Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Back to the Hodgepodge

Hello Hodgepodgers! We had a full and busy day on Tuesday, so I'm writing my responses to this week's questions at a ridiculous (for me) hour. Better late than never, right? I've even managed to squeeze in something relating to today's one-word prompt from the Write 31 Challenge, so whoohoo! Add your link at the end of my post, IF you've played along too. Here we go-

1.  October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?

I did see the movies, and loved the first and third. The second was just okay. 

Back in 1985 I was a fresh-faced newlywed, married just over a year. Hubs and I had moved from Knoxville Tennessee to Richmond Virginia in March of that year, and in September I'd started working as a Speech Pathologist for the Richmond City Schools. We were living in a rented townhouse and feeling very grown up. I have a picture somewhere, but it's been a long day and I don't have what it would take to find it on my computer. 

2. If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past?

While I think it would be fun to meet my future great greats I'm sure there are things about the future that would also worry or upset me. And I'd love to go back in time if I could skip any sadness, and just relive the good stuff. 

I'd think twice about traveling either direction. The future and the past are both filled with highs and lows, love and loss, joy and sorrow. I feel a huge sense of relief knowing I'm not in charge of time.  

3. We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass). Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good?

I think it's safe to say there is no un-doing the Internet. In general I think it's done more good than harm, but of course there is always that one bad apple (or ten) who like to spoil things.  

I don't worry too much about whether we'll keep up with the demands of all this ever-evolving technology. I'm sure the future will bring more and more new, but with that will likely come ways of managing it all. 

In 1985 if someone had declared that in 20 years we'd all be carrying around computers and cameras in hand held 'cordless' telephones we'd have wondered how in the world we'd manage. But look at us! We rock! 

Also, it is past time for us to be flying cars, don't you think?

4. Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food?

A pork roast with sauerkraut or else shredded with BBQ sauce would be my favorite dish prepared in a slow cooker. We try not to eat 'fast food', but now that we're back in the land of Chick-fil-A that's sometimes easier said than done. Since they list the calories on their menu I think twice about my order. I love their original sandwich with extra pickle, but their Asian salad is also delish. I don't eat Chick-fil-A very often. 

5. No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now?

Probably mark time. We're building a house so in a sense, we're marking time until completion. 

6.  Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else. How does that make you feel?

Lots of things aren't what they once were, but the thing I miss the most is the church I grew up in. There's been so much change and turnover through the years, and while I think the building itself is still there, it's not the church I once called home. Makes me long for what once was.

7.  Describe your comfort zone.

I do believe Dorothy said it best, 'There's no place like home.' 

No matter where in this world we roam, no matter where in this world we set down roots, if my people are there it's home. We were away last weekend, and hubs asked why I was anxious to get home when we're living in temporary quarters. I really couldn't explain it other than to say, 'It's home, that's why.' 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Day 21-wave

Hi Everyone! 

Yesterday was a big day in our little corner of the world, as our dock was officially installed almost. We are so excited. Before the builders do the last little bit (dig the pilings) we need an official stamp of approval saying yes our dock is within our designated dock zone. It is, but we still need Mr. Inspector to sign off. 

I'm going to post some words and pics here later today or tomorrow, but in the meantime we have a couple of chairs, blue skies, a fabulous view, and...

...a serious case of the happies! 



  1. I bet you do have a serious case of the happies - a dock in, at least you have a place to go and watch the house be built. I'd say progress is happening. Thanks again for the questions and the opportunity to share this week. Enjoy the rest of it.

  2. Several of your answers are very similar to mine. The sauerkraut with pork roast sounds very good - I may have to check out a recipe as I have never heard of that combination. We had red cabbage this past weekend at a German restaurant and it was delicious. That lake is so blue. Lovely excitement to be marking time for a new home on the lake.

  3. There is NO place like home! I know you are so anxiously waiting the completion of your new home.

  4. The dock looks really good. You have such a beautiful view.

  5. Joyce... I sound like a broken record, but I see we answered alike again! How nice to have your dock up! It looks wonderful. And it will be a beautiful spot to watch the evening sunsets.

  6. Joyce... your dock is gorgeous. I am sure you and your family will share many happy times in that gorgeous piece of the world. Enjoy your week.

  7. Oh that dock looks amazing! Nice place to sit and watch the world go by and the house take shape :)

  8. Yes, I think flying cars are way overdue. Love that photo! I'll have to admit, a place on the water sounds amazing! That dock... is that really a roof I'm seeing? Since when do docks have rooves? Roofs?

  9. PS. I hope you realize that with that gorgeous photo you're risking getting every Hodgepodger on your doorstep (or dock).

  10. We are fans of Chick-fil-a and like you, I enjoy the Asian Salad. Home is my comfort place, and yes, I do miss church the way it used to be. Thanks for the questions and the link-up!

  11. I see you and I have something in common--our love of 'home' :)

    I couldn't help but think about how much has changed since 1985, too! A lot of water has passed under the old bridge since those days...

    About your dock-- what a nice place to spend while "marking time" and waiting for your house to be completed :) Enjoy!

  12. Oh Joyce, the dock. :-))
    I am with you about home. :-))
    xx oo

  13. The dock looks fabulous! Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge. 1985 was a good year to get married!

  14. A serious case of happies indeed! Love that expression!

  15. Scrolling down to add my post to Linky, before I read yours, I saw the fantastic photo of your pier. Gorgeous, beautiful and perfect!!! Your pork roast with sauerkraut sounds delicious. We grew up on pork, dumplings and sauerkraut, it was a regular Sunday meal and of course it had caraway seed on the pork and the kraut! Like your answer for your comfort zone.

  16. The dock is gorgeous! A roof and everything! Wow .How nice to be able to sit and look at the view while marking time with the house build!
    Great questions today, as always. Nostalgia-inducing, for sure.

  17. What a view! I know where I would be until they got my house finished! Love your answer to #2.

  18. So exciting for you to have the dock almost completed!!

  19. Joyce, great job with the hodge podge, and love the dock! I'm green with envy.

  20. Very cool dock! And that's coming from me the 'non water' girl. ;)

  21. The dock looks awesome! So exciting!

  22. I love Chick-fil-A too! I just haven't had any in six months. Their waffle fries are my favorites! I would love to eat those everyday for the rest of my life and nothing else. :) I'm not sure we need flying cars. People around here have a hard enough time driving on the road. Haha!

  23. I foresee many happy hours on that dock. Beautiful!

  24. Your dock looks spectacular! The build seems to be progressing nicely. May it continue to proceed without any hitches! Thanks for sharing the photo's.

  25. "A pork roast with sauerkraut or else shredded with BBQ sauce would be my favorite dish prepared in a slow cooker." My husband would unquestionably like you to invite us for dinner.