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!