EI am excited to participate in this week’s Hodgepodge from From This Side of the Pond. I haven’t even read the questions yet so you and I will get to go through them together. 🙂 So, let’s see what this week’s questions are.
1. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ What’s something you’ve seen recently that you thought was beautiful?
Well, I actually have an answer to this one. Earlier this week, I was reading another blog and saw that Cassie from hi Sugarplum purchased a piece of art at a charity event. It was so beautiful to me. Immediately, I thought that I would love to have a piece like that. And, it was created by a student and artist who worked together as a team. I love the whole idea of it and I loved the piece. Here’s a pic of it. So, what do you think? Do you think it is beautiful or perhaps abstract art isn’t beautiful to you?
2. Our culture and beauty…your thoughts?
Ugh! It’s such a beat down. Truly. I, like every other woman I know, feel the pressure to measure up and look a certain way. Needless to say, I rarely feel like I achieve it either. The sad thing is, who is driving us to feel that way? We are. We are the ones who buy in. At least I do. I try to keep things in perspective, but it’s tough. The weird thing is, who decides what beauty is anyway? It seems like we’re all going after this unattainable goal, but aren’t there many types of beauty? I feel like our culture is shallow and measures beauty in physical perfection. Although I know it is far more important to be a good person and to be grateful for what God has given me, the pressure is still there and it’s real.
So what do you think? Maybe this question was supposed to go in another direction? I kind of got on a soap box there. Regardless, some people think she is beautiful…. just sayin’ …there’s all different kinds.
3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep…which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?
So, this is another interesting question. I’m sensing a theme on beauty. However, I’m going to answer this and slightly contradict what I said in #2. Age before beauty resonates with me today and here’s why. When I was younger I never felt pretty – e.v.e.r. I kind of looked boyish with my short haircuts. Remember the Dorothy Hamill haircut? I had that for years. #thanksmom I felt awkward. That is probably not an original story~ especially for middle school kids. 🙂
However, as I have aged, I think I have improved. I have learned what my style is and what works and doesn’t work for me. I have learned how to work with the hair I’ve got and I’ve learned a few makeup tricks along the way. Also, the 80s are over along with the big hair and perms. That has to equal improvement. 🙂 So, I feel better as I’ve aged as opposed to when I was young. Does anyone else know what I mean? That being said, #2 is still true too.
4. I read here a list of the top ten
beasts animals that scare us the most-
alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider.
Which ‘beast’ on the list scares you the most? What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?
Hmm… this is kind of funny to me. I guess I might be afraid of sharks and alligators if I thought I would find myself in a position to have an encounter with one. However, I don’t see that happening. I’m not a thrill seeker so I won’t be swimming with the sharks. Birds don’t bother me. The things on the list that frighten me the most are rats and bed bugs. Beg bugs because they are gross. They suck your blood. They come out at night and prey on you while you sleep. You don’t know they’re there until it’s too late. I have been known to inspect hotel rooms for signs – just in case. And, no. I don’t think that makes me crazy. And no, I don’t stay at cheap motels.
Rats are also frightening because they are also gross with their long tails and teeth. They carry disease and eat trash ~ and anything else. They are the underbelly of creatures if you will. I see no redeeming quality to a rat. It seems like there might have been a scary movie with rats, but I don’t recall what it was. However, I did have a real life encounter with rats. They got into the attic of one of our houses. Those rats chewed a hole in the roof, came in, and made themselves at home. They chewed on all my things that you keep in an attic. They were expensive to get rid of. And, they caused me to lose sleep. Who can sleep with rats scurrying overhead?
5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?
Two days ago at church I heard bells ring. Actually, I hear them every Sunday. They are musical and lovely. The intention is to draw your attention to what’s happening at the altar. They work. 🙂 #wanderingthoughts
6. What’s your favorite carb? How’s that for random?
That is tough. I am by nature and DNA a carb lover. I love all carbs. And, let’s face it. They’re in pretty much everything. However, for this question, I am going to stick to the mostly carb foods. My answer is crackers. I love them and their tasty crunch. I love then especially with cheese. Cheese and crackers every day of my life would make me totally happy. Alas, I have given up crackers (mostly). Though small in size, they are large in carbs. A very close second to this would be mac and cheese. By the way, why do carbs have to be so bad for us?
7. Let’s wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.
Makeovers – I worked on my master bedroom, a bathroom, and a little spruce up of the living room. It was a busy decorating month for sure!
A lot of shopping – It is spring and a new season means you need new clothes and shoes (at least that’s my philosophy). And, this month, I have taken advantage of sales and triple point days at Nordstrom. Shhh. Don’t tell Mr. LouiseMarie.
Round Top – I am leaving this weekend for Round Top with my mom and sister and I am SO SUPER excited!
Challenge, as in the Whole 30 challenge that I did and completed.
Hailstorm that left a lot of damage in my neighborhood – including my poor house & roof, & cars. 🙁
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am wondering how you keep on track when you shop at a flea market, antiques sale, etc.. This weekend I am heading to Round Top Antiques Show, and I am super excited. I go every year; sometimes twice a year. Generally, I wander around browsing through vendors’ items that speak to me. I have no rhyme nor reason as I go. I grab things I like. Often I end the day regretting the one thing I didn’t grab and should have.
So, when you go to these types of events, how do you do it? Do you go with a list? Focus on one type of item? Or maybe you have a collection that you’re building? This weekend I would like to find interesting home decor items. I wonder what are the items should be on the lookout for? I’d love to hear any advice you can give me. Although I’ve gone often, I’d like to try being more productive and focused. Please share your suggestions in the comments below.
Until next time~