"Notes from our Hodgepodge Hostess: Happy Valentine's Day Hodgepodgers! Here are this week's questions...answer on your own blog, then hop back here tomorrow to share answers with the universe. Here we go-"
1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?
When we were very little, it was Bamma and Bampa, just because we couldn't say Grandma and Grandpa. But we did eventually learn how to say "g."
2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?
Mr. Fixit and I were just talking about how both of our mothers coincidentally took similar trips, driving with friends to California around 1960, before they were married (and you have to realize how far southern Ontario is from California!).
3. What are three things you don't know how to do?
Drive. I mean, I sort of know how, but I don't because I drive terribly and I'm scared to.
Income taxes. Mr. Fixit does them online.
Barbecue. Mr. Fixit's department.
4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?
Um...more space in the house? We are celebrating that by continuing to clear out, donate, recycle, sell off a lot of things that have lost their usefulness.
5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?
I love almonds, preferably chocolate-coated or maybe tamari-flavoured. But I don't make anything with almonds because of family allergies.
6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
Errand, grocery, and yard-saling morning. At one time it was take-the-girls-to-dance-class morning. Sometimes even get-groceries-while-they're-in-dance-class morning.
7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.
According to GoodReads, I've read 15 books so far this year; but some of them are sort of adult picture books (decorating and so on). How to Get Dressed was a fun read on OverDrive. Only the Lover Sings was more of a keeper (and I liked that it was short enough to want to go back to again).
8. Insert your own random thought here.
This week I put 2/3 of our "good" cutlery set into the everyday kitchen drawer. The other third is in the dining room, in case we need it; and the older* everyday stuff is in a bag in storage, in case one of the offspring discovers a sudden need for forks and knives.
(*Older? I wrote that and then realized that, since the "good" cutlery was a wedding gift, it is probably about the same age as the mixture of things from our pre-wedding apartments or the inherited odds and ends that came with the house. I probably should have just said less pretty.)
I also cleaned out the linen closet (almost Zen in its half-emptiness).
I cleaned out a lot of quite old plastic storage containers.
I did quite a lot of laundry.
And I published my new book.
(Maybe it's the adrenaline from that that is inspiring all the cleaning energy.)
Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.