Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - August 25, 2016

Hello!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Vanessa from X-tremely V and I  are so glad you joined us today for our linky party.  

Today I'm thinking out loud about a little BIG trip I have coming up.  My friend, Debbie, and I are jetting off to Hong Kong in a week!  We started planning this trip in February and back then September seemed so far off.  Now it's a week away and I'm so excited I can barely stand it.

What I'm thinking about mostly right now is the hours I'll be spending on the plane.  We will be flying from St. Louis to Dallas then straight to Hong Kong from there.  The Dallas - Hong Kong portion of our flight is nearly 17 hours.  That's a L O N G time for me to sit!  So I need your help.  What are some things you would do on a plane for that long?

I've purchased a new inflatable neck pillow (hoping that will help me sleep).  The chick in the picture on Amazon looks like she's sleeping pretty well so hopefully I will too.  :)

My Kindle is loaded up with books.  Speaking of Kindles, I have to say I LOVE my Kindle!  I'm so glad I don't have to pack lots of heavy books in my suitcase.  Some of the books I'm looking most forward to reading are:

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
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"Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement. 

It's only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she's embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.

But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known. It's a summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell, filled with the heartache, laughter, and surprises that have made her page-turning, bestselling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach."

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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"August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his nineteen-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.

What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip—and the bonds that develop between them—would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together."

I got several more books, but those are the two that's at the top of my list of read.   And then there's Candy Crush to occupy my time.  Seems like I can always get lost in playing that!  Oh, side note.  You know the striped candies you get when you connect four regular candies in a row.  I just learned that the direction of the stripe is the direction it clears the row.  Did everyone know that but me?!?

Debbie and I have lots to talk about and there's movies too.  So hopefully the plane ride will pass quickly and we'll be roaming the street of Hong Kong before we know it.  But I would love to hear any and all ideas you have to make the trip over and back more enjoyable.

So that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  What's on your mind?  Link up below and let us know!

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  1. Oh boo, my school connection won't let me link up :(

    Anywho what an interesting trip. What made you guys pick Hong Kong?

  2. Wow, a trip to Hong Kong! How amazing! Cannot wait to read all about it! Have the best time!

  3. That's an exciting trip! Wow, 17 hours on a plane seems nuts!
    Have a blast! How long are you going for?