Since I am a little late to this party, and the weekly Hodgepodge is on Christmas break, I figured I’d pull an old Hodgepodge from the archives and answer while I’m sitting at work, twiddling my thumbs, nasty rains pounding the window outside . . . . (Seriously. I am the only person in my quadrant of the building. There was another guy, but he went home already. And the one employee not on vacation in New Business has to fill in at the receptionist’s desk as she called out sick today. There is NOBODY here today, and I am alone in my dark and gloomy cave!)
So without further ado, I bring you Hodgepodge Vol 97, originally from 10.10.2012:
1. In what ways do you indulge yourself?
Sleep, as much as I can. Yarn, when I can afford it, and spending as much time as possible with my friends.
2. Have you ever taken a cooking class? Any interest? What type of class would you most like to try?
I thought I had, but the more I think about it no I don’t think so. Sure, sounds like fun. I love to cook, and so I’d be game. There was a Living Social deal just a few weeks ago for a Mixology class in town, and one of my close friends had mentioned that she wanted to take a bartending class, so we’re going to go together sometime next month. Should be fun. I love learning, though, so any type of school would be fun. I’m up for just about anything.
3. What does it mean to be a good citizen?
My first response was, “ah, this must be from the pre-election Hodgepodge choices” as my immediate answer was “you vote”. But then this morning I was reading an article about a neighborhood association with a twist. A section of town that has a wide age range–young professionals with veterans that have lived there for fifty years or more–has put together a list of services that people are willing to provide for those that cannot. Changing lightbulbs. Raking leaves. Getting groceries. And really, isn’t that what citizenship is about? Trying to help your fellow neighbor?
4. ‘Tis the season of the political advert…do these ads influence your vote?
Not in the slightest. I am by no means a political junkie, but I do think I follow up a bit more than others do. I do believe that the debates are the best way to get true readings on the ideals of a candidate, as they are the only time the candidate is put on the spot and thinks for themselves. Speeches are scripted by others, press releases and ad campaigns are developed by those that know how to spin, but the debates are the one place that you get a true answer. Just look at the whole Big Bird fiasco. And if nothing else, there are always good drinking games that can be played with the oft-repeated catchphrases. Not that I would ever do such a thing . . . .
5. What’s something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?
For the simple reason that it meant two or three weeks off this time of year, the alarm clock off switch.
6. What’s your least favorite cliché?
When God closes a door, he opens a window
And yes, I realize that this is not a cliché in the actual sense, but it’s the first one I thought of. Look, I am a Christian woman. I absolutely believe in the power of God to do things in my life both great and small. But when you’re staring at that closed door, the last thing you want to hear is that there is a window open. Especially when that window is at the end of a hallway with a myriad of twists and turns. I spent two and a half years unemployed, and not for lack of trying for positions. I was given this platitude over and over and over during that time, and I was ready to wring someone’s neck if they said it to me again. I realize that it’s the perfect thing to say when you can’t think of anything else other than “I’m sorry”, but really sometimes it truly is better to give a hug, cry a little, and just move on.
7. What percentage of your Christmas shopping has been completed? How does that make you feel?
Seeing as how it’s December 26, I’m hoping all of it! 🙂
8. Insert your own random thought here.
This rain is making me sleepy! Right now, I want to go home, curl up on the couch with the dog snoring at my feet, pick up some yarn, and just ply away the afternoon!
Well, that’s it for the out-of-order Hodgepodge! See you next Wednesday!