Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Love's Labour's Lost: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?
It hasn't happened yet.  This Saturday is the opening game for the University of Alabama football team.  Roll Tide!
Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st.  What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least?
The job I loved the most was when I taught preschool at a local Christian school.  The job I liked the least is a toss up between the summer I worked for a fast food restaurant in Piedmont, Alabama, and my four year stint as a secretary.
Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?
The school year starts the middle of August here.  I think it should start after Labor Day and Fall Break should be eliminated.  I heard a radio show make a great point;  if the schools really need to save money, why are they starting school when it's still 100 degrees outside and they have to run the A/C full blast all day?  Why don't they start in September when it's starting to get cooler?  That's how we did it and we turned out OK.
What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'?
Nothing recently.  I've been ill.  :(
Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.'
Not any of them, really.  I've been fighting illness, so I have been able to get much work done at all.  The rest of this week, I hope to catch up on the work I been too sick to complete.
Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?
I've never eaten either one to know what I like.  The seafood salads I've eaten have fake crab meat in them, so that doesn't count.
Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work.'
I'd say "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."  Or, to put it as Chris Powell from Extreme Weight Loss, "the more you want something, the more life will test you."  My main rule for work is "Get 'er done!"  Distraction can kick in, I'm off on a rabbit trail, and, oops, something doesn't get done.  That, along with its cousin, "Don't fiddle fart around."
Insert your own random thought here.
During our hiatus from the Hodgepodge, I contracted a horrible sinus infection.  I've been out of it for almost three weeks.  Today is the first day I've been able to actually stay up all day.  So, I've got a lot to catch up on before I can have a decent random thought to write.


  1. Hope you're feeling better soon! Go VOLS : )

    1. I am, Joyce, thank you. Roll Tide!! & Go (JSU) Gamecocks!!

  2. Shannon, I SO hope you continue to recover!!! I've read and prayed about your illness--so sorry!!! I like your thoughts, especially on the school start days. Thank God for a voice of reason on this!!! I NEVER understood it. Now it's the time. I saw an interview with a teen who has his first class at 7:25. That's RIDICULOUS!!! What about students with long commutes??? Do they have to get up before 5 a.m. just because the classes MUST be done in time for exhaustively long sport practices??? We wonder why kids aren't keeping up with kids in other countries. Let them sleep, focus on academics, and keep the damned sports to a minimum.

    1. I don't think that the early start times have anything to do with sports. I think it's school board members just throwing darts at a clock and whatever time they hit, they pick. Now, starting school before Labor Day is just plain stupid. Another thing, it's amazing how they keep saying that the US can't keep up academically with other countries, yet we are the ones who come up with life changing innovations or medical discoveries. Hmmm...

  3. Good point. My friend, my husband, and I think they should do AWAY with the DOE---education type. Like you said, darts at a clock. Are we educating, or are we just keeping the chairs warm for a certain number of hours? So MUCH corruption!!! Yes, we DO amazing things; however, I fear that's changing.

    1. As long as there are private schools, home school parents, and parents who take a proactive role in their child's education in public schools, there is always hope.