Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 1-4 February 2017

Gotta try to get better about getting these done on Wednesdays ...

The Wednesday Hodgepodge appears courtesy of From This Side of the Pond.

1. Can you believe it's the end of January? What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?

January was a really rough month for me.   But in the midst of that ... I had a friend call me and take me out for a cup of tea and a danish to let me know that he cared about me.   In the middle of a really horrible month, that cup of tea was a healing moment.

2. What sounds make up the background noise in your life?

The whirring of computers.   The voices of movies or TV shows playing on those computers.

3. I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now. They are-
anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)
Which thing on the list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?

You could pick any of those, but it's not so easy.  It's hard to drop the "people who put you down" when you have no choice about their presence in your life.   It's hard to drop "being a people pleaser" when that's sort-of part of your job description.

The really obvious one is "comparing yourself to others", because that's part and parcel of what academia is all about.   I do it, and it drags me down, and I know that it drags me down, and I do it anyways.   (Of course, that gets encouraged by the "people who put you down" part, too.)

4. What is sacred to you?

How do I answer this without sounding trite or hokey?   I'm an evangelical Christian.   My life is full of the sacred.

5. January is National Oatmeal month. Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?

It's weird.   I didn't like it growing up, and I don't like it at home.   But every Sunday, I have breakfast at Panera with my daughter, and lately the thing I've been getting is their oatmeal with strawberries and cinnamon.   It's pretty good.

6. What feelings does twilight stir up in you?

Very little, really, other than probably the perpetual fatigure that comes from being the end of the day.

7. Something you're looking forward to next month?

February?   I wish I could say there was something I was looking forward to happening this month.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

How in the world does anyone have time in their life to binge on Netflix?   I'm trying to follow a few episodic television series and I can't even manage that.

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