Wednesday, March 16, 2011

If it weren't for the Hodgepodge...

...this blog would be even lamer.

Have you noticed that I've been in a bit of a blogging slump lately? When every other post I write is the Wednesday Hodgepodge, you can safely assume that my frequency is lacking.
I'm not sure what to blame it on, but I will find someone or something and get back to you.

Certainly it is not my fault!

On to this week's Hodgepodge...

1. What would you do if you found a pot of gold? Let's pretend that pot of gold is worth exactly $1500 (which would actually be more like a cup of gold at current values). Anyway, let's also pretend you have to spend it as opposed to making a donation somewhere. Now, tell me what you would do with that cup pot of gold?

For a while I was thinking about getting a new lens for my camera, so that would be one possibility.
But since we are Disney World fans, I tend to compare every large purchase to a trip to Disney. So I could either have a camera lens for myself, or the whole family could go and have a fun vacation.

Hello, Mickey!

2. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form?

I'm a disappointment to my Irish name. For if I remember that it's St Patricks day, I will wear green. But that's pretty much where the celebrating ends. And even that is mostly because I find pinching to be unpleasant.
But I do love the color green.
And the book Scarlett, which is set mainly in Ireland.

Does that count?

3. Have you been bitten by the Spring Cleaning bug? What spring cleaning job most needs doing at your house? What spring cleaning job are you most dreading?

I think the bug was trying to make its way to me but it got stuck behind the laundry and couldn't see past all of the toys scattered across the floor.
Then its poor little legs got mired down in all the dust, and it shriveled up and died.

One benefit to moving at least every 3 years is that we get a chance to clear out quite a bit of excess stuff. Since we've been here for less than a year, spring cleaning will be a lighter task this year.

Or one that I never get around to at all.

(That's much more likely.)

4. lime-shamrock-sage-forest....your favorite shade of green?

I love so many shades of green-- it would depend on what it was for. Furniture & walls, I like a more muted sage or ivy.
Like this table from Pottery Barn that I would never buy because the price is ridiculous. 

Josh's squadron's color is a bright shamrock green. Or Chief's green, if you will. And I like that too.

5. Thomas Jefferson once said, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." So... do you believe in luck or do you believe we make our own luck?

I believe in hard work, and appreciating unexpected blessings. 

6. Monday (3/14) was Pi Day. Get it? 3/14 is Pi Day. Those math types are so clever, aren't they? Since I'm not one of them tell me what's your favorite piE (the edible kind)?

My husband is one of those math types. I remember looking at some of his textbooks in college and wondering how they could be math books when they didn't have any numbers in them. You know you're into some interesting math when the problems have more letters than numbers.
My brain doesn't work that way.

(This just in: he told me that class was Linear Algebra, where they pretend that we live in a world with varying numbers of dimensions, and then do algebra in those make-believe worlds.
He said it was the hardest class of his college career.
He got an A minus.)

Key Lime is my favorite edible pie.

7. That same date (3/14) was also the birth date of the late physicist, Albert Einstein. I bet he knew the value of pi. What do you think is more important and/or valuable in life...intelligence or common sense?

Intelligence is important. I mean, if there weren't intelligent people around, imagine how long it would have taken to shut off the BP oil leak in the Gulf!
Oh wait. Bad example.

Not everyone has been blessed with an intelligent mind, but if those people who weren't could aquire some common sense, that would be great.

Overall, I think Godly wisdom trumps them both.

1 Cor3:18-19
  Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.
 8. Insert your own random thought here...

My citrus-eating eyes have been opened to the Best Invention Ever (second only to the DVR. And elastic waistbands). I guess that would make it the third best invention.
Did you know that there is a spoon that makes it unnecessary to spend 10 minutes cutting up the individual segments of a grapefruit?

Of course you did. 
Everybody did. 
Except me. 

It's called a grapefruit spoon, and yesterday my friend gave me one.  (Holla, Amy!)
And then I ate two grapefruits in the time it used to take me to cut one up. 
I am a grapefruit eating machine now. 

If I only had the willpower to go on the grapefruit diet, think of how expeditious I could be.


Susan said...

Hi Erin,
My husband is one of those math types too. Thankfully, our children inherited their math skills from him! I enjoyed stopping by your blog. You have a beautiful family.

Nathalie said...

Whew! You provide lots of fodder for comments, eh? You are quite the funny gal, yes you are.

Let's see...people who can do math. I don't like them. I just took my General Knowledge Test for my teaching certification. I had to do 45 questions in 100 minutes. I cried for the three days leading up to it. I had been studying for three months and could not grasp basic geometry. Regardless, I passed my test...even the math section. God was in that room with me. I am convinced of this.

Grapefruit spoons. I own two. Bless your heart. How old are you, and how long have you been married?

Scarlet (was it one "t" or two?)...anyhow...WONDERFUL book! I read it a number of years ago. I really, really love how the author finished up the story started in Gone With the Wind. HATED the made-for-tv movie, though. That was back in the 90's. Very stupid.

That's all I have.

Start blogging more. You're funny.

Trust me. I know these things. I work with teenagers all day long.

Proverbs 31 Wannabe said...

Love your family pic. You look skinny. I'm not a math type at all ~ ugh! That's why I teach the little bitty kids...I can count pretty good, you know. I also know my ABC's.
My Nanny and Poppop had grapefruit spoons when I was little. I didn't like grapefruit then but I thought the spoon were neat.

Christina said...

You are one of the funniest people I know (or don't really know, but like to pretend I know).

Mary said...

Numbers mean absolutely nothing to me. I have a brother who writes/edits math textbooks. How can that be since we come from the same gene pool? Oh yeah, science doesn't mean anything to me, either! :D

Amy said...

Sweet! I made the blog... and I'm so glad you like the spoons. I've been eating some grapefruit too. And on another note, if you want to celebrate St. Paddy's day tomorrow, you can come learn all about St. Patrick from the Elam fam at CC tomorrow! I know that's exactly how you want to celebrate! ;-)

Joyce said...

I'm glad your hubs the pilot is one of those annoying math types : )

Love the family photo!

I have a grapefruit spoon.

I agree with Nathalie-start blogging more. You're funny.

Anonymous said...

Erin, my fruit loving friend:

I have to tell you about my latest discovery. If fact, my discovery could be just as delayed as your grapefruit spoons, but I think you will enjoy it.

Costco has a bag of "oranges" by Sunkist that are a hybrid between an orange and grapefruit. EXCELLENT! A must buy if you come across them. No special spoon needed.

Jen mcd

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

I think you're truer to your Irish name than you give yourself credit for because you look great in kelly green AND your favorite pie is green.

I, too, loved Scarlett. :)