Jim Huggins (jkhuggins) wrote,
Jim Huggins

Wednesday Hodgepodge: 22 March 2017

Well, it's been awhile, but let's try this whole blogging thing again ...

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

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

Our entire schedule.   My dear wife has had three interviews over the past month for new jobs, I've had two different business trips, my daughter's dance production of the life of Christ is going into final performances starting this week, and I have final projects and exams to grade.   Lately it's seemed like I get about ten minutes a day to talk to my wife, and most of that is just making tactical plans regarding who's picking up which kid when and where.   "Madness" is a pretty good word for it.   We'll get through it all, but it's nuts right now.

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

My mother's favorite made-up swear word was "rassenfritz".   I still use it upon occasion.

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-
clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets
Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

The first task of the spring season is cleaning off the desk, because I'm a horrible bookkeeper at home, and getting taxes done requires me to get caught up with about 8-9 months worth of reconciling bank statements.

Probably the next task of the season will be an attempt to clean out the garage, which will only get so far before I'll get tired right at the point that I'd be making progress in putting stuff into better places.

Beyond that ... I don't know that any of those things will necessarily get done.   I've become horrible at housekeeping.

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

Gosh ... nothing amazing comes to mind.   Marvel's Avengers, maybe?   I seem to like Chicago movies better.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

I got word this week that a short humorous article is being published in a national CS education magazine.   It's not much to speak of, but it's the first formal publication I've had in seven years.   (For those of us who live in the world of "publish or perish", that's a big deal.)    It's at least some evidence that I can start turning this side of my professional career around.

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

Well, I am a teacher ... :).   I'm not sure how I got into this business ... at some point, I started helping other students out in class, then got asked to do some tutoring, and ... here I am.

7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

It's hard to say.   Maybe lilacs, because my wife loves them so much.   We picked our wedding date so that she could have lilacs in her wedding bouquet.   Though the smell of fresh carnations is wonderful, too.

I'm not sure I've ever had florals in food that I've appreciated.   And I'm not a wine drinker, so I can't help much there.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The crunch to start working on taxes begins.   Angels and ministers of grace, defend us ....

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