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Can’t Say No to the Hodgepodge!

It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s time for Joyce’s Hodgepodge questions!  It’s your opportunity to learn more random facts about Yours Truly.  Randomness is something I’m full of…that along with some other not-so-pleasant stuff.  😀

As always, thanks for visiting!

1.  Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake?  Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers?

I saw a black snake last week in my backyard when I noticed Gambit trying to play with something near the fence.  When I saw the snake start slithering toward me, I hightailed it back into the house.

I’m petrified of snakes, even though I held a boa constrictor around my neck when I was in elementary school during one of those programs that kids get to attend.

The most scared I’ve ever been of a snake was after one of the many hurricanes that plagued my part of Florida a few years ago.  When I removed the plywood from my screened in porch, I found a red snake, the color of my brick, curled up against the house.

I screamed like a lady.  😀

2.  The color red in Chinese culture usually means good luck.  Do you believe in luck?

I do not believe in luck.  I know that God allows everything, good and bad, into our lives for purposes that we do not always understand.

3.  sledding-ice skating-building a snowman…if given a choice, which activity would you choose?  Which of the three have you done most recently?

I would love to go ice skating!!!  Even though I am not very coordinated, I have always enjoyed (and been decent at) roller skating/rollerblading.  I’m fairly certain I could handle a pair of ice skates.  I cannot remember the last time I participated in any of the above activities.  I’d probably have to go back to my childhood.  Living in Florida for the last 20+ years doesn’t lend itself to many opportunities to be around snow.

4.  Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, “The years teach much which the days never knew.”  Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?

It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?  That is why teenagers think they know everything and that adults are stupid.  They don’t have the perspective of years of experience.

For myself, I think Emerson’s words have played out in my life many, many times.  There have been times in my life when I did not understand the “why’s” of the days I was facing.  Losing my dad unexpectedly in 2001 comes to mind as I type these words.  It was only after months and then years passed that I could see the lessons that God had in store for me.  The same holds true every time I begin a new adventure where I’m sure to face challenges.  Daily, the stress and struggles seem to overwhelm me.  When I look back after time has gone by, I see the growth in my life.

Joyce, thank you for sharing this quote.  It just may be one that I post somewhere in my room to remind me to trust and to get my students thinking beyond the current day’s trials.

5.  When was the last time you ate a cupcake?

I cannot even remember.  Being a vegan has its challenges, some of which I’ve shared with you.  One day, I went in search of vegan cupcakes.  We have a local place that makes fancy cupcakes like you’d see on Cupcake Wars.  When I inquired about vegan-friendly treats, the owner looked at me like I was crazy.  Bummer for me but a win for my waistline.

6.  What’s something you can’t say no to?

I cannot say no to puppies who need to be adopted.  That is why I have four of them.  That is also why I am no longer allowed to visit my local humane society.  In fact, I haven’t taken a dog for walk since Gambit found me in my neighborhood while out walking Molly.

Sad puppy eyes do me in every time!

Pele

Gambit

Molly

Aubie

7.  Are you a doodler?

Doodler…as in drawer?  Nope.  I’m not artistic…at all…unless you’re talking about DrawSomething, a game that I can doodle with the not-so-best of them.

8.  My Random Thought

I, along with the rest of the population in America, am so relieved and grateful that God spared the life of the young boy who was held in an underground bunker in Midland City, Alabama.

I grew up in a very small town less than an hour away from Midland City.  I currently live about an hour and a half away from it.

Any time a child is in danger, your heart is grieved.

People in small communities are especially close, and events like this just do not happen very often; thus, the community hurts…badly.

Praise be to God for allowing this situation to turn out well for the young boy and his family, and prayers to the family of the kidnapper.  I cannot imagine how lost and confused they must feel right now.

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