Wednesday, June 04, 2014

15 Miles, 76 Trombones, and an 8-Question Hodgepodge

1. I've read several posts and status updates recently describing end of year school field trips. Do you remember taking school field trips as a kid? Where did you go and do you recall a favorite? For any parents responding today, have you ever chaperoned a school field trip, and if so where?

I remember only ONE field trip from my school days. Isn't that sad? Surely we took more, but really, all I remember is a trip to Philadelphia with my 5th grade class. I remember the crack in the Liberty Bell,  I remember the Planetarium, and I remember that it really was where I fell in love with American history. 

As for me, I've taken kids on umpteen field trips as a homeschool mom and a few as a 5th/6th grade teacher.  I'm a firm believer in them and so is the principal of our little Christian school .  This year alone I chaperoned  a trip to the Meyerhoff for a concert, to the nursing home to sing to the residents, and ...

most recently as a parent chaperon I went with my husband and 7 other adults with our son's 6th grade class to New York City!!!  That was just this past weekend, so I'll be blogging our wonderful experience in that  electric place. 

In two days, we walked more than 15 miles. Someone tracked it on her fitness app.

Here's a sneak peak:  (when we were only about 459 steps into our trip)

2. What's something you're tired of seeing online?

Self-promoting people.  I am tired mainly of people promoting their own book all over Facebook.  Every other status is about their book.  I also don't like when people with a business or a band will not give it a rest.  It comes across as very self-serving and arrogant.  If I ever publish a book or start my own business, please remind me of this very thing.

3. June is the month for roses. Which of the following expressions would you say has most recently applied to your life-'everything's coming up roses', 'there's no rose without a thorn', 'came out smelling like a rose', or 'wearing rose-colored glasses'? 

No rose without a thorn.  The "rose" I received last week was the diagnosis that was the best of the possibilities: I have a labral tear in my right shoulder.  A tear in the labrum is not as bad as a rotator cuff tear nor frozen shoulder. In my case no surgery is needed at this time. But the "thorn" I got was a cortisone shot (ouch!) and the prescription to start physical therapy, which I know is going to hurt. 

4. When grilling outdoors do you prefer gas or charcoal? Who does the grilling at your house? What's the last thing you ate that was cooked on a grill?

Gas.  Who has time for charcoal?  My husband does 75% of the grilling.  Last thing I ate that was cooked on a grill was on Mother's Day at my son's house. I had a burger. 

5. Are you afraid of the dark?

No and yes.  Not afraid of the dark for sleeping (in fact, the only way I can fall deeply asleep is in the pitch black darkness).  But I get freaked out if I don't or  can't see a darn thing or I've not got a clue where I am. 

6. Share a favorite song with a number in its  title.

"76 Trombones"  takes me back to being on stage playing Amaryllis in "The Music Man" when I was 11 years old.

7. "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."(C.G. Jung). Do you agree? Why or why not?

Absolutely agree. In fact, my mom always has always said, "Suspicion of others comes from the knowledge of oneself."   Chances are, everything that irritates me in someone else is only because the tendency toward it in myself and wish it weren't there.   A few examples: impulsiveness, overtalking, sometimes being obtuse, selfishness, a take-charge attitude that borders on controlling, a "that's just the way I am and always will be" statement that sounds like justification for a character flaw when there is one that needs to be changed. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I took a picture of this placard at Ellis Island. What do you think of the "dilemma"?


Sally said...

Oh geez - in response to the "dilemma: I hate to say that I just shook my head and thought "Oh good grief, you mean even back THEN our government was messed up?"

I'm SO glad the MRI revealed a labral tear (not to be confused with the other!) - yes the cortisone shots hurt, but they really can help - and the physical therapy can be amazing... hope you heal fast, my friend! :-)

Denise said...

Praying that your therapy goes well.

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Terri D said...

Hello, and thanks for visiting my Hodgepodge today! I enjoyed learning about you, a bit, through your answers. The placard from Ellis Island is interesting, indeed. Too bad we don't have the same 'rules' today, actually. Admitting that you can work and support yourself, without mentioning that you already have a job...not really a fib. How fortunate, though, to have a job ready when you step off the boat!

Thanks again for visitng Your Friend From Florida!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Looking forward to the update on the NYC trip!

About the labral tear in your shoulder - I've had frozen shoulder, got the cortisone shot and went through all the PT. In about 4 months I had complete ability back in my shoulder, but not without a lot of work. One thing I wanted to pass along that my PT told me was that when you've done your exercise, (which is painful), if the pain doesn't subside within 20 minutes, you've done too much. That was good to tell someone like me who expects pain and otherwise would have no indication if I was doing too much. I've always been of the theory that more is better. Not necessarily so. (sorry it got so long.)

Hoping for a speedy recovery for you. This is no fun.

Mary said...

That placard is very interesting! I'm sure you were relieved when you got the news about your shoulder!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

76 Trombones is a great answer!!!
I've never been to NY, would love to go. I agree, I don't like the self promotions either. Hope your shoulder gets better....((HUGS)) Very interesting on that last photo?????

holli said...

Great news about your shoulder! Anytime no surgery is involved is a good thing. 76 trombones is a cool song that i rarely think of. Very interesting answer. I love NYC! I've been around 5 times but my husbands never been. I need to go back!

Susan Kane said...

You covered some many meaningful topics! Trip--getting ready as well. Field trips--taught 20 years, sooo many field trips.

You looked marvelous with your 'do!

Joyce said...

Once I wade through last week's HP posts I will come back and read about NYC. Looks like you had some nice weather!