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Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?

August. It's my birthday. We take a week trip to my parents' lakehouse with our Okie friends each August. We take the month off from school in anticipation of our fall start date. There is no softball, no camps, nothing. The grass is all dead so no need to mow. It's hot but who cares? I'm in the house being lazy reading my books and doing lesson plans.

Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?

I don't remember a time that I could not swim. I have no idea when or how I learned. It was probably the same way my kids learned. They were introduced to water from their first summer, dunked in it, allowed to explore in it, and eventually took some lessons that they didn't really need. All my kids are fish. I have two pair of sunglasses and my goal each summer is to try to still have one of them by the end of the summer. They either get lost or broken or both. I buy cheap ones so it doesn't really matter.

What characteristics do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?

This is something I don't really want to share with others. There are several things God is consistently trying to work out in me and I get frustrated with myself when I fail at doing better at those things. But they are between me and God. I have to remind myself to not be so hard on myself and remember that God is not done with me yet. I will not find perfection this side of Heaven.

Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled "The Road Not Taken." What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you?

I wrote about this yesterday. I want to live in the country on a little hobby farm. I want to seclude myself away from the world and all it's yuck. I want to have freedom to do what I want, when I want, and maybe (probably) nothing at all.

Popsicles ... yay or nay? If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor?

I can take them or leave them. I don't crave them but I don't pass them up, either. My favorite flavor? Lime! Yum! And I see that Snapple has a line of popsicles with Mango. That would be another favorite.

Brexit .. on a scale of 1-10 ... how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what's Brexit?) Is this news you'll follow or is it something you think won't impact your life any any way shape or form?

First of all I had no idea what this was until I Googled it. It's summer so CNN Student News isn't on so I have no idea what's going on in our world. If Carl doesn't keep me informed, nobody does. That's the only place I get my world news. I started to read an article about it but caught myself snoring so I stopped mid-article. I prefer to stick my head in the sand and pretend that the world is not doing what the world is doing. Rick had told me about the UK leaving the EU but all I heard was "blah blah". I am going to go out on a limb and say this will probably impact us greatly somehow, but I have no idea how. And, frankly, I don't want to know. That road I am wanting to take from the questions above? I'm ready to start running down it now.

Share a favorite song on your summer play list.

I do not listen to music unless someone else is listening to it. I prefer to read or listen to the humming of my own thoughts.

Insert your own random thought here.

Brynne and I have decided to run in the Kansas City Royals Charities 5K Run/Walk. This means I need to switch up my workout routine and get back outside running again. It's been hot so my workouts have come inside doing DailyBurn365 each morning. Since it will just be the two of us and I don't want to leave her behind with thousands of people I don't know, I don't need to train hard because we will walk much of it. But that doesn't mean I don't need to get back out there. Our incentive is a cool t-shirt, a run on the field, and tickets to a game in September. It will be something fun to do with my girl.


  1. Loved your answers. Stopping in from Hodge Podge and loved reading your post. I love the farm answer the best.

  2. so wish I had learned to swim as a child but my mother is scared of water as well. That is most likely where I developed my fear
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  3. I've never seen Snapple popsicles. I think there are many who want to hide away from the chaos of this world. I don't watch a lot of news, nor do I interact with people on FB over 'news'. Post your baby pics, your cute puppies, your pretty sunsets and let's all be nice. I don't know why we can't be nice anymore. Hope you have a wonderful 4th!


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