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Wednesday Hodgepodge

It’s time for Joyce’s Hodgepodge!  I love the fun, thought-provoking questions she gives us each week!  Thanks for all you do to keep this going, Joyce!

1.  If you could work for any one government agency, which would you choose and why?

Ok.  So I googled to find a list of government agencies, and there are a TON!  I decided, without going through the entire alphabet, on the United States Memorial Museum.  I read Corrie ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, when I was a child, and several times afterward, and I was moved by the struggle of the Jews and Christians who were persecuted during WWII.  This agency’s mission is to preserve, with dignity, the memories of those who have suffered unjustly from a number of atrocities around the world.  What an amazing mission!

2.  How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?

Ok.  Confession time.  One thing I have learned about myself over the years is that I have a difficult time forgiving people.  I am not proud of myself, let me tell you, but I have to be honest.  God has revealed this to me.  It’s been hard to face up to.  I tend to hold on to grudges…old hurts and injustices.  If someone asks me to forgive them (which doesn’t happen too often, by the way), I do find it easier to forgive them, but I think that sometimes I’m only paying lip service to the act while feelings of anger and resentment linger on…sometimes for years.  If someone doesn’t ask me to forgive them, forgiveness is even more difficult.  I think it’s the lack of acknowledgement that the person did anything wrong that is the hardest to forgive.

I am trying, though, and in some ways, I am making progress.  Praise the Lord that He isn’t finished with me yet.

3.  What is your favorite meatless supper?

Yay!  A question I can sink my teeth into…pun intended!!  Ok.  My favorite meatless supper is Black Bean Soup, which I make from scratch.  The recipe I use is in the book The Daniel Fast.  I posted this recipe several months ago, with the permission of the author.  Click on this link to find it.  It is, quite honestly, the BEST soup I’ve ever made or tasted.  My friend, Barbara, hails from New Orleans, and she can back up my claim.  YUM!  It’s a vegan’s dream come true!!

4.  Wednesday, August 10th, is National Lazy Day.  Will you be celebrating?  If so, tell us how so we can be lazy too.

Really, Joyce?  I had no idea!!!  Well, since my school’s board of directors recently decided to delay our start of school (making my first pre-planning day the 17th), I think I WILL celebrate!  A couple of months ago, Chicky went shopping with the Mr. and brought back a surprise for me…the movie Gone With the Wind (my favorite) on DVD.  I kept promising myself that I would have a pajama day and would watch it.  That hasn’t happened yet.  So, to celebrate this most prestigious holiday (and the fact that I passed my Professional Ed exam last week), I will sit my my rear end on the couch, warm up homemade split pea soup (another recipe from the book mentioned above), and will have myself a lazy, movie party!  Woo Hoo!

5.  As a child, did you have any special back-to-school traditions and, if so, what were they?  If you’re a parent, did you carry on those traditions with your own children?

I don’t remember a lot of traditions from my childhood.  I think I remember a couple of summers in which we did some shopping for blue jeans.  As a mom, yes, I have continued this.  Kids grow like weeds during the summer.  It must be all of the late nights and junk food that make them sprout up.  My children always needed new shoes and blue jeans by August.  The tradition continues…even as my Chicky starts her second year of college.

6.  Write a summer tongue twister.

Summertime silliness soon will cease, followed by frenetic fall festivities and fun.

7.  Would you be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out a needle?

I have needlephobia.  Seriously.  I also have bloodphobia and phobias related to anything related to pain or medicine.  I remember when I had to be put into triage when I was pregnant with Chicky.  I was in preterm labor.  I was 21 years old and had not been a patient in a hospital since my own birth.  As the nurse tried to put in an IV, I cried my heart out.  Coupon Queen was with me, and I think she was beside herself as she watched the nurse butcher my arm (I have good veins, but this nurse was not good at this facet of her job).  Then, all horrors, I had other uncomfortable things done to me.  It’s no wonder I have a fear of needles and such.  I would never willingly witness a surgery.

8.  My Random Thought

I have grown to loathe politics.  Politics are present everywhere…in the government…in the working world…even in the animal kingdom, from what I’ve observed.

Call me naive.  I don’t care.  People should do what’s right without hurting people in the process.  Politics is about power and scratching each others’ backs.

I just don’t get it.

Why not do what you say you’re going to do…what is ethically correct…and let the chips fall where they may.  At least you can sleep soundly at night knowing you’ve acted properly and with honor.

Grrr…

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