Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Volume 218

1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

I was in the seventh grade in an American high school overseas when my father retired from the Army and we moved to England.  I spent the next three years wearing a school uniform - looking back, it was great not to have to worry about what to wear every day but at the time, I wasn't crazy about wearing it.  I was certainly glad they got rid of the hat the year before I started school.  We wore a blue skirt, blue blouse, school tie, and a cardigan, V-neck pullover or blazer.  The PE uniform was the worst - microscopic little pleated skirts (remember, this is England September through May which is, for the most part, cold, wet, and windy) and a polo shirt in either yellow, red, or blue (depending on what "house" you belonged to - yes, think Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, etc., although ours were called Wyre, Bailey and the third one that I can't rememeber!).

2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?

I recycle - Washingtonians are quite zealous about recycling and we have bins for what seems like everything.

3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous...your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for?

We're grain-free right now which was a huge adjustment for my husband.  He's from the Philippines and had a three meals a day with rice habit for ages.  I couldn't believe that he could go without rice for 30 days when we started on the Whole 30 plan but he did and after the 30 days, we didn't really add rice back into our diet.  That being said, we LOVE Chinese food, so fried rice would definitely be our choice.

4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

The best job ever...that's tough.  Every job has its ups and downs.  Can one really have the best.job.ever?  I think Queen Elizabeth II is a strong contender for this category - I mean, to be Queen is a pretty special job.  It hasn't been without its trials and tribulations but I think she's amazing to have come through 90 years and still be so dignified and dutiful.  She grew up in an era when there were standards and values, a lifestyle from which she hasn't deviated and honestly, where would the British tourist industry be without the Queen?

5. What's a situation in your life currently requiring patience?

It has to be dealing with my husband's schedule.  His frequent absences from home, his long hours when he's not traveling.  I just have to be patient and know that our time will day.

6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.

Not really, occasionally there will be something that occurs only on a certain day of the week but I've learned to be pretty flexible.

7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what 'R word' best describes your April?

Rushed - I mean, really, where has April gone?

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Loved my trip to IKEA with my Ladies of Leisure yesterday but I just can't imagine how they are making any money when they offer breakfast like this:


  1. I said rushed about April too. Too fast!

  2. This whole year has got its speed on. Next thing we know it will be Christmas.....

  3. Those are some cheap prices for breakfast, considering the high cost of food, these days!
    April has gone by in a hurry, even under my circumstances.

  4. We're big recyclers here too. I'm always surprised to hear some states don't make it easy. Ours gets picked up at the curb once a week, and we almost always have more recycling than rubbish. April has flown by here too, and I suspect May will be the same. Enjoy your day!

  5. Really enjoying these Wednesday posts, Pamela - such an interesting selection of questions and answers. Well done on getting (almost) to the end of the A to Z challenge - has it been hard work to keep up?

    1. I had such wonderful plans to get all the posts written and scheduled during the last week of March but you know what they say about the best laid plans! Sunday was a free day so I ended up scrambling to get a week's worth of posts ready each Sunday and it was quite hard because there always seemed to be a few selections for each letter of the alphabet that looked interesting. I did quite a bit of research and learned a lot about Washington myself. Can't wait to do more exploring!