Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The 100th Wednesday Hodgepodge Already?

Time flies when you're having coffee over your laptop every Hump Day with 100 of your favorite online friends. Give or take.

Welcome to the 100th edition of Joyce's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Kudoes to her for coming up with thoughtful questions week after week.  And especially THIS week, when she prepared the 100th Hodgepodge whilst preparing for Hurricane Sandy.  Her piece of the American landscape pie was beat up pretty badly there in north Jersey. (Thanks, Joyce, for your faithful "interview" posts.
It's always fun to anticipate what you're going to ask, and to get to answer questions about things as far-ranging as food, family , and filosofee.)

I thought for sure that Joyce would ask things such as:
               If someone gave you $100,000 today, what would you do with it?   ( I had an answer ready for that!)
               Do you want to live to be 100? Why or why not?   (I had an answer for that, too!)
               Have you stuck your foot in your mouth at least 100 times? (What do you think?)

1. What creeps you out?

              -centipedes, or any bug with 100 legs or fewer (or more)
              -men with beards and really big glasses
              -the smell of fire or smoke that I can't pinpoint the source of
              -crickets, grasshoppers, praying mantisses (mantissi?),  frogs; anything that hops unpredictably
              -the calm before a storm and THEN the raging winds through sky-high trees at my house

2. What's your least favorite candy?

              Tootsie Rolls.

3. Are you a fan of scary movies? What's the scariest movie you've ever seen?

              No, I'm not a fan of scary movies. Demonic influence, blood, guts, violence, fear...none of that entertains me. I wasn't allowed to watch horror movies when I was growing up, but one night when I was at a slumber party in  9th grade, my friend Kelly and her brother and their friends put in the movie Nightmare on Elm Street.   I was scared witless and realized (with appreciation) why my parents had forbidden them in our home and never agreed to let us see one at the local cinema.  By today's standard, Nightmare on Elm Street was pretty tame, but it opened a door that should have stayed closed to me.

4. What part of life confuses you the most?

               Confuses me? I'm not sure I understand the question; could you please clarify your meaning, Joyce?   Just kidding.  Um, right now I am questioning something I had hoped I'd never have to question--why people, whom I thought had integrity, really will compromise what they say they believe in order to be part of the "in" crowd, and are old enough to know better. I  will keep it vague like that, but suffice it to say I am not talking about young people. That wouldn't confuse me; that's perfectly understandable. Nor am I referring to anyone in my family; I would have worked through that with many conversations by now.

5. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy...what's your favorite seed?

                 By themselves? Sunflower seeds.  In something?    Poppy seeds in lemon cake.

6. Imagine your life ten years from today...what's changed?

               1) Our first three children will be married and have started their families. I sure hope I'm the grandmother of at least five little children by then.  That would make me exceedingly happy, provided they all lived within an hour's drive, but better yet, less than 20 minutes from us.
              2) Our youngest is in college, majoring in business and trying to invent something that will change the world and earn himself a truckload of money.
               3) Sadly, I think my mother will have passed away and my dad will be dying a slow death of heartbreak. I hope against hope he doesn't get Alzheimer's like his mother had, and I really hope my mom lives a lot longer than I expect, but this is what I picture happening in the next ten years.
               4) I imagine that Paul and I will have discovered the fun of traveling overseas together.  I imagine we will still be living here, but talking regularly about downsizing; I will be complaining the house is too big for two people and he will be complaining about the yard work.
                 5) I imagine we will be as active  in the church we joined in 2013 as we were in the one we left after 17 years. 
                 6)  I will have taken many more art classes and will have improved in that hobby.Perhaps I will be selling some of my work. Hah!  Maybe I will be teaching some art  when I'm not lovin' on the grands. 
                7)  I also imagine Paul and I be eating out almost all the time. I don't imagine I'll enjoy cooking regularly for 2 or 3 people; the thrill of cooking has already begun to wane as my family-at-home shrinks.
                8) I will have met five more of my blogging friends in real life.  Who wants to be part of that list?
                9) I might have just figured how today's technology works.  Today's--as in, 2012's in 2022. My daughter posted this on my Fb Wall. She knows me.

7. What do you a) love the most and b) like the least about the Hodgepodge?

             a.  I love having made what I consider a new circle of friends, especially ones in my middle-age category and those who are beyond me in years and wisdom.    I look forward to reading others' HP posts  (and not just their HP posts, but more of their blog) each week, and receiving comments from as many as who take time to say hello on mine.  I also really look forward to the HPs that make me laugh. Some of you crack me up every time, which keeps me coming back. And not just your humor, but your honesty and transparency about your lives.

             b.  What I like the least is not getting my entry in the top 13 or so some weeks. Why? Because I  just don't get as many notes in my comment box if I enter later in the day.  And I LOVE comments. They make me feel like I'm not writing into thin air, that someone is listening and
entering my little world for a few minutes.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

                   I've also noted that some people respond more the random thought than my other answers, which begs me to ask, If you're in a hurry, is that all you read?

                   Please keep up the Hodgepodging, Joyce. It's obviously quite the highlight of the week for many of us here in blogland. In fact, some weeks it provides the only post we get around to writing!


The Henry Crew! said...

I could comment on every answer today! (Although I feel that way most weeks - we must be long lost cousins or something) You are at the top of my list of Hogepodge bloggy friends I want to meet! Seriously - you, me, and Joyce... lets do it! :-) Never mind that there's an entire continent separating us. Sigh. And I SO completely agree with your random thought - that's why I try not to comment on just the random thought! Although I just did... darn. Have a good day, friend!

Carrie B said...

Wow, your answer to #6 is so detailed... you should go back to reference it in 10 years to see if it all is right!

Hey if you ever find yourself way out West, look me up!! ;)

Joyce said...

Finally home and power-ful...beginning the great catch up. I think I should make your list and geographically it is highly do-able : )