Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 2/22

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?

     My students would be the answer to both of those this week.  They have been working on their family tree projects and some of them are just outstanding and I am so proud of them.  And as for humble, teaching junior high students is a guaranteed way to stay humble.  They don't miss a single error, be it typo or fashion.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

HAHA!  My whole house?  The worst place in my dining room table, though.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?

I'm not really a big outdoors person.  I would like to visit a few of the parks in the west, like Yellowstone.  My favorite I've been to is Smoky Mountain National Park.

4. How would you define honor?

Honor is standing up with your dignity and moral code intact, even when it would be much easier to go with the flow. 

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?

Love them both, but I would always rather have the chocolate!

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

I've talked about it before but this marks the fifth year that my girls and I have gone on a road trip.  Sometimes it's just me and Amber, but this year, we are adding Casey and going to visit Tara!  I'm a big fan of not having too many stops, because I love to brag about what good time we made.  I want there to be some room to leisurely wind, but not too much.  And I want all of the snacks.  You have to balance sweet and salty.  Two essentials are Twizzlers and snack crackers (Cheez-Its or Ritz Chips).

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?

Unleashing my thoughts on this subject is a little dangerous, but I will try to stay in control.  I don't think it's anyone's business what a parent packs in a child's lunch unless the child has something unsafe or doesn't have anything.  I think that to take a lunch and insist that the school lunch replace it is kind of a joke.  (Especially if you see the state of school lunches most of the time.)  I am all for kids eating healthy, but I think there's a very fine line between what we can legislate and what we can't.  And some of this is just out of line.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I can't wait for this crud to pass so I can stop coughing and hold my niece!  Not being able to hold her on Sunday was pure torture!!  Plus it will just be nice to be back to normal.


  1. Ha-I'm sure teaching jr high school is humbling every day : ) Hope you're feeling better soon!

    1. Thanks, Joyce! I actually feel fine now. It's just all the leftovers (cough, no voice) that are giving me grief! But, I'm sure it will be gone soon enough.

  2. You answered #7 nicely. I don't think I did at all. I agree junior high kids are very quick to point things

  3. You answered #7 in a kind way. I, on the other hand, ranted and raved!


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