Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 30, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 30, 2020

Hello there!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  This is my second week being back to work and things are slowly starting to feel normal again.  We are still sheltering in place outside of work and I'm still meeting with my friends on Zoom frequently.  As a matter of fact, Zoom meetings is what I'm thinking out loud about today.

So before the pandemic, I had not been on a single Zoom meeting.  Now my calendar is full of them and it's so fun to see my friends' faces.  We've even Zoomed with my parents!

I have a standing weekly date with several of my sorority sisters.  After the first week of catching up, we realized that our social calendars had pretty much come to a stop and we weren't going to have a lot to "catch up" on.  So each week I send out a fun question to ponder and it sparks the conversation.  The time flies by and I love hearing the answers from each of my friends.

Are you in the same boat where a conversation starter would add value to your calls?  Here are some of the questions we have tackled ~

You've heard of four truths and a lie?  We've done this one twice.  The first time the topic was to name four concerts you had been to and one on your bucket list.  Everyone typed their answers in the chat feature and then we took turns guessing for each person the concert they had not been to.  It was so fun hearing about the concerts my friends had been to and learning the one on their bucket list!

The next week we once again did the four truths and a lie concept but with vacation spots.  After hearing about a few of the places on my friend's lists, I've added some destinations I want to travel to!

One week we talked about five books on our nightstand.  They could be books you wanted to read or had already finished.  Two of us had just finished City of Girls and another one highly recommended was American Dirt.

This week our topic is to name five celebrities you would like to have dinner with.  They can be dead or alive.  I'm still pondering my five guests.  Who would yours be?

These weekly chats have become one of the highlights of my week!  It's been wonderful to reconnect with my friends and learn a little something new about them.  I hope we never have to live through another pandemic time in our lives, but doing these calls is definitely something positive that has come out of this!

Now it's your turn - what are you thinking out loud about this week?  Link up and share.  I love hearing from you!

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  1. Going to try to get a Thinking Out Loud written tomorrow. I have used Zoom for a couple of meetings but never for a social get together. We tend to do Facetime or Whats App or Skype. Love that you guys are having weekly chats, playing games and talking books. American Dirt has been on my radar. Think it might be time to read it.

    1. Whatsapp is free so you might want to check them out first before looking at Skype; Skye started charging a fews ago.

  2. I haven't used zoom once! I have had nice long phone conversations with my mom and sister but that's about it.

  3. What a great idea to plan your topic ahead of time. I can see how that would make the time much more productive!

  4. I have to use Zoom everyday for meetings and teaching. I am not a fan of it. Sounds like you are using it really well.

  5. I've also never had a Zoom video conference before this pandemic, and I've doe quite a few since. The last one was for the book club I belong to. It wasn't perfect method, but better than none.

  6. I have been using Facetime and Zoom a lot more lately to talk to family and friends. It's a strange way to reach out and stay connected, but I"m so grateful for the technology that allows us to do it.

    Thanks for hosting.

    Amber Johnson