Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hodge Podging Again

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

What is there about a set of random questions that includes one about a book that makes me decide I have to answer???

Dunno.  But there are a few other folks who answered as well...check it out at From This Side of the Pond.

1. Since these questions are posting on the first day of April it seems only right to ask-when was the last time you did something foolish? If you can't answer that one, try this one-when was the last time someone fooled you?

I guess the most recent time I was fooled was when I commented on a rather out-of-character facebook post made by a friend, only to receive a message that it was a secret game and now I had to pick something  from a random list of obnoxious posts and put it on my page for an hour.  Now, I consider myself a fairly good sport...I did the giraffe thing, even though the riddle was flawed...but this seemed outside of the realm of fair play and I balked.  Shame on me, maybe, but fair is fair.

2. What's the last biography or non-fiction book you've read? Was it any good?

I read George Washington's Secret Six:  The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager whilst sitting in the waiting rooms at the surgery center as my older son had his knee repaired.  It was a quick read...I read all of it before he got to his room...but very enlightening.  I'd never really heard the whole Benedict Arnold story (yup, those six civilian spies were key players), and many of the American Revolution stories that I learned in history class looked a little different coming from a non-textbook perspective.  I'd recommend it.

3. Garlic-friend or foe? What's your favorite dish made with garlic?

I like garlic as a flavoring amongst other flavors; not so much by itself. My favorite garlic-heavy dish is a soup that we call 'Chicken Fajita Soup' or 'Mexican Chicken Soup'...I've posted the recipe before.

4. Several Spring flower festivals happen in the US during the month of April. Of those listed, which would you most like to see in person...The Skagit Tulip Festival in Skagit Washington, The Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville Tennessee, The North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington North Carolina or the Daffodil Festival Weekend on Nantucket Island, Massachussets?

I like flowers as much as the next person, but not as Main Attractions.  As trimmings around the edges...fine.  So I'd probably pick the Dogwood Festival in Knoxville, since I'm at least a little familiar with that area and I can mix in some arts-and-crafts stuff down towards Gatlinburg and maybe wander through a bit of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

5. How do you choose which blogs to read?  What is something that will make you stop and read every time? Something that makes you say, 'eh, think I'll skip this one and move on to the next'?

That's a really hard question to answer; I've wondered myself what makes me stop and read ... or add a blog to my reader list.  Mostly because I want to incorporate that 'something' into my blog, which is virtually invisible in the blogging world and only has about 10 regular visitors.  Obviously, I haven't identified it yet, but I think it has something to do with recognizing a kindred spirit.

Skipping blogs is's a topic that isn't near and dear to my heart, or one that is a repeat of other blogs I've read, or one that takes an angry or a condescending tone towards anyone.

6. April is National Mathematics Education Month so tell us, when did you last use math?

LOL...  I wanted to write computer programs, but the computer science program at the local college required so  much math that it was silly not to just take the extra three courses and get a double major.  So, yeah, I'm a math major.  And I used math just yesterday to compute a tip at a restaurant.  Probably used it today, too, but I'm too lazy at the moment to review the day to see where.

7. In honor of the A-Z challenge kicking off on April 1...choose one word beginning with the letter A to describe your yesterday.

Adamant.  I decided that it was TIME to do something about the creeping scales and waistline...and had to turn down some incredibly tempting Gigi's cupcakes in order to stick to my resolve.  But I did it...and walked 2 1/2 miles in the evening to boot.  First steps and all that.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

It's hard to know when to speak up and when to shut up...I wish I were better at determining that...

1 comment:

  1. This year I memorized Prov 10:19-'Where words are many transgression is not lacking. But he who holds his tongue is prudent.' I cannot tell you how many times that verse has come to mind as I've struggled with what and when to say or not say. I am in a sticky volunteer situation. Ugh. Anyway, I think that's something we all struggle with. I know I tend to talk more than I should : ) Hope you have a wonderful week. Hubs read a great bio of Washington, so maybe I'll look for your book suggestion to get him. He enjoys reading Am History.