Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Random Tuesday and Coffee Chat

I'm linking up with Stacy for some randomness.  Join us!

So, I am the mother of 20-year-old twins now!   I don't have teenagers anymore, and that just doesn't seem possible, but I couldn't be any prouder of them.

We didn't have a big celebration.  Twenty is an odd age.  At sixteen you can drive. Seventeen is no big deal, but you're about to have an awesome senior year of high school.  At eighteen you can vote or serve in the armed forces or do other "not fun" grown-up things.  Nineteen and twenty?  Nothing special.  It's not until you're 21 that something exciting happens!  You all know what I'm talking about, don't you?  You can finally rent a car!  Hahahaha!  What?  It's true!  What were you expecting me to say?

So...I was in Las Vegas a week or so ago.  The Plexus people were having a convention, and many of them were staying in our hotel.  I thought Plexus was supposed to help you be healthy and stay slim, but almost every person I saw, and there were many, was overweight and out of shape.  I'm not judging them for this.  We just thought it was ironic.

Another event that started the day we left (thank goodness) was edc week. edc (all lower case) stands for electric daisy carnival.  On our last night there, many of the 135,000 party-goers began to arrive.  Lots and lots of young people.  There were events at different Vegas venues throughout the week and the main event was held at the raceway about 40 miles from Vegas.  I met a very nice kid from California who explained what edc was.  They call it a rave.  It's also a carnival with rides and attractions, various stages for performers, and lots of dancing and electronic music.  Sadly, they had 408 medical calls one night which included the death of a 24 year old man.
Look at that sea of people!
What I noticed most about these young people is that the harder they try to be different, nonconformists, the more they become comformists.  Tight dresses, skirts that barely cover the butt, belly shirts, skinny jeans and chains on guys, gauges in their ears, purple (or blue or pink) hair, lots of tattoos, particularly the females with very large tattoos on their thighs.  I wonder if the middle aged people during our youth found it difficult to understand our culture when we were in our 20's.

And now it's time for Coffee Chat with Rory Bore

This week she asks...
What journey do you most want to take?   
It can be a geographical place, an emotional or spiritual quest, or even a creative pursuit. 

A journey.  That sounds wonderful!  The word journey evokes much different ideas for me than simply vacation.  I feel like people who are on journeys are there to discover something, oftentimes about themselves.

There are dozens of websites out there to guide one through a spiritual journey.  This interests me because I believe that people must continue to grow and evolve in their spiritual lives.    There are attributes I would like to develop that will deepen my faith.

In the meantime, a journey I would like to take is to travel in Europe.  I would love to see the places my daughter saw in her 4 months of studying abroad.  She saw Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the real Mona Lisa, and so much more!  Maybe when I retire.  She visited 17 cities in 9 different countries, but the ones I would most like to visit include England, France, and Italy. My husband has promised me a trip, but it probably won't happen for a while yet.  I believe it's a worthy goal!

That's it for now!


  1. Ooooh! Happy Birthday to your twins! I remember when my sister had an especially hard time turning 20 - that in-between stage where you're not a kid, not a tween, not a tween, but not yet an 'official' adult. Hopefully your twins won't have an off year like she did, it'll go by super fast! :)

    That rave sounds crazy - 408 medical calls and one death? Scary!! And yeah, I agree with you, I wonder if the middle aged people during our youth found it difficult to understand us in our 20s...heh!!!!

    I so so so want to go to Europe! I'm envious of your daughter's opportunity to study over there - I mentioned to Princess Nagger if she gets that kind of opportunity, I'm gonna tag along somehow, some way. ;)

  2. Wow, and to think there was a time in my life where I went to raves - and loved them!! The dancing all night and the energy of the people. Now I see that crowd and just think, heck no!!! LOL
    I like tattoos just fine, but I don't think I'll be getting big Princess faces on my thighs. I'm a bit more subtle I suppose. But some of them really are Art.
    LOVE how you made the spiritual connection with "journey" as opposed to simply a "vacation." That was rather the point I wanted to see if people got. Something deeper and more life confirming I suppose. Although we could all probably just use a vacation too, and all those places sound lovely.

  3. Going to Europe sounds heavenly, although a little scary these days. It is certainly something on my bucket list, though.


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