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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Semi-Related.

Thank you Joyce for once again coming up with a bunch of questions and asking us all to share more about ourselves that you all wanted to know but never knew to ask.  Click on the button and join the fun.

1. Did you know there is a National Day of pretty much everything in the universe? February 23 happens to be National Inconvenience Yourself Day...when was the last time you were inconvenienced?

Monday night we had a company here that was giving us an estimate for replacing the carpet with wood floors.  He was 30 minutes late and had to call his manager to get us a better deal. It was sort of like when you go buy a car and the salesman has go talk to the manager about "US".  It really made me feel uncomfortable.

2. When a room in your house needs painting who does the job?

Me. I pick out the color, go get the paint and do the job. Hubby will help move the furniture if I can't do and then the smart man stays out of my way! I have told you I get board easily right?  The living room is getting a make over - photos to follow later.

3. Are you friends with your cousins?

Most of my cousins I have lost track of but one cousin I am still in touch with all the time.  Funny story - we were friends for 4 years before we found out we were cousins.  Our husbands laughed when we all found out and they looked at each other and said "Explains a lot, doesn't it?"  We met as adults and didn't even know we were related. 

4. Do you use an alarm clock? If yes-is it an actual alarm, music, or something else?

Yes I have an iPod Touch that is set to go off at a certain time and it plays music, beeping sounds or something else since it's set to shuffle. Funny thing is, I wake up long before it goes off so often I'm in the shower or riding the stationary bike and hear if go off.  So I guess it's only a back up and I don't really need it.

5. What do you put ketchup on? 

Sometimes on my hamburger, hot dog, and once in a while French fries but really I don't use it much.  I think it looks terrible on eggs but hubby does that all the time. And there must be something wrong with putting it on Pork Pie!

6. What smells make you nostalgic?

I love the smell of flowers! It just makes me think of Spring.

7. Have you heard about the high school English teacher recently suspended as a result of some things she wrote in her personal blog? You can read the story here but in a nutshell she vented a lot of frustration onto her blog. She didn't mention individual students by name but she did make some harsh comments about kids in general and their parents.
What are your thoughts-If you're a parent is your child's teacher online and are you 'friend' or 'follower' there? If you're a teacher are you on facebook and do you accept or friend students on fb? How about their parents? If you're a student are you friends with your current or former teachers online? Do any of them have blogs you read? If you're a teacher or a parent do you ever use your blog as a place to vent your frustrations with our educational system? So much to discuss...

Oh My! What a loaded question.  Where do I begin?   Our kids are all grown up so I do not have a child or teacher connected to FB. Having said that I do not make FB friends with my boss and if she reads my blog, she has never told me that she does. My work life and my social life are not connected.  I think we all have a freedom to express ourselves on our blog and even on FB- BUT we must remember that nothing is a secret anymore and whatever a person says on any form of Internet service, will come back to haunt them someday.  That is why I do not post pictures of our children or grand children.  Our children are all grown up. Our Grand children  have great parents and they can put information and pictures on there FB page, or blogs. I will mention them by either saying Grand kid #1,2,3 or 4 or give there first initial B,N,E,C.  But that is it. 
I do believe that students today have way too much time on there hands and that the schools are so busy teaching things like ethics and acceptance that they have no time to teach Math, English, Writing, History and Science. So much time is waisted in school to teach what students don't need means that what they do need once they leave school doesn't get learned. Parents are often too busy working to pay the bills or working to feed there own indulgence and the kids are alone are too much. When you devalue life, then society falls apart and I see all around me a devaluing of life.  OK I will get off my soap box now. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Spring! I'm Longing for Spring!!


  1. Ketchup on pork pie-ewww!

    My hubs is on fb but does not friend anyone from work. Not that he's posting anything questionable but its just his general rule...I think its best to keep work and personal separate as much as possible.

    Funny cousin story!

  2. I can't wait to see pictures of the remodel!

    I don't post pictures of DD or the Ts either, for the same reason. ;-)

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  3. #7 very well said. Kids don't know the basics anymore. How to succeed at an interview, how to make and live by a budget. Life lessons, parents are too busy making ends meet that kids are raising themselves.

  4. Funny that you and your cousin were friends before you knew that you were cousins!

    Good luck with the make-over :)

  5. Your answer to #7 is very interesting!! I am an English teacher, and my 11th and 12th graders write blogs. It's a great way for them to express themselves. It has also been a great way to teach them how to share their thoughts in a way that does not offend. Some of my students read my blog, so I am very careful not to put anything there that would be offensive (although I have always been careful).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  6. Thank you for mentioning SPRING. Can't come soon enough, can it?

  7. I like ketchup on eggs, not so sure on pork pie.

    It feels like Spring today.
    We have our windows open, heater off.

  8. I, too, found a cousin I didn't know I had. :) Blogging, actually. Someone posted about their vacation to NE, and I commented to say her photos look like one particular area that some of my ancestors are from. Come to find out she's married to one of their descendants! The exact connection goes back about six generations, but still. It was fun to compare notes.

    Ketchup maybe on fries or meatloaf, nothing else. Yuk.

    And no, not NH or VT. :) Not that far east!

  9. Looking forward to the remodel pictures. I'm ready for spring too!!

  10. Enjoyed reading your answers. It sounds like you are ready for Spring!


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