Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 9 December 2015

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1.  Many families have a story they love to tell every year around a holiday. Does your family have one? Are you the star of that story, or does another family member take center stage? Share your story if you want.

We really don't have a story that we retell every year.   (At least, a story we enjoy retelling.   There are other stories.   But those are for another posting.)

2. Are you afraid to speak your own opinion?

I have become less and less afraid to do so --- especially at work.   Coming to the recognition that I'm pretty much stranded in my current position has led to an odd sort of feeling of freedom when it comes to raising my opinions.

3. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2016, and for the first time have chosen two shades-rose quartz and serenity. Hmmm...did you know serenity was a color? You can read the thought behind their selection here, but essentially it's blending the warmth of rose quartz with the tranquility of a very soft shade of blue. So what do you think? Are these colors I'd find in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in these shades to either place in the new year?

The colors are fine.   Pleasant, even.   But my wardrobe tends to be simple, monochromatic shirts and pants.   Little creativity, but little way to get anything wrong.

4. If you could be in a Christmas carol, which one would you choose? Why?

Maybe this one?

(Okay, it's a little odd having a southern spiritual sung very formally by an Anglo tenor with a symphony for background.)

Why this one?   Maybe because I'm drawn to the message.   God enters our world, and most of the world doesn't take notice.   What a tragedy --- then, and now.

5. December 9th is National Pastry Day. Will you celebrate? When did you last purchase something from a bakery? What's your favorite treat that falls under the heading of pastry? Do you make it yourself or buy from the professionals?

Well, I did just have a donut.   Our department has taken up the practice of buying donuts for our students during advising season.   They won't come and get their academic advising done, no matter how many reminder emails we send out ... but put out a box of donuts, and they'll be lined up at the door to get advised.   Our administrative assistant figured this out a while ago, and it's been one of the best things we've done.

6. When it comes to holiday decorating_____________________________.

... I wish I had more time.   I'd love to do more than I have time to do.

7. When did you last laugh so much it hurt? Explain.

Honestly, I can't remember the last time.   More recently, I've taken to reducing my dear daughter to that kind of laughter.   But ... I'm too busy, and too stressed.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My grumpy mood is starting to pollute most of my conversations.   At least I'm conscious of it.

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