Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Intravenous Coffee with the Hodgepodge

Good Wednesday, fellow Hodgepodgers! It's so nice to have Joyce back from visiting her adorable grandson though I'm sure she would love to have stayed longer. How many of you are enjoying the last of some winter snow? Not us. Nope. We've been having above normal temps until this week. We're chilly but no snow. I know some of you are sick of it but be glad you have seasonal changes. We have spring and summer with only a week or two of fall and a week or two of winter. I do miss seasonal changes. Enough griping about the weather. Let's get to the Hodgepodge! 

From this Side of the Pond

1. Best place you've been lately? That would be easy had I been anywhere lately. Haha! We did go to Mother's on Sunday if Y'all want to count that. Of course, when these two come to your house you don't need to go anywhere.  

This is your head, Baby R. 

2. What's something you should say yes to today? I should say, YES to getting fit or at least to getting up off my rear more than I do. Or this week? Same. Or even this year? That and getting myself organized again. I've hit that point where I've moved stuff around and now it's time to organize it. Maybe in my spare time. Ha! 

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? Not since the lovelies went and grew up. If so tell us how. W
e do still wear green because none of us would appreciate a stranger giving up a pinch if we don't don the green. I did buy a couple shamrock tees for Bug to wear to school on Friday because they'll celebrate and once she and Baby R get a bit older, I'll go back to celebrating all the little holidays like we used to. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'? The first thing that comes to mind is it's TeacherDaughter's favorite color. The next thing is my amazement at all the shades of green I see around here in the summer months. It's the one thing I don't mind about summer. Ha! 

4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? There are several products I can get behind and of course, they do not come to mind for this question. I could be a spokesperson for my Shark vacuum. Tell us what makes you such a fan. What can I say? The thing does what it's supposed to do and it does it well. It's easy to use and has served me well. Usually, I can give a whole spill on a product I love but I'm just not finding my words right now. Maybe some of your answers will inspire me on this one.   

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? I said, "I'm not stupid I can put two and two together and get four." But I wasn't talking about math I was applying what little bit I know about math to a bit of sarcasm. And most importantly do you like pie? I do. What's your favorite kind? Just one? No way because it depends on my mood but pecan, cherry, egg custard, coconut custard, banana cream...With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream? Ice cream but only on the cherry pie. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here. That nasty daylight savings time change is messing with me again this year. I am not a fan of springing forward and it's going to take me at least one week to adjust thus the muddled thinking right now. Ok, thus the even more muddled thinking right now. Meanwhile, I'll take my morning coffee intravenously. 

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Oscars

Is this even news at this point? It's never really news to me as I can count the number of minutes I've ever given to the Oscars on one hand. Do I hate the movies? No, though it is a rare one that captures my attention and keeps me watching the entirety of the movie instead of stopping after 2 or 3 minutes in. Do I hate celebrities? No, but I don't hold them in any higher esteem than I do any other people at least with very few exceptions. Well, what then?

Ok, here you go, the reasons I do not watch the Oscars:

  1. Too much talking. I do not mind if they want to mention social or political topics because everyone has an opinion and there are some topics out there worthy of discussing when you have a platform but I'm not the least bit interested in any personal stories or that mile-long list of people they believe to be worthy of a thank-you. And all that NOT funny nonsense the writers have the presenters say? UGH. Give me a break although it does say something about the amazing talent of the audience who expresses their forced laughter making it seem real. Almost. It takes loads less time to read a list of winners on the Internet the next morning. 
  2. Rarely if ever do I agree on the nominee choice in the big categories. The little categories are meaningless to me as I don't know those people or anything about what they do. The big ones? I've most likely not even considered seeing the movie nor heard of the actors/actresses. If I have seen the movie, I either didn't care for it or found it to be mediocre at best. There are few actors/actresses I believe to be worthy of an award.
  3. I have rarely if ever agreed with the chosen winners. Sometimes it seems this is nothing more than a popularity contest based on how many people saw a movie or how much a movie or person was trending with the public. That's not honoring someone for great work. 
  4. I have an issue with the amount of money spent on something so trivial and this includes their ridiculous gowns. I get it. If you have money you certainly are welcome to spend it however you choose. But if you're going to stand up and spout support for social issues perhaps conforming to the glitz of Hollywood is not the best idea or maybe that's just me. And then there's the fact that most of the designers must have been on some type of mind-altering drug because who designs that in their right mind? Unless they've designed what the actress requested in which case what was the drug of choice for those actresses? Oh, creative license you say? I'll give you that but still...
All that being said, there was one movie in the line-up which peaked my interest, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. Why? The title and the actress. The title is interesting and I do like Francis McDormand (I had to look up her name, oops but I loved her in  and recognized her from FARGO and I loved FARGO and have watched it multiple times. Seriously. Good. Movie.)

I realize I am in the minority on this one but that doesn't change my opinion about the Oscars nor will it have an effect on the future of the Oscars. Ha! What I'd really like to know is-- 

If you do watch the Oscars, why?

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Rolling of the Eyes

Everyone does it from time to time. It's the rolling of the eyes when someone says or does something that annoys us. It seems I am annoyed multiple times on a daily basis. Ha! I will say when I do roll my eyes I try to do it 'silently.' In other words, I can be discreet in my eye rolling as I am able to do it in my mind instead of being outwardly rude to someone. I have also shared my eye roll with another person who is also in the room and just happens to be rolling their eyes as well. I have also been known to full out lose control and not only roll my eyes on purpose and in full view but with an added huff. Anyway...

Believe it or not, there's a history behind the rolling of the eyes. As far back as Shakespeare's time, the eye roll was a form of flirtation. Who knew? We didn't really begin rolling our eyes from annoyance until the 60s. Psychologists study eye-rolling and have suggested it is a form of passive-aggressive behavior in teenagers. I thought it was just a requirement during the teen years because like it or not teens are so adept at eye-rolling it seems to be an innate trait. There is even a how-to for rolling one's eyes on wikiHow. With pictures. Which made me roll my eyes. Ha!

There's no doubt humans communicate with their eyes and facial movements. It's relatively easy to tell whether someone is just a bit annoyed or annoyed to the point of wanting to smack somebody. With that in mind, I've come up with a list of things that result in the rolling of my eyes. Maybe Y'all will find some of these are on your own list of eye-rolling annoyances and hopefully one of those things is not reading blog posts about the rolling of the eyes.   

Annoyances that make me roll my eyes:

  • When someone tries to be clever and funny but they aren't clever or funny.
  • When someone answers a question by telling their life's story or just one story that takes over an hour to tell AND you've heard it a gazillion times.
  • When someone tells me the same thing for the five thousandth time. I really don't need to hear more than once that you are going to go to the store.
  • When someone has the 100th pity party in the same day.
  • Skinny people who say they are fat or need to lose weight.
  • Smug superiority.
  • People who always steer the conversation to be about them.
  • People spout something as gospel that they read from one, noncredible internet source.
  • People who believe they are always right.
  • People who believe you are entitled to THEIR opinion.
  • Starting a sentence with, "I'm not ____, but..." I'm not racist but,... Ummm, I'm thinking maybe you are racist else that thought wouldn't have even come to you.
  • Pyramid schemes- Plexus is one I see a lot.
  • Pyramid scheme 'ambassadors' who try to friend people on FB just to recruit/sell.
  • People who give you a 20 minute rundown on how they are feeling when you ask, "How are you?" Seriously, doesn't the world know we are mostly asking that to be polite not to hear their life's story? When someone has been in poor health the question does sincerely seek information otherwise, no.
  • The statement "It is what it is." 
  • One-uppers.
  • Unsolicited advice such as, "You should..." People do not like to be told what to do.
  • "No offense, but..." They're obviously about to spout something offensive.

Did Y'all roll your eyes? Did anyone notice I got through this without using the word, stupid? Hey, this is what you get when the Hodgepodge is on break and I'm bored.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Leaping into the Hodgepodge

I don't know how your February weather has been but ours has been awful. We've broken records and hit over 80 degrees for over 2 weeks and I. am. over. it. It is winter and I want my winter weather. I miss my winter weather. I need my winter weather. If this is a precursor to the heat of summer I'm not going to be able to step foot out of my house for MONTHS. Which means I'll have plenty of time to spend with the Hodgepodge and the Hodgepodgers! Speaking of which---

From this Side of the Pond

1. Are you currently operating at 100% capacity? I'm not quite sure. If not, what % are you? I feel like I'm at around 65% but I can't discern whether that's just what I think or I have slowed down due to not being as fit as I once was or a vitamin deficiency or the new percentage is actually 100% because of the age thing. What's keeping you there? Again, I'm not sure but I am putting a few things into play just to see what it might be. Step one, try to make my unmotivated self move more and then add some B12 spray to my day because everything I've read indicates this could be a huge part of it.  

2.  Have you done your taxes? You mean have I contacted the lady who does them for me? No. Planned/booked a summer holiday? Nope. Thought about or started your 'spring cleaning'? Hahaha! No. Besides what's listed here, tell us one task that needs doing before spring rolls around. I can't think of anything right now probably because I don't want to do it or even think about it. Ha!

3. What's a favorite food from your part of the country? One of the best things about being born and raised in the south is the food! If I have to name just one from here in the low-country I'll go with shrimp and grits. When you get shrimp and grits you have to be careful, though. Not everyone knows how to do it right and that includes some of the fancy pants restaurants around here. If you try shrimp and grits the first way to tell they are 'done' right is if the grits are coarse and gritty. Grits should be smooth and creamy. And they should always be made with fresh shrimp straight off the docks otherwise, why bother. I'd love to make them for y'all if any of you ever come this way! 

4. This isn't a leap year, but let's run with it anyway...look before you leap, a leap of faith, grow by leaps and bounds, leap to conclusions, leap at the opportunity...which phrase might best be applied to your life currently (or recently)? Grow by leaps and bounds. Explain. Well, these two are growing by leaps and bounds for sure! 

5. As the month draws to a close list five fun and/or fabulous things (large or small) you noticed or experienced in February. 

  1. The yellow jasmine I've been waiting on for years is finally blooming and it's so pretty
  2. The number of feathered friends visiting the deck has increased
  3. A fab road trip with my bestie from college
  4. A mouse in the house--WHAT? Yep. We found his point of entry and he is now blocked. 
  5. These two:

6. Insert your own random thought here. How many of y'all are on the THIS IS US train to Sobyoureyesoutville every single Tuesday night? Seriously, there have been 2 episodes in which I thought I'd make it without needing a box of Kleenex when BAM! a couple minutes from the end they got me. This show has it all- the writing, the acting, the cast... I've run the gamut of emotions from watching this show and sometimes I run it during one episode. I love. this. show. 

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

I'm referring to myself. Most people know I am not a fan of the telling of untruths whether it comes out of my own mouth or the mouths of others. I just don't like it. Which means I am surrounded by people who do not give me the truth at least not the whole truth because that's the way life is you know when you don't like something life smacks you in the face with it just because you don't like it. So many people tell me the same story with spins making themselves look way better than the same tale when told by someone else because that someone else is making themselves look better. It's almost comical. No matter how much I protest having to hear these tales the tellers can't seem to help themselves.

What's my point? This and it is a sad truth-

When I think about it I am not as good at truth-telling as I thought. Let's take my driver's license for example. That thing is sporting several lies. Weight? First of all who's idea was it to put something like that on your driver's license? Not only is it uncool it encourages people to fib no matter who they are. It's not like I have never weighed that before it's just that it was from the 1980s or something. Hey, at least I didn't give my college weight. Ha! That picture? I haven't changed that thing in 10 years or has it been more? When they let you do this stuff online you just keep the photo you don't love but it's a heck of a lot better than any current ones. Let me just say if they ever put a scale in at the DMV I will stop driving because I can just see the look on the clerk's face when I verbalize my weight.

Where else? I realize I am also guilty of the fib for the sake of making someone feel better and the fib of omission to keep others from worrying so much. And the fib of omission because I assume the reaction to the information is going to be unpleasant. None of those are really fair to the other people but I just don't feel the older folks in the family need to have worries dumped on them unless it's absolutely necessary especially if the older folks are experiencing poor health or already have worries of their own.

Other fibs I am guilty of telling:
  • I'm fine. This is rarely true especially when the fibromyalgia is flaring up which is most of the time but who wants to hear all that? 
  • My phone died. Yeah, probably it did not die. 
  • My phone doesn't show a missed call from you. This has actually happened but it's not always the case and sounds so much better than, "I didn't want to talk to you."
  • Oh, sorry I forgot. It's just easier and sounds better than I didn't want to do it. 
  • Just kidding. Ok, most likely they know I'm not. 
  • You're breaking up I'll call you later. Easiest way to cut a call short. 
  • I'm only going to watch one more episode. When binging on Netflix. I have no idea why I even try as we all know there is no such thing as only one more episode. 
  • I would love to but I have plans. Mostly I use this because of the fibromyalgia. I never know from one part of the day to the next how I'm going to feel. 
  • Yes, I'm listening. Y'all, I am never listening especially if the speaker is droning on and on. I do always listen to my grandbabies, though. :) 
And I'm sure I could come up with more if I thought about it long and hard enough. 

Thank goodness I'm not a wooden puppet named Pinocchio. 

Please tell me I'm not in this boat alone. 

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