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A Grumpy Hodgepodge

Hola all!  I didn’t participate in last week’s Hodgepodge because I was so darned tired from work that putting more than two coherent words together proved too difficult.  I’m still tired, so I ask for your forgiveness ahead of time if my answers seem off.

Thanks, Joyce, for being the hostess with the most-ess.  🙂

1.  What’s your favorite time of day? Why?

I love late night because it’s when I finally get to decompress from a long day…when everyone is asleep…when I get some of my best ideas.  Sure wish I could sleep in late every day to compensate!!

2.  Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender…which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?

I don’t own a waffle iron, and the other appliances listed above are in great shape.  Now, if we were naming big appliances, I’d definitely have an answer…my refrigerator!  It’s making a horrible humming noise that a repair guy thought he had fixed.  He didn’t.  We suspect that the compressor is going bad, but we don’t have the funds to buy a new one yet.  Maybe in a year.  We shall see.

3.  It’s National Grouch Day (October 15)…what’s something that makes you feel grouchy?

At the moment, it’s the administrative responsibilities of my job.  I absolutely love being with my students, even on trying days, but trying to keep up with the ever-growing list of duties that don’t directly impact my students is going to push me over the edge.

Teachers are expected to accomplish TOO MUCH for the time allotted in our work day, making it nearly impossible to have home lives that don’t include work.

I’m completely frustrated because I feel myself burning out already, and this has kept me grouchy since school began.

4.  Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you’d like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?

I have been to Canada and am proud to say I was born in Newfoundland, although I don’t remember that part of the country.  I visited Quebec when I was a teenager and four years ago visited Victoria while on an Alaskan cruise.  I’ve gotta say that I loved Victoria.  It’s so metropolitan!!  I was amazed by the tall buildings.  It also had at least one yarn store!  🙂

Oh, and I almost forgot that I visited Niagra Falls…the Canadian side…when I was a teenager.  Loved it so much and have never forgotten the experience!!  Last week, my students read a fluency passage about a brother and sister who went over the falls in the 60’s and lived!  I got to share my personal story about visiting.  My students were amazed at the fluency story and just, in general, what they learned.

Who says reading has to be boring!

5.  What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

I loved pork chops with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and broccoli with cheese sauce.

I don’t eat meat now but still love things with mushrooms in them.  I adore mashed potatoes and have learned to make them without milk or butter (go me!).  Broccoli is still a favorite vegetable too, minus the cheese.

6.  Do you cry easily?

Did you read my answer for #3?


I cry a lot.

I suspect my hormones, at the age of 44 1/2, are partly to blame as well.

I cry when I’m overwhelmed and overtired.

I’ve been both since August.


7.  Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?

Once again, I refer you to Exhibit 3…I mean Question 3.

No, I haven’t started shopping, although I do have an idea for my sister.  The Mr. does most of our shopping, so whenever he gets started, it happens…usually after Thanksgiving.  I have no idea how much he spends.  Terrible, eh?  I’m an easy kind of gal who just goes with the flow as far as gifting things goes.

8.  My Random Thought

We just finished our Fall Break, and what a wonderful respite it was!!

I managed to have all of my most pressing work finished by Friday evening, so I relaxed the rest of the weekend.

I did a lot of this…

I ran much-needed errands…

So that we would have a full pantry…

I even managed to cook a hot meal for the guys…

I spent a lot of quality time with my babies, who were shocked at four days in a row of sleeping in…

The weather wasn’t all rainy…

Getting up yesterday morning at O’Dark 30 was not fun…

The silver lining is that I only have to wait 38 days until we leave for our Thanksgiving cruise.  The entire family is going, so I’ll have a blissful week of being able to talk to my Chicky whenever I want…and she won’t be able to run far from me (I know she’s thrilled at the prospect…LOL).

3 Responses

  1. These family trips as our kids get older are extra special! I didn’t like brocoli as a kid, but love it now. No cheese sauce though-ick : ) Have a good day. I know my daughter feels the same about not enough hours in the day. Yesterday they had a tornado warning so she spent almost an hour with her kids in the hall waiting for the all clear. Teachers are awesome!

  2. I empathize with what you are experiencing. Been there, done that for 33 years. It’s the kids that make it worthwhile, so focus your energy on them.

  3. I always say its so hard on dogs to go back to work days without their mommy when breaks/vacations are over 😦

    Um… cry is my middle name 🙂

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