Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday HodgePodge

Today's quick and dirty post is inspired by Nonnie at Nonnie's Random Thoughts. She borrowed the questions from Joyce.

It's not stealing if you give credit, right? Of course.

1. What's something you wanted to do this summer that you never got around to actually doing? 

It's still summer break for me. We don't go back to school until September 23rd. I have a couple of weeks off to work on personal projects, prepare my syllabi and maybe go visit family once more. It's been a good summer so far!

2. Share a favorite memory of your own back-to-school days as a child. 

I remember in third grade we were in Port Angeles, and on picture day my oldest sister did my hair.  She told me not to smile in the photo so I didn't.  But I also got to borrow another sister's pretty white dress with a blue ribbon.  The effect is a little disconcerting.

3. What's one chore or task you enjoy doing "Old School"? 

I like walking to school. I live less than a mile from the university where I teach, so I like walking to classes, especially in fall with all the leaves and crisp autumn air.  It makes me happy.

4. Share something you've learned in life through the "school of hard knocks". 

Be careful who you trust and whose opinion you let matter to you. Let the right people in though.

5. As a child, did you mostly bring or buy your lunch for school? What was your favorite thing to find in your lunchbox? 

When I first went to elementary school, it was sandwiches and thermoses of milk in my awesome C.H.I.P.S. lunchbox.  It was yellow and had Ponch and John on it.  I loved it. In junior high I went to the cafeteria and my grandma worked there as a lunch lady.  I loved her so much. I can't even tell you. I miss her every day. Lots of people do, I think.  She was a great soul. 

My grandma, Verline Marll, with one of her many great-grandchildren. 

6. Football season is upon us, which has me wondering- how big of a sports fan are you (not just football)?  On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being "I scream at the players through my television screen" and 1 being "is knitting a sport?" where do you fall in fandom? 

Oh, I'd say I'm about a 3.  I like the Seahawks, and have since childhood. They are a symbol of my geography.  I like Seahawks memorabilia and watching games at a small neighborhood bar. I can name two players. I also like the Mariners and have gotten to see one of their games live. It was fun.  But mostly? Yawn. 

7. Share a favorite quote you think might inspire students of all ages at the start of a new school year. 

I have lots of these! Just keep in mind my two professional interests: English composition and social justice. 

Admit it- you laughed!

One of my classes bought me this and they all signed it. 

I'm not sure what I'm inspiring here, but I like this. 

Ok, this has nothing to do with anything. But I sent my friend Greg a unicorn headband and he sent me this picture. It's not called "Wednesday Hodge Podge" for nothing.

Surely, this is the most inspiring.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I love that we are careening towards fall.  I had to close the windows today because I was too cold! I know we'll still have some hot days and a few above 88, but autumn is right next door and I love it. I love the slowing down of the world. 


  1. Oh. My. Goodness. This post is just chock full of really good stuff. (Please tell me whether or not I have written/said this one correctly!) ;-)
    I love it that your grandma was lunch lady. My Mom worked in the high school cafeteria for a few years and she enjoyed it so much.
    I am going to have to save some of the quotes to post on Facebook ... especially the grammar ones. And yes, I get it. Good one! :-)
    I'm looking forward to some cool days here. Right now it is still in the 90's.

    1. Thanks for the sweet note! I'm glad you're doing well. My grandma was a lunch lady at the same school from the time my mom was in elementary school until I got into high school. She started cooking for harvest crews when she was 15, for a little over $2 a week, with room and board. She gave the money to her parents. I love telling her stories. Two dollars back then would buy a good pair of shoes.

  2. I'm getting a visual thought of you with your C.H.I.P.S. lunchbox and it makes me smile. I enjoyed learning about your Grandmother. I was very close to my maternal Grandmother. She always wanted to be a nurse. She had very little formal education but learned about life through her own experiences. She was beckoned to help with many births in her small town and was known as a midwife of sorts, helping mother's deliver their babies at home as was customary in those times.

    1. Sweet Tea, I am so lucky to have you in my life. Apart from my very lucky and loving relationship with your son, you are an unexpected blessing. <3