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Summertime Hodgepodge

It’s been a long time since I’ve hodgepodged with Joyce.  I’m happy to be back!  If you’re new to the game, what you do is answer the questions on your own blog, add your link on her Hodgepodge post, and then visit other bloggers to see how they answered.

Thanks for visiting!

1.  It’s officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?

I really like the month of July the best.  For one thing, I’ve usually got the entire month off, minus a day or two for training.  I am always well-entrenched in my summer routine.  My brain cells have recovered, and my pace of life has slowed to the point where I can really relish each day without feeling rushed.

Second, and most importantly, the month starts off festively with the 4th of July.  Being a new Air Force mom, I’m looking at this holiday from a whole new perspective now.

Take a look at the patriotic bling a gal on Etsy made for me.  I wore the bracelet and earrings every day of my son’s graduation weekend.

2.  Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?

Yes, I can swim.  I don’t remember exactly how I learned except that it seems that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to swim.  I did take “formal” lessons at a lady’s backyard pool (she was a trained instructor), so I learned how to do each stroke properly and how to tread water.

I own one pair of sunglasses.  They are Costas.  I heart them much.

The Mr. and I went shopping for new ones before we took our trip to San Antonio to watch our boy graduate from Basic Training, but we didn’t buy any.  The Mr. wound up having to buy himself a new pair at the BX because he left his sunglasses in the food court and nobody turned them in.

I’ve picked out a new pair, but I’m waiting for the Mr. to surprise me with them.  Ha!  Seriously, though.  He can get them cheaper.  Let’s just say that they’ll be sparkly.

3.  What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?

I do not like when I make dumb mistakes.  Not being observant aggravates me.  I’m also harsh with my own physical appearance and see flaws every time I look in the mirror.  I guess that’s a main reason why I work out so hard.

In others, I cannot tolerate a poor work ethic.  This is especially challenging when I teach.  I’m careful to lay out expectations for every assignment; however, many of the kids I teach have not developed the work ethic to turn in assignments that show effort or attention to detail.

I really don’t like when I see adults who are lazy at work.  Seriously.  Do your job so others don’t have to do their jobs plus yours.

Strong feelings?  Yep.

4.  Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What’s a road (literal or figurative) you’ve always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you? 

I would love to work from home.  I am an independent kind of gal and know that I’d do just fine.  I’d like the flexibility of scheduling my own hours and working in my pajamas…or workout clothes.  One day I will find the perfect stay-at-home job.  Until then, God has me on a different path…and I’m not complaining (of course, it is the middle of the summer, and I am home on break).  🙂

5.  Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what’s your favorite flavor? 

They are okay.  The problem I have with them is once you get down to the bottom and the thing breaks in half.  The part that’s on the bottom falls on the ground, and you’re cheated.  They are messy too.  My flavor of preference is definitely cherry.  Yum!

6.  Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what’s involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what’s Brexit) Is this news you’ll follow or is it something you think won’t impact your life in any way shape or form?

So, I googled, and I sort-of understand a tiny bit what it’s about.  It’s interesting to see how much this would impact commerce across the world.  The trickle-down effect will get down to individual consumers…eventually.

7.  Share a favorite song on your summer play list.

One of my newest favorite songs on my playlist is Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.”

I used this song in the videos I created for each of my classes this year, and the kids were singing to it.  The message is so good!

I’m going to share one more song that I’m loving from this same album…”Mama Said.”  Oh my gosh.  The words are so powerful!  I didn’t hear this song until after I’d created my videos.  This song will be in next year’s videos.

8.  My Random Thought

I don’t know where these ingredients have been all my life…

I wanted to make a new salad dressing and happened upon Detoxinista’s Creamy Thai “Peanut” Dressing.  I really like Thai food and the peanut sauces on many of the dishes.  This dressing is actually nut free because of the sunflower seed butter.

It is really easy to make and is silky smooth.

If you’re looking for a more summery dressing, I highly recommend her Creamy Cucumber Tahini Salad Dressing.  It, too, was very easy to make and so light and refreshing in flavor.

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