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Hanging Out at the Hodgepodge

Today is the second day of school.  I had a GREAT first day!  I don’t know if it’s because we are very much in the honeymoon phase or what, but I genuinely believe I have some really good kids this year!  Of course, I have really good kids every year!  😉  So, let’s get on with the Hodgepodge!  Visit Joyce to link up!

1.  What’s your worst food memory?  How about one of your best?

My worst food memory involves eating Brussels sprouts when I was a child.  I just could not stomach them.  I have no idea how I got through a particular dinner.  Obviously, I lived to tell about it.  My best food memory probably happened during the Alaskan cruise we went on a few summers ago.  I’d been doing the Daniel Fast for seven months and had not eaten sugar during that time.  I indulged in one dessert on the cruise, and it was as though fireworks exploded in my mouth.  It is amazing how your body reacts sometimes!

2.  Do you appreciate people telling it like it is, or would you rather a speaker temper his/her words and maybe beat around the bush a little?  How about when you’re the one communicating…which type are you?

I like people who play things straight with me but with a soft touch.  People who tell you the truth but are rude can go find someone else to kick around, thank you very much.  Show some tact sometimes!

I tend to be a person who does both, depending on who I’m talking to.  I think I am usually fairly direct, though, but I’m also long-winded.

3.  What’s your favorite place to hang out?

Joyce didn’t specify if we had to hang out by ourselves or with others.  I’m going to say that I like to hang out on my couch with a comfy pillow and blanket.  Yep, as the second day of school rolls around, I can honestly say that I already miss my afternoon nap time.

4.  When do you most feel like you’re a slave to time?

I feel as though I’m a slave to time from August to June.  Teachers live bell-to-bell.  it dictates EVERYTHING we do, and there’s no way we’ll ever get done with everything in the amount of time we’re given.

5.  What was the last concert you attended?  Who’d you go with? Was it any good?

I last attended a Toby Mac concert near the beach two years ago.  He is a Christian singer and very, very good.  He had old people (I’m not talking about myself) jumping up and down!  He did an impromptu acapella number when the speakers went out.   This man is quite gifted.

6.  Reality TV…harmful or harmless?  What’s your guilty pleasure when it comes to reality TV?

Reality TV is harmful when people actually believe that others live this way.  I like them because they are an escape from the reality of my hectic life.  My guilty pleasures are many.  Heehee.  I like Big Brother, although Aaryn needs to go.  What an immature and offensive young lady!!  I also like the Bachelor shows.  I don’t believe in dating more than one person, and I don’t believe in the hanky panky that goes on.  Disgusting.  BUT, I’d like to believe that fairy tales can happen.  Watching helps me fight my cynical side.

7.  What’s something you think is overrated?

Famous people are highly overrated.  What is the big deal, folks?  They become famous for mostly inconsequential things.  Why should we elevate them to star status when everyday people are the ones really making a difference in the world?

:::stepping off of my soapbox now:::

8.  My Random Thought

My heart is very full right now.  I mentioned that it’s the second day of school.  My first day was the best I can recall to date.  The highlight of my day was seeing former students came by to visit…give hugs…tell me they wished I was their teacher again.

Working at the same school for three years running now has allowed me to continue building relationships with students.  They have grown to trust me more each year, and when my first kiddos walk the stage this year, I’ll be cheering them on as loud as their parents.

6 Responses

  1. Girl…I think that Helen and Amanda need to go ASAP on Big Brother! They’re dictating how the whole house operates! I think it would be hilarious if Aaryn puts them both up tonight! Can’t wait!

  2. My daughter has her first day with her third graders today. She is super excited : ) Hope you have a wonderful year! I admire your dedication and passion, and am sure your students feel that too.

  3. You are so right about the couch and the pillow and the blanket! I should have considered that when answered this question. The only trouble is that I am trying to spend less time on my couch. But it’s so so difficult! It’s so comfy there!

  4. I totally agree with you on #7.

  5. Oooh I love your answer for number seven!

  6. Oh yes, I love my corner of the couch with my soft blanket… I have to fight my kids and hubby for it sometimes, but I (almost always) win! I’m so glad your school year is going so well already! What a blessing you are to your students and to their parents!

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