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Octoberfest Hodgepodge!

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Hodgepodge!  Thanks, Joyce!!!!

I’ve been a bad blogger lately and just have not been able to get around and visit much!  Hopefully, with my school district’s Fall Break, I’ll have more time to make the rounds.  Please forgive this harried gal and, as always, thanks for stopping by!!  I treasure each and every one of you!

1.  It’s a brand new month…share one thing you’re looking forward to in October.

I’ve been looking forward to October because Chicky’s soccer team plays a lot of home games this month!  I don’t get to travel down to watch her play much because of the long drive.  I was fortunate to visit her a couple of weeks ago, and I’m planning on going back in a week or two.  I do love to see my girl use the talent God has blessed her with!!

2.  Is chivalry dead?  Explain.

I do not think that chivalry is dead.  I am constantly amazed when I see the teens I work with hold doors for the ladies and offer to lend a helping hand.  Chivalry is present.  We just need to keep our eyes open and be willing to look for it!

3.  On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip made its debut.  Which character is your favorite?  Which character is most like you?  (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Shroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, or Pig Pen)  If you need a description click here .

Oh, I definitely think I’m like Charlie Brown.  Charlie Brown doesn’t seem to have very good luck, and I’ve always felt the same way.  He’s also plagued with insecurities, and I struggle with my own as well.  Charlie Brown seems to try so hard to fit in but never really does.  Ding, Ding, Ding.  This rings a bell with me.  Sigh.

What I think I like best about Charlie Brown is that he never gives up and manages to find joy…despite the universe’s attempt to keep him from it.  This is what I’m like, I think.

Edited to add:  After reading Joyce’s answers, I visited the link to the Charlie Brown survey.  The results confirmed that indeed, I am Charlie Brown!

You are a good person, and in a way, you don’t get what you deserve in life.
You are kind, honest, and brave… but you always seems to have the worst luck!

You’ve don’t give up easily, but sometimes you can’t help but get a little depressed. Life is hard!  You might be surprised to know your friends like you just the way you are. Others can see your heart of gold.

4.  What’s something you’re competitive about?

Hmmm…tough question.  I am mostly competitive with myself, always upping the ante as far as what I’ve accomplished in the past and what I’m trying to accomplish in the present.  Take fasting, for instance.  Every time I fast, I go for longer and longer periods of time.  Stupid, eh?  It’s what I justify as “challenging myself.”

Yeah.  I know.  I need to get a life, eh?

5.  October is National Popcorn Popping Month…are you a fan?  How do you like your popcorn?

I can take it or leave it.  Since going vegan, popcorn eating isn’t as much fun since I won’t put butter on it.

6.  When did you first realize the world is small?

I first realized that the world is small when I randomly ran into a soccer parent in an airport in Washington, D.C.  I had not seen this parent in YEARS.  Our girls played together when we lived in south Florida and Chicky was in elementary school.  It was quite the coincidence, eh?  Then, a couple of years ago, when we were flying home from Seattle, I saw several people on the plane from Podunk, USA.  We’d all gotten on the same plane after a connecting flight.  Very interesting, eh?

7.  In terms of architecture, what’s the most beautiful building you’ve seen up close and in person?

Well, I don’t typically look at architecture.  Guess I’m not very artsy.  Plus, when I travel, it’s usually to soccer venues.  Thus it is that I must answer that the most beautiful building I’ve seen up close and personal is a bathroom…in the middle of a soccer field…that has real potties and warm hand dryers…in the middle of the winter.

You have no idea how much you’ll appreciate simple, square architecture when it has the above items.


8.  My Random Thought

A sweet comment I heard yesterday at school.

After getting onto a student about something (I wasn’t being mean…just holding someone accountable, in a nice way), I apologized for “Going all mama” on the person.

Another student, a young gal, overheard me and said, “Mrs. AuburnChick, that’s why I love teachers…because they are all like mamas.”


This little one needs a lot of extra loving, and I’m so thankful she was transferred into my class recently.  I never would have figured myself for being a softie, but that I am.

I adore my students and feel as if part of what I do is to extend God’s love to these sweet babies I teach.  So many of them need to be cared about.  Sometimes it’s tough…especially when they are blessing me out, and I’m not talking in a “favored son” kind of way.


One day at a time, one child at a time.  That is my motto.

6 Responses

  1. Being a “Mama” is wonderful. I used to say I wanted 12 kids. I ended up with 3 however all of their friends called me “Mom” and even when meet them as adults they still call me “Mom”

  2. We run into people everywhere we go it seems. I suppose the world is a lot more transient now too than it was when I was a kid. Everyone travels so we have more opportunity.

    The bathroom! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? : )

  3. Great motto “mamma!” Thanks for caring for your students!

  4. Ahhh – I love that comment from the kiddo…. its why I teach in youth.. wanna be a ‘mamma’ to lots of kids myself 🙂

    have you tried the seasonings on the popcorn? That & salt & you dont miss the butter 🙂

  5. Hang in there. I know you are touching your student’s lives. You have to be when you love them like that.

  6. So sweet that comment about mamas. And hilarious about the bathroom. Yes, indeed, the “inner beauty” of a toilet “for such a time as this” is incomparable. Perhaps far above rubies in the moment.

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