Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hodge Podge for Fun...?

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

Joyce from This Side of the Pond hosts a weekly random questions party; I saw the questions this week and thought, hey, I have time this week...then I proceeded to depress myself with my answers.  But I put a joke at the can skip to that if you want...

1. Are you doing anything special to mark this season of Advent? If so please share.

Our church really doesn't follow the liturgical calendar; some years I've managed some observance of Advent, as its own season, but this year...couldn't pull it off...

2. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen...and of course you recall, the most famous reindeer of, which reindeer name best describes you this week? 
Um, Donner?  I'm thinking of the scene in 'Miracle on 34th Street', in which Kris Kringle corrects the guy doing the window display, saying no one other than himself would notice that Donner's antlers were wrong.  Unless I'm misremembering and it wasn't even Donner's antlers he mentioned...

3. What's worse-too quiet or too loud? Which have you had more of lately?

I've always thought too loud was worse than too quiet.  Too loud interferes with other folks, annoys other folks, draws negative attention.  And I'm usually being Too Loud.  And I regret it later...with humiliation, sometimes...

4. This question comes to you from Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens-thanks Zo!

When you are administratively gifted, how often do you find yourself not trusting less gifted people to do what they've committed to do?  If you are not so gifted that way, but are reliable, how do you feel when the stronger person (in that area) goes ahead and covers it before giving you a chance to come through? 

 I tend to expect everyone to do what I would do in a situation...and there have been far too many times when, for whatever reason, the other person didn't follow through and something that I believed was crucial either didn't happen or I found myself doing it under stress, making sacrifices in order to see it done. I felt taken advantage of, disrespected and rather resentful.   But, now and then, there's been the time that I had something under control and was going with it, and the person over that area went ahead and did it or delegated it to someone else and I was superfluous to the whole process.  I felt...incompetent, invisible and unnecessary.

5. What is your most dreaded task relating to the holidays? Your most looked forward to holiday task?

I'm willing to bet I have the same 'most dreaded' task as most everybody  There have been years that I didn't even want to decorate, because I couldn't bear the thought of spending two or three days dismantling it, usually by myself.

I love wrapping presents, though, so long as I have enough time to do it without stress.

6. Facebook has released its list of the 'most talked about' topics of 2013. Pope Francis took the number one spot.  Does that surprise you? He was followed by election, royal baby, typhoon, and Harlem Shake. Your thoughts? What was your most talked about topic in 2013? (Facebook, around the kitchen table, or wherever it is you talk)

Oy.  Probably the data migration project at work.  In some form or other.  It consumed most of the year, anyway.

7. What's something you consider a necessity that others might view as a luxury?

I'm not a very extravagant person;  my necessity is hot water on tap.  In most of the world, that's a luxury...

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Ok, this has been so heavy that I need to put a joke in here.

Guy explains to his doctor, "Doc, when I got up this morning, I put on a pair of white gloves and started calling my wife Minnie. Then on the way to work I couldn't help singing 'Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's off to work I go', and when I got there I started calling everyone Happy, Grumpy, Dopey and so on. What's the matter with me?"

"That's easy," replies the doctor. "You're having Disney spells."


  1. I love the movie "miracle on 34th street" especially the original with Natalie Wood and Maureen O'Hara.

    1. yep...that's the one. We watch it as a family every Thanksgiving after dinner. It's funny...when we were watching it this year, I seriously felt like it had only been a week or so since we last watched it. This year has flown by...

  2. Y'know, I don't recall that about the movie/Donner. Now I'm gonna have to pay more attention next time.

    1. ...and now that it's not 11 pm, I'm almost sure I got the wrong name. Oh, well... ;-) It's in the old black and white version, in the opening scene.

  3. I am like Scarlett O'Hara when it comes to thoughts of de-decorating. I'll think about that another day : ) Your answers didn't seem heavy, but when we answer these questions we know our own back story, which I guess makes us see them differently. Glad you played along....have a merry day!

    1. Yeah, Joyce, I bet you're right. Because I actually remembered the events I mentioned,,,but no one else would have a clue...

  4. Our answers to #5 were spot on! Taking down the decorations is my most dreaded task, but I love wrapping the presents! Love the joke you shared...thanks for the laugh!

  5. I don't like noise either.

    Don't know why I didn't think of the dreaded task of de-decorating.