Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's my Birthday and I'll Hodgepodge if I Want To

And not just ANY birthday, folks. This is my 50th! Yup, the big Five-O.  

The big celebration was on Sunday with my family, but I have plans with my daughter today.
This is also the day she moves to Florida.
So I'll cry if I want to. 

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?

Order school uniforms for my son. He has grown a few inches and lost weight. I have no idea what his inseam is now.

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'?

I can't remember. (I'm 50; there's a lot I can't remember.) There is a street nearby call Whitt Road and I've always thought it'd be funny to live at the end of it .

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?

Currently I'm working through some "deep end" stuff by choice.  It's hard; I hate confrontation, but in order for me to get closure on certain issues, I need to have certain conversations.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.

My kneejerk reaction would be "ever" and it would depend on the situation .If it's an ethical matter, then probably not. But there are occasions when "just get 'er done" (whatever works) to solve a problem is okay.  Sorry, my brain is in sleep mode so I can't substantiate this point with examples.
(I stayed up very late making a pillowcase for my daughter as a going-away present.)

5. What makes your hair stand on end?

Hearing a strange noise in the night

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

 Pass the dark chocolate, please, to end it.  Mussels aren't my thing, so being forced to eat them could put me into a bad mood.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no end in sight'?

Cleaning out the garage.  It's where things go to die. Sometimes literally.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

For my birthday I bought what I've been saving up my earnings to buy for well over a year: a Janome MC 8200 QC sewing machine.  It's the "cat's meow" with its 11 inch bed (the distance from needle to the body), its purring quietness, its automatic thread cutter button, its monogramming capabilities, and sew much more.   I am in love with it. 


VandyJ said...

I'm a dark chocolate fan too.
Have fun with that sewing machine, it looks like it would be great fun to use!

Tori Leslie said...

Happy birthday!! Btw, I can relate to losing your girl to college. Btw, I seriously jealous of that machine!! Congrats!

Elizabeth Day said...

Happy Birthday! I think I can remember turning 50. I think I can, I think I can! I will have my 71st the 1st of November, so remembering anything these days is a challenge. Enjoy your new machine.

Carrie Bullock said...

Happy Birthday! That sewing machine looks FAN CEE!

Marla said...

Happy birthday! Isn't it great to spread the celebration out over a few days? So - enjoy your week!

Joyce said...

Aww, your girl heads south on your birthday? Celebrate her independence and sense of adventure and then go sew something beautiful : ) Happy happy birthday to you!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday to you! Wishing you many, many more. Fifty and fabulous. That is what I call them! It is so good too.

Lea said...

Oh, just remember the older we get the wiser we become. That's why I am so full of wisdom at this point. :o))

I bet you will spend many happy hours on that sewing machine. Very impressive looking.

Happy 50th!!!!

River said...

Happy Birthday!
#3 my dad did that to my brother and me. he walked us out along the jetty to where the water was about 15 feet deep and said he'd meet us back at the shore with ice creams, then he pushed us in. We could both already "sort of" swim, but that day we really got the hang of it. Quickly. he told us later that we were now allowed to come to the beach on our own (without dad) all summer.

Susan Kane said...

I am drooling as I examine your new Janome...I have one purchased to make a quilt for my gr-baby, almost 11 years ago. It is a trooper machine. So lucky.

Happy 50th! It marks a good decade.

Preeti Harris said...

Wish you a very happy birthday, dearest Zo.
Sorry I am late to the party. Hope it was the best birthday ever.

Hugs & Best Wishes