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The Luck is in the Hodgepodge

Another week has gone by, and I can hardly believe it!  As I was typing last week’s post, I was preparing myself mentally for the observation my principal would be conducting in my room the next day.  I am happy to report that my students were AMAZING, and the lesson had the intended impact that I’d hoped for.  God is so good!

This is a brand new week, and Joyce has prepared a fresh batch of questions for us.  Play along by posting your own answers on your blog and then linking back up with Joyce.

1.  Do you have an interest in learning about your family’s heritage? Why or why not? If you know a little bit about your roots, share an interesting piece of trivia or a fun fact about someone who goes way back on your family tree.

I know a few things about my family’s heritage but, unfortunately, my father passed away in 2001, taking much of the information with him.  It’s rather difficult to track French family lines that run outside of this country.

I do know that my grandparents came from families on opposite sides of WWII, which made their marriage quite the controversial thing.  One of my grandparents was French, and the other German.  You fill in the blanks.  I’ll bet the stories they told throughout the years were quite colorful.

I also know that my great-grandfather fought in WWI.  I have a picture of him in his uniform somewhere.  I really should dig it out and frame it.

2.  Branch Rickey, the baseball exec credited with signing Jackie Robinson, is quoted as saying-

Luck is the residue of design.”

Agree or disagree? Why?

For a Reading teacher, I’m having a little trouble deciphering this.  Is this quote saying that we have a hand in our own luck?  If so, I might agree with that.  I think that some people are lucky, such as when they win the lottery.  However, I believe that it is hard work (not to mention God’s hand) that earns results.

3.  In the town where you currently reside, what’s your favorite green space?

I guess we have a couple of parks in my small town, but I honestly can’t say that they stick out to me.  I’m not much of an outdoorsy kind of gal.  If I had to select a green space, I’d say that my front yard is my favorite simply because it’s home.

4.  Who is your favorite comedian?

Oh, I am such a stick in the mud!!!  I don’t listen to comedians.  I don’t watch late night shows (as opposed to watching DVR’d shows late at night).  I don’t find most comedians funny because they always throw in crude jokes, which I have no stomach for and refuse to laugh at.

Going back to the 80’s, I would say that Bill Cosby was a favorite.

5.  March is National Nutrition Month, and almost everyone needs to improve their diet in some way.  What about you? How can you improve your nutrition on a daily basis? Will you try?

I have been, with the exception of a cupcake and a brownie on Monday, without processed sugar since before New Years.  I’ve been conscious about my eating habits for years but more so since becoming a vegan four years ago.  I read labels and ask what is in the dishes on menus at restaurants.  I don’t eat much…rarely breakfast or lunch.  When I do, I eat fruit.  I’m a fairly simple eater and quite honestly would be happier juicing most of the time.  I have some food issues, I know, but I’m determined not to gain weight or die from plaque in my arteries.

6.   Which of these green expressions have you ‘experienced’ in recent weeks -green with envy, green thumb, green around the gills, or give the green light? Explain.

I’ll go (get the pun?) with give the green light…to my students, that is.  My lesson plans have increasingly become more student-centered, allowing students to take more control over the learning they are doing in my classroom.  It’s difficult to do, and I have to go with the flow more, but I’m enjoying the process…watching students discover things with my gentle guidance.

7.  Where is one place you don’t mind waiting?

I don’t mind waiting in line at my favorite pizza place, Red Brick.  It’s a gluten-free, vegan-friendly place, and I look forward to indulging once or twice a month.  We’ve hit Spring Break season, and our beaches are nuts.  The mall where our Red Brick is located stays busy, but it’s worth it for that pizza!

8.  My Random Thought

I’ve been a busy girl again…buying more books for my classroom…

I really can’t help myself.

I read too many book reviews, and various students come to mind.

I’ve been known to add books to my Amazon cart while a student is looking over my shoulder.  The joy in delivering that book to that student is indescribable, as is the knowledge that I’m helping to foster a deep love for reading.

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