Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hodge Podge

I'm linking up with "From This Side of the Pond" for Wednesday's Hodge Podge.
Questions are in red.  My answers are in black.

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste? Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.

A.  My son has been hunting a couple of times.  He likes it.  He brought home quail, but it went bad before we had a chance to cook it.  I would have tried it, though.  I have eaten venison, duck, and squirel.  I prefer regular meat, though:  beef, chicken, fish.

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below? 

A.  The Grand Canyon.  The views are amazing!  Looking down into the canyon from one of the highest points is breathtaking.  Words don't do it justice. You can barely see the water right around the middle of this photo.

3. Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

A.  No.  No birds here.  Well, maybe an owl on a decorative box, but that's it.  My daughter hates birds.  She's seriously phobic when it comes to birds.  I blame this on us (her parents) taking her  duck and goose feeding when she was little.

4. Tell about a time you 'killed two birds with one stone'? 

A.  Can't think of a thing, although I'm all for efficiency, getting two things done at once.  But I have no clever story like putting was on the bottom of my socks and sliding around the floor to both A) get the floor clean and B) get some exercise.

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title?

A.  Rockin' Robin is a cute song.  Reminds me of my childhood.

 6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?

A.  I had a horrible dream recently that had snakes in it, and snakes give me the heebie jeebies, so those were bad goose bumps!

7. Halloween is this Friday...any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

A.  No plans this year except maybe to hand out some candy.  I used to love to trick or treat.  I'm not big into carving pumpkins, but this year I decorated a few.  One year, I went as a saloon girl.  I loved that costume!

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

A.  I don't see a point in having Red Ribbon week in middle and high school.  It only serves to HYPE the kids and give them excuses to wear crazy socks, crazy hair, crazy ties, crazy hats.  How does that promote a drug-free lifestyle.  They only sign pledge cards because A) they are forced to and B) the pledge cards go into a drawing for prizes.  I wish we had a program that was useful in promoting a drug-free lifestyle.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Confessions

It's time to vent!  Join me at High-Heeled Love.

I confess...
After two observations, an early meeting before school, and a lock-down drill, I am ready for the weekend!

I confess...
I scared to death about have my arthroscopic surgery.  He needs to remove a bone spur and decompress some arthritic tissue, but if he has to stitch a tear in a ligament, I'm looking at a long recovery with a minimum of six weeks in a hideous sling that keeps the arm at a 90 degree angle.  I'm scared of all the things I won't be able to do for a couple of months, not of the surgery itself.

I confess...
I really like our two new principals and two new counselors  this year!  It's amazing how much difference a competent person can make!

I confess...
I'm worried about my mom.  She is in Israel, and I'm so glad she was able to go because a previous trip had to be cancelled for health reasons, but... I have no contact with her and I worry about her falling down or getting sick.

I confess...
I was excited to be chosen as 1 out of 20 people to design electronic professional development for my district.  There were at least 80 proposals sent in, so I'm very grateful.   It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm excited about it.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2014


I went back to my orthopedic doctor today.  Not good news.  I need to have surgery to have a bone spur removed from my left shoulder and arthritis near the clavicle that has to be dealt with.  I might also have two small tears in the tendons or ligaments around the shoulder.  He plans to do the surgery arthroscopically, so hopefully recovery won't take too long, but I would love to hear any and all experiences you have had with shoulder surgery.  I'm second-guessing myself, and I need straight facts, advice, suggestions, anything.  Thanks, readers!  All four of you!  LOL

Good news - normal mammogram.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Confessions

It's time again to 'fess up!  You can link up, too, at High Heeled Love.

I confess...
I am not looking forward to my next-door-teacher at work coming back from maternity leave Monday.  She is difficult to deal with and wants to tell pwople what to do all the time. She's strict to the point of being mean and very inflexible. When she was in school, she was the student who always reminded the teacher that homework was due when everyone else wanted the teacher to forget.  People say, "Maybe motherhood will change her."  But from recent interactions with her in preparation for her return, that has not proven to be the case.  I have to partner with her for some of our cross-curricular activities.  Oh, joy!

I confess...
I'm going to have to  go back to the orthopedic doctor Monday. I broke my shoulder years ago, and I reinjured it  somehow a year and a half ago or so.  I have two small tears in the muscle and ligament in the shoulder. It has had me in so much pain that I can't even sleep. I'm guessing I might need surgery.  Booooo!

I confess...
My daughter who is at Abilene Christian University this year is home for the weekend, and I couldn't be happier!  It's a 6-7 hour drive, so since she had fall break this weekend (just an extra day off classes), I confess that I paid for her to fly home to get her here quickly. She is riding back with friends who all left at different times. We are going to go to her favorite restaurants, shop, and craft.  She's also going to get her hair done as well as some other pampering, and spend some time with friends.

That's all for today! Have a super weekend!


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