**Crickets**

I miss blogging. I really do. I think of this little site often, and wonder what to say. I could ramble, as the header says, or I can whine about life, which is negative and I don’t want to do it. What else is going on in my life? Well, I work. After work, I work more. My work with the children at church is done until September, I am studying for a test where I *loathe* the material so it’s a struggle, and I have fun with makeup in the morning to make me feel better. But I don’t feel that any of it is blog-worthy, you know? It was always just an outlet for me, but today I’m not sure what it’s an outlet for . . . .

So were you nice to someone today?

Without any other fluff, here’s this week’s hodgepodge!

1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one day after National Do Something for a Grouch Day (February 16) which somehow feels related. Perhaps the 16th inspired the 17th?

Tell about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were the recipient of one. Will you make an effort to perform a random act of kindness on the 17th? Share details if you’re so inclined, and if you have something specific in mind.
I don’t know that I’ll make an effort tomorrow, but it’s a good idea.  The first I thought of was when my car broke down on the side of the road, and a girl stopped and drove me home.  I’ll never forget when she turned to me and said, “Always happy to help a chick in need” and her stopping made the difference between me completely losing it or holding it together that day.  So I’ve tried to do the same when seeing people stranded on the side of the road.

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So do you have a bleeding heart?

I’m writing two posts in one night, how’s that for being impressive?  To be honest I’m actually writing about six in draft form, but I hope to post one tonight and then the hodgepodge tomorrow, so I count that!

Without further ado, here is this week’s Hodgepodge.  Play along!

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1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you’re unsure what an acrostic is click here.
Long ago I had the experience
Of falling head of heels for someone
Valuable lessons learned and treasured
Even if the ending wasn’t so happy

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So do I stay or do I go?

I might have blogged about this already, but I don’t remember.  Regardless, this is going to be a stream of consciousness typing thing, so if I get redundant I apologize.

Background:

In August of 2014, I remember being at church and someone was preaching and hearing very clearly in my head “you should not be here”.  I don’t know if it was God speaking straight to me or what, but it freaked me out.

I flipped to the back of the notebook I was using to take notes, and tried to figure out what it meant. Was I not supposed to be there that day? Was I not supposed to be at that service?  Was I not supposed to be at that church at all?

Again, it freaked me out.

Granted, I had been feeling a bit adrift at my church then.  Our senior pastor was on the verge of retirement, and I do not feel that I got much out of his sermons for the last few years he was active.  We were blessed to have a regular rotating staff of those that preached, and the one that was preaching that Sunday is one that I used to get so much out of but lately had found that I got nothing.  I was tired of stories of his kids, his broken childhood home, and sports.  E.v.e.r.y. sermon was comprised of these things.

Slowly, however, the others that preached regularly moved on to other things/places.  Leaving us with the one preaching that sunday and the senior pastor.

So now fast forward to today, when the senior pastor has retired.

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So what’s your answer?

The time for Hodgepodge has come around again, and this time I’m ahead of the game!  I haven’t posted anything else on the blog in the last week, but I haven’t had much to say either.  So that being said, let’s go with the randomness!

1. Describe love using all five senses.
Oooh, this could be interesting.  Hmmmmm.
See: When your soul lightens upon seeing the one you love
Smell: That unique scent that no one else has
Taste: Just tastes better when shared with a love one
Hear: The one voice that after all this time can still make you melt
Touch: That ability to tell without even looking that the one you love has brushed up against you, but you still know who it is

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Did I freeze to death?

No.  Well, not yet anyway.  My house was a balmy 77 degrees yesterday so I turned the heat off.  Go figure.  Almost two feet of snow on the ground and I walk into a sauna.  Forgot that I had done so though until I came home from work today and it was a much milder 46 inside thanks to the cooler day we had.  I’m currently shivering while I wait for the house to heat up again.

So I’m blaming the fact that I forgot it was Wednesday on temperature adjustments.  But Wednesday is good, it means I remembered to answer the Hodgepodge questions again!  So here we go!

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.
We had a fireplace, with a brick hearth, and I remember going out to go sled down the hill and then coming back to that roaring fire.  I’d sit on the hearth and eat snow cream or drink hot chocolate (made from scratch, mind you) until my back was a good thirty degrees hotter than the rest of me.  I really miss having a fireplace . . . .

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren’t blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
I took a blogging hiatus.  Unintentionally, but still.  I had a whopping ONE post in 2015.  And I spent free time studying.  Blech.  

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Did I Remember?

Ha! Yes I did!  I’m so proud of myself!  Here’s this week Wednesday Hodgepodge, brought to you from my couch while I contemplate turning into a popsicle in my heat-inefficient home.

1.  Speaking of skating…when did you last ‘skate on thin ice’, ‘skate over the details’, ‘encounter a cheapskate’, or just plain skate?
I wasn’t speaking of skating, but sure why not.  And I’ll go with ‘skate on thin ice’.  Christmas.  Family.  ‘Nuff said.

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?
I’m a Gen Xer, proud and true.  We are addicted to technology, frequently to the point of detaching from everything else.  And it’s a bad habit.  We overindulge and colly-moddle our kids, and that doesn’t help them prepare for adulthood at all.  We are starting to become empty nesters yet we are taking care of our parents.  And yet I think the biggest problem of all is that if we are not careful we can be incredibly selfish.

3. What’s your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?
I’m the kind of girl that wears the same thing every day.  Same earrings (diamonds from an x, cool twists that I found, worn for about the last four years), rings (college class ring, great uncle’s wedding band, and spoon ring, all worn for at least 20 years if not longer), bracelet (Until there’s a Cure, worn since 1993), and I guess the newest is my Garmin watch. Continue reading

Did I Know? Did I Even Have a Clue?

In a word, no.  I had no idea.

In 2001 I was in my late 20s and working two, sometimes 3 jobs.  Full time during the day, restaurant and catering gigs at night.  Watching the news was not much of a priority.  The events of 9/11 changed that a bit, but after a few weeks of coverage I couldn’t take the bad news anymore and started watching the Food Network non-stop (a behavior repeated after the Virginia Tech massacre but even more intense).  So I don’t remember the shockwave that rocked New England when The Boston Globe broke the Catholic Church sex scandal.

Fast forward to 2016.  I went to the movies with a friend, and she is one that will enjoy some of the more cerebral films with me (unlike the chick flick tradition I have with my mom on New Years Day).  We started with lunch, then watched Star Wars again (for both of us), and then walked across the parking lot to the Criterion theater to watch SpotlightContinue reading

Did I Rejoin the Linkup?

Yes! Yes I am!

It has been a long time since I linked up to a listicle.  But I’m trying to write more, and I do miss these sort of free-form lists.  So I’m going to try to commit to the Wednesday Hodgepodge for the year and answer the weekly lists. So without further ado, here’s this week’s (five days late!).

1. Share one thing that really makes your day. Continue reading

Did I Watch the 2016 State of the Union?

Yes.  Yes I did.

And the irony is that I would not consider myself politically obsessed.  I have friends that are.  Friends that are married to people that are.  Friends that have no idea I have voted for a Democrat, or they’d disown me.  Friends that have no idea members of my family have been elected to office to hold a Republican seat, or they’d never speak to me again.

Case in point:  My first thought watching the preamble mumbo jumbo tonight was that they had yet to show a man wearing something other than a red tie.  So then of course I became obsessed in trying to find one.

And then of course the President himself appears and was not, and the red tie obsession came to an end.

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Did I make resolutions for 2016?

Sorta.

I want to blog more, I abandoned it in 2015, and I have missed the outlet for my opinions and ramblings.  Unsure of the frequency, however.  Maybe once a week?  Twice a month?  Don’t want to set completely unrealistic goals seeing as how I posted a grand total of once in 2015.

I want to eat more salad.

I want to finish these @$)$*!% tests for work and PASS them this year.

I want to get rid of clutter.

I want to pick up stuff in the house.  Always take something and put it away as I move from room to room.

I want to be more thrifty with spending.

What about you?  Will you be resolute in 2016?

Supporting the Fascist Media in 2015

Continuing the tradition, year 4:

Did I support the Fascist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2015? Yes, although nowhere near as much as I have in past years. Darned study schedule.

Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2015. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with zero parking and idiot people smacking me in the head as they get up mid-movie. Here are the ones I paid money for:

  1. St. Vincent
  2. Divergent: Insurgent
  3. Age of Adeline
  4. Woman in Gold
  5. A Walk In The Woods
  6. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  7. Pitch Perfect 2
  8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Supporting the Fascist Media in 2014

Continuing the tradition, year 3:

Did I support the Fascist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2014? Yep. As often as possible. Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2014. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters. Here are the ones I paid money for:

  1. Philomena
  2.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  3.  Nebraska
  4. Thor: The Dark World
  5. Saving Mr. Banks
  6. Frozen
  7. The Monuments Men
  8. The Amazing Spiderman 2
  9. Million Dollar Arm
  10. X-Men, Days of Future Past
  11. Belle
  12. Divergent
  13. Wish I Was Here
  14. The Hundred Yard Journey
  15. Malificent
  16. How to Train Your Dragon 2

It occurs to me that I only paid full price for about three of these, it was mostly a “What’s at the Byrd this week” kind of year.  Which is sad.  There are still a lot I want to see, but time just didn’t work out for me this year.  I got a lot more budget conscious, as there was a brief bout of unemployment and a lot of catching up still to do.  But it was a good movie year!  I still have a lot on my Tivo that were released earlier in the year but then have made it to cable: Continue reading

Do You Remember These?

Linking up with today’s Daily Prompt to chronicle three unforgettable moments in my life.  In no particular order, here are three of the ones that I thought of right off the bat. 1. The day my father told us that he was leaving our mother.  I found out later that mom had told him that he if wanted to leave, he had to tell us himself, she wasn’t to going to do it for him.  I was ten, and it was the night of the last day of school.  Dad put us in the car and we were going to go play Putt Putt and see Empire Strikes Back.  We were so excited, as we hadn’t seen dad much over the past several years in general, and six months in particular, and this was a night out with just dad.  JUST dad.  How cool was that? On the way to the golf park, dad said that he should have never been a parent and he wasn’t very good at it, and that he was moving to Washington, DC.  He was moving out on June 17th.  It was Father’s Day.  D and I were, of course, crying, as back then people didn’t get divorced.  And if you happened to be a child of one of the rare divorced people, you were then ostracized by your friends as their parents didn’t want you them to play with kids from broken homes.  (My own included until she became the head of a broken home herself.)  We played golf, and went to the movie, and barely remember much about that night we were so upset. Continue reading