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Can’t Live Without the Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for another batch of questions that reveal more of my dark secrets.  Just kidding.  Ha!  Link up with Joyce when you’ve answered in your little corner of the world.  Thanks for visiting!

1.  May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm…

Are you a pack rat? Even if you’re not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what’s yours.

I don’t really think I’m a pack rat; the Mr. would disagree.  I mean, of course there are things I’ve saved over the years, but I’ve tried to set aside only those things that my children might want to pass along to their own children one day.  One thing I will not part with is my yarn stash.  I haven’t been knitting as often as I’d like, but I need to be able to dig into my stash for projects that come up.

2.  What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don’t?

I should know how to grill and how to do taxes.  Neither interests me much, but I think they are important!

3.  Do you crave sugar? Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? When dining out is dessert a given? Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.

I sometimes crave sugar, but I can’t say that I eat a lot of it.  I mean, sure, I make vegan desserts, but I know I can go without the sugar.  I’ve given it up before, which was hard, but I lost the craving after a few days.  I went cold turkey.  I don’t like for things to control me . . . especially food.

I do not use artificial sweeteners.  They are horrible for your body.  I never let my kids use it when they were growing up either.  I refuse to even buy regular toothpaste because it is sweetened artificially.  I don’t use sugar substitutes either.  When I dine out, I never get dessert.  The only time I did was the week the Mr. and I spent at Disney a few years ago.  Most of the restaurants had vegan desserts.  The local places we frequent do not.  I’m usually too full to indulge anyhow.

4.  What’s a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can’t imagine living without?

I have been wearing skinny jeans for a couple of years now after being petrified to try them on.  They are my favorite type of pants to wear now!  Of course, it helps, mentally, that I lost weight around the time I started wearing them.  That did my confidence a world of good.

5.  What’s a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.

With high school graduations around the corner, I can’t help but think of the song, “Here I Go Again.”  It was my class song when I was a senior, and every time I hear it, I get chills.  I mentally check off every student in my class.  It’s easy to remember the names because there were only eighteen of us.  I use this song in the slideshows I create for my classes each year.

6.  My Random Thought

A couple of Saturdays ago, I attended a wedding shower.  As I was leaving, the bride-to-be handed me this . . .

It was a homemade body scrub . . .

I used a little bit a few days later and oh my word, the mint was so relaxing!  I’m determined to learn how to make my own.  A friend of mine sells essential oils, so I’m going to see if she’ll give me personal class on her products.  I know I’d come out cheaper making my own, and it would probably have even more benefits than the store-bought kind.

I hope you guys have a great week!  As of this morning, we have twelve more days of school, but who’s counting?

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