Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A melodious Wednesday Hodgepodge Vol 38

Thanks for playing along in the Wednesday are my answers to this week's questions-

1. Share a favorite song lyric.

I shared a dozen in yesterday's post which you must have seen since you had to go there to get today's questions. You didn't just skip to the questions did you? I thought not. Anyway, I have a million so here's one more-

"We are His portion and He is our prize, drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes, If His grace is an ocean we're all sinking. And heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss and my heart it turns violently inside of my chest. I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way...He loves us..." from How He Loves by David Crowder Band

2. When was the last time someone yelled at you?

Hmmm...this might be easier to answer if the words were turned the other way around. I don't think anyone has yelled at me this week. So far.

3. Money, fame, happiness...are they mutually exclusive?

It might seem that way if you watch tv but no, I don't think they're mutually exclusive. I do think fame is the trickiest piece of the puzzle. People with money can be incredibly happy, and many people with money do amazing things for others which also brings happiness into their own lives. It's when fame is added to the mix that happiness becomes complicated.

4. What is your favorite dish to prepare for family/friends that doesn't involve turning on the stove, oven, or an outdoor grill?

A caprese salad-simple, delicious, and beautiful.

5. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. What is one thing you could do this week to simplify your life? Will you do it?

Clean out and better organize our office. Will I do it?

I have spent the past two days in the trenches and I'm realizing it is one of those jobs where one thing leads to another. Here's what I mean-I intended to clean out the desk drawers, to go thru every file and shred what needed shredding and organize what needed organizing. Sounds simple, right? The thing is, when you start going thru paperwork you run across some things that are not current but that cannot be thrown away. They don't need to be in the desk drawer file system so I was going to move them to a file cabinet we keep in the office closet which of course led to another clean out. And then once I was in the closet I looked around and thought, ugh, might as well tackle some of the other miscellany in here. Hubs is high fiving anyone within reach as he reads this because the office closet is a pet peeve of his. ahem.

To be honest its a pet peeve of mine too but its one of those jobs that falls into the 'things that make me whine' category. Quite a few odds and ends were stashed in that closet when we moved in (two years ago, gulp). The idea was that I'd get to them later and well, uh, yeah. I guess its later. Having this closet customized is on our to-do list but I'm not sure how far down on the to-do list it is so I decided to bring a little cheap organization into the picture for now. We also had three boxes of books in that closet that have been sitting there since we moved in. I opened those and then decided I'd bring a bookcase up from the basement and use it in the closet. Of course the bookcase was full of games which had to be moved somewhere else and on and on and on it goes. This closet is a job I've been dreading but now that I've tackled it I'm feeling better. Still a ways to go but life in the office already feels simpler. You may find that hard to believe since it took me two paragraphs to explain but trust me, it's better.

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being 100% and 1 being not at all) how tuned in are you to your country's national political scene?

About a 9. There are just some things I'll never understand. And hubs can't live with me if I accelerate up to a 10. Now, shall we rate our level of disgust with politicians in general? That is off the charts for me.

7. What are your final parting words to the month of July?


8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm having a girls weekend with daughter2 this weekend. And by girls weekend I mean she and I are going to get her moved into her new apartment. Essentially her new apartment is across the parking lot from her current apartment but nevertheless, boxes and bins and clothing must be moved. And yes, she could manage this one on her own but since she's been working in SC all summer we haven't had a lot of time together so we thought it would be fun. We told hubs to sit this one out since he's been in Brazil all week and would have to turn right around and get on yet another airplane.

This picture was taken the very first week of her very first year of uni. And then we blinked and next week she starts her senior year. The roommate in the picture was a stranger back then. The girls were matched in the university's random roommate shuffle and didn't meet in person until they moved into their dorm. They are still roommates. Sometimes random is good.


  1. First off, I love the song lyrics you posted. That is just a song that flows, so to speak. It is so simple, yet the message is incredibly profound.

    Sigh of bliss...

    Now, as far as your recent cleaning adventure, boy do I know what you're talking about! Nothing is as easy as it looks, and that is particularly true of cleaning!! Good for you for not turning tail and running in the other direction this time!!

  2. What fun! Glad to be back in the Hodgepodge World. Enjoyed your answers and have fun with your daughter! I enjoyed spending a little time with mine while we were in AR. Have a good week!
    until next time... nel

  3. You always seem to be moving someone! Have fun!

  4. Now there is yelling as if one is in trouble ( no one dares do that to me) and there is yelling as in excited. I took that meaning and ran with it. Cleaning out offices is a winter job around here. If the sun is out and the temps are nice, I want to be outside. Lord knows, winter will trap me inside soon enough.

  5. I loved your 2 paragraph answer about simplifying your life! LOL It will we nice when you finish, and you'll beam with pride :) I have a room that I need to tackle, but keep putting off...

  6. Have fun with your daughter this weekend. My oldest and I are heading out to a museum later today to spend some time together before we take her back to school. We've barely seen each other this summer!

    Oh and have fun with the cleaning and sorting.

  7. Are you available next fall when my daughter starts Uni you are a pro at this and can surely teach newbies a trick or two! Have a wonderful time!

  8. For some reason, I thought you were saying daughter2 was moving across the street from YOU and my heart leapt for joy for you. But, alas. I read it wrong.
    Political? I am a 1. It is so sad and I have only myself to blame. And the children.

  9. I'd hate for you and my husband to get together! He's probably a 9, too--and that's why I'm only a 5. He's passionate enough for both of us--and then some!

  10. I think I'll be going through papers, things I've put off and things the lovelies have left behind until the end of time! UGH.

    It'll be so nice spending time with your daughter. A couple of our lovelies are coming home next weekend! I can hardly wait!

  11. I am soooo impressed with your clean out jobs. As I read your words I am very studiously NOT thinking about my own office and everything that needs to be done there. :)

  12. I love that song! And now I have it running through my mind ... not that it's a bad thing! ;-)

    Any time spent with a daughter is a good time, even moving! ;-)

  13. Hi Joyce,
    Your salad looks yummy! The girls are adorable, stay cool while helping them move. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  14. Glad to see your daughter and her roommate have been together four years. Mine just went potluck and has yet to meet her roommate although they have texted. And the third roommate hasn't responded to any emails so they are thinking she isn't coming.

  15. I don't know if I would call moving my daughter into another apartment a girl's weekend - that sounds a little too much like work ;-)

    My husband cringes when I start a deep cleaning project - like you said, one thing will lead to another and more than once, I've been called away or ran out of time and stuff kinda gets left in mid clean out for *ahem* a bit.....

  16. Joyce, you asked some really hard questions today.
    I had to put on my thinking cap.
    I look forward to this time every Wednesday.
    Praying you have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Thanks for hosting this meme.

  17. Ai, yai, yai--the one thing leading to another. It's not quite as fun as reading "If you give a mouse a cookie..., is it? And if I didn't know better I'd say your daughters decide to move whenever it's been a couple weeks since they saw you. You do know,don't you, that it's easier just to put out food?

    My hubby is probably a 9.9 in the political know category .That's fine. And he's also a 9.9 in the "I Love Organization" category, so he and your hubs can high-five each other. When I got home from the new chiropractor yesterday with my rating, I told my husband "He did a decent job adjusting me, but his office kind of bothered me since it was on the messy side." He said, "Let me get this right. You were bothered by mess?"

  18. I totally agree with you about politicans, and although I didn't detail it in my post, I've been doing some closet cleaning and office organizing as well. I feel good about it until I turn around and see how far I have to go!

  19. Ooo...I must try this salad idea! I think that random roommates is better...forcing it on friendships can ruin them...I know.

  20. That "office/closet" clean up you described makes me feel very guilty....because I have one of those too and I NEED to do it soon!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your daughter.

  21. Love your salad. I've never made one like that at home but I always order one when we are out if it's on the menu. I never like getting things in order and I always get side tracked doing other things along the way. They are forever moving (children), have a nice time.

  22. That salad looks wonderful!
    You're moving daughter2 in this heat? Bless your heart!

  23. I love that song too. The questions this week were a bit difficult...but good :)

  24. That is currently my husband's favorite song :)

    That salad looks delicious! I will have to make that some time.

  25. Oh, I need to do the office, too...went in there last week to get my genealogy program to load into the newest computer, saw programs from back in the 90's. I just need to dump them and keep the cases....I think I'll do that soon.
    My daughter met and became roommates with my Mother's first cousin's daughter. They were in the band together and started getting to know each other. Small world.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Mama Bear