Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Sometimes blogging creates a log jam in my brain. So many thoughts and topics trying to get through the chute, they all get smooshed together and just sit there in an unattractive heap. Nice, right?

In times like these, it helps to have a list of questions to answer. That's why I'm linking up with the Wednesday Hodgepodge @ From This Side of the Pond for the first time: I need help unjamming my logs.

I should probably rephrase that because it sounds like something my boys would say and find immensely funny.

But I'm not going to because the muse is here, must write!

1. What is one thing on your bucket list? If you don't have one let's pretend you do. 

I don't necessarily have a bucket list, per say, but there are a couple things I'd very much like to do before I die... or get wrinkly... or before Jesus comes back. 

Such as, attending the Kentucky Derby with my mom. 

You remember my mom right?

 She has brought me up to respect 'The Derby' and on the first Saturday in May there is guaranteed to be a message on my machine with my mother sing-songing "It's DERRRRRBY day! Don't forget! Whoo hoooooo!" 

The increase in celebrity sightings at The Derby probably hasn't irritated anyone but my mother, and she made sure to write the network to let them know about their irresponsible coverage. She does not care about Jessica Simpson's hat, she just wants to hear about the horses, duh. This year she called and read me her letter of indignation when she was done... her letter about the lack of backstory on the horses running in the Kentucky Derby. I'll say this for my mom: whatever her soapbox may be, she stands on it firmly.  

2. What makes a good dad?

When I was a kid, my dad was always mixing up vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry milkshakes. Something I will never forget is that even if he made it when we were playing down the street, he called us home so we wouldn't miss out. Or he would find us in the backyard to bring us our milkshake, even though we wouldn't have known the difference and he could have enjoyed it himself and not shared at all. I still think about that sometimes... usually when I'm hiding in the bathroom with a milkshake so I don't have to share. 

3. Are you afraid of insects? Which ones?
I'm not necessarily scared of bugs. I am afraid of sloths though. Those things are crazy scary. 

But to answer the question, I'm no fan of spiders and if they move fast I squeal, and that's why I employ my boys to hunt any bugs that need killing. In fact, today my almost-four-year-old held a live fly between two fingers, brought it to show me, and then smooshed it. With his fingers. It's possible that I may have screamed and blacked out at that point. My oldest later said, "Wow, I've never heard you shriek like that, Mom. It was scary."   

4. We're barbecuing...what's on the grill at your house?

I'm a terrible BBQ-er. I BBQ like I do laundry... everything on the same temperature for the same amount of time. Sometimes things catch on fire. It's not pretty. Let's not talk about that anymore. 

5. Do you believe playing is more important than winning?

Eh.... this is a very deep question and I'm sort of sarcastic so I don't know if I'm qualified to answer it. The first thing I think of is that line from The Incredibles where the mom says "Everyone's special, Dash," and he answers with "Which is just another way of saying nobody is." I like winning. I think it's a good motivator to try your best. But sometimes participating can be good too. Like when you play Words with Friends. You may not always win, but you will learn important things, like the word 'Qi.' 

Qi is a goldmine. Especially when played on a Triple Letter space, boo-yah! 

6. Do you tan? Use self tanners? Visit tanning salons? See your dermatologist at least once a year?

Dermatologist? What's that? Oh that's right.... that's the place where my lady doctor told me I need to go and let someone draw a map of every freckle and mole on my body in case we need to take  a little dermatological roadtrip. No thanks. I'll just jot it down on a napkin and keep track myself. In fact, I might just start trying to take my own moles off with this stuff I found on the internet and then we won't even need a map.

I don't use self-tanners because 1.) I don't know what's in them and 2.) I was watching an exercise video this morning and the girl on the screen had huge brown patches on her foot from a self-tanner application gone wrong. I couldn't stop staring at it. I kept thinking "Wow, look at that brown splotchy foot... and it's been recorded and sold to millions of people to stare at while we do pilates... I can't believe I never noticed that before... is anybody else seeing this? This should be on Pop-Up Video." 

Sometimes I go tanning (like once every two years when I have a major event) but the last time I literally had to sign a waiver stating that I knew I was being microwaved. That took a little of the fun out of it for me. 

So now I'm au naturale with a lovely farmer's tan from my elbows down. It's very cute, I assure you. 

7. Five years ago I would never imagined that today I would...

Have four boys. In fact, there were two women in particular that I had heard of who had four boys, and I remember thinking "Dear Lord, please don't let that be me." For reals. I had a very hard time adjusting to the idea and for a long time I mourned the fact that I would never have a daughter. But now I'm doing well with what God has given me, and these boys are the sweetest, funniest, goofiest, spunkiest, cuddliest little fellas ever. My cup runneth over. Sometimes my toilet does too.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

There's only an hour left of Wednesday so I really need to finish this post. 

I think I'm on to something with The Bumps. I'm trying wheatgrass cream and this week four bumps have cleared up. So that's like four down.... only 40 or so to go. At this point, any progress is encouraging. 

Also, this weekend we are going camping and there is a 60% chance of rain for the entire weekend. I'm still looking forward to it because we are going to be together. I only see my husband about an hour each day and most of that time he spends trying not to fall asleep. So yay for being muddy, wet and cold in the woods! 


  1. Welcome to the Hodgepodge...I'm so glad you played! Your answers are funny : ) I especially liked your bbq/laundry analogy.

    Your boys are cute! God bless mothers of four boys! And mothers of nearly grown up daughters too...believe me, they are challenging in their own way : )

    Have fun camping-such great familly bonding, rain or shine!

  2. Ok two things:

    1.) you need to go over to your mother's house and take a glamouous picture of her and re-put it on this blog. (a little "make up" present to your mom)

    2.) Having experienced a naked road mapping of my moles, I may just start keeping track on a napkin myself - like that idea! ha! OR just make them disappear with a magic potion - love it!

    I will be snuggled in a warm blanket by the fire right along with you this weekend!

  3. I spend about an hour with my husband, too! And he is always falling asleep, too!
    We are two peas in a pod, you and I.

    My mom bet money that I would have four boys.

    Spoiler alert: She was wrong.

    I love Joyce! I'm glad you joined in!

  4. Which direction are you guys headed for camping? Still a 40% chance of no rain, right?! Have fun!

  5. Hope you will enjoy your camping..i think if rain will happened then you guys will enjoy a lot.

  6. and about e3 good job gamersfirst on getting aleenia and other women to promote gamersfirst. to be honest getting women to promote a game is always the best way since most gamers are geeks. or do i offend someone if i say that?


  7. Secondly, that's not how rollbacks work. As I've explained before (and as you've all just experienced in this most recent rollback due to yesterday's bug abuse), rollbacks affect the entire game, are hugely complicated affairs, and take a long time to complete. They cannot be issued to individual players or to clans. Never have been, never will be. That's not how they work.


  8. Hmm.. I was talking in the sense as to thwart the need to buy Gold Bars in the first place. I mean that is there reason they exist in the first place because everyone wants the best of everything with out any work. Right?

  9. At the moment? No.
    GamersFirst is a publisher, after all. We don't currently have the facilities or resources set up to fully host and develop a game title all on our own. Obviously we are in fact capable of upgrading to that level in order to fully host our own games since we are currently in development of at least one title (Calimaestro's grassroots game, Hailan Rising). Regardless, the developers wouldn't sell anyway, so it's a moot point.



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