December 19, 2012

It Came Upon a Wednesday Hodgepodge!



1. How will you spend 'the night before Christmas'?

I will be snug as a bug in a rug in my old bed at mom and dad's after spending the day in airports and airplanes. (Hoping and hoping that the weather is good and there are no problems with any of my flights!)

2.  What is one thing you are not?

A morning person! No matter what time I go to bed the night before, I still don't want to get up in the morning. I'm not really grumpy in the mornings though. (Usually anyway, but I can't guarantee a bright smile first thing.) It's actually the running joke at work not to speak to me until at least 10am, since I may not be very aware before then. I have heard a rumor that you can make yourself a morning person, but who'd want to do that? :D It might actually be possible, but so far my willpower hasn't determined to make it happen for me.

3.  Fudge-are you a fan?  Your favorite flavor?

Kinda a fan, I guess? I'll eat it once in a great while, but not too often. If I do eat it, I want just plain chocolate.

4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December?  Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls? Are you giving any homemade gifts this year? 

 I did not attend any craft fairs in December, but I prefer the homemade goodies. No, I'm not giving any homemade gifts this year. Unless you count the cookies I took to work Monday to give to my co-workers. (See recipe here.)

5. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering?

Very low key. Not a large crowd, just a few friends or family. A time to relax and just enjoy being with the people there. Very casual and simple, and we can graze at the food table anytime. :)

6.  We're approaching a new year...what's going to be different in 2013?

Haven't really thought about any resolutions or anything yet. But I suppose one thing would be to set a better schedule for my quiet time with God and stick to it more regularly.  Another is to call my mother more often and dad too. I know they enjoy my phone calls, but with a time difference and life in general, I don't call as often as I want. I'd like to do better at that.

7. Share a favorite scripture, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to peace.

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:7-8

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

So last night was supposed to be a relaxing evening, but it turned into several hours spent on the phone with my family. All of a sudden it occurred to my father that we had not planned our meals for when we're all together next week. (This is a bigger deal for us because I live out of state and so does one of my brothers. And mom is unable to help much anymore.) Dad talked to one brother and got him worried too, so said brother emailed me and asked what I was thinking. Long story short, I figured out something pretty quickly. The men in my family don't cook much, so planning a meal for 16 people looks really, really huge to them!

I had thought about it recently, but wasn't worried. I remember basically what we did last year, and we'll probably do something similar. No problem at all. I spoke to my sister-in-law and she agreed with me. That's when I decided that the real problem was dad and my brothers. I believe I now have them reassured that it will all work out, but it just made me laugh! The men in my family are so clueless when it comes to cooking and meal planning. Is it that way in your family too, or are they a whiz in the kitchen? 

Toodle-loo kangaroos! Due to my trip next week (and limited internet access), if there is a Wednesday Hodgepodge I won't be able to participate. I'll miss you guys! But I hope you each have a wonderful and merry Christmas! :)

17 comments:

  1. I grew up with my dad being the one doing all the big cooking for holidays. Even still he refuses to let me help. Then when I got married being the youngest on in law side and living furthermost away they won't let me help, but the women take care of it all. Safe travels!

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  2. Those are the perfect verses about peace! I love fudge but only treat myself now and then--usually if one of my co-workers bring some in.

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  3. I can't imagine my brothers or my Dad or stepdad cooking. My step dad can cook spaghetti bolognese and that's it!

    I love that we have almost the same verses on peace! :)

    And I'm not a morning person either. I tried to be, but my body clock simply won't cooperate! Even when I worked early shifts doing care work, I still couldn't sleep earlier than 1 a.m. and used to fall asleep during 7.30 a.m. meetings...

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    1. It's always good to know I'm not alone in waking up slowly. :D And those verses are wonderful!

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  4. That is one of my very favorite verses in the Bible. Safe travels and enjoy your Christmas...I still like sleeping in my childhood bedroom. It doesn't look the same, but it feels the same : ) Merry Christmas!

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    1. There is just something about going home again. Since I only visit once or twice a year, it's always good to get that feeling that only mom and dad's house can bring. :)

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  5. I need to do that as well - make an effort to spend more time with my parents. Never know what tomorrow holds.

    love your scripture!

    Prayers for safe, easy travels for Christmas! :)

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    1. Thank you! And so true, we don't know what tomorrow holds. We need to treasure the moments we have right now. :)

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  6. HA! Men in the kitchen. Love it! Enjoyed your post and praying for your trip. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you! :)

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  7. add me to the non-morning-people!! :)

    merry christmas and safe travels.

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    1. It's so good to know there are people who understand me! ;)

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  8. My hubby is the cook and meal planner in our house. He asks my opinion and then does what he wants. I get to make dessert. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe trip home!

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    1. He must be an excellent cook! At least if the main meal isn't that great, you know you've planned a great dessert. :D But seriously, y'all sound like you have a great thing worked out there. Merry Christmas to you!

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  9. I love the snow man and the "Danger men cooking" :) None of the men in my family are really good cooks except for my uncle and my dad has a few recipes he's good at, especially my grandmothers spaghetti!
    I am no morning person either. ;(

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    1. Thanks! That's nice your dad can cook something. Mine is getting better in the kitchen since mom needs the help, but still doesn't branch out to anything too complicated. :)

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