Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hodge Podge... Birthday Bash

1. [The host of Hodge Podge is] 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'd agree to a point. 

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.

On October 16th, 1384, Jadwiga (Hedwig) was crowned king of Poland even though SHE was a woman.

3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too.'

I quite frequently want to "go do something" but don't really want to leave the house.  I think that's pretty common for introverts. 

4. What's something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?

Young... hiking.
Old... after hiking.

5. When did you last do something that was 'a piece of cake'?

Most of what I do is easy for me.  I'm not a fan of difficult.

6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage) 

Certainly not eyesight!  Hmmm... blue jeans.  I love a pair of old, comfy blue jeans.

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.

Oh, dear!  Don't ask me those kinds of questions. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Every year at about this time I start thinking about what I want as a special dessert for my birthday.  Will I want cake or pie or some other sort of sweet delight?  Will I choose something chocolatey or something fruity.  Something warm or something cold?  Something different or something familiar?  I tell myself that I have to do this because I'm going to have to make it myself.  Or buy it somewhere.

Every year it is the same process and I end up wanting it all.  ALL OF IT!  So I treat myself here and indulge myself there because I have created a craving.  Because I've spent so much time trying to decide what it is that I actually want! As a result I end up gaining weight, feeling horrible, and not even caring about a special dessert.  I've already eaten everything, after all!

It isn't that way for my husband.  Every year it is the same thing.  Strawberry Pretzel Salad.  Every. Single. Year.  I don't even know if he thinks about it until about 2 days before his birthday and only then because he wants to make sure I've bought everything I need to make it.  He knows what it is going to be.  He doesn't fool around with his options.  He knows what he likes best and sticks with it.

I think it must be that way for people who have a fixed focus with an eternal perspective.  They know exactly what they want.  They know right where they're going.  They don't bother with all the options because they've set their hearts on something that can't be moved.  They're not going to stand before God all bloated with the excesses of this life, with all the stuff that they thought would make them happy, wheezing and coughing by the burdens they've carried. They're not going to ask God "You sure you've got something better than what I've given to myself?" or  "This reward of yours better be worth it!" 

They're going to run freely up to the victory line because they've cast all that mess aside.  They're going to know that their day of celebration is going to be eternal and they just can't wait to get started singing!  Those goodies that the world offers don't mean a thing to them.  They're happy to be rid of them, I think.

Yeah, that's what I want.  I want that to be my choice. 


  1. Your answer about hiking made me smile : ) I'm sometimes that same way about leaving the house. Especially in winter when it gets dark early and is so cold. Have a happy Wednesday!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Joyce. And a very happy Wednesday to you, too!

  2. Popping over from the Hodgepodge. Loved your answers. I love a comfy pair of old jeans too. =) Blessings, Valerie

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Valerie. Have a great rest of the week!

  3. Joanne, your "random thoughts" are the best part of Hodgepodge! Stuff to make you think!

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Sometimes I think my random thoughts are sometimes too lengthy (I really do try to edit!!) so I appreciate that you appreciate them!

  4. Thanks for dropping by my autumn post and leaving a comment. This is a fun post with your random thoughts and desires.

    1. You're welcome :-) I hope you have leftover pie! It sure did look good.

  5. I almost missed seeing this one but, I am glad I didn't - it is so good!