Hodgepode Link Up

Let's jump right in to my answers for the Wednesday Hodgepodge:

1. The Summer Olympics officially begin this Friday night...will you be watching? If you could see just one event in person which one would you pick?

Women's Gymnastics! Those girls are absolutely, ridiculously, amazing! I also love playing judge from my couch and critiquing everyone's routines. Sigh...I so wish I was in London...and not just for the Olympics. (Speaking of the Olympics and London, how cute is this tea towel? Found here.)

2.Do lazy days make you feel rested or unproductive?
Both. Depends. Sometimes you just need a lazy day to simply lay on the couch and nap and watch movies and only get up to fix yourself a snack. Lazy days can be a blessing, especially when you don't have any work hanging over your head. On the other hand, if it's a day where I'm choosing to do nothing instead of what I'm actually supposed to be doing, then those niggling feelings of stuff piling up leave me feeling like I've wasted my day.

3. July 25th is 'officially' Threading the Needle Day...can you sew? On a scale of 1-10 with 1 being not at all and 10 being Betsy Ross-like, how would you rate your skill with a needle and thread?
Somewhere in the middle. I used to be pretty confident. Thanks to Home-Ec (do they still have this class in high schools?) and two summer sewing day camps I could get by. Now it's been a while and it's just much easier to drop something off at the alterations place (or bring it home for mom to fix). I did get a sewing machine and am slowly trying to remember how it works.

4. 'Threading the Needle' can also mean to walk a fine line between two things or issues (think awkward social situation). When was the last time you had to 'thread the needle', figuratively speaking?
I find that I am often on the other side of the fence from a lot of people "up here." I've definitely had to delicately navigate a conversation in order to not loose my cool so that I may represent myself and my beliefs well. Sometimes instead of "threading the needle" I just want to give someone a good shaking and shout "you are insane!"

5. Kidney, pinto, black, or navy...your favorite bean?
Kidney beans, specifically in bowl of chilli. Best enjoyed in the Fall while wearing a chunky sweater and listening to a fire crackle. Isn't it just typical that we can't wait for summer to get here and then once it's here all we can think about is cooler fall days?

6. Have you ever hosted a garage sale? Was it more success or bust?
I vaguely remember my parents hosting a garage sale, or maybe it was just the neighbors. But I personally have never set one up. As a kid I did have some minor success selling friendship bracelets and Halloween decorations (pages from a coloring book) but I think that was mostly due to the pity generousity of my parents.

7. What makes you roll your eyes?
Oh boy. Given that I work in our nation's capital, eh hem, it's become pretty much a reflex that I most often exercise while riding the metro.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
If you decide to make your own list of 101 in 1001 make sure to leave a comment on that post with a link to your list so I can cheer you on as you check things off! Also pop over here to check out the header I designed (shameless plug for myself, sorry).

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  1. I am seriously thinking of making a 101 list, but wonder if it will remain on paper only? Totally see eyerolls happening on the meto. Oy! Your header is terrific!

  2. I hear you on the "delicately navigating conversations" thing... When we lived in Tennessee I forgot how exhausting it can be to live as an evangelical & political conservative in the North East... Most the time I do fine, but there are those moments where I am supposed to be more neutral, (like in the public school setting) but find it hard. How come it's ok to talk about "karma" and "meditation" in school but not prayer?

  3. I completely agree about gymnastics, men and women, just some incredible stuff.

    I love the picture you painted about chili in the fall. (But I'm one of the weird ones who isn't quite done with summer yet!)

  4. I loved Home Economics in HS. I will be right there with you on the couch watching gymnastics. Enjoy!

  5. I would LOVE to live in London! For so many reasons :) But especially to see the olympics in person! Happy Wednesday!

  6. You can always add 'take a sewing class' to your list : )

    #1-right there with ya...on fb yesterday Jessica Bellone had pics of the torch running past the end of her street in Ealing and Ann from the eyeglass shop in GX had pics of the torch going thru Denham Village. Made me want to smile and cry. I know you get it.

    I love the sign.

    Next time I come to town we'll go the Newseum...it's on my list too. Well, I haven't actually made my list but that's a place I want to visit.

  7. My girl just graduated fro HS no Home Economics any more...I loved your answer to #4 awesome! Have a wonderful day!

  8. They still do have it - my brother took it in High school Such an awesome class, lol! I want chili nowww!!

  9. I am also thinking strongly about the 101 in 1001... great idea! I love your header that you did & I really want to rework some blog stuff so when I am ready I will be in touch.


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