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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Very Happy Hodgepodge.

Hello, dear friends.  
It is so great to be back to the wonderful world of HodgepodgeI hope that you are enjoying your week.

1.  Lets's all think happy thoughts... share one of yours here.

My happy thought is that my two girls will be home in six days.

My unhappy thought is that I will have to scream, bribe, 
threaten, and if that doesn't work, frighten them into agreeing to sit for an updated photo.  

2.  There's a Chinese proverb that says, "If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap, if you want happiness for a day - go fishing."  What say you...  If you want happiness for a day ______________.

If I want happiness for a day I would shake my booty.

This lady makes me so happy.  I could watch her all day long.

I wonder if this lady's kids get as embarrassed as my two do when I dance at weddings.

3.  Where do you go to decompress from the world around you?

Every evening, my two crazies pups and I settle into the sun room where we celebrate the end of our day with a glass of vino and a book for Mom and a chewy stick for the hooligans.

That way, everybody's in a good mood when Dad arrives home.

4.  What song never fails to make you happy?

5.  Wednesday is National Fast Food Day.  Should that be a thing?  Apparently it is so tell us what's the fast food you consumed?  If you were putting together your own version of a happy meal what would you include?

The last fast food meal that I had was from McDonald's and it was a sad looking excuse for a burger.  Why don't they ever look as good as in the ads?  

I may forgive McD's though.  
They just launched this Nutella filled bun in Italy. 

6.  In a few sentences tell us why you blog.

I blog because it satisfies my creative urge and has introduced me to so many wonderful people. 

And, more importantly, it's cheaper than Xanax. 

7.  List 7 things you're feeling especially grateful for today.

1. My Family
2.  Chow and Chili
3. my ipad
3. My family's Good Health
4. Instagram
4. A Roof over my Head
5. TV remote on my iphone
5. Netflix
5. Food on the Table
5. George Clooney
6. A Hubby who can Cook
6. GPS
6. chardonnay

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I need this.

So that I can find what I'm looking for in the Bermuda Triangle that lives in my purse.

Where is your happy place?
Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. Your Hodgepodge today really made me smile! I love the song, "Happy" as well. You just can't NOT dance to it! I blog to satisfy my need to write, but now I also blog because I love hearing from all the other bloggers out there, too. I think you should include George Clooney in your list of things to be grateful for. No need to cross him off!! -Jenn

  2. I always love your Hodgepodge!! I like the happy picture you painted in my head, the one of you, Chow, and Chili relaxing at day's end. Also, your list of gratefuls. Now we know what's really important to you. LOL. Thanks for the fun.

  3. I too thought of Pharrell's "Happy"... I love the song and the guy! I miss him on "The Voice." Hey - I just noticed you have a WHITE couch! You are a brave woman! Have a wonderful week ahead.

  4. You always make me laugh, Katie...THANK YOU! What a great song choice! Eww...not too sure about that Nutella filled bun at McD's in Italy. Have yourself one fantabulous day! :))

  5. I love visiting your hodgepodge! You always make me smile.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Good luck with that updated photo! Let us know how it goes.

  6. I love your hodgepodge. Great way to get the mind unstuck.

  7. Katie, I'm not just smiling -- I laughed out loud a few times! It's a good thing I'm not reading this on a plane! Yes, the famous McDs bait and switch, and wait, that Nutella can't really be a thing, can it? I'm going to check now...oh wow it's true!! Yes I'll eat nutella on anything! Thanks for the Happy start to my day! Linda

  8. Katie you and Leslie Anne Tarabella are the two blogs that I look to for a chuckle and sometimes a guffaw! You ladies always start my day off on a positive note. Have fun with your girls and use the guilt card if you have to on the picture front. I may need one of those head light thingies as well, in addition to finding things in my purse, I could read in bed at night without disturbing Hubs.

  9. Enjoy having your girls together! I know you see them separately more often, but if you're like me, seeing them together on my couch, laughing and talking is the best :-)

  10. First time visiting your little corner of the internet and WHAT A HOOT you are! I needed the lift this morning, so thank you for your funny answers!!!!

    Your girls are beautiful. They might surprise you and actually cooperate with your request for a picture.

    That video, though. I watched it a few days on Facebook, and it made me smile. It reminds me of something I saw a few months ago when I attended my son's graduation from basic training. We got to take him off base, so we went to a WMBA game. There was a little girl there who danced so hard when the cameras were on her that I thought she was going to turn her body inside out. It was hysterical! The camera kept going back to her. Her mom sat behind her with her hands over her face. Best. Thing. Ever. Have a lovely day!

    1. Welcome Nathalie! Thank you so much for stopping by and your story about the little girl. I would have loved to see that! Thank your son for his service, as well. Enjoy your week.

  11. Love the hodgepodge -- so funny! Your girls are so adorable - am sure you will all have so much fun together and isn't it nice that they can enjoy a glass of wine with you! :) Happy Wednesday!

    WHY DO I BLOG............I have yet to figure THAT one out!Especially AFTER my last POST!

  13. Fun and funny as usual. Sadie and I are heading out the door so can't comment. Will be back. Have a great day with Chili and Chow. It's a beautiful November day in Austin.

  14. Hubs calls my purse The Black Hole. If I tell him something is in there that he needs he is not a happy camper. I will have one girl home this Thanksgiving, no west coasters. My mom is coming though, and I haven't had Thanksgiving with her in years. She's on her way home from a trip so rerouted to come through here. Enjoy time with your lovelies.

  15. My youngest daughter commented that my dancing would not embarrass her as my yelling and sometimes being Bobby Knight during her high school and college basketball games.
    "Happy" was my song choice. Yes, I definitely need the light for my purse.

  16. I always love your hodgepodge posts. The video of the dancing lady made me laugh out loud. Oh, that we could all have such enthusiasm! Hope you enjoy getting everything ready for your dear daughters' visit!

  17. Love the video of the woman dancing - now let's see YOU dancing!! I once bought a frozen microwave dinner, cooked it and compared it to the photo on the package - not even similar - so I sent a photo by email to the company and they sent me a gazillion coupons - I don't think I used them!!!

  18. Oh my...the family photo, I wrote a long blog post on this very subject. Getting a great photo has been a goal for a very long time (still haven't accomplished it). I'm determined to get a good shot this thanksgiving even if I need to stand on my head and whistle dixie to get everyone's attention. Good luck on your mission, hopefully it won't turn into mission impossible!
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  19. I am thankful that you blog!! I can't for the life on my imagine that your beautiful girls would not want to have their picture made. They are stunning. I hope you have a fantastic visit with them! :)

  20. Fun post. I had not seen the video of that dancing lady before. Hysterical. Would you believe I rode on a float with the REAL Ronald McDonald in the Edison Parade of Lights back in the day? I won't tell you that I had dinner with him -NOT McDonalds and NOT in costume. lol xo Diana

  21. Oh boy....getting a family photo. You should've seen me at my nephew's wedding a couple weeks ago trying to get 4 of 8 siblings who attended into a photo frame. I looked like a witch, and my husband was kind enough to capture the sequence of facial expressions.:O I hope you can do better than I did.
    Keep dancin'...even if they are looking!

  22. Well, I'm thankful that every time I come to your blog I leave it with a big smile on my face and I'm thankful that you come to Marmelade Gypsy and leave me such great comments! (And my last fast food was McDonald's cheeseburger and small order of fries and I lost a pound the next day. Go figure). I might add that I am wildly envious of your fab sun room and wish I had the budget (or for that matter, enough sun) to add one to my house. And the photo of the pups and the Mister is perfect. Talk about dog love!

  23. Katie, you always make me laugh! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  24. Hi Katie,
    I've only been following you for a short time and I'm ashamed to admit I never comment (no excuse really). But your posts always make me smile and since that has become a huge benefit in the world we currently live in, I decided I really need to thank you! So, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALWAYS BRIGHTENING MY DAY!!!

    1. Thank you so much Karen for your sweet words. You brightened MY day! Have a great weekend!

  25. Loved the dance mom at the basketball game - she had some new moves in the stands.
    Bless the woman who invented Spanx - she is a billionaire - because cookies and ice cream taste so darn good.

  26. Your happy post put me in a happy mood. Glad the girls are headed home for Thanksgiving...bribery definitely works, the photo will be beautiful. Have a great week!

  27. Katie- your posts make me think,laugh, and nod yes!
    Thank you for that:)

  28. Wait! TV remote on your iPhone?! Tell me more!

    1. Xfinity has an app that you can download your channel changer to your phone. It's great!! Have a good weekend.

  29. ... brings me in a happy mood!
    I hope you will stay in the blog world for at least fifty years!��

  30. You will hate this but my happy place is the gym! The only place I feel like I can just let loose. Also, I love some TJ Maxx. LOL! This post had me giggling - you are appreciated! xo

  31. My happy place is probably the beach...or my bed. Always love your funny posts...the Bermuda triangle that lives in your purse - classic!


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