Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stars, Cookie Dough and Your Smiling Face Hodgepodge

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1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American,  feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?

I love the 4th of July.  My daughter and I paint our toes with red, white and blue.  My favorite food is a good old cheeseburger hot off the BBQ.  Yes, we fly a flag at our house.  After this winter our flag was torn and needed to be taken down.  I haven't replaced it but will put out flags that I can stick into the ground.  Yay for fireworks.  Our usual plans have changed for this year so I'm not sure what we will be doing yet.  

2. What's something you recently got for free?

A $5 gift card from Target.  Technically it wasn't free because it was a promotion I received when I purchased another item but still it is free $5 to spend.  

3.  The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why? 

I think I went to the Liberty Bell as a child but don't remember it.  I've never been to any of the listed, even though I live in New York.  I've seen The Statue of Liberty from a distance but never actually took the ferry there.  I'd say that is my favorite because there is just something about seeing her in the beautiful skyline.  

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?

I am more ostrich.  The news can really affect me so I try to limit it.  I like to know what is going on but try not to become engrossed in it.  I haven't given much attention to the recent news but I know it is happening.  

5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.

Vanilla.  I love ice cream and all three flavors.  Sometimes I crave chocolate and strawberry is nice if it is an all natural brand.  I don't need to be in the mood for vanilla, you can never go wrong with that choice.  I eat coconut "ice cream" since going mostly dairy free and my favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough.  It is gluten free too!  

6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?

"Your Smiling Face" by James Taylor.  One of the lyrics is:

"And I thank my lucky stars that you are who you are,
and not just another lovely lady set out to break my heart."

7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic. 

Okay, I love doing acrostic poems with my students and I could spend hours trying to come up with something, but I'm going with the first thing that comes to mind.

J- just day after day waiting for summer to come

U- usual days of racing to the end of the school year
N- now it's past and summer is here
E- endured, pressed on and met my goals!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

 "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

I have a heavy heart as we head towards the 4th of July.  This nation is going further and further from what it was founded upon.  I pray for the future of our country.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday's Hodgepodge- Hot Pink Toes

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1. June 23rd is National Pink Day. What's your favorite something pink?

I love hot pink nail polish on my toes.  It is my favorite go-to color and makes me happy.  

2. What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school? How about the least?

I didn't enjoy gym very much but I guess I'd have to say getting outdoors during the school day.  The thing I least enjoyed was having to change clothes and then be all sweaty and have to go to class.  

3. What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?

My mom used to keep a bottle of rose milk hand lotion next to the kitchen sink when I was a kid.  It was popular back then but I haven't seen it in a long time.  

4. Do you prefer to read or write?

I prefer to read.  I don't mind writing but prefer to have a topic given to me rather than thinking up something myself.  

5. Sam Keen is quoted as saying, 'Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.' Would you agree? Is laziness ever respectable? How will you be lazy this summer?

Yes, I agree.  Summer is the perfect time to slow down and take a break.  I don't think it is being lazy since it serves a purpose.  Sitting by the pool or at the beach when there are things that could be getting done is a way I will be lazy this summer. 

6. The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast...which Florida destination would you choose (and why) if the trip were today?

The Florida Keys, for sure!  I haven't been there in years but would love to go back.  The beautiful beaches make it an easy choice for me.  I swam with the dolphins when I was there over 20 years ago and would like to do that again.  

7. What question do you hate to answer?

Do you want to continue in English?  Although usually the phone recordings now say "to continue in English press1'.  It just aggravates me.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of hot pink nail polish on toes, I have found the best thing for smooth feet.  I stopped going to the nail salon for pedicures years ago and now do my own.  One of the things I miss is how smooth they can get your heels.  I remember a pedicurist telling me the best thing is to keep a pumice sponge in the shower and to use it daily.  I found a package of 6 on amazon for $8.99.  I've been using it and my feet are super soft and smooth :)  


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1. What's something you're looking forward to in the month of June?

Finishing up our schoolwork and enjoying the start of summer.

2. In what way have you come full circle?

Can't think of anything right now but I think something may be in the works.

3. Lonely Planet lists 10 spots in America you should see in 2015 and the reasons why. How many on the list have you seen? Which one on the list would you most like to see? 

Queens NY, Western South Dakota, New Orleans, Colorado River Region, North Conway NH, Indianapolis IN, Greenville SC, Oakland CA, Duluth MN, and the Mount Shasta Region CA

I've seen Queens, NY, actually I was born there and have been there many times.  I've also been to North Conway, NH and it is gorgeous.  One of my favorite places and I would love to go back.  I have no desire to see any of the other places listed, although I'm sure they are beautiful.

4. A song that describes your mood right now?

"Put One Foot in Front of the Other".

5. Strawberry ice cream, strawberry short cake, strawberry pie, or strawberries right off the vine...your favorite?

Strawberries right off the vine.  I've never been strawberry picking but I do like fresh strawberries plain.
I think my favorite is chocolate covered strawberries but that wasn't on the list.

6. Aesop's birthday is celebrated on June 4th, although there is some disagreement as to whether or not that's accurate, or if he was even a real person. Regardless, the name Aesop is associated to this day with many well known fables. Which of the following best applies to something in your life right now? The Tortoise and the Hare (Slow and Steady wins the race), The Ant and the Grasshopper (Be prepared), The Fox and the Goat (Look before you leap) orThe Crow and the Pitcher (Necessity is the mother of invention)?

The Tortoise and the Hare.  I have so many things in my head that I want to get done but if I'm not careful I will do too much and get burned out.  So as long as I do something I have to remind myself that I am making progress.

7. The answer is yes...what's the question?

Do you want a nap?

8. Insert your own random thought here.

One of the best things about Queens, in my opinion, is Lemon Ice King.  If you've ever seen "King of Queens" the opening shows Doug and Carrie getting ices there.  It's been there for over 60 years and is Zagat rated.  No mixing flavors in the same cup, no seats and no napkins.  But so worth it!  If you go during the day you might even see the men playing bocce ball in Spaghetti Park across the street.  I'm going to have to see if we can get there soon and bring a cooler of course to pack and bring home :)