Did I freeze to death?

No.  Well, not yet anyway.  My house was a balmy 77 degrees yesterday so I turned the heat off.  Go figure.  Almost two feet of snow on the ground and I walk into a sauna.  Forgot that I had done so though until I came home from work today and it was a much milder 46 inside thanks to the cooler day we had.  I’m currently shivering while I wait for the house to heat up again.

So I’m blaming the fact that I forgot it was Wednesday on temperature adjustments.  But Wednesday is good, it means I remembered to answer the Hodgepodge questions again!  So here we go!

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.
We had a fireplace, with a brick hearth, and I remember going out to go sled down the hill and then coming back to that roaring fire.  I’d sit on the hearth and eat snow cream or drink hot chocolate (made from scratch, mind you) until my back was a good thirty degrees hotter than the rest of me.  I really miss having a fireplace . . . .

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren’t blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
I took a blogging hiatus.  Unintentionally, but still.  I had a whopping ONE post in 2015.  And I spent free time studying.  Blech.  

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, ‘We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.’

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?
I think I’ve said this before.  I haven’t really been a big New Years resolution person, mostly because my life revolved around the school year.  So September was the month that I kept trying to start things anew.  That being said, however, I did start trying to make resolutions in 2013.  The first one was easy–no delivery.  I had fallen into the I’m-single-and-don’t-wanna-cook-for-one trap of delivery.  Pizza and Chinese are all that deliver around here, though, so I was not eating healthy.  I swore no more delivery.  Kept it up for over a year, and after a particularly long day of working in the sun ordered a pizza in September of 2014.  But then I fell into a rut again.  Not as bad, but still.  So 2016 has no delivery again, plus eat four salad meals a week.  

4. Who’s an athlete you admire or respect and why?
I actually admire a few.  But the first one that came to mind was Meb (Mebrahtom) Keflezighi.  Which is funny because I am so not a runner, much less a marathoner.  And you probably have no idea who Meb is.  I am a total Olympics nerd (see tags in sidebar).  Meb is a marathoner from Eritrea.  I remember catching one of the spotlight segments during the Olympics done by Mary Carillo (I think) on Meb highlighting his racing story, and thought he was fascinating.  Years later I ran across his biography on Amazon and downloaded it, great read.  Meb is a truly inspirational man.  Born in Eritrea, and now a US Citizen, he never let the hardships he faced stop him from what he wanted to do, trusting that God has a plan for him.  He finished fourth in the London 2012 games.  (In my opinion, fourth is the worst place.  First off the medal podium, first forgotten.  Bless his heart.)  And then I remember watching the news one year after the Boston Marathon bombing, and you know what?  Meb won that year.  In 2014.  At age 39.  Thirty Nine!!!!!  And he’s still kicking it.  His story is a truly inspirational one that shows what faith and dedication can do.

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
Yes to all but the Cream of Wheat thing.  But seeing as how I’m currently typing to keep my fingers from shaking I’m so cold, I’ll go with whipped cream on hot chocolate (again–made from scratch, of course!)

6. Where were you last kept waiting for ‘hours on end’? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?
It’s a toss up between Comcast Customer Service and the State Employment Commission.  I still have nightmares about that S.E.V.E.N. hour call when I was on hold, only to be disconnected in mid-conversation with the representative and of course, at that point, it was after business hours so I couldn’t call back.

7. Believe it or not, when next week’s Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.
I curse early sunsets, but weather’s awesome.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
So snowmageddon occurred.  Crazy Virginians, can’t handle their snow any more.  I keep thinking of my baby brother and his next door neighbor though.  Friday, during a lull, his next door neighbor went out to shovel.  Now these people have avoided every attempt at neighborly contact from my brother over the two years that he’s lived next door.  But my SIL noticed a first responders team at the house and went to see if everything was okay.  The man, age 40, came in from shoveling the snow and had a fatal heart attack there in the house.  His wife is legally blind, and they have two tween-aged children.  My brother thinks the youngest one might be on the low end of the autism spectrum.  And now their entire lives are thrown into chaos.  She doesn’t drive, the family is all out of state, the husband provided from them all, and it’s gone.  They are headed south for the funeral this weekend, and my brother suspects they will probably not come back.  How can they?  There is no public transit where they live, she can’t drive, something as simple as getting a gallon of milk for the kids is a complex situation.  Their lives are completely changed.  In a moment.  So take a second today to hug your loved ones and see a damn doctor.  Get regular checkups.  If he had done so, they would have found that he was diabetic.  No other issues, but his body could not take the additional strain from the physical exertion and that was it for him.  Don’t put yourself in the same situation. 

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