Wednesday Hodgepodge – R&R


1. If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why?

I don’t know a whole lot of lakes, nor have I spent a ton of time on any but once, long ago, we visited a little place in Canada named Cobden. My friend’s grandparents had a house on Muskrat lake. We swam every day, jumped off a floating dock, and even jumped off some rocks that were a good 20 feet high. I think I’d enjoy this a lot.

2. What’s your favorite ‘fruity’ drink?

Hmm, not a huge fruit drink person but when I get the hankering, I like Sonic’s strawberry lemonade slushie. OMG, it’s so refreshing. A little tangy, has chunks of strawberry in it… yeah, get you one!


3. I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simplify your life. They were-

clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead
Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month?
Honest to God, I do every single one of these except forget multitasking because I have to. I like multitasking; it makes me feel busy and productive in a good way. But if I had to choose one I am currently employing for sanity reasons, it would have to be de-cluttering. I have been trying to do it here and there in the house and it makes me feel so unfettered. It’s amazing.
4. What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school?

Like our host, I was a camp counselor. My mom taught at an Episcopal school and they ran a day camp. It was a whole lot of fun, though I was 
nervous about working with kids. I had babysat a lot in my time but never led a group of them. I got 2nd/3rd grade and I loved those kids so much. The director, on the other hand, I detested. She would pull me aside and tell me to smile, because I looked upset and I was upsetting the kids. Mind you, this was when we were trudging across the campus to the lake or some other mundane task. She just wanted to pick on people, I swear, because I feel like those kids really liked me.

5. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what’s a favorite?
I really don’t listen to a whole of them. As mentioned last week, I have been listening to the comedian Jim Florentine. And some day, I’d like to listen to that Nightvale series.

6. Do you think today’s fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?
Definitely different. Men today aren’t necessarily the go off to work and hand over the money types. They spend more time with their kids now (for the most part) and the world is just a different society now. It’s hard but in new ways.

7. Tell us one way you’re like your father? Or not at all like your father if that’s easier?

Unfortunately, I get easily exasperated by little things, just like he did when I was little. But given that, I try to be more aware of it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday, I found out that I was not going to be teaching online for FSU in the fall as originally thought. I am doing it now and was excited to do it again in the fall. Because other people need those, I am going back to the classroom. But what surprised me was the feeling of dread when I thought about walking back into a face to face classroom. And that really surprised me. I’m an introvert and teaching helps me to come out and speak to people (I actually excel at speaking to groups, which is funny) so again, I was amazed by my own gut reaction to having to go back in the classroom. BUT, I am not going to teach this new research class again and that was a huge relief. It’s not me, it’s not comfortable, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief at knowing I can go back to teaching creatively again.
But first things first: the section I’m doing now is almost over (Friday) and once grades are in, I am taking a break. I don’t teach again until the end of August and it will be a welcome rest from it all. Granted, I still have the other online gig (always). But a break will be really nice to recharge.
That said, I really think I need to take a few moments to breathe. I think it was the summer of 2102 when I got really into those bagged frozen margaritas. Don’t know if you have them in your stores but it’s just a Margarita slushie in a bag and they actually taste quite good. That summer, while the boys played in the pool, I’d sit by them and sip my drink and just rest. I miss that.

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