Wednesday Hodgepodge – make ya think

1. When did you last ‘swim against the tide’?

Not for a long time. I used to push back against almost everything and these days, I have learned to let go and not fight as much. I guess if you want to say my vehement hatred of 50 Shads of Gray, then that is where I was against the tide. Eff that book.

2. What’s the last self-help or self-improvement book you read?

LOL I guess the last one I read was Bird by Bird, like our host! I don’t tend to read self-help texts. If I am wondering about something, I turn to forums to see if others have had similar issues but I find therapy in other ways.

3. “Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.” (Sir James Goldsmith)

Agree or disagree? Discuss. With civility please, because i think we have a good thing going in our very diverse (in geography, age, religion, political persuasion, ethnicity, marital status, upbringing, and cooking abilities) neighborhood here on This Side of the Pond.

I mean, I tolerate a lot of things but sometimes there are larger issues I tolerate and feel badly that I’m not doing anything to fix a problem. You have to look at all angles and then choose your battles. I know some people right now are “tolerating” the gay marriage thing and meanwhile, I’m over here like, thank God we’ve come into this century and allow people to be who they are. Because that’s not any of my damn business. But I tolerate liberal hippies trying to save slackers. Can I do anything on either front? No, not really. So I have to focus on me and what I can do to make a difference in my direct life. Maybe that is apathy but it’s smarter for my sanity.

4. What is one of your most vivid memories of the kitchen from your childhood?

Oddly enough, I have two random kitchen memories. One is the time my mother thought she was taking a sip of her tea but it was Dr. Pepper and she literally did a tv-like spit-take. She is not a soda person! The other is the time I leaned on a hot burner and had to be rushed to the hospital for major burns; I was three. Funny that my memories don’t necessarily include food. I cooked with my parents quite often.

5. How did/do your own children’s summers compare with your summers as a child? If you’re not a parent, answer as it relates to what you’ve observed about the current generation of children vs. your own childhood.

Because I’m still working while my kids are out of school, they are a bit different. My mom was either home all the time or – once she went back to work – was home during summers because she taught. I honestly don’t recall any specific summer things; we did the same stuff we always did: pool, beach, backyard picnics. I think my kids are getting a different summer experience with camps and activities like we did on the fourth but they are no less exciting.

6. Tell us what body of water you would most like to be on or near today, and why?

Oh man, bring me that Gulf. I haven’t been to the beach in a little while and my parents are currently in Pensacola. I’d love to be laying on St. George Island right now.14573573947_5f883de5b6_z14482890275_47036b28ca_z

7. Share a favorite song about water, or a favorite song with the word water in it’s title, or a favorite song to listen to as you sit beside the water.

I think any song that has a Caribbean or Rasta beat is great for water listening. I’m not that picky, to be honest.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I couldn’t get to sleep last night, which isn’t like me. So I was awake, thinking about my character analysis paper next week. I have never assigned one before so I feel a little out of my league. Since I have written them in the past and have been teaching a long time, I know I can prep and feel confident but I still doubt myself. My plan is to show them how I might go about it and use Sherlock as my character. I plan to show them the pilot and pretty much dissect it as best I can. This way, I can nerd out AND teach. I’m actually pretty excited, though nervous at the same time.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday Hodgepodge – make ya think

  1. I’m in the water with you on 50 shades. Have no intention of reading them and as for watching the film – no way.

  2. I can’t even remember the last time I was at a beach let alone swimming in the ocean. I have no interest in 50 shades at all, my daughter tried to read the book she thought it was boring dribble and gave up after only a chapter.

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