Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Little Humble Hodgepodge

And we're ready to start the Hodgepodge again! If you go here you can see what makes everyone proud ... or humble. Or whatever. Anyway, you don't want to miss it! But I don't want to miss your comments, so leave one before you go, will you?

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? My kids. What keeps you humble? My kids.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?
My house. Seriously. All of it.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?
If we happen to, we happen to. Around here we visit Canaveral National Seashore and play in the ocean. I think our last visit was the week before Christmas.

4. How would you define honor?
Don't groan, but it really does depend on what part of speech the word honor is filling. As a noun, such as a man of honor, it means someone who has integrity and faithfulness. As a verb, such as when you honor your parents it means showing respect. Ultimately, someone with honor will do what is right, no matter the cost.
I'm incredibly grateful that I married a man with honor.
5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?
Devil's food--because chocolate is always the right choice, and because I like the frostings that go with it.

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?
I've learned that traveling with males means conquering the road. They consider it a matter of pride to beat the time off their last trip. Last summer when we were traveling back to Florida from Michigan, I convinced my husband we should take our time and enjoy ourselves. Stop when we see something interesting. He agreed and we stopped shortly after that--spending over two hours at a Cabelas store.

Not quite what I had in mind.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?
I think the kid's lunch would have been better if the mother had also packed a candy bar. I also seriously doubt that chicken nuggets are any more nutritious than turkey and cheese. But at least you might get BBQ sauce.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I love my Ipad. Just sayin'.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Parallel Presidential Hodgepodge

You know what's going on. You know you've been waiting for it. So spend a few Wednesday moments diving into the Hodgepodge. Come on, what's it gonna hurt?

1. George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-Thomas Jefferson...who would you most like to meet and why?
They were all great in their own way, but I think I would be freaked out to meet any of them because they're dead.

2. What's your favorite chain restaurant?
I don't eat chains. I prefer to stick with food.

3. I spied this question on the Bears at Home blog last week and she gave me permission to steal borrow it - When you look back on your life, do you imagine you'll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say: it was good?
Hmmm. This sounds like a glass half full/half empty kind of question. I'm going to go with the much more important question:  What's in the glass?

4. Grapefruit-take 'em or leave 'em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice?
Well I guess this would answer the last question, wouldn't it? (Mine anyway, not Joyce's.) Orange juice is in the glass, but I don't personally squeeze fruit unless I know them really well.

5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?
I cleaned my closet out recently and it looks extremely neat and organized. I just don't know what to do with the pile of leftover stuff in the bedroom floor.

6. You get to have lunch with three famous people...who would you like to see round your table?
I think I'd rather be one of the famous people. And I'd like one of the other famous people to pick up the check.

7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?
I rank this talent somewhere between my talent for cooking (not so great) and my talent for telling other people what to do (I'm fantastic at that. Lots of experience.)

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Do you have any idea how long it took me to come up with a talent where I can excel for my answer to the last question? That's really sad!
Okay, now go click on that link and see what everyone else had to say. But I've got to warn you:  not everyone puts their answers in the same nifty red shade. Just thought you oughta know.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hello, Hodgepodge!

It's another Hodgepodge Day, which means it's another day where my computer does not like the Hodgepodge picture and link. In spite of that, you can still click here and go see Joyce, who is the originator of the Hodgepodge. Read through and comment on her answers, and then you can click through everyone else's links to see what they had to say.

Don't forget to read mine first, though. After all, I could use a comment or ten.

1. It's that most wonderful time of the season! Do you complete your own returns or farm that job out to the professionals? 
It is not tax season yet because it's not April. And when that season rolls around, we don't do our own returns, but neither do we look to professional farmers for help. Wait, that wasn't the question, was it?

2. This next question comes from Kansas Bob...he posed it in his response to something I asked in an earlier Wednesday post and I asked him if I could add it to the Hodgepodge some day. Today's the day....
Which do you think has changed you more-love or pain?
I'd say it's fifty-fifty because sometimes love is a pain and sometimes it's a pain to love.

3. Tangerine Tango has been named color of the year for 2012. Your thoughts? Would I find this color anywhere in your house? How about in your closet? If not, will you be adding this color to your life in some way in 2012? If you're not sure what tangerine tango looks like click here.
I am not in favor of fruit colors, either in my house or on my body. Who picks the color of the year anyway? And can they be replaced?

4. Are you a collector? What do you collect and does it get admired, used, and/or dusted regularly?
I collect children. (I've had six of them.) Sometimes they're admired and sometimes their useful, but I never dust them. (They don't dust either, which is why they're only useful sometimes.)

5. February is National Heart Month...besides a green salad what is one tasty heart healthy dish you like to prepare?
There are so many foreign phrases in this question! Phrases like heart healthy and like to prepare. I'm not a fan of either of those expressions. Let's just say I'll start ordering the vegetable skewer instead of the baked potato when we eat out and leave it at that.

6. When was the last time you had car trouble?
The most car trouble I've had lately is finding a vehicle to use that someone else isn't already using.

7. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Is that a good trend?
I make a lot of demands on myself, but I never meet those demands so I also annoy myself.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Tomorrow is Groundhog's Day and we'll find out if we get six more weeks of winter. I'm not sure if I can handle six more weeks of this weather. Yesterday the temperature only got up to 73 degrees, and I froze all day.

Don't hate me for that. Just smile and think of how miserable I'm going to be next July.

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