Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hodge Podge - Summer Time!

1. Since you weren't Hodgepodging last Wednesday, how did you pass the time?
Busy but not... School is out and I have been taking a bit of a brain break (while doing endorsement classes for teacher certification!).  Excited to get back in to a schedule and accomplish many things on my To-Do list!

2. What's the first word that comes to mind when I say marriage? Yes, one word.

3. Summer officially arrives in the Northern hemishpere later this week. Does it feel like summer where you live? Describe your idea of the perfect summer day.
Unfortunately - temps in the upper 90s in the high desert...100+ when we head to the big city.  YUCK!
However, Perfect Summer's Day!  Mid 80's with a coastal breeze as we head to the beach.  Better yet, drive through a forest to a river and spend the day chillaxin' by the crystal clear river which is still cool enough to dip into for relief! Books, good food, light sprinkle, and a little libations!

4. "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."(Sam Keen) Is laziness ever respectable? Do you have a lazy summer planned, or something semi-ambitious?
It is when you are on the beach with a drink in your hand!  However, I have a semi-ambitious summer planned.  You should see my Summer List of Things to do...and I am steadily checking things off!

5. Past or present, who's your favorite television dad? Why is he a favorite? Is he anything like your own dad?
I am going to bend this one a bit - and do a mini-series dad... Mr. Bennet of Pride and Prejudice!  He calls "Silly" when silly does, wants nothing more than the best for his Lizzy!  He is sort of like my dad - would have loved to have the love of knowledge shared with my dad, though, like Elizabeth Bennet does.

6. June 18th is International Picnic Day...share a favorite picnic memory.
I have shared a few wonderful picnics with my Soulmate (See #2)!  Also, many lazy summer days on a beach or near a river when I was younger.  Want to get back to a place where we can do that more often...and a winery would be a neat addition!

7. The travel site Trip Advisor lists the top five islands in the world for 2014 as- Ambergris Caye in Belize CayesProvidenciales in Turks and CaicosBora Bora in French Polynesia, Marco Island Florida, and Lewis and Harris in The Outer Hebrides (Scotland). Have you been to any of these? Of those listed (and if price were not a factor) which would you most like to book for a holiday?
Does it count if I saw the Outer Hebrides while on my way to the Isle of Skye - home of Drambuie?!

I would have to go with Bora Bora, because it sounds Sexy Sexy!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Don't press the corner of your eye too hard, repeatedly, as you will give yourself a black eye!

Top Ten 2014 Summer Reading

Wow...Have I ever been absent!  First year teacher (in 10 years!) kind of put a kink in the works.  But guess what?!? 
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So...what does one do when they have Summer Vacay?!  READ! 
 Here's what is on my LIST for Summer 2014!

1. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller - Title too cute to pass up!  Looks awesome!

2.  The One by Kiera Cass - What will America do?  Will she choose Maxon or Aspen?!

3.  Possession by A.S. Byatt - OMG - this has been on my shelf WAY too looongg!

4.  Skinny B*tch Gets Hitched by Kim Barnouin - Love the title - never read any of the others, but this looks great!

5.  My Summer in Europe by Marilyn Bryant - I miss Europe - this might be the perfect fix!

6.  The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper - How doesn't love a good cupcake... I do and hope that this book has something about cupcakes in it!

7.  Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige by Kathleen Gilles Seidel - Funny title, and also is for one of my bookish challenges!

8.  The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig - Delivered and Signed by author... and I want to see what's happening with Eloise!

9.  Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey - Long ago, under a dark England sky, I read the Short for this in the Jane Austen-esque contest.  It is now a full fledged story and I can't wait to read it!

10.  Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - the ONLY Jane Austen I have not yet read!

What's on your list?  Would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hodge Podge Windy March

It's been quite some time since I have done Hodge Podge.  But I felt that I could do justice to these questions...so here it goes!

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far...'throw caution to the wind', 'three sheets to the wind', 'run like the wind', or 'see which way the wind blows'?

“See which way the wind blows” is definitely how this March is going!  Each day seems to bring a new adventure or situation that we have no idea what will come next!  Personally – I am looking for some smooth sailing!

2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?

Wow…favorite green food?!  I like broccoli – and usually steamed with a little butter and seasoning.  But favorite broccoli dish in the past would be a good Chicken Divan with a bit of curry in the sauce!

3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!

YUP!  Once, when we were locked out of our car, we went to the police station, since it was right around the corner, and they gave us a coat hanger.  I guess they figured if we can work using a coat hanger, we must really be the owners of the vehicle?!

4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)...of the green characters listed, which one's your favorite and why?

Gotta go with Kermit the Frog!  He’s got a great philosophy on life!  And his quote “It isn’t easy being Green” is appropriate right now, as our garbage company is DISCONTINUING our Recycling!

5. "The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive."~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not?

If you don’t have hope, why move forward?!  Yup – that sounds like a good quote!

6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in it's title.

Higher Love by Steve Winwood

7. What's a road trip you'd like to take?

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West-Side!  Meander all the way up the Pacific Coast, up in to Canada (British Columbia), then back through Idaho, Montana, down through the Grand Tetons in Wyoming and down through Colorado.  Leisurely!

Then, if I can have one that deals with the Eurail – I would spend a summer meandering my way across Europe!  From Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, on over to Austria, and Hungary, just to name a few!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Not a good idea to give time for Random Thoughts to someone who teaches 8th graders all day!  But right now – Corned Beef and Cabbage…. Gotta love Crockpots – through a bunch of stuff in it before you go to work, and you walk in to the house to the most incredible smell!  Can’t wait to chow down on that!
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