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Seriously????  A chain mail blog post?  This blogging thing has gotten way out of hand.

So I get this e-mail and tweet from my dear friend Tia and much to my horror, my name appears in the post.  I love Tia and Dean so I am going to suck it up and do it.  Thanks guys.

Tia wrote:

I was given an assignment to complete by fellow blogging friend, and amazing educator, Dean Shareski. You can read his challenge post here.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

Come have some fun and accept this challenge invitation to allow others to get to know you a bit better.

First things first, here are 11 Random Facts About Me:

1.  I hate Seinfeld.  There.  I said it.  It makes my skin crawl.  I have hated it since high school.

2.  I take my blog way too seriously.  In fact, so seriously I rarely blog.  Thanks Tia, for the much needed nudge.  (cough, cough)

3.   I have an odd sense of humour and can be really sarcastic.  My favourite movie is “Strictly Ballroom” (see #5 below).  I have to mindfully hold myself back from commenting on Twitter.  Lest I incriminate myself.

4.  I play the bassoon.  Seriously.  No, I’m not joking.

5.  I was sent to finishing school.  It didn’t work.  Clearly I’m not finished.  But- my grade 12 Chemistry teacher (who was a crusty old Welshman with a thick Gaelic accent) taught our grad class how to ballroom dance.  I haven’t stopped dancing since 🙂

6.  I don’t wear a wedding ring because I have really bad eczema on my hands that somehow appeared after my youngest was born.  I wish I had new hands, not a new husband.

7.  When I retire from teaching I will be doing development work in some capacity, hopefully training teachers.  So I wouldn’t really be retired…but I digress.

8.  I hate that I can’t figure out a way to combine my tech and paper worlds to stay organized.  It was so much easier with just paper. (But much less fun!)

9.  I collect people.

*ok, I had to go back and clarify this one…no, there isn’t a collection of random people sitting in a curio cabinet somewhere.  I love people and love to hear their stories.  Maybe I should say I really like learning about other people!

10.  I don’t drink coffee.  I am making a good attempt at drinking tea, but even that is a bust most days.  I’m lucky if I get to the bathroom during a teaching day, so adding tea seems like some kind of torture.

11.  I’m easily intimidated by powerful people and that bugs me.

Next up, I am to answer the following questions from Tia:

Questions for You:

1. What are your favourite and least favourite colours?

Aqua and purple.  I look awful in them when I wear them, but I don’t care.  They make me happy.  I have a secret love of forest green.  It’s deep.  Not a big fan of red.

2. What was your favourite subject / least favourite subject in school?

I had the most amazing English teacher in high school, so I’d have to say English Lit.  My least favourite subject was math, taught by my most favourite teacher, Mrs. McLeish who made me kinda like it…it’s complicated.

3. Where were you born?

Nova Scotia.  I was the Apple Blossom Festival baby.  My husband calls me a Newfie.

4. What was your lowest grade in your post-secondary classes? In what class?

I got an D in Spanish.  I think the prof was being kind.

5. What is the best characteristic you received from your mom?

Her work ethic and love of people.

6. What is your favourite childhood memory?

It’s hard to pick just one.  I have lots of memories of being with people that I loved.  I’ve done a lot of ridiculous things that I look back on and they make me giggle.  The best of which involve food or paint.

7. How old were you when you learned to swim?

I learned to swim at a very young age but I never learned to do the head down front crawl because I kept choking on my long hair when I turned my head to breathe.  You’d think somebody would have given that kid an elastic.

8. Is Disneyland really the Happiest Place on Earth?

Not for me.  And chances are, not for the characters walking around in 100 degree heat.  I’d imagine it would be kinda sweaty hanging out inside goofy’s head.

9. What’s your favourite video you’ve watched recently on social media?

Kid President’s 20 Things We Should Say More Often

10. If you could plan it, what would your last meal consist of?

A croissant.  A real one, all buttery and flaky-not some gluten-free imposter.

11. What makes you happiest?

A.  Being with my family

B.  Teaching

C.  Sitting by myself next to the water at twilight.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

Questions for You:

1.  If you weren’t in education, what would you do instead?

2.  Pencil or pen?

3.  Last book you read?

4.  Guilty pleasure?

5.  Has tech made your life easier or harder?

6.  If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

7.  What is your favourite blog to read?

8.  Share something funny.

9.  Would you ever wear orange pants?

10.  What is one thing you hope to do in the future?

11.  Favourite thing to do on a Friday night?


Come have some fun and accept this challenge invitation to allow others to get to know you a bit better.


1.  Bill Ferriter

2.  Kristen Goggin

3.  Trish Uppal

4.  Anne Marie Middleton

5.  Kevin Amboe

6.  Lisa Domeier de Suarez

7.  Tam Manery

8.  Vanessa Oliver-c’mon, make that blog

9.  Brianne Kolestos-time to get your blog on!

10.  Victoria Olson (the Victoria Olson)

11.  Sarah Dalzell

11b. You. (this includes all the people I didn’t name because I figured they thought  they were too cool to do this as well as those I never even thought, which could be you. Either way, I’ll read what you write) (Thanks Dean, I stole that off your blog)

Here’s how it works:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

Post back here with a link after you write this. Go on, you have homework to do.

You can thank me later.




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    • Well, I guess that’s a deal breaker, Dean. It’s been a good run.

      Ah, who am I kidding? I will always love you. Every hero has a fatal flaw. I just happen to have a visceral reaction to yours.

      As always, I admire your forthright nature. 🙂


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