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August 26th, 2015
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Wednesday Hodgepodge: 26 August 2015
The Wednesday Hodgepodge is courtesy of From This Side of The Pond.

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?

Balance my checkbook.   I hate not knowing how much money I do or don't have, but there's always something else more "urgent" that needs doing first.

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'?

Probably the thing that does it for me is software problems --- in particular, cleaning malware off a computer.   It's never a simple process, it's never a short process, and you're never really sure if you've gotten it all.

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?

The first time I was asked to serve as a Table Leader for the AP Computer Science Reading.   I don't know what it was about that experience ... but for my first time as a leader, I was assigned to the hardest possible question.   And because it was so hard, nobody really took the time to explain how the job worked; there wasn't any time.   We were behind even before we started.   I more-or-less had to say "okay, I think this is what my leader did for me, so I guess that's what I'm supposed to do", and tried to make the job work.  They keep asking me back into the leadership, so I must've done okay ... but, it was harrowing.

In retrospect, I tell myself that being thrown into "the deep end" was a sign of respect --- they wouldn't have done it to me if they didn't think that I could handle it.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.

Oh, dear, now you're getting into the course on ethics that I'm teaching.   In my opinion: no, the ends never justify the means.   Often the "means" to the end are people, who ought to be considered as an "end" in and of themselves.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

I'm a big fan of asparagus and cherry tomatoes.   Coconut (especially dried flakes of coconut) is inherently evil.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no end in sight'?

Cleaning the desk.  (See previous item about "haven't balanced the checkbook in months".)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My dear family is about to head off for ten days of family vacation with the extended family --- without me, because I have to stay behind and teach.   I'm trying to plan for things to do that will be fun for me on my own, and I hope I'll manage to get some of the housework done that just never gets anywhere ... but I'm really sad that I'm not going.

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From:Wendy Jakob
Date:August 29th, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)


I've just got back from a week away with our extended family. It's chaotic, noisy and far from restful but I couldn't imagine not going. I hope you survive on your own and I'd forget about any housework unless it's essential!
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