Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Beachy Hodgepodge

I am joining Joyce this week with the Hodgepodge.  Head on over and do the same...c'mon you know you want to!!

1. What is a pet peeve you have when vacationing?
Most of my "vacationing" these days, since having kids and living far away from family members, consist of visiting them.  So my vacations are always wonderful.  So I guess as with any traveling, packing the correct and most efficient way and making sure you have you need.  I need everything in is place as a general rule in my life so packing just exacerbates this need.  So in general I have no problem with everyone else...just me :)  

2. Would you describe yourself as a light packer or do you need everything in your closet plus the kitchen sink?
So speaking of packing...I guess I have a weird take on this.  I feel that I over pack on certain things.  For instance I can live with one pair of pajamas, a couple pair of jeans, one nice outfit, and a few choice pieces of jewelry, but I need to have a large variety of shoes.   My son Andrew really over packs, but it never seems like it, as he has my knack for packing efficiently and can really use every nook and cranny of his suitcase.  

3. What's the best lesson a child ever taught you?
That every encounter with someone does matter.  It is our responsibly to make sure we do some good in this world everyday and that can be as small as genuinely caring for each other.  I think of all the students that my job has allowed me to influence and I really think about each encounter with them and try my best to make their lives better for it.   

4. Share one piece of advice you'd give a recent graduate as they attempt to enter the job market?
I think the lucky ones are people who find a job or career that they love.  However, I am a realist and realize that especially in today's job market that sometimes you just need to take what you can get.  But while you are doing what you have to do to earn money never lose sight of what you want to do and to try to make it happen for yourself.  Coming from someone who is lucky enough to be doing something I love, it is a true blessing.

5. What's your favorite lemon something?
Lemon bars hands down.  However, I have never made them...being that I am a pretty good cook I am surprised at that.  Anyone have a good recipe for lemon bars??

6. Flat sandal, wedge, heel...your favorite footwear?

There are certain styles that I see that I laugh hysterically at, but I usually haven't met a shoe I didn't like

7. What do you like best about a beach holiday? If you're not a beach lover (GASP!!) what do you dislike the least?
Oh, my...the amazing ocean.  Sitting by the ocean, watching the ocean, listening to the ocean, dipping my toes in the ocean.  Something so calming about that big beautiful ocean.

8. In Summary:
As luck would have it I live 15 minutes from the beach so my vacations can be more inland.  As luck would have it I am so lucky to have the job I have and learn from these kids everyday.  As luck would have it I love all sorts of foot wear and can know how to pack them well. 

More Later

- A Ro


  1. Must be so wonderful living that close to the beach! Enjoy your Wednesday!

  2. I'm not a huge beach lover, but we're going in a couple of weeks & I can't wait! Our vacations mostly consist of visiting our families too, so this will be a nice change. THEN we're going to visit our families :)

  3. I love the sea too, which is a distinct advantage seeing as though Britain is an island lol!

  4. I think we all agree today that the beach is an awesome place to be! We live about 1 hour away but don't go nearly as much as we should.

  5. I don't know if I would want to get much work done if I lived that close to the beach!

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  7. I'm trying to catch up a's slow going. I have an excellent recipe for lemon bars. Once I get back in gear I will email it to you.