Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge-Volume 67



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1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?
Humility is not something that comes naturally to most, especially in today's busy competitive society.  People trying to get ahead or make themselves look good is not a humble person.  A humble person is generally quiet, meek and typically not self serving.  This is a good set of attributes but is the opposite of the way most people are living their lives.  
  • Do you take an opportunity to claim credit for things that you are involved in?
  • Do you like to be right and to prove what you know?
  • Maybe you think your job role is more important than the next person or that you are smarter?
  • Are you capable of handling things on your own without help from others?
  • Do you ever brag about things you do or can do?
If you answered YES to ANY of these questions maybe you are not as humble as you think.
There is a difference between being proud of an accomplishment vs. being arrogant or bragging about it.  I think there are many things you can be a proud of and still be humble.  Such as a proud
  • parent of a child.
  • owner of a new car.
  • person who stood up for themselves.
I am personally proud of my children and proud that I stood up for myself against an abusive step-father.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?
Believe it or not, I am so OCD about everything having it's proper place and don't have a dumping ground.  My boys try to leave things lay around and I make them put things away where they belong.  My garage isn't as organized as I would like but everything in it does belong in a garage.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?
Our family used to own a pop-up camper and would take many vacation trips.  We have taken many different trips but I think the only State Park we've been to is French Creek, which is in our area.  

4. How would you define honor?
My grandfather was a man who deserved to be held in honor.  He served in the Navy during WWII and was stationed on an island near Iwo Jima.   It was an honor to be his granddaughter.  In my eyes he has earned a position of honor and high esteem.  At his memorial service I was able to speak in honor of his life.

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?
Angel food cake when I am feeling sweet and Devil's food cake when I am feeling ornery.

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?
Last summers vacation to Naggs Head, NC.  It took us about 11 hours to get there.  If we drove straight through it would take 8 hours.  I like to stop at a few place.  It was nice to stop for lunch and stretch our legs.  Also dinner in a sit down restaurant to get our of the car for awhile is nice too.  Car snacks tend to be pretzels, bananas, crackers, granola bars, water bottles, diet pepsi (for me).

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?
WAIT... the lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips and a banana. And the inspector deemed it UNHEALTY?  And replaced it with Chicken Nuggets????  Really????  
If I was the parents I would raise holy hell! Who is he to deem what is right for that child?  Is there a law stating an inspector can replace a lunch? Isn't he there just to inspect? My blood is boiling just thinking of the audacity of that man!  If the inspector deemed the lunch unhealthy, why didn't he write a letter to the parents?A letter seems reasonable instead of replacing the lunch with something I deem unhealthy!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here.
BIG NEWS: William and Kate got a Cocker Spaniel.  

5 pretty purplexing comments:

  1. Well they say getting a puppy is the first step to parenting : )

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  2. I should be more OCD about organizing. I can't stand clutter but it sure can come about quickly.

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  3. Oh I totally agree on #7. They are clueless about nutrition!

    When I packed lunches for my nieces they always has a couple Hershey's minis with their meal. I'm pretty sure they didn't just eat the candy, because they made the choices about the meals, even as very young kids. One of the girls was vegetarian at the tine. I can imagine the school deeming a lunch "unhealthy" because the vegetarian didn't have meat. That thought is due to what seems like total lack of respect for the parents, so you KNOW there is no respect for the kids, and the excuse they consider "healthy."

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  4. I like to eat snacks in the car, also.
    Totally agree with answer to #7.

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  5. Devil's food cake wins, hands down!

    And WTF kind of "inspector" messes with a perfect homemade lunch & replaces it with those foul, inedible chicken nuggets? I too would take that up with the school brass. That is terrible policy!

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