Leaping Into The Hodgepodge…

It’s Wednesday, and as always, it’s time for me to join my friend, Joyce, for her weekly meme, known as the “The Hodgepodge”.  Please, feel free to join us!  Here are Joyce’s questions for this final day of February:

1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of February this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day?

You know, it’s funny, but I didn’t even realize it was leap year until I read this question.  Guess that just goes to show how much attention I pay to the calendar these days!  Does anyone else out there call this day, “Sadie Hawkins Day”– or is that a “southern term”?  As for what I’ll be doing, I’ll probably just spend the day quietly at home.  If the weather permits, I’d like to spend part of the day outside.  I’m suffering from “cabin fever”!

2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part?

Nothing recent comes to mind, and that’s a good thing!  It’s been my experience that “Leaps of faith” usually come from some kind of turmoil or change.  Our family had plenty of that sort of thing last year, with our son, Brad, and his new wife, Jennifer.  (Just in case you are new here or have forgotten–, Jennifer was diagnosed with cancer, lost her mom, and had surgery three times within just a few months!  During this time, Brad also came down with a “mega case” of the flu, and spent several days in ICU, but the couple still managed to find time to plan a wedding and get married, too!)

3. We’re one week into the season of Lent…are you marking these 40 days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How’s it going so far?

Our religion doesn’t observe Lent.  I do enjoy reading about the experiences of others though.

4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire?

The last time I sat beside a “real” fire was around the end of October.  (I sit beside our electric fireplace all the time.)  It was late on a Saturday afternoon, after Ed and Clint had spent the afternoon burning limbs and stuff.  We decided to have a wiener roast, and it was fun!  By the way, there wasn’t a child in sight, just four adults.  Check out Ed’s “wiener roaster”–and don’t knock it until you try it!

5. Surf and Turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak), or a menu so you can select another option?

I’d just order the “turf”.  I love steak, and prefer it over seafood every time!  Would you believe, I’ve never tried lobster?

6. If you could have any television program back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what program would you choose?  

I spent a great deal of time pondering this question.  I really loved “The Waltons” and “Little House On The Prairie”, but the one show that kept me glued to the television, without fail, on Friday nights, was Miami Vice!  I loved it!  The scenery, the music, and of course, I loved seeing Don Johnson, too!  It probably just wouldn’t be the same now that he’s older…sigh.

7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat?

These days my memory is more like a gnat!  If I need to remember anything of great importance, I usually write it down!  It’s one of the reasons that I started blogging!

Random:  Nearly four years ago, I finally did my civic duty and registered to vote.   I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’d always refused to do so in previous years, because I didn’t want to get called for jury duty.  Sad, but true…  Anyway, I registered to vote, then voted in the next election.  Well, I guess you could say, “It’s time to pay the piper”, because guess what came in the mail yesterday?  A jury summons–to Superior Court.  Oh my!  I can hardly wait…

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  1. I was summoned in the fall but didn’t have to report. I wouldn’t mind if the timing was right from a personal standpoint. That particular timing was super inconvenient.

  2. Hope your jury duty goes well. The only time I was summoned, 2 of my kids came down with chicken pox! I called the judge, and he said I needed to stay home with my children. Love small towns!

  3. Kathy, Go into jury duty with a positive attitude! It’s a part of what makes our country’s legal system work. You may not be chosen to sit on a jury…but if you are, it really is an important job. I have sat twice – for civil suits. Both were settled halfway through the case. But I learned alot just sitting and listening, and it was interesting to see a real courtroom after watching some much drama on TV. PS: bring a book. There’s a lot of sitting and waiting when you are in the jury pool.

  4. My understanding is that most states/counties no longer use the voters registry to draw candidates for jury duty (because so many have refused to register to vote lest they get called for jury duty). I’ve been called probably 6-8 times in the last 20+ years. I don’t enjoy it, but I also know that it’s a part of what makes our country work. I agree with Marla, take a good book because you’ll sit and wait for a good while. 😉

  5. I’ve only been called for jury duty once, but since the hubby and I were currently stationed in England I wasn’t able to make it. I have actually always wanted to go, I guess it is the SAHM in me, a doy out doing anything adult like always sounds like a treat.

  6. Seriously? Is THAT why we get called? If I revoke my voter registration card will they leave me alone? LOL I’ve served once but been called 4 times. The last three I told them I was caregiving for elderly, ill relative. Which was mostly true-my MIL had cancer those years and needed help. I watched Miami Vice too! With a drool cup, of course. LOL

  7. Well I think it is time for you to try the surf! Is is so delicious. I do love steak and even though we spend hundreds on great dinners out I just can’t bring myself to pay the prices for lobster. I know my daughter was called and she is not a registered voter which was very strange. It’s not that bad.

  8. Love the weiner roast. Hope jury duty goes well.

  9. I was summoned for jury duty when my youngest daughter was 2, but I was able to get out of it. I think it would be interesting. I am not a fan of lobster…makes me feel like I’m eating a rubber tire!

  10. Love the weiner roaster! We’ll have to give that a try at our next bonfire.

    I hope Jury Duty is interesting and that you’ll be able to tell us all about it! 🙂

    I read The Waltons and Little House and then you say Miami Vice. Ha! Just made me smile. Love the honesty!

  11. I knew that today was Leap Day because I have a friend who was born on February 29th. I was finally able to wish him a real Happy Birthday. LOL 😛

    I sat around a fire on New Year’s Eve at my friend Barbie’s house and rang in 2012 with her and her family. I too, will have to try Mr. Ed’s weiner roaster. I firmly believe in the saying – don’t knock it till you try it. 😀

    If I could see any old TV show return with new episodes, it would probably be Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Dyke. If not that, then my all-time favorite – The Golden Girls. 🙂

  12. Jury Duty is a great way to see how your state works. Here in NH it includes a lot of sitting around and waiting. But in other states, it includes calling a phone number and hearing a message if they want you or not. I find it very interesting…
    I never watched Miami Vice, for some reason, it just didn’t appeal to me.

  13. I live in PA and have heard about Sadie Hawkins Day. So I don’t think it’s just a southern term.
    As far as Jury Duty my state send you a letter and gives you a date you are to serve. What is a pain about it is that you don’ know for sure if you going or not until the night before when you call an automated number and it tells you either yes or no.

  14. I enjoy your hodgepodge answers, maybe even more because I would have a hard time answering them. Take the TV one. Miami Vice was always on my watch list, and I watched my share of others regularly through the years, too. But I can’t think of a single one that I would want to see new episodes of.

  15. I registered to vote as soon as I turned 21. I have not missed voting becasue I am way too opinionated not to. 🙂 I have been called to jury duty 3 times and never been selected to sit on a jury. Again, a tad bit opinionated. I agree that it is a pain to call in to find out if you have to go or not.

    I too, was a Waltons fan. But, I really liked Dallas. Gotta love those shoulder pads.

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