Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Aging Hodgepodge

So, it's Hodgepodge time again. I will try to publish the correct one this week. For some reason, blogger decided to not publish last weeks, so when I thought I added it to Joyce's list, I had added the previous week. I went back and added it on Sunday, but I bet most people missed it. If you're interested, go here. Otherwise, head on over to Joyce's blog to see this week's answers.

1. I'm celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, 'You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not? I'm not entirely sure what that all means. I don't get how these things equal an age. I've always said you're as old as you act and feel. We all know some people act very childish, but sometimes I think it's because they feel old. I would think there's some medium in there somewhere.
2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month. Wikipedia says July 2nd is the midpoint of the common year, there are 182 days before it and 182 days after it. In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with Great Britain, although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4th. Amelia Earhart disappeared, the alien spacecraft crashed at Roswell, and that is the end of the interesting stuff.
 3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too.' How about the time(s) I've had to make my own birthday cake, I totally ate it.
4. What's something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old? Reading makes me feel young, especially when I go back to favorites of my childhood. Hanging out with some of my co-workers makes me feel old, a few of them are in their 20's so when I mention something from my childhood and they look at me like I'm nuts, I totally feel old. Or sometimes getting up, and my back aches, that's always a nice way to remember how old you are.
5. When did you last do something that was 'a piece of cake'? How about setting up my home network, I thought it would be harder, but I found it extremely easy.
6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage) Furniture. Especially if it was made with strong materials. I have quite a few antiques pieces that have withstood the test of time. I like to buy antiques over new stuff because I know they've done well through the years and I feel they will keep going.
 7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we'll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas. Personally, I like other people's creations. Or, vintage hankies.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.  I just finished this book: Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory. It's a YA nonfiction book (YA 823 MAN) and it's all about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, apparently we're celebrating the 50th anniversary this year. If you look at the pages of the book from the outside, you see there is a rainbow of colors, each one a different section in the book. There is an introduction from one of Roald's grandchildren about the wonderment of chocolate at his house. The book starts out with re...d: the background on writing Charlie and the Chocolate factory, then goes into orange: Charlie going to video and stage, next is yellow: focusing on the various illustrators of the books, and then blue: showing the effect on popular culture with various memorabilia including a LEGO Chocolate room and tiny dolls of Willy and Oompa Loompas. Purple follows focusing on chocolate, and how people tried to make Wonka bars and take chocolate to whole new levels, finally there is green: with the thoughts from critics and fans about the book. Throughout, there is illustrations from the book, movies, plays and fans creations. Very cool!


Cranberry Morning said...

What a great idea, re-reading books from your childhood! A fun trip down memory lane. I loved reading the Little House series to my kids.

Joyce said...

I once sat beside Roal Dahl's wife at a luncheon. She was interesting : ) I often re-read books from my childhood. I think children's stories are often some of the best. Enjoy your day!