Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Curve Ball Hodgepodge

With baseball season in full swing, Joyce throws us the weekly Hodgepodge, which includes a few curve ball questions. So hey, batter, batter, batter, batter--swing!

1. April showers bring May flowers...what have you been showered with this month?
Mostly water. A little bit of soap. Shampoo and conditioner.

2. What is the nature of compassion?  Is it learned or innate?  Can compassion belearned?  If you're a parent is this something you've purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?
Hello! I warned you there were a few curve balls, didn't I? This is a deep one, so here goes. There are times for compassion and there are times when you have to tell your kids people to suck it up and don't call me unless you're bleeding so badly a bandaid won't fix it. The real talent lies in knowing which time calls for which response.

3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama...or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?
With all the testosterone in this house, it's not a movie unless someone gets shot in the first five minutes.

4.  It's April which means baseball season is officially upon us here in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." Agree or Disagree?
I can handle either one. What I don't agree with is a hot dog at the Ritz. That's just not appropriate.

5. What's something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?
Well perhaps we should do something with the HOA nazis that feel the need to have our city police sit in unmarked cars, watching for residents who don't make complete stops at stop signs. Like there isn't any crime going on anywhere else in the city?

6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.
I can't even keep flowers in my yard; how am I supposed to find them in a song?

7. April 22nd is Earth you believe there's life on other planets?  That wasn't the question you were expecting was it? 
And in case you weren't sure, this would be the other curve ball. The answer is no. No matter how much some might wish it were otherwise, we are the most intelligent created beings in the universe.

When I look at examples of our so-called intelligence, I find that kind of sad.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I tried to explain female mood swings to the boys this week. They weren't getting it until my nineteen year old interpreted: "It means keep the house clean this week, and don't tick Mom off." 

Not quite what I was getting at, but I'll take it.


  1. #3.......I am rolling!!! #5...that cracks me up. [tho, your point about other crime is a serious part] #6 just makes me giggle. You area a hoot. And #8 just had me falling on the floor...literally...laughing. Smart kid.

  2. Your sense of humor never fails to make me laugh! OK..your random thought just made my day! I'd say your 19 year old spoke the TRUTH! ;)

  3. LOL- I love your son's answer in regards to female mood swings! He is smart :)

  4. I love your son's analogy. I once got mad and took my tea and book to bed because my hubby said I was the one out of sorts.

  5. I love coming over here! You always give me a smile. Loved your movie answer. And the intelligent life "postscript." So true! LOL Although #8 seems to indicate you 19-year-old is rapidly gaining some intelligence!

    And your compassion answer was spot on!

  6. Your 19 year old is one smart boy! Loved your always!

  7. As always, you managed to come up with some witty answers to those curve ball answers :) Loved the one about the HOA nazis!

    Thanks for those prayers. Ed came through his procedure, and all is well! We are home now. (sigh)

  8. LOL I love your #1 & #8 answer. Hope your having a good week! :)

  9. Had to find you on here, since your name matches mine- and I'm very proud to share the same name as you! And- get this- I have two boys, and one more on the way. If all "Jill Boyds" have the same kid pattern, that would be way wacky. Anyway- LOVE your post, and your sense of humor. Glad to find this blog!

  10. So nice to see you back here this week! I think your 19 year old drew an appropriate conclusion : )


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