Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Cheers To The Hodgepodge

Here we are with a new year on the horizon and one more Hodgepodge to close out the year that was. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you set any goals for the new year this time last year? Did you meet them or miss the mark? Tell us more if you're comfortable sharing. 

I didn't have a long list of things to accomplish/change/improve in 2022, other than write more. Honestly life came at us full throttle this year and I spent a lot more time living it than writing about it. That's okay too. 

Maybe 2023 will be my year. 

2. What are three words that might describe the kind of person you were this past year or describe in some way how your life looked? 

Nana~road tripper~shotgun rider

3. What's something new you ate, saw, heard, or experienced in 2022? What did you think? 

A granddaughter joined our family in 2022-

What did I think? I thought she was perfectly precious.
She still is! 

In a different vein, hubs and I traveled up the coast of California in late September, driving from San Diego to Half Moon Bay just outside of San Francisco. 

Lots of new-to-me sights were seen there, which I wrote about it in excessive great detail beginning with this post-The Golden State. 

4.  Oxford Dictionary has announced it's word of the year for 2022, and it's this-goblin mode. Huh? Have you ever heard this phrase? Used this phrase? 

I hadn't heard the phrase until I read about the choice online and can't imagine I'll ever use it. Still kind of scratching my head, but I'm not trendy in so many ways and I guess this is one I've missed. Most people I asked hadn't heard of it either so I have to wonder how it can possibly be the word of the year? 

It's defined as "a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations." 

This year they allowed the public to choose amongst three finalists. You can read more about that here

Who is the public I wonder?

If you were in charge, what word would you declare word of the year for 2022? 

Wordle. Thanks hubs! I surveyed my family because I've had a houseful and still have a houseful and my brain is currently a bit mush. The Wordle trend is definitely more me than goblin mode. 

5. Any special plans for an end of year celebration in your house or town? The travel channel says the world's best New Year's Eve celebrations will happen in Copacabana Beach-Rio de Janerio, the Orlando theme parks in Florida,  London, Sydney, New York's Time Square, Edinburgh Scotland, and Paris. If you could attend any one of these which would you choose? Tell us why? 

No special plans this year, but if I could transport myself to one of the cities listed it would most definitely be London. 

Here's me with my girls in a London black cab, New Years Eve 2008. We were on our way to dinner and then to meet up with friends after. 

Auld lang syne man. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Sometimes I post things here around the holidays so I can look back the next year and recreate a decoration, recipe, craft or in this case...charcuterie tray. 

I made this for a neighborhood get together earlier this month and loved the way it turned out. I got the idea from one of my favorite Insta accounts, Ain't Too Proud To Meg. She does all sorts of beautiful and creative boards.  

Happy new year everyone! Cheers to more kindness, more grace, and more Hodgepodging in 2023!

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  1. Your granddaughter is adorable!! The word for 2022 had me really thinking who did they ask! Happy New Year!

  2. A new granddaughter must be a wonderful thing. She is so adorable! Yep, Wordle was a good one. Play it almost every day. "Cheers to more kindness, more grace, and more Hodgepodging in 2023!" Amen and yes!!

  3. Yes, you had a very busy year and that was so awesome. (except for falling down and hurting yourself) I missed part of question 3#. Yes, London would be awesome. Your tray is beautiful. I haven't made one yet. I am going to have to check Meg out. Happy New Year to you and your family. May God continue to Bless you in 2023.

  4. Is it a commentary on the times, that the word/phrase for an entire year would be such a negative, harmful, and depressing one? I pray no one I know has any occasion to ever use it. The opposite of this would surely be your full house of loves for Christmas. What a joy that beautiful little girl is going to be and I'm sure already is. Your group of cousins are going to enjoy each other so much in the years to come. And you get to watch! Happy New Year to you and all your wonderful family.

  5. Wow!! What a cute (and delicious, I'm sure) charcuterie wreath!! Thanks for showing us! Thanks, too, for another fun Hodgepodge. I mentioned being tired in my post but you are an energizer bunny, Joyce. Whewie!! Happy new year to you and yours!! Love & hugs!

  6. I think 2022 hasn't been a good year for nobody or maybe a few. London is not the same anymore since the Olympic games. They have demolished a lot of charming areas and now it looks like "little Dubai" I used to go to London often it's only 2 h per train (Eurostar) but now I don't even stop there anymore. I don't recognize it anymore.

  7. You did a great job on the charcuterie!! I may go back and answer your questions later this week - somehow Wednesday sneaked in without me knowing it was here hahaha! I'm taking a few days off this week but as always, your questions are great! I have never heard of the word of the year!!

  8. I enjoyed your responses to the questions and answering them myself.

  9. Happy New Year to you and yours! I tried to do the Hodgepodge but what was I thinking with all the kids here on Tuesday night!

  10. Happy New Year to you Joyce. I hadn't heard of Goblin mode either!

  11. Just pinned your charcuterie to my "Christmas hospitality" board. Yes, I still use Pinterest especially as a place to put things I don't want to forget. But like you, I find my blog works the very best for that.

    I never heard of goblin mode either. Very strange.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Loved your answers...totally late on commenting. I love Wordle. That appetizer wreath you brought is gorgeous.