Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge 5/18

1.  What reveals more about a woman-her refrigerator or her purse?

Let's be honest:  You find a cheerio, old Kleenex, a matchbox car, baby wipes and a diaper in a woman's purse.  Is it shocking to discover she has children?

And if she doesn't have children, isn't that even more telling? ;)

Just for the record, I have a set of Hello Kitty crayons in my purse.  No kids.
2. When was the last time you went to the zoo? Where? What's your favorite zoo animal?

Chris and I went to the zoo in St. Louis in March.  It was a good time because it was a beautiful day to be outside.  I think I just like the fact that you can walk around and enjoy the scenery.  It's a good time to talk.

I enjoy giraffes.  The big cats freak me out, but I have this weird thing where I have to look at them every time.  Like Panthers, for example.  And yes, I did capitalize Panther.  Anything that looks at you like it's contemplating a way to get through the cage deserves a bit of capitalization.

3. What social issue fires you up?

Right now?  Education reform.  I wholeheartedly agree that we have a responsibility to keep school districts and teachers accountable, but the currently proposed efforts are ludicrous.  It's completely ineffective to continue creating mandates that takes responsibility completely out of the hands of the students.

And it's counter productive to anything I'm trying to teach them.  After all, what's the point in getting them to realize that they need to own their own faults when education reform clearly explains that it's not their fault--it's the teacher's.

4. Are you a coupon clipper? If so, are you extreme?

No, though I probably should be.  I'm trying to condition myself to see those coupons as an actual dollar they are putting in the paper for the taking.
5. What is one of your favorite souvenirs brought back from your travels?

I have a Build-A-Bear Favorite and I built on our honeymoon.  I have every intention of building another one on our 10th anniversary.

6. Lemon meringue or key lime?

Lemon Meringue.  My gramma made fantastic lemon pie (what she called it).  One of the things I miss about her.

Coincidentally, if you read often, you'll discover that most of my memories with my gramma revolve around food.  It was her love language.  It might also be the reason I think we have to go eat so you know I care about you.

7. What is the most beautiful word you know in any language?

Yes.  Who doesn't want to hear yes after hearing no month after month?

8. I read the entire Hunger Games series in a little under a week.  I really enjoyed it, and I'm glad to know there is an author putting something out there that doesn't revolve around vampires or zombies.  I'd like to start working on a summer reading list, but I'm afraid if I make a list, I'm going to have everything read the first two weeks of summer.  Then what would I have?  But feel free to leave suggestions anyway.

Oh, and my memory is completely collapsing.  This year, I called Lil' Bro to wish him a happy 26th birthday (he's 27), and I also wished the STBSIL a happy 32nd birthday (she turned 33).  Is there something wrong with me?


ktjane said...

I'm choosing to think that you taking years off ages can only come in handy.

Joyce said...

I haven't read Hunger Games...I'll check it out because I'm always looking for a good book.

Have you read-Sarah's Key, The Thirteenth Tale, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox...all good (not happy happy but really well written and books I had trouble putting down) If you haven't read The Help I highly recommend that one.

Enjoy your day!

Thena said...

Better to think their younger than older.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughts about education reform. Kids, in general, are not taking responsibility for their education. They like to blame others. I've also witnessed, as a first-year teacher, parents blaming teachers when the fault, in some cases, lies with their children. Grrr. Accountability is an issue that involves everyone, not just the teachers.

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

You can under estimate my age any time - oh...and you can offer me a meal - preferably with lemon pie included :-D

EmptyNester said...

My grandmother made the best food I've ever had in my life. I sure miss it! And nobody in our family can recreate any of it---even though we watched her. Maybe we just don't put in enough love!

Better is Possible said...

I got steamed reading your #3. This is my 32nd year in education and at times I can not figure out who is driving the bus at the policy level. Hand in there!

Better is Possible said...

Interesting answers. Sarah's Key and The Help - I really enjoyed them.

Sheena said...

More people recommended The Help! Now you HAVE to read it! HA!

CrysHouse said...

I DID read The Help. A while ago. Look on my book recommendations.