Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Short workweek = time for a Hodgepodge post!

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi.

I haven't had time to properly think through the questions lately, so I haven't Hodgepodged for a while...but I decided that, since the office is closed for Thanksgiving, it will be a good opportunity to play along.

So, if you're in the mood, hop on over to From This Side of the Pond and play along or see what everyone is up to while we're doing the last minute Thanksgiving prep...

This weeks questions:

1. Besides U.S. Thanksgiving, it's also National Game and Puzzle Week...what game have you played most recently, and who were you with? Have you worked a puzzle of any kind in the past week?

My most recent game-playing has been Mario Party 8, with the Flute Player when she was home for a wee bit.  I absolutely stink at video games...I just do not have the eye-hand coordination to do a lot of that stuff...but we found a way to play on the same team, against a pair of computer-operated opponents, so my ineptitude does not impair my enjoyment.  We both get to win.

As for puzzles, I am a logic puzzle fiend.  I carry them around in the car so that if I get stuck waiting somewhere, I have something to do.  Since I just have a stupid phone and can't cruise the web while I wait.

2. What is one place you were thankful for this year?
 (because church isn't a place ...it's a body...) Gorham's Bluff.  We got to sneak off for an overnight to celebrate my Sweet Babboo's birthday...it is such a treat. 

3. Take a nap, watch football, go for an after dinner walk, or hit the stores...which ONE is on your must-do list for Thanksgiving day? For those of you playing along who aren't in the US, answer as it relates to any big holiday meal.

Um, none of the above.  The we-must-do-this-on Thanksgiving is to sit down and watch Miracle on 34th Street while we eat pie, once dinner has settled enough that the pie is possible.  Sometimes a walk follows, if the weather's fit.

4. Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite home cooked meal?

Tough question, because any other meal could happen at any other time of the year for any reason, while Thanksgiving is  a feast on a particular day, and there's so much more than food that makes it special.  I will say that My Sweet Babboo grills a mean steak...sometimes we'll do that for Mother's Day, sometimes for my birthday, which is in July.  So that probably counts.  Steak, salad, onion rings. And almost always with the kids, if they know dad's grilling steaks. ;-)  Simple and yummy.  But not cheap.

5. What product from an infomercial would you most like to own?
I haven't seen an infomercial in so long that I don't even know what is offered anymore.  So I have no clue.

6. Christmas shopping? Have you begun? Finished? Will you shop on Black Friday? How do you feel about stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?

I have a bit done...mostly what I have done so far has been done online.  I may order a couple of more things; some things I make and some things I just go looking for what suddenly fits.  If that makes sense.  I have quite a bit more to do...but you will not see me on the hunt for sales on Black Friday.  I don't need anything that bad.  I don't have anyone in the 'toys' age group anymore, although a toy or two may end up under the tree.  You never know.

7. What are you most grateful for that adds beauty to your everyday life?

Music. As I'm typing, I'm listening to the Allegro from Bach's Concerto for Violin.  Perfect for the season.

We actually have music that is associated with Thanksgiving.  The current CD playing is a compilation disc titled The Bells of St. Genevieve and Other Baroque Delights, but also in the rotation is Bobby McFerrin's Simple Pleasures, a compilation disc titled Tapestry: Evening from Warner Alliance;  Quietime: Hymns...which was a random find in the church bookstore...and The Bach Variations, which is a compilation from Windham Hill. We'll switch to kind of obscure Christmas music on Friday; I try to hold off on Andy Williams and The Boston Pops and Robert Shaw until later in the season...although we've got so much Mannheim Steamroller that there's usually one of theirs in the player from Black Friday to Epiphany.  But I start with their newer stuff and work my way backwards.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!


  1. I love Logic puzzles too! Feels like exercise for the brain! Your birthday dinner sounds yummy, and similar to what I request on mine. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Awww.. Watching Miracle On 34th St., and eating pie, all sounds wonderful to me!.. Best wishes to you and your family for a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving! ~tina (aka beansie)

  3. Oh, yes! I got so caught up thinking on whether I watch football, nap or take a walk that I didn't even think about our own tradition of eating pie and watching a Christmas movie. I love that! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!