Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tripping Over the Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Just a reminder there will not be any Hodgepodge next week (August 4/5). We'll be wrapping up some travel here and then making our way south, aka moving, so I'll need a break.

Is moving a break?

The HP will be back the week after (August 11/12) so check back then for a new set of questions. We're here today though, so let's get started.

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-

Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

Biggest struggle would probably be facing my fears head on. Does that come naturally to anyone? I will say I'm definitely better at it than I used to be. 

Finding the good in life comes most easily to me. 
I can always find the good. 

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?

I had a manicure this morning (Tuesday), so might have used the $20 towards that. 

3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet...which 'trip' have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.

We're traveling to Canada via Maine and back again in the next week, so round trip works. We'll be attending a wedding in Prince Edward Island so trip the light fantastic also works. 

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?

This is hard. In thinking about all the possibilities I realize I'm quite mediocre at a whole bunch of stuff-ha! I'd love to be a great dancer, and as long as we're going to master the skill, sign me up for DWTS or the NYC Ballet. 

5. As July draws to a close, let's take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you...been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?

I have not been swimming at all this summer which is so sad. I love to swim. There's a pool in the apartment complex where we'll be living in less than two weeks, so ask me again in August. And since I've enjoyed more than one ice cream cone a few laps in the pool are feeling necessary. 

Hubs and I saw Jurassic World which I think qualifies as a blockbuster, have not camped, but have eaten corn on the cob because it's not summer without corn on the cob. 

I haven't gardened because we're currently without a garden, haven't picked fruit off the vine, and I only accidentally unplugged thanks to a tornado wreaking havoc with the power for a long, hot, three days. I've been to a couple of minor league ballgames, and have read several books. 

Have we taken a road trip? Um, yeah. We've been on the road more than we've been home. 

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What's your question?

Here are a few things I'd like to hear every candidate address, both sides of the fence or no side of the fence- 
  • What are the two biggest issues facing America today?
  • Tell me why I should believe you're going to do what you say you're going to do. 
  • Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegals currently living in the US? 
  • What about illegals brought here as minors? Do you support in-state college tuition for illegals brought here as minors?
  • In a few short sentences tell me what America means to you. 

7. What's your most listened to song so far this summer?

I Do by Holly Maher and Always Been You by Marie Hines. 

True confession...those two songs are on my daughter's wedding video and it's possible I watch it once a week. Or twice. Maybe three times. Whatever. Here's the link if you somehow missed it when I linked to it twice before- Best Day Ever Link

Like I said...ob.sessed. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My girls are together in Washington this week. Makes my heart so happy.

"A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost."~Marion C. Garretty


  1. I like your debate questions, I want to know the answers to them too!
    Safe travels for A!! your trips!
    Have always wanted to experience apartment life, for a while :)

  2. So, somehow I don't think I had watched your wedding video before! I think I would have remembered your Hubs dancing! Also that first glance when he sees Shannon in her dress. So touching! The video is beautiful - and such a keepsake. (Time for me to watch ours too! lol)

  3. Love the photo of your daughters! So sweet.

  4. Darling photo of your girls, Joyce. Brought tears to my eyes as I think of how quickly our children grow up and can imagine you wanting to rewatch that wedding video. Blessings as you travel to PEI and as you move.

  5. Like to know the answers to your debate questions, too. Daughter did not want a video, and I am about to strangle her!! Safe travels!

  6. Hi Joyce! Have a wonderful trip! Good luck on the big move. Love the pic of your girls. Safe travels.

  7. Hi,
    I like the question, What does America mean to you. My problem with it all is, they never seem to tell you the truth. Just what you want to hear or decided to "flip flop".
    Our corn will be read soon here in Northwest Wisconsin, I can not wait for corn on the cob.

  8. Loved #6...have a lovely trip, Joyce. Blessings

  9. You will be SO ready to jump in the pool when your move is done (or heck--maybe you'll just abandon the boxes at high noon on day one and take a dive!). Glad your girls can be together. Sister time is uber special and does make a momma happy. I'm a lil jelly bout your trip to PEI. Always wanted to see the land of Anne...

  10. Awe, know your girls are having such a special time. Love your questions and really think you should be the moderator for the debate. :o)) Happy travels and sure glad you are taking a HP break next week. I'll probably be taking one the next couple of weeks myself.

  11. Have a great trip. Good luck on the move. Loved the picture of the sweet. Loved your song choice too. These questions were usual. Will miss you next week.

  12. I love it when all my girls get together. It really does make the heart feel good. You're going to MAINE?! That's one place I'd LOVE to visit. Please take some pix for me!

  13. I just realized I didn't answer the question about physical skill. I need to go back and think of something ;) Love your presidential questions, especially the simplicity of the last one because it would tell us so much. Enjoy the wedding and all the traveling you'll be doing.

  14. Enjoy your trip, and the distraction it brings :) It'll take your mind off of things for a while.
    Believe me, you'll enjoy that pool, in your apartment complex, in the month of August, too.
    As always, thanks for hosting the Hodgepodge.

  15. Manicure, I like that answer. My pedicures are $20! Those are fabulous questions to ask a candidate. Of course those are your favorite songs. I just adore the video. I'm so glad your girls are together this week. I know exactly what you mean :)

  16. Seems like even with your move, you are able to get the most out of summer! I know you will be glad to be landing in one place. I think we all should take our $20 and get either a mani or pedi!

  17. Love all your questions for the candidates, although I feel there would be so much rhetoric and PC in their answers that we still would have no answers.
    Your daughters are so cute and I love the sister quote. I am going to text it to my sister.
    Your life is so very un-boring!!! Here's hoping you get that swim very soon.

  18. So glad you are getting a mini-vacation (would love to see the land of Anne too!) and your daughters are getting some good sister time. Enjoy your "time off" next week!

  19. Just watched the video. Oh goodness! My eyes filled with tears when I saw the look on your husband's face when he saw your daughter. So sweet!

    What a special day! No wonder you watch that video so often. I would too! Sweet memories.

  20. Can't wait to see you on DWTS!
    I will be watching it upside down as I will be doing a headstand!

  21. Facing fears seems to be a frequent comment from the hodge podgers.

  22. What a beautiful dream wedding.

  23. So funny that we both wrote about wedding videos, Joyce! Glad your video was a positive experience. I plan to visit my friends Cathy & Tom soon, so I may have to make them dig out the video for another showing.

    On second thought -- maybe not -- or I could just close my eyes during the dancing!

    Thanks for the fun questions and have a good break!

  24. Great questions for the candidates and yes I have watched your video and can perfectly understand why you would keep watching it! Enjoy your round trip and the wedding :)

  25. I liked your debate questions too. Hope you will soon be settled! I can never say that moving is a break. I haven't moved for the past almost 30 years for a reason!!

  26. P.S. What a beautiful wedding. They look so young and so happy!!

  27. I just realized I didn't link up today! Too late now! As always, a great Hodgepodge. I can't wait to read Shannon's blog about the sister visit!!

  28. I hope you enjoyed your view of NH however brief it may have been. Visiting the maritime provinces is on SWMBO and my bucket list. Someday perhaps. Here's wishing you safe travels and an enjoyable time on your journey.