Getting to know you Meme

Sheri Edwards challenged some of her PLN friends to reply to the Getting to Know You Meme, and like Theresa Allen, I’m game!

Here’s how this meme 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.

11 Random facts about me

  1. I grew up in Silicon Valley, and had summer jobs at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Brandt Electronics, Sun Microsystems, and at my dad’s doctor’s office.
  2. I pretty much have always known what I wanted, and figured out how to make it possible. For example, when I was in fourth grade, I signed myself up for AYSO soccer, and my parents found out about it when AYSO called to ask for payment.
  3. I love sushi; nonfat lattes; great salads; shrimp tacos; Pinkberry original yogurt with coconut flakes, blue berries, and kiwi as toppings; and I can’t refuse cut out cookies that reminds me of Mom’s.
  4. In three months of playing Candy Crush, I’m on Level 421, and I refuse to pay a cent.
  5. My all time favorite movies include, but are not limited to: Secondhand Lions; all three Bourne movies; the remake of The Thomas Crowne Affair; Something’s Gotta Give; Sixteen Candles; The English Patient; and Band of Brothers (the entire series).
  6. The two best dance scenes in movies go to Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder (cracks me up!) and Brandon Frasier in Blast From the Past (I so want to learn to swing dance!).
  7. I learned to snowboard in a day, and was on black diamonds on day two at Northstar.
  8. Twenty years ago, I would go camp in the snow just to wake up to carve fresh powder at Mammoth Mountain, my all-time favorite resort.

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  9. I got two tattoos 23 years ago. Originally they were a cross with a rose, but 23 years and 2 kids later, they are more like an arrow and some grapes.
  10. Two things outside of my two children that I find breathtaking: Puccini’s Turandot and Michelangelo’s St Peter’s Pieta.
  11. I don’t apologize for going into cyber hibernation now and then. After all, if my #1 mentor had no problem ditching his friends and the public eye to have some time to recharge; then I’m going to follow that without hesitation.

    Luke 6:12-19

    The Twelve Apostles

    12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

    Blessings and Woes

    17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

      • v. 12: need of solitude
      • v. 13: gather closest friends (an inner circle of friends)
      • v. 17-19: went out of His comfort zone, into the public eye, to serve them

Questions for me

  1. Q: When did you know what you wanted to do for a career? A: When I volunteered in a 1st grade classroom to teach them art appreciation, design, and history. I fell in love. Q: How did you discover that? A: Listen to story by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.
  2. Q: What are your top three favorite books of all time? A: My favorite fiction books are The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Joy Luck Club.
  3. Q: If you could only read one blogger next year, who would it be? A: Pass.
  4. Q: What advice do you have for educators today? A: Listen and learn from your students.
  5. Q: What is on your bucket list? A: Besides learning to Swing Dance; visiting Japan with my family; being a professor of education at Westmont College; deep sea fishing; kayaking with dolphins or whales; wine tasting in Italy with my husband; touring art in Europe with my family; and I’d like to play soccer again.
  6. Q: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? A: Japan.
  7. Q: What is your favorite quote? A: Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  8. Q: What song lyrics move you? A: Jimmy Buffett’s If you like Pina Coladas.
  9. Q: If you could sit with any 5 people dead or alive around your dinner table who would you choose and why? A: 1) My mom. I miss her. 2) Jesus Christ.  3) My husband and kids. They make me a better person.
  10. Q: What are your five favorite verbs? A: Am, Is, Are, and Will be. Love.
  11. Q: What six words sum up your philosophy [of life or of education]? A: Learn, humility, serve, love, and persevere.

11 bloggers I hand the meme baton to (in no particular order)

  1. Nancy Carroll
  2. Julie Hembree
  3. Joann Jacobs
  4. Melvina Kurashige
  5. Jon Castelhano
  6. Rodney Turner
  7. Sara Hunter
  8. Linda Yollis
  9. Kathleen Morris
  10. Denise Krebs
  11. Sue Wyatt

Questions for you

  1. What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
  2. What are a few of your bucket list items?
  3. Coffee or tea?
  4. Favorite books?
  5. Favorite movies?
  6. Favorite song lyrics?
  7. Favorite sports?
  8. What inspires you?
  9. Why did you decide to become an educator?
  10. What is the most rewarding thing about being an educator?
  11. What advice do you have for educators today?

Here’s how this works again

  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.

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