Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Wednesday Hodgepodge is Just Peachy

Welcome to your regularly scheduled programming, aka The Wednesday Hodgepodge. You know the drill here on Wednesdays, right? Answer the questions on your own blog then add your link at the bottom of my post. It's fun to hop around and see what everyone else is saying too. Here are my answers to this week's questions-

1. How often do you check the weather? How do you check the weather?

If you read here then you know I'm a little bit obsessed with the weather. It may surprise you to know that although I comment on the weather often I don't check it multiple times a day or even every day. I sometimes check the forecast online and now that I have an iphone I use my trusty app. Most of the time though? I step outside, look at the sky, and make up my own weather report.

2. Since this is Volume 84 of the Wednesday Hodgepodge, and since I got married in 1984, and since I'm attending a wedding this weekend, it only seems right to post something related here.

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life." Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Agree or Disagree? Why?

Oh but this is complex isn't it? I'm going to break it apart...I don't believe happiness is ever entirely a matter of chance, in marriage or anywhere else. We can always choose to be happy or not happy.

The second part of this quote implies that knowing a person well or hardly at all makes no difference. Either way you'll have 'vexation'. (By the way, I'm going to start using that word because I love it) All marriages contain a certain amount of vexation. I think there's less of it if you know the person well before taking the plunge. Even when you know your intended very well before you marry, once you're hitched you grow and age and change and new things will pop up along the way and 'vex' you. That's why we take vows... for better or worse, in sickness and in health, in vexation and delight.

That last bit isn't in the 'official' version but maybe it should be.

3. Do you like to dance? Have you ever taken dance lessons?

I love to dance. I'm not a great dancer but my hubs is so that makes me better than I actually am. In the scheme of life its a small thing but it is one of the things I love about my husband. I think we can agree that not all men are great dancers. I took ballet classes as a young girl and I've done some Zumba although I'm not sure we can call that dancing. At least not when I do it.

4. Fresh from the oven peach pie or homemade peach ice cream. Pick one.

Homemade peach ice cream.

I know some people will combine the two answers but if I'm having peach pie then the ice cream needs to be vanilla.

5. Should people accept unfairness and learn to make the best of it?

Another toughie slides in on the heels of pie and ice cream.

I actually started to answer this question and it took on a life of its own. I scrapped that and regrouped to say just this-it depends on what is meant by unfairness.

That word is all wrapped up in perception and in almost every situation I can think of, what seems fair to one person will be deemed unfair by another. I want my children to be resourceful, compassionate, and optimistic no matter what life throws at them. Should we accept injustice and cruelty in this world? Those words are commonly associated with basic human rights and my answer would of course be absolutely not.

On the other hand, the words fair/unfair in today's vocabulary are more often linked to situations where person A is whining because he/she feels entitled to whatever person B has regardless of how little or how much they did to earn it or whether or not they can even afford it. I guess I won't get all soapboxy here but I do have some opinions about the declining work ethic in America.

6. The top five all time summer blockbuster movies (released between May and August and grossing at least 100 million dollars) are Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars (the original), Ghostbusters, and E.T. Which one's your favorite?

I liked all of these except Ghostbusters which, in my opinion, was just okay. Great song though! Star Wars may look a little dated viewed thru the jaded lens of 2012 but when it first came out people couldn't stop talking about the amazing special effects.

All that being said-E.T. is my favorite. Help those in need and love unconditionally. Still a pretty good message for 'kids' of all ages.

7. If given the chance, would you like to visit the moon?

My initial response is no. That's almost always my first response when you ask me to try something new. I've learned though, that you miss a lot when you leap to no right off the bat. It's best to at least visit the maybe option before you discount a potential adventure. Most of the time I have to be talked into the fun, especially the scary kind.

So here's how it would probably go- I'd say no thanks, but hubs would give me a pep talk and convince me it would be fun, and he'd promise to do any and all work involved, and would even carry the jumbo sized bottle of Dramamine I'd require, and next thing ya know... I'm on my way to the moon.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Remember how much fun it was to get visitors when you first started blogging? A friend of mine just started a blog so if you have a minute won't you hop over and say hi?

We share a love of words, summer camp, and obviously parents with the same idea about how to name a baby girl.


  1. Apparently your husband is also adept at encouraging, eh? I'll bet that there have been a lot more things you've done because he's been there to help get you out of your comfort zone.

  2. I make up my own weather report too. While Jim watches the radar on his computer and tells me it will rain, I look out the window and tell him it's raining. :)
    I agree with you on E.T. Such a good movie, with lessons for all of us.
    Have a great day! Choose to be happy. :)

  3. I'm not content to just look at my weather, I look at other peoples weather as well because I'm just that much of a type A person! I also like ET but Star Wars was my favorite!

  4. I am alittle obsessed with the weather myself. I will check out your friends blog. I know when I started I couldn't wait to get to 50 followers!

    Hope you have a great week. Its a beautiful one!

  5. I am right there with you on my husband would probably talk me into the moon I don't know how you come up with questions week after week but I am grateful you do!

  6. Great answers as always! Hope you have a wonderful day! Off to visit your friend,

  7. I never saw Ghostbusters myself... but cant imagine it being all that great :)

    Heading over to visit your friend's new blog :)

  8. So true about the movie E.T. even though I chose the scary one-Jaws.

  9. Chuckling at your "moon" answer! You were really deep this week with your answers!

  10. Great answers, as always! I'm obsessed by the weather, too. I just want to know when I'm going to see the SUN again!

  11. I keep telling David that "squish spiders" and "Keep me warm when I'm cold" was in our vows, he was just too caught up in the moment to remember the exact words. He laughs at me but does them anyway. I think he figures I'll leave him over the spider part and he doesn't want to take a chance in court. ;)

    If your hubs talks you into the moon, make sure you get a decent share of Astronaut Ice Cream for the trip. My great-grandmother swore by medicinal value of ice cream. Just a spoon when she needed it fixed everything. By that reasoning, and I never questioned my great-grandmother, a freeze-dried ice cream sandwich or Neapolitan block every few miles should help the Dramamine work better!

  12. Great questions this week, even if they did make me think just a little bit. ha!

    I'm obsessed about the weather, too ... and my blog posts show it. ;-)

    1. Oh how I love your answers each week! Always so positive and upbeat! Thanks for that! I'm with you on the vanilla ice cream with the peach pie---only make mine cobbler please. :)

  13. Wow, I had to hold back, kept my answers short. Yours are deep!

    I'm so sick of weather talk, every blog I go to leads with that. It's rough all over!

  14. I only become obsessed with the weather during hurricane season, the rest of the year I kinda ignore it ;) "E.T." is amazing, makes me cry at the end every time I watch it :)

  15. Your answers are always so well thought out. I stink at this! I loved your answer about going to the moon. It made me laugh to think how your hubs would cheer you on to take the flight because it will be fun - what a good man! lol BTW, how do you come up with such deep questions? My brain can barely wrap around them sometimes. Thanks for hosting, as always! ^.^

  16. I so agree with you about the work ethic!

  17. I love learning more about you :) For me, Raiders Of The Last Ark - I'm an adventure type of gal :) I'll pop over to Joyce's to say hello. Enjoy the rest of your week! XOL

  18. Great answers Joyce. Your so good at this!!!
    I will go over and visit with your friend because I do remember those days when I had 5 followers and I thought it would never change.
    Your husband is really your rock and I am sure in return you are his. Hallmark has the Marshmallow man this year and he plays the theme song from Ghostbusters!!

  19. I like your thoughts on #2 and 5, and the encouragement of your husband about getting you to the moon!!

  20. Joyce,
    Oh how I wish I had your gift for words! Each week I scramble to put my thoughts into words, then hop over here to find you've stated those same thoughts so eloquently! You are blessed!

    I didn't say it on my blog, but I never have to worry about the weather. I have a son-in-law who worries enough for the entire family! He's obsessed!

  21. Oh, my, have to admire your ability to come up with these deep questions. Mercy, caused my brain to hurt! :o)

    Love your moon answer and how cool that you are married to a "dancing man." What fun!

    Blessings for the remainder of your week!

  22. I love your moon answer. You sure know your husband and yourself well :)

  23. Your husband dances? You lucky duck! :)

  24. Great questions...and hard to answer. Loved your answers. We had several similar ones. Thank you for doing this each week. I enjoy it tremendously.

  25. I felt a little comforted about being a weather freak when I read you post. I'm like you. I'm always checking the weather. I didn't used to be this bad. It is those darn apps. I now follow the storm tracker as my husband drives down the road. Crazy, huh? I think it is because we have had such violent storms lately, and hey, it is because I can because I have the app on my phone.

  26. I think we probably have the same opinions on the declining work ethic in America!

    I'm also very similar in trying something new--my first response is almost always no, but then Indiana talks me into it. Most of the time I don't regret following his lead. : )

  27. I'm doing this today, so check my blog later ok? I agree with #2, I don't think Jane Austen knew what she was talking about, and I love the word 'vexation' too, it sound so aristocratic and snobbish. :)

  28. i enjoyed reading your answers--and i so have to agree that if the pie is indeed peach, then it must be vanilla ice-cream:)

  29. Thanks for the condolence! Wiley was sure an adventurous cat. :) Have a great week!

  30. Oh my gosh, our answers to #7 are totally the same! And our husbands! Ha.

  31. I check the weather about once a week. And would you believe that David and I took swing dance lessons in college together? True story.

  32. i need to see more of those classic movies. i fell asleep during jaws, and e.t. freaks me out!