Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Hodge Podge ~ Long Hot Summer Edition

It's Hodgepodge Wednesday ~ Go see Joyce and Link Up!  You know you want's fun!

1. July is National Ice Cream month...your favorite flavor? Soft served, hand dipped, or frozen yogurt...which do you prefer? And technically yogurt is not ice cream but its hot outside so I'll let that slide for today.

I have been on an ice-cream kick this summer ~ my waist line does not thank for me this, but it has been so hot!  My classic favorite is mint chocolate chip.  However, I have discovered Ben and Jerry's Late Night is so yummy!

2. When you travel do you tend to pack too much or too little?
I tend to pack too know, just in case I need this, that or the other.  I have found though, that the older the kiddos get, the more I think we can live without and I pack a lot lighter than we once did.  When the twins were babies we had to pack 2 of just about everything and we went through double the diapers, double the formula, baby food, clothes, etc. 

3. What's your favorite cleaning product?
Clorox or Lysol wipes.  I love those things for quick wipe-downs of counter tops, the bathrooms, etc. 

4. Which is the greater tragedy-an innocent person imprisoned or a guilty person set free? Explain.

I had to really think about this one but I think the greater tragedy is an innocent person imprisoned.  If a guilty person is set free, God will still deal with that person and their transgressions.  He is the ultimate judge.  I had to be reminded of this a few weeks ago when what I thought was a very unfair verdict was delivered and a young lady was acquitted and walked free.

5. What's the longest trip you've taken by car?

One summer we went to Washington DC in our family van.  It was a 14 hour trip and my dad only wanted to stop for gas with limited potty stops.  My dad put a 5 gallon bucket with lysol in it in the back of the van for emergencies...YUCK!  If I remember correctly, the air condition broke on the way home and we were roasting in the back of that van.  My sister and I still talk about that trip and how we didn't want to use that bucket. 
The good things that happened on that trip:
  • We spent Independence Day at our Nation's Capital and were so close to the fireworks that ashes were falling on us.
  • We saw President and Mrs. Reagan drive by in a motorcade, waving.
  • We visited the Smithsonian, toured the White House, Capitol, and all of the other usual exhibits.
  • We visited with friends that lived in Virginia.
  • Despite the bucket and lack of AC, we still have great memories of the vacation and can laugh about it now!
6. tennis-golf-canoeing-biking...pick one.

It's been so hot this summer that it's hard for me to think about picking one of these but I'd say biking. 

7. What sound drives you crazy?
Anything high-pitched...fingernails on a chalkboard is probably the biggest.  It sends chills down my spine.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I can't believe that summer is almost over!  School starts back on August 10th and I have so much to do between now and then.  This week has been spent getting everyone in my house nursed back to health.  Hubby has had a sinus infection and the kiddos have had strep and ear infections.  It's been a fun week ~ NOT.  At least everyone is feeling better and will be back up to par before school starts. 


  1. Car trips are great for making family memories I think...even when they are unpleasant or don't go as planned you've got stories for life!

    Hope everyone feels better soon. And you stay well!

  2. Sorry about the kids health. WOW about DC on the 4th. Ice Cream is a food group.

  3. Your trip to Washington D.C. sounds a lot like mine when I was younger. It's wonderful to have these kinds of memories!

  4. I like your answers.
    I also wrote nails on chalkboard.

    Our local school begins August 10th also.
    We have meet & greet teachers on August 9th

  5. What's in that Late Night Snack? Oh, who cares!?!?! I'm totally going to the store today and buying nothing buy ice cream!

    The car portion of your DC trip sounds less than appealing. My dad used to use the whole, "I'm not stopping unless someone is dying" but the instance I threatened to pee in his back seat he suddenly changed his mind.

  6. Your bucket story cracked me up! I wouldn't have used it either. : )

  7. Late Night Snack. Gotta try it. School starts so early there. Here in NW Ohio it begins Sept. 3rd.

  8. Thankfully, YOU have been spared :) I am not ready to think about school yet, but since I homeschool, and kinda sorta need to order books, I am forced to! Ugh.