Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Hodgepodge, Soapbox Edition

The Hodgepodge lives on, no matter what my opinions are. Thanks, Joyce. 
Link up with our hostess, won't  you?  
1. The expression 'mad as a March hare' originated with a fictional character who is distracted and frantic. When were you last 'mad as a March hare' and what was it that made you that way?

I rarely get this way any more, glory to God! I had to think long and hard. Distracted is a daily adjective to describe me, but frantic?  Oh, I remember now. It was a few weeks ago, on a Wednesday morning, when my sixth grade son couldn't find his tie. They have to wear their "chapel uniform" on Wednesdays ( white oxford,  blue plaid tie, blue pants or shorts) and his tie had gone AWOL.  Since it is his responsibility to get his school uniform ready every night, I was "mad as a March hare" when it was five minutes from "go time" and he was asking, "Is it in Dad's car?"  Well if it is, it's 40 miles away, so you'd better hope not, son!

 I found it for him, in the basement near the gaming system (wonder of wonders) where he had shed it the week before, no doubt!  Yes, I  the Mom found it, in plain sight, because as mothers know, we have built-in GPS for  ATMCFTART (All Things Menfolk Can't Find That Are Right There!).  I shouldn't have gotten mad about the tie, but uniform issues take me back to my own school days when I would get "distressed" at the thought of being "misdressed".

2. Mardi Gras this year falls on Tuesday, March 4th. Have you ever been to Mardi Gras, and if so what did you think? If not, do you have any interest in going?  Purple, green, and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras. Which one is most prevalent in your wardrobe? How about in your home?

Never been to Mardi Gras, have no desire. It sounds like something that would make Jesus angry and cry about, to be honest: drunkenness, deviant sexual practice,   and the symbolic clutching of worldly things as the "last hoorah" before a manmade "holy day." It reminds me of when I  went to a Catholic college (I didn't grow up Catholic so this was new), when the students would go to 5:00 mass on Saturday and act all holy, then go out and get drunk Saturday night , and sleep off their hangover Sunday morning.  It was a calculated way of "doing church" to relieve their guilt, knowing full well they were going to choose things counter to Christ right after Mass.   The worst part? I found myself learning their ways instead of going against the tide. I was just like them and my conscience became seared.  

Anyway, that's a soapbox issue for me. 

Let's lighten up.  The color purple is most prevalent in my wardrobe, while green is a dominant color in my home. I crave more of a buttery gold now that I've lived with it for 15 years and because this has been a very bleak winter and I need sunny colors.

3. Are you old fashioned?

In some ways, yes . I notice it most on Sunday mornings when I dislike that people (including my husband, son, pastor and worship leader) read scripture from their iphone or iPad.  I wish people would bring book-like (leatherbound , paperback, hardback) Bibles to church but that again is my inner legalist trying to gain a foothold.

4. Do you carefully plan your vacations, or do you prefer the days to be more spontaneous?

Vacations are strange things here. All year long my hubby is the planner and he wants to do nothing planned on vacation. I am more spontaneous  yet want to plan a few things so that it's not totally a do-nothing, see-nothing getaway for a week.   We compromise and do about 3 planned things and the rest is laid back .

5.  March is National Sauce Month...what's your favorite sauce, and what do you most often top with this sauce?

Gravy is my favorite on mashed potatoes.

6.  What's something that easily brings a tear to your eye?


7. If you could own any sports team, which one would it be and why?

How about the Baltimore Ravens? Although, with the shame that Ray Rice has brought our team, I want nothing to do with the Ravens right now.  Can you believe it? He was a school campaigner against bullying and yet he has been indicted for beating his fiancee'.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Will you join my Pinterest Party March 18th? Read yesterday's post for details. 


A Joyful Chaos said...

A delicious gravy over mashed potatoes, yum!

I also wish people would use their Bible's in church instead of electronic devices. I personally feel more connected holding a book rather than a device.


April said...

Speaking of gravy, my mom used to make the best gravy for biscuits. My brothers referred to it as "Arkansas Gold". :)

Joyce said...

I'm kind of old fashioned when it comes to church. I guess it's one of those things I cling to from my childhood. I can embrace the modern praise and worship music, and I do really love it, but I also love hymns. I also like to see people dressed for church. I wouldn't want anyone staying away because they don't have 'proper' clothes, but that's not what we have now. I guess I just appreciate when effort is made where it easily could be. Okay. I'll get off my soapbox too : )

edshunnybunny said...

Gravy and onions! Both are great answers, which I didn't even think of :)

Lea said...

Great answers as usual for you. Loved # 2 and onions. Hysterical!!!!
Thinking about your Pinterest Party but I haven't been on it much in recent months. So, I shall see......

Zoanna said...

Thanks, everyone.