Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Almond Joy: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Want to join the party?  Go on over to From This Side of the Pond  for the Hodgepodge link-up!

When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency? On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience? (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)
My last face-to-face interaction with a government agency was with the Housing Authority in Jacksonville.  I wrote about it here.  Let's just say my experience was a -13!
The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around. Walker attended Marquette University, but never graduated. In terms of any candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with Scott Walker's politics) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no? Would that be a factor in your support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?
I don't care if a candidate never went to college.  How many politicians have graduated from prestigious universities, yet have never held a real job and have no common sense?  Several.  How many have the sheepskin but no character or morals?  Several more.  I would, however, I prefer that the Commander in Chief have some military experience. 
When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?
I visited Washington DC with my high school marching band my senior year.  I want to go back and take the tours again.  We went through them so fast that I don't remember much of it, nor did I get to stop and ponder the history.
February 16th was President's Day in the US, but did you know it was also National Almond Day? I didn't think so : ) Do you like almonds? If so, what's a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds?
No, I didn't know that.  I really enjoy eating almonds.  I haven't tried any recipes with them, but I like to eat them plain, or slivered and sprinkled on a salad.
The television program Saturday Night Live celebrated it's 40th anniversary this past weekend. Were/are you a fan of the show? If so what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters that came out of the program?
I was an off and on viewer of SNL.  One of my favorite skits was the More Cowbell Skit.  Strange thing is, I didn't see the skit until someone shared the link to it on Facebook.  My favorite skits I saw on their original run are James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party, Buck Wheat Sings, and Chippendales.
Anything purple within ten feet of you? What is it?
A couple of shirts, a hat, and of course, yarn.
Back in December I asked you to submit a question for a future HP as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I grabbed this one from those entries, submitted by Zoanna who blogs over at Penchant for Pens. Thanks Zoanna!  She asks, "How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it-pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?" 
I don't always make my bed (gasp!), but when I do (sounds like "The Most Interesting Man in the World") I place the pillows on top of the covers. 
Insert your own random thought here.
Last night's band practice was great.  Dr. David L. Waters, who directed the JSU Marching Southerners for 30 years, is walking us through one of his original compositions.  I marched the last year of his tenure as director.  Seeing him brings back some good memories...and some not so good ones.  But Dr. Walters was and is a great man. 
Dr. David L. Walters
Photo by Heather Gaines


  1. Buckwheat was definitely one of my favorties. I can never hear the song Feelings without thinking about the Eddie Murphy version : )

  2. You can't beat the "More Cowbell" skit! Love me some Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell!

  3. I love the More Cowbell skit too! Will Ferrell is one of my faves.

    1. I tell our drummer at church "more cowbell" all the time. :)