Friday, March 28, 2014

Good Day Sunshine!

There isn't much I wouldn't do to soak up a little sunshine right now. But since I'll have to brave a grim 25 degree forecast, I'll have to settle for some virtual sunshine!  I was recently nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award (thank you Kristen Dembroski) and I'm so excited that this little blog of mine was able to bring a little sunshine to another teacher.  I've been feeling a little blah about blogging lately.  It just seems that I have so many ideas, projects and pictures that are blog-worthy, but absolutely no time at the end of the day to put them into a post.  I think Kristen's Sunshine Award is just the boost I needed to get my blogger groove back on.
So here's the deal...The Sunshine Blogger Award celebrates blogs that – of course – bring a ray of sunshine to the blog community. There are 4 parts to the Sunshine Blogger Award:1. Post 11 random facts about yourself2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you3. Nominate 11 bloggers who you think bring sunshine to the world4. Make up 11 questions for your nominees to answer

11 Random Facts about Me:

1- I have my best ideas while swimming laps.  The uninterrupted time in the pool allows my mind to run wild. If I could swim everyday I would. (Not an option with two little ones now!)

2- I eat chocolate chips nearly every morning.  This habit is pretty much the opposite of the rest of my healthy diet, but I find eating chocolate for breakfast seems to nix my sweet tooth for the remainder of the day.  (For more on my unusual breakfast habits see # 4)

3- My sister and I are both adopted from separate families.  People sometimes comment on how alike we look and we just smile and nod.  

4- In our house, we often start our day with techno music (also known in my house as "techno-breakfast").  It is hard to be grumpy or move slow with some good beats playing.  

5- Teaching has ALWAYS been my thing.  I used to play school (or should I say teacher) with neighborhood friends and would regularly assign homework.  They never actually did the homework, which prepared me nicely for dealing with my real students!

6- Hospitals and pretty much all medicine totally freak me out.  I really need to come to grips with this because at some point I'm going to have to face this fear.

7- I don't wash my husband's clothes.  This makes me sound like a terrible wife, but I really hate doing laundry.  I made sure this was in our vows :) 

8- Walking around (with no children) at IKEA is like therapy to me.  I sit down on a couch and relish in the beauty of each organized space.  Then I return home to reality where nothing is neat, organized or thoughtfully decorated.  

9- My DVR is packed with episodes of Person of Interest and Mysteries at the Museum.  I like how Person of Interest focuses on helping people without going overboard with blood and guts.   Mysteries at the Museum reminds me of a great teacher I had in college who told lengthy stories to help students remember historical events.

10- My husband and I have happy hour nearly every day at 5pm.  We stop everything, grab a drink and just talk.  It often only lasts about 15 minutes before our busy life takes back over, but it is just the break we need to relax and reconnect.  

11- I love to read, but I'm embarrassed to say that I seldom take the time to sit down with a book unless I'm on summer break.  By the way, 14 weeks until summer break....but who is counting? 

11 Questions from Kristen Dembroski
1. If you weren’t in the field of Education, which other job would you pursue?Nutrition.  I believe that food is medicine and would love to help people change their lives through wholesome food choices.
2. What is your dream vacation? My dream vacation would involve a 1-year leave of absence from my job, a large RV, my husband, two kids and all 50 states.  Lots of hiking, biking, swimming, snowboarding and sitting around a campfire.   3. What is the best book you’ve ever read?Tough call.  I'd have to say A Short Guide To a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen.  I've read it 100 times and  every time it reminds me to live the way I want to live.

4. What is the most dangerous or bravest thing you’ve ever done?Dangerous and brave really aren't my thing.  Skydiving maybe? 
5. If you had an extra $1,000, how would you spend it?  I have a little over that amount left on my student loans.  Paying them off would be a huge accomplishment.  However, I'd probably use the money to do something fun like travel.   No one ever said on their death bed "I wish I had paid off all those student loans a little sooner."
6. Rank these in order of importance: sleep, food, friends, technology, exercise Sleep, Friends, Exercise, Food, Technology…Now if only I could live by this!  I absolutely need to commit more time to sleep.
7. If you could time travel, which date would you visit?December 25, 2001- I'd like to see my dad just one more time before he passes.  
8. What is the farthest you’ve ever been away from home?I once chaperoned a 10 day school trip to Tianjin, China.  The trip was incredible, but it was exhausting traveling with students so far away from home.   
9. Describe yourself using only 3 words.Grateful, Creative, Industrious 
10. What do you miss most about being a kid?Never worrying.  The older I get the more I worry.  As a child I thought that there was only good in this world and with every passing day I hear more and more of other people's hardships.  I miss that feeling of thinking that nothing bad will ever happen!
11. What would be the hardest for you to give up for a month?It is a tie between my iphone and chocolate.  Both are pretty unnecessary in the grand scheme of things but totally addicting!

11 Bloggers Who Bring Sunshine to the World:

My Questions:
1.  What was your most embarrassing TEACHING moment ever?
2.  If you had an extra 1,000 dollars in your supply budget this year, what would you use it to buy?
3.  Describe a teaching strategy or management trick that works (or worked) in your classroom daily.
4.  What do you believe are three traits of a strong teacher?
5.  How would your most difficult student describe your teaching style?
6.  What do you think your next career will be?
7.  Describe the outfit (and/or include a picture) that you wear most frequently to school.
8.  What blog post are you most proud of?  Include a link!
9.  What advice do you have for new teacher bloggers?
10.  Give three reasons why you sell your original classroom lessons online.
11.  Complete this sentence.  Some people don't know it but I'm______________.
Spread the sunshine folks!  Wishing you all a happy spring.


  1. Your mornings are certainly more energetic than mine! Getting our two girls ready so we can all get out the door on time is so hectic! Luckily daycare feeds them breakfast before taking my oldest to school.

    I also don't do my husband's laundry. He's pretty tall and has a specific way that he likes to wash his clothes so they don't shrink. So it's a mutual agreement.

    Thanks for the nomination!

  2. Kate - you're never going to believe this, but I eat chocolate chips for breakfast every morning too! I tried putting them in the freezer, thinking that would make it harder for me. Turns out - nope! I like 'em frozen just fine, too! I also decided after reading this post that I want to start lap swimming - how wonderful!



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