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 fromthissideofthepond.com 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!
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10 thoughts on “Hodgepodge #110

  1. I had to read the Jake article. I’m a little older, but love the movie and I get what the author is saying. Thanks for sharing your Va Tech history…you bring a perspective most people don’t have.

  2. Stopping by from the Hodgepodge. I got a chuckle out of your first answer-I’m rather competitive as well. I want to WIN!
    Wow- #2 hit home for you too closely. =( Glad that over time, you’ve “recovered” (?) from it. Sorry if that isn’t the right word.
    Hope you have a good day!

  3. We have 2 older dogs (13 and 5) and I really don’t miss the puppy stage. They sure are cute, but, oh, the destruction they can cause!

  4. My husband and I were just discussing what the heat is set on 😉 I don’t mind the cold but like you said when it is 20 out and the house isn’t well insulated…brrr. We usually keep it at 62 but the past couple of mornings I’ve been cranking it up to get the baseboards warm. Stay warm 🙂

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