March 31st, 2016


Wednesday Hodgepodge: 30-31 March 2016

The Wednesday(-ish) Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. What are two or three expectations you have of yourself?

Mostly, that I put forth my best effort, and that I speak the truth (tempered with love if needed, but still the truth).

2. In what way does your outdoor space need sprucing up this spring?

It's hard for me to say.   In our household, care of the outdoor space mostly falls to my dear wife.   But we've had a few things fall down on our property (one ancient picnic table, one tree) that probably need to be disassembled for safety reasons.

3. According to this site (Roadtrippers), six of North America's most wondrous waterfalls are-Webster's Falls in Ontario, Upper Whitewater Falls in North Carolina, Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Multnomah Falls in Oregon, The Lower Yellowstone Falls, and Niagara. Have you seen any on the list? Which one on the list would you most like to visit? Prettiest waterfall not on the list that you've seen in person?

The ones that I can remember seeing are Yellowstone and Niagara, both within the last few years.   As for visiting ... I wouldn't know how to pick one.  

4. Looking back, what's something you wish you'd done as a teenager?

I don't have many regrets.   But if I do have one, I think it would be learning how to cook.   My dear wife loves cooking, and so chooses to cook most of the family meals as an act of pleasure for her.    When I pitch in to help by preparing a meal or two, my skill set is limited; mostly, cooking pre-packaged foods.  I'm starting to branch out ever so slightly, thanks to the acquisition of a gas grill a few years ago, and realizing that grill cooking is pretty easy.   But I always feel like my meal preparations aren't really "cooking".

5. Ham...yes please or no thank you? If you said yes please which of the following do you like best-baked ham with all the trimmings, a ham and cheese sandwich, prosciutto with melon, a ham biscuit, a bowl of split pea and ham soup, or a slice of pizza topped with ham and pineapple?

Oh, yes, please.   It's a hard choice between "baked him with all the trimmings" (memories of family) and "ham and pineapple pizza".

6. Are you typical of your generation? How so?

Oh, heavens, no.  

I'm a practicing evangelical Christian who believes in a thoughtful approach to the Christian life.   I was blessed to live with parents who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.   My wife (whose parents also just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary) and I never slept together or lived together before our wedding night.   I don't drink beverage alcohol, mostly because I've never liked the taste of anything I've tried.   And I don't drink coffee.

7. April rolls in at the end of the week, and in keeping with that theme...'act the fool', 'nobody's fool', 'a fool's errand', 'could have fooled me'...which foolish idiom most recently applies to you? Explain.

I regularly "act the fool" ... but that's part of the job of being a university professor.   Entering the classroom is often like walking onto a stage as an actor; I play the part prepared for me, in order to engage the audience with the activity of the day.   For an introvert like me, that's often "acting the fool" in order to bring students along into the material.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am entering the most dangerous part of the year for me: my non-teaching term.   Five months of "important" tasks to do in the next three months, and the most important of those tasks is probably resting and leaving that list of tasks undone.   Not being in the classroom is hard; while the flexibility in time schedules is wonderful, I also don't get the benefit of interacting with my students.