Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rockin' Round the Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking.

I never had a stocking growing up. It just wasn't something my parents did. I've enjoyed doing them for my family. I made our stockings - red velvet with bells hanging down from the bottom, which is how my man remembered his being when he was a child. We lay them out on my MIL's living room floor on Christmas Eve and I fill all but mine and then my man fills mine.

Funny story: one year he had been crazy busy working extra long hours, 7 days a week, and I really didn't think he would have had time to get anything, so I didn't take my stocking. I didn't want him to feel bad and I didn't want to see it laying there empty. I got up Christmas morning, and there was one of his socks with my gifts! A Post-it note was attached which said, "See what happens when you don't bring your stocking?!"

2. How many hours of sleep do you average at night? Is it enough?

Almost seven. And no.

3. If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be?

Planning meals. I don't mind cooking them, but someone just get me out of my rut!

4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they're expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals?

Not particularly. Some of it is rather hard to avoid, just because it's in the headlines. Having had severe "all-day" sickness for 20 & 24 weeks with my pregnancies, my primary thought when I saw this announcement along with the news of her hospitalization was "It doesn't matter if you are a duchess with uber-wealth and fame, you are miserable when you throw up just like anyone else. The poor girl!"

5. For me, the sound of childhood is__________________.

The screen door. And ice clinking in the glasses at night.

6. Fruit cake-yay or boo? What's your favorite dessert made with fruit?

Yes if it's got plenty of pecans. My mom had a good recipe. Favorite dessert with fruit would be warm peach cobbler made with Fredericksburg peaches. Cherry pie is awfully good, too.

7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?

With the way the last ten days or so have gone, I'm just hoping to get the tree decorated before December 26!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Each December our church staff has a dart tournament. It's happening this week, and I have actually advanced to the third round, which is also the semifinal round! I suspect I'll go down in this next round, but considering I beat the pastor who beat the reigning champion/youth minister, I'm pretty excited to make it this far!


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Kara said...

Cute stocking story! :D I don't like planning meals myself. But if I don't plan, I never know what to fix and that's not a good thing. Strange combinations happen when I don't' know what to fix. Good luck with your tournament! :)

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Great story about the stocking! I usually have to fill my own stocking, sad but true! The Hubs usually forgets! In fact I bought something for it yesterday during my Christmas shopping.

A long time ago during more lean financial times I would make a meal plan for a whole month,it help me in the grocery department to be able to make the most of my food budget. However once things improved I continued doing it. I had a 6 to 8 week menu plan that just rolled over. It worked for me for a long time and then I just sort of no longer needs that kind of order in my life and now I just let the menu planning unfold...

A dart tournament sound like fun!


Jocelyn said...

The dart tournament sounds like a super fun event!! :)

Sr. Ann Marie Slavin said...

Your description of fruit cake with lots of nuts made me laugh because I remember that I liked fruit cake but didn't like the nuts. So...I used to pick out the nuts and eat the rest. One year my father's aunt--a very persnicky woman--dropped by for a visit and my mother served fruit cake. I picked out all the nuts which horrified my poor old aunt.

April said...

Your Christmas stocking story is just the sweetest! Never have cared for fruit cake and I'm sure I never will. Have fun at the dart tournament!

Cathy said...

Loved the stocking story and I hope you win the dart tournament!

Life in a Small Town said...

I hate, hate, hate planning meals. I do mine every 2 weeks, and feel like I just put the same thing down time after time. Then, to make the grocery list & go to the store...exhausting.

bp said...

A dart tournament! How fun!

I liked your stocking story, made me say awwwww. :)

Joyce said...

Your stocking story is so sweet : ) Congrats on the dart tournament!

I am with you on the rut that is meal planning-ugh. Let me know if you come up with something brilliant : )

Diana Ferguson said...

Love the dart tournament!

auburnchick said...

I, too, am hoping that the tree will get put up by Christmas. It's not looking likely. I've never waited this long before.