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A Peachy Hodgepodge

Hola fellow Hodgepodgers!  I’m enjoyed my last full week of summer vacation before I head back into school for in-service meetings and pre-planning.  Yay.  Me.  [insert sarcasm]  So, let’s just go ahead and get started with the questions that Joyce has crafted for us!

1.  The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week…what’s one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?

One thing I’d like to do is clean out my linen closet.  In the process, I think I’ll get rid of a lot of extra “stuff” by donating it.  I already thinned out Chicky’s “extra” possessions…stuff she left behind when she went back to school last week.

2.  It’s also National Peach Month…peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me a Bellini?  What’s your peach pleasure?

I think I’ll take the Bellini, thank you very much.

3.  Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Agree or disagree…explain.

I would agree.  I think that this quote is about doing things outside of your comfort zone, which can be scary.  To do so means you’re stretching yourself, trying new things, and growing as an individual.  Plus, this keeps life from getting boring!

4.  What’s your favorite household chore?  Yes-you have to name one.

Really, Joyce?  The word chore has such a negative connotation!!!  This is a difficult question for me because I really do not enjoy household chores and wish I had some sort of housekeeper.  However, I just had an illuminating moment (they are rare, so please enjoy this with me), and I’ll go with DIY projects.  I love fixing things around the house.  It makes me feel accomplished and independent.  This is the main lesson I learned from my mom…don’t wait for someone else to do something for you.

5.  Fodors recently listed (what they’ve dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:

Butterfly Beach in Santa Monica CA, Mount Haleakala in Maui HI, Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe NM, Laguna Beach CA, Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ, Four Seasons in Miami FL, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, Gay Head in Martha’s Vineyard MA, Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City UT, and Mallory Square in Key West Florida.

Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots?  If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodors List, which would you choose?  Where was the prettiest sunset you’ve ever seen?

I lived in Miami for a couple of years and watched many a sunset there…not necessarily from that exact spot but I’ll claim it anyhow.  If I had to choose any places on the list, I’d go with the one in Maui.  I mean, who wouldn’t go for a tropical setting?

6.  What’s your favorite or most used app?  If you don’t use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?

Ohhh…just one?  That’s just not fair!!  Ok…I guess I’ll just have to settle and say that my Goodreads app gets a lot of mileage on my phone.  I try to read every day.  I do teach reading to high school students, and staying current on the latest publications is very important.  On Goodreads, I can log the pages I’ve read, post my own thoughts, which I did quite often when I read through the Harry Potter series, and post my own reviews.  I also enjoy reading others’ reviews.  Last school year, I showed this site to my students, and they had fun looking at the list of books I’d read and seeing which ones from my “read” shelf that they, too, had read.

7.  We’ve recently passed the halfway mark for 2013…write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far.

Despite ups and downs, I still trust.

8.  My Random Thought

As I mentioned before, this is my last full week of vacation.  I am enjoying it as much as I can considering that my mind is chewing on various lesson plan ideas.

How am I relaxing?

By taking advantage of the tax free days the state of Florida recently had…

Love Kohl’s!

By hanging out with my fur babies, who have LOVED having me home every day…

Pele

Molly

Gambit

By getting my nails done…

By resting…

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9 Responses

  1. We also cleaned out our closets and made a donation. Next is a yard sale for the rest.

  2. Oohh good chore to choose because it does have a sort of fun element to it. Ever since you have mentioned sorting out your linen closet I am now fully aware mine needs doing!

  3. I love Goodreads too, but I only have it on my computer at this time. I love that it puts my updates on FB at the same time. You got adorable doggies!!!

  4. Did not know that Goodreads had an app for phone – i do have it on my facebook though. I clean out my clothes about twice a year when I’m swapping my box of ‘winter clothes’ to the drawers and clothes rail over from the ‘summer clothes’ and back again. This year I actually have gotten a chance to wear summer clothes – very exciting!

  5. I didn’t know about the Goodreads app either! Thanks for the tip! And I loved your answer to #7… oh, so true. Sigh. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your last week of summer vacation! Beautiful nails! 🙂

  6. What cute dogs! Do you walk three of them at the same time? It’s hard walking two sometimes. When i have my sisters lab over she’s the slow one who spends most of the time sniffing and my papillon likes to sprint forward. 🙂 Anyway what a funny#4 answer 🙂 Chores aren’t my favorite but they gotta be done if i don’t want my house to be smelly and have spiders crawling through. eek!

  7. My daughter got her first look at her new classroom today. I’m so excited for her…she’ll be teaching 3rd grade. Enjoy your last week of vacay!

  8. Enjoy your last few days! I usually clean out closets and the pantry during summer vacation, but I just didn’t get to it. I need a housekeeper. 🙂

  9. pretty nails…and puppies!

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