Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Hodgepodge That's Practically Perfect in Every Way

I missed it last week, much to my disgust, but we're back with the Hodgepodge! Don't forget to leave a comment before you click the link and hop over to Joyce's blog to see what everyone else had to say. And to leave your own link, of course.

1. What is something that bothers you if it is not done perfectly?
An imperfectly set table annoys the fire out of me. I mean, it's not like it's so very hard to lay a straight napkin and center everything in front of the chair. And does it really take so much longer to place the silverware instead of making it look like you tossed it in the general direction of the table? If that's the way you're going to do it, you might as well just pick up your place and go sit in front of the TV to eat your meal. Wait a minute ...

2. What is one of your best childhood memories?
One time when one of my brothers said something inappropriate, my mother disciplined him by setting the kitchen timer and telling him he couldn't speak for ten minutes. After she left the kitchen, my sisters and I reset the timer for thirty minutes. My brother had a fit, but since he wasn't allowed to speak, there was really no way he could tell on us.

Hey, it may not be the best memory, but I enjoyed it.

3. Do you plan to watch the Royal Wedding and when was the last time you wore a hat?
 Well of course I'm going to be there! After all, I am related to the groom.
 Oh wait, you weren't talking about my son's wedding? Is someone else getting married?

As for the hat question, before I married Indiana Jones, I didn't realize that people still actually hunted. When he told me it was one of his hobbies, I asked him if he realized he could now buy pre-packaged meat in the supermarket. At any rate, shortly after we were married we went "Up North" for my first hunting season. Someone presented me with a knitted cap in blaze orange, reminding me that I needed to wear that color whenever I went outside so that I wasn't mistaken for a deer and shot. In order to "pretty up" the hat, a gigantic fake mum had been woven into the side of it. The mum was the same blaze orange color, and it was roughly the same size as my head. I've still not decided if it was intended to be ornamental or an easy target. At any rate, I conveniently lost the cap fairly quickly. And, no, there are no pictures.

4. Where do you fall in the birth order in your family? Do you think this has influenced your personality?
I fall more frequently than any of my siblings. It hasn't influenced my personality, but I do bruise more often.

5. Where do you think you spend most of your money?
At the store. (Duh!)

6. When you need to confront someone would you rather communicate in person, on the phone, by email or by letter? Why?
If I'm gonna confront you, I want to do it in person. Gestures and facial features are as much a part of communication as words are, and I want to make sure that I'm not misunderstood. Plus, you can't ignore me if I'm right in front of you.

7. Dodge ball, freeze tag, kickball or jump rope? You have to pick one.
Well okay, but if I pick one it doesn't mean I have to actually play, does it?

8. Insert your own random thought here.
If I don't take out any time for sleeping between now and the wedding, I think I might actually get everything done.


  1. Your future dil has such beautiful eyes...I'm seeing some seriously cute grandchildren in your future : )

  2. I totally agree with your #1. I could never get my girls to do it right. I don't even try any more. haha

  3. Love your sense of humor. I read your "About Me" description in the sidebar and I had to sit down and rest a minute. Seriously, why don't you do something with your life? ;0) What is your novel about? I'm a writer, too.

  4. Enjoyed all your answers, still chuckling. Your DIL is beautiful and your son very handsome. Congratulations! Oh I love what you and your sister did to your brother. That is so funny! I bet he talked after his time was up. lolol
    until next time... nel

  5. I love No. 2 cause it makes me laugh and No. 6 because I'm the same way!! If I'm mad, you're gonna know it, lol!!

  6. Oh I wonder if your brother remembers #2~!

  7. Now that would have been something I would have enjoyed too-had my mother ever thought about setting the timer and telling one of my brothers he couldn't talk--that was awesome!

    What a lovely couple! DD1 was married in November, 2008 and I remember all that wedding prep. It was easy though, since I enlisted the aid of my BFF who used to plan weddings!

  8. Fun answers, as always :) Hey, your oldest son is getting married exactly a week after my youngest! I'll be thinking of you during these next weeks!!!

  9. You always bring out a chuckle in me. I so agree with your #1 answer. And, what a lovely couple and I'm with Joyce, there's likely some really cute Grandchildren in your future. Blessings!

  10. Really, the table? Is that every night or just on special occassions? Love your answer to #2!
    Loved reading all your answers. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  11. Thinking back on my daughter's wedding - I didn't think I would survive the prep and it took every thing I had to get to the actual wedding day - but it was sooooo worth it!

    Love your answers - especially the resetting the timer one - did your parents ever find out?

  12. My parents did find out about the timer, but not until many years later. And my brother deserved it. : )


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