Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge {Vol. XVI}

1. What's your biggest 'first world' problem?

Auto Correct. It is the bane of my existence but I refuse to deactivate it on my phone because of the rare chance that I actually need it to correct something. But, why on Earth does it correct my correct words but not my incorrect words? Do I spell some words so bad that even auto correct has no alternatives for spelling? I have had some auto correct fails so bad they belong on some of those auto correct fail sites. 

2.  Each year Time Magazine names a 'Person of the Year', someone who has 'for better or worse...done the most to influence the events of the year.' It was recently announced they've named Angela Merkel Person of the Year for 2015. You can read more about this year's selection here. Your thoughts? If you were in charge, who would you declare Person of the Year? 

I don't know much about her to have an opinion. If I were to name the Person of the Year it would be the United States Armed Forces. To me, they don't get the recognition they deserve for what they do. 

3. Do you have a nativity set in your home? If so share it's history and how you display the pieces.

I do not have it here in North Carolina. I had one in Virginia and I'm hoping it is still packed up but I am very doubtful it's still there. A lot of my things are missing. The one I had was a Precious Moments Nativity Scene and was set up every year since I was a little girl. When I moved out, my mom gave it to me. 

It was similar to this one. But not quite the same. 
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{Photo Credit}

4.  Do you make an extra effort to give back in some way during the holiday season? How do you encourage those who need encouragement this time of year?

I try to make an effort all year to give back in some way. We do donate to the Salvation Army red buckets during the season. We also did a couple Random Acts of Kindness this year which included helping a "stranded" motorist (she and her mother ran out of gas right in front of the gas station) and paying for a man's lunch in McDonald's (among other deeds). But we always try to be helpful and give back all year. 

5. Who is your favorite person to shop for? Why?

My kids because kid things are so cute and fun. Although halfway shopping for this army of humans I created I get frustrated. 

6. What's the last delicious thing you ate?

A piece of Mint Brownie Pie from O'Charley's last night. Totally not healthy and totally full of gluten, but it will so be worth the rotten feeling I will get afterwards...

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7. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is________________.

Through kindness. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am so proud of the progress CJ has made doing the Build and Grow clinics at Lowe's and the Kids Workshops at Home Depot. When we first began doing them in September, he would just watch me build his craft for him. As time went on, he would allow me to hold the hammer in his hand as he did it. This past weekend, he did the hammering all by himself and all he needed me to do was hold the pieces in place or start the nail in so he could finish it. We had done some of these workshops in the past with the other kids but it was a sporadic thing. When we started back in September, I vowed that we would do them all each month as long as we weren't sick, etc so that they would improve on their skills and such. They have all come a long way. 

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