Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Two Post Hodge Podge

Welcome to Wednesday Hodge Podge.  Read along and then go to Joyce's page at From This Side of the Pond so you can play along!  

1. Shakespeare's birthday is celebrated on April 23rd...when did you last read Shakespeare? What's your favorite Shakespeare play?

Well I probably last read Shakespear in college.  I am not sure of a favorite.... hmm....I really enjoy Midsummer's Nights Dream... maybe because it was one I acted in.

2. What food(s) would you recommend a foreign visitor try when they visit your home country?

Food recommendation.   Another tough one.  Something that was very popular in Idaho was ice cream that looked like a baked potato.   I adore ice cream and I thought it was funny that it resembled something so different.   I would recommend you try all kinds of things :)

{Here is a link if you want to see a pic of potato ice cream}

Also speaking of potato ice cream, lol, in Japan there was a ice cream that was made from purple sweet potatoes and it was SO good!  If you ever go you must try it.  Ube is the name I believe.

3. What's a lie you often tell yourself?

That I won't drink anymore soda even though I know how bad it is for me.

4. What's something you're good at that might surprise us? Remember this is a family friendly blog!

Well maybe a leader.  In my own life I am quite disorganized, I procrastinate, indecisive at times, etc. but when I am working or in charge of a project I am generally a go getter and am able to get everyone to work well together and create something great.

5. Who is your favorite animal character from a book?

Well right now some of our favorite books are by Mo Williams and involve a Pig and Elephant.  They a pretty funny & they make my kids laugh big belly laughs which is the best.

7. Speaking of rainy days, which one of the following activities would you most want to spend time doing on a rainy day-

sort photos and create albums
bake cookies
read a good book
hold an all-day movie marathon
clean and organize closets, cupboards, or bookshelves
try a new recipe
fix something that needs fixing

Well I would have to pick more than one because I don 't like to do anything for an entire day.  I get restless easily.  I would start with making some cookies so I would have a yummy snack for later, I would then work on a scrapbook, then read for a bit and eat some cookies, then finish off with a movie :)  

6. April showers bring May you have a green thumb?

Well I am out of practice we have not had a garden or too many live plants in a bit but are working on getting more plants into the house again (now that I don't have crawling babies that might eat them) and we want to start a garden.  I use to have a green thumb and help my Grandmother when I was younger... she could grow anything.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am intrigued by your friends link party for May involving Pinterest because I have loads of pins and have made one thing from it.  I need to get going :)  

Also the date is drawing close for a trip of my own and I am really excited yet nervous.   I cannot wait to eat at Panda Express, Olive Garden and all those yummy places and to shop.  It will be great!  I will try to take some smashing pictures so I can blog about it in a non crappy boring way :)  I might be too busy eating and shopping though to really document :)

Belated It's Okay Tuesday

Well once again I am a day late and a dollar short.  Okay really I could use more than a single dollar if someone was handing out money but I digress.  We really have not had much happening here that is blog worthy... just lots of running back and forth back and forth and back and forth.  I do really enjoy my rant/vent that I do on Tuesday though so I am still doing it and you can't stop me.  {Insert maniacal laughter here}

It's okay that my son took soooooooooooo long in the bathroom yesterday that we missed the bus and I had to drive him to school.... 25 min away... and spent 50 min in the car that I did not have

It's okay that I took my dog to the vet yesterday for an appointment my husband had scheduled and when they asked why I had brought him in I told them I had no idea.... 

It's okay that they asked even though they already KNEW why I was bringing him....apparently my husband told them on the phone and it was in his chart.  I don't think it was necessary they asked but it is okay that they did.

It's okay that for over a month now I have listed Crock Pot Orange Chicken on my weekly menu for Tuesday and have not cooked it yet.

It's okay that we had sandwiches for dinner last night because I had not started anything in the morning (again) and it was late when we got home from baseball.  Tuesdays blow.

It's okay that I gave my sister a list of 7 places that I want to go eat when I go visit them soon.  Eating is my priority on this trip which is pretty funny since prior to this trip my goal is eating little and healthy so I can lose weight and buy new clothes while I am gone.

It's okay that I look forward to that quiet plane ride by myself.

It's okay that I am only 20% done with my book for book club tonight but I plan on spending some quality time with my kindle today and hopefully hitting 100% by 6pm tonight.

It's okay that the more I talk about being a writer the less I am writing.  This too shall pass.  

It's okay that I am trying to wait until I get to the states to get my hair done & my eyebrows waxed yet I am vain enough that I don't want to walk around looking awful for the next few weeks here. Frugality vs looking good.  It's a conundrum.  

Alright enough blabber I got a book to read :)  Have a fab week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wet Wednesday Hodge Podge V 74

Apparently even the weather is frustrated with my lack of blogging these days... it must be...what other reason would we be having rain for 10 straight days?  Mother Nature is forcing me indoors to deal with my housework and sad blog.  Jokes on you Mother Nature I have been avoiding BOTH.  
Alright enough witty repartee, let's move on to the weekly Hodge Podge which is my saving grace every Wednesday.  After reading my answers head over to the fab Joyce's page at
From This Side of the Pond to read hers, others and join in!

1. Spring is in the air (at least in my neck of the woods) and the birds are singing...what's your favorite bird?

Well I know next to nothing about birds so I can't really tell you the name of one, nor do I really have a "fave" but there is a white/black and blue one that frequents my yard that I think has very pretty coloring :)

2. Speaking of you tweet? If you do share your screen name and we'll come flocking to your twitter site. Even if you don't let's all pretend here that we do-in 140 characters or less, sum up your week so far.

I don't tweet.  I find it interesting but it is just one more time suck and I have enough of those already.
My week so far if I were tweeting:

tiring, rewarding, exasperating, busy and full of laughter... would be better without the bathroom mishaps of my three boys that have been occurring but overall good :)

3. It's been reported recently that employers are not only viewing the facebook pages of potential hires but they're also requesting your facebook password to have a look at what you've kept from public view. What say you?

I say that they are welcome to view whatever is public but to ask for you password... I think that is over the line.

4. It's April and you know what that means-Major League Baseball is back in action. What's your favorite baseball themed movie? If that's too hard what's your favorite sports themed movie?

Hmmm favorite baseball themed.  Maybe A League of Their Own.  "Crying... there's no crying in baseball. " Classic.

5. Something else this season brings-asparagus. Yes please or no thanks? If it's yes please what's your favorite way to have it prepared?

I do enjoy asparagus which does not thrill my family as they do not.  I am looking forward to grilling it or trying a new recipe for it I found on Pinterest that involves Parmesan cheese and broiling it.

6. What drives you? (Don't you love how I sandwiched that one in between asparagus and jugglers?)

My family.

7. April 18th is International Jugglers Day...can you juggle?

No but it is random thing that I think would come in very handy and I wish I could.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We are considering moving to a different house here and I am VERY VERY torn about it.  I was hoping making a pro's vs cons list it would help but I still am unsure of what to do.  I am trying to ask myself if I am doing what is best for my family as a whole or what would be easier for me.    Any tips and tricks in making a touch decision?

In other randomness my blog is nuts because no matter what I do the spacing and font is all wonky and it is making me nuts!  I am about to scrap this blog and start a whole other one... okay... I am done ranting about that ... for now.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Back to Hodge Podge

Back to the Hodge Podge Goodness brought to us by the fab Joyce at 
From This Side of the Pond.  Join in on the fun over at her page.  You won't regret the hop over to read or partipate :)

1. Have you ever played golf? Any interest in playing? Do you have a significant other who loves to play? Did you watch The Masters this past weekend?

I have played golf, 9 holes rather than 18.  I thought it was okay & if I had more time on my hands I might be more into it.  I do enjoy miniature golf :)   My Dad, Brothers and Nephews all play.

2. Hats are back in fashion this do you feel about wearing a hat? (fyi-I'm not talking baseball caps) When was the last time you wore one?

I wore a fancy hat  about 3 months ago to a tea they had on base here.  I had picked up the hat in Scotland and love it.  I really enjoy hats and wish I had more occasion to wear them.  I remember having one in High School that I would wear once in awhile and it seemed very out of place in my tiny town.  I rocked 
it anyway :) {Was going to post a pic but I can't find one - tomorrow}

3. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 meaning proficient and 1 meaning "I'd starve", how adept are you at using chopsticks?

Well I picked up very little skill in the 4 years I spent in Japan.  Shameful really :)  I would rate myself a 2,
maybe a 3, 3 1/2 I can slightly use them if absolutely necessary but I look a mess.

4. Has technology taken over?

Am I the only one who has a love/hate relationship with technology?  I am so grateful for cell phones, internet etc.  but sometimes I long for simpler times.  I am so grateful that when my husband has to be gone for work for long periods of time that I don't have to rely on "snail" mail.  We can Skype, email, etc.  It is fantastic.  I LOVE hand written letters though & getting cards in the mail.
I love that we have cell phones so when my husband breaks down in the middle of nowhere when it is late, cold and dark with one of the kids with him I can go help or he can call someone else for help yet sometimes I am annoyed that I have to remember one more thing to always have on me & charged.
Oh and I think I loathe touch screens.    So technology is taking over...I think while there are many many pros I wonder what we are giving up in exchange.

5. In the course of a day how often do you look in a mirror?

I have no idea.  Atleast twice.  Once in the morning when I brush my teeth and wash my face and in the evening when I repeat that.  My husband would tell you that I look in a mirror everytime I pass one.... I think that use to be true although I don't love to admit it.  I had a period of time where I was quite vain... now not so much.

6. Tulip or Daffodil?

Tulip.  Although the previous tenants planted lots of Daffodils in our yard and I do enjoy looking at them but had I chose it would be a sea of tulips :)

7. I am proud of myself for __________________.

I am proud of myself for things I am accomplishing as a Mother.   I hope that I am raising my boys to be kind, helpful, strong men with good values, voracious readers and healthy eaters.   I also am trying to instill in them to keep dreaming, be creative and NEVER give up.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Random thoughts... well today I am 36.   Atleast according to the card my husband gave me which was a relief because I was thinking I was turning 37 but was to afraid and lazy to do the math :)  Ah my brain is zapped more and more into mush brain by the moment.  I really adore my boys and was grateful for how great they were today and how they make me laugh.  That is the best present EVER!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's Okay Tuesday

It's Okay that I am in a writing rut and I am too lazy to log on and blog so much these days.... I will snap out of it.  

It's Okay that it is Spring Break and my two youngest are dying to go somewhere and my oldest and I are embracing not leaving the house for a week straight.  I need a break from running like a crazy woman.

It's Okay that when I bought a bunch of produce my husband said, "why did you buy all that?" like I had bought out the entire produce section at several stores instead of saying something more apprpriate like, "wow honey I am glad you are really embracing this eating healthier thing"

It's Okay that my first thought after he said that was punching him in the face.

It's Okay that I have yet to mail my nieces baby presents that I have for her.  I have had them for months... she had her baby on Sunday.  Yep I am awesome like that.

It's Okay that I am trying to rework our budget so I can hire someone to clean bathrooms and help around the house.

It's Okay that I am addicted to a show called Generations Project and get all hyped about Genealogy and yet still have yet to do any.  {Here is the link to the show and the one that got me stuck.  It is sad, happy and amazing!  }

It's Okay that I am finding eating healthier and making the time to work out so hard.  

It's Okay that I am going to end this to go scrub toilets.... what a glamorous life I lead :)

Now that you have read my "It's Okay on Tuesday" thoughts hop over to 
Airing My Dirty Laundry One Sock at A Time and visit the very funny gal who started all this.