Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunshine Response

Thank you Leigh Ann for considering my blog. Part of my goal is to continue to write more and this is a nudge in that direction.

11 Tidbits 
1. I am a native Floridian.
2. Two of the bookshelves in my house that I built are as tall and wide as I can reach and totally overflowing
3. I live a charmed life.
4. I love to dance.  
5. I love\collect Fiestaware and would love to visit the factory.
6. I often describe myself as a 14 year old which is why I think freshman are my favorite students to teach.
7. I know you cannot thrive without hope.
8. I am part mermaid which is why I must plunge into a body of water more often than most.
9. I am a Knighted-Gator. I coined the term after I earned my doctorate at UCF after having earned my bachelors' and masters' at UF.
10. I also describe myself as a bionic-zombie as I have an artificial pancreas aka my insulin pump and a cadaver tendon for my ACL.
11. Love reading, but working on better myself as a writer.

My 11 Questions

1.  What is the best gift you have ever given?  A family trip to Alaska. It took me a little while to pay for it, but the memories are a gift I carry when times are hard.

2.  What is the one thing you would change about yourself?  I would make myself a little more selfish about my time so that I could better self-care with exercise and nutrition to manage my chronic disease. I try to work on this every day.

3.  Which teacher had the biggest influence on you and why?   I have been blessed by many amazing teachers. It is hard to choose, but my most influential teacher is my daughter.

4.  What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now? I still see myself in the field of education perhaps working full-time at a college in a teacher education program.

5.  What is your most favorite teaching moment?  If not a teacher, family moment?
The arrival of the book fairies. Our ELA/reading team did it during homecoming for Out of this World day. I was amazed by the students' reactions, especially by the reaction of the IND students. 

6.  Hot drink or cold drink?  I love hot, but in Florida more often than not need the icy icy coolness of a cold drink.

7.  What are you passionate about? Life  

8.  What are you reading currently? Have finished several in the past few days of vacay but am currently reading a YA book, Gorgeous by Paul Rudnik and The Inventor by .

9.  Which season do you like the best and why? Summer- I love spring hopping and exploring new springs to jump in and cool off.

10.  Did you have a favorite outfit as a kid and what did it look like? Not that I remember! Though my mother loved to buy fancy matching holiday dresses for my younger sister and I to wear.

11.  How/why did you start blogging? I started blogging as a way to capture my musings about my personal and professional life to connect and support educators and diabetics. 

Bloggers that I enjoy:

Lee Ann who inspired me to blog @

Krystin who is a developing blogger @
Lee Corey who blogs from afar @
Kelly @
Scott Johnson @

I have some others that I will add.

11 Questions

1. Favorite book?
2. Most sumptuous meal?
3. Must-stop & see in your hometown?
4. Age inside (see Tidbit # 6 for more explanation)?
5. Savory or Sweet?
6. Most memorable vacay?
7. Birth order?
8. Introvert, Extrovert, or Ambivert?
9. Paper or Plastic (reading material)? 
10. One Indulgence?
11. One question you would answer that I haven't asked?


  1. Yikes! You put me on a blogging list. I should blog!


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