So what’s your answer?

The time for Hodgepodge has come around again, and this time I’m ahead of the game!  I haven’t posted anything else on the blog in the last week, but I haven’t had much to say either.  So that being said, let’s go with the randomness!

1. Describe love using all five senses.
Oooh, this could be interesting.  Hmmmmm.
See: When your soul lightens upon seeing the one you love
Smell: That unique scent that no one else has
Taste: Just tastes better when shared with a love one
Hear: The one voice that after all this time can still make you melt
Touch: That ability to tell without even looking that the one you love has brushed up against you, but you still know who it is

2. February is Canned Food Month. What’s your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

Asparagus.  Weird, I know.  I love the fresh stuff, but it’s one of the few veggies that I can eat right out of the can with no issues.

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don’t wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It’s gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?
I guess ‘no comment’ isn’t an answer, huh?  Yes, I did, and yes, I do.  But usually with a heavy winter coat to go buy milk or something.  Slippers all the time though.

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck…which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?
In order from least to most: Turtleneck, crewneck, v-neck, scoop-neck.  I can’t stand restrictive stuff on my throat.   Even regular crew tshirts feel too tight now, so I go for mostly scoop neck or crossbody.

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?
I’m pretty good at avoiding social media and emails right before bed.  (I do tend to read them while spending time in the bathroom ‘library’ in the morning, however.)  Late night snacks I’m also usually pretty good with.  But the snooze alarm?  That’s a doozy.  I have three alarms–one is the sun clock that brightens the room to make it easier to get up, one’s a sleep app on my iPod, and one is the alarm on my Garmin watch–and I sleep through all three of them for about an hour before it registers.  I have been known to get out of bed to hit off button/snooze alarm multiple times.  Right now, they start going off around 520am, and I consider myself fortunate if I’m awake by 630.  I just truly do not wake up well in the mornings.

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?
I vaguely remember my house at age 4, a split level that used to have shag carpeting that my dad and I would drag our feet on to make sparks on the cast iron banister.  Then I lived in the next house from age 4 to the time my mom got married again while I was in college, so that’s really the only one I know.  What I miss most right now?  A FIREPLACE!!!  But the one thing all my friends remember is the carpet.  The stairs led to the second floor that had a hallway with several turns, and for some reason certain sections of the carpet made a weird noise when you walked on it.  Imagine those crinkle toys that toddlers play with, that sound like there’s plastic wrap or something like that in it.  That’s what it sounded like.  Never bothered me (in fact I loved it because it was warning that someone was coming down the hall, and I had time to hide the book I was reading after bedtime) but it truly freaked out some of my friends.

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?
Ones that are truly told well.  Rudy, Schindler’s List, The Rookie, The Blind Side, All the President’s Men, Remember the Titans (lots of sports movies!), Apollo 13, Steal A Pencil For Me, The Pianist, The Untouchables . . . .  I guess I really like this genre!  I saw Spotlight a few weeks ago and thought it was fantastic, can’t wait to see Eddie the Eagle (I am, after all, an Olympics junkie), and Steal A Pencil is probably my favorite documentary.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
In addition to canned food month, February is (among other things) Rare Disease Awareness Month.  The last day of the month is unofficially Rare Disease Day.  A Rare Disease is one that affects less than 200,000 people in the US.  There are more than 7,000 such diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Two-Thirds of those affected are children, and the diseases tend to be serious and lifelong. My mother has four on the list and several members of my family have others.  So this is a personal issue for my family.

Even with awareness, most rare diseases have no approved treatment, and many are not being studied by medical researchers. Often, research on Rare Diseases is funded by families and friends of patients or by patient organizations. On February 29, 2016, millions around the world will be celebrating for public awareness. We are requesting for an Executive Order that every last day of February be observed as Rare Disease Day in the United States of America.  If you are so inclined, please watch the video below and if you agree that this is worthy of recognition click on the link to sign the petition requesting that the President make this an official date of observation.

To sign the petition, click here, and thank you for your support:

Rare Disease Day 2016

4 thoughts on “So what’s your answer?

  1. Sparks on shag carpet-I remember that! Do they still make shag carpet? I will take a look at your video, but sounds like a worthy idea to me. We have attention to diseases if we want funding for research and eventual cures.

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