Welcome to this week's edition of the Hodgepodge! I don't know if it was the questions or the winter weather or too much time spent indoors lately, but it seems I had a lot to say this week. Kudos to anyone who makes it to the end~
1. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake? Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers?
I think it was late summer when I spied a snake slithering from the grass into the rock wall that sits where forest meets yard. The rocks in our wall are more boulder than pebble, and apparently snakes love rocks. I'd like to think he was on his own, but hubs and I imagine he was meeting friends.
Hubs found a snakeskin in the yard when I was out of town one weekend. I know because he saved it to show me. Don't ask me why.
Actually I do know why.
Hubs finds snakes interesting and knows a lot about them. It's possible he has a framed snake skin stashed somewhere in the basement. His dad killed it when he was a boy and they framed it. Eww.
He'll be a little disappointed that I don't mention here what type of snake it is (was?), but honestly I can't remember. I think it might be a copperhead which is why its a big deal. Or it might not be a copperhead, but it's something. Periodically he suggests we hang that framed snakeskin upstairs in the pool table room, but I put the kibosh on that faster than you can say Bob's your uncle .
When it comes to snakes I'm mostly in the shivers column.
2. The color red in Chinese culture usually means good luck. Do you believe in luck?
This is a hard question.
We all know people who walk under a perpetually cloudless sky, whose lives seem to fall into place when they need them to fall into place, and who in general seem to have things go their way. That being said, we never really know what went on behind the scenes to get that person to the place they are today. What appears to be 'luck' is oftentimes the result of hard work, good decisions, good timing and/or good relationships established at some point prior.
Is the same true of someone we might label as 'unlucky'? Are their circumstances always the result of 'bad luck'? More often than not, I think 'bad luck' is the result of bad decisions, missed opportunity, and lack of initiative.
I suppose there are people who would say they're lucky at games of chance. In that small context I might say yes, some people are 'luckier' than others.
3. sledding-ice skating-building a snowman...if given a choice, which activity would you choose?Which of the three have you done most recently?
I haven't been sledding since my kids were young, and probably haven't built a snowman since we lived in Maryland. That was all eons ago, so I'm opting for ice skating. The last time I skated we were living in the UK, so it's been about four years. In the winter months rinks were set up around London and we used to go with the Young Life group to the one in front of Somerset House. Such a beautiful place to skate! We also went skating as a family at the rink set up in Kew Gardens which is not too shabby either.
4. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, "The years teach much which the days never knew." Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?
I've attempted to answer this question about four different times. It kept wanting to be its own blog post, so I think I'll save the long form for another day and just say, in short-motherhood.
5. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?
Hubs birthday (September). I made Texas sheet cake cupcakes and took them down to my sister's boat where we were celebrating. One of the best chocolate somethings I've ever tasted.
6. What is something you can't say no to?
Quite a few things...some that popped into my head are-
dessert, a phone call from one of my girls, movie theatre popcorn, hubs calling me to 'come here and look at this deer/fox/coyote/bear/footprint' in our yard, a walk on a not-frigid, blue sky kind of day, someone big or little asking me to read aloud, a trip to Italy/England/almost anywhere, and a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning
7. Are you a doodler?
I used to be, but I don't find myself sitting with pen in hand very often anymore.
Sigh...doodling...another victim of the electronic age.
Don't anybody leave me a comment and tell me there's a doodle app. As fabulous as I'm sure that is, electronic doodling is no way-no how the same as pen on paper.
When I was in school I doodled a lot, church too...that's what bulletins are for, right? I had an elaborate thing-a-ma-bob I liked to doodle. It was an intricate swirly shape with a curly cue on the end and I'd connect them until my paper was covered.
Do I need to define any of those words for anyone? Sometimes I speak in doodles.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm taking a little field trip with friends today...if it's interesting I'll tell you about it tomorrow.
If it's not interesting I'll probably go ahead and tell you about it anyway. February blogging calls for desperate measures people.
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