Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. What question do you often ask yourself?

Why did I say 'Yes' to so many things.  I am okay at first but as time goes by I question myself more and more.

2. Do you grow roses? What's your favorite color of rose? Ever been given a dozen roses? Where was the prettiest rose or rose garden you remember seeing?

I don't grow roses.  My favorite color would be yellow roses.  Yes, I have been given a dozen of roses -a long time ago while in college.

3. Do you read the freshness dates on grocery store products? Will you use eggs past their 'use by' date? Take medication that's expired? Buy a dented can?

Definitely read the freshness date on store products and I never buy a dented can. Now a days it does take me longer to grocery shop because of reading all the labels!  I will only use eggs that are only a few days out of date-no longer use if the date is more than a week.
Medication on the other hand, I will use if expired for a month or longer.  Now having a pharmacist in the family she informs me on the expiration dates-whether some medicine last longer than others.  A plus for me.

4. Should athletes be role models?

Most definitely.  On a not so happy note, it is a shame that most of the athletes aren't the role models they should be.

5. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first explorers to reach the top of Mt. Everest on this date (May 29) back in 1953. What's something you hope to achieve in your lifetime?

Something I hope to achieve-hum....on the top of my list would be independence-not to depend on anyone for what I need, to travel to many places, and to instill the love of learning to all.

6. What would you do if you had twenty acres of land and the money to develop it any way you choose?

I would develop a fitness center and a garden to grow all vegetables!!!

7. If I invite you to a party with a 7 PM start time, what time will I actually see you there?

No later than 7 that's for sure.  I would arrive at 6:50 or earlier.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
My weekend didn't go as planned.  But on the bright side this is my last week of school-a long week with bus duty and staying late to close up the year. Yeah!! the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. It's National Bike you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike? 

Nope, I don't own a bicycle.  I rode daughter's bike a couple of years ago.

2. What's something you learned in school that wasn't part of the curriculum?

RESPECT!! -the longer I teach the more I see of students not having any respect not only for teachers but lack of respect for their peers.

3. What's a food you've never tried, but want to try? What's a food you've tried and will never try again?

Can't think of a food I want to try.  I will admit I tried wassabi a few years ago-can't stand it. I also didn't like sushi.

4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that's a good trend?

Lately, more demanding on myself.

5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain? 

The only villain coming to my mind is J.R. Ewing, in Dallas.

6. How concerned are you about identity theft? 

Getting more concerned everyday.  I was never concerned with this until the past couple of years.  It amazes me everyday how we have people who just sit around trying to figure out how to get your identity.

7. I saw this last question on Dawn's blog a couple of week's ago and asked if I could share. Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this...would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place? 

I would rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am really ready to begin my summer vacation.  The last few weeks have been very tiring-home life and school life.  Whew!  I need some R & R time.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Weekend Rewind

Weekend Rewind...

Moving started early Friday morning.  Daughter is heading to Roanoke to begin her Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.  How can one person have all this stuff?

Truck was loaded and 'little man' decided to pack his toys---

Friday was also Relay for Life...
Even though it rained, it didn't dampen our fun,

Little man enjoyed running the lap in the kid's relay.

and dancing in the rain to the music.

Terrible thunderstorms forced us to batten down the tents and eventually the remainder of the relay was cancelled but not before the lighting of the luminaries.

Cancer has struck many love ones in my family and this is a disease I want to see go away.

Saturday, we moved daughter to Roanoke.  So thankful for both of daughters' friends (boyfriends?) that help unload and carry the 'stuff' in.

Terrible thunderstorms arrived Sunday afternoon.  So much rain in a short period of time.  I am hoping the sun shines tomorrow.  Would someone please turn the light bulb on for me?

Have a good week--9 days till I start my summer vacation!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. May is National Blood Pressure Month...what sends yours soaring, either literally or figuratively? What calms you down? When did you last have your bp checked?

What sends my blood pressure up is people who are continually late!!!  Blood pressure soars when I tell a person we are leaving at a certain time and then I have to wait 20/30 minutes.  I understand sometimes circumstances prevent from leaving at a certain time but when it is usually the same person holding all up is not the circumstances.  Often I have just wanted to leave the other person behind, but that would be rude of me.

Blood pressure checked a couple of months ago at the dentist and it was great.

2. You just found $1-what do you spend it on? How about 10$ 100?

Hum..what will a $1.oo buy?  
$10.00-I would use on my Zumba lessons.  Of course, the extra few bucks I have left could be spent on a candy bar.  Daughter laughs when I get out of the shower after Zumba and begin eating potato chips, crackers, and cereal!  I explain to her it is a mental break for me.

$100--Oh, I would go to the Dollar Tree and buy so much for my little group of 3 and 4 year olds-let's see I have around 20+ on Sunday and this would help me tremendously!  

3. Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food has been proposed, but not enacted in the US. How much attention do you give food labels before you buy? Are you in favor of labeling if it means an increase in food prices? Is this an issue you've been following and feel strongly about, or is this the first you've heard of the controversy?

Here lately, I have become more conscious of  what the food labels say, and yes, I do read most of them.  Haven't given it much thought to the price increase-all things come with a price, right?  However, if we require the labeling of GE food, what about really knowing what chemicals farmers use to grow their products?  This is the first I have heard of this controversy.

4. May 15th marks the birthdate of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. At this point in time, are you more in need of brains, courage, heart, or a trip back home? Explain.

Courage-just some 'stuff' going on right now.  I need courage to deal with and face these.  I keep reminding myself of the Bible verse-"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

5. "There's no place like home" is an oft repeated line from Baum's book. When was the last time you felt the truth of that statement?

There is no place like home.  Home is where I felt safe and secure and worry free.  Oh, I am sure there were times when I wish I wasn't home, but now how I long for my happy, home.  Home is your happy childhood memories.  A place you can visit but never completely go back to.
Hopefully, I have made my house a home for my daughters.

6.  Steak...yes please or no thank you? What cut do you prefer and how do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Besides your own kitchen, where's a place you like to go to get a great steak?

Hub is the top chef at my house, and he makes a mouth watery steak.  Hubs grills out steak weather permitting, and no sauce for me.  Places to get steak-how about my local grocery store (LOL).  I hardly order steaks at a restaurant.

7. When was the last time you were in a genuine hurry?
Probably about 6 or 7 years ago.  We were traveling to watch daughter play in a basketball game about an 8 hr. drive for us.  Hub and I had the trip planned and we knew we would have plenty of time.  Unfortunately we hadn't planned on sitting in traffic (accident) and then taking another route.   I kept telling hub I wanted to arrive alive.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Prayers for me and family right now-just dealing with some 'stuff'.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Weekend Rewind

A very special weekend for me.
It's Graduation Day!

After seven long years in college and the last three going continuously, daughter #1 graduated from pharmacy school Saturday!  Five tickets were issued to each student-daughter was able to get one extra from another student.  Hub, daughter #2. both grandmothers, her godmother, and I left early Saturday.  Getting a motel was out of the question-not only pharmacy school graduation, but also law students graduation also.  Tickets arrived on Thursday....

No tears yet.....

Daughters were ready to leave by 7:00 am... All smiles even though it was a rainy morning.

#2 daughter has to always check picture after taking...

Dad wanted a quick picture..

Daughters left and then we left shortly after.

.The campus is set in the foothills of Virginia.  A very small town-which just recently got a Wal-Mart!  Hey, what better place for a pharmacy school.

A little mist was still hanging around but the reception area was all set up.

I was still holding it together.  I took my seat -very crowded seat-the one where one touches the other person's elbow-but I was okay.  The bagpipes started...the processional began...

I glanced at hub and a tear was rolling down his check....which made me cry...I missed daughter entering...only caught the back of her
she is the one with the blue showing-

We listened to the introductions...and to Virginia's Secretary of Health and Human Resources, William Hazel, MD-Commencement Address.  He told all the candidates how they needed to make an impact in the medical field and to always treat patients with respect and above all to be nice to their patients for one never knows what kind of news their patient has just received. His speech ended with all the graduates standing and giving thanks to all who helped them on this journey of theirs.  I must say, I enjoyed his commencement address-not too long but to the point.

Now the moment we had all been waiting for...the Hooding of Candidates and Awarding of Degrees...

So glad a professional photographer was able to capture all of the ceremony.  I wasn't able to capture her when she was receiving her diploma.

After the awarding of degrees, they all took the pharmacist's oath.

I did capture the recessional--
A smile of accomplishment.

Pictures were taken with friends-friends who studied, ate, cried, and laughed together.

A close neighbor who would constantly make sure her door was completely closed and locked.
So glad she had a watchful neighbor like him!

A few pictures with family....

Picture with Godmother

Memories of this journey she will always have.

We arrived home just in time for a little reception hub and I were giving her.
 A book for people to write their wishes for Amanda.

Table pieces were pill bottles filled with skittles.

A day filled with such joy.

What more could a mother want for Mother's Day....
I have it all right here!

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