It's Wednesday again. Time for some good Hodgepodging questions. Join in with your answers to Joyce's questions and link back to From This Side of the Pond.
1. At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?
I felt like a grown-up at age 18 after landing my first "real" job, making decisions, buying a car, and paying for all my expenses out of my own checking account. I felt even more grown up when I married at 21. Having younger people ask for my opinion or advice about something also makes me feel grown up. HOWEVER, I still feel as young as I did as 22, and though I know my thoughts are more mature, I do not feel old. I take care of myself, can keep up with the young'uns, and I think having a cheerful and grateful attitude are also factors in feeling young. It never ceases to surprise me that I have friends my age who are great-grandmothers! How did that happen?
2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?
2011. My husband (who is ever wanting the newest thing) had his heart set on the little Chevrolet Volt because he wanted to drive an electric car. I was opposed, but it became the car we both drove around town, holding the big SUV in reserve for road trips. This Volt has saved us bunches of bucks in gasoline when prices have been so high. I was against it because it was a Chevy and I thought it was too expensive. I now am grateful to him for the decision he made. I give it a 9! (No 10 because the car doesn't come with a spare tire, which I found to be incredibly stupid before we purchased it, and I am still amazed that this car has no spare with it. At least we have Onstar!**)
3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?
No hesitation here. Cornbread with beans, fried taters, and fresh tomatoes. Put some cottage cheese and ketchup on the side for me, please. (That grosses everybody else out!)
4. What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?
5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.
Splendor in the Grass with Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. I've watched this movie many times hoping for a better ending.
Natalie Wood reading William Wordsworth's poem
Another favorite with a happier ending would be To Sir with Love!
6. Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?
Religion (and I don't like that word, but it does begin with R and the Lord Jesus Christ is central in my life now and forever.)
7. What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?
Don't laugh! Today I learned how to change AC filters. Easy peasy. (**I need to learn what to do with Onstar!!)
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I need to find some worthwhile/fun/interesting things for my husband and I to do together. We both have things we are involved in separately, but the grandkids nearby who have occupied such a huge part of our time over the past few years are now transitioning into school and preschool, daughter-in-law has a job, and not seeing them on a regular basis will leave a huge gap.