Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Hodge Podge

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1. Americans will celebrate Labor Day this coming weekend. Do you know what we're actually celebrating? (without consulting your friends google or wikipedia, ahem) What's a project you're currently 'laboring' over?

I think it has to do with the Labor force and working for a living but I really do not know have not ever looked it up.
Right now I am laboring over my Master's degree in nursing. Must get this done by October of next year. Then I an thinking I may get somemore education after that.

2. Labor Day also signifies the unofficial end of summer for most of us...what summer food will you miss the most? If you live in the Southern hemisphere feel free to substitute winter for summer.
Fresh strawberries!! peaches that are so juicy that the juice drans down your face as you eat them! MMM!!

3. A well known proverb states, "It's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission." Your thoughts?

Forgiveness. That is something now. I think it is easier to ask permission. Asking permission does not let anyone into my closed off area. I just ask and move on. Seeking forgiveness makes me feel vulnerable.

4. Food critic, film critic, art critic, book critic...which hat would you most like to wear?
I think food!

5. When you were a kid, (besides your parents) who was your favorite adult?

I do not remember much of my childhood. But I am thinking my grand mother just because.

6. The astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away last week. He was regarded as a hero by many generations of people all around the world. Do we still have modern day heroes? What makes someone a hero?

 We do still have modern day heroes.  Police, Firemen and women, Soilders, doctors, nurses, teachers. All of whom are heroes to someone at some time in their careers.

7. I never get tired of __________________.

Hodge Podge Wednesday! In fact I look forward to it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Last Thursday, I came home home to find out Tia had died in the front yard while I was running errands. She was 13 years old! She was my husband's hunting dog and he refered to us (me and the dog) as his girls. My hubby was broken!! Tia went every where with him! It was hard for me too and still is even though our house was not noisy because of her it feels so much more quiet! and empty!
We burried her in our back yard Thursday night.
I had a dream just last night that I was petting her.... then I saw my daughter (in the dream) ...I asked her if it was real and Tia was really gone. She told me she was and I woke up.
Part of me wants  to go to the pound and get another dog today........part of me never wants another one...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

It's wednesday you guessed it Hodge Podge time


Yes my friends it is Wednesday again that glorious day when we answer questions form our leader Joyce just to get to know each other a little better.

1. Aloha! On August 21, 1959 Hawaii officially became a US state. Have you ever been? Upon arrival would you prefer an orchid or a hibiscus to tuck behind your ear?

I have never been to Hawaii  although I would love to go. I hear the cost of living is high. But I would still want to go. I liked both the orchid and the hibiscus flower.  But I think I would like the orchid behind my ear.

2. Since we're talking tropical...what's your favorite food or beverage made with pineapple?

Pizza!! I love Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple!!! yum1

3. Do you believe in soul mates? Explain.

I do. I think a soul mate is someone with whom you have a special connection. I have this kind of connection with my hubby. He is my soul mate. We sometimes have the same thoughts at the same time. Sometimes that is funny! Like he will say something that is the exact thing I was thinking about.

4. Share a memory about the house you grew up in.

I grew up in several different homes. The constant home for me was my grandmother's house. When we were kids we were sure there were ghosts in the basement. Now in this house the bathroom was in the basement as was the play area for us kids and a "back cellar" that was the spooky place for us.
I remember when someone would think the basement was empty and turn out the light my grandmother had a crucifix on the wall. In the dark Jesus would glow. This really freaked us out as kids...
5. Are you comfortable with silence?

sometimes, I am sometimes I am not. Sometimes I just need noise.

6. You spot a giant spider on your bedroom wall...what's your next move? (all spiders are giant, right?)

Call my husband or lave the room and close the door if he is not home.  know that is silly but I do not do spiders and and any other bug if I can't see them they can't see me right????

7. My idea of fun does NOT include ______________.

Exercise! I am not an athletic person, never have been. Do not like sports, never have. Will watch nascar race and Steeler football that is about all. I get bored when I go to sporting events. thank goodness for the other entertainment there.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I started my NEW job. Career I should say. I will be teaching first year nursing students at the local college. I will be in the lab with them and in a clinical location. I love nursing and to be able to teach student nurses is a dream to me. I am actually doing work to obtain my Master's degree in nursing education and should have my MSN (masters of science in nursing) by October of next year. I am so excited about this job. The staff is all wonderful, the dean of nursing is great. Now I just have to meet my students! I can't wait!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's Hodge Podge


1. I included this quote (attributed to William H. Danforth) in my blog post on Monday..."The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine." When was the last time you 'disturbed your routine' and how'd you do it?

My routine has been upset for a while now. I have kind of been flying by the seat of my pants....Hopefully a routine is in my future! I so love the structured life.

2. What's your favorite fried food indulgence?

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE fried fish and chips!!
3. Did you have an allowance as a kid? What did you do with it? Do you give your own kids an allowance?
I do not think I had an allowance as a kid, but I really can't remember.
I did try the allowance thing with my kids but in the end the just got what we could give them at the time. before I was a nurse times were very tight.

4. What's something you wish you knew more about?

Government. Crazy as it sounds I would love to get in there and help with health care. I do not think government should be in health care but definitely do think something needs to be done. Maybe some day, who knows?

5. Is there anything you feel too old to do anymore? If so, what?

Honestly some days I feel too old to walk up right! All these years of floor nursing have done a job on my back. I never let it stop me though! I never was an athlete so any sports are crazy for me. ( I once almost broke my nose playing catch with my hubby before we were married. yea I think that is a whole other blog about my sporty self! LOL!)

6. What's a song you think has a great first line?
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a land slide?
Bohemian Rhapsody

7. Who are you writing to/for when you create a blog post. In other you write, who is the audience in your head?

I mostly write for me to get things off my chest. I love to write and at the time I started this blog I was going through some family stuff and needed to vent. Had no one really to listen at the time so I started my blog to get things off my chest and just put my thoughts out there.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Ok, much has happened since I have blogged or Hoge Podged. I was in Cleveland 2 hours from home planning to work there. I was doing the testing thing going to the computer classes and all that stuff. I came home for the weekend. On Saturday night I was attempted to help our old dog into the house because her back legs do not work so well any more. She fell, I lifeted her and tried to assist her up the step into the house. She fell again this time twisting my wrist in an awkard way. PAIN shot through my wrist, my right wrist. I am right handed. PAIN< PAIN AND MORE PAIN. She got in I cried myself to sleep and called the doctor first thing in the morning. Nothing was broken, Praise God! But it was sprained. I was not able to use it. I called the agency that I was working for. they called the hospital. My contract was canceled because I could not work.
I was bummed. I had to go up there and clean out my palce and come back home and look, yet again, for another job.  I did have a part time job at a local community college teaching nursing (this is what I am going to school to get my Master's degree in). I went in for my scheduled visit. The Dean of nursing said she wanted to talk to me because she had a resignation and would like me to work full time and becme faculity if I could finish my Master's by October of next year. But for the moment I could work as a community faculity full time if I wanted. OF COURSE I WANTED!!! Its Local!!!
Since then my school has told me with hard work I could finish the degree and a faculity position has been offered to me which I accepted!!! We are working out details and getting orientated but I have a local job!!!! PRISE THE LORD!!!! IT IS ALL BECAUSE OF HIM!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hodge Podge time


1. In an effort to combat obesity, the mayor of NYC has plans to ban the sale of large sugary drinks (anything over 16 oz.), initially in restaurants, movie theatres, and street carts. Corner stores would also be affected if they are defined as food service establishments. You can read more here. Your thoughts?

I think this is still America and we have rights! Now a government is telling us what to eat or drink! It is totally unacceptable!! What is next will they be telling us what to wear and where we can go????

2. Art festival, music festival, food festival...which would you most like to attend?

I just love festivals. I would go to any. I love to see the sights and watch the people.

3. What are you irrational about?
It seems I am irrational about my brother. He gets into my heart! I can not bear to hear or see him cry. He leaves this woman and goes back again and again. I even pay for his phone just so he has one of his own. I do not think I would put up his antics from anyone else. My kids even tell me let him go do his own thing.....but when he calls crying i have to he is one of my kids...

4. Do you feel confident you'll have a comfortable retirement?
I think we will do ok. 

5. What's been your favorite Olympic moment so far?
(Not ever, just in the 2012 Summer games.)

Gabby winning the gold in gymnastics. Phelps winning the gold and breaking the records.

6. What would you label as the messiest room in your house?
right now it is my office. My hubby fixed a book shelf for me so I could get all my books put away and they are everywhere in here.

7. Do you follow your heart or your head?
Unfortunately I think I follow my heart too much. Sometimes I think I should follow my head.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
At the moment I am home for a week. DO not go back to travel assignment until the 16th of August. I have a sprained wrist. We have this old dog, very old on her way out, but that is another story, any how I was assisting her up the stairs into the house because she fell on the step. Well she fell again and this time on my hand, wrist and her whole 100lbs landed on my wrist!  OUCH!!! So I am back home and everything including my pay ison hold for a week.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Its Hodge Podge Time

1. I'm joining my daughter1 in the 101 in 1001 challenge. Essentially you create a list of 101 things you want to accomplish or do in the next 1001 days. What's one thing you'd put on your list?

Get my Master's Degree in Nursing Education and teach.

2. How many remote controls do you have in your house? What's one item in your home you wish could be run by remote control?

6.  I wish the washer and dryer had a robot actually that could do my laundry, fold it and put it away.

3. What does having it all mean to you? Is it attainable?

Having it all means a good job that I like and my husband and I be able to travel here and there or where ever . Yes it is attainable

4. What's your favorite movie soundtrack?

I really do not have a favorite movie sound track but then again. I remember Jesus Christ Superstar from when I was a kid. I sometimes sing the songs in my head. I know it is not the right version of the historical event. I do not believe the message it had. But any day I could find my self singing in my head "Whats the buzz tell me what's happening?"

5. Describe the best view you've seen from a rooftop?
The best view from a rooftop was at the beach looking out over the ocean and seeing a school of dolphins swim by.

6. What's your least favorite thing about summer?
Bugs!!!! Any kind of creepy crawly, flying, biting thing!

7. Our weekly Hodgepodge lands on the first day of August. In ten words or less sum up your July.
I spent the first 17 days with my grandchildren. Wonderful!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I do not understand how people can be abusive and use people. My brother, yes he is a man, is in an abusive relationship. There are children involved. Every time he tries to get out she will not let him see his children and he goes back. My heart breaks for him, but I realize now, just today, he is the only one who can change the situation he is in. It breaks my heart but I can not help him anymore. he keeps going back even when she verbally abuses him, accuses him of sleeping with others and tells him he can stay home with the kids and she will work. He is a man!!! and he is a mess!