Gypsy. I hope we will continue to connect!

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  4. I enjoyed your answers Astrid. I participate in Weekend Coffee Share and one of the gals, Leanne, had a blog post about Aphantasia and it was so fascinating. It has to do with someones inability to vividly picture something in their mind…I kind of think I’m this way.

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    1. That’s so interesting, thanks for pointing it out! I participate in Weekend Coffee Share too but didn’t see that post. Was it from last week or this week? I haven’t seen this week’s contributions yet. I don’t create vivid pictures of things in my mind either and I wonder how much of that is blindness and how much could be aphantasia.


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