Did I Rejoin the Linkup?

Yes! Yes I am!

It has been a long time since I linked up to a listicle.  But I’m trying to write more, and I do miss these sort of free-form lists.  So I’m going to try to commit to the Wednesday Hodgepodge for the year and answer the weekly lists. So without further ado, here’s this week’s (five days late!).

1. Share one thing that really makes your day.
Well, this morning I woke up to white stuff on the ground.  Seeing as how yesterday it was about 50 degrees, and it’s been the warmest winter on record in my lifetime, it was a wonderful surprise.  And as I sit on the couch I’m watching the white stuff pour down.  Well, as much as it ever “pours down” in Virginia. 

2.  Lots of these kinds of lists out there, but one found here says the fifteen most colorful places on earth are:
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil.
Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you’ve seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?
I’ve been to San Francisco.  And okay, yes, parts of it I could consider to be extremely colorful.  But any on those list would be lovely.  India, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Italy, you name it, I want to go.  Of all the places I have been, I’ve never thought of it in terms of color before.  As I sit here and do a quick color review of my travels, a few things come to mind:  The farmers market at the Mozartplatz and the river flowing through the center of town in Salzburg, Austria.  Standing at the church in Dohna, Germany and looking at the vast green and red roofs.  The ancient temples in South Korea.  All beautiful.

3. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Jack Canfield In general, would you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?
Interesting premise.  I’d have to say yes.  Opportunity begins by taking the risk, and plunging headfirst through that moment of self doubt to start anew.

4. Imagine you’re stranded on a desert island and dessert appears…what do you hope it is? Do you ever struggle to remember which spelling is desert and which is dessert?
My nana’s rice pudding.  We can eat that stuff for three meals a day.

5.  What song almost always makes you cry?
I don’t cry often during songs.  But there are two that stir the deep feels inside, both when sung by a (good) choir.  No More Night, which was the closing/alumni song of the group I sang with in college, and All Rise as sung by Voices of Lee.  Coincidentally both spiritual songs, but trust me there is plenty of secular music that inspires me as well.  The first time I heard them both was during a particular point in my life when they truly moved me with the lyrics and brilliance of the performance.

Here are video links to both.  The only thing about the Men’s Chorus is that the intro, which is usually a bunch of ethereal singing to mimic the angel chorus, doesn’t work with men so it is done via piano.  Still, a phenomenal rendition.  And the acapella chorus is amazing.  The amount of sound that they are able to attain is unreal.

No More Night by Christian Edition

All Rise by Voices of Lee

And since I was looking for the links, I’ve now listened to each of these three times! 🙂

6.  January is National Soup Month.  Everything from soup to nuts, in the soup, thick as pea soup, souped up…which saying most recently applies to your life in some way? Explain.
I don’t know about these.  But when I think of soup, I think of a mug I had in college that said “This is my ‘I’m too broke for pizza so I’m having soup’ mug”.  I recreated that during a Girls night outing at a pottery place and made three that said “Kelly doesn’t feel like cooking so we’re having soup for dinner”.  Used it last night in fact.

7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say.
Almost over.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
January is my month of doing.  Thus the blog title of “did I . . . .” for every entry thus far in 2016.  I’m missed writing, I’ve missed blogging, and I’m hoping that this signifies a bit of a return.  Last time I was posting a lot, however, I found I was only doing linkups and that I wasn’t writing, only answering other people’s posts.  So here’s hoping it sticks a bit more this time and that I can have a bit more of a running narrative.  It’s good to be back with the Wednesday group though!  See you in a few days!

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