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Wednesday Hodgepodge

Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question submitted by Marla who blogs over at Marla's Musings. Thanks, Marla! She asks, "At what age did you feel like a grownup? What keeps you young now?"

The day after graduation from high school (when I was 3 months away from turning 18), I moved into my own apartment, by myself, in my college town 30 minutes away from my parents. I had a full-time job working at a law office and went to school full-time. I definitely felt like an adult for the first time. I was completely responsible for myself and everything I did or didn't do (until I got sick one time and had to go back home to my mom!). What keeps me young now? I definitely feel the youngest when I am eating healthy and exercising regularly. I have also always said that my youngest, Brynne, is either keeping me young or making me really old. And that changes every day. I'm going to say that she is keeping me young.

When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?

The last vehicle we purchased was my husband's used Ford Explorer. We bought it from a friend's parents. The purchase experience was just fine. But it is a Ford, so has been a constant source of stress for him, even this past weekend when the air conditioning stopped working on the way home but then started working on its own again on the way back to Oklahoma. We have definitely had 1 purchasing experiences and 10 purchasing experiences. It always depends on how much *rap the salesman tries to feed you.

Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder -- your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?

It's a toss-up between corn bread and corn on the cob. If I'm having corn bread, I want it with either fish or chili. With corn on the cob? Anything grilled!

What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?

Definitely educating my children. I try to not only provide them with a diverse education, but an enjoyable one as well. I doubt you are ever going to get them to admit that they love school. But if they look back on their childhoods and have warm feelings about our time learning together at home, then I will be happy. But I take the planning of their education very seriously! I spend hours every week dreaming and planning.

Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.

Okay, well there are several ... Grease, The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future. (Sorry honey, but Grease 2 did not make the cut!) But, there are two movies that take the top spots in my book. And I can't choose one over the other.

This is definitely one of my favorite movies! I was so sad to hear about the recent passing of Amanda Peterson.

And Sixteen Candles. I know every single word to this movie. A classic!!

Reading, writing, and 'arithmetic' are commonly referred as the three Rs. What are the three Rs in your life right now?

Resting (gearing up for a new school year after a very busy summer), Running (because I have some 5Ks and a 4-mile coming up and if I don't get in gear I am going to regret it), Reorganizing (purging the basement, preparing for Rick to come home to work).

What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?

I made a chalkboard sign for my niece's first day of preschool. I thought it turned out pretty good, and it was easy to do. (She did do a little smudging before the photo was taken, though.) Also, the sign didn't turn out nearly as cute as she is!!

Insert your own random thought here.

I will be having a biopsy soon of some indeterminate calcifications in one of my breasts. There are too many of them for it to be classified as definitely benign (without a biopsy) but they are not structured as to be classified as suspicious, which is good. I am not really worried about any of it, but Rick is pretty upset about it. Please pray for him and his peace of mind, and for good results.


  1. Sorry to hear about your breast issues. The mammogram machines are so good, the doctor told me that they often pick up things that are nothing to worry about. Loved your answer about exercise making you feel young. Hope it will rub off on me, as I joined a gym today...

  2. I pray you get good results from your biopsy. I can see how hubby's get nervous about such things. That's a cute chalkboard sign and an even cuter preschooler! Have a good week!

  3. We started our first day back to home education on Monday. It is fun for us but it has challenges also. My kids are both upper grades this year so that also presents some time challenges. Our local public schools haven't started yet and we need to do some babysitting for a neighbor before the school starts back Sept. 1. Having her here is a distraction that I didn't plan on- she isn't a child who will entertain herself. I think the kids will have their first break already tomorrow and Friday.
    I can completely understand your husband worrying. That is a good hubby! He knows how valuable you are to your family. I prayed a prayer for you and your family.

  4. I've dealt with the same issue and it's nerve wracking. I've had all good reports to date, but I do regularly see a specialist now which has done so much for my peace of mind. I will add you and your hubs to my prayers.


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