Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Keep Calm and Hodgepodge On-Vol 49

Welcome to the Wednesday glad you joined us for another week of random. If this is your first time here feel free to play along. Here are my answers to this week's questions-

1. How do you typically react in a sudden, extreme, pressure-filled crisis? Would we want you nearby in an emergency?

If I'm the adult or designated person in charge then I'm generally good in a crisis or emergency. Once the heat of the moment has passed I might dissolve into a puddle, but in the moment I'm good. I have no real medical training so I'm not that useful from a first aid standpoint, but I can organize, bring the calm and/or bark orders, and rally the troops for evacuation if need be.

2. Caramel apple-caramel sundae-caramel corn-caramel macchiato...of the four, which caramel treat would you choose?

Another food choice question, another dilemma. Sigh. I will make my decision by process of elimination. I haven't eaten a caramel apple in years mostly because my teeth are not as tough as they used to be and its not worth a trip to the dentist. In general, I'm not a fan of flavored coffees so I'll pass on the macchiato. I'm going with the caramel corn. Popcorn makes my top ten list of favorite foods and adding sugary syrupy goodness to it is never a bad thing.

3. Is there such a thing as destiny? Explain.

If we're defining destiny as the predetermined or inevitable course of events in a life, then I'd probably say no. I mean we're all destined to die one day but I think in any given day or moment we can change the way we live and thus alter the course of our future. We were created as complex beings with hearts and souls and brains, and while I believe God is sovereign over all things I also believe He gave us a free will to accept or reject Him, to choose what path we walk in this world. Is this question controversial because that is most definitely not my aim. I think I will enjoy reading what others say here. Maybe the problem is that I'm not quite sure how to define the word destiny. I like to skip merrily thru life wearing my rose colored glasses.

4. What's your favorite piece of furniture? I'm referring to something currently in your possession as opposed to something on your wish list.

Probably one of my couches as they both make for excellent napping.

5. Wednesday night marks the start of the 2011 Baseball World Series. Did you know? Do you care? Will you be watching? Ever been to a professional baseball game? If you're not an American do you find the title 'World Series' annoying or amusing?

Oh America, I do love you so. This question makes me smile though, because a Dutch friend recently posted something on facebook about her team winning the Baseball World Championships and I am reminded once again that this world is a great big beautiful place.

I like baseball and I've been to a number of professional games. I always root for the Phillies, but sadly the Phils are not in the World Series this year. I have no real ties to either team playing so Go Cardinals. I always choose a team to root for and my hubs is a bit of a Cardinal fan so Cardinals it is.

6. One sound that takes me back to my childhood is ____________.

a lawn mower cutting grass

If I hear that sound thru an open window so much the better...something about it whisks me right back to the carefree barefoot days of long ago childhood summers.

7. On average, once you've linked your hodgepodge post to mine how many other participant blogs do you visit? Do you ever come back to the Hodgepodge later in the day or even the day after to read posts?

Most weeks I make an attempt to read all the HP posts. I figure since I'm the hostess it's only polite. It may take me most of the week to get to them, but I try.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

You will be happy/disappointed/relieved/indifferent to learn that I did not have to report for jury duty this week. I was instructed to call in or check their online site both Sunday and Monday evenings. On Sunday evening the instructions said-'No need to report.' Monday evening the instructions again said-'No need to report' and then added-'Your service is concluded.' My service? I never left my house.


  1. Wow, I'm number 2 on the list. I've been so bad lately but I'm getting back into the grove:)

    I also picked my couch. What's not to love about a big comfy couch?

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Joyce, we answered in similar ways this week. You, however, answered the tough questions far more eloquently than I did. You have such a way with words! By the way, how is that sweet niece of yours?

  3. I was in a jury selection pool on Monday too! Except I had to go in ... and since I didn't have child care, I took my 22 month old with me. After signing in, sitting there a while, and listening to instructions, my name was called & I was dismissed. I didn't say a word to anyone ... but that was sure easy!!

  4. Love the service you gave to our system! I'm with you on emergencies. I'm good at the moment, but later I fall apart.

  5. Love the whole motto of keep calm....
    Your destiny answer loved I agree it is hard to define...I think one could go on and on about this one for sure.
    Off to read more HP have a wonderful Wednesday!

  6. So glad you didn't have jury duty! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  7. Hello...from one couch lover to another! LOL I love the way your jury system works! Here they make you report and sit in a holding area--whether they need your service or not! Of course they do pay you 30 dollars, which may or may not cover the cost of your gas to get there. Ha Ha

  8. :) random thought. Have a great week and hope you get to spend time with your mother.

  9. You get to sit at home and check your computer?! LUCKY! That's fantastic! I hate jury duty. Most of the time it seems it's something that could have been avoided if people weren't so greedy or stupid.

    I could have put the lawn mower too- but I went for the sound of a fan.

    I always enjoy this hop and reading all the answers! Thank you so much for doing this every week!

  10. Lawn mower didn't cross my mind but I always love the smell and that would take me back.
    I love a great carmel corn. I love when you call in and they say you are done!

  11. If you had asked what scent brought back childhood, I probably would have said the smell of freshly-cut grass. There's nothing like it, is there?

    I knew you would be calm in an emergency! As for dissolving afterward, well that's our perogative, isn't it?

    It feels good to be back. Have a great day!

  12. I've come via Nana Diana, what a great linky party,, I think I'm your newest follower,

  13. Now that's the kind of jury service I like. lol

    Yay! caramel too.

  14. Love the Hodgepodge and look forward each week to doing them! I am also dentally challenged, although I sure did enjoy candy apples when I was a kid!

  15. Lawn mower! I forgot about that one. Me too.

    I sometimes don´t enter my blog to the linky´s because I have so little time to visit. But I do love participating.

  16. Lord knows I could use some of those rose colored glasses! I think mine are tinted gray!

  17. I liked reading this interesting post but, what about caramel sundae! My wife's mom was from Birkenhead, across from Liverpool, married a U.S. GI.
    Not much lawn mower when I was a child lived in New York city.

  18. I think my couch is calling me for a nap, now that you mention it!

  19. When we were looking at new couches, we actually laid down on them to make sure they were good for napping ;)

    I have been on a jury only one time. All of the other timse, I have heard that message when I called. Music to my ears!

  20. Carmel corn, baby! Yay for no jury duty!

  21. Sorry I am so late....busy week. Loved the questions....

  22. I love the answer to your #6...taking you back to those 'barefoot' days of summer!!!

    Thanks for stopping by to visit.

    My post today is: Friday's Fragments

  23. I've never had to actually go in for jury duty either which I'm always mostly relieved about but also a little disappointed.

    I love that you rate your furniture according to its nappability. :)