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A Moving Hodgepodge

Look at me…three blog posts in a row.  Be impressed!  I don’t know how long I can keep it up (I should be grading or lesson planning as I type this).

So, it’s time for the Hodgepodge.  Link up with Joyce if you want to play along!

1.  What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?

The best thing about moving is, if you’re moving into a new home, having a blank slate…getting to start over.  I love that!  The worst thing about moving is trying to figure out where everything should go.  Talk about work!

2.  What’s moved you recently?

I’m reading the book The Honest Truth to a couple of my classes.  Even though I’ve read through this book four times already (this year will make for six times), I still cry at certain parts.  The book is about Mark, a twelve year old boy, who has cancer.  He runs away from home to climb Mt. Rainier…to die there on his terms.  He’s accompanied by his faithful dog, Beau.  Oh stars, but this book puts me in my feelings!  The author is a patient guy who always responds to my tweets.  No, I’m not a stalker…just a fangirl.

3.  Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?

Had you asked me this question this time last year, I would have told you that it was on hold.  With Rooster doing his Air Force thing across the country, I’m no longer in a holding pattern but am moving forward.  It’s tough to be an empty nester, but that’s just life, I guess.

4.  On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it’s your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.

I think I’m busting a move right now…both during my workouts and in my professional life.  Trying to stay on top of things isn’t for slackers.  I’m not a slacker.  Except on the weekends when I don’t allow myself to work.

5.  What song makes you want to get up and move?

Y’all…every time I hear “All About that Bass,” I get up and dance.  It’s scary.

This is a video I include in my end-of-the-year slideshows for my students.  You should see them nearly fall out of their chairs when they see it.

6.  Your favorite snack to grab when you’re ‘on the move‘?

I just discovered these bars.  They are vegan-friendly, low-calorie, and take the edge off of hunger.

7.  What one accessory makes your house feel like home?

I love my Scentsy candle warmers.  They smell so good, and they are really pretty!

8.  My Random Thought

I am loving some of the new shows this fall season.  One of my favorites is Designated Survivor.  I have always liked Kiefer Sutherland…ever since 24.  This is the perfect role for him.  The drama is intense; the story lines are multi-layered.

Hodgepodging Through the Summer

I’ve been a little quiet on my blog this week.  I’ll be writing about that tomorrow or the next day.  For now, why don’t I just focus on the fun Hodgepodge questions that my friend, Joyce, dreamed up.  To play along, answer on your own blog, and then link back up with Joyce!  Thanks for visiting!

1.  On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why? (1=eh and 10=best summer ever)

I’d rate this summer as an 8.  It’s my first one as an empty-nester and, well, my house has felt empty.  Rooster’s girl has come over once or twice a week for dinner, but not having my boy under my roof has been strange.  Despite that, I’ve still done pretty good with myself.  I’ve maintained my workout routine, experimented with vegan recipes frequently, read…a lot, and have caught up on the rest I desperately missed out on during the school year.

2.  July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).

Despite having fourteen aunts and uncles on my mom’s side and one uncle on my dad’s side, I was not close to any of them.  They lived in Canada and France, and I only remember one of them coming to visit when I was very young.

I am the aunt of two nephews.

I don’t have one particular memory that sticks out; however, I will say that watching my children play with their cousins when they were little was always fun.  My kiddos and my oldest nephew are very close in age (Rooster and this nephew are actually the same age).  They’ve always gotten along marvelously.

3.  What’s your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What’s your favorite food dipped in cheese?

I make a vegan dessert that is, essentially, peanut butter balls dipped in vegan chocolate.  It’s pretty delicious!  I can’t have cheese because I’m lactose-intolerant, but I do remember going to a fondue place, when I lived dangerously despite the allergy to milk, and dipping everything in the cheese.  So.  Yummy.  I miss cheese.

4.  When were you last astonished by something? Explain.

I am constantly astonished by how stupid politics is.  I cannot even bear to turn on the news because of all of the “leaks” and backstabbing that’s going on right now.  It’s embarrassing that human beings can be so corrupt and underhanded.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

That’s all I’ve got to say.

5.  Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board…which board have you most recently encountered?

I’d have to say that my ironing board and I got up close and personal last week when I ironed a couple of dresses.

6.  What’s your favorite story from scripture? Why that story?

There are just so many to choose from!  I’ll go with Boaz and Ruth.  It’s such a sweet story of how God redeemed a young widow through an honorable man (Boaz).

7.  If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?

I already live in Florida, so I’ll start from there, I guess.

By the way, this question is HARD!  I don’t know much about individual cities in many states.  Yikes!

I know I’d like to see Mount Rushmore, so that would be Keystone, SD.

I’d also maybe like to visit Durango, Colorado.  My dad was fond of this place when he was alive.

I’d also like to see the Painted Desert, which is vast.  I’m guessing that going through Holbrook, AZ, would be the way to go, though.

A stop in Seattle would be awesome.  I really enjoyed the day we spent touring this city after the Alaskan cruise I went on six years ago.

My trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop in San Francisco to visit family and see that famous bridge!

8.  My Random Thought

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the First5 app.  It was created by the Proverbs 31 ministry and has a new devotion each day.  The app became available last summer, and we’ve been working our way through the Bible, one or two books at a time.  The writers are ah-mazing, and the lessons so thought-provoking.  There’s a video message each weekend, where a couple of the gals wrap up each week’s lessons.

So.

Amazing.

Yeah, I already said that.

Well, Lysa TerKeurst, the founder, spoke at a She Speaks conference last weekend, and the First5 app allowed its users to stream her lesson.

She’s amazing!

Yeah.  I’m overusing this word, but who cares.  🙂

The lesson was all about loneliness, the theme of her new book, Uninvited, which is being released the first week of August.

I pre-ordered the book and got to download the first five chapters.  I’ve read three or four of them.

Such incredible (like the new adjective?) stuff.

As I watched her speak through the app and remembered the words I’d read from her new book, my heart was stirred.

Feeling uninvited is familiar to me.

I’m already a pretty solitary person…probably because I feel extremely awkward in social situations.  Really, I think I’m just awkward in general.

I’m really looking forward to this book coming out and learning how Lysa has started her own process of healing in regard to this area of her life.

Pokemon No

Guess what time it is?!  Yeah, it’s time for the Hodgepodge!  You’ll see the theme of time in this week’s questions.  Answer on your own blog and link up with Joyce.

1.  Pokemon Go…your thoughts? Are you playing? Do you even know what it is?

I have mixed feelings about this app.  The lengths people are going through to collect the characters is ridiculous.  People are throwing caution and respectability to the wind because of a virtual game.  Really?

On the plus side, it is getting people moving.  I use the app Charity Miles, which partners up with different sponsors who donate money for how far people move their bodies (inside, outside, and biking).  This app had record-breaking numbers a few days ago because of Pokemon Go, and charities benefited.

For fun, have you seen this video…Chardonnay Go?  Oh my.  It’s totally more my speed!!

By the way, when I was on the hunt for this video, I googled “Chardonnay Run” by mistake and discovered that there is a Chardonnay Run in San Diego!  It’s a 5k, and you get to do wine tasting after!  Sign me up!!

2.  What was something you collected as a child? Do you still have that collection? If you’re a parent what’s something your own children collected? Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a ‘collectible’?

I cannot think of anything I collected when I was a child.  I don’t have many things left from my childhood other than a few books.

My children collected a few things.  Chicky collected key chains and American Girl dolls.  Rooster collected Hot Wheels cars and baseball cards.  Both children had large collections of books.  Reading was a big thing in this house.

Have I ever stood in a long queue to get a collectible?  Not that I recall.  I never really bought in (pun intended) to fads such as Bratz dolls (remember those) or Pokemon cards.  We didn’t have the money, and I wanted my kids to be their own people.

3.  “Collect moments, not things”…tell us about a moment you’ve added to your collection this summer.

My summer has been especially quiet now that Rooster is officially on his own.  My social media posts have included a lot of beach and pool photos with the hubby.  We are empty nesters now and are learning how to live life in the slow lane.  We treasure our weekends and downtime from work.

4.  What’s something collecting dust in your home right now? Any plans to do something about it?

Ha!  What’s not collecting dust?  I’m home on summer break, and while I should be catching up on cleaning and whatnot, I’m filling my hours with other activities.

What I really need to do is go through my closet and prune rarely-worn / too-large clothes now that I’ve lost weight and am back in shape.

I also need to get in my attic and decide what needs to go.  Empty nesting has that effect on you…you want to purge.

5.  A favorite song relating to time?

A song I always use in the end-of-the-year slideshows that I make for my classes is Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day.

I first used this song when Chicky was a senior, and I put together the slideshow for her school’s soccer teams’ banquet.  This was her senior class song, and it spoke to me on so many levels.  I still think of that special soccer season with her (the girl’s team went to the Final Four playoffs…unheard of for Podunk, USA).

It seems that my life lately has constantly been about crossroads…paths diverging…saying goodbye to what has been known and hello to what is new.

This song ALWAYS brings tears to my eyes.

Oh, and here’s something for you…

I typed this post late yesterday afternoon and finished right before I left for dinner.  The hubby and I met some friends at a place on the beach.

When we arrived, our friends were sitting at a table behind the guy playing a guitar and singing.

The song?

Good Riddance.

I looked over at the Mr. and said, “Hey, I just blogged about this song.”

It was meant to be.

6.  What’s been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife?

A number of years ago, the kids and I were taking down plywood that I’d put up around my screened-in porch after a hurricane had passed by.

When I lifted one piece, I discovered a very large, red snake that had somehow slithered between my brick and the wood.  The snake and the brick were the same color, so I almost put my hands on it!

I screamed bloody murder.

There were kids playing in the yard of the house behind mine, and they stood on their trampoline and stared at me.

Fortunately, the Mr. had come home on a break, and he was inside the house.  He came out, grabbed a stick, and took the snake to the pond across from our house.

Lord have mercy!!

7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon. If you could travel to the moon would you go? Why or why not?

If I knew it was completely safe, I might.

I recently finished reading the Lunar Chronicles series that I bought for my classroom.  A good portion of these books take place on the moon, so now I’m curious about what it’s really like up there.

8.  My Random Thought

Can we talk fitness?

Oh my.

I’m working through my second round of Beachbody’s Hammer and Chisel (I don’t sell it, so please don’t think I’m trying to push this on you).

I’m working extra hard and seeing some great results.

What I like about doing this program again is that I can actually process some of the funny and motivational things Sagi and Autumn say during the workouts.

First of all, who made the schedule?  Look at what I circled below…two Leg Hammer workouts consecutively.  Say what?  These are after the other videos in the boxes.

You use a medicine ball with the leg workout, and it is so dang hard!  I’m only smiling because I’m done.

The payoff on Monday was worth it…BIG calorie burn!

Then yesterday, I did Chisel Agility, which I really like (except for the jumping moves, which are freaking hard).

Autumn said something toward the end that I had to write down, “She doesn’t quit when she’s tired.  She quits when she’s done.”

I’m going to use this quote in my classroom.  My students often get tired.  That’s when they need to push through.  The payoff will confidence and, although sometimes unseen, progress.  I’m proof of that.

It’s a great motto for life.

Patriotic Hodgepodge

I hope you had a great 4th of July!  I certainly did!  It’s time for the Hodgepodge.  Play along by answering on your own blog and linking up with Joyce.

1.  How did you welcome the month of July, and tell us one fun thing you did to celebrate the 4th. (or the weekend for any non-USA residents playing along today).

I welcomed July by spending time with my hubby.  It’s just the two of us now, and we don’t lead an exciting social life.  I started off the 4th with a Hammer and Chisel workout.  I just finished my first round of the program (two months), but I decided to do one more round before starting a different Beachbody program.

The Mr. went shopping to pick up food to grill out for dinner, and then we headed to the pool.

I’ve been reading A LOT…books from my classroom library so I have firsthand knowledge of their plots when recommending reading material to my high school students.  The pool was fairly quiet until about 3pm.  We then had the pleasure of watching young families with their little kids.  Ahhh.  The memories.

Later, the hubby grilled out (veggie burger for me…meat burgers for him), and we just laid low afterward.  Molly, one of my furbabies, is terrified of fireworks, so I spent the evening loving on her.

2.  Right now..what’s your favorite red thing? white thing? blue thing? 

I’m loving the new head wraps that I purchased from Hippie Runner.  Shout-out to Rebecca.  I saw a picture she had posted on Instagram and immediately ordered my own set…patriotic of course.

3.  Wave the white flag, raise a red flag, fly your freak flag…which ‘flag’ have you flown most recently? Explain. 

I had to look up the freak flag saying.

That is me.  To a T.

I’m unique, I think.  Well, we all are, of course, but I definitely march to the beat of my own drummer.

One of the things I do is record myself dancing…usually toward the end of the school year when summer is on the horizon.

Here’s the most recent dance I did.  Keep in mind that school was officially out…as of maybe twenty minutes before I filmed.  I was a little nervous about someone walking in and seeing me.  LOL.

Be jealous of my moves, y’all.  Or be thankful that I didn’t feel completely free to cut loose like I could have.

heehee

4.  According to Cond Nast Traveler these are the seven best places to visit in July-

a boat safari in Botswanna’s Okavango Delta, Riviera Maya Mexico (it’s whale shark season and apparently you can swim with them), Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Pamploma Spain, St. Petersburg Russia, the Fuji Rock Festival at Mount Naeba Japan, the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg Austria

If time and money weren’t factors would you want to see any/all of these? Which would you most like to see and why? 

I think I’d go with the boat safari.  The opportunity to see animals in their natural habitats would be incredible!!  I also wouldn’t mind going to Austria.  My dad’s side of the family was from France and Germany.  Seeing that part of the world would help me feel connected to them.

5.  Grilled cheese, pimento cheese, or mac and cheese…your favorite from the cheesy treats listed?

Vegan mac and cheese please.  Yum!

6.  What makes you sweat? 

Literally, the humidity that we are experiencing down here in the South.  Figuratively, classroom observations by administrators or District people.  Lord have mercy, but when you’re talking about watching kids in action, there’s no telling what you’re going to get…even with the teenagers I teach.

7.  Your favorite movie with a ‘patriotic’ theme of some sort?

The first movie title that came to mind was The Patriot.  The things our nation’s earliest soldiers went through to secure our freedom…at great personal cost…wow.

I have to mention one other movie that I thought of.  The hubby and I saw 13 Hours when it came out, and we rented it a week or two ago.  That movie made me cry both times because it’s a true story.  I’m so grateful for those who serve all over the world…especially in the Sandbox, as the Middle East is known.  Their lives are constantly in peril, and the politics in such matters are too much for my brain to comprehend.

8.  My Random Thought

Mischief is afoot in Chez Auburnchick.  Care to guess what I’m up to?

Summertime Hodgepodge

It’s been a long time since I’ve hodgepodged with Joyce.  I’m happy to be back!  If you’re new to the game, what you do is answer the questions on your own blog, add your link on her Hodgepodge post, and then visit other bloggers to see how they answered.

Thanks for visiting!

1.  It’s officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Which summer month is best and why?

I really like the month of July the best.  For one thing, I’ve usually got the entire month off, minus a day or two for training.  I am always well-entrenched in my summer routine.  My brain cells have recovered, and my pace of life has slowed to the point where I can really relish each day without feeling rushed.

Second, and most importantly, the month starts off festively with the 4th of July.  Being a new Air Force mom, I’m looking at this holiday from a whole new perspective now.

Take a look at the patriotic bling a gal on Etsy made for me.  I wore the bracelet and earrings every day of my son’s graduation weekend.

2.  Can you swim? How did you learn? June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?

Yes, I can swim.  I don’t remember exactly how I learned except that it seems that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to swim.  I did take “formal” lessons at a lady’s backyard pool (she was a trained instructor), so I learned how to do each stroke properly and how to tread water.

I own one pair of sunglasses.  They are Costas.  I heart them much.

The Mr. and I went shopping for new ones before we took our trip to San Antonio to watch our boy graduate from Basic Training, but we didn’t buy any.  The Mr. wound up having to buy himself a new pair at the BX because he left his sunglasses in the food court and nobody turned them in.

I’ve picked out a new pair, but I’m waiting for the Mr. to surprise me with them.  Ha!  Seriously, though.  He can get them cheaper.  Let’s just say that they’ll be sparkly.

3.  What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself? How about in others?

I do not like when I make dumb mistakes.  Not being observant aggravates me.  I’m also harsh with my own physical appearance and see flaws every time I look in the mirror.  I guess that’s a main reason why I work out so hard.

In others, I cannot tolerate a poor work ethic.  This is especially challenging when I teach.  I’m careful to lay out expectations for every assignment; however, many of the kids I teach have not developed the work ethic to turn in assignments that show effort or attention to detail.

I really don’t like when I see adults who are lazy at work.  Seriously.  Do your job so others don’t have to do their jobs plus yours.

Strong feelings?  Yep.

4.  Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What’s a road (literal or figurative) you’ve always wanted to travel, and where do you hope it takes you? 

I would love to work from home.  I am an independent kind of gal and know that I’d do just fine.  I’d like the flexibility of scheduling my own hours and working in my pajamas…or workout clothes.  One day I will find the perfect stay-at-home job.  Until then, God has me on a different path…and I’m not complaining (of course, it is the middle of the summer, and I am home on break).  🙂

5.  Popsicles-yay or nay? If you answered yay, what’s your favorite flavor? 

They are okay.  The problem I have with them is once you get down to the bottom and the thing breaks in half.  The part that’s on the bottom falls on the ground, and you’re cheated.  They are messy too.  My flavor of preference is definitely cherry.  Yum!

6.  Brexit-on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what’s involved here? (1=very knowledgeable and 10=what’s Brexit) Is this news you’ll follow or is it something you think won’t impact your life in any way shape or form?

So, I googled, and I sort-of understand a tiny bit what it’s about.  It’s interesting to see how much this would impact commerce across the world.  The trickle-down effect will get down to individual consumers…eventually.

7.  Share a favorite song on your summer play list.

One of my newest favorite songs on my playlist is Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.”

I used this song in the videos I created for each of my classes this year, and the kids were singing to it.  The message is so good!

I’m going to share one more song that I’m loving from this same album…”Mama Said.”  Oh my gosh.  The words are so powerful!  I didn’t hear this song until after I’d created my videos.  This song will be in next year’s videos.

8.  My Random Thought

I don’t know where these ingredients have been all my life…

I wanted to make a new salad dressing and happened upon Detoxinista’s Creamy Thai “Peanut” Dressing.  I really like Thai food and the peanut sauces on many of the dishes.  This dressing is actually nut free because of the sunflower seed butter.

It is really easy to make and is silky smooth.

If you’re looking for a more summery dressing, I highly recommend her Creamy Cucumber Tahini Salad Dressing.  It, too, was very easy to make and so light and refreshing in flavor.

Falling Back into the Hodgepodge

When last I posted, it was September 9th, and I was celebrating my anniversary.  This blogging thing…it’s so hard right now…hard to find the energy…hard to find the time…hard to find the desire when all I want to do is to stay unplugged on the evenings when I am not lesson planning.  I hope you’ll forgive me.  My heart is full of so many things, but moving the words out to my fingers just seems to be one thing I cannot do consistently right now.

Seasons of life…just like earth’s seasons…ever changing, eh?

Which brings us to this very fall-ish themed Hodgepodge.  Play along by answering on your own blog and linking up with Joyce.  Oh, and thanks for visiting!  ❤

1.  What have you ‘fallen for’ recently?

I’ve recently fallen for the (Skinny!) Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie.

I’m following a lean eating plan put out by Beach Body, eating a reduced amount of calories each day and watching my portions closely.

I have never been a fan of smoothies, but this one is to die for.  It smells and tastes just like a cookie.  I leave out the honey and raisins and substitute soy milk for the almond milk to help me get enough calories (yes, I’m having a huge problem getting enough) and protein.  Oh, and I grind my oatmeal first (love, love, love my Ninja) and have recently started adding a tablespoon of chia seeds (grinded up with the oatmeal) for protein and fiber.

2.  What’s something you’re ‘squirreling away‘ for later?

With this eating plan, I feel like every day, I’m squirreling away portions for later.  I get nervous about using them up that I tend to save them for the end of the day, which is probably one reason why I’m not getting enough calories.

Sigh…this fitness thing is tough!

3.  How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for fall…how often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What’s your favorite variety?

Lately, I like my apples sweet.  Hello Ambrosia apples!  Yum!  A must is that they are crisp.  Rooster and I spent all summer looking for the perfect apple.  Most were mushy.  It was discouraging.

I prefer to eat my apples in the simplest way possible…peeled and with a bit of natural peanut butter.  This has been my go-to mini-meal of late.

4.  According to Fodor’s the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen Colorado, The Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?

I’m going to be honest here.  I don’t care to take any foliage trips.  While I enjoy nature, I don’t actively get out in it for such things as camping, hiking, or whatnot.  If I’m going to see the leaves change, I’d prefer that it be while living in Auburn, Alabama.  That’s my dream…to retire there soon.  Then, I’ll have the pleasure of watching my Tigers play while the leaves turn colors and fall.

5.  The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let’s wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalize marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?

I think this is a terrible idea and more evidence of how far our country is sinking in its immoral laws.  First, we had the legalization of gay marriage; now it’s this.  I’m appalled.  I also find it ironic that the “leader” of this country (whatever) is greeting the Pope when he (not the Pope) is pushing for such immoral legislation.

Sorry to get on my soapbox, but I’m so disgusted.  I cannot wait for the next big election, and I pray that Conservatives will make their voices heart through their ballots.

6.  Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress or do you need to always see it from the beginning? How about jumping into a TV series somewhere in the middle? Is that okay? 

I don’t mind movies already in progress, but jumping into a TV series in the middle…oy vey!  One gets invested in the story line and characters.  How can one get into a series without starting from the beginning?

7.  Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most?

Oh, punctuation.  How you vex me vicariously through the high school students I teach.  I despise grammar mistakes.  Right now, my classes are working their way through capitalization rules.  I just graded a non-grammar test I gave yesterday.  It had short answer responses.  What did about half of my kiddos do?  They didn’t capitalize the first word of their sentences in their answers.  Sigh.  It’s like herding cats.

Honestly, most punctuation mistakes drive me nuts.

The one I struggle with often is when to use hyphens in words.  I’m forever looking things up to double-check.

8.  My Random Thought

Here’s a sneak peek of me…the second day of my third week of my new fitness regimen…

What am I doing?

I’m a quarter of the way through Beach Body’s Piyo program…

It’s very regimented.  I’ve been getting up earlier and working out before school.  I’ve got a calendar of which video to do on which day (there are more DVDs…more workouts that you don’t see on that screen above).

For the record, yesterday, I was finally able to do Burpees for the first time!  Yay!

I’m doing meal prep for long days…

It’s hard work.

Nothing worth having comes easily, eh?

I know one thing.  When I reach my personal goal, I’ll be especially proud of myself…especially because this sure as heck isn’t as easy as it might have been ten or fifteen years ago.

Driving Around the Hodgepodge

I had to smile as I read through Joyce’s questions for this week…the theme coinciding with her many travels these past few weeks.  Glad you’re back from your not-so-vacation away, Joyce!!  Without further adieu, let’s get started!

1.  When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?

The last time I relocated was twelve years ago.  The hubby’s work needed employees to accept positions in different office and even offered to pay for a moving company to do the whole thing…from packing to hauling.  We moved across the state to be closer to family.  In general, I’m happy staying put.  I don’t do change well; however, the Mr. and I are looking to move one more time in four or five years when he retires.  We’re planning on going back to Auburn, Alabama so we can be closer to our football team and reestablish ourselves back  in the “real” country.  The best thing about moving to a new place is discovering mom and pop restaurants.  We like to eat out and have begun to do so more now that the kids are grown.  My least favorite thing(s) about moving are 1) unpacking and 2) finding a new church.  As I said, I don’t do change well, and I am extremely nervous around people I don’t know.  I could easily be a hermit.

2.  When were you last ‘moved to tears’? Explain.

I was last moved to tears yesterday during my devotion time.  I’m using the new #First5app, a devotional app by the Proverbs 31 ministry.  Before I check social media or email or even step out of bed, I’ve been reading my devotion and praying.

I didn’t sleep well Monday night…anxious about school stuff.  Yesterday was my district’s first day of pre-planning, and I’d looked over my rosters of students the evening before.  This year, I’m teaching two level 1 classes and one ESE class.  As I read over their files, I began to feel overwhelmed and inadequate.  When it’s late, dark, and you’re tired, stuff like this gets super-magnified.  I may have slept two and a half hours total.

I woke up and found the following in my devotion…

God spoke directly to me with these words.  My room was pitch dark, the only light coming from my phone.  He was telling me that He saw me struggling but would cast His light on all of my worries…that He was there supporting me.

So yes, I was completely moved to tears.  To have tangible confirmation of my loving heavenly Father was emotional.

3.  Do you have rules about eating in the car…any forbidden foods? What’s the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

We eat in the car, although the Mr. doesn’t like things that are too crumbly.  Our car is only eight months old; the previous one had over 100k miles on it.  I can’t remember the last thing I ate in the car.  It was probably a bag of chips or a bagel.  My go-to car snack when traveling is jalapeno chips.  The Mr. and I have to check labels carefully, because most brands have milk in them.

4.  Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.

Had to do some hunting before I landed on this…love me some John Travolta (although the lyrics are rather raunchy, are they not?  I just realized this while I was listening to it play!! Oy vey!!).

5.  What’s your most frequently visited drive-thru…Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

It was probably a drive-thru to a fast food place.  For the last couple of years, Rooster has had a job where he often worked 5-9, so we’ve picked up some quick dinners for him and dropped them off so he could eat…because we pamper him, yes we do.

6.  He who hesitates is lost”…would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the ‘lost’ category?

I can’t say that I’d completely agree with this.  If someone hesitates, it could be that he/she is taking a moment to think through a decision ahead of time.  I’m that way.  I’m a bit of a slow thinker.  If I don’t pause, I’ll probably be lost in the next few minutes.  I need time to process things…hence, I don’t usually make decisions quickly.  That’s not to say that I’m not committed once I decide on a direction to go.

7.  When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

The last time I got lost, I was on my way to a baby shower.  I was already two hours late because I read the invitation wrong (I blogged about this), but I decided to make an appearance anyhow.  I could not find my friend’s house to save my life…despite the GPS.  I got to the house just as the mom-to-be, her mother, and her sister were about to leave.  It was very stressful, and I was mortified.  Fortunately, the young lady loved her hand-knit gifts, and all turned out well.

8.  My Random Thought

Have you seen any videos with Veronica-Poo Nash Poleate?

With the beginning of the school year upon us, I thought you’d enjoy the following.  She offers great advice for teachers (go ahead and watch, even if you’re not a teacher).  I laugh every time I watch it.  I will say that I’ve got the stank eye thing down to a T.  🙂

The kids don’t start until the 18th around here, although I’m back at school in meetings and preparing my classroom.

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