Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience? (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)

Just yesterday I had to call the tax department of our town to ask a couple of questions.  I would rate the experience a 10.  The two women I spoke to were so kind, friendly and helpful. 

2. The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around. Walker attended Marquette University, but never graduated. In terms of any candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with Scott Walker's politics) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no? Would that be a factor in your support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?
No, the lack of a college degree would not influence my vote.  There are many intelligent people that have not gone to college.  I would take into consideration the intellect of a person running for office but wouldn’t pay too much attention to their degree. 
3. When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?

Well, does it have to be named for them or can it be a place they traveled?  I’ll go with the second.  We live about ½ mile from a road that George Washington traveled on in the 1790s in a horse- drawn carriage tour to thank his Long Island supporters and spy ring for their help in winning the American Revolution (   There is also a side road we often drive on that is said to be named because George Washington ate bread and cheese on that road.  I couldn’t find any sites to confirm that though. 

4. February 16th was President's Day in the US, but did you know it was also National Almond Day? I didn't think so : ) Do you like almonds? If so, what's a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds? 

I didn’t know that, but do like almonds.  I eat them raw by themselves or mixed with a few raisins and chocolate chips.  I use almond meal/flour for baking and almond milk in place of milk in other recipes.  Here is a new favorite that I recently started making for Vegan Rice Pudding.  I am not vegan but I often look for vegan desserts because I know they don’t contain milk or eggs which are food intolerances for me. 

Vegan Rice Pudding
7 cups of almond milk (I use reduced sugar vanilla)
1 cup of rice
½ cup of sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 pinches of salt

Put rice and milk in saucepan and bring to boil.  Then lower to medium-low heat and simmer, stirring often, until it is very thick and is mostly rice with hardly any milk visible.  This will take about 35-45 minutes.  Remove from heat and add other ingredients and mix well.  Let cool and pour into container of your choice.  Cover and refrigerate (they recommend plastic wrap but I don’t like using plastic on anything hot).  Refrigerate until well chilled (overnight is best).  Serve with cinnamon. 
*I also like this warm, served right out of the pot. 

5.The television program Saturday Night Live celebrated it's 40th anniversary this past weekend. Were/are you a fan of the show? If so what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters that came out of the program?
I used to like the show when I was younger and would stay up that late on a Saturday night.  I don’t remember much about it except that it was funny.  I probably wouldn’t enjoy that same humor now.  I don’t think it would be good, clean fun. 
6. Anything purple within ten feet of you? What is it?
A big Happy Birthday gift bag. 
7. Back in December I asked you to submit a question for a future HP as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I grabbed this one from those entries, submitted by Zoanna who blogs over at Penchant for Pens. Thanks Zoanna!

She asks, "How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it-pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?" 
My bed is made every day.  Depending on the day, either my husband or I make it, whoever gets up last.  We pull the covers all the way up over the pillows and then place another set of pillows with shams on top of that. 
8. Insert your own random thought here.

How can clothes come out of the washing machine looking worse than when they went in?  This happens to me every so often and I can't seem to figure out what it is.  There are random spots and just a bit darker than the material they've stained.  I know it's random but I always think I bet someone on the Hodgepodge knows the answer ;)  So, any ideas on what can be causing it or how to get the marks out?  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. Do you wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your emotions tucked in tight?

I think I wear my heart on my sleeve, most of the time.  The few times where I’ve tried to keep my emotions tucked in tight they ended up exploding out and it wasn’t pretty ;)  I also think there is wisdom in using our words wisely and try to remember there is a time to speak and a time to be quiet. 
“A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.”  Proverbs 29:11

2. How did you meet your closest friend?

My closest friend now is my husband but I don’t think that is what the question is asking.  I’ve had many close friends during different seasons in my life but the one I think of is my childhood friend Lynn.  We met in first grade when she was the new girl in my class.  Our teacher, Mrs. Baker (one of my favorite teachers ever), asked me to be her special buddy and show her around.  We found out we lived only a block away from each other and became instant friends.  She moved across the country when we were 16 but we’ve stayed in touch and remained friends.  Although we don’t speak as much as we used to, she will always be my special friend and I love her like family. 

3.  Pink lemonade, grilled salmon, cotton candy, pink grapefruit, a strawberry milkshake, or raspberry sorbet...of the pink foods listed, which one is your favorite? Least favorite? Which one have you most recently consumed?

A strawberry milkshake is my favorite.  My least favorite is grilled salmon.  I have most recently consumed pink grapefruit.  I was on a pink grapefruit kick a few months ago, hoping it would burn some fat! 

4. When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.

When I discovered my cell phone wasn’t lost.  I discovered my cell phone wasn’t in my bag a few days ago.  I tried looking in the car but didn’t see it.  So I decided to wait a bit and see if it turned up.  Today my home phone rang and when I looked at the caller ID I saw my cell phone number.  I thought maybe someone had found it and was calling to return it.  I answered and it was my son saying he found my phone under the passenger seat while he was out with my husband.  I was so relieved that no one was running up my cell phone bill and that I didn’t have to go through the hassle of getting a new phone and possibly having to get a new phone number.  I’ve had that phone number for probably over twenty years and want to keep it.  I’ve had a few old friends get back in touch with me through that number. 

5. Are you a fan of television talk shows? Daytime, nighttime, or both? What's your favorite?

Not particularly.  Although once in a while I do enjoy watching Kelly and Michael.  I know she is from New Jersey but she reminds me of a Long Island girl.  I think Michael was a good choice for replacing Regis.  They are a great combination. 

6. When was the last time you wanted to ask a question, but felt too foolish to do so?

I can’t think of a specific example right now.  Usually I wait before asking a question and hope that by listening to what everyone else is saying I can put the pieces together.  Sometimes it works.

7. My favorite __________________right now is _________________.

My favorite snack right now is air popped popcorn with melted coconut spread. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I watched parts of the Super Bowl on Sunday night and thought it was an exciting game but was so disgusted by the fight that broke out.  The player who started it was ejected from the game.   Big deal!   I don’t know if there were any other consequences but think there should be.  That’s my random thought ;)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. When did someone last suggest you 'chill out'? Or, when did you last tell someone (or want to tell someone) to 'chill out'? Or, when did you last tell yourself to 'chill out'?

Just the other day I told my son to “chill out”.  He was excited about something and I wasn’t ready at that moment.  It sounded so funny!  I haven’t heard that saying in a long time and it made me laugh.  The kids thought it was funny too. 

2. What most recently caused your heart to melt?

Yesterday my son and daughter were playing together in the snow.  Seeing their smiles and thinking of how well they get along just melts my heart. 

3.  "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." G.K. Chesterton  

Your thoughts? When did you last experience either an adventure or an inconvenience? How did you see it at first, as an adventure or an inconvenience?  Does it feel the same in hindsight?

I get excited when I hear that snow is in the forecast, so when the blizzard warning came this week I was happy.  I know some don’t like being snowed in but I think of it as an adventure. 

4.  A Wendy's Frosty, root beer in a frosty mug, or a frosted chocolate cupcake...of these three, which one is your favorite 'frosty' treat?

I’d love a Wendy’s Frosty but since I am dairy free now I’d say a root beer in a frosty mug.  I don’t drink soda often but when I do I love it over lots of ice.  And you can’t go wrong with root beer. 

5. Would you say your life so far this year has been more like a circus or a symphony? Explain why.

I’d say a symphony.  There are many little details each day that work together to take care of a family and a home. 

6. Since it's a 'snow day' here, what's your favorite song containing the word 'white'?
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.  We requested that be the last song played at our wedding reception.  

I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.”

7. If you had to leave the city you currently live in, what would you find the hardest to leave behind?

The beautiful beaches we have.  I love going to the beach year round.  There is just something about staring out at the water and seeing God’s awesome creation.  Here is a view of the beach from one of our favorite sledding spots taken last year.  The land to the north is Connecticut.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We have about 20 inches of snow here, plenty for sledding and fun!