Wednesday Hodgepodge – pre-storm blogging


1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? Hope for the most?

Oof, this is a rough one. I don’t know if it’s my biggest fear but I sometimes worry that my kids will veer away from our teachings. Obviously all kids are influenced by outside things but I hope they remember the right way to be and make good choices. And similarly, that’s my hope: that they all grow up to be hard-working, responsible people who make something of themselves. I want them to have families and be happy.

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? What’s a favorite dish made with chicken? What’s something you’re a ‘chicken’ about doing or trying?

Often enough. We have all manner of grilled chicken, nuggets, and chicken tacos. My personal favorite was an Italian dish my mom made as a kid called satimbocca, that included prosciutto and was baked. SO yummy.

Something I’m chicken about trying is running a marathon. I once started training for one but then I had my appendix out and got too far behind on training. So the longest run I did was 17 miles and THAT seemed a long way. Could I even do 26? (And do I want to?)

3. What are three things you don’t own but wish you did?

Hmm, tough because I am trying not to buy anything. After moving so much of our stuff out for the impending move, I like owning less. I guess if I had to pick, I would say:

A Dodge Challenger

Birkenstocks (actually, I wish I hadn’t gotten rid of my old ones)

A beach house. LOL.

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate.  If you answered one, which one?

Definitely JOAT. I like knowing a little bit about a lot of things; that comes in handy in everyday life.
5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

Hmm, ketchup on fries. But mustard (and mayo) on burgers and hot dogs. Mustard is more varied because different kids can go with different types of meats. Ketchup, not so much.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Well, the hurricane is headed our way. For those of you not familiar, I live here:

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Hurricane Irma is now projected to turn north at the tip of the peninsula and make its way north, which means we all get some. I got a big ass bag of ice yesterday – because last September, that is the one thing I meant to get – and we’re just waiting to see. My grandfather and disabled aunt live in Palm Beach and though I offered my home to them, they are going to hunker down in their houses. Admittedly, they have lived through many a storm; have concrete homes with shutters. If it hits from the southern end, they will be better off than if it comes in at an angle on the eastern side.

In 1992, we lived in Hollywood, about an hour north of the real damage done by hurricane Andrew. We lost trees, had no power for days, and I remember looking out my bedroom window (one of the few that didn’t have a built in shutter) and seeing the insane wind. It was gray and dark but the trees slanted sideways and it was just like you see in Weather Channel footage. I was 13 and scared to death. My sister slept through the entire thing.

I hate not knowing how much to prepare but suffice to say, I’m on edge. Let’s hope for the best!

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – pre-storm blogging

  1. A beach house would be phenomenal but maybe not at the moment. I can’t imagine how it feels knowing that such a large storm is headed your way and I hope that you and all your loved ones come out of it safe and well.

  2. Your kids will do well if they keep good friends. They are more heavily influenced by their peers and society trends than we even imagine. I watched ours to stand on the right side as teens to veer sharply the wrong way on most issues that differ from their upbringing. All I can do is pray that they place God above all else and turn to Him for all things. If they do, then they’ll find their way back to the basics they’ve brushed aside.

    We have friends and family living in Florida, many of our school chums live along the east coast and I fear they’ll get it the hardest. DH has an aunt (his late mother’s only sibling living), her daughter, SIL, and grandchildren in the Orlando area and then in your neck of the woods he has a second cousin, his wife, son, DIL, and grandchildren. Of course, I have several blogging friends, such as you who live in Florida. So, we’re concerned for everyone and have y’all deeply in our thoughts & prayers. Be safe and God bless!

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