Wednesday, July 31, 2013

An Inspiring Hodgepodge

I don't know about you, but I'm always inspired by the Hodgepodge. So come on and get motivated. Who knows, maybe the Hodgepodge will make you a star! After you leave a comment, go see Joyce and read everyone else's answers. And don't forget to add your own.
1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?
24 hour Walmart. How did I survive when they closed at ten?

 2. How 'bout one way it's changed for the worse?
Walmart in general. I always feel overdressed when I wear actual clothes instead of my pajamas.

3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks...your favorite 'star'?

George Clooney's always fun to look at.

4. Name a song that's overplayed, but you love it anyway.
My boys made up a song called, "I Am Not A Monkey, I Do Not Like Bananas". It's stupid and annoying, but they sing it in harmony and it makes me laugh every time, even while I'm telling them to knock it off.

By the way, that is the extent of the lyrics.

5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?
We used to make homemade ice cream when we lived in Uganda. We did it with powdered milk, and it tasted very weird. We haven't had homemade ice cream since. I guess you could say the experience left a bad taste in our mouths. HA!

6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?
It beats the fire out of me. I spend a lot of my time trying to motivate the boys to do the dishes and get their laundry done.

7. When was the last time you were without power?
I'm never powerless unless I forget to take my Underdog Super Energy Pill.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I don't think people should post pictures of their feet on the internet. Unless, of course, it's pictures of a granddaughter's first pedicure.

That's absolutely okay to post!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Royal Prince of a Hodgepodge

Time for our middle of the week break, so have a cup of tea and serve up a slice of hodgepodge. If this is your first solo flight, I doubt you'll get lost. Just leave a comment here, and then click on the big Hodgepodge button to see what everyone else has to say, and then link your own answers up. So easy, even a prince could do it.

1. July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day.  Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  What's something you've recently accomplished solo? 
I don't do solos. The best I can offer is a duet. I usually sing alto, and I play the piano at the same time because then, if I hit a wrong note people say, "well the poor girl was doing two things at once. Small wonder if she doesn't make a mistake!"

2.  What's one product you use that never ever fails?
Money. It spends every time.

3. Have you found your place in the world? Where is it?
At the moment it's sitting in my desk chair. Tomorrow I'm pretty sure my place will be at the grocery store.

4.  Worst movie you ever saw?
Anything with Jean-Claude van Damme or Chuck Norris. And trust me, with as many males as I have in my family, I've seen a lot of those movies. They are martial arts and special effects documentaries loosely hiding behind an incredibly weak plot line so thin that it's almost non-existent.

5. What's the last fun thing you did?
We just got back from visiting our daughter and her new husband. 

They look blissfully happy, don't they?

6. The month of July is named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar...ever been to Rome? What's your favorite Italian dish?
Bradley Cooper. His mother is Italian and his father is Irish. And he is quite
the dish.

Come on, you know you drooled.

7. What is one piece of advice you'd offer new mom Kate Middleton?
Get that silver spoon out of the kid's mouth before he chokes to death on it.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Why can I find Christmas wrapping paper in the closet in July, but I'll have no idea where it is come December?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Hodgepodge

I know, I know. Boring title, right? I sat here for awhile thinking about the title, but I'm tired and I finally realized I could waste what brain power I had left coming up with a clever title, or I could spend it thinking up answers to these questions. I chose option 2. If you chose that as well, (and even if you don't), leave a comment after reading my answers, and then go prove that you can do better by clicking on the link and adding your own answers to Joyce's list.

1. Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid-1800's and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard?  Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you? Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel?
I was a deltiologist when I was a child, although I was unaware of the term until now. And I probably wouldn't use the term now except on the blog because it sounds weird. Like a cousin to a proctologist or something.

At any rate, my grandmother decided that each of us needed to have a hobby, so she assigned one to us. I got postcards, which was okay, but I didn't think it was cool like my sisters' assigned hobbies. My oldest sister collected stamps, and my next oldest sister collected coins. Those seemed way cooler than my postcards. At any rate, at least I didn't have a lame collection like my brother's. Our grandmother assigned him to collect bottle caps.

2. What treat do you most like to indulge in while on vacation?
Relaxation. It's a luxury I can rarely afford.

3. Are you good at hiding your feelings?
I know it's probably hard for you to picture this, but I hide most of my feelings behind a subtle wall of sarcasm.

I'm sure that surprises you.

4. Does your town/city/county still deliver telephone books to your home? Do you check the yellow pages when searching for a local business number or has the internet replaced the phone book in your home?
Every company and his brother leaves telephone books at our house. I set them all aside in case I need them, which I never do, because I always look things up on the the internet.

The rest of my family never uses the telephone books because when they need a phone number, they just ask me.

5. Would you rather be first or last?
That would depend on what I'm lining up for, wouldn't it? 

6. July is National Park and Recreation Month (in America, but everyone can still play along)...where and when were you last in a park?  Did you participate in any recreational activities while you were there?
I was in a state park today. I rode my bike over the Kentucky Dam which is in the Kentucky Dam Village State Park.

Hmmm. That's not a national park. Does it still count?

7.  What was one of your worst ideas?
When I was seven or eight, I wanted to create some kind of a culinary delight. Since I am was limited both in talent and ingredients, I smashed pieces of white bread into a tight little ball and soaked them in pickle juice. I'm all about presentation, so I served each "pickle ball" on a piece of lettuce.

Small wonder most people just want me to bring the ice.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I like cake, but it has to be chocolate. And I'd appreciate it more if it had a scoop of ice cream on the side.

Just thought I should mention it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Helpful Hodgepodge

So since it's such a helpful hodgepodge, ya'll need to help by, first of all, leaving a comment here, and then by clicking on this link in order to join in with your answers and read everyone else's.
1. What's something people might ask you for help with?
I have occasionally had people ask me for help in coming up with a sarcastic quip or comeback. Seems I have a gift in that area.

 2. What's something you might ask someone else for help with?
How to control my gift for sarcasm. Apparently it's not appreciated by everyone.

 3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you're a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?
We took great vacations while I was a child, although the family didn't decide to go to Mount Rushmore until I was already married and had a family of my own. I've still not been to Mount Rushmore.

Not that I'm bitter.

 4.   Pool-lake-ocean...which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?
Whichever one's the closest!

 5.  Have you ever justified using the expression, 'you gotta be cruel to be kind'?  Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?
Having never heard that specific expression, I never had to justify using it. I have been known to use this expression, though:  "Life's hard and then you die, now eat your breakfast." Not that I was trying to be cruel, but occasionally my children have needed a dose of reality.

They've threatened to put that phrase on my tombstone. Now that's cruel!

 6.  The
Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin.  Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you'd add to the list?
What was their criteria and who did they survey? And are these foods most hated in the entire world or just in the United States?

And since this was a psychology study, what does it mean if we don't hate those foods? Are we more apt to become an ax murderer? Or a librarian?

I think I'd like to know the answers to these questions before I agree or disagree with any of the above survey results.

7. What's your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?
I don't know, but I would like to write a book while in a beach or lake town. Shoot, I'd be happy just to read a book while sitting at the beach. ('Cause if you're in the town, you might as well be at the lake or beach. Otherwise, what's the point?)

 8. Insert your own random thought here.

 I mentioned recently that we are soon going to be downsizing our home. This week I had the boys going through their things to toss what they didn't need and pack up anything that wasn't essential. When I got home from work, I found that they had emptied boxes I had already labeled and partially filled so that they had boxes for their stuff. I made them unpack their stuff and repack mine, and then I sent them looking for more boxes to repack their stuff.

At this rate of triple packing, we should have everything ready to go by, say, ... 2015?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Hodgepodge of Red, White and Blue

Get all patriotic and wave that Hodgepodge flag, people! You know you want to! Seven simple questions and a random thought. Watch out for fireworks!

1. What's one simple small pleasure on your summer 'to-do' list? 
I'd like to laze around on the back porch, sprawled in a hammock and enjoying a great book. Standing in my way is the fact that I don't have a hammock ... or a back porch.

2. Do you have strong feelings or opinions regarding the immigration debate in your home country? Feel free to share your thoughts, but please play nice.
Stated simply, follow the rules. And don't change the rules just so your political party is favored in the elections.

I realize there's a whole lot more involved in that. But this is a blog and if I really get going, you'd probably quit reading by the tenth or eleventh page.

3.  What's something in your home or wardrobe that could be described as 'star spangled'?
Considering the wear and tear my boys put on things, I think our home could easily resemble Fort McHenry ... after the battle.

4.  Is your house set up for a party?
A party for guys that want to play video games, wrestle and scratch and sniff with abandon? Absolutely. A party for civilized people? Not so much.

5. What one never-before-visited city in America, would you most like to see?
I recently found out that there's a town in Kentucky called Monkey's Eyebrow. Not sure I'd want to visit there, but then again, I think it would be better to go there than to go to Buttzville, New Jersey.

6. Your favorite red food? White food? Blue food?
Red food: M&M's; White food: ice cream; Blue food: M&M's. Hey, don't judge! That's as American as apple pie!

7. What freedom do you value the most, and why?
I value the freedom to raise my children the way they should be raised. And believe me, I exercise that freedom every moment of every day.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Some observations from a recent trip to Walmart:

Calling sleepwear "casual clothing" does not change the fact that you actually went to the store in your pajamas.

If you have dimples in your knees, you should probably skip the short skirts, even if they are selling them in the plus-sized section.

I don't care to see your underwear, and you look ridiculous clutching your crotch to keep your pants from falling down.

Just things I wanted to get off my chest. I feel better now.

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