Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. When it comes to good manners, what two top your list of most important?

Saying please and thank you.  And "uh-huh" doesn't count!  I can't stand when I say thank you and instead of "you're welcome" I get "uh-huh" or "no problem".   To me, that is so rude!  I mean isn't it nice of a store clerk to let me know it is no problem to do their job and ring up my groceries.  How kind ;)

2. Let's open a proverbial can of worms...Common Core.  Are you familiar with the term (talking education reform in the USA)?  If so, care to share your thoughts? In your opinion, what is one of the biggest issues schools (in your home country) face today?

Yes, I am familiar with Common Core.  My thoughts...ugh!  Really from what I see it is driving parents crazy and putting unnecessary stress and pressure on students.  I don't agree with what I know about the scoring either.  For example my niece had a Math test with 100 problems to complete in five minutes.  She answered them all correctly but was graded a 3 (4 being the best score).  Really?!  They weren't word problems, just simple computations so if she answered all of them correctly she could not have done any better.  What is that teaching the students?  To me, it is that your best is never good enough.  For the parents of those students, don't worry they will come out with something new in a few years and call it by a different name.  In education, everything just recycles.
I took a look at some of the Common Core, just to see what all the fuss was about and smiled when I saw that it is what we do as homeschoolers without all the fancy labels ;)  One of the biggest issues with schools today is the lack of discipline, but that is a whole different topic!

3. Name a celebrity whose fashion sense you admire and share why.

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.  She dresses elegantly,  her look is classic, and she always looks so graceful.  Her are some of my favorites:

                         Photo credit here.

4. How are you affected by the changing seasons?

I love that where I live we get to enjoy all four seasons.  There is something I love about each of them.  I love the sense of change and excitement each time the seasons change.  The changing of the seasons makes me happy :)

5. Scariest book you've ever read?

Foxe's Book of Martyrs, even though I didn't actually read it.  My husband was reading it and I was having trouble falling asleep at the time so asked him to read it aloud to me.  Well it actually gave me nightmares!  Here is part of the summary given from Christian Book Distributors:

"This unparalleled volume chronicles the tragic yet triumphant stories of men and women who faced torture and martyrdom rather than deny their vision of truth and of God."

6. What time of day are you most hungry? What's your go-to snack?

I usually get most hungry in the late afternoon.  My go-to snack is walnuts mixed with raisins.  If I'm still hungry I'll add an apple or some grapes.

7. Do you lean more towards being too needy or too independent? Which do you find harder to deal with in others?

Too independent, but I am working on it.  It used to be very difficult for me to ask for help or admit I couldn't do something but now I am learning that I can't be good at everything and do it all!  I think it is harder to deal with someone who is too independent.  For the most part people like to be needed and when someone is too independent they don't give others the opportunity to serve them.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Thanks Joyce for another great week of Hodgepodge.  Happy Wednesday!


  1. Ugh I agree with #1....I raised my stepkids to have good manners but the 15 yr old still says "yeah" and even my daycare kids do that. AUGHHHH how about a "yes please"!!! Too much laziness and lack of manners now days.

    I don't know much about the Common Core but from what I DO know, I don't agree with it. I don't know why things need to change. My 15 yr old stepdaughter has enough problems with the school work, it's ridiculous!

    I really enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge! I enjoy all seasons but not thrilled with summer as I can't stand the heat and humidity. Of course Fall brings on bad allergies so I guess winter is the safest for me ;)

  2. I love Kate's style too. She seems to be handling her role with grace. Everything in education comes round againl-so true!

  3. Princess Kate doesn't do anything wrong!!!!

  4. Oh, can't believe we answered #3 exactly the same. Neat! I do enjoy the changing seasons but winter can bring in the blahs at times and we don't even have hard winters. :o) Happy rest of the week to you!

  5. Good answer on #7. The Duchess is a very classy looking lady.

  6. You are so right, education does tend to recycle! You'd think they'd stick with what works, but they never do.

  7. I agree with 2, there really isn't much discipline!
    I know what you mean about baseball taking over tv! Glee is in a 3 week hiatus after that very sad episode. :( I hope your week so far has been treatin you well!

  8. I agree there isn't much discipline in schools at all!
    Yes Kate Middleton ! Love her style but Jennifer Aniston came to mind first.
    I know what you mean about having the fox shows on hiatus! I only watch Glee and New Girl. The last Glee episode left us all sad. :/ I wish baseball would switch to NBC like he old days!

  9. I agree with you, I love having all four seasons. There's something exhilarating about each season. Have a fabulous week.

  10. I enjoyed your answers today!! Most all I've read answer the same for #1... just please and thank you!

  11. I really like your answer to number 7 - I definitely need to work on accepting help/letting others help me. And also knowing when and how to ask for help - it's hard for independent minded people! And Kate Middleton's style is absolutely lovely - agreed!

  12. thank you for stopping by, enjoyed your hodgepodge :)
    I also, like Kate Middleton she is so elegant and classy, they are saying she is much like lady DI.
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  13. Well-thought out answers. I like your healthy snack choices!

  14. That's what I snack on now that I'm gluten intolerant. I used to grab some cheese and crackers.


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