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The Extraordinary Hodgepodge

As of this posting, there are ten more school days left followed by two teacher workdays.  Everyone is chomping at the bit to be finished…especially the teachers!  A huge thanks to Joyce for her fun, weekly questions!  Play along by posting on your own blog and linking back up with her.

Oh wait!  Before I get on to the questions, I want to give a shout-out to the Podunk, Alabama High School Class of ’88.  Twenty-five years ago, today, my classmates and I were donning our caps and gowns….preparing to end one chapter of our lives while on the threshold of the next.  Thank heavens for social media sites such as Facebook, which have allowed many of us to reconnect with one another.  I haven’t seen many of my classmates in a long time.  I hope someone throws something together this summer.

Enough reminiscing!  Time for the questions!

1.  It’s National Bike Week…do you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike?

I own a Trek bike (we actually own two…his and hers).  The last time I rode my bike was last summer, I believe.  I was actually thinking about getting it down and going on more bike rides.  I have the perfect neighborhood for it.

2.  What’s something you learned in school that wasn’t part of the curriculum?

Gosh…as a teenager, there were tons of lessons imparted that didn’t have anything to do with textbooks.  I learned how NOT to be a best friend…oops.  I learned that guys make for very good friends for a girl and won’t stir up drama or tell secrets…unlike girls.  I learned that earning a failing grade on a test did not doom me for overall failure in the class, and that by working extraordinarily hard, I could pull up my grade to an A (chemistry was a difficult class!).  I learned how painful it can be to be the target of a bully and can now empathize with my students.

3.  What’s a food you’ve never tried, but want to try? What’s a food you’ve tried and will never try again?

I want to try a vegan cupcake, but the places in town do not have them made ready-to-eat, unfortunately.  That’s what I get for living in Podunk, USA.

A food I will never try again is liver.  I ate it when I was younger…it was forced upon me…and I will never, ever, ever eat it again.  I’d rather starve to death.  True statement.

4.  Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that’s a good trend?

I’m an overachiever and am usually very demanding of myself; however, these past few weeks, I’ve actually been leaving my classroom when I’ve put in all of my required hours.  I’ve also been working less from home.  The reason is because I worked especially hard two or three weekends ago to prepare my final unit of lesson plans.  It was so worth the long hours because now I am finally able to come home and relax.

Do I think this is a good trend?

DUH!  LOL.  My life is a lot less stressful at the moment, and I’d take that any day!

5.  Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain?

Boy, this is tough…especially with me being a reading teacher!  Hmmm…favorite villain.  I think I’ll have to go with Heath Ledger’s The Joker.  Last weekend, I watched the movie A Knight’s Tale, and I was reminded of how much I miss this talented actor.

6.  How concerned are you about identity theft?

I’m pretty concerned.  A few weeks ago, my bank card number was stolen.  Fortunately, my bank knew that the attempted purchase was not being made by me, so a hold was placed on my card.  I felt very violated and angry, but I also realize that this is the price of doing business in today’s world.

7.  Would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?

I think I’d like to live in an extraordinary place with a so-so house.  I don’t need fancy houses to make me happy.  Give me a beautiful view, then I’m one happy girl!

8.  My Random Thought

Today marks Day 4 of my juice fast. So far, so good.  I’m not feeling many hunger pangs, but the fatigue has set in.  This is typical for juice fasts.  I’m looking forward to the abundance of energy that will fill me as soon as these next couple of days pass.  I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t suffered from headaches…a miracle considering that I’d been downing two large bottles of soda each day.  This go-round, I have been exercising…a contributor to the muscle soreness I’m feeling this time.

Oh, the joys of trying to be disciplined.  I’m not complaining, mind you…just sharing what’s going on with my body in case you decide to do your own fast.

4 Responses

  1. I almost said Heath Ledger as The Joker. He was so good in that role, and we love A Knight’s Tale too. Congrats on reaching the end of the school year in a relaxed state…enjoy your well earned summer break!

  2. Good for you for being disciplined!! Heath Ledger’s Joker character came to my mind as well…I LOVE the movie Knight’s Tale and 10 Things I Hate About You. He was a great actor – so sad 😦 Hope you get to go on a bike ride soon!!

  3. I saw the other day where Russell Crowe tweeted about Heath Ledger – that he couldn’t find the heart to delete his phone number out of his phone 😦 So sad…. he was an amazing Joker!!!

    25 years… isn’t that crazy to think? I was doing engagement pictures of some kids from my youth group that have been out of school 3 years & they were freaking out its been so long… I was like, try 23 years! Then I was like, OH HECK – 23 years!!!! My mind instantly felt aged 🙂

    Keep going on that fast lady – you amaze me!

    & because I gotta say it – KELLIE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEHAWWW

  4. So glad the bank caught the bad charge! Banks are getting a lot more proactive about thwarting ID theft.

    I’m a year shy or 30 since high school, but I prefer to think about having just passed 15 since my degree. Instead of making it sound like I took the long road to me degree, it just makes me sound younger. lol

    Enjoy your less stressful time!

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