Yeah, so I'm six days late.
1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.
It's hard to pick one. I can think of going outside to play in the snow in my big snow pants and boots, and putting plastic bags over our shoes as we slipped them into the boots in order to get the boots to actually fit over the shoes.
2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
I wasn't doing much blogging last year at all; the Hodgepodge has gotten me back into it. (And what is this "free time" you speak of?)
3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.'
Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?
Potential? There's plenty of it. But little time or (as of late) energy to pursue it.
For me, the new year begins on July 5th. That's when I get ready for the new academic year here at Kettering. (Just like for many other teachers, Labor Day is really the beginning of the year.)
4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
Lately, it's probably Peyton Manning. I appreciate his straightforward approach to questions. You know what he thinks. And he's polite. And he's got the same dorky sense of humor that I do.
5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
I don't drink coffee, and I don't like cream of wheat. The others are good. Alas, they all sound good, and I'm overweight.
6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?
Sitting here waiting for the final word on my car, which is in the shop getting $3K worth of safety repairs done on it. I'm not coping well.
7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.
Where the @#$! did the time go?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I think I've recovered from six months of teaching on overload. Now, I need to get my @#$! in gear and start using this time for productive matters.