Wednesday Hodgepodge – Beer, baskets, and poems


1. Besides left over Easter goodies, what’s something currently kept in a basket at your house?

I don’t have a whole lot of baskets but baby’s hamper is an actual basket. 

2. ‘The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ ~Michelangelo Buonarroti 
So which one are you…the one who aims too high, or the one who aims too low? Have you ever seen The Sistine Chapel? Did you know Michelangelo’s surname prior to answering this question?

Yes, I knew his surname. No I have not seen the chapel in person. And I do aim high and seem to miss often but it also pushes me to keep trying.
3. April 7th is National Beer Day. Hmmm…wonder how that’s celebrated? Do you like beer? Have a favorite? If you’re not a beer drinker do you have any recipes you enjoy cooking that call for beer?
Oh yes, I am very much a beer drinker. I prefer IPAs or lager style, though will drink a pilsner on occasion. My favorite (right now) is Great Divide Hercules, which is a double IPA. But I love to try all kinds of beer. There’s an app called Untappd that keeps track of your brews and awards you badges. I also love going to microbreweries and trying their flights. download1
4. When did you last travel somewhere new? Tell us where? How’d it go?
Geez, I haven’t gone anywhere NEW in a while. The last large-ish trip we took was to Chicago but we’d been before. I guess Nashville would be my answer because we passed through and I had not been there before. Here we are in front of Chuy’s restaurant.8309300902_c6f505f3f3_z

5. The value of _________________________is greatly overrated.

Everyone seems to think Apple products are so great but I just don’t get it.

6. What’s a pet peeve of yours when it comes to restaurant dining?
I have to agree with our host on this one: kids running around. Now, it depends on the place. We have a couple places here with outdoor areas that seem made for that sort of thing but I recall one specific time at Roadhouse years ago where kids were just everywhere and not well-behaved at all. That was before I even had children but I can tell you that I ensure mine behave at restaurants. There have been times when mine, as toddlers or babies, got pretty fussy or restless and one of us always took them out to walk or whatnot while waiting. It’s a common courtesy.

7. It’s Poetry Month…share a favorite poem, either the title, a few lines you find meaningful, or the whole kit and caboodle.

Since I work in the English department, I know quite a few poets and most will disagree that Billy Collins’ work has any value. Personally, I love his stuff. He takes something so mundane and makes you feel good about it. Here is a poem called “I go back to the house for a book”.

I turn around on the gravel

and go back to the house for a book,
something to read at the doctor’s office,
and while I am inside, running the finger
of inquisition along a shelf,
another me that did not bother
to go back to the house for a book
heads out on his own,
rolls down the driveway,
and swings left toward town,
a ghost in his ghost car,
another knot in the string of time,
a good three minutes ahead of me—
a spacing that will now continue
for the rest of my life.
Sometimes I think I see him
a few people in front of me on a line
or getting up from a table
to leave the restaurant just before I do,
slipping into his coat on the way out the door.
But there is no catching him,
no way to slow him down
and put us back in synch,
unless one day he decides to go back
to the house for something,
but I cannot imagine
for the life of me what that might be.
He is out there always before me,
blazing my trail, invisible scout,
hound that pulls me along,
shade I am doomed to follow,
my perfect double,
only bumped an inch into the future,
and not nearly as well-versed as I
in the love poems of Ovid—
I who went back to the house
that fateful winter morning and got the book.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I never managed to post yesterday because I had to go home for Isaac and his mysterious virus (I’ll post it all tomorrow, I think). Everyone seems back to normal today… except me. My allergies have kicked into high gear and I’m suffering. I have taken medication, yes. I have taken essential oils, yes. They work… for a time. My eyes are crunchy; crinkly. The best way I can describe them is that they feel like that thin paper often found in a new folded dress shirt. I look like I’ve been either sneezing or crying and my face is tender. This morning I had a headache to end all headaches, but the Aleve seems to have lessened it slightly; or it’s this venti latte. Either way, that part feels alright. Tell me, do you suffer from allergies? What do you do to alleviate your symptoms?

8 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – Beer, baskets, and poems

  1. Pop a sudafed, two tylenol, and max out on Eucalyptus oil. That seems to be the only thing that helps me.

  2. I really dread allergies… they haven’t hit here yet, thank goodness, I hope I have another good month before that happens. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  3. Yes, I have allergies and the pollen here in ATL sure doesn’t help! I use Flonase nasal spray, which helps a lot.

  4. I do have allergies, but first would need spring to get here and set them in motion. I take Allegra year round now, and that has really seemed to help these past two years. Hope everyone is well now at your house!

  5. I’m a cheapskate. I can take Wal-it in, tge off brand of Claritin from Walgreens. But thus far nothing has bloomed enough to affect me since the fall. I take Benadryl and go to bed if I’m having a horrible time, but that’s not often. Feel better soon.

  6. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!
    I usually take Sudafed if my allergies act up. Thankfully, that’s not often. Hope yours get better soon!

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