Just Taking a Moment

and answering this week’s Hodgepodge questions while I wait for my dinner to finish cooking.  Trying a new recipe tonight, I needed to use up a lot of cilantro before I lost it in the heat and some chicken I had in the freezer.  We’ll see how it tastes . . . .

1. What question do you often ask yourself?
What am I doing?  I ask myself all this time.  What am I doing?  WHAT am I DOing?  Sarcastically, metaphorically, hypothetically, and literally.  All forms of delivery apply to this question.

2. Do you grow roses? What’s your favorite color of rose?  Ever been given a dozen roses?  Where was the prettiest rose or rose garden you remember seeing?
No, I do not.  I’d like to, but I have always heard that roses are notoriously picky to grow.  So I have an aloe plant.  I bought some fuschia’s for my front and back planters this year.  If I can manage to make those survive then I might move on to something more impressive.  Like a hosta.  Favorite color?  Probably the peach ones, though the yellow or stripey ones are good too.  Been given a dozen a few times, but not in a LOOOOOONG time.  I used to work at a botanical garden, though, and loved to walk around and see all the lovelies in bloom–roses, daffodils, lilies, asters, you name it.  Tons of pretties!

3. Do you read the freshness dates on grocery store products?  Will you use eggs past their ‘use by’ date?  Take medication that’s expired? Buy a dented can?
It’s funny.  Yes, I do read the freshness dates.  And I am fanatical about getting the most recent milk, etc.  And milk I will drink long before the date on the carton.  But eggs?  Yes, I use them LONG past their due date.  Never taste any different to me.  And by long past I mean like almost by months.  I am allergic to eggs, so I can buy a half dozen and have them last for forever–depends on how much I’m baking.  I do have this awesome bread pudding recipe that calls for seven eggs plus another three yolks.  And it is the best tasting stuff in the world.  Sorry, random.  Medication–I will take it if it’s expired, but not by much more than a year.  I don’t take meds much, though, so I was cleaning out a cabinet and found a bunch of samples that were given to me when I was in college.  In 1993.  Or from when I had the flu, and it turned into meningitis.  In 1998.  Yeah, had a huge bag full of random stuff.  

4. Should athletes be role models?
Oooooh, good question.  You know, the great ones always have been.  There is always one that came before, and if there wasn’t one that came before there was one that inspired.  Today’s basketball stars looked to Michael Jordan.  Michael Jordan looked to players that played before him like Larry Bird.  And I think that if you’re going to choose a profession that has a public persona job function, then you need to be ready to accept that responsibility.  No one looks at a washing machine repair man and thinks that is the best job on the planet.  They may look at the man, however, and think that “this is a man who works hard, who does the job to the best of his ability, who cares about the legacy and impression he leaves behind, and who is proud of the work he has done at the end of the day.  That’s who I want to be.”  And at the end of the day, isn’t that what being a responsible human being is all about?

5. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first explorers to reach the top of Mt. Everest on this date (May 29) back in 1953. What’s something you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
I am never good at these questions, as I am always so focused on the immediate.  Right now?  It’s to pass my Series 7 exam.  On the first go.  Far reaching goals?  Pay off debt.  Leave a legacy in the children I teach.  Be remembered as a God loving woman who did the best she was able.

6. What would you do if you had twenty acres of land and the money to develop it any way you choose?
A garden over about a half to full acre.  A house of about 2000 square feet, all one level, designed to

7. If I invite you to a party with a 7 PM start time, what time will I actually see you there?
Around 7pm.  Then again it depends on the type of party.  An open house?  Probably around 8.  But for the most part if I invite you to be at the house at 7 then I expect you at 7.  The two girls that I have dinner with every Sunday are so late it drives me nuts.  We used to meet at 6 every week, but they were showing up at 620, 630, 645 . . . and it’s hard to plan dinner when you don’t know when people are showing up, not to mention we were eating around 8 since I had to wait until they got here to finish up cooking.  So we moved it to 5.  Still show up around 515, 530 . . . but at least dinner isn’t so late.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Finished dinner.  More like a soup than I anticipated.  And if you were to take out the pinto beans and rice and add chickpeas and hominy, it’s pretty dang similar to the chicken tortilla soup I already make, just with more cilantro.  And really, how can you go wrong with more cilantro.  Which reminds me: did you know it might actually be a genetic predisposition to like or not like cilantro? I never did understand people who don’t like it, but at least now they have an excuse!

Photo Op

I don’t usually post photos of myself on this site.  For that matter, I don’t usually post photos of other people on this site.  Mostly because this blog has never been about other people, and rarely even about me at the beginning.  I don’t do this for sponsorship, I don’t do this for fame or fortune.  I do this for me, and so I have something to look back in the years to come and reminisce.  So finding nine photos might be a bit hard, just bear with me and we’ll see how many I get! Continue reading

Attempting to be Sociable

Sunday Social Happy Sunday Social time!

This Weeks Questions:

Best Summer memory as a kid? See yesterday’s post.  Between that and the annual trips to Nags Head where we had seven people in a one room efficiency, priceless memories.

Favorite summer drink?  Sweet Tea

Favorite Summer TV show? Summer for me is a marathon of USA shows-Covert Affairs, Suits, Royal Pains, Burn Notice

Best outdoor summer activity? Hammock sitting

Summer vacation essentials? A loaded kindle and a pocket full of cash to stop at the vegetable stand on the way down to the beach

Official Start to Summer

Today I got to reenact one of my favorite memories from my childhood–the annual trek to the local berry farm and strawberry picking with family.  I’ve gotten older, the berry farm has changed locations, and it’s my family-by-choice instead of my family-by-birth, but the feeling is the same.  Go early, ride the hayride, watch the younguns have a blast, and eat strawberries straight off the vine warmed by the sun.  Feed the rabbits, bounce in the bouncy house, play in the giant corn pit.

This year it was B and her boys (NoMH opted out), and C and her girls.  The girls thought it was a riot, and the boys–once they got the concept of ‘pick the red ones only’–loved it.  Little J-bug especially, at 2, who was my companion for most of the morning.  He’d make a beeline for a berry, grab it in his fist and yank it off the vine, drop it in my bucket.  Stare at it a minute, then pick it back up, pluck off the green tops, and shove it in his mouth whole.  B loved it too–got his own box, and picked about a dozen before he became more interested in ‘helping’ others and eating his own.  Well, that, and playing in the dirt.

I kept thinking of all the times I used to go to the Ashland Berry Farm with my Papa.  Always in May, no earlier than Mother’s Day weekend and no later than Memorial Day, and picking until my tongue was puckered and my fingers were stained bright red.  And what a lovely memory that was for us.  I just hope these boys and girls grow up remember the same.  That they don’t remember the very windy morning, the long ride, the crankiness, the eighty-leven trips to a latrine, but instead remember that they got to ride a tractor, went on a hayride, and enjoy the experience. Continue reading

Trying to remember to be a hodgepodge regular!

I am trying, really I am.  But around the first of April I got out of the habit for my weekly linkups, and for some reason I’m really struggling trying to get them done now.  I like doing them, as it makes me sit still for a few minutes, think a bit, commit pieces of myself to permanence, but I’m finding that I keep dropping the ball.  So have patience, I really do want to keep it up!

1.  It’s National Bike Week…do you own a bicycle?  When did you last ride a bike?
I do own one.  I have a mountain bike in the garage.  No, wait a minute, I don’t.  I gave it to goodwill.  I used to ride all the time as a kid and loved it.  But I bet it’s been about 20 years since I have ridden one outside of the cardio room at the gym. 

2. What’s something you learned in school that wasn’t part of the curriculum?
That people can be horribly mean, including family.  That things aren’t always fair.  That being different isn’t always better.  Horrible lessons to learn, but they’re the ones I remember.

3. What’s a food you’ve never tried, but would like to try?  What’s a food you’ve tried, and will never try again?
I love trying new things.  To try to find something specific that I wanted to try and haven’t yet, I checked out the Food Challenge app on Facebook.  Except there are only about ten things I haven’t tried–things like blood sausage, haggis, and head cheese.  No thank you.  But I love to try new things.  I like ethnic stuff, but it’s hard to order at a restaurant when you’ve never had it before in case you don’t like it.  So instead, I’m saying I want to try a new Indian restaurant.  They have a buffet, so you can try a bunch of stuff and figure out what you want and what you don’t.  As far as foods I’ve tried and never will again, it is really more common stuff instead of stuff like frog legs and alligator.  I love that stuff.  The stuff I can’t stand is stuff like cabbage.  Grapefruit.  Meatloaf.  Liver.  Gizzards. 

4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less?  Why?  Do you think that’s a good trend?
I’d like to say more, but I can’t.  More critical of myself is probably more accurate.

5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain?
Malificent from Sleeping Beauty is pretty darn awesome.  Severus Snape (well, really Alan Rickman as Severus Snape) was pretty good too. 

6. How concerned are you about identity theft?
If I had more to steal, I might be concerned.  I try to be diligent, but it’s difficult given the amount of information out there. 

7. I saw this last question on Dawn’s blog and asked if I could share.  Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this…would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?
An ordinary home.  That you make extraordinary through memories and personalization. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
There are so many things I should be doing.  Vacuuming.  Cleaning up the plethora of dog hair I’m sure has accumulated.  Folding laundry.  Instead I’m watching a taped airing of Frequency starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel and trying to catch up on my Hodgepodge!

Listy McListerson

Welcome to the next round of Tuesday Topics!  Here is the new lineup:

Life. Love.Lauren

Which means that this week I’m listing ten things that make me happy.  Simple things, really, but here we go!

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis.  Must be minis, must be refrigerated, and must be eaten in groups of four.
  2. Hammock sitting.
  3. Reading a great book while hammock sitting.
  4. Kite flying.
  5. Actually being able to grow tomatoes and not have the squirrels eat them all.
  6. Levi ThePuppyDog.
  7. Being gainfully employed.
  8. Fresh bedsheets.
  9. A great sermon at church.
  10. The fact that B’s youngest, J, is old enough now to not just recognize me as someone he knows but as someone he can get excited to see.  And he comes running whenever I’m walking into a room.  His older brother is sometimes too old to get excited about Aunt Kelly, so I cherish these days!


Anyone else a fan of Sky High?  I took my godsons to see this movie in the theaters and have loved it ever since.  Plus, bonus: Bruce Campbell!  His turn as Coach Boomer aka Sonic Boom gave this week’s title.  Yes, I’m a middle aged woman and I love tween movies.  It’s a sickness.

My favorite roles in movies or TV shows have always been the ones that were the character parts, or the quirky people.  There are a few exceptions, but were I ever to get a ton of talent, a size four body, and a big case of narcissism these are the parts that I would want to play.  I feel like the quirky person is usually the supporting role, but sometimes the interesting one is also the lead.  Oh, and they’re all women.  If I had to pick overall leads, men and women, I’d be here all day!

10 Favorite Female Characters in Movies or TV Continue reading