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Grouchy Hodgepodge

I took my title from one of Joyce’s questions and, quite honestly, it really fit the mood I was in yesterday.  It was the first day back to school after Fall Break, and it was apparent that nobody really wanted to be there, nor did they appreciate the hard work I’d put into making my lesson plans.  Sigh.  Grumpy was my middle name!  But that was yesterday, and today is a new day.  Let’s play Hodgepodge and link up with Joyce to add our own fun answers!

1.  What was your biggest worry five years ago?  Is it still a worry?

My biggest worry five years ago (2008) was that Chicky would re-injure herself playing soccer.  She had hurt her left knee the year before, and though she was stronger than ever, my Mama Heart worried over her.

That worry never quite left me and, lo and behold, she injured the other knee a few weeks ago.


I love my children to bits and just cannot stand to think of them hurt and unable to do the things they love.

2.  Yesterday (October 15th) was National Grouch Day…what makes you grouchy? What cheers you up when you’re feeling grouchy?

What makes me grouchy is when students won’t take class seriously.  I teach Intensive Reading to students who have not passed our state reading exam.  Passing FCAT is one of those boxes that must be checked off before a student can receive his/her diploma.  I find it very frustrating when kids interrupt class with their antics, and this 5’3″ teacher is putting her foot down.

Now, what cheers me up is when those same children sincerely apologize and get down to work.  They had a hard time yesterday, which made me call my nail tech in desperation.  I needed pampering.

Soccer balls…in honor of Chicky’s Senior Night, which is on Saturday

3.  In one word, how does it feel to be photographed?


4.   Besides your parents, who would you say had the greatest influence on you in choosing your life path?  Explain.

My English teacher, Ms. Warr, influenced me to become teacher.  I’ve written about her many times.  Here’s a link to a post I composed shortly after I learned of her passing.

She taught me to never settle for anything less than my best.  She taught me how to edit my writing.  She taught me that it’s okay to be uncool in front of your students.

She taught me to “Bloom Where You are Planted.”

5.  The crisp days of autumn are here …what’s something you like to eat, but only if it’s crisp?

French fries are much better when they are crisp.

6.  What’s the most useless object you own?

I think I own a mop.  It may be in the garage.  Obviously it’s been a longgggggggggg time since I’ve used it.

You think I’m kidding.

I.  Am.  Not.

7.  Share a favorite fall memory.

I don’t know that I have one favorite fall memory.  I think that for me, fall is all about the smell of burning leaves, college football season, and a crispness in the air.  Those things make fall memories.

8.  My Random Thought

I seem to always be one of the last to the party.  Such is the case with jumping on Katy Perry’s Roar bandwagon.  It must have been during Dancing With the Stars when I really listened to the lyrics for the first time, and I have to say that I LOVE them!

I like the message of speaking up for yourself.  I find it empowering!  Enjoy the video (so cute with the emojis).

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