Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Unchained Hodgepodge: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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Do you manage your own money or do you have a financial planner who helps in some way? Do those kinds of conversations stress you out? A lot or a little?
A financial planner would laugh me out of his office.  I'm working to have enough money for a financial planner (a Dave Ramsey "Endorsed Local Provider" thank you) to work with.  Money issues generally stress me out.  I've been poor since I slithered into the world, and quite frankly, I'm sick of it.  It's a big hole to dig out of.  I working to upgrade from a trowel to a bulldozer.
The second week of October is Pet Peeve Week. Off the top of your head, share TWO of your current pet peeves.
You want me to only pick two?  Man, I may have to do a Thursday thirteen on my current pet peeves.  OK, I'll try to stay with two.  One, people who don't clean up after their dogs on the Ladiga Trail.  In fact, I posted a little ditty about it on Facebook:
To Whom It May Concern, 
Now that Jacksonville is getting a dog park, could you PLEASE stop letting your dog(s) drop a deuce on the Chief Ladiga Trail? Running through, or riding a bicycle over dog doo is NASTY. If it doesn't stop, I will go and drop a deuce in the dog park.
Two, (let me preface this by reminding y'all that I am black/African American enough to say this) it annoys me to no end my black friends/family who use the "N" word frequently in their posts and speech, but would cut the throat of someone else who used it.  I've seen a lot of that lately.  I used to have a totally different opinion of that word, but now I can't see the use of it as necessary by us, to us, if we don't want others to use it in a derogatory term.  That is why the word is called a pejorative.  Look it up.
See, I kept it to two.  I didn't even mention my next door neighbor cranking up his crappy riding mower right under my window before I've even had my morning coffee or morning pee.  Neither did I mention people who don't even try to spell things correctly and get mad when you ask them what they meant.  I probably should have mentioned the unfairness of having to pay a overdue fee at the public library though their website was down for days for maintenance they didn't warn us about and I couldn't renew my books, but I didn't.  I surely didn't mention the pet peeve that the city of Weaver can put up a new playground at the park, but can't put toilet paper in the ladies' room in that same park.  People scraping their teeth with a fork when they eat, not getting the phrase "couldn't care less" right, human beings who haven't figured out the art of flushing a public toilet, people who walk the wrong way at the Community Center indoor track (though there are signs with arrows on them), rude congregants who won't turn their cell phones off at church, and the thirteen big girl pet peeves I wrote about earlier?  Nope, didn't bring those up at all.  :)
What is one thing you'd like to learn right now, this very week if you could?
How to do a pull up / chin up.  We always had to do those or hold them for the physical fitness test in school.  I never knew why they even bothered to try to hoist my big butt up there, knowing I was going to come right back down again.  When I do learn to do them, I want it videotaped so my PE teacher can see it.
How concerned are you about the recent health related news concerning Ebola? How about Enterovirus D68?
For myself?  Not concerned at all.  For those who've contracted it?  It's awful.
Garfield, Nemo, or Tigger-your favorite orange cartoon character?
I loved reading Garfield comics when I was growing up.  Saw a few of the TV specials, but none of the movie adaptations.  From what I heard, I'm not missing anything.
Photo courtesy of
I'm going to see Gone Girl with my neighborhood book club this week. So often books made into film are disappointing. What's a book turned film you thought was well done, in that the casting was 'like you pictured' when you read the book, and the film plot remained mostly true to the book plot?
The movie version of Little Women with Wynona Ryder.  None of the versions stay absolutely true to the book, but I think this one does the best job of it. 

What is one story your family always tells about you?
None that I can think of.  That's perfectly fine with me.  I'm not that memorable to my family
Insert your own random thought here.
Made this last week:

I'm trying to think about what else is on my mind.  I'm not sure.  Maybe more pet peeves... 


  1. How funny that we picked the same Garfield cartoon! I love the wreath you made...wish I were that creative!

  2. Your pet peeves are fantastic! In have started meme on Mondays called Memory Monday and hope you will join in and share your memories with us.

    1. I'm sure I could think of more if I tried. :)

  3. I have a friend who has been do David Ramsey and they have all their debts paid off! I don't understand how people can walk their dogs and not clean up after them, that's a good pet peeve. Cute wreath!

    1. Dave is cool.
      I have to skirt dog poop all the time.
      Thanks. I enjoyed making the wreath.

    2. You are a no-reply for comments. Water for Elephants is about a circus back in the day. The movie has Robert Patterson and Reese Witherspoon in it. "A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet."

    3. Sounds interesting. I may have to check that out.

  4. I have never been any good at pull ups (push ups either for that matter-ha!). Your wreath is cute, even if it's crimson : )

    1. Roll Tide! I do make for other teams...for a price. :)