A Routine Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why? 
It would have to be a very clean lake, like a pool. J

2. What's your favorite 'fruity' drink? 
I do enjoy a good daiquiri! Or Pina Colada!

3. I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simply your life. They were-
clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead

Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month?
I’m all about routine. It keeps me focused and keeps me from wasting time. That hasn’t been working so well for me so far this summer break; it would help if I would actually get a schedule!

4. What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school? 

A couple of weeks after graduating, I began my college adventure. The university was switching from the quarter system to semester, so they had a special program for freshman. It was the perfect segue into college life.

5. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what's a favorite? 
I’ve never listened to a podcast. Weird, huh?

6. Do you think today's fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?
I think it’s just different. It’s common to have moms working full time, so dads aren’t the only breadwinner of the family, so I would think that would make it a little easier. BUT, with all of the stress on extra-curricular activities, there’s a huge demand on their time.

7. Tell us one way you're like your father? Or not at all like your father if that's easier?
This is going to sound weird (so get ready!), but my thick wrists and “man hands” are like his. Daddy & I both like routine and we’re both stubborn. Yeah, I think that pretty much sums it up!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Since it’s summer break, I get asked just about every day what I did that day. One of my sisters came by the other day, and she asked what I do all day. So, here’s a breakdown of what my day may be like:
Morning prayers followed by reading the Daily Readings for Mass.
I check my emails (which includes reflections on the readings), and do a quick look over of FB (If I have time)
On MWF, I meet Daddy at church for the Rosary and Daily Mass. On Tues/Thurs I sleep in a bit and go to Mass at noon. 
After Mass, I’ll either go to Panera with the old people (love this time to sit & chat with them!), or run errands, or just go home.
 I may write a blogpost or start reading some blogs, depending on how distracted I get!
I’ve been working on things to put in my online teacher store. I have a couple more things I want to finish, and then I’ll take a break from that. I’ve also done a day’s worth of professional development (we have to have 12 hours so we can have a couple of extra days off during the year).
I’ve done some house cleaning, and some sitting on the back porch and watching/listening to the birds.
To summarize: Mass, coffee, work, blogging, cleaning, and enjoying the birds.


  1. So many of us start out with good intentions to follow a daily routine. We probably have many calendars around here somewhere where I scheduled things in for January and never followed through. For us it seems best just to write a "to do" list on a 3x5 card and cross out each item one by one.

  2. I like watching birds, too. It is something that our children, especially our youngest son, enjoyed doing. He's a Marine now and has probably seen birds that I haven't even heard of. :)

    I don't think it is weird that you have your daddy's hands. I think it is sweet that you have a part of you that points so clearly to your daddy for you.

    Have a blessed day!

  3. Sounds like your summer break is going pretty well, Mary...ENJOY IT! I'm with you on a pina colada, except mine will be virgin. So good! I've never listened to a podcast, either...you are not alone.

  4. I think teachers and those working with children, along with all the bureaucracy on top of that, get so run down by the end of the school year. It's good to take time to rest and recharge over the summer. Daughter2 wrote about making herself rest on her blog yesterday. I think teachers are do-ers, and rest is sometimes a challenge. Enjoy the birds!

  5. Stopping by from the Hodge Podge. I don't listen to podcasts either but we do take time to listen to the birds. We have so many outside and it is never quiet when we are out. My son can identify many of them from their singing! Enjoy your day!

  6. A pool does sound better than a lake! I'm not very good at routine but I definitely want to start one. Way to go on attending college. Not weird, I've never listened either. I've never liked talk radio either. I think it is so awesome that you spend so much time with you dad going to Mass. I'm in Florida with my dad right now....

  7. I like how you spend your summer days :)

    I listened to podcasts when I was exercising; good way to have the time go by faster :)

  8. I'm with you on just staying out of lakes. I think your days sound wonderful and especially that you get such quality time with your dad!! Joyce gave us yet another fun Hodgepodge!!

  9. I am with you on the lakes...especially after hearing about the Orlando incident with the year old. If I can't see the bottom....I am not going in.

  10. You probably need the randomness of summer. Rest. (My non-teaching friends envy that.) You crack me up on #1. Keep taking it slow this summer! It is a gift you give yourself.


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