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Got An Hour to Spare for the Hodgepodge?

I don’t know about you, but this extra hour thing, backwards or forwards, is not an easy adjustment!!!  At least we can count on some things being easy…Joyce’s Hodgepodge, for one!  I love these questions because I get to share details about my life that only my Twitter and Facebook followers get to hear.  heehee

Shall we proceed?

1.  My sister is celebrating a birthday today. Happy Birthday little sis! What’s one way you’re like your siblings?  If you don’t have siblings how are you like your lifelong best friend or cousin?

Super Sis and I didn’t think we were too much alike when we were growing up.  She was so pretty…had the boyfriends…was a cheerleader.  I was more nerdy and socially awkward.

As we’ve grown older and have had many conversations, we’ve often said, “You felt that way too?” Or, “Me too.”

One fun thing we discovered a number of years ago was a mutual love for Peanut Butter Cups.  We were on our way to the movies, and of course, we had to pick up treats to pack in our purses (don’t say you don’t do the same thing).  I remember buying a bag of the cups and discovering that she, too, loved them!  We ate the entire bag during that movie.

It was a little thing but still a neat “aha” moment.

2.  What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of yourself at age eighteen?


My life wasn’t perfect, and I had some very big issues from my childhood to deal with, but none of those things were at the forefront of my mind at that age.  I’d spent half of my life in a small town and had never experienced real life beyond it.  Going to college, even if I did commute, seeing how “the other half” lived, and then marrying a year later was an eye opener.

In many ways, I am still naive, but I find it a blessing.

3.  Sculptor-actor-painter-dancer…if you could excel in one of these arts, which would you choose and why?

I’d want to be a dancer.

A ballroom dancer.

So I could be on Dancing With the Stars.

And dance with Derek Hough.

You have my permission to call me a cougar.


4.  What’s a scent that takes you back in time, and where does it take you?

Jean Nate takes me back to my teenage years.  I specifically remember putting in on during cold winter months in the tiny bathroom that I got ready in (old, drafty house…not allowed to turn on the heat upstairs).

Strange how our memories run together, eh?

5.  November is for Peanut Butter Lovers (National Peanut Butter Lovers Month).  Are you a lover or a hater?  What’s your favorite dish/recipe that calls for peanut butter?

Well, I think I sort-of answered this question, in part, in #1.

As far as favorite dishes, I think I”d have to say that the vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Tartlets I made this summer have to be my new favorite dish.  EVERYONE who tried them loved them.


6.  What do people thank you personally for most often?

I get asked most often for help with technology and, thus, I get thanked for providing the requested assistance.  In fact, a fellow reading teacher asked for help with the grade book yesterday.  🙂

7.  What event this year are you most thankful for?

Only one, Joyce?  Seriously?

It’s got to be a toss-up between my Chicky’s final outing on the soccer field for Senior Night (one of the most emotional days I’ve ever spent as a parent) and the fact that she starts her very first day of teaching (with her kiddos) TODAY!!!!!!!!!!

8.  My Random Thought

I got my nails done the afternoon of Halloween.  It was quiet in the salon…everyone had already headed out to take their children trick or treating.  There was a YouTube playlist running overhead, and as I watched the screen to read the names of the various artists, one kept playing over and over again with her various songs.  I’d never heard of her before…probably because I listen to Christian music most of the time…but I found her music soothing to my soul.

Her name is Ingrid Michaelson.

How would I describe her?  Well, she reminds me of Norah Jones…a bit folksy.  I love the instrumentals.  It’s the kind of music you hear in the background of television dramas.

I went right home and created a playlist to run when my students are in stations because it is calming.

Have you heard of her before?

6 Responses

  1. Oh, I immediately “smelled” Jean Nate’ when I saw your picture! My mom used to wear that! And yes, I love Ingrid Michaelson! Congrats to your daughter on her first day as a teacher!!!

  2. Boy, do I remember Jean Nate’, too! Used that stuff all the time! That and Jovan Musk Cologne. Your heart must be leaping with pride as your daughter begins teaching today! How awesome! Brittany told me last night that she thinks she’s going to come home to do her internship locally, rather than in Alabama, next fall…I couldn’t be happier!

  3. I’ve never heard of her, but I love Norah Jones so will give a listen. Congratulations to your daughter! Such a big day for her : ) Hope she has a wonderful start. My daughter has a really good class, which is especially nice your first year.

  4. Oh…I forgot to tell you. Keep your cougar paws off of Derek…he’s mine, ALL MINE! 😉

  5. Ha! Dancing with Derek! Yep…I totally understand that!

  6. I love Jean Nate’ too. I’d never heard of this singer before but I like this song. It’s easy to listen to. I mostly listen to Christian music too.
    Hope you have a great day.

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