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Mother May I Hodgepodge

Sorry I skipped out on the Hodgepodge last week, but I just couldn’t do the Mother’s Day themed questions…with me having a nonexistent relationship with my mom.  Mother’s Day is always difficult for me, although my children are changing this for me a little more each year.  This week’s questions are much less emotional for me!  Let’s get to it!

1.  It’s still May, right? When were you last in the middle of something that might be described as mayhem?

Mayhem ensued on Monday when I gave two of my classes their fourth district writing assessment.  Students were ticked off.  They have been tested to death.  In fact, the state writing assessment was given in February.  Students didn’t understand the purpose of writing again when they’re in the middle of prepping for end of course exams.  Quite a few of my students decided to revolt and either wrote scathing letters to the “Powers-that-Be” or simply didn’t write anything at all.  No amount of coaxing worked.  Yes, mayhem was the order of the day.  I was glad to see 2:45 roll around.

2.  When did you last feel dismayed?

I was last dismayed on Monday evening when Charlie White got voted off of Dancing With the Stars.

Is he not the cutest thing EVER?  He’s a wonderful partner, and I’ll miss seeing his smile.  The best part was when he said that he could now openly throw his support to Meryl.  What a sweetheart!

3.  What’s a food combination you like, but other people may find strange?

I can eat hot sauce on almost anything.  People would probably find this pretty gross.

4.  It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Do you think that’s true? Why or why not?

Yes, I’d agree with this statement.  Think about all of the dreams that people put on hold to either raise a family or pursue education.  I don’t think it’s ever too late to fulfill plans you had for yourself when you were younger.  I am a prime example of this after having gotten my college degree twenty years to the month (May 2008) after graduating from high school.

5.  US News and World Report listed the best historic destinations in the US as follows-Washington D.C, Philadelphia PA, Williamsburg VA, Charleston SC, Boston MA, Richmnd VA, Savannah, GA, Santa Fe NM, Yellowstone, San Antonio TX, San Francisco CA, New Orleans LA, and Charlottesville VA.

Of those listed how many have you seen in person? Which two sites on the list would you most like to see in person?

I’ve been to Washington, D.C., Savannah, San Antonio, and New Orleans.  New Orleans has a kicking yarn store!!

Of the rest left, I’d most like to visit Boston and Williamsburg…both for the historical sites.

6.  May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you had to participate in a single fitness activity for the next half hour, which activity would you choose?

I would choose to go for a brisk walk.  Walking can be my thing, if my mood is right and a breeze is blowing.

7.  What did you like best about the city, town, or neighborhood where you grew up?

Well, I certainly didn’t like the annual Chitlin Jamboree!  You could smell those things cooking all over town, and the aroma was disgusting!

My favorite thing about living in the itsy bitsy small town in Alabama was the country feel.  It’s difficult to explain, but let me see if I can try to paint a picture.

I remember summers spent outside in the early evening, after my enormous yard had been cut, and the smell of fresh grass, cool against my skin.  I could lay in that grass for hours looking up at the sky.

I loved the smell of leaves burning in the Fall.  You can’t do that in a city.  That smell always told me that Christmas was around the corner.  It signified high school and college football games.  I love football season!

I loved driving through the backroads, window down, farm lands stretching for miles beside me, various crops planted and growing.

I loved the dogwood trees that grew in my backyard and bloomed around Easter, reminding me of Christ’s sacrificial love for me.

Although I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, the memories of the small town make me smile even today.  Twas the people in my life who let me down, not the country living I was blessed to be surrounded with.

8.  My Random Thought

I’ve been a rather bad blogger lately and owe this wonderful online diary of mine a thousand apologies.

I thought I’d share a few of the things that have made me happy of late…

The season finale of The Blacklist

Flowers from Chicky…proudly displayed in my classroom

Fur babies who make it difficult to leave for work each day

Italian Margarita with a shot of Amaretto…on the menu at the Olive Garden

The rare treat of a new knitting magazine

A rare curly-hair day, when the curls cooperate

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