12/19/2012

Last Wednesday Hodgepodge of 2012


Wow.  The last Hodgepodge of the year!  Joyce is taking next week off for family time; I'm sure she's not the only one!

1. How will you spend 'the night before Christmas'?
In the Danish tradition, we always have a late, big dinner.  Even though the boys are grown, they still beg to open at least one present after dinner.  Then, Midnight Mass.

2.  What is one thing you are not?
A snob.


3.  Fudge-are you a fan?  Your favorite flavor?
 I love fudge!  Over Thanksgiving, YS went into this little sweet shop and bought some fudge.  I had a little taste of  amaretto...Delicious!  I can honestly say that I haven't eaten a fudge I didn't like! 

4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December?  Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls? Are you giving any homemade gifts this year?
If there are any in the area, I don't know about them.

5. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering?
The kind where we get together to talk, drink, and eat.  No pressure with gifts.

6.  We're approaching a new year...what's going to be different in 2013?
Well, MS will begin his senior year in college and YS will begin his college career.  It's going to be very quiet around the house.

7. Share a favorite scripture, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to peace.
"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We had  a lockdown drill at school yesterday.  It really, really bothered me.  I sat in my room (I didn't have students at the time) and prayed for Newtown, and thought about what I would do.  I have no cabinets or closets in my room.  I think what would save me is that I'm off by myself, and most people don't know where I am, or that the room is even there.
After one of my sessions, I was walking a group to P.E. (the gym is not attached to the school)  Someone had propped the door open with a book, and then gone to take a walk during a free period.  I took the book out, and suggested to Ms. Principal that we be reminded not to prop the door open.   I'm guilty of propping it open if I have to run out to my car real quick, but it's only for a couple of minutes.  I'd really hesitate to do that now.  The thing that gets me is that the person who did it should know better, plus I had even told her not to do it earlier in the year (or maybe it was last year) because of safety. I don't think she was too happy with me, but...REALLY?

14 comments:

  1. The events of last week leave everyone looking at their life from a new perspective. My daughter works in a daycare, and I spent Friday night on the phone with her, going over exit routes out of the building and emergency preparedness.

    On a happier note, I think I've mentioned before how much I love the look of your blog. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Propping the door in this day and age is a huge no-no. I think you were right to say something.

    I hope you and your family have a happy Christmas-2013 will be a big year for you~Enjoy!

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  3. My students were talking more about it yesterday than on Monday. I imagine we will be having some seriously drill when we return to school in January. Love the quote-and yes for this world to change, some things must begin with us.

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  4. Hugs and prayers. Stopping by from the linky. Merry Christmas!

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  5. In the last school where I taught the students often propped the door open if they ran out to their car--both of which they were not supposed to be doing. They complained that they were "locked in" and somehow couldn't grasp the fact that they were not locked in but that others were locked out unless they went to the front door and rang the bell. It's hard to get that concept across even to older student.

    As for Christmas Eve, the five of us in our convent have a tradition of going out to lunch together--something we usually don't have time to do. Then in the evening we go to Mass at the motherhouse and stay for refreshments.

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  6. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Enjoy the family and wishing you many blessings.

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  7. It is a time for everyone one to review important issues. Being safe is an issue not matter where or when or who you are. Have a safe and marry Christmas.

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  8. May you have a merry christmas!

    Strange how with world events, good or bad, they have such a hold on our mindset and perspectives.

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  9. We have had active shooter drills at the university where I work. It's a bit unnerving to think about but I think my office is in a good location if there is such a thing at a time like that. I agree, that person definitely doesn't need to be propping doors open.

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  10. We have had active shooter drills at the university where I work. It's a bit unnerving to think about but I think my office is in a good location if there is such a thing at a time like that. I agree, that person definitely doesn't need to be propping doors open.

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  11. We won't be having a lockdown drill again until after the first of the year but we were provided with a SRO this week. He's been providing us with valuable ideas. Our high school and middle schools have full time SROs but we don't in elementary schools. After having one this week, I'm all for having one full time. I felt so much better. My lab is wide open- we're sitting ducks in there so he came up with a great plan for when I have kids in there. Shame we have to think about things like this. He also informed us that the police department got wind that the press was going to go around and test some of the schools in the area. Really? Those jerks will do anything for a story.

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  12. Lockdown drills - good idea.

    "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." Good song. I believe our only real peace is in Jesus.

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  13. I like the verse you picked. If I'm not mistaken I believe the guy who did the shooting in Colorado had put something in the door so he could return to the theatre. You were right in mentioning it.
    It's sad that things have to be that way. I remember us never locking the doors at our house growing up. Things have really changed. Sounds like a lovely Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas!

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  14. We will be having a drill when we return in January, and I'm a bit nervous as well. Cannot believe your youngest will be in college next year!!! Time is flying!

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