Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wintery Mix 'Wednesday Hodge Podge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer the questions on your own blog, then hop back over to Joyce's blog to share the linky love. Tell the truth now, it's Honest Abe's birthday ya know!

Here we go-

1. What makes love last?
I agree with Joyce in a sense of humor, a forgiving heart, making a concious effort to put the other person first, seeing the best in your mate as opposed to keeping a tally of all that annoys, not expecting perfection, extending compassion, knowing there will be days, and most especially never underestimating the power of the little things. Frank and I have been married only eleven years but we dated for several years before we married.  We have never had a fight. Most people find that hard to believe, but it is true and it is because we follow the rules above.

2.  The Beatles made their U.S. debut fifty years ago this week. Are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite Beatles tune?
I was watching when they made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show so many years ago. Yes I'm a fan.  I even loved the goofy Beatles movies.  Remember those?  Picking a favorite song would be hard.  I love so many.  Michelle, Yesterday, When I'm Sixty Four, Norweigan(sp) Wood, and my all time favorite, If I Fell.  

3. Valentine's Day-your thoughts? Do you celebrate in any way? Do anything special for the people you love? Expect anything special from the people who love you?
Frank and I do NOT celebrate Valentine's Day.  We see it as a rip off holiday.  I don't need a reason to tell him I love him.  I do that every single day!  Our anniversary, birthdays....those are special days.  When my kids were younger I would get them a little something for Valentine's Day....I don' t expect anything....and Frank knows he better not send me flowers on this day!  Valentine's Day is a sad day for those who are alone.  I hate that commercialism rubs that fact in their face.  So sad.

 4. Steak or have to choose. Now that that's settled, how do you like it?  I love a really good burger.  I feel like the sign of a good restaurant is how good their hamburger is.  But....if I have to chose just one....then it is Steak, medium rare please. 
5. The Hodgepodge lands on the birthdate (February 12th) of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America. Lincoln is quoted as saying, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test his character give him power."  Do you agree? Why or why not?
Power changes people, and generally not for the better. I have a good friend who is a Senator for our state and he went from being a good guy when he was an insurance salesman to a class jerk.  On an even grander level you can just look at the mess our government is in. I do believe many of those in office started off with the best of intentions, but power is intoxicating, and the need to hold onto it makes people compromise their beliefs and principles rather than risk losing it.  Personal reflection - our government officials should follow suit with the President....and serve only two terms.  I think that might do away with some of the opportunities to let power go to their head.  There are people who manage to not fall victim to power hunger and stay true to their beliefs.  They are the rare ones.

6. Honest Abe's picture is on the US penny (1 cent coin) so I'm wondering...what do you do with your pennies (or your country's equivalent)? It's been suggested the US stop making the penny, and two bills have been proposed suggesting just that, but neither were approved.  What say you?
Frank and I have a change jar.  We drop pocket change in it at the end of the day.  Most of it is pennies and the last time we added it up we had over two hundred dollars.  I keep twenty five pennies in my wallet to make change when it is small.  I have pennies in an ash tray in my car from when I get change at drive thru's to also pay the small part of a tab.  

 7. Do you think pop culture deserves serious study?
Not right now.  My students are studying the Jazz Age right now...and down the road a couple of decades it may be worthy of study.  To be honest comparing it with the Jazz Age I think it will be a disappointment!  All the reality shows will be a sad state of the culture.  I guess they are the B grade westerns of today. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here-
I was so excited about the Olympics.....and now....not so much.  It seems to be on in our house 24/7 and right now...we are having some severe weather issues.....and the news stations have shifted their coverage to their sister stations so they do not interrupt the Olympics.  It reminds me of the Heidi football game.  Griefus!  I think weather warnings, school closures, road closures that are serious...should trump a snowboarder.  Could we at least have a scrolling alert at the bottom of the screen?


April said...

Amen to your answer to #3! I feel much the same way.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Yes, Joyce's answer was wonderful on love. I forgot about Yesterday, so many wonderful songs. I love steak so I would choose that but I do love a great burger too! I'm only watching the evening highlights of the day shows. They are close to 4 hours long which is plenty for me.

Joyce said...

I think Valentine's Day is a little hokey. I think some people put a lot of eggs in that basket and end up disappointed. We don't ignore the day, usually dinner at home cooked together, but I don't expect diamonds either! He can save those for our anniversary or my birthday which are actual things to celebrate : )

Nani said...

My husband and I have been together almost 9 years and we’ve never had “a fight” either. That’s not to say we’ve never disagreed or made each other angry, but we resolve and forgive rather quickly and don’t let it stew. Like you said, don’t keep a tally of those little things and they never become big things between you.

Term limits is a great idea, then they aren’t campaigning all the time and they’ll SERVE their constituents.

You’re right about the weather alerts. They are a little bigger than Heidi!

Mary said...

I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day, either. This Olympics feels weird. I don't know if it's because of the location, or what. I'm just not getting into it like I usually do.