the hodgepodge

1. My sister earned her Master's Degree this past weekend...what's something you've 'mastered' in recent weeks or months?
I think it's safe to say I mastered the art of sleeping "comfortably" on a bus with 30 highschoolers for 2 days. You should all be impressed.
2. What song most reminds you of your childhood?
My mom sang this song all the time to my sister and I. It's from the Hide Em in Your Heart series, which we had on cassette tape. Along with the Wee Sing Bible Songs, they remind me so much a my childhood, and church plays, and singing in the choir and Sunday school. I think they are great for memorizing bible verses- I still remember them to this day. 
3. What do you think about single gender groups and/or events? Should every group/event be open to both genders? If not, what sort of exceptions do you think are appropriate?
Ugh this is such an annoying subject. There is no blanket yes or no answer but my thoughts went first to the middle/high school years. I don't think it's necessary to have single gender schools or classes, unless that's you're personal preference. But when it comes to smaller groups, and things like sports teams, I just don't see why everyone get's so worked up with a little division. Boys and girls are different. It's just a fact. We are made different and those differences are what make us unique and beautiful. We think differently, feel differently, and we look at every. single. solitary piece. of life differently. At camp we have "cabin time" where we go a little deeper and unpack the message that we heard from the camp speaker. Obviously boys and girls are in separate cabins. I just crack up when I learn that on the same night the girls in our cabin are crying and sharing and crying some more, the boys in their cabin say maybe 17 words total.

Also, Boy Scouts is for boys. Girls Scouts is for girls. And don't even get me started on girls and boys on the same wrestling team. It's just awkward and wrong. Deal with it.

4. What's your favorite spice? Your favorite dish containing your favorite spice?
Cinnamon. Baked cinnamon apples. Or Chili. In a big steaming bowl of chili with meat and beans and melty cheese on top.  I think I'm ready for fall now.

5. Chevron patterns are everywhere! Do you like it or think its just a little too much? Do you own anything 'chevron'?
I think it's a fun pattern but it's just waayyy too trendy for me to get on board. People will probably hate me for this but I think it's gone too far. It truly is everywhere, on the walls and floors of people's houses, on pants, and tote bags, and picture frames. I'm pretty sure it's not going to last forever and then what are you going to do when you're sick and tired of the blue and white hall bath?
6. What's something you disliked as a child, but can fully appreciate now?
Home depot. It smelled weird, it always took "forever" to find whatever we needed, and it usually meant there would be some sort of home or garden project when we were finished shopping.

7. What can irritate you very quickly?
Negative Nancys.  At camp we hiked up a huge mountain with 400 high school kids... about 10 minutes in I was already sick of the "how long is this going to take," "when do we get lunch," "can I sit at the bottom and wait," "why are you making us do this," crap. I'm not saying the hike wasn't hard. In fact, it was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done. The mountain was a great equalizer and everyone, from the athletes to couch potatoes, was wheezing and panting. And I'm not saying I didn't want to sit down and cry when I turned the corner expecting to see the summit and instead saw the trail continue out of sight. But at some point you just got to shut up and suck it up. In the end, like I promised every kid I passed sitting on the side of the trail, the peak was so very worth it. It always is.
8. Insert a random thought....
Does anyone else now think of this Geico commercial every Wednesday? Happy hump day!

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  1. Totally with you about trendy things. If you embrace the new, latest and greatest trend, you end up with a too many out-dated pieces of clothing or old-looking decor pretty quickly.

  2. I love that song! I see the "peak was well worth the hike. Just beautiful.

  3. The chevron picture makes me dizzy. My dress is cute though : ) I can't imagine Daddy going for chevron on a wall or floor, so we're safe here : ) It's always fun to read your answers and see the things you remember from childhood and your take on them. I'm still not a big fan of Home Depot.

  4. I just noticed on twitter that the White House tweet this morning was of a camel, with the caption "Know what day is it?" Somebody there has a sense of humor! ha

  5. The commercial is awesome! I agree with your #7 I have complained a many of hikes and been glad in the end....but kids are lazier today and don't always appreciate what is in front of them. My daughter many years ago when visiting the Grand Canyon said how much longer do we have to look at this big ditch! She regrets it now.... hope you are having a wonderful summer!

  6. oh my word - that clip of the song was a blast from the past! hah! my mom used to play that tape for me and my brother all the time, and i probably still remember 80% of the songs.


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