Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Of Good Eggs, Rulers, and Airplanes in the Hodgepodge
Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge, a place where you are highly encouraged to be yourself. I rather enjoy this little Q&A session on Hump Day.
Or, as in the case of us wordier people, Dump Day.
Guess we could call it HumpDay DumpDay.
1. July 24th is Amelia Earhart Day. Earhart was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. What's something you've recently accomplished solo?
I always manage to get the proverbial egg on my face without any help whatsoever. Unless you count the set-up by someone else.
Most recently I was in a local quilt shop for only the second time. The cashier was explaining a reward system to me, a new customer.
Her: If you spend $50 a month, you get a charm for that month.
Me: Do I have to spend the $50 in a single purchase, or can I spread it out?
Her: Well, normally in a single purchase, but I'm sure the owner would give you a charm if you spent $50 in a couple weeks.
Me: Okay, cool.
Her: And when you collect all the charms in a year, there's a special reception for all those customers.
Me: How many charms do I have to collect in a year?
As soon as I said it, I wished so hard I had taken a millisecond to think about my question. We both laughed and I said something about math never being my forte. She was probably thinking, "Lady, if you can't figure out 1x12, maybe you should find a hobby that doesn't require rulers!!!!
2. What's one product you use that never ever fails?
Bleach. For better or worse.
3. Have you found your place in the world? Where is it?
My place is still in the role of wife and mother mostly at home, but I am still trying to find my niche, where I belong, what other things God has prepared for me in this awkward stage of middle life with a middle schooler, three grown kids and two new daughters-in-law. We still haven't found a home church, although we've been attending the same one since last December, on and off. I don't know what (or if) my teaching position will be this fall, or if I will be employed elsewhere.
Where do I feel most gifted? In an art or English classroom. When do I feel most needed? When I 'm giving practical aid and companionship to someone with disabilities.
4. Worst movie you ever saw?
Oh, dear, I try to forget those time wasters. How about the most recent one I can remember? I don't even recall the title. Some "thriller" that wasn't thrilling, but rather a bunch of bad acting, horrible special effects, and comical stunts that weren't supposed to be. I mean, when someone falls over a steel fire escape from supposedly the top floor to the ground, you shouldn't hear them land on a squeaky mattress.
5. What's the last fun thing you did?
Fun? I have pondered this concept for many weeks and concluded I don't really do much of what I'd call "fun." As in "yeehaw, wowee!" stuff. But my happy place is anywhere I am creating or thinking creative thoughts.
6. The month of July is named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar...ever been to Rome? What's your favorite Italian dish?
I've never been to Rome, but I babysit every Friday and am putting my piddly paycheck faithfully into a savings account I call my Italy fund.
Fave Italian dish? Seafood linguine.
7. What is one piece of advice you'd offer new mom Kate Middleton?
Get the heck out of Dodge, or London, as the case may be. Take your little future ruler with you, plus maybe his daddy and 12 nursing bras. Go to Wyoming and live in a hut to raise your son.
No, in all seriousness, I would tell her to trust God with her baby, and to trust her maternal instincts.
Speaking of all this royal baby hoopla, I simply MUST tell you that my very own brother-in-law and his wife had the distinct pleasure to be on a bus tour that let them off at Buckingham Palace just in time for the royal announcement to be set out for all to see! Their vacation just HAPPENED to correspond with the Royal Infant's entrance into the world!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I was able to spend a wonderful LONG evening with a dear friend this past Monday. Hadn't seen her in a few years. So good catching up, but one bit of sad news she reported. Back on Mother's Day weekend, a mutual acquaintance named Tom, was flying a small airplane with his dad in preparation for a Virginia air show. The plane crashed and both Tom and his dad were killed. Tom and his wife Yvonne, have 10 children. Yes, 10.
She is still homeschooling 4 of them, one of whom has severe CP. I was never close with them, which is why I guess I'm just now hearing about this tragedy. Please take a moment to pray for his widow, his 10 children, his mom, his siblings and friends who lost a dear person. He was strong in the faith of Christ, and he is safe in God's arms, but there is a huge, gaping hole left in his absence. He was 51.
Penned by Zoanna