Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Another Super Hodgepodge

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.

Go Ravens!  


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 patternthe 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! 




42 comments:

  1. I am sorry its 'GO NINERS!" I kid.. It should be a really interesting game since the coaches are brothers. I don't think sibling championships have ever happened before. Maybe Serena and Venus Williams of tennis.

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  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful childhood growing up with your siblings!! Your parents surely did a great job spreading the love if none of you felt deprived or in need of competing with each other for their attention!

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  3. ooooh. I hate that question, too. Scales are evil. lol

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  4. No I am not planning to play along in April even though I have a fabulous trip planned for February.

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  5. I love ping pong, too...how did I forget about that? Too early in the morning, I suppose! The A-Z Blog Challenge sounds like such fun...I just might have to give it some thought. I, too, enjoy friendly competition. My dad and I used to try to beat each other in Trivial Pursuit...he took me down nearly every time!

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  6. "and deer outside my window looking back at me" how cool is that??

    Change my number 5 to yours!

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  7. I absolutely love Lee Brice's new song "I Drive Your Truck" and the video that goes with it makes me cry! I also agree with you on the question! Please don't make me step on a scale!! lol

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  8. I didn't think of the scale question. That's a good one!
    And board games! Lord, how we can get competitive over those!

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  9. Why didn't I think of the scale question?!? Definitely the most hated.... :{

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  10. All I can say regarding your opening line "Go Ravens"...is: I'm so very happy that NE Patriots were out of the picture!!! Okay, now 'nough said. I am literally left ROLLIN" on your answer to #5. Gotta love it. And no, I've never participated in the A-Z each day posting.

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  11. Yes, I hate to weigh in too. But it is a necessary evil!

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  12. You reminded me that I DO have a most hated question: "would you step on the scale". Ugh!

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  13. I love that pottery pattern. We're thinking along the same lines, mine was How much do you weigh. haha I think every woman hates to be asked!

    Ping pong is a good one. Haven't played in years, but we used to play as kids all the time.

    I'll have to check on the A-Z thing. I remember you playing last year. I'll let you know if I decide to.

    Have a great day and thanks for the Hodgepodge.

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  14. Amen on your answer about Lance Armstrong!

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  15. I hate to be asked to step on the scale, too! I didn't think about Ping Pong! Good answers!

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  16. I am with you when it comes to stepping on the scale. Ugh.

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  17. I didn't even think of Pinterest and I am a huge fan. The scale....I have said no to that for years and years. I will however tell them my weight from my home scale! I didn't put this down but we use to try to top each other at the table so I learned to talk really loud. I do enjoy watching golf.

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  18. oh I forgot about ping pong...a DEFINITE favorite. And! You'd think I'd remember that as it is the one thing I still play, and not even that long ago. My oldest grand daughter and I enjoyed a very fun game of it! Enjoy your day!

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  19. We'll be rooting for the Ravens, too. Yeehaw! Oh, yes I forgot about the nurse always saying, will you step on the scales? Why can't I just say, NO? Isn't my word good enough? lol Thanks for hosting!

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  20. Could not agree more with your answer to number 4. Those were my feelings exactly after watching the interview.

    And number 5? Amen! I find my life is happier if I just stay away from the scales altogether.

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  21. I think 'sad' is a good word with Armstrong. It's hard for me to read anything about him these days.

    As for the A-Z thing? I'm not sure I have that kind of blogging fortitude! Ha! I may look more into it :)

    And, as always, thanks for hosting the HodgePodge! I LOVE it! :)

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  22. Ping pong is an awesome game. It's been awhile since I've played, too!

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  23. Ooo I don't like being asked that at the doctor's office either!

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  24. Book of James is a favorite of mine too.

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  25. Stepping on the scales don't really bother me that much....it is what it is.
    I had not heard about the A to Z Blog thing. It sounds like fun, but I would have a hard time posting that often with my work schedule.

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  26. Uh, oh! While not a fan of the 49ers, as a die-hard Steeler fan, I am a LOATHER of the Ravens. Go San Francisco! ;P

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  27. Oh yes I hate that question please step on the scale the worse....I always tell the girl just put fat down! lol! I'm thinking about the AtoZ because I'm struggling at what to blog about anymore. I'm excited for the Super Bowl mostly for the commercials and the food! Have a happy Wednesday!

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  28. I wonder how many others put down getting on the scale- LOL! You reminded me that I am very competitive when it comes to board games, but I haven't played in a while.

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  29. GReat answer to #5, don't know of a woman that enjoys that question. The idea of the A-Z blog challenge sounds interesting but I cannot imagine blogging 6 days a week. Not sure I have it in me.

    Always enjoy the HP, thanks for keeping it going!

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  30. I have not heard of the A-Z challenge, I'll check it out!

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  31. I've thought about the A-Z challenge, but since I barely get out two posts per week, I'm afraid I'd be setting myself up for failure. : )

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  32. Oh the scale question???Well it's not really a question now is it? I mean you can't say NO you just get on it and wish you had left the heavy sweater home.I watch the game for the commercials.

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  33. I have no plans to try the A-Z blog challenge because I'd know I'd fail having to post something every day. Not sure I could come up with stuff everyday since most of my days are filled with school.

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  34. Isn't it funny how competitive board games can get? Tee hee!

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  35. Yeah, that scale thing is a bummer. I mean, depending on what time of day it is and what you have on things could go really bad! Ugh

    Hmm... maybe I should try the challenge.

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  36. This was fun - I've never done it before - thanks for hosting this - I'm off to read what the others have to say.

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  37. I have decided to enter the A to Z Challenge after seeing all the buzz about it. It will motivate me to blog every day. Not that I don't mind blogging every day but I find it difficult to get around to reading other blogs. I've been so busy and physically exhausted at the end of the day. Trying to catch up in Reader now.

    Not doing the meme today, for same reason as above.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE conversation hearts

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  38. i still haven't finished the A-Z challenge from last april! lol

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  39. I loved your answer "do you mind stepping on the scale"!!! HOPE you have a great rest of the week!

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  40. Your answer to Nr. 5 is spot on. ME TOO!!
    I loved reading about your trip last year, and I'm sure you'll have an interesting theme this year too. Maybe a "midlife" theme?

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  41. I used your first prompt to do a whole post, but a bit late. Here's my link: http://zemeks.blogspot.com/2013/02/what-was-last-super-event-you-attended.html

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