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Helpful Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s time for Joyce’s Hodgepodge!  Woo Hoo!  Let’s get to the questions!

1.  What’s something people might ask you for help with?

I am usually asked for help with technical problems.  I’ve got mad computer skills, so I’m the go-to girl with this kind of stuff!

2.  What’s something you might ask someone else for help with?

I’m not afraid to ask for help.  Anything that has to do with math is sure to mess with my brain.

Oh, and one other thing I thought of…I always need help lifting the 60lb bag of dog food that I purchase twice each month.  I buy it at Sam’s and can get it into the cart but not out of the cart into my car.  The last time I went, I actually prayed that a gentleman would be near my car when I exited the store.  There was, and I smiled very sweetly when I asked for help…all the while explaining that he was the answer to a prayer.  Talk about getting a smile in return!

3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you’re a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?

We did not really take vacations.  We lived a few hours from Six Flags in Atlanta, so we went there a couple of times, but I did not grow up going on vacation.  When my children were younger, we took them to Disney World on a regular basis.  As they got a bit older, we visited Disney’s water park, Blizzard Beach.  Those were fun times!

4.  Pool-lake-ocean…which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?

I live fifteen minutes from the ocean.  Easy choice.  There’s nothing quite like the sound of the surf and the sight of the sun setting over the water.

5.  Have you ever justified using the expression, ‘you gotta be cruel to be kind’?  Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?

I’ve never even heard of this expression before.  I can’t say that I like it.  I realize that sometimes one has to be strict and hold people accountable in order to have a positive effect in the end, but being cruel?  No way.

6.  The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin.  Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you’d add to the list?

From this list, I do not like liver, mayo, okra, beets, or gelatin.  I do like the taste of eggs but don’t eat them now that I’m a vegan.  To that list, off the top of my head, I’d have to add guacamole (avocados) and sweet potatoes.  Blech.

7.  What’s your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?

Oh goodness…I am drawing a huge blank right now!  I read so much but cannot seem to separate the books and their settings.

How about Message in a Bottle…the book.  I read it quite a few years ago and remember the setting had to do with the beach/water.  It was the first book that made me cry.

8.  My Random Thought

I have Common Core training today and tomorrow.

This means that I had to get out of bed at 5:30.

I am not amused.

After this training is over, I plan to enjoy the rest of my non-alarm-setting days before school starts again.


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