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How You Represent Yourself

Because my schedule was chaotic the past two weeks, I’ve spent the last few days catching up with my DVR’d shows.

One show I missed while I was out of town was Dancing With the Stars.

As I wrote the past two days’ blog posts, I had one eye on the second episode but had to pause it after hearing Charlotte McKinney’s interview before her dance.

Snagged from the DWTS website

This young lady is drawing a lot of criticism, and her comments during the second episode made me want to go, “Huh?”

Let’s get real, folks.  This girl was selected for her sex appeal.  She drew a lot of attention for a certain Super Bowl ad that featured a commodity she’s banking big (literally and figuratively) bucks on…her bust.

That’s her right, I’ll give her that, but the way she was introduced on DWTS during the first episode basically set the stage for how she was cast.  The whole naked-melon bit was off-putting…to myself and probably others in TV land.

Can you blame people for speaking out?

During the interview I just finished watching, she bemoans the negative feedback she’s been getting and even calls it bullying.

There’s a fine line between saying what you think and belittling.  I’ll give you that.  I work in a high school where this line is crossed all the time.


Charlotte is an adult making grownup decisions.

She’s making choices about how she wants to represent herself.

Agreeing to be in an ad that focuses on her boobs…participating in a blip that has so much sexual innuendo…has set her up for those negative comments.

Charlotte is a beautiful girl, I’ll grant you that, but that beauty has been cheapened by personal choices.

Every day, we choose to represent ourselves by the way we speak, the clothing we wear, and the way we conduct our everyday lives, whether at work, school, or play.

Should Charlotte be called stupid or dumb?  No.  That really is not kind.  However, did she come across as sounding superficial during her first interview.  Well…yeah.  That’s not to say that she is deep down inside, but by playing into the “role” that ABC cast her in, she makes people think that there’s not as much going on a little further up past her cleavage.

I have a feeling there’s a lot more going on in her brain than what most people are privileged to see.  She’s obviously a business person capable of making good deals (or has a good handler who excels at savvy deals).  She needs to do herself a favor, create an image that doesn’t rely on sex appeal as a sales tactic, and move on from there.

I think that will stop the negative comments and give her more credibility when taking her stand against bullying.  I’ll be cheering for her if/when she does make changes.

A DWTS Monday

Today was special.

I left work pretty early considering the massive amounts of to-do items that are constantly on my list…

I began getting antsy around 5pm…

Yep.  It was that time again…time for fringe and booty shakes.

In other words, it was the premier of the new Dancing With the Stars show!!!!

I’m not gonna lie.

I think I already have a favorite…Carlton from Fresh Prince


He was amazing!!

Poor Lolo…her arms…her body…they are gorgeous from her Olympic training, but her dancing…egads!  Poor girl.

Sadie Robertson was precious, with a Capital P, though.  I’ve never watched her family’s series…yes…I’m from the South.  Sue me.  I think her youthful innocence will, once again, allow people to see what living a Christian life is like…

Tonight’s episode was a much needed respite from work stress that seems to overwhelm me lately.

Did you watch?  What did you think?


Feeling the Blues on Hodgepodge Day

Yes, I’m feeling a bit of the blues on this Hodgepodge day.  In yesterday’s post, I shared that my best friend’s husband had lost his battle with cancer.  I spoke with her son after work yesterday, and he said that she was holding up well thanks to the support of their family and friends.  I also learned that my mentor’s mother-in-law had passed away Monday evening.  Cinda, my mentor, has become a good friend, so my heart is hurting for her.  There just seems to be a lot of sadness surrounding those I care about lately, but I’m thankful for God’s provision and grace.

Now, let’s get on with the questions.  Thanks, Joyce!!

1.  Under what circumstances do you do your best thinking?

I know a lot of people who function best under pressure; however, I do my best thinking when I’m relaxed.  I need to chew on ideas a while.  Most of my best thinking actually happens in the shower.  It’s where I get my best lesson plan ideas, and I often have to rush out and write them down before I forget!!

2.  Are you a risk taker? What’s one big risk you’ve taken?

I wouldn’t say that I’m a risk taker, per se.  I put a lot of thought into what I’m doing.  With that said, I set high goals for myself and work hard to achieve them.  This has often required that I step outside my comfort zone so, in a sense, I am risking myself…what I know for what is unknown.

3.  Some of the most common phobias according to the National Institute for Mental Health are-fear of spiders (arachnaphobia), snakes (ophidiophobia), heights (acrophobia), fear of spaces from which escape is difficult (agoraphobia), fear of thunder and lightening (astrophobia), fear of dogs (cynophobia), injections (trypanophobia), social situations, flying (pteromerhanophobia) and fear of germs and dirt (mysophobia). True phobias affect only about 10% of adults, but of those listed which would you rate as your greatest fear?

Well, since Joyce didn’t list fear of tornadoes, I’ll go with my second biggest fear…fear of spiders.  I will not mess with them.  I will run when I see them.  Unless I’m faced with a pregnant mama with a sac of baby spiders on her belly.  Yes, I had to take care of this and watched the baby spiders scurry all over the floor when the sac broke and they got out.  I didn’t sleep well for weeks, afraid that the bleach I had sprayed had not killed them all.

4.  Are you settled or do you feel the need to move somewhere new?

The Mr. and I have always wanted to move back to Auburn, Alabama.  We are planning on doing so in five or six years…as soon as he retires.  In fact, he’s already looking at houses online!  Auburn is one of the most beautiful towns…so serene with its country locale and proximity to our Auburn Tigers.  I cannot wait!!!  I think I’m an Alabama girl at heart.

5.  What is something you find annoying when dining in a restaurant?

I find two things annoying.  The first is when I have no vegan-friendly meals to choose from.  I cannot eat at Red Lobster without ordering vegetable side dishes, so we don’t even bother going anymore.  The second thing I find annoying is having my booth bumped by people sitting behind me.  Ugh.

6.  Daffodil yellow, sunset orange, spring green, or sky blue…your favorite color this time of year?

I love sky blue.  The sky is just beautiful here in Florida this time of the year.  Nearly every Saturday, the Mr. and I drive to the mall at the beach, and we have to go over “The Bridge.”  The view of the water and condos is gorgeous!!!

7.  If you were going to take a holiday all by yourself, where would you go?

I’d be game to go anywhere.  I can be a rather solitary person but still don’t feel as though I have real quality time to myself.  Now that my children are adults, and one of them is out of the house, I find myself learning more about ME all the time.  I wouldn’t mind exploring a place like Paris or even somewhere on this side of the pond, such as Washington, D.C. or some other history-filled location.

8.  My Random Thought

Last night, I lived out my life through Twitter…posting updates about the finale of one of my favorite shows, Dancing With the Stars.

I know for a fact that April and Rebecca were watching, for we tweeted each other a few times as we watched.

I held my breath while the results were read.

The couple I had rooted for all season WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Take a look at the smiles!!

Usually, the biggest transformation can be seen in the star; however, it’s safe to say that Maks underwent his own makeover this season.

I think that Meryl’s gentle nature, along with her strong work ethic and natural grace, allowed him to let down his guard.

He became vulnerable.

He allowed the public to see his tenderness.

For that, he endeared himself to us.

I pray that this new-found peace he has found finds a place deep inside his soul.


A Movie Review – Prince of Persia

Last weekend, the Mr., Rooster, Music Man (Rooster’s cousin), and I went to see the movie, Prince of Persia.

Want to know what I thought of it?

Well, I thought it would be fun to pretend that the judges on Dancing With the Stars were giving the review.

Carol Ann Standing up, waving her arms in a circle around her head – “Wooooooooooooooooooo!! “

BrunoStanding up, leaning over the judges’ desk, talking with his Italian accent – “Stupendous!  Magnificent!  Luscious! It could have been sexier, but Jake’s eyes…they SPOKE to me!”

LenPointing his finger, and in his British accent – “That had style.  It had grace.  It was exciting.  It had comedy in just the right places without any fussiness or cheesiness.  It was a proper movie.  Well done!”

AuburnChickthe unnamed fourth judge of DWTS – “Finally!  A movie the entire family can see without anyone being embarrassed!  There was no nudity.  There was no cussing.  And, heaven forbid, there wasn’t any sex!  It had action, which satisfies the men.  It had romance, playing to the sappy side of women.  It had a twist that MADE the movie!  I WILL buy this movie when it comes out on DVD!”

In case you can’t tell, I LOVED this movie!  It was well-worth the money we spent on tickets.

Speaking of which, Rooster’s ticket was free thanks to a gift card he received for his birthday.  My movie was free as well thanks to a deal Coupon Queen found.

I even saved a dollar on popcorn by using this podium-thing that was in the theater’s lobby.  There was a message to text something to some number.  Then, I got a text back and was told to hold my phone in front of the podium thing.  It scanned the message on my phone, and then I got several options for saving money on snacks…my coupon printed out the side of the podium thing.

It was a good evening all the way around!

Time to Don the Boogie Shoes!

Ring, Ring.

Hello.  AuburnChick can’t come to the blog right now.  She’s strapping on her boogie shoes cause a new season of Dancing with the Stars has begun!!

She’ll be back tomorrow after she’s read Rebecca’s AMAZING recap from the evening.  If you like the show, make sure you hop over and read.  Rebecca is a hoot!

Til tomorrow…

Back To the Classroom

Today was my first day back to work…as a “real” sub again.

First of all, I have to say that God’s timing was perfect, as it always is.  Having the week of Spring Break provided the cushion of time that I needed to get over the shock of being laid off from the Attendance desk.  Still, my heart hurt a bit as I spied Ms. D, sitting by herself at the counter.

We quickly hugged and talked over each other in our rush to catch up in the five minutes I had to get to class.  I brought her a small gift…a bag of feminine products.  She chuckled.  You see, she keeps these items behind a cabinet door for the girls who inevitably need them.  Donations are sorely needed…something I quickly noticed when I first started working the desk.  For $3, I can pick up a bag of the off-brand.  The girls appreciate having these at their disposal.  I wonder how many other schools could use these donations.

Anyhow, I made my way to the portable and set up shop for the day.  As I scanned the rolls, I recognized many names.  Working the Attendance desk has given me an advantage few subs have…becoming familiar with the students and their various tricks for getting out of class.

Many of the students were surprised to see me.  They behaved though.  Maybe they had to face me the day they wanted to check out for the concert.  Regardless, they knew I meant business when I reminded them of the school’s “No Cell Phone” policy.  Each class worked quietly.

I ran home for lunch and allowed myself enough time before last period to visit Ms. D.  We hugged again.  She gave me a gift:

It was the bag of cookies I had left in the desk drawer (her note to me was stuck on top):

I promised to visit her the next time I had to sub (which turns out to be tomorrow, as a matter of fact!) and proceeded to my last class.

The time flew by, and before I knew it, the final bell rang.  Soccer Chick and I had stuff to do…there wasn’t a moment to spare!

We ran to the seamstress for her third fitting.  Oy!  We’ve agreed that we’re glad she didn’t go the pagent route.  Too much finangling and rearranging of parts that don’t like to be rearranged.

Next, it was off to Sam’s for new contact for Chicky.  The optician wasn’t in, so we had to wait.  Of course we did a little shopping.  Chicky exclaimed with delight when she spied this bag:

You see, when she was enroute to Las Vegas, they were served the above snack.  She and the Mr. agreed that it was quite tasty.  Naturally, we bought one.  They are a bit strange…pretzels pressed into flat, crispy chips.  Delicious, though.

We bought a few other essentials and departed for home.

Molly was waiting for us, and boy, was she feeling good.

Take a closer look at the paw that is resting on the ball.  That’s her bad leg.  Yep…the swelling has gone down a bunch, and the sore is healing nicely.

I made her wear the cone while I was at work.  She’s adapted to it though, and can run around outside and even catch a ball with it on.  Quite amazing how animals adjust, eh?

I’ll continue treating the leg until it heals completely, but it appears that we are definitely on the road to recovery.  I am so thankful that I didn’t get the x-ray the first vet recommended.  God is so good.

My day wasn’t over after my game with Molly.  After dinner, I headed out for a meeting at church.  A few of us are trying to spearhead a Prayer Shawl ministry.  I felt a bit overwhelmed when I saw the shawls others have made.

One of the things I like about the baby blanket project is that a knitter doesn’t have to knit an entire blanket on their own.  The thought of facing such a large project on my own is daunting.  So, I suggested that, for knitters like me, we offer a similar format.  The other ladies seem to be open to the idea.  The main purpose is to produce as many shawls as we can and donate them to those in need.  I’m thrilled to be a part of this.

One neat thing about our meeting is that while we were talking (and it eventually turned into what I would venture to guess is a “knit night,” which I’ve never been to), I could hear the praise team practicing songs for Sunday.



I could have sat there all night knitting and listening.

Instead, I headed home in time to watch the Dancing With the Stars results show.  Lame, I know, but I needed some down-time.

What a great day.  It was a reminder to me that being in the classroom is my heart’s desire as far as work is concerned (since I haven’t won the lottery!).

Yes, it was a good day.

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