Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Hello September Edition

1. What's on your September calendar? Anything fun? 

a) Next week I send my "baby" off for her first day of school. (She's fourteen.) Tonight we are invited to a family barbecue at the school.

b) We're going to buy a few pounds of ground beef and chicken (once again, I don't give up easy), and try some freezer cooking.

2. You might be described as a natural born _____________________?

That sounds like one of those fill-in-the-blank jokes  from Match Game

Natural born bookworm, how's that?

3. September is National Courtesy Month...what one act of courtesy would you most like to see more of in your home, town, or the world at large? 

I'm still recovering from my July trip there-and-back-again through two Canadian and U.S. airports. Can I just say that I appreciated it when I did experience courteous treatment? And we'll leave the rest be.

4. Eager beaver, chicken out, clam up, or let the cat out of the bag...of the phrases listed, which one have you related to most recently? 

All of the above. But I have tried not to chicken out or clam up when it was time to let the cat out of the bag.

5. What's your movie theatre snack protocol? Do you chow down on snacks during the previews or wait until the movie begins? Do you buy snacks or refuse to pay those kind of prices? What's the last movie you saw in a theatre? How many thumbs up would you give it?

The last movie I saw in a theatre was Frozen, in the middle of a cold snap. And on the rare occasions we do go to a movie, Mr. Fixit and I might share some popcorn.

6. Henry Ford is quoted as saying, "Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind." Agree or disagree? Why?

INFP types have a natural-born need for a certain amount of "idleness," which you can think of as mushrooms growing in the dark. It's kind of like the quote that's supposed to be by R.L. Stevenson but which nobody has actually been able to find in his writings (that's a rabbit trail): "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."  There are some things you have to work and work at, and other things that have to start with idleness. Some days you have things to check off, other times you're just planting seeds. 

I bet Ford did his own share of idling.

7. What's the last job you completed or task you performed where you had to 'work like a dog' until it was finished?

Getting The Plutarch Project ready to publish (the last week of it was stressful).

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Gregory Wolfe writes in Beauty Will Save the World: “We have had a number of books casting the acid of angry rejection over the spirit of our age. They are not in error; it is only that in many cases they do not get us anywhere.” When I took university writing classes, "angry poetry" seemed to be the norm. But as Wolfe says, where did it get us? We need less anger at "them," more compassion for "us."

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Joyce said...

I deleted the incorrect link so there's just one there now. I've never done the freezer cooking, but it sounds kind of interesting. I like the idea of a full freezer : )

Mama Squirrel said...

We are doing the no-cook version: putting meat and other ingredients in freezer bags, then thawing them to put in the slow cooker or the oven. "Dump recipes."

Jeanne said...

Happy sigh. I love posts like this where I learn more about you!

Mama Squirrel said...

Jeanne, there's a new one today. :-)