Memory Monday – What Was That?

After years of wearing headphones, I sometimes don’t hear that well.  My wife and daughters would probably say I have selective hearing… but I really notice it on the phone.

If the conditions are just right I don’t have any trouble at all.  Add some road noise or other people talking in the same room and I might not understand you correctly if we talk on the phone.

That’s a little back story for today’s memory that surfaced earlier today as I took my oldest daughter to an appointment.  We passed a Chinese restaurant.  She pointed it out, mispronouncing the name as she did.

I corrected her and then went on to tell her this story.  She thought it was funny and laughed so I thought I’d share it here, with you, too.

This particular Chinese restaurant is one I used to eat lunch at quite frequently some 20 years ago… before the radio stations I work at moved way out West.

The food was always great; big portions at a fair price.  It’s a small place with maybe enough seating for 20. You’d barely be in the door when the owner would greet you with a friendly “hello”.

English didn’t appear to be his native language and the cheerful way he greeted you almost sounded sing-songy (If that makes any sense).

His accent and my trouble hearing on the phone led to a funny situation when I called one time to place a carry-out order.  It was probably Mongolian beef or beef and broccoli… with egg drop soup, an egg roll, and a crab rangoon.  They were my usual order.

The owner took down my order and asked me a question. “You want _______?”. I understood the first two words but was stumped on the last one.  It was like I was talking to Charlie Brown’s teacher.

I asked him to repeat the question.  He did and I still didn’t understand.

We must’ve went round and round a few times until in desperation he changed it up and said, “Fork and spoon! FORK and SPOON. You want UTENSILS!”

That time I got it! “Oh. Fork and spoon. Utensils. Sorry about that. Yes. Please include them with the order,” I said, feeling pretty dumb about our exchange. Utensils was the word I didn’t pick up on.

I had to laugh after hanging up because replaying the conversation in my head it sure sounded like he dropped an F bomb before the word spoon. “#&!! and spoon!”  Once again, this was caused by my trouble hearing on the phone sometimes and his accent.

Sharing this story with my daughter made us both laugh… and made us hungry for Chinese carry-out.  We’ll have to stop soon and see if the same owner is still there waiting to greet us at the door.

Have you ever had a conversation where you couldn’t quite understand all of it?

Weekly Verse – Love

Valentine’s Day was earlier this week so a lot of people have had “love” on their mind… me included.

When I think about it there certainly is a lot for me to love lately. Some of those would include:

  • My wife.
  • My daughters.
  • A surprise valentine.
  • A sunny 75 degree day in Iowa… in February.
  • Watching my daughters & their friends dance as they start a new competition season.
  • A 3 day weekend.
  • Good friends.
  • A successful weekend for our community’s high schoolers and their numerous extra curricular activities.
  • Seeing the enthusiasm of a young child at Church.

With so much to love (and be grateful for) I decided to share a favorite Bible verse with a “love” theme.  1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV) is a favorite of mine.

It shares common traits to many of my favorite verses.  It’s short, easy to understand, easy to remember and repeat, and offers good advice.  Perhaps 1 Corinthians 16:14 is a favorite of yours too.

“Let all that you do be done in love.”


10 New S’mores Ideas To Try

Iowa’s weird Winter weather continued this week with above normal temperatures. It was capped off by a high Friday afternoon of 75 degrees.  It’s confusing my plants.

My friends didn’t seem to mind. Many took the opportunity to get outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  Some even had backyard fires.

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a campfire with good friends and a cold beverage.  They are the perfect ingredients for a great time and great conversations.

The other thing I love about campfires is that sooner or later you get around to making s’mores.  S’mores are awesome!

It’s hard to beat the gooey, marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker combination.

If you’re a s’mores fan like me maybe next time you can step up your game by trying some new s’mores recipe ideas.  Some of these I’ve tried.  Others just sound good to me and are worth trying once.

10 New S’mores Ideas To Try

Peanut Butter S’mores – Instead of a chocolate bar use a Reece’s Peanut butter cup.

Hawaiian S’mores – Use a Mounds candy bar in this one.

Rocky Road S’mores – A Hershey’s Chocolate bar with almonds gives this a nutty flavor.

Christmas S’mores – Use peppermint marshmallows.

Christmas S’mores #2 – Use a York Patty for the chocolate.

Cookies and Cream S’mores – Sandwich a toasted marshmallow between two Oreos.

Cookies and Cream S’mores #2 – Use a Hershey’s Cookies and Cream white chocolate bar in this one.

Easter S’mores – Toast Peeps for the marshmallow.

Over Easy S’mores – Use a Cadbury Creme Egg for the chocolate.

Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores –   Sandwich a toasted marshmallow between two chocolate chip cookies

What are some s’mores ideas that you’ve tried?