Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Neighborly Hodge Podge

Welcome back for Wednesday Hodge Podge.   I don't know how she does it but Joyce at
From This Side of The Pond comes up with great questions week after week for us to answer.  Hop over to her blog and join in.  

1. In what way are you your own worst enemy?

I think I am way to hard on myself.  My expectations are a bit high when it comes to what I do & so I am often disappointed because I set unattainable goals.

2. Jacques Cousteau's birthday was Monday, June 11th...ever been scuba diving? Is that something you'd like to try? What's your favorite 'under the sea' creature?

I have not been scuba diving although I would like to try it.  I did not care for snorkeling... I don't like things being able to approach you and you not realize it because you can only see directly below you.

3. On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable are you in and around the water? (1=not at all, 10=very) Do you know how to swim and if so how and when did you learn?

I would say 5 or 6.  I really enjoy the water but I really don't know how to swim.  I can doggy paddle pretty well but that is about it.  I really want to learn to swim properly and I want my boys to learn how to swim.  I think it is invaluable.

4. What's something you do to motivate yourself to tick an item off your to-do list?

I say if I get things done on my to do list so I am basically caught up then I get to scrapbook or read for like 3o minutes.  Work then play.  

5. What makes a good neighbor? Are you a good neighbor?

Quiet People :)  No, not just quiet people.  I think people who are courteous and friendly but not overly.  Being in the military you often get to know your neighbors well but I don't think we have ever been really good friend with any of our neighbors.  Maybe part of that comes from the fact that people come and go so often.  I think I am an okay neighbor.  We are fairly quiet and friendly but I don't really know them or make a huge effort to get to know them better because generally I am busy and caught up in our stuff.

6. Who loads the dishwasher at your house? Is there a right way and a wrong way?

Primarily I load it and my husband loads it also.  We are training the littles to help.  They do help unload.  Wrong way?  I hesitate to say wrong but I would say the Mr. and I do it differently and I prefer my method :)

7. You know it's summer when_________________________.

I live in England I don't know if it is ever really "summer"   When you see people lounging all over the Stray maybe?  When I can stop wearing long sleeves everyday.  Sigh.  Can you tell I long for warm weather which we are not enjoying here.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I hosted a baby shower for someone today & it is fun to see how excited she is by this baby.  {It is her first}  I think that people often want to tell you all the horror stories they have about when they had their baby or things their kids have done.   Yes, there are those moments that are not great... moments where you think that bedtime cannot come fast enough.  Oh but those moments of joy are so FULL of greatness and there are far more good times than bad.  Find the joy folks!


  1. I'm with you on the first one for sure! I like your answer to what motivates you and Im glad the baby shower went well. :) There are definitely far more good times than bad!

  2. England. *sigh* We went to London in Oct. (during the heat wave!) & wished we had taken some shorts! I can't wait to be able to go back. You're living a dream!

  3. Loved your random thought about the baby shower and babies. Find the joy indeed.... and don't blink!

  4. Military families do have a unique challenge when it comes to getting to know your neighbors, don't we! Loved your comment about the first baby... there's really nothing like it, that nervous excitement and anticipation! have a wonderful day!

  5. I'm right there with you on #8! Having kids is a real blessing...IF you allow it to be! I wouldn't trade the past 20 years with my girls for anything in the world!

  6. Yep, it's one of my pet peeves to hear people saying how much trouble children are, or how glad they are when they go away/to school/etc. They are totally missing it!

  7. I spent 7 summers living in England. We often had our fireplace on in July. Babies are a wishes to the mom - to- be!

  8. I hope you get some warm weather soon!


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