Wednesday Hodgepodge – From the trenches edition

I’m home with my boys today because we’re taking them to my husband’s office luncheon and then seeing Hobbit 3; plus I have to make my homemade mac and cheese and that takes time. It’s really nice to be home, actually!

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who do you think is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen?

I guess I am always happy when they pick people who actually do a lot of good; actually, what I want out of any news reporting service is truth and focus on progress so in this case, good pick.

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now and she asks, “What’s your favorite something old? Something new? Something borrowed? Something blue in your home? Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today!

Something old? I’ll go with this globe of cut glass that Ash’s mom made. It lights up (though I think it needs a new bulb) and is such an awesome piece of handmade genius that I love it. It also reminds him of her and he needs that.

Something new? Our new king size bed! I never used to want a king because Ash is so far way (lol) but now? It’s awesome that he and I have the room we want and not a 25 year old mattress anymore!

Something borrowed? I don’t think I have anything on loan right now but the last thing I borrowed was a friend’s cornhole boards and now her husband is making us a set! That is my big gift to my family. They have no idea.

Something blue?  I have this great blue wrapping baby with silver deer on it; it’s so classy!

3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without?

I love fudge! But never eat it. My grandmother used to make just plain chocolate with and without nuts at Thanksgiving and it was amazing. I remember thinking about it on our six hour drive to Alabama; thinking about which Christmas tin she’d have put it in and where in the house it might be. Sometimes she’d hide it. 

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks?

I actually flew for the first time at 6 months from Maryland to Florida and I reportedly wouldn’t eat or sleep or cry and my mom had a total breakdown about it. I flew again at 11 and I used to like it but now I am just annoyed by the process. We once drove near the birthplace of flight because I remember seeing the signs but we have not visited.

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what’s the path?

Hmm, hard to say about way back; both my grandfathers were military then went into electronics: phone company and RCA respectively. Grandmothers did not work. My dad went into project management and my mother has always been a teacher, though she worked retail while I was little. My sister has basically always worked retail and I teach! But for the most part, my extended family is varied: EMT, radiologist, professors, Realtors etc.

6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?

The one thing that I MUST do is make the mac and cheese for the luncheon. Aside from that, it’s all up to me. I will probably make myself wrap presents and I want to get Ash a bottle of Jack but other than that, just the mac.

7. This Christmas I hope______________________________________.

My children understand what is truly important. And I hope I can feel the spirit of Christmas and try not to get caught up in the commercialism of what this poor holiday has become.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I find it difficult to think about work-related things when I am home and not in the office.  I checked some email and my normally quick thinking was just… not there. I had the realization that routine and environment are highly important to my overall success. Now that I know this, I can work on overcoming it, because I certainly can’t use that as an excuse!




3 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – From the trenches edition

  1. I’m really really good at shutting down my “work brain” when I leave the office. I’m not the kind of person to take work home with me. Once I walk out the door, it’s gone. So I can relate to that last thought. The few times that I’ve been on holidays and they absolutely have to contact me about something important, it takes me a while to crawl through the cobwebs back to “work brain”. I’m soooo looking forward to having 12 days straight off work over the holidays and not having to turn on the “work brain”! lol

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