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Mountaintop Hodgepodge

Wednesdays do roll around here quickly, don’t they!  It’s a great way to mark the passage of each week…putting us one day closer to the weekend!  Play along by joining up with Joyce!

1.  When were you last ‘on a mountaintop’?  You may answer in the literal or figurative sense.

Let’s see…as a teacher, I often find myself on mountaintops as I watch students begin to grasp concepts.  However, I’ll dig a bit deeper and say that completing the previous Reading Endorsement class, which required the creation and approval of three very comprehensive lesson plans, was a bigger mountaintop experience.

My final class in this program, the practicum, began on Monday.  I have until May 19th to complete it.  I’ve set my goal as finishing by the time I begin Spring Break…March 25th.  Lofty?  Yes.  However, I love that feeling of climbing the mountain and reaching the top.  Completing this certification…300 hours’ worth…might just result in another afternoon of dancing to my Wii “Just Dance” game.

2.  Do you establish and maintain a strict budget in your household?  What is one piece of financial advice you would offer someone just starting out on their own?

Yes and no.  Certain bills come out of my check, and I’m slowly paying off some of the debt that has piled up over the years.  However, I do give myself room to play a little.  I love getting my nails done every paycheck, and takeout is big right now.  I’m too exhausted to cook, and with it being only the Mr. and me with both kids away at college, it’s just not worth it.  Plus, we eat completely differently (he eats meat; I do not).

My advice to those starting out on their own is to keep a tight reign on your credit card spending and pay off debts every month.  We used to do this.  I wish we had been more religious about it.  I’d probably be staying home right now if we had maintained our original habits.

3.  Cherries-yay or nay?  Cherry pie, cherry cola, black forest cake, or a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s Cherries Garcia…pick one.

I do like cherries, but I prefer them straight from the produce section.  No desserts for me.  Just rinsed and in a bowl, plain as can be.

4.  Should you ever discuss religion or politics with people you don’t know?

I don’t know if this is the smartest decision.  People can be very passionate about their beliefs, and without knowing a person very well, you could unintentionally insult them.  I’d tread lightly as far as these topics go.

5.  When you take a road trip do you prefer to be the driver or the passenger?  Where were you headed on your last road trip?

I prefer to be the passenger, in the front seat, when we take road trips.  I get very car sick if I’m not in the front.  I also like to sleep while traveling.

My most recent road trip was when I came home from visiting family during Christmas.  I’ll probably be on the road in May when it’s time to bring Rooster and his stuff home for the summer.  That is one road trip I am looking forward to!

6.  If we peeked inside your closet, what color would we say is most prevalent?

I have a lot of red and black in my closet.  These are my school’s colors.  I also like to wear black pants.  They can be dressy or casual depending on the style, but they are always classy.

7.  Who’s your favorite senior citizen and why are they special?

Gosh, but I really don’t know a lot of senior citizens!  I spend the majority of my time around the teenagers I teach and my coworkers, who are definitely not old enough to be considered seniors.

8.  My Random Thought

I would appreciate if you guys would say a prayer for my oldest dog, Aubie.

She’s not doing well, of late.

She woke up this past weekend limping, and that limp has not gotten any better.

She’s thirteen years old, almost completely deaf, but just as sweet as can be.  She still has spunk but is a nervous thing.  This limping thing isn’t making matters any better.

On top of that, she’s not eating very well.

The hubby and I are extremely worried.  We don’t want to lose her.

We’re probably going to take her to the vet in a day or two.

I am really hoping her limp is from the cold weather that has hit Florida recently.

All I know is that she is a much-loved member of the family, and it breaks our hearts to see her suffer.



6 Responses

  1. Old dogs are so special and make my heart go mush. Ours is almost 11 and I see her aging. I hope yours is just a weather related irritation.

  2. Having just put our 14 yr old dog down on Valentines Day, my heart aches for you. The sudden limping needs attention, for sure, esp when coupled with loss of appetite. Either one is concerning. I will say a prayer for wisdom and peace for you and yours.

  3. You can bet I’ll say a prayer for Aubie. We have a 12-year old dachshund who is slowing down more and more and it breaks my heart to think of losing her. They become such important members of your family. Hopefully, it’s nothing major with Aubie and she’ll be around for a few more years, at least!

  4. I am sorry you’re dog isn’t doing well. I had a 16 year old english setter/ border collie mix that died almost two years ago. She also went deaf and had severe arthritis. It definitely is heart breaking and the worst part is seeing them suffer, that part really gets to me. ;( My prayers go out to you. xoxo Nikki


  5. Praying for your puppy dog! Enjoyed your answers! Yes the sleeping is another reason I like to be the passenger. lol.
    until next time…nel

  6. Just said a prayer for your sweet dog and for your family.

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