Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Monday

These two words are kind of a contradiction on a normal basis, but today not so.  I took half a day off to come and prep for our dinner party tonight. 
Listening to showtunes, putting together the favors, setting the table, cleaning the last few household rooms, and prepping for dinner.  Definitely one of my favorite ways to spend my time (except for the cleaning)

Here are pictures of the favors and table that shows my new place mats.   The idea for the favors came from Becky Roberts scallop candy wrappers



Don't you just love those colors.  Now I just need a big bouquet of Gerbera daisys. (Another favorite of mine )

Menu
Starters:
Goat cheese and onion phyllo triangles
Octopus Salad (don't knock it 'till you try it)
Orange and Onion salad
Greek marinated olives

Main Course:
Greek Salad
Roasted Lamb
Fresh Pitas
Gyro Toppings

Dessert:
Honey almond cake with ice cream and fresh strawberries

Keeping with the Greek theme, in between the main course and dessert we will all take a Greek God's Quiz that Ralph put together.  Here is your chance to give it a try.

Demonstrate your knowledge of ancient Greek mythology!!!
               
                You will receive one point for each correct answer, but you will also lose points if you confuse Greek and Roman names of the Gods.  Spelling doesn’t matter, but pronunciation does.  Socrates would allow you to argue to defend your answers, but Plato would expect your answers and your arguments to be ideal.  Because democracy originated in ancient Greece, we will vote on whether disputed answers are acceptable.


1.            Name the king of the gods, who defeated the Titans to take control of Mount Olympus, and who controls the weather?

2.            Name the queen of the gods --she is the goddess of marriage, and is incredibly jealous of her philandering husband?

3.            Poseidon, who carries a trident, rules what domain?

4.            Name the god of war and his famous parents?

5.            The goddess of love and beauty is married to the handicapped, ugliest god – what are their names?

6.            The goddess of wisdom was born from Zeus’ forehead after he swallowed his pregnant mistress – what famous city is named after her?

7.            Zeus and Hera had twins:  Apollo and Artemis.   He is the god of _________ and she is the goddess of __________________.

8.            Name the brother of Zeus and Poseidon, who rules the underworld, and name the river that blocks access between the world of the living and the world of the dead?

9.            Which mortal was chained to a cliff and sentenced to have his liver eternally eaten by birds because he stole the secret of fire from the gods and gave it to humans?

10.          What famous oracle spoke the will of the gods to humans?

11.          From what handicap did Homer, the poet of the Iliad and the Odyssey suffer?

12.          Odysseus was prevented from returning home to Ithaca for 10 years because he blinded the Cyclops.  Which god was the Cyclops’ father?

13.          Who was the Trojan prince who started a war by kidnapping Helen, the wife of King Menelaus?

14.          Who was the half-human son of Zeus who has famed for his strength and courage?

15.          What are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet?

16.          Bonus question:  Name the Old Testament prophet who most likely lived at the same time as the Trojan War?

17.          No-points question that is designed to tell us about your personality:  If you were a Greek god or goddess, who would you be and why?

I wasn't required to take Greek Mythology in school so, if it wasn't for Disney's Hercules, The Lightning Thief and the movie of the Odyssey I would be sunk.  I still don't think I will pass with high marks, but it should be fun anyway.  Answers will come later this week.

The Easter weekend was good to me.  I had a great time with friends and family.  Too bad I can't adopt a four day work week permanently.  It made showing up to work today somewhat tolerable.  I hope everyone else had a good weekend.

Ta Ta for now

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PS - Wild Boar ham for Easter Sunday dinner turned out great :)

1 comment:

Wendybell said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Love those placemats, girl!! (My table looked similarly happy and springy yesterday!) What time should we be there??