Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BIRTHDAY + WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Happy Birthday Tristen
Tristen is 31 today. If you don't know who Tristen is she is our son Adam's best girl and our daughter in law in our hearts. We are heading out to Los Angeles on Sunday to celebrate! I can't wait........
We were able to watch Tristen give a presentation at a UCLA Dissertation Showcase via the computer two weeks ago. There were 10 people giving their dissertations from different departments. (it is a  long essay on a particular subject, esp. one written as a requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.)

Tristen did an awesome job and we were so proud of her. People in the audience were able to vote for the best one and Tristen won (woo-hoo) and the prize was $5,000. 


 
Thank you to Joyce for always giving us great questions! 
Click on over and join in.....

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far...'throw caution to the wind', 'three sheets to the wind', 'run like the wind', or 'see which way the wind blows'?

I'm feeling like I have experience all of those phrases this month but I haven't been three sheets to the wind, maybe just one sheet! It has been one hell of a month and I will be happy to see it go.

2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?


The first thing that came to mind was an avocado and the dish would be guacamole although I do love Trader Joe's Haricot Verts (which are a French Green Bean) and I would use then in Green Bean Casserole. 

3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!


Yes I have but I don't remember any particular details right now. 

4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wazowski (Monsters Inc.)...of the green characters listed, which one's your favorite and why?


I love several of them so this is a hard choice for me. I'm really into Mike Wazowski these days to I will pick him. (I have him in my Jim Shore collection) But Kermit and Shrek....I love you too! 

5. "The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive."~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not? 


I'm going to say I definitely agree. I believe that hope can keep people alive and depending on the situation you must instruct people to hope.....

6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in it's title.

Sergio Mendes' "Never Gonna Let You Go".....When I was divorced from Mark many, many years ago I would listen to this song over and over and over again. I wanted him back and I wanted him to feel this for me. I cried and cried so many tears to this song. 

I always would dream about us getting remarried (which we did) and dancing to this song (which we didn't). The point was that he would never let me go again!!! 

7. What's a road trip you'd like to take?

I love road trips, we use to do road trips often from Illinois. I would like to go back to some of the National Parks like Yellowstone and would love to see Mt. Rushmore again. 

Actually I am trying to talk Mark into spending a few months after he retires just traveling across the US and I would love to end up in the North East. I would love to visit places like Washington DC, NYC and Maine. 

29 comments:

Mary said...

Yay, Tristen! She is beautiful, and they are such a handsome couple! What is she getting her doctorate in? After seeing michiamocandice's pictures from NH, I feel like I also need to take trip up that way and experience that beautiful scenery!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Happy birthday to Tristan. That post zapped me back to defending my dissertation - except it was the old fashioned, pre-interent way, in a room with a bunch of serious professors.

Miss Debbie said...

Congrats and Happy Birthday to Tristen! She must be a smart and gifted young woman!!

Montanagirl said...

Congrats to Tristen - that's wonderful! And Happy Birthday to her. And, Hope is a good thing!!

Sandra said...

that is a huge accomplishment and congratulations to Tristen. My son and his wife lived together for 10 years, got married and are now at almost another 10...

TexWisGirl said...

congratulations to tristen and happy birthday to her!!!

sweet love song - good for you.

Debbie said...

First of all your son is a VERY handsome man...and Tristen is not only beautiful, but obviously quite smart. Congrats on her winning. Happy birthday to her too. And that story of your remarriage is an exciting one...so happy for you. Hope your week is good!

A Joyful Chaos said...

I would love to see Yellowstone someday.

April said...

Huge congrats to your son's beautiful and smart girl! How awesome! Have you ever been to Washington, DC? I love that place! Arlington National Cemetary is my favorite!

Kristie said...

Happy Birthday and Congrats to Tristen! :-)

Mara said...

Kermit! He is my favourite green character. And Shrek is good too. But Kermit is the best!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Happy Birthday Tristen!!!

YEAH on winning that is awesome! Have fun on Sunday I can't wait to see the pictures of the night out :)

Joyce said...

Wow! Congratulations to Tristen! They look cute together : ) Yellowstone is still on my list...one of these days!

Cathy said...

Congrats to Tristan!!

That sounds like a great trip. Hope you get to do it.

Cherie said...

I love that you put Tristen's birthday wishes at the top. Happy Birthday to Tristen, and have a great trip! :)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations to Tristen!

I agree with you on #5. You put it so well.

That trip sounds like fun!DH and I talk about taking a leisurely road trip to Seattle (stopping at all the National Parks (including Yellowstone) along the way), getting on a cruise to Alaska, and taking the glass-domed mountain railway back to the US. I don't know that I could stand to be away from home that long, and I definitely know that I wouldn't be able to be away from DD and my Ts that long ... but it would be a fabulous trip! Maybe one of these days.

Deb said...

Happy Birthday Tristen...congrats on the prize...I love road trips...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That's awesome Tristen! Congrats!

I love guacamole too :-)

edshunnybunny said...

Oh, wow! Congrats and happy birthday to Tristen.

Maybe you'll get to take that road trip with Mark one of these days :)

betty said...

Happy birthday to Tristen! WTG to her for winning with that dissertation! One smart young lady! I hope she has a great day and you guys have a fun time celebrating this weekend!

I think that road trip would be wonderful, Debby. I hope you can talk Mark into it. Heck, you might even be able to try to meet up with some of your favorite blogging buddies. I have always talked about wanting to do a similar trip to see the states, there are so many cool things to see and do in our country.

Let's hope April is a better month!

betty

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

Congratulations to Tristan!!!
That is fabulous.

She sounds like an amazing young lady.

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Tristen. Some of your answers were touching. The one about you and your husband was especially so. Road Trip time sounds fun too. I cannot wait to do mine. Maybe after I retire.

KC Bob said...

Belated birthday greetings to Tristen.

I so agree with #5. Any more I feel that I do not need as much education as inspiration.

bp said...

Happy birthday to Tristen!

I have never been a fan of avacado. I have just recently started eating guacamole and that've started trying the avacado before I mix it.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy Birthday Tristan! I love avocados especially with margaritas! Hahaha! Have a wonderful weekend!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter in of your heart :) Have fun in LA and of course, I adore all your travel dreams!!

Trish said...

Have a wonderful Birthday celebration in L.A.! Safe travels....

Hilary said...

happy birthday tritsen!
Love "daughter-in-law in our hearts!"

Mrs4444 said...

Beautiful couple! What was the subject of her dissertation?

If you like avocados, you might be interested in checking out the recipe I put on Mrs.4444 cooks this afternoon; it's Chickpea/Avocado Salad Sandwiches.

I keep forgetting about Wednesday Hodgepodge. How early does she post the questions? Thanks.

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