Sporty Hodgepodge

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here, it’s like mother nature has menopause.  Snow on Friday, freeing rain and sleet on Sunday night/Monday morning, and 73 degrees today before a high of 39 and snow on Friday.  Between the weather and my allergy shots today, I am a walking snot factory.  (I just know you wanted to know that.) I think my nose could run for Congress at this point.  I swear, after dinner tonight, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Unfortunately, I was at the movies.  Talk about awkward for those around me.  I felt horrible.  Anyway, it’s Wednesday eve!  Which means if I can stop sneezing long enough (I’ve sneezed seven times since I started typing this post) I get to answer the Hodgepodge questions for the week.
1.  In the USA this coming Sunday millions will be watching as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49’s in the Superbowl.  What was the last event you attended that could be described as super?
I think my perception of super and the perception someone else might have of super can be two different things.  I was at the Newsboys concert in April 2012 when they played at John Paul Jones Arena, I thought that was pretty super.  I spent years at Redskins games, Virginia Tech games, and some of them were super. 
2.  Share something you’re a fan of these days?
I don’t know if it’s “these days” or “still obsessed”.  Show me the Olympic rings, and I am a sucker.  I just finished (last month) watching all the coverage I had Tivo’d from the London Olympics.  And there is less than a year and two weeks until the winter games open in Sochi. . . .
3. How do you feel about wings?  In case anyone is confused, I’m talking the edible appetizer kind.  What’s your preferred seasoning on a wing-hot, mild, teryiaki, sweet and sour, other?  Do you make your own or is there a favorite place you like to go for wings?
Buffalo Wild Wings boneless chicken wings in Thai or Caribbean Jerk.  Food of the gods, and a requirement for every Hokie season opener game.
4.  As long as we’re talking sports today…have you followed the Lance Armstrong story?  Did you watch his interview with Oprah and if so what was your reaction to his confession and subsequent remarks?
I taped the interview, made it through about six minutes before I had to turn it off.  I don’t know how much I believed in his innocence but this humble piety that he is trying to pull off isn’t working for me. 
5.  What’s a question you hate to be asked?
Why aren’t you married?  When are you going to get married?  Why don’t you have another job?  Why haven’t you lost weight?  Don’t you want to be married?  Why aren’t you dating ___?  Take your pick . . . .
6. The coaches in this Sunday’s big game happen to be real life brothers.  Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49er’s and his older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Baltimore Ravens.  Were you and your sibling(s) competitive?  In what way? Are you still?  If you’re an only child how did you handle competition growing up?
Not so much.  We are only two and a half years apart in age, but we were four grades apart in school so there was very little rivalry.  Hatred, maybe.  Desire for control of the remote, sure.  But rivalry?  Not so much that I am aware of anyway. 
7.  What’s your favorite game involving a ball and when did you last play?
I love to watch tennis.  I used to play a lot as a child, but had major knee problems starting in the tenth grade so never got back into it after that.  I played volleyball through college on intramural teams, but also spent four weeks in bed with double immobilizers and couldn’t walk.  I prefer to swim!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Only thirteen sneezes to complete.  Seriously, what is up with this?????

Do you remember when . . . .

This week’s Tuesday’s Topics is to list six different memories.  Which could be anything.  Times in school that were once in a lifetime opportunities.  Times in life that were horrid moments.  When your heart soared.  When your heart was broken.  When you fell in love.  When you got the job.  When you lost the job.  When  you flew on an airplane for the first time.  When you lost someone you loved.  So many opportunities for memories, how do you just pick six?

The Austin Family Diary

  1. Father’s Day 1983:  Two weeks before this day, just after the first of June, my father took my brother and I out for the night.  We were thrilled.  It was only the third time in four years that we had done something with our father.  This night, however, on the way to the movies, we were told that he never should have been a father and he would be moving out.  After the movies, he took us to play miniature golf and expected us to have fun.  Instead, all we could focus on is that we were losing our father.  He moved out on Father’s day.
  2. Christmas 2001:  When my brother was in the army, my cousin N and I saved up and spent a week in California between San Francisco, Carmel Valley, and Big Sur.  I am a scrapbooker.  This trip was in the early days, when I was just starting.  So therefore I saved everything on the trip–ticket stubs, matchbooks, coasters, Alcatraz brochures, etc.  All to go with the photos in my scrapbook when I got back.  It was a few months before I started to work on the book, but I was having fun putting it together.  My roommate at the time (now married to N’s sister) was trying to clean up for a change.  Two days later when I went back to the living room to work on the book, I couldn’t find my souvenirs anywhere.  Come to find out my roommate saw a bag full of stuff and thought it was trash, so he dumped it for pickup the day before.  Everything was gone.  I was heartbroken.  Two months later was Christmas.  My brother gave me this small box, and inside of it was a trolley ticket stub, an Alcatraz ticket stub.  Fliers from Ripley’s.  Coasters from the Irish pub we loved.  A napkin from Ghirardelli square.  A baggage claim stub.  A barf bag from his plane trip home.  That boy had taken the veterans day holiday in November and gone up from Monterey to relive our vacation in a day or less.  He had pulled every souvenir that he could possibly obtain and gift wrapped it for me that year.  Love that boy.  And yes, I may have cried.
  3. April 16, 2007:  It was a Monday.  And more so than on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 (which was the day after I returned from that San Franciso trip mentioned above) it is a day that scarred me.  I wrote a little bit about it in this Hodgepodge (see #3) but it still scarred me.  My birthday was Sunday, and I went to work on Monday in high spirits.  And within a few short minutes my world had changed.  I still have a hard time dealing with it.  I haven’t been back to the campus since that day.  I don’t want to go alone, but I don’t want it to be a trivial visit either.
  4. August 1985:  What is now known as RIC was once known as Byrd Airport.  We used to go there and watch planes take off when we were kids.  What can I say, it was free entertainment.  We’d sit at the window by the cafe and just enjoy.  In August, I was teaching Bible school, and mom was irritating the tar out of me asking about my contact lenses.  Was I wearing them?  Did I have the case?  Did I have my glasses?  Was I sure?  And over and over again.  Good grief.  That Friday we drove to the airport after VBS was over and my brother and I got out of the car and headed towards the terminal.  We heard our mother calling us back, and when we turned around we saw her pulling luggage out of the trunk.  “I thought we should look like tourists this time” she said.  We looked at her like she was bonkers.  But whatever, right?  So we turned around, got the luggage, and then realized that it was full, not empty.  Once we started forward we then saw my father walking out of the terminal.  Then we got really confused.  What on earth was he doing in Richmond?  Well come to find out, dad had been doing a lot of business in Clearwater, Florida.  This time he took us–all of us–with him.  Mom too.  We spent a week in Clearwater, two days at Disney, and it was the first family vacation with all four of us.  Ironic that it was after the four of were any longer a family, but hey.  It was something.
  5. January 28, 1986:  I was in eighth grade.  Andy Long was sent to the Principal’s office because he was acting up in photography class. When he came back, he said that the space shuttle Challenger had blown up.  He was sent back to the Principal’s office for making up stories.  Little did the teacher know . . . .
  6. July 24, 2008:  I have had many jobs in my life.  I have left many, I have gone on, etc.  This is the first time that I was taken by surprise.  I had just finished a huge 4 day festival with 500 people in town for work, and two days later they laid off 55% of the corporate office.  I was the first one to go.  I found another job in a few months and was laid off again on Christmas Eve.  It was to be another year and a half before I found a regular job again.

Career Choices of the Past

I never had the desire to be a fireman, or to be a ballerina, or to be a member of the Peace Corps.  I didn’t always have the luxury of imagining future dreams as I had to always be practical and deal with the reality of day to day.  So this is an interesting list to me.  I don’t know so much if these were the ten things that were career choices from when I was a child or from when I was about 17 and trying to figure out what I wanted to be in life.  Or when I was 30 for that matter–so in that light, here are 10 things that I have considered as a dream profession at one point or another.


  1. Marine Biologist.  This one actually had some traction.  It influenced the colleges I applied for and the courses I took for a few years.  But let’s face it–as much as I loved Biology, it didn’t love me back.  And Organic Chemistry?  Well, we were mortal enemies.
  2. Teacher.  For about six and a half minutes.  I would love to teach English.  I truly would.  But I would want to teach it to high school or early college students.  The only problem is that I want to teach it to kids who wanted to be there, not indifferent ones that did not.  So although I have a degree in English, American History, and Child Development–I am not a teacher.
  3. A medical/hospital administrator.  I thought I would work for a year or two after college and then go back to school for nursing administration.  Reality set in and prevented this one.
  4. A wife and mom.  I always thought I’d have five or six kids by the time I was 30.  So far I’m ten years late and five or six kids behind.  Not to mention single.
  5. A book editor.  As much as I love to read, this one would be a no brainer.  I would love to read books for a living.  Good books.  Bad books.  Any books. And with a red pencil to mark grammatical mistakes.
  6. Costumer.  I love the theater.  Have worked in the theater.  Have done costume work.  Even worked as a union member and got to work backstage as tours came through town.  Was even offered a non-union tour of Oliver! about three weeks before I finished college, and I turned it down because I knew that if I didn’t finish school I never would.  Still it is an awesome life, and a great deal of fun.
  7. Corporate trainer.  I actually did this for a while, and then the recession hit.  What’s the first thing trimmed from the budget? Training costs.
  8. Wedding and event coordinator.  I did this for a time too.  Thoroughly loved it.  Didn’t want to be 50 and cleaning tables after drunk bridesmaids and hammered guests.  Still, great fun, and especially weddings.  So much fun to be able to bring every wish, however unrealistic they may be, to fruition.
  9. Artisan.  I don’t care how, but it still would be great to be paid to be artistic for a living.
  10. Board game tester.  This has to be the most awesome job in the world.  To find new games and test them for various companies and just PLAY for a living!

Observing the social niceities

Good morning!  It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for the

Sunday Social

Church this morning and the kids after, then a nice chat in the car before coming home to frantically clean before dinner.  But you know I hate that, so I’m doing Sunday Social instead!

This Weeks Questions:

What is your ideal way to relax: On the couch, dog at my feet, knitting while watching tv

Where is your favorite place to be: Lately?  At home.  I know that’s trite, but it’s true.  There are other times where I love to be on the flying field, eyes to the sky, with lots of nylon and string.  At the beach, lying in the warm sand with anchors flying pretties in the sky.  Stroking through the chlorinated water at the pool.  On a plane off to a far away adventure and new experience.  But at the end of the day, I want to be at home.

Who do you consider your biggest role model: I really need to find one, I guess.  There are women in the church–both older and younger than I–that I admire and respect.  There are people in my life that I think are virtuous and honorable and I hope that I can be considered the same by someone.  But I don’t know that I have ever really considered anyone as a role model of what I want to be, maybe more of what I want to avoid?

What does your life look like in 3 years? Probably a lot like it looks now.  Still continuing education through work, job going well, starting to climb out of debt.  With any luck I’ll have had more than one dinner date with someone who I consider relationship worthy and who hopefully thinks of me the same.

If you could go back and change one decision what would it be? Having the confidence and knowledge to say no where I said yes out of fear

What is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far? Making it day by day, and not giving up no matter what the circumstances or the temptation to do otherwise would be.

Hodgepodge #110

I couldn’t think of a more interesting title.  I know.  Sad.  Blame it on the subzero temperatures outside (and the 40 degrees inside my house when I got home).  This week, our lovely hostess at is feeling a bit under the weather–and is on complete vocal rest.  Bless her heart.  I couldn’t survive.  Hang in there, and feel better soon!

  1. The popular saying, ‘All is fair in love and war’ is originally credited to English writer John Lyly.  Is he right?
    I’m thinking no.  There is too much room for hurt and mistakes.  However, I am a big believer in “All’s fair on game night”.  I am fiercely competitive–checkers, Fluxx, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, you name it. 
  2. Are you a cereal eater?  What’s your favorite kind?
    Every morning.  Every single morning.  I make my own, actually.  Oatmeal, craisins (or other dried fruit), coconut, almonds, honey, and a few other things.  I belong to BJ’s and my mother belongs to Costco–she has to get the oatmeal for me because BJ’s only carries the quick-cook kind, and I don’t like them.  She has not been in a while, so I had to cave and buy Golden Grahams the other day.  I forgot how enjoyable they can be!
  3. A five year old in Pennsylvania was recently given a ten day school suspension for talking with a friend about shooting one another with a Hello Kitty Bubble gun (the gun blows bubbles).  She did not have the gun with her at school.  A psychological evaluation was also ordered and the incident was recorded on her permanent record.  The suspension was later reduced to two days and her parents are suing to have the incident removed from her file. Your thoughts?  (If you missed the story click here for details).
    Insane.  I grew up with cap guns and water pistols.  We played cops and robbers at recess.  I use a gun-style nozzle for my water hose in the backyard.  I realize there is a hyper-sensitivity after the occurrence in Connecticut.  And there should be.  But bubbles?  Look, my family hunts.  I grew up around guns.  I don’t care for them, but they are a common presence in my life.  When I was in second grade Mitchell Anthony took his uncle’s pistol to school for show and tell.  After the infamous words of “it’s not loaded” he shot a chunk out of the linoleum floor six centimeters from my left foot.  I went to Virginia Tech.  My freshman year I lived in room 4054 of West Ambler-Johnston hall, along with 893 other residents.  I loved my experience at school.  Inspired the name of the blog, even.  And then six years ago, the day after my birthday, on April 16, 2007, in room 4054 of West Ambler-Johnston Hall Seung-Hui Cho began what was the worst school shooting in history.  I was really messed up for awhile after that.  Couldn’t watch the news, couldn’t talk about it, would only watch the Food Network while I was at home.  But even after all that happened I never felt that guns should be outlawed and destroyed.  I never felt that others couldn’t own them.  I never felt that Hello Kitty’s bubble maker was something that would cause a five year old kindergartener to get a ten day suspension from school.
  4. Whatever happened to _____________________?
    Michael Schoeffling.  Let’s face it.  Hank Steuver had it right when he said that Jake Ryan has ruined an entire generation of men for women.  Read his article here.  If you’re between the ages of 35-45 you know this is true.  I cannot tell you how many times I have forwarded this article to women my age.
  5. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, billed as a day to reacquaint yourself with a pen and pencil.  Do you like your handwriting? Do you prefer to print or write in cursive?  This date was chosen because it’s the birth date of John Hancock. What’s the last thing you signed your name to?
    Most days I like my handwriting.  I tend to like it more early in the morning and less by the end of the day after fatigue sets in.  I prefer to write in a cursive/print hybrid, mostly cursive letters.  I prefer ink, any color but black (which is the ONLY color I am allowed to use at work.  Blech.)  On the occasion I use pencils I must have them freshly sharpened and with an eraser.  I signed my name on some paperwork I submitted at work today.  I sign my name several times a day!
  6. Speaking of John Hancock…ever been to Philadelphia?  Do you have any desire to visit the city of Brotherly Love?
    I have.  I didn’t get a chance to play tacky tourist while I was there, though, we were visiting friends and really didn’t leave the house much.  I would love to go back and do the touristy thing!
  7. Share something funny you’ve heard a child say.
    One of my closest friends is from upstate New York and has two girls in elementary school.  She and her husband have tried to curtail their salty language, but are not always successful.  They have instituted a swear jar, and must put change in it whenever they are guilty of a transgression.  Their youngest daughter, now in first grade, found a dime on the floor in the kitchen while mom was doing laundry.  She picked up the dime, said, “mom look! I found a dime!”.  Then she got really serious and looked at the dime.  Then she looked at the jar.  Then she looked at the dime.  Then she said, “SHIT!” in as forceful a manner as she could, walked over to the swear jar, put the dime in, and walked away with a big grin on her face.
  8. Insert your own random thought here.
    I have many random thoughts today.  1)  It is FREEZING in my house.  I have the heat on, but I have a 60 year old house.  It runs on electric baseboard heat.  And when it is 20 degrees outside like it is right now the baseboard heaters don’t work so well.  2) I have a puppy.  Well, a two year old puppy.  Well, a 26 month old pit bull/lab mix.  I adore him.  He loves to dig holes in the yard and eat my shoes.  That I don’t like so much.  On Sunday morning I woke up and heard him eating his bone.  Only it wasn’t his bone.  It was my brand new pair of glasses.  I had them on the bathroom counter.  Little bugger jumped up, got them, and pulverized the right lens.  And though I didn’t pay for them (neighbor was a rep for the frame company, uncle is an optometrist so I only paid for the lenses) it still irks me that he CHEWED MY GLASSES.  Replacements have been ordered, but still!  First new pair in eight years and he ATE THEM!  3) I really have to do laundry.  I am coming up with creative things to wear to work because I haven’t had the desire to wash clothes.  I must change this.  Really.  Or else I’m going to have to wear a sports bra and a pair of pajama pants to work in the morning!

A first for us here at home

Usually I have the heat in my house set on 55.

Yes, you read that correctly, 55.

An old house, electric baseboard heat.  I usually just have to turn on the living room heater so that it’s on.  Lowest possible setting.  55.  And then I wear shorts for the rest of the day because it is quite hot.

Not tonight.

Tonight, it is 20 degrees outside.  I think it is a balmy 60 inside my house.  And my teeth are chattering.  You know how once one part of you gets cold it’s impossible to get warm?  For some people it’s hands.  For others, it’s feet.  For me?  It’s the small of my back.  I will have chill bumps all over my self.  And right now, that’s about the whole of it.  I even turned on the bedroom baseboard heater.  It’s the first time all year.  Granted, the year is only 22 days old, but still.  Crazy.  I don’t think I used it all last winter, and probably not the winter before either.

Now, I have the heat in the living room set at 75.  And I just can’t get warm!

Best Game Night Ever!

I tried to write a pithy intro paragraph, but at this point, who needs to?  It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s Tuesday Topics.  Seven people you’d like to meet.  I first inferred from this it’s seven famous people you’d like to meet.  Otherwise, the list would be pretty short.  But I can think of a few people who are not on the paparazzo daily charting list, so they’re on here too.  (Disclaimer: All photos are screen caps from

The Austin Family Diary

    1. Wil Wheaton.  I’m obsessed with Tabletop and have discovered new games, plus he just seems like he’d be a hoot.  Plus he appears to have an awesome relationship with his equally cool appearing wife so she can come too.
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    2. If Wil comes, Nathan Fillion has to too.  After all, they ran on the same ticket.
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    3. Maureen O’Hara.  She just seems fascinating.  I loved her autobiography, Tis Herself.
      Tis Herself
    4. When my grandma moved into an assisted living facility over a year ago, she moved from a house she had lived in for thirty years to a 200 square foot room.  Downsizing is an understatement.  One of the quirks that always cracked me up was she would shop at yard sales and find great photo frames, and hang them on the wall.  Complete with original photos or photos of other people’s families.  So we would make up stories about them.  Imagine my surprise when it turns out some of them were actual relatives.  I was close with my great-grandma.  She died when she was 100 1/2 and I was 13.  I never knew her husband, he died when my grandma was 2.  The people in these photos are her and her husband, her mother, and her mother’s parents (My great-grandma’s great-grandma!).  Considering my granny was born in 1886, and the great great great’s were tintypes with surprisingly little damage, aren’t these photos cool?  They might not be the best at the party games, but they’d be great at the “in my day . . . ” stories!
      Granny and husband

      Granny and husband

      Granny's mom

      Granny’s mom

      Granny's Great Grandma

      Granny’s Great Grandma

      Granny's Great grandpa

      Granny’s Great grandpa

    5. Lauren Graham.  She is a Virginia girl, after all, and in interviews she appears to be someone that I’d have an absolute blast with.
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    6. Anjelah Johnson.  Aside from the fact that her husband is Manwell Reyes, who is in Group 1 Crew which is an AMAZING band, she is so hysterically funny.  You might know her from MadTV, you might know her as Bon Qui Qui or the girl who works in your nail salon.  Regardless, anyone who is that funny has to be a lot of fun to hang around.
    7. Joss Whedon.  Because who doesn’t.
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The advantages of living in an old house . . . .

My house was built in 1950.  The closets are miniscule.  Seriously, they’re about a hanger width deep, and less than an arms width wide.  I have storage under the bed, boxes randomly placed, and all kinds of things pigeon holed throughout the house to try and find storage.  So this week’s Monday Listicles is going to be an interesting exercise as I try to list 10 things in my closet–that aren’t clothes!  We’re going to have to go around the house . . . .


  1. My bedroom closet: a Johnny Jump Up.  When my best friend was pregnant with her first, she lived in an apartment that didn’t have molding around the doorways.  I think her oldest could have spent three days straight in this thing.  He loved it.  (Image not mine, pulled from Amazon page).  Someone gave me this, and it has been loaned out, returned, and well used over the last three years.
  2. My bedroom closet: unused dry cleaning express drop off bags
  3. Living Room left: a dresser full of yarn.  Seriously, it’s a problem.
  4. Living room left: sewing machines
  5. Living room right: shoes
  6. Living room right: belly dancing skirts
  7. Back bedroom: regifting shelf.  Don’t lie.  You have one too somewhere.  Bath item sets, picture frames, etc.
  8. Back bedroom: baby shower decorations.
  9. Back bedroom: fireproof safebox
  10. All closets: Miscellaneous collection of dog hair and dust that has drifted in on hardwood floors.  Molly Maids I am NOT.

Last new Linkup, I promise! It’s Sunday Social!


Since by now you know the deal (I’ve only done a ton since January 1), here’s the latest (and last!):

Sunday Social

This Week’s Questions: All about 3′s

Top 3 Favorite Kinds of Food: hearty soups, Thai, Southern Comfort food (surprisingly hard to find things that are kinds of food and not individual dishes)

First 3 Things you do in the morning: Let the dog out, use the bathroom, turn on Good Morning America.

Last 3 Things you do at night: Let the dog out, use the bathroom, brush my teeth.

3 TV shows you NEVER miss: This week?  Scandal, The Big Bang Theory, and (heaven help me) The Real Housewives of Atlanta

3 Places you want to visit: Brazil, India, Russia

3 People you can always count on: Beth, Eric, Caroline.  And a few others that I could have put here.  I have been blessed with some of my friendships.

Why I Choose Homeschooling

When I was a kid, it was only the kids that were unable to socialize properly that were homeschooled.  I think I knew two, a brother sister pair, and I had heard rumors of the other local families that did.  And it was always done in hushed tones, because they were kids that were different, kids that had a problem, and homeschooling was the last option available to them.

Now, over twenty years later, I can’t even begin to count the number of people I know that homeschool their children.  Families with one child, families with four children.  Actually, come to think of it, lots of families with four children for some reason.  Families with more than just their own being homeschooled.  Families that like the free structure homeschooling provides and the flexibility to pursue the individual interests of the family and the child.

Now, were I to have children, I’d homeschool in a hot minute.  Of course, while I’m being honest, I also want the husband that supports me and that makes enough money that we can comfortably afford for me to not work and stay at home with children.  And while I’m having a fantasy life it would also be ten years ago so that I’d be 30 not 40 making these predictions.  But hey, since I”m getting all hypothetical . . . .

I would love the opportunity.  I would welcome the chance to stay at home with my kids and have a hand in their cognitive development that most people don’t get to experience.  I would gladly participate in the co-op so that my kids would benefit from the art teacher that gives lessons, the hiking guide that works with various nature and science opportunities.  I would relish the fact that timing would be on the pace for the kids and the one that works best for our family structure.

But most of all?  I love the fact that the whole thing can be done without an alarm clock.  That the schedule is set to what works best for you.  That you can wake up in the morning sometime after 6am and still get your day accomplished.  That you don’t have to wake up two hours before the sun rises to get people ready and to get in a classroom before dawn.

Selfish?  Yes.  But it’s the brutal honest truth.

Crashing Another Link Party

So since I started doing the Wednesday Hodgepodge, I discovered Monday Listicles.  I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them.  Once I started clicking on the other links, I discovered there is a whole world out there of random link party topics.  So I’ve now dedicated to a Tuesday list as well, just two weeks and two days late.  I’m joining on week eight, but here are the Tuesday Topics!

The Austin Family Diary

There’s a part of me that likes that I know the next seven weeks ahead of time.  Just in case I get snowed in and need something to do.  You know, like avoiding housework.  Again.

But here’s this week’s list!  Eight TV shows.  Sadly, it was hard to get down to just eight.  So–fair warning–I might cheat a little bit.  But here are the ones that I am currently obsessed with in no particular order.  The only rule I had is that they had to still be showing or awaiting the next season. Continue reading

Wintery Mix of Hodgepodge

It’s time for the weekly link up!  Here we go . . . .
  1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen’s English…here’s the list for 2013-fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, yolo (an acronym for you only live once), spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, and guru.  Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen.
    Yolo.  Because I believe in grammar.  Because I believe that you should take the time to write.  Because every time I see it in a Facebook post I have to go look it up because I forget what it means.
  2. When was the last time you rode a train?  Where did you go?
    I think it was when we took a day trip to NYC.  So maybe April 2011?  We left here at 6am, had a friend get on in Philly, and were in NYC in time to see The Normal Heart matinee.  Took a quick trip around 30 Rock, went to dinner, and then caught the evening show of The Book of Mormon. 
  3. Bagels-yay or nay?  Favorite ‘flavor’?  Favorite topping?
    Yes.  What kind of question is this?  Of course, yes.  Schmear.  I’m not saying I wouldn’t still go through the Krispy Kreme drive through, but there is nothing wrong with a good bagel!
  4. ‘Tis the season of awards shows…if you could star in a movie already made which one would you choose?
    This question makes up for the previous one.  Oh so many.  Now that Les Mis has been made I could be Madame Thenardier.  Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame.  Sister Hubert in Nunsense.  Ouiser in Steel Magnolias.  I love those quirky supporting roles.
  5. The move towards single gender classrooms has been making the news in recent months….what say you?  Do you think kids perform better if separated by gender and are taught differently or is that discrimination?  If you’re a parent, is this something you’d support in regard to your own children?
    I don’t have children, so it’s hard to answer.  I see the benefit for the single gender classrooms, as you can eliminate some of the issues.  Yet new ones appear.  In the interest of fairness, and to make sure the same curriculum as the opposite gender, the same teachers should teach both classes.  Just swap out.
  6. What’s your favorite thing about staying in a hotel?
    Clean Towels. Every day. I will sleep on the same sheets to stay green, but I want new towels. 
  7. Do you have a ‘word’ for 2013?  What’s the story behind your choice?
    Not really.  My language skills are fairly developed.
  8. Insert your own random thought here.
    The news is currently on in the background.  And they are once again showing clips from something Barack Obama has said.  You know, he is a very charismatic speaker, regardless of your politics.  But I want a dollar for every time he says “uh” and pauses in his speeches.  I would be able to pay off my student loans and credit card bills by the State of the Union. 

There is just NO WAY to choose just ten!

Okay, I just can’t choose ten.  I scrolled back to an old Facebook meme where we were challenging people to guess the movie quote and copied them here.  Come to find out some of the ones I included on my Monday Listicles were also listed there.  (Must truly be favorites!)  But let’s play along . . . See if you can name the movie these come from (I have removed those in the Listicles!):

  1. “I’m afraid I walked in on your guest in his state of nature. I fear that I have outraged his sense of propriety.”
  2. “At the beep, please leave your name, number, and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man’s existential dilemma, and we’ll get back to you.”
  3. “You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: make sure when your shift is over you go home alive. Here endeth the lesson.”
  4. “Goodbye Porpoise Spit!”
  5. “As you know, that was a done deal long ago. Unless, of course, Claudia Schiffer calls, in which case I want you out of the house straight away, you wee motherless mongrel.”
  6. “Well, here’s all you need to know. Classes: nothing before eleven. Beer: it’s your best friend, you drink a lot. Women? You’re a freshman, so it’s pretty much out of the question. Will you have a car?”
  7. “In fact, I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.”
  8. “I tried to kill myself with a Lady Bic. A pink plastic razor with daisies on it and a moisturizing strip.”
  9. “We were told to comb the desert so we’re combing it.”
  10. “This, for instance, is under ‘H’ for “toy.””
  11. “You are drunk, and when you are drunk you forget that I am in charge!”
  12. “Sixteen years ain’t gonna be long enough. Hell, I wouldn’t care so much if there hadn’t been so many things I haven’t done yet. So many damn things I ain’t seen or done.”
  13. “All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die.”
  14. “Look Charles, I gotta do this. If I don’t, I’ll be nothing. I’ll end up like my neighbor Ricky Smith. He just sits around crocheting all day and snorting nasal spray.”
  15. “Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
  16. “We need each other. Words and Music.”
  17. “Toe pick!”
  18. “Galaxy Glue, Galaxy Glue! What would you do without Galaxy Glue?”
  19. “Smiling’s my Favorite” “Make work your favorite”
  20. “I don’t have time for a grudge match with every poser in a parka!”
  21. ” I killed the President of Paraguay with a fork, how’ve you been?”
  22. “Whoa, lady, I only speak two languages, English and bad English.”
  23. “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes. “
  24. “Your highlights go green if you leave them in too long, love.” “How long’s too long?” “About now. “
  25. “Un-congratulations, you’re definitely having a baby.” “Un-thank you.”
  26. “I swear on my bus pass.”
  27. “You feel like callin’ some dinosaurs?” “I thought I might give ’em a holler.”
  28. “I call it Action Jackson, after Jackson Pollock. I am SO getting an A.”
  29. “Don’t knock the ice capades, it was a very good living!”
  30. “Well I had enough, so I said when.”
  31. “Looks like a LOOOONG afternoon of SEGA!”
  32. “Who are they, ma?” “Beats me. Hooligans is what they are.”
  33. “And when were you hoping to dine with us?” “Two years from tomorrow.”
  34. “Shama shama elma commama!”
  35. “Even if, you know, even if we never talk again after tonight, please know that I am forever changed because of who you are and what you’ve meant to me, which – while I do appreciate it – I’d never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.”
  36. “Looks like it’s gonna be a two-on-one, a menage a trois of pain.” “Usually you pay double for that kind of action, Cotton.”
  37. “Anybody see ‘Battle of the 80’s Has-Beens’ last night? That Debbie Gibson can take a punch.”
  38. “Bear left.” “Right, frog.”
  39. “Kat, such a good girl. Where did we go wrong with her sister Daisy?”
  40. “I know this is wrong, but do you ever wonder if she just made the whole thing up? I mean, it’s a pretty good one. It’s not like anyone can ever use virgin birth as an excuse again.”
  41. “At least I taught her full Indian dinner, the rest is up to God.”
  42. “Didn’t you take economics? You could have had me for $49.95.”
  43. “You don’t buy black lingerie unless you want someone to see it. “
  44. “I feel like I’m babysitting, except I’m not getting paid.”
  45. “Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.”
  46. “What are you giving him drugs for? What the hell are Pirin tablets?” “It’s aspirin with the “A” and the “S” scraped off.”
  47. “The school gets taken over by terrorists and I’m still on pots and pans.”

You know, I tried hard to make it a list of 50.  I just couldn’t do it off the top of my head.  So for now, here are an additional 47 movie quotes.  A Million theoretical points to whoever guesses the most.  I’ll link the answers here once I get them typed in.  Here is the link for the answers!  Enjoy!

How do you just choose ten????

I think I’m going to enjoy being a part of the Monday Listicles group.  Last week I struggled to think of ways that I was stubborn and refused to change in 2013.  This week, I have to struggle to keep it to just 10!  My criteria for answering was that it had to be one that I use regularly with m

y friends or family, and one that always makes me smile whenever I hear it.  So without delay, here are

10 best movie quotes

  1. Two bits, four bits, six bits, a peso. All for Zorro, stand up and say so! ~Zorro, the Gay Blade
  2. I stole the baby from you, Daikini! While you were taking a peepee!  ~Willow
  3. “I want peace on earth and goodwill toward men.” “We are the United States Government! We don’t do that sort of thing!”  ~Sneakers
  4. I don’t believe in hell. I believe in UNEMPLOYMENT, but not hell. ~Tootsie
  5. I would like a nice, powerful, mind-altering substance. Preferably one that will make my unborn children grow gills. ~Party Girl
  6. We made a deal when I was seven and a half. Night life was The Muppet Show! ~Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  7. “Well, it wouldn’t hurt you to learn some manners, too.” “What do I need manners for? I already got me a wife.” ~Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  8. Y’all, I’m wild. I guess I’ve been wild all along, I just never knew it. ~Shag
  9. Whip me, beat me, take away my charge cards! ~Space Camp
  10. “I’m going to try an old trick.” “What’s the trick?” “Push it, really hard” ~While You Were Sleeping

And because it was really hard to stop at ten, here are two honorable mentions:

  1. I hope not sporadically! ~Clueless
  2. I have never worn pantyhose but it sounds very dangerous. ~The Princess Diaries

The Year I Turn 40 Update #1

So.  On January 1 I wrote this, which expressed my desire to be more thrifty.  Here is how I have done in the last ten days:

  • I have not bought a pizza.  It took me forever to finish the leftovers from the one that I bought on New Year Eve (last year–doesn’t count!).  Just about the time I finished, I went out with mom for our should-have-been-on-January-1-but-now-it’s-January-5 movie (Silver Linings Playbook if you’re interested).  She had a Groupon for Extreme Pizza that was about to expire.  I love their salads so I said sure, sounds good.  Only it was good for two side salads and a huge-sized pizza.  Which means that over half of it came home with me.  Tonight I am FINALLY finished eating it.  So I haven’t paid for pizza, but I have eaten a gobsmackingly enormous amount of it.
  • I haven’t cancelled my gym membership yet.  I have, however, had the tab for the gym open on my work computer for a week so that the directions on how to cancel my membership are handy.
  • I have bought milk this week.  No other grocery runs.  I ate out three times, but one of those meals was free so I’m not too concerned about it.  I’m eating out again tomorrow night, but I have a $25 gift certificate.  At home, I’m still eating that pizza for lunch.  I have had butter chicken for a week and a half, I think I have one serving left.  And three nights this week I have had Annie’s Homegrown Shells and Cheese.  So maintaining that 2x a week out thing.  And tired of mac and cheese.  And knowing that somewhere in my future there will probably be a meal of dill pickle spears as I work on cleaning out the fridge.
  • I really need to work on this coping strategy known as avoidance.  I haven’t opened my mail in weeks (months?) and just pay bills as I think of it.  I’m off now to sort through the madness and get all 2012 filed away . . . .  And then probably cry myself to sleep.