Well, most are in Korea, Italy, and Japan.
:: While riding a train in Italy for the first time, in a coach just like the Hogwarts Express, everyone decided to nap. Everyone who knew Italian very very well was snoring, leaving me, who at that time only knew enough Italian to order dinner and count to four in order to teach an aerobics class. I was exhausted from being in Venice all day, but terrified of where we might end up, so I held my eyelids open to stay awake (and repeatedly counted to four).
|Taken by me from one of the Venice canals.|
|We have no idea who the guy in the middle is -- he was in NONE of my classes! All of these men were scientists. Notice the parmesan cheese and the salad dressing? This particular dinner was "let's see how we can do with American food."|
:: Singing Meatloaf's "Love By the Dashboard Light" in a club with a couple guys singing the male parts (natch) and me, Jenn, and Katherine singing the female parts. Joy. One of those moments you keep in that special place in your brain for no good reason other than it was mega-awesome.
:: My two week trip to Japan to see my best college friend, Jen (different Jen from Korea-Jenn). She graduated with me and went to Japan to teach English. She was fluent, as was her Australian and awesome husband-to-be (pictures coming). Snow-closed roads (in April), rotating sushi bars, biking, and lots of laughter. Best. Vacation. Ever.
:: Why this was not unusual. At all. And nope. Wasn't drinking.
:: Just exactly WHY I joined the Air Force -- the best decision I ever made, although I didn't know it at the time.
|After graduation, a year and a half later, the door to the barracks still made me nervous!|
:: Lessons learned, mistakes made, joys found, loves lost, friends found, and a love of travel that sticks with me forever.
|A trip to San Fransisco, post language school.|
And then there are other books -- raising an Asperger's child when I'm pretty sure I have many of the same traits; words to live by (and why they've worked, or haven't worked); there's a lot!
Over the holidays, I have several tasks (after family time).
One is to finish all blog hopping. Yeah, I know. Second is to clean out my lampwork studio and see what is what. Third is to share bits as I go along my writing. There's a reason for being sick. There is. This must be it. And if it's not, I have my history written for Zack. Some I'll vault until he's ready. Some he'll help with.
And now to scan sixty billion photos. OH, for digital back then!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.