Thursday, August 6, 2009

Getting to know me...for Lynnette's blog

Okay, I'm REALLY not good at this. When I go into an interview, the question I dread the most is "Tell me about yourself." But, I'll give it a try...

1. I am an only child. I always wanted to have a brother or sister when I was growing up, so I totally don't get some of the things my kids say and do to each other. I'm just praying that someday they will appreciate their siblings. Other people have assured me that this will happen.
2. My husband and I have been married for 13 years. In that time, we have lived in 8 different houses. That's an average of less than two years in each house...I have boxes that we have moved at least 3 times and never unpacked.
My goal is to stay in this house for at least 3 years and break the cycle...We'll see.

3. I am a reader. But, I have to be very careful to limit myself. Once I get started on a good book, I can't put it down. If I'm not reading it, I'm thinking about it. So, I don't read during the school year (for pleasure anyway). I read the first three Twilight books in about 24 hours each and the entire series in just over a week.
My oldest daughter inherited this reading gene from me (along with the gene for keeping everything neat and organized-or not).
4. This is my 9th year to teach. I change grades and school as much as I change houses. I taught one year of second grade, two years of first grade, two years of kindergarten, and three years of PreK so far. Last year was the first time I taught the same grade 3 years in a row. This will be only the second time ever that I will be teaching the same grade in the same school for two years in a row.

5. Even with all that change, some things do stay the same. The pants I am wearing today I have had for 8 years (although I have retired them from being seen in public now). They are super comfy and I love them.6. I have a love/hate relationship with storms. I am terrified of tornados and used to have nightmares regularly about them. But, I love to look at pictures of them. I think they are really kind of pretty (if you ignore the fact that they are very dangerous). I judge the severity of a coming storm by which weather guy is on at the moment. I know that if certain ones are there, I am in no immediate danger. However, if Gary England is on, you know things are going to be serious...My husband finds a lot of humor in my theory about this.

7. I am terrified of spiders, even little tiny ones.

8. I love my job as a teacher (most days), but my dream is to someday be a nurse. When my kids aren't so little and can handle me going back to school, I hope to have a chance to make it happen.

9. I have issues with my feet, always have. I don't like socks, but I wear them when I have to. If my socks get out of place, I have to immediately stop and and fix it, even to the point of pulling my car over when I'm driving. I can't stand it! I also can't stand to see someone else wearing their socks wrong, so I can't watch when my kids put on their own socks. A favorite game at my house is for someone to come by and tug on the toe of my sock. Makes me crazy! If not that, then someone will come over just to show me that their socks are on wrong.

10. I am a planner and a list maker, but not necessarily a "doer". I constantly have a list of things I need to do for the day. I even go so far as to "schedule" my day, hoping that it will motivate me to get things done. It doesn't work. I always get distracted or things take longer than I planned. I've always said that I would love to write curriculum for teachers because I can come up with some really great lesson plans. The part where I fall short is in the preparation. I purposely put writing this post at the top of my to do list for today so that I didn't have to feel guilty about it :)

Hooray, I did it! Now, you do your and link up with Lynnette so everyone can get to know you better too!


Trennia said...

visiting from Lynnette's blog just wanted to say Hi glad to met you.

The Surrendered Scribe said...

I'm glad I found you through Lynnette. You have a beautiful family!

Lynnette Kraft said...

You're funny. :) You have a sock thing, that's cute. I can understand that one a little bit. I hate wearing socks in the warm weather, but love cozy socks in the cold weather. They have to have elastic just so, not be too long, etc. I like that you family pulls at the toe to frustrate you. ha ha!

I love 'list people'. I make lists on my hands. I call my hand my Palm Pilot (remember those). Works great, except I have to remake the list as washing fades the words. ha.

It was fun popping by. Your list was a blast to read. It's so much fun getting to know all my blogging chums better.

Have a great week friend,

Michelle said...

I'm finally getting around to more front porch blogs and I made it here to your house! I loved your socks issue. We have to turn our daughter's socks inside out (maybe a story I'll relate on my blog someday). I think we have the same book shelves in our house. And teachers being nurses?? We've had a teacher work for us after she became a nurse, and a nurse work for us while she was going to school to be a teacher! I think they must be in the same profession some how.
Thanks for joining us on the front porch!
Michelle in sunny/rainy WA