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Miss America Hodgepodge

Joyce is at it again, and the questions sure are fun this week!  Play along!  You’ll make life-long bloggy friends in the process!

1.  A new Miss America was crowned on Saturday night-did you watch? If you were a contestant what would your talent be?

I did not watch the show.  If I were a contestant, my talent would be balancing a very full plate on the very tip of one finger because that seems to be what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years.

2.  Do you have houseplants? Real or fake?

I have four real houseplants.  One is a plant that Chicky’s best friend gave her after she underwent surgery in the 9th grade.  Two were free plants that Home Depot gave out one weekend, and the other is a bamboo plant that I purchased around the same time that Chicky had her surgery.  I also have fake plants that we purchased to spruce up the house we eventually sold when we moved away from south Florida.

3.  When you were in school did you speak up or were you more of the hide your face, avoid eye contact, and pray the teacher didn’t call on you type of student?

I think I was kind of shy during class.  Honestly, I cannot remember.  I do know that I preferred to sit near the front, although in retrospect, all of the fun was happening in the back of the room!

As a teacher, I can spot those kids who try to avoid being called on; however, my desks are not arranged in rows but in clusters to better allow for cooperative learning.  There’s not a lot of hiding or avoiding in my classes!

4.  Next Monday marks the Chinese New Year…what do you order when someone suggests Chinese food?

I usually order Vegetable Lo Mein.  I like the carbs that I get from the pasta, and the veggies are vegan-friendly!

5.  How would you define a miracle? What would it take for you to consider something a miracle?

Every day is a miracle, in my humble opinion.  I see small miracles in the little ways that God orchestrates my day…puts certain people in my path at just the right time.  Big miracles are the healings that seem to “spontaneously” occur.  Such big events draw attention to God’s amazing power.

6.  What’s your favorite Disney song? If you’re stuck you’ll find a list here.

I love The Little Mermaid and especially the song, Part of Your World.

It’s a theme I identify with as well, having struggled for years with feeling like an outsider in my environment.  I’m starting to feel like I fit in…finally…and it’s oh, so nice.  Guess this confidence is related to age and maturity?

7.  I should have _____________ yesterday.

I should have gone to bed earlier yesterday.

I love staying up late.  The only problem is that I have a job that requires getting out of bed before the sun, and this totally bites.  I’m worn out by mid-afternoon but seem to catch my second wind around 7 or 8pm, which makes me think I can stay up late.  By the weekend, I find myself sleeping until 10:30 or 11:00 to catch up.

8.  My Random Thought

I live a very hectic life.  I am under so much pressure as a second year teacher and, most recently, a newly enrolled Reading Endorsement student (a 300-credit program).

A word I’m focusing on this year is BALANCE.

According to dictionary.com, balance can be defined as,

mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.

I am trying to keep things in perspective.  What will matter in 100 years?

Will it be the fact that I stressed over every little thing?


What will last is the influence I have on those around me.  I have the potential to positively or negatively affect those around me.  How I treat others, because of the way I handle the stresses of my life, has a trickle-down effect that could be felt for years.

I am determined to strike some kind of balance in my life.

Tall order?  You bet, but with God’s help, I can do it.

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