Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bibbidi Bobbidi Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! I've been traveling, so I'm scrambling a bit to get this one posted. If you've answered the questions, add your link at the end of my post, then go see what your neighbors had to say.  Here we go-

1. Did you watch The Oscars? How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? (American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash)

Do you think actors should use their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to promote their political and/or social agenda? Does that sort of speech make you more or less inclined to change the channel?

I did watch The Oscars. All four+ ridiculous hours, plus some red carpet coverage beforehand.  We were at my sister's house and about halfway through debated calling it a night, but figured we'd lasted this long, might as well see it through. 

I thought the show was particularly bad this year. Bad as in NOT entertaining, and isn't that why we watch? Can't anything be purely entertainment anymore? Must everything have something weighty attached to it ? Yes this is America and everyone has a right to express themselves, but I do think there's a time and place, and The Oscars are neither. It matters not whether I agree or disagree with whatever cause or issue is being touted by the celeb, that's not what I want to see and hear when I tune in to a show called The Oscars. 

Kind of like you not dropping in here hoping to read a rant about Hollywood.   

An-y-way...I saw three of the nominated best picture pictures-American Sniper, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and The Imitation Game. I think I'd like to see Whiplash and will probably watch for it on DVD. 

2.Speaking of the movies...are you comfortable going to a movie alone? How about dinner in a restaurant (not fast foo, but an actual restaurant)? The second half of this question was posed by Carrie who blogs over at It's Not Easy Being Queen. Thanks Carrie!

I don't have a problem going to a movie alone, although I can't say I actually do that too often. If I'm spending money on a movie, it's usually an outing with the hubs. I wouldn't go to a restaurant in town and dine alone, but if we're traveling and hubs has an evening work event I'd have no problem dining alone in a restaurant.  I'd also have no problem staying in my jammies and ordering room service-ha!

3.What's the last home repair or home improvement project you had to pay someone to complete? In hindsight was this a project you could have done yourself?

Just today (Tuesday) we had a carpet guy here to re-stretch our bedroom carpet.  He was punctual, neat, reasonably priced, and we're very happy with the end result. It's not a job I'd try on my own. 

Most home improvement projects are not things I'd try on my own.  I'm not what you'd call handy. 

4. Have you ever had Indian food? Like it or no? If you're a fan, what's your favorite dish? Have you ever prepared this yourself at home? Is there an Indian restaurant in your current hometown?

I love Indian food, one of my favorite cuisines. I love spicy food and normally order chicken tikka masala and bhindi bhaji (an okra dish). I've tried lots of dishes though, and as long as they're not Vindaloo kind of heat I'm happy.  Hubs loves the heat and asks for diced chilies on the side. 

When we lived in the UK we ate in our local Indian restaurant at least once a week. The staff gave us big hugs when we moved, and everyone got a bit teary eyed. No Indian restaurant in tinytown, but there is a place we like several towns over. 

5. A song that reminds you of your parents?

Anything by The Bill Gaither Trio. Every now and then I'll see them on TV and I have to stop and listen.  

6. The 26th of February is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. What's your favorite, or one of your favorite, fairy tales? Do you have any childhood memories associated with a particular fairy tale?

When I was little my sister and I had a record (the kind you played on a phonograph) of songs from Hans Christian Anderson stories. We played that thing to death, and in fact just typing this I find myself humming the tune to Thumbelina.  

My mother spent hours reading to my sister and I all throughout our childhood, so hearing a fairy tale now awakens some very tender memories for me. It would be hard for me to choose a favorite, but I've always loved Cinderella. 

And while nothing beats a book in my opinion, I did love the movie version of this one too.  Lesley Ann Warren played the title character and when the fairy godmother turned her rags into a gown it was pure magic. There's a new version coming out in March, with Lady Rose Lily James in the lead role. I'm looking forward to seeing that too. 

7. What's a problem you solved yesterday?

Hmmm...yesterday (Monday) hubs and I spent a leisurely afternoon in Greenville South Carolina, so nothing  immediately comes to mind. Maybe where to have lunch? 

Tupelo Honey! Problem solved! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

A little too much going on round here today to give this a lot of thought. Nobody minds if I just share another wedding picture do they? 

Good because I love these...

I love that my son-in-law recognizes handing over a daughter means handing over a little piece of a father's heart too. 


  1. Well, I should have wandered downtown on Monday. Oh well.
    I am wanting to see the new Cinderella, too!
    Such pretty wedding pictures. I will soon drown my blog in baby girl pictures! Be ready!

  2. I love the wedding photos. so beautiful! What kind of restaurant is Tupelo Honey ? I haven't been to South Carolina, but we may plan another east coast trip in the near future.

  3. I am going to try this one more time... it keeps messing up on me. Loved your answers. Your daughter is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. You could write your own fairy tale, she looks like a princess.

  4. That picture of your son-in-law and hubby at the altar really touches my heart. So sweet.

  5. I'll be back later to read but I wanted to tell you that I love how happy your girl looks in that first picture!

  6. Such sweet pictures! I'm definitely a fan of Tupelo Honey!

  7. I love the photos, and the last one would have made me melt into tears!

  8. I'm so enjoying the wedding pictures! You have such a lovely family, Joyce.

  9. First, there is a Tupelo Honey opening in Market Common, in Myrtle Beach soon - so I'm looking forward to it! And - yes, Cinderella! Love love love! I have seen other versions BUT the Disney (love the mice) and the Lesley Ann Warren versions are still my favorites! Again - such beautiful wedding pictures!!

  10. We had some similar answers this week, especially #2. Thank you for another great Hodgepodge, AND for more wedding photos! Love seeing them.

  11. Reading about your experience watching the Oscars lets me know I made the right choice to stop watching, years ago.

    We had our living room carpet stretched, last year, after trying to do it ourselves. Definitely not a job to do yourself!

    I love that last wedding photo!

  12. Your last line in the post put tears in my eyes!!! I positively adored the Cinderella with Leslie Anne Warren too! I can picture her right now sitting on a stool singing "In my own little corner." Hope you have a great week, Joyce.

  13. Oh how my heart melting with the last pic-so touching.

  14. Yes, for sure, a Daddy does give a piece of his heart away when his daughter marries. What a priceless pic!

    I'm betting Lady Rose will do a splendid job in Cinderella, I didn't even know about that.

    Happy Wednesday!

  15. I LOVED that Cinderella! I can remember my mother finding it for me to watch. I also remember being shocked years later to see that The Prince was Alan Quartermaine from General Hospital!

  16. You could put photos of your daughter's wedding in the "random" #8 every week for years and I'd never get enough. So beautiful and sweet :) Also, how do you restrech carpet (and why?)

    1. Sometimes carpet can begin to bubble up in places, almost like a wave. They actually pull it away from the wall and re-kick it into place, trimming as needed. I guess there is a lot of give in carpet. No more ridges in ours now.

  17. Oh my...those pictures! Your daughters beaming smile as she comes down that aisle says it all! And yep, daddy's heart doing all kinds of things at that moment. Enjoy your week!

  18. I tried to post a comment earlier this morning from my iPad, but couldn't seem to get it to work right. Anyway, I really enjoyed the questions this week. I appreciate you doing this for us every week.

    My parents love the Gaither's and almost all of the old time southern gospel quartets. I remember when they took us to concerts of the Happy Goodman's and the Rambo's when we were kids. We seemed to have their music playing on our HiFi all the time.

    If's interesting how my daddy seems to be forgetting so much now, but I notice in church how he always remembers the words to the old songs he's loved all his life. I hope he will always be able to remember them.

    I love both of those pictures of your daughter's wedding. You can see how proud your husband is of his daughter in that first picture. So sweet.

  19. I haven't heard mention of the Bill Gather singers for a long time, and I really do love them. We have a video of one of their performances. Great voices and fun to watch.

  20. The wedding pictures are so sweet; love that hand off of the bride one, it evokes beautiful emotion!

    Thanks fir the questions. I'm glad to be able to play along this week!!

  21. Looking forward to the new Cinderella, too!!

  22. Those photos are brimming over with emotion. Father of the bride holding back tears with a last, firm hold of his daughters arm. Bride eager and beaming to see her groom. Groom tenderly promising, it appears, to do his best to love and protect that baby girl now becoming his treasure.

  23. I agree that the Oscars should be entertaining--they are about entertainment--movies--after all.

  24. Nope... never tire of wedding pics :)
    The Gaithers remind me of my parents as well :)

  25. Every time I come back here to click on another link. that last photo just grabs me!!

  26. Those pics are just stunning, as is your daughter! Such a beauty! I feel much like you about The Oscars...blech! We need to get our carpet stretched in our basement, but I dread it.

  27. What a great smile your daughter has on her Daddy's arm. Sweet pictures.

    Enjoyed the questions! Have a good day.

  28. Love the wedding pics, and that last one is beyond precious!

  29. What beautiful pictures, I love the wall in the sanctuary.Lovely bride.

  30. I agree with you that any of the awards shows seems to be the prime time for people to promote their own opinions instead of merely saying thank you . Perhaps that is why these shows run so long. What ever happened to getting great people to host these as well. Seems like a lot of B celebrities are now stepping up to the plate.

    Love seeing all your wedding photos and those will never grow old.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  31. How did you like The Imitation Game? I would like to see that. I am a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. :-)) We love him in Sherlock.

    The wedding photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing and keep on. :-)

  32. Those pictures have to be some of the sweetest I've seen. Daughter#1 was such a beautiful bride and Dad looks pretty proud.

  33. That last photo touched my heart! This is a great post!

  34. Thanks for sharing the wedding pictures. It looks like it was spectacular. Everybody, particularly the bride, looked stunning. In re Baseball- Red Sox Nation gave you Jon Papelbon as a closer, that should help your Phillies. COME ON SPRING! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
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  35. Enjoyed reading your answers. Whiplash is very intense and excellent. Mark finally watched on his flight to the UK and he said the very same thing I said about the movie. Gorgeous photos. My favorite photo from my wedding is with my dad walking me down the isle.

  36. I kind of watched the Oscar show while I did stuff on the computer. I still have not seen any of the films up for nomination, though I have since added several to my Netflix queue. These award shows are essentially a bore to me and particularly so when they get into the political rants and such. As has been the trend in the past couple decades, most of the nominated songs were not particularly good because they were not memorable.

    I love Indian food, but I have a hard time convincing my wife to go to an Indian restaurant. We went to one and it was a sort of Indian fast food restaurant that was okay, but not quite the experience of going to a really good Indian restaurant.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  37. Loving the wedding photos - I'm so "in the zone". Absolutely gorgeous and what wonderful memories. What fun, being a newly wed. I know how happy you are for them.