Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching...what's something you've labored over this year? 

Keeping my house in order.  Isn't that something that requires constant labor?!

2. What is one word to describe your 'job' or career?


3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?

My first teaching job.  It was great because I was officially a teacher and all the excitement that comes along with that.  But in retrospect it was not the best match.  It was an Orthodox Hebrew school and I am not Jewish.  It was a Special Education Preschool and the class I had was not properly put together.  There were babies along with toddlers, deaf children, emotionally disturbed children as well as physically disabled children.  There really were too many issues going on in one class for one teacher to handle.  Thankfully I left that job before the year was over and found a more suitable one :)  

4. How do you measure contentment?

To me, contentment is measured by the peace you have being exactly where God has placed you in the circumstances He has placed you.  

5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins...what's your favorite kind of pickle?

I like pickles, especially on hamburgers.  Bread and butter are my favorite but I like dill as well as baby sweet gherkins.  One of the best snacks using pickles is pickles, salami and cream cheese.  You take a slice of salami and spread cream cheese on it.  Then put a pickle spear down the center and roll it up around the pickle.  It may sound like a strange combination but trust me it is delicious.

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?

The beach!  I love that it is just minutes from my door.  I like to go to the beach all year long, even in the snow :)

7. What is one thing on your 'want-to-do' list before summer draws to an official close?

Go for ice cream, well frozen yogurt for me, at a nearby waterside village.  It is a popular tourist spot, especially since the ferry to and from Connecticut is there, but it is always fun to walk around and look at the little shops.  Actually my husband proposed to me there thirteen years ago this week :)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. My daughter earned her Master's Degree this past weekend...what's something you've 'mastered' in recent weeks or months?

Eating a Paleo diet and losing 15 lbs :)  My doctor put me on a Paleo diet to calm down my autoimmune thyroid condition.  I started on July 1st and have followed it strictly.  I went for blood work this morning and see my doctor next week to get the results.  Hoping it has helped.

2. What song most reminds you of your childhood?

Who Love You? By Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  I remember listening to it in my Mom's car when I was a little girl.  I just heard it in the car today and had to crank it up and share it with my kids :)

3. What do you think about single gender groups and/or events? Should everygroup/event be open to both genders?  If not, what sort of exceptions do you think are appropriate? 

I don't think every group or event should be open to both genders.  Some examples are bridal and baby showers (I know couples' showers are becoming quite popular but I think it is a special time for women), men's breakfasts, ladies' book clubs, etc.

4. What's your favorite spice? Your favorite dish containing your favorite spice?

Cinnamon is my favorite spice.  Lately I've been eating it on my sweet potatoes since I can't have butter and it is delicious.  Cinnamon rolls are amazing too!

5.  I saw this question on Marla's facebook page and asked if I could 
steal borrow it for the Hodgepodge...thanks Marla!  

Chevron patterns are everywhere!  Do you like it or think its just a little too much? Do you own anything 'chevron'? 

I like it but don't think it is something I'd wear myself.  It is a very busy pattern but matched with a solid would look nice.  I tend to avoid very busy patterns.

6.  What's something you disliked as a child, but can fully appreciate now?

Bedtimes.  As a kid I remember not liking to go to bed because I thought I might miss something.  Now I love going to bed after a long, tiring day.

7. What can irritate you very quickly?

Rude people, especially when I am the customer.  Good customer service almost always leads to more business from me.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Have a great week :)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week...what's one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?

Since I am working on cleaning out our school supply armoire and putting together our curriculum for the upcoming school year I'd say my book collection.  I was able to purchase a needed book from Ebay and that gave me the idea to list some of my books to sell.  It takes a lot of time to take photos and list items but it is a good way to make more room.  

2. It's also National Peach Month...peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me aBellini?  What's your peach pleasure?

Yum, I love peaches.  I know they say Georgia peaches are the best but around here it is Jersey peaches.  I like them plain but given the three choices I'd have to say peach cobbler.  It is delicious, always a hit and simple and quick to make.  

3. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, "Do one thing every day that scares you." Agree or disagree...explain.

It depends on what it is that scares you.  If it is something that is good for you and just requires courage then yes.  If it is something that is simply for the sake of thrill seeking then no.  

4. What's your favorite household chore?  Yes-you have to name one.

Does ironing count?  I like to iron just about everything.  Clothes look so much neater and nicer when they are ironed.  If not, then I'd say vacuuming.  If I had my choice I'd have all hardwood floors but since I don't the carpets need vacuuming quite often.  A home just doesn't look clean with a carpet that needs vacuuming.  

5. Fodors recently listed (what they've dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:

Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara CA, Mount Haleakala in Maui HI, Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe NM, Laguna Beach CA, Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ, Four Seasons in Miami FL, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, Gay Head in Martha's Vineyard MA, Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City UT, and Mallory Square in Key West Florida.

Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots?  If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodors List, which would you choose?  Where was the prettiest sunset you've ever seen?

No, I haven't seen any sunsets from those spots.  I'd choose Mallory Square in Key West Florida.  I've been to the Keys and it is so beautiful there.  I saw a pretty amazing sunset out of my kitchen window just the other night.  The sun was setting over the tall pine trees and the sky was shades of pink and purple.  

6. What's your favorite or most used app?  If you don't use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?

The website I visit the most is Google.  I know I need to get with the new technology but I feel like I am so many steps behind I don't know where to start!  I used to be all up on technology because I knew how to use a computer- hehe.

7. We've recently passed the halfway mark for 2013...write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far. 

"Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!"  

Taken from one of my favorite hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness".  There are so many blessings all around us each and every day.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  

Have a great week :)