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Memory Lane May Hodgepodge

Well, the list is shorter, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has diminished.  I am thankful that Joyce opted for fewer questions in lieu of scrapping the entire Hodgepodge thing.  Thanks, Joyce!  Now, let’s get on to the questions!

1.  Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as a mother. If you’re a mother (or stepmom) tell us how your experience as a mom differs from your own mother’s experience.

Oh gosh, but I can’t pick one favorite thing from my life as a mom.  I have so enjoyed just being a mom.  Watching my children grow up into God-loving, responsible adults has been an incredible honor.  When your kids are younger, you often doubt yourself and wonder if what you’re doing is right.  Then, BAM.  They become adults, handle the adulting thing extremely well, and you praise God for working through the mistakes you made.

My experience differs vastly from my own mother’s experience.  I was able to stay home with my kids for eight years, and after that, I only worked part time until Chicky left for college.  My mom worked all the time, even when she didn’t have to financially.  She always seemed preoccupied with other things and hardly ever attended school functions.  I didn’t want to miss anything, so I scheduled my life around my children because, after all, they’d only be young for a short time.  I think that made a huge difference in my ability to impact their lives because I was more present for them.  I made a conscious decision when I had my children to be a better mom than what I’d had.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I believe that our relationship is indeed closer and much more positive.

2.  In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both. Most every family has at least one in their midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree.

Well, I am the teacher in my family.  Chicky followed in my footsteps, and Super Sis is also a teacher.  I appreciate how much time we give to our students . . . the extra love we pour into their lives . . . the way we fret over them.  I like that we can let down our hair and be silly with them, no matter the age we teach (I teach high school, Chicky teaches elementary, and Super Sis teaches pre-school).  I appreciate that we spread the love of Jesus without necessarily talking about Him (although Super Sis can since she works in a Christian pre-school) through our actions.

3.  Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad…which would you go for if all three were on the menu? On bread or a bed of lettuce? If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich?

I would not go for any of these because I am a vegan.  I have seen recipes for mock tuna salad.  If memory serves correctly, I think the recipes typically call for cashews or almonds.

I really don’t eat bread . . . the calories and all . . .

4.  Do you have a desk? Is it organized? If so, share your secret to keeping it that way. If you don’t have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business? Where do you normally sit to blog?

I have a desk at home and at school.  My desk at home is pretty organized but dusty.  My desk at school has an organizational pattern to it.  Everything has a place, but it sometimes looks messy.  I usually sit down to blog in front of my recliner with my laptop on a small card table, although I’m sitting at the bar in my kitchen typing the Hodgepodge.

5.  When I was nine years old….

When I was nine years old, I moved from Colorado to a small town in Alabama.  It was a bit of a culture shock, and it took some adjusting when fall and winter rolled around and there wasn’t any snow on the ground.  I loved growing up in the country, though, although making friends was really hard.  Everyone else had been BFFs since the womb.  Still, I remember that age because it was such a pivotal time in my life.

6.  My Random Thought

So, a few weeks ago, I noticed one of my student’s fingernails.  They were painted a lovely color . . . one that looked great on her.  I tend to pay attention to these kinds of things, you see, because I’m a frilly kind of gal.  I complimented her a couple of times and finally asked about the polish.  She tried to tell me where to find it in the store, but I couldn’t locate it.  One day, she brought her bottle into class so I could see it.  I took a picture of it and went looking for it a few days later.  Walmart didn’t have it, but CVS did.

I am such a sucker for nail polish!  I must have all the pretty colors, so of course I didn’t buy just one bottle.

It’s not exactly a gel, I don’t think.  It’s like a gel, but you don’t need a light to set it.

I read a few reviews about it to make sure I was following instructions properly . . . giving it enough time to dry (same time as regular polish).

I had a hard time deciding which color to wear first . . .

After consulting my stylist (aka, M, from my previous post), I opted for the lighter color, “Stay Classy,” because I had a wedding shower to attend, and I’m all about being classy . . . Redneck classy, I mean.

So far so good.  I’ve washed dishes a couple of times, and it’s staying put.  If I can get a week out of the polish, I’ll be happy.

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