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There’s No Place Like the Hodgepodge

I’m loving Joyce’s Wizard of Oz inspired questions this week!  Play along by answering on your own blog and then linking up with Joyce!

1.  May is National Blood Pressure Month…what sends yours soaring, either literally or figuratively? What calms you down? When did you last have your bp checked?

The only time I’ve had blood pressure issues was when I was pregnant with my chicklets…especially Rooster.  My blood pressure soared, and I had to be placed on bedrest…twice!  I most recently had my blood pressure checked a few months ago as part of a health screening for a new clinic that my school district opened for employees.  I have low blood pressure, thank heavens, despite the stressful job I have.

What sends my blood pressure soaring, figuratively, is people who remove the wool from my eyes, through backstabbing meanness, taking away my naivety.  I prefer to live life with rose-colored glasses.  This view on life, which may seem simplistic, frees me from the worries that others typically struggle with.  It is at such times when I miss being a stay-at-home mom/wife, where the only wool pulling that existed occurred when I pulled the lint from the dryer.

2.  You just found $1-what do you spend it on? How about 10$ 100?

$1 – I buy Cherry Sours
$10 – I buy a book
$100 – I buy bling

3.  Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food has been proposed, but not enacted in the US. How much attention do you give food labels before you buy? Are you in favor of labeling if it means an increase in food prices? Is this an issue you’ve been following and feel strongly about, or is this the first you’ve heard of the controversy?

I always look at labels.  I have been very health conscious ever since I began struggling with Fibromyalgia years ago.  I think that the more honest food labels are integral to people becoming more responsible as well as educated about what they are putting into their bodies.  The higher food prices might actually lead to lower medical bills if people stop buying the crap that is termed “food.”  Um yes.  I’m a bit passionate about this issue.

4.  May 15th marks the birthdate of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. At this point in time, are you more in need of brains, courage, heart, or a trip back home? Explain.

Right now, I am in need of two things:  courage and home.

I’ve had a rough go at work the last couple of weeks, and finding the courage to stand up for myself has been tough.

I long for the quiet days of summer spent at home…recovering from nine months of long days and evenings.  I love my job, but by the month of May, I am spent!

5.  “There’s no place like home” is an oft repeated line from Baum’s book. When was the last time you felt the truth of that statement?




As I said above, I love my job and am honored to teach.  By the end of the day, I’m worn out and eager to come home, take a hot shower, and climb into my pajamas.

6.  Steak…yes please or no thank you? What cut do you prefer and how do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Besides your own kitchen, where’s a place you like to go to get a great steak?

I’m a vegan.  No steak, thank you very much.

7.  When was the last time you were in a genuine hurry?

I attended a meeting a couple of weeks ago, and traffic was BAD.  I ran ten minutes behind and was PANICKED.  Fortunately, my mentor, who was also attending the meeting, had also run into the same traffic and had called ahead to let the people we were meeting with know about the delay.

8.  My Random Thought

Today marks two weeks since Aubie passed away.  I was doing fine until yesterday, when I took Pele to the vet.  Unfortunately, he and Gambit had gotten into a tussle, and Pele’s lower eyelid was torn a bit.  The vet on duty was the same gal who was there with Aubie, and naturally, she asked how I was doing.  I started tearing up.  Sigh.

Then, Pele stepped on the scale.  Lo and behold, he had lost twelve pounds…since last July.  The staff asked me what we were doing to help him lose weight.  I explained that we were only feeding him two cups of food each day.  I also reminded them that Aubie had been gone two weeks, and she was the only mama that Pele had known.  I suspect that some of the lost weight has been the result of grief.

Then, when I went to check out, my total was higher than I’d expected.  Cue in awkward moment.  The bill included Aubie’s visit, which the vet had not sent me yet.  This vet’s office is so caring that they had not wanted to burden us with the bill…and a reminder of our loss.

Little reminders like these make me wonder if I’ll ever be able to think of Aubie without pain in my heart.  😦

7 Responses

  1. What’s a cherry sour? I like to know if I’m missing something I might love. I like sour. Hugs to you today…it takes time to grieve the loss of a beloved family pet.

  2. Yes, pets are family! in fact, they are family we LIKE! ha I know how it is to grieve a pet. I believe “all dogs go to heaven” so I plan on seeing mine once I get there! ( :

  3. It does take time. I’m so sorry for your loss–pets do become family, don’t they?

  4. It is so hard to lose a pet. Hope you’ll find peace in the memory of Aubie.

  5. It definitely takes time… we still to this day tear up at the thought of loosing our Pandora, whom we lost 13 years ago! 😦

    We have some similar answers – I love that 🙂

    $100 – I thought for sure you’d say shoes! 😉

  6. Loved your answer for number two! You’re straightforward, knowing exactly what you want!! (0; So sorry, though, to hear about your dog… Time will heal your heart, I imagine, but I wish you all God’s loving comfort for the time being.

  7. I’m so sorry about the loss of your sweet pet… our kitty just disappeared a couple of summers ago, and my kids STILL talk about her, wondering where she is and if she’s ok. Breaks my heart. May God’s peace be with you in extra measure as you complete this school year and all the craziness that goes along with it!

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