Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 1/25

1. The NFL playoffs were held this past weekend and this year's Superbowl lineup will feature The New York Giants versus The New England Patriots. How do you define 'patriot'?

A patriot is someone who stands up for their country, even in the face of great adversity.  When I think of how much the original patriots of the Revolutionary War era gave (their lives, their homes, their fortunes--not to mention time away from the people and places they loved), I can't help but feel that sometimes we apply this word a little too liberally to some.  Patriot makes me think of my friends who serve in the military especially.

2. What's something in your life right now that feels like a 'giant'?

The list of things that I have to do seems a bit like a giant at the moment.  I have gotten behind a bit and it's taking me longer than I would like to get caught up.  I can take being behind in one or two aspects of my life, but right now it feels like I am not keeping it together anywhere.  I'm doing everything I can to get things back on the upswing though.

3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think back to being 18?

My freshman year of college and how much fun we had that year.  If I was to pick a year to go back to, it would be that one!  (Especially if I could go back and still remember how different things are now.  I think I would appreciate it so much more!)

4. Coconut-mashed potatoes-vanilla ice cream-mayonnaise...which white food would be the hardest to give up?

Minus the mayonnaise, you are hitting all my vices here, Joyce!  It would probably be ice cream because I have given up potatoes for short stints in the past.  I don't have to have ice cream every day, but if the opportunity presents itself, I totally will.

5. Describe an incident or a day you remember as the coldest you've ever experienced?

This was an easy one.  My brother graduated college outside on what was easily the coldest day in May I can remember.  The thing was, it wasn't supposed to be that cold, so all the girls had packed summer dresses and we certainly weren't carrying around blankets.  We ended up buying some from the bookstore, though, and still shivered through the entire ceremony!  It was miserable!

6. You're hosting a brunch...what's your favorite dish to prepare and serve?

I make really good caramel rolls.  They are the kind that you make up the night before and let them rise then bake in the morning and I always get compliments on them.  But let's be honest, if I am hosting a brunch, my friend, Casey, is doing the cooking, not me!

7. How do you combat negative thinking?

This is something I am not very good with.  I always say that I prepare for the worse-case scenario so that I am pleasantly surprised by a better-than-average outcome.  I'm also kind of a whiner.  I don't mean to be necessarily, but sometimes it just comes pouring out anyway.  My before I get out of bed prayer recently has been something like "Dear Lord, Show me how to see things in the best possible way and behave like I really am an ambassador for You."  And most days, just trying to focus on that helps my thoughts tremendously.  (Even if a little whine seeps out!)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This has been a week of great blessing for my family.  My niece is here and is perfect and my SIL is doing really well after the surgery.  I am just so thankful for those answered prayers!


  1. I like your thoughts about being an ambassador for the Lord. That really it in a nutshell, isn't it? Make me want to be a little more careful with everything I put my hand to do.

  2. The caramel rolls sound so good! Definitely not on my diet...why does everything wonderful have to be fattening?? Enjoy your brand new niece!

  3. Now I just have this visual of our founding fathers as giants... how has no one made that into a movie yet?!


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