Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cheering For The Hodgepodge

So here we are, another week gone by, and no blogging except Hodgepodge blogging. Some weeks are like that and I'm trying not to let it bother me.

I'm only slightly successful.

Let's carry on anyway. If you've answered this week's questions add your blog link at the end of my post then leave a comment for the blogger before you.

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try? Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most? Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

Well I am all about soaking in a hot bath and planning my next trip so those two things are on my February list for sure. I love strawberries and I love chocolate, but I'm not really a fan of making my own chocolate covered strawberries. They're not my favorite treat and they're so messy, both the making and the eating. Exercising should be on my list, but will it make the month brighter? Hmmm....

Something not on the list? I'm going to say buy a fun springtime top, bag, or shoes, even a new lipstick...something to look forward to wearing once winter makes her exit. 

2. Tell us about something you've seen or done recently that you'd say was 'super'?

How 'bout those Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl?! Yay for the hometown team! Plus I really enjoyed all the back stories of this particular group of players. 

3. Best thing you ate in a 'bowl' last week?

I made a pasta dish last week I had kind of forgotten about and consequently hadn't made in ages. I know I used to make this recipe pretty often, but guess we tired of it so I took it out of rotation. It's light as far as pasta goes-chicken, red pepper, squash, zucchini and black olives in a lemon-garlic sauce. My daughter2 had come for dinner that evening and we all loved it.  

4. Something you're 'cheering' for right now?

I'm going to say teachers. My daughter has shared a couple of things with me recently that just make me want to stand up and cheer for all the teachers out there who are full of compassion and care so deeply for the students in their classrooms outside of their classrooms. 

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games? Which event do you most want to see (you'll find a list here).

I do like watching the Olympics, summer and winter both. I'm not glued to the TV 24/7, but I'll watch some coverage most evenings, so will give myself an 8. My favorites are probably downhill skiing and the ski jump. It amazes me there are people who literally fly on a pair of skis. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

In honor of the Olympics throwing it back to a trip we made to Austria in 2006. We won't even talk about these cutie patooties who were in high school still. HIGH SCHOOL!! 

We took an elevator to the top of the ski jump in Innsbruck, looked over,  felt a little dizzy...

...well I felt dizzy, hubs contemplated giving it a try (you can't-there's glass in front), and then said a prayer for all the mamas of ski jumpers everywhere. 

I don't know anything about skiing in South Korea, but imagine it will be beautiful too. 



  1. Ah yes, buying something fun for springtime! My friend used to call it eye candy, gives you something to hope for in the midst of yucky winter!
    Sweet teenage Girlies :) Abby turns 29 this month and I can scarcely believe it! Where has the time gone?
    Number 1 on The Hodgepodge, that's something to cheer about, WOO HOO!

  2. My feelings about the seasons are so backwards. I need something to make me feel better about spring and summer coming around but love it when fall and winter finally get here. I'm trying to just enjoy winter instead of dreading spring's arrival. While I am not an Eagles fan I sure was glad to see New England not win so, Yay, Eagles! LOL I have no idea why I never got into the Olympics. I think I'm the only person I know who doesn't enjoy watching. See? Backwards. On so many things. LOL Have a wonderful day!

  3. Jo,

    We rooted for the Eagles, too. Their victory made our evening! Mmm, pasta dishes!! That sounds so good. I used to make a pasta salad a hundred and ten years ago which I liked on occasions. DH just tolerated it. I think I'll have to dig that recipe out to try again after all these years. Thanks for the inspiration! Oh your random photos of Austria are gorgeous. That snow-capped mountain and church steeple image is my favorite but the snowy village looks nice, too. What an amazing vacation that must've been! Thanks for hosting the Hodgepodge fun!

  4. I can’t even imagine going down that ski jump!!

  5. I used to make that chicken pasta also. We love it, but it's a little addictive and has no defined boundaries, a problem for me. That ski jump! I've been at the top of a 90 meter? too. It is incredibly scary, The thought of deliberately going down that thing on skis. Yikes!!

  6. Great pic of your vacation to Austria, Joyce. That pic of the downhill makes my palms sweat! Have a great week.

  7. Yikes! I'm not really afraid of heights, but that shot looking down the ski jump....Not this girl. Not no way, not no how!

  8. Eeeeek....the ski jump picture! Seriously, I'd love that recipe...sounds right down my alley! And yay for cheering for teachers. And YAY for teachers!!!!!!! Thank you for thinking of positive ways to get us through the winter!

  9. Very good answers! I have been thinking about a dress for spring. There are some cute ones out these days. The pasta dish sounds really good and I think I will google Pinterest for a recipe for that. Our daughter in law is a teacher also and so cheering them on for the daily challenges is something we do for her and all the teachers who never give up and have only the kids' best interests at heart. We visited Innsbruck, too and saw that ski ramp. Mercy. I only skied the blues. Your pics of your daughters are always cute.

  10. As a person with a fear of heights, I can't even imagine making the leap off that ski jump!!! Nice picture, by the way :)
    Enjoy the rest of your week,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  11. The pasta dish does sound delicious. I especially like that it doesn't seem to have a heavy sauce. That's on my mind because I just attended Cardio Rehab video class with Hubby and that was the topic. I will try to find the recipe. When you look at those pictures of your cuties, isn't it almost impossible to believe how fast time has passed. I love looking at the old pictures but it also reminds me of how fast I've gotten old(er). Have a great weekend.

  12. Great answers. I think I might have gone a bit off track. Glad I wasn't on the steep ski jump run. Yikes! Fun memories with your high schoolers! It will be interesting to see the winter terrain in South Korea. Yes, hats off to good teachers! Glad my kids picked sports where their feet stayed on the ground...mostly. When you coming to our state? :)

  13. I'm looking forward to watching the evening coverage also for the Olympics. I did enjoy the Super Bowl this year. Such an exciting game!

  14. Yes, to buying something for spring. Think I'll do that this afternoon. And, yes, to cheers for teachers! Both my daughter and dil give their all in their classes and it is no easy feat these days for sure!

  15. Oh my goodness that ski jump looks scary! I love looking at snowy scenery but I don't enjoy being out and about in snowy freezing weather. Roll on spring!

  16. We also took 3 high schoolers to Austria but did not do the ski thing. I don't think I'd even go to the top to look down! For sure Yay for teachers! Georgie's stories are funny and frustrating at the same time. Bless her.

  17. Still flying high with our Eagles!! What a game! I am always amazed at the ski jumpers and that photo you have looking down that jump is really something! Happy Hodgepodge! By the way, I like your suggestion for a little shopping trip!

  18. Your pasta dish sounds amazing! I do try to steer clear of pasta because of the carbs but every now and then I will sneak some in to my diet. Wow, those pictures from Austria are amazing! My hubs has a fear of heights but I don't...I do have to admit that looking out over that ski jump made me a tad squeamish...can you just imagine?? I can't! :O

  19. At the risk of losing my Patriot Nation citizenship, I must say your Eagles are a class act. They were definitely the better team on Sunday. If they were to play again this Sunday, who knows? They gave us an excellent game to watch. So, enjoy your victory parade and your team's victory.
    Thanks for another fine Hodgepodge.

  20. I think I would have felt very dizzy if I'd looked over that ski jump - it's so high. Well done for the super bowl.