Welcome to this week's super edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Be sure to add your link to the bottom of my post and then go compare answers with your friends and neighbors.
1. In the USA this coming Sunday millions will be watching the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49er's in the Superbowl. What was the last event you attended that could be described as super?
I have to wrack my brain to come up with something here....Christmas?
Looks like I'm overdue for something super.
2. Share something you're a fan of these days?
Lots of things...conversation hearts, a full moon, this Deruta pottery pattern, the book of James, Downton Abbey, breathtaking sunrises, Lee Brice, weekend getaways on the calendar, Pinterest, and deer outside my window looking back at me...just to name a few.
3. How do you feel about wings? In case anyone is confused, I'm talking about the edible appetizer kind. What's your preferred seasoning-hot, mild, teryiaki, sweet and sour, other? Do you make your own or is there a favorite place you like to go for wings?
I like them every now and then, but they're not an altogether healthy dish, especially when served with a side of blue cheese. I must have the side of blue cheese and plenty of celery too, because I like mine hot. Not the ridiculous blazing so-hot-you-can't-actually-taste-them kind of hot, but definitely hot.
I've only made wings a couple of times because this is a dish I prefer to eat out. They're messy! I do have some in my freezer I bought from a door to door salesman (yes, really) and they're not bad, but they're still messy.
4. As long as we're talking sports today, have you been following the Lance Armstrong story? Did you watch his interview with Oprah and if so what was your reaction to his confession and subsequent remarks?
This whole story makes me so sad. I didn't watch the whole interview, but I've seen quite a few excerpts. So sad. Have we not learned in the year 2013 that exposure is inevitable when you're in the public eye? Guess not.
We may not all be multi-million dollar athletes who doped, lied about it, and then bullied his accusers, but we are all in need of God's amazing grace. I think I'll leave it at that.
5. What's a question you hate to be asked?
Would you mind stepping on the scale?
6. The coaches in this Sunday's big match up happen to be real life brothers. Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49er's and his older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Baltimore Ravens. Were you and your sibling(s) competitive? In what way? Are you still? If you're an only child how did you handle competition growing up?
I'm just going to go ahead and admit up front that I'm a fan of competition. Friendly competition that is, the kind that bubbles up in a board game, or healthy competition like we have in a free market society. I'm not so much a fan of competition when it comes to the less tangible things in life like love, acceptance, and a person's worth.
In terms of my parent's attention or things I wanted to do when I was a kid, I 'd say I wasn't competitive at all with my older sister. She was just enough older than me for that not to be an issue. Same goes for my brother, although he and I used to get into some heated games of ping pong. I really really really wanted to beat him just one time, but I never did. It didn't hurt because he was older, athletic, and always encouraging in my efforts.
My younger sister and I are just a year apart. I don't remember feeling competition with her for my parent's love and attention, but I guess it's possible there were moments of that for both of us. If so, they don't stand out. We had a lot of overlap in friends, but I think we were mostly glad we had each other. We were in the same trig class in high school, even though she's a year younger than me. She's a numbers girl so was ahead of the game there. It didn't bother me a bit.
We argued now and then, but that was mostly about making sure everything was exactly always 100% Even Steven in terms of our assigned household chores. Oh we could drill down on that one.
My sibs and I are not in competition with one another as adults.
Unless a board game is involved, and then all bets are off.
7. What's your favorite game involving a ball, and when did you last play?
To watch, it's college football, but can't say I've ever played-ha. My favorite game to actually play that requires a ball would be ping pong. It's been a few years, but it's still my favorite.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Is anyone planning to participate in the A-Z blog Challenge this April? You can sign up starting today by going here. The idea of this challenge is to post every day (except Sundays) during the month of April, using the alphabet as your guide. I've taken part the last two years and really enjoyed it. There are thousands of participants, and let me just say there's something for everyone out there in the blogosphere. I think this year they're going to attempt to do some categorizing which should make it easier to find blogs that meet your interest. It's a work in progress so they'll likely tweak that as the month progresses.
The last two years I've had a theme and find I work best that way. Sadly, no fabulous trip is in the works for this March so I'm having to think hard to come up with a theme for this year's posts. You don't have to have a theme, but I think it helps a lot.
Let me know if you plan to play along!