The Wednesday HodgePodge (May 18, 2022)

Hi everyone. Joyce has prepared some fun questions for the Wednesday HodgePodge this week, so I’m joining in again. Here goes.

1. What’s something that makes you feel stressed? How do you cope?
Uhm, me, stressed? 😉 Seriously though, there are a lot of things that make me stressed. The most likely stressors for me are when my routine gets disrupted and when I get frustrated during a craft project or other activity that’s important to me.

As for how I cope, well, usually, uhm, I don’t. I do try to calm down by reminding myself that whatever’s going on isn’t the end of the world. However, most of the time I need someone else to sort out the problem I’m facing for me before I can calm down.

2. What’s a food you eat that evokes a memory? Explain.
I honestly don’t know, since I don’t eat most foods from my childhood anymore (or at least not in the form my parents used to cook them). I also don’t have many memories attached to foods I do currently eat. I mean, I clearly remember the licorice “pie” my staff and fellow patients at the psych hospital made for my wedding, but I haven’t eaten that brand of licorice in years.

3. This week’s Hodgepodge lands on National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate by visiting a relative? If so is travel involved? Geographically, who is your nearest relative (not counting those living in your own house)?
I had no idea this holiday even existed, so no, I won’t be celebrating and no, I didn’t happen to visit a relative today anyway.

I am not sure whether in-laws count as relatives. If they don’t, my parents are my closest relatives geographically. They live a little over an hour’s drive and about 100km away. If in-laws count too, my sisters-in-law are probably my nearest relatives geographically. They are about an hour’s drive but only about 60km away. Both live in the same town but not in the same house.

4. What’s your most frequently used emoji? Do you make more phone calls, send more emails, or mainly text to communicate with friends and family?
My most frequently used emoji is the slightly smiling emoji followed by either the purple heart or the laughing emoji.

I mainly text to communicate with my husband, although we do talk on the phone nearly everyday too. With other family, well, I call or text them every once in a while but I wouldn’t say either is frequent. E-mail is used for discussion lists and contact with my staff mostly.

5. Tell us the story behind a favorite piece of furniture.
Okay, I’m going with the desk I have my computer and phone on right now. This one, my father bought for me on a marketplace site in like 2006. I think the person selling it was located in Fryslân in the north of the country, about a two-hour drive from my family home. The desk isn’t too large, but it cannot be taken apart. My father drove an older Nissan Micra, so a small car. The desk just about exactly fit inside the back of the car. Or actually, just about exactly didn’t fit. As a result, my father had to drive while the back of his car was open. This was quite an interesting ride. That being said, I’ll still have to ask my father how he got my tandem bike from their home to the psych hospital in Nijmegen, either in or on that same Nissan Micra or on a train.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
All this talk of relatives and family makes me want to talk to my sister. She’s expecting a baby. That is, unless she’s left me out of the loop, the baby’s still inside of her even though she’s past her due date. She said she’d probably let loose what she’ll be calling the child already. I’ve heard two names so far, one of which I like and one of which I, well, dislike quite a bit. I’m just hoping mother and baby will be well and that my sister can have a home birth, as that’s what she’s wished for all along. With her other daughter (she’s expecting a girl again), she did give birth at home but the child had to be taken to hospital a few hours later anyway.

All this is making me feel all sorts of feelings. In a sense, I wish I were closer to my family of origin, but I know they don’t agree with the choices I needed to make (ie. going into long-term care). My sister also lives about two hours and 180km away from me. It’s all rather sad really.

11 thoughts on “The Wednesday HodgePodge (May 18, 2022)

  1. Hello Astrid, I enjoyed reading the story of how your father went to pick up that desk for you. Glad you still are enjoying it, too. Hope all goes well with your niece’s birth. And I hope the name chosen isn’t unpleasant for you.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I’m sure I’ll get used to the name my sister and brother-in-law have chosen even if I don’t like it right now.


  2. I enjoyed your answers Astrid…sending hugs to you feeling all the feelings in regards to this topic. It can sure be an interesting journey with family, especially extended family.

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    1. Well to be honest, I don’t mind the lack of contact with my cousins, uncles or aunts as much. My parents and sister though, that’s a different story. Thank you so much for sympathizing though.


    1. Thank you so much. Haven’t heard from my sister yet. Then again, her due date was last Sunday, so she still has time before they’ll need to induce her (which is something she really would like to avoid as it means a hospital delivery).


  3. I like these posts and have missed participating. Joyce always poses thought-provoking questions. Most days I feel pretty overwhelmed with stress. But the other day I got out a tee shirt to wear that reads “Stop worrying, I’ve got this…God” I started to put it on and then realized I wasn’t really worried about anything too much on that particular day. A rare day indeed!! So I hung it back up and chose to wear something else.

    Hope your brand new niece has made a healthy debut.

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    1. Thank you for sharing that story about the T-shirt. I wonder whether maybe there was a reason you picked out that T-shirt on a day you had relatively little to worry about. I love the saying anyway.

      As for my niece, no news from my sister yet, so I’m guessing she’s still inside.


  4. Thank you for stopping over. I don’t cope well at all. Yes, I believe in laws count. That was nice of your dad to drive the desk over to you. Well I hope you have heard from your sister about your new niece.

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