Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday Hodepodge aka Button Button Who's Got the Button

A couple of bloggers last week mentioned they were having problems seeing the Hodgepodge button on their blogs. I did try to visit everyone who participated last week and the button seemed to be working everywhere. Can you let me know if you still can't see it? Daughter1 has a Mac and thinks it may have something to do with the way she saved it or some such technical nonsense...anyway, she'll get right on it and hopefully by the time you read this all is tres bon.

Hey, I told you I was going to throw some French into the mix every week.
This blog is nothing if not educational.

On to this week's Hodgepodge...answer the questions on your own blog then come back here to add your address to the Linky list at the end of this post. Don't forget to include the button in your post so readers will be directed back here to all the other blogger links. The button code is on my sidebar and I think I'm going to also add a blurb there regarding the Hodgepodge so I'm not giving out the directions every week. You're welcome.

Here are my answers to this week's questions...

1. What is the most amazing weather you've ever seen?

A crystal clear sunny day in London.

That isn't what you were expecting is it?

Truly, there is nothing like a crystal clear blue sky day in the UK.
Its amazing.
And rare.
And experiencing one of those picture perfect days makes you feel happy just to be alive.
I don't think any other weather affects me in the same way.

2. What is a sound or noise you love?

a baby giggling
my daughter's sweet voices at any age
a British accent
the ocean

3. Do you like seafood? What's your favorite seafood dish?

I love seafood-all kinds. Of course I haven't tasted everything, but what I have tried I've loved. My absolute #1 favorite is steamed Maryland Blue Crabs.

Trust me...they are blue before they're steamed. And they must be eaten while sitting with friends at a picnic table beside the water with several rolls of paper towels nearby. Picking crabs is not for the faint of heart but the reward is huge.

There is nothing better. The end.

4. What part of your day requires the most patience?

My days are pretty much my own but I guess I'll say right around the dinner hour. My hubs generally calls and tells me when he's on his way home and I play that whole guessing game as to how much traffic there will be on his end vs. how much cooking time on mine. Plus I like to tell him about my day and pepper him with questions about his when he gets home. I know he needs a few minutes to get in the door and hang up his stuff and look at the mail and that sort of thing. Believe me, holding in all my many words at the end of a day requires patience y'all.

5. What's your favorite shade of blue?

In the decorating department it would be navy blue. My living room and dining room are both painted navy blue and I have many navy accents in my home. But in the clothing department I like to wear more of the brighter blues...turquoise and sapphire are probably my two favorites.

6. Do people underestimate you?

I have always looked younger than my age. Well, except for now. And the last five years too I guess if I'm being totally honest. But prior to that I looked young for my age and I think sometimes that caused people to underestimate me. I think I'm pretty much a what you see is what you get kind of girl these days.

7. When was the last time you had butterflies in your stomach?

If we're talking nervous butterflies then I'd say it was the last time I flew which was the end of October. I always get butterflies when I fly. Just ask anyone who has ever had the misfortune of sitting beside me on an aircraft experiencing turbulence.

If we're talking excited butterflies then probably the day before my daughter came home to visit in October. My stomach always does flip flops in the days leading up to a visit with my girlies.

8. Insert your own random thought here-

I was going to say something along the lines of how lately my hubs and I have been wondering why construction crews can put up a 15-story hotel in China in six days but the little bitty bridge in our town that is seriously about three cars long has been under construction since August and is still no where near being completed. Hubs sits at that light every single day. I sit there many days too. We do not get it.

Instead I think I'll just say that thinking about being in the kitchen this time next week, cooking a holiday meal beside both my girls, makes me incredibly happy.


  1. I am glad you are doing this! Yay, you! I hope to participate someday. :)

    Just an FYI: I cannot see your button, just a red x.

  2. Wow, I'm first!!! Very cool. Thanks for hosting....

  3. Blue skies are the best. Crab -- Yum! You should try Sri Lanken Crab (we got it in Singapore). They are HUGE and yummy and not so much work as the smaller crabs.
    And...may I say I am so proud of myself for getting the proper link up the FIRST time?! Happy Wednesday!

  4. Hi Joyce - I couldn't see your button last week but now I can. Congrats on getting the Hodgepodge up and running! Looks like a big job. Good questions...I'll play along soon.

  5. This is such a fun meme. I saw the one Linda did too so maybe I'll have to join in. I especially liked your random thought because I've observed similar things here.

    p.s., if you're interested, I'm doing a cookbook giveaway at my book review blog. It's a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

  6. My son showed me that link for the building that went up in six days. I don't think I'd want to work there, though. : )

    By the way, in my opinion you still look younger than your age. : )

  7. I see it, I see it!! Cute button, btw. Looks like we were thinking along the same lines with the crab.

  8. That was fun! Crab is really good but I'm lazy and want it out of the shell already. I don't fight with my food!

  9. Well, I did have "button problems", not getting it from your code, but saving it on to my computer and downloading it to the top of my blog entry today. Oh, well, maybe next week.....

    This is such fun and I so appreciate your effort in doing this.

    So enjoyed your answers today and the pics just add such flair to any entry.

    Blessings to you, I think you and I could sit down and have a really fun visit. Smiles!

  10. I'd so pick crabs with you. lol. Bridge construction? I don't get it either. Thanks for hosting. Have a fab day. Blessings, SusanD

  11. Well, considering that China had this problem, I'll pass on the rapid construction! But yeah, the road departments can be obnoxiously so.

    You can totally have the crabs.

    I think the problem with the buttons may be the viewing computer/operating system, not the one that posted it.

  12. Joyce!! We have the same thing here going on with a LITTLE bridge as you are going into town! What gives?? I think it is a project that is part of the Economic Recovery Plan and they are surely milking it for all it's worth! Grrrrr!!! Hodgepodge is up and the button is showing and is so cute!! :-)
    You and I are alike in that I find it REALLY, REALLY hard to keep my answers short and to the point! Sheesh!! I mean, there's so many details I could include but I've managed to use some restraint! Maybe I'll expound a bit more on some of the answers in a blog post on another day!! :-)

  13. Yay! I can see your button and code on your blog! That means next week I'll have your working button on my blog :)

    I know what you mean about road construction...they sure do d-r-a-g it out, don't they?

    Thanks for another fun Wednesday!


  14. Again, thanks SO MUCH for hosting this! I so look forward to it!

    Going to Maryland to eat Maryland Blue Crabs is on my list of things to do. YUMMY!

    Blessings to you!

  15. Love seafood, but we are too far from the ocean to enjoy a large variety of it.

  16. Butterflies before seeing your girls is so sweet!

    Yes, a clear day in London is FANTASTIC!!! I heart London!

  17. I have to say even though I love dungeness crab, I do not care for the blue crab variety. Tastes totally different.

    I always think the longer they take building a bridge, the better. Ha

  18. I think Americans are programmed at birth to love a British accent - everyone I know does! And there's nothing like a mallet, a bucket of crabs and a table full of friends!

  19. Great questions and answers! I'm so glad you're doing this. It's so much fun.

  20. A baby giggling and the ocean are two of my favorite sounds too!

  21. Enjoyed your answers! The blue sky of England is so pretty and so blue! These were fun questions, and by the way I love the button. That is so cute!
    until next time... nel

  22. Crabcakes are my favorite seafood dish. Seeing your picture makes me think I'll make some for dinner tonight -

  23. #4 sounds so much like me, I had to laugh out loud!

  24. I am with you on the crab, and I am the gal that doesn't like to be sticky, but you really need to commit to sticky elbows to really enjoy it.

    Great questions.

  25. Oh how I love the sound of the ocean and my girls' voices, too!

    Even though we're from south Louisiana, I've never 'really' been comfortable with whole seafood. Whole crabs especially. Spooky. Is that crazy? {Remember, I am a vegetarian... mostly} ;)

    Plane turbulence give me butterflies, too.

  26. I couldn't get it to work last week but it's fine now. I enjoyed your questions and love reading everyones answers. Airplanes give me butterflies too!

  27. Oh yeah, I love those Maryland Crabs too! Actually love all seafood!