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Another Turn at the Hodgepodge

This week’s Hodgepodge, courtesy of our fantastic hostess, Joyce, has a decidedly autumn feel now that we’re knee deep into October.  Fun times are just around the corner with the first holiday quickly approaching!  Let’s get on with the questions!

1.  Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, ‘Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

I am starting to do just that!  I think I’ve found a new system that works for me as far as lesson planning goes.  As you guys are aware, I spend upwards of ten to fifteen hours each week on my lesson plans.  This is not time I spend at school because of all of the things that manage to encroach into what the district has termed my “planning period.”  Ahem.

In the last two weeks, I’ve discovered that if I stay up until midnight a couple of weeknights, I can get my plans finished and have everything copied before the weekend.  Then, the only thing I do is grade reading logs when I get home on Friday, enter the grades, and send out progress reports and classroom updates.

Although I have many more things I could be doing, I’m choosing not to.

I actually sat on my porch on Sunday and took in a few rays while the dogs enjoyed the fresh air with me.

I care not that other things on my never-ending to-do list aren’t getting done in my typical overachiever way.

Those things are getting taken care of…eventually.

This girl needs time to rest.

2.  Since we’re talking turning…what’s one thing you feel you’re doing ‘every time you turn around‘?

I feel as though I’m constantly picking off dog hair from everything!!!  My dogs shed big time, and the hair is everywhere!  Ugh!!!!

3.  How hard is it for you to ‘turn the other cheek?’

It depends on who’s doing the insulting.  I can, at times, have a quick temper and will lash out in self defense; however, there are a lot of times when I don’t speak up for myself and allow people to walk all over me.

I’m starting to develop a backbone though.


4.  When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

I recently began hunting for my Shiver series, a wonderful trilogy that I know I had in my classroom.  The entire box is missing, and I cannot, for the life of me, remember where it is!  I have a feeling I loaned it to someone.  Why else would the ENTIRE box be missing?  Still, I turned over everything and looked in every corner for this set.  I still have not found it.  Ugh.

5.  ‘One good turn deserves another‘…were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

A couple of weeks ago, a friend picked me up and gave me a ride to school.  My car was in the shop, and she works with me.  She lives across the street from me, so it’s very convenient.  To pay her back after two days of bumming rides, I treated her to Starbucks on the way to school.  When we pulled up to the window, we were informed that the car in front of us had paid for our order!!!  We were shocked, to say the least.  The guy told us that the car in front of that car had paid for the one in front of ours.  Naturally, I paid for the car behind us.  I never got a receipt, and to this day, I have no idea if I spent $50 or $5.  What a fun thing to be a part of and a special feeling to know that someone cared enough about me to pay for me!!

6.  Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

I’m going with orange because I love oranges and cantaloupes.

7.  The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween…which ‘October‘ film is your favorite?

I’ll go with The Hunt for Red October.  I read the book when I was a teenager, and the movie is a bit of a classic for me.  I love a good spy film!

8.  My Random Thought

I’m still thinking about Question #1.  Working on lessons during the week is leading to productive weekends.

Puppy pedicures…

Black bean soup…homemade…


And naps (well, I always indulge in these!)…

One Response

  1. I love the Starbucks story, what a great way to spread some kindness! And your crocheted blanket at the end looks a great way to spend an Autumnal Saturday afternoon. Lovely!

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