Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hodgepodge Time

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1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?

I'm proud of my husband.
He's hot.
And really smart.

Maybe too smart.

He's really good at flying airplanes.
And at being a Daddy.
And a husband.

He always asks me how he managed to trick me into marrying him, but the truth is that I think I tricked him and I can't imagine my life without him.

(Well, technically I guess I've had 5 months, 1 week, and 1 day to imagine it.
And let me tell you, it's no good.) 

What keeps me humble?
Making pancakes.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

The other thing that keeps me humble is when Joyce asks questions about cooking and cleaning.

The more appropriate question would be where isn't the catch-all. 

Homeschooling stuff has taken over the dining room table, mail/coupons/papers are usually on the kitchen counters, and toys are...everywhere.

I also like to keep some crumbs on the floor. They keep the dust-bunnies company.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?

I'm the only person in the world who wasn't that impressed with Yellowstone.
The highlight for me was the s'mores we had at the campfire.
I can't pick a favorite of something I'm not that excited about. It's like asking me what's my favorite kind of lettuce.

4. How would you define honor?

This is too deep.
I'm feeling shallow.

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?

Angel's is too healthy. If I'm having cake, I want cake.

This reminds me, yesterday Alex was doing her math while I drank coffee in a booth at McDonald's.
She is adding two 3-digit numbers now, and one of the answers was 666.
It just tickled her fancy that all three numbers were the same. So she repeatedly yelled out Look Mom! 666!
666! They're all the same! 666!

She'd probably pick Devil's food, too.

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

We've been home for three weeks now from our road trip to Michigan. It was 13 hours one way, and since it was just me and the kids, we stopped for the night at the half-way point.
I definitely prefer to just get where we're going. Whenever I see people's pictures at the state line signs, I always thing that's neat, and then I think there's no way I'd be getting everyone out of car seats, etc. for a picture.
I'm kind of lame.
But the kids are definitely road warriors. We can make a 6-7 hour drive with only two 15-minute stops.

Snack of choice for me is candy.
Sour Patch Kids, to be specific.
But Nerds will do in a pinch.
Or a great big lollipop.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes.
The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?

I did read that story when it was in the news. 
I thought the lunch the parent made sounded just fine, and the inspector didn't do the kid any favors by serving up some chicken nuggets.
Glad they weren't at Alex's school when I threw together a lunch on a day that we really needed to get groceries.

One thing to consider about this story is that the class was a "More at Four", which is a special program for at-risk kids from low income families, in which there is likely more regulation and a focus on educating families on healthy habits.

I have, on occasion, wished that it was okay to give unsolicited health advice to strangers. Like when I see babies sucking down orange soda in a bottle.
It makes me cringe.

 8. Insert your own random thought here.

 23 weekends down.
4 or 5 to go.

If you've seen the news lately, you know that things have heated up in that region. Say a prayer for our troops! 


Joyce said...

You're so close! I guess maybe it doesn't feel close. Kinda like when you're pregnant and people shout cheerfully-only one more month : )

I hope its 4 not 5

April said...

You know, Yellowstone is one national park I've always wanted to visit. It's definitely on my "must see" list! Hope the next 4 or 5 weekends go by lickety split!

Sandy said...

when i saw the news this morning i thought about josh...and you! i sure wish they would send those boys and girls home sooner rather than later!!!

Mama Hen said...

Pancakes! Funny!
I am with you on Yellowstone, but then that may be because it looks too much like where I live, so not special. Now, some of the Parks are spectacularly glorious!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

I love it when other people don't like camping either. Thanks Erin.

Laura said...

ahh...yellowstone. our kids were such babies then! my "new" baby is now the age Reese was when we went.
I hope the next few weeks go by fast for you, friend!!