Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Volume 220

1. When is your next big deadline? What's it for?

June 6th.  Time to start moving la petite fille back home from college.  It has to be June 6th because the stronger half of my moving team (hubby and I) will be gone again so I've got to use him before I lose him.

2. May is National Barbecue Month. Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What's the best thing about a barbecue? What's the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill?

I love to barbecue but I'm afraid that we are both really useless at it.  The best thing about a barbecue is that the mess is outside - I tend to be a bit of an over-zealous saute-er which means that the stove top is a mess when I'm finished. With a barbecue, the mess drips down into the pan that can be removed and cleaned easily. The last thing we cooked was no doubt a flank steak - I usually marinaded one with olive oil and soy sauce and then popped it on the grill.  Let it rest and cut it thinly across the grain - delicious!

3. What is one thing on your "never again" list?

Riding on a roller coaster - even Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World terrified me. Long ago, I had a dream in which I fell from a great height.  I woke up shaking and have never been able to get that image out of my mind.  Avoiding roller coasters is the first step in hoping that the dream never becomes a reality.

4. What's something that annoys you about people your own age? Something you love about your generation?

That many seem to be as dependent on their mobile phones as the younger generation are.  It drives me insane to see women my age who can't go for two minutes without looking at their phone. Really? How did you manage before the mobile age? I love that we can look back and remember how good things were when there was less concern about germs (who drank out of a garden hose?) and personal safety (coming home when the street lights came on because until then we were out playing with and being around people that we knew and trusted) and when having fun was something creative (what fun we could have building a fort out of whatever we could find or making up a game from a ball or a natural set of obstacles) and less reliant on some form of technology.

5. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy...your favorite purple flower?

I guess with my blog name I should say hyacinth but I'm going to go with pansy.

6. Whats a song that always calms you down?

"Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I close my eyes and get lost in the melody - very calming.

7. What's the last thing you donated?

Food to the local food bank.  When we decided to go on the Whole 30 eating plan, I cleaned all the non-Whole 30 food out of the cupboards and donated it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Waiting, waiting, waiting to hear back on the eleven federal government job applications I have takes SO LONG.


  1. Good luck on landing on of the jobs! roller coasters for me, anymore, either. I hate the feeling of being out of control with my own destiny. I'm your newest follower!

  2. Welcome to the Hodgepodge. Yikes! Eleven applications? Surely hope the one most suited for you is the first to accept your application. No roller coasters for me either.

  3. I agree about the phone thing. I can't stand it when women are talking loud as they shop. Moon River was the song that we used as our first song as man and wife at our reception. Have a great week!

  4. I love my phone and would be lost without it for reminders, contacts etc but I hope that I'm good mannered enough to not use it inappropriately. I hate when people won't break their conversations and are just downright rude. Good luck with the job apps.