Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol 7-Making spirits bright

Nobody is busy are they? Surely you came here today just looking for something to do. I have a day today so I may not get around to reading the linked posts until tomorrow but I'll do my best.

Wishing you and those you love a very happy Christmas!


1. Share your Christmas Eve traditions.

We have our big meal which is an early dinner, followed by church. When we get home we open one present and it is always pjs or a robe or something related to sleepwear. Grown up boys get nothing. Sounds harsh, doesn't it? It's really not...the men around here are happy to dive into the Christmas cookies while the girls open their Christmas Eve gifts and little boys do get pjs or maybe some other early Christmas present. Once the Christmas Eve gifts have been opened we all run upstairs and change into the new stuff and take a picture. Then we'll snuggle up on the couch while hubs reads The Night Before Christmas to his girls and any parents and siblings nieces and nephews who happen to be hanging around. And he always gets a lump in his throat because that's a neccessary part of the tradition carried over from his childhood.

2. What was the best book you read in 2010? (we're not going to include the Bible here)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett....loved it!

3. Do you have pets and if so do you allow them on the furniture?

Yes I have a dog and no she is not allowed on the furniture.


Okay, 'technically' she is not allowed on the furniture. We have a club chair she claimed as her own the minute she was big enough to hop up on it and I finally held up the white flag on that one. She also has another parent, one who may or may not share my views regarding animals on the furniture. The 'other parent' has been known to try and coax our pup onto the couch or into our bed until I shout and grumble that she sheds too much, is too big, and is way, way too slobbery. He reluctantly makes her get down but not before telling her he loves her best and this just proves it.

4. What event in 2010 are you most thankful for?

I have two...Daughter1's university graduation of course but also, my mom's 80th birthday...I'm lucky to still have my mom in my life.

5. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?

I reached the half century mark. I think we can all agree I talked about that enough when it happened.

6. Brussel sprouts...friend or foe?

These days I'd say friend. As a kid they were my worst enemy. I despised them and tried to come up with clever ways of getting them off my plate and into the trash when my mom wasn't looking. They're one of my favorite vegetables now though and I especially love them cooked with a little pancetta, garlic and chicken broth.

7. Who would you nominate for man/woman of the year?

The Chilean Miners. Hubs actually said it first and I'm stealing his answer. They were a group of imperfect, hard working people thrown into a perilous situation and they rose to meet the challenge. In fact they more than rose~they triumphed. For a moment, the whole world was united and hopeful, moved by the power and resiliency of the human spirit.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

In my blog post Monday I mentioned that hubs had taken the pup, who was wearing an antler headband, for a ride in the MG. I had a few comments about the fact that there wasn't a picture so here you go...


Merry Christmas!

26 comments:

  1. Your PJ tradition sounds so much fun!! I can see why the guys would prefer the cookies...my hubby sure would! :o)

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  2. The picture is hilarious! I´m sure he gets a lot of comments from people, right?
    Loved your questions today. That´s why I´m playing along, because I´m not busy or anything.... :)
    Thank you for doing this meme!
    I wish you and your whole family a blessed Christmas and a wonderful time together!

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  3. Love the picture of your husband and the dog. Love your Christmas Eve tradition, sounds like fun. That's why I like to wear new PJ's on Christmas Day! Girls and Guys always get new PJ's for Christmas. Really, you turned 50! (wink,wink) Great post. Merry Christmas.

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  4. That photo ought to be framed! Have a joyous Christmas this year and I'll be looking forward to photos!

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  5. Love, Love the picture of your husband and dog! I would have loved to seen him driving around!!!

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  6. So weird...we answered #2 & #7 the same! :D

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  7. Thank you for the picture! Too funny! I like the PJ tradition. Have fun.

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  8. I'm the exact opposite on #6. I liked brussels sprouts as a girl, haven't had them in YEARS, tried them (roasted) a couple of weeks ago ... just didn't care for them. I'll have to try them another way; I'm sure I didn't have them roasted as a girl, so maybe I'll like them prepared like my mom did. ??

    Enjoy these last few days leading up to Christmas.

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  9. Great questions and great answers. Love the pictures of your dog! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Oh my, I LOVE the picture of the dog in the car. Too funny.

    As always, you've got some great answers. Never even thought of the Chilean miners, but can now. And did you talk about your birthday? I do remember you mentioning once or twice. lol

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  11. Awesome picture! I love the PJ tradition and reading sounds wonderful. Our pup is only allowed on certain furniture every now and than I find on the oh no you don't chair and couch and she looks at me like WHAT!

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  12. Now, I love Hubs and the dog. Looks exactly like something mine would do with our two.

    I bought our entire family matching PJ's this year and we'll put them on this evening before we open gifts. I think the kids thought I was a little crazy, but they humored me and agreed to all wear them (guys included).

    And, remember, life just gets better and better. I've been 50 for 8 wonderful years! :o)

    Blessings for a wonderful Christmas!

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  13. So much fun, my brothers family does the pj thing too. And last year my sister-in-law bought new pj's for my boys. Wishing you and yours a very blessed Christmas.

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  14. Fun answers! Love the pic. Is it hard to have the steering wheel on the right here in the USA?

    Merry Christmas!

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  15. Hi. I'm linking up for the first time. I've seen your Wednesday Hodgepodge on Mocha With Linda, but I never got around to participating. I'm glad to jump in with you today. :)

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  16. As a kid we got to open one present of our choosing on Christmas eve. Now since we open at the grandparents on Christmas eve we don't do that at our house. New PJ's might be a reason to start.
    Merry Christmas!

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  17. We also open presents on Christmas Eve.
    Just one and the boys are included :)

    I love the picture of your dog with antlers.

    Merry Christmas!

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  18. Hi there! I found the link to your meme from Joyeful Journey. I would love to participate next week!! Have a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!!

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  19. Your dog looks quite cozy in that chair. We try to keep ours off of the furniture, but sometimes when I get home there are tell tale dents on the warm sofa!

    Love your traditions!

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  20. Since you know all about my dogs, you can well imagine my love of that picture. Please thank Hubs for us all.
    Great questions this week!
    Here is one for next week.
    What was your favorite holiday moment?

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  21. That picture of your hubs and his dog is priceless! Love it :)

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  22. I really enjoyed reading your answers. How fun it would be to be at your house Christmas eve! I thought that The Help was a wonderful book too.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope 2011 is your best year ever.

    Candace

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  23. Again... Lovin' your randomness and traditions. Our girls open up a gift from each other every Christmas Eve. :) I'm with you on the no-dog-on-the-furniture rule. If my 50 lb dog were smaller, I may feel differently... then again, maybe not. ;)

    Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  24. Yes definitely meeting in the new year!!

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