Monday, December 30, 2013

Sunshine Awards!

On November 30, the wonderful Suzanne Gibbs of the blog Finding Fourth Grade awarded me with a Sunshine Award. I was so excited an honored. It took me a while to pull together the answers to the questions, etc. but here they are--a month late.  

Here's a little info on the Sunshine Award:
This is a way for bloggers to get to know each other and one of the cool things about it is that there are limitless "winners"! The Sunshine award gives others an opportunity to learn more about me as a blogger and then, in turn, I will send sunshine the way of 11 other amazing bloggers for you to get to know! Here are the "official" rules:
  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. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.
So, here goes!

11 Random Facts About Me

        1 -I cannot sing.  At all. In our 5th grade program, the teacher asked me to
 mouth the words and by 6th grade they gave me a
“special part” as head angel which took me out of the choir.

2- I used to love roller coasters until
I married my husband who hates them.

3- I was married in the same church
as my mother and my grandmother.

4-My favorite kind of ice cream is grape from Handel’s.

5- My husband met my extended family on Thanksgiving Day
 a long time ago. After dinner at both grandmothers’ houses,
he thought I would grow up to cook like them. He was wrong.

6-I have attempted to find hobbies for years with no luck.

7-In 2nd grade, I threw up on my shoes
at the end of the school day so the teacher sent me home
 with a box in case I threw up again.  (I walked home.)

8- My favorite holidays are those that involve presents.

9-When I was in elementary school,
I ran a big carnival in my backyard to raise
money for a children’s home in our city.

10- I have not read the Harry Potter books

  11-Michael J. Fox, Joan Jett and I
have a movie credit in the same movie. I was an on-set tutor
for one day during the production of Light of Day which earned me a credit.

The Answers to Suzanne's Questions to Me:

1  Why did you start blogging?
Mary Lee suggested it and I trust her.

Do you prefer warm or cold weather? Any reason for that?
Warm because I want to cry when I am outside in the cold! Honestly, I prefer being indoors no matter what the weather. (Is indoor a kind of weather?)

Have you (and/or your family) decorated for the holidays yet? Why or why not?
Yes, every year while I am at NCTE, my husband decorates for the holidays.  Not sure how this tradition started but we like to enjoy the tree for a while before Christmas and then we take it down right after. 

Whom would you say is the ONE person in history you admire the most and why? 
I am inspired by all of the women in history who did things outside of what was expected/allowed at the time.

What's your favorite beverage?
Venti Awake Hot Tea from Starbucks

If you could recommend only one book to someone to read, what would it be?
Glass Castle

What is one thing on your "bucket list" not many people - or maybe no one - knows about?
 To live in a big city.

What's the most relaxing vacation you've been on?
Disney World

Who brings you the most joy in your life?
My family

If you could give a lot of money to one organization, which one would it be and why?
Ronald McDonald House

What's your favorite color?
 Yellow-it’s bright and happy

11 bloggers Who Deserve the Sunshine Award 
(And if you are too busy this time of year to post about this, that's fine--just wanted to give you a shout out!)

1-Stephanie Shouldis at Books, Interventions and More!
2-Ruth Ayres at Discover, Play Build
3-Stella at My World, Mi Mundo
5-Karen Terlecky at Literate Lives
6-Carol Wilcox at Carol's Corner
7-Tony Keefer at Atychiphobia 2.0
8-Maria Caplin at Teaching in the 21st Century
9-Dylan Teut at Mile High Reading
10-Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning
11-Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine

11 Questions for the Bloggers

1     1- What is the best thing that happened to you this week?
2     2- What is your favorite book of 2013?
3     3-Which TV shows do you watch regularly?
4     4-What is the thing you are most excited about for 2014?
5     5-Do you have any pets?
6     6-Is your favorite meal breakfast, lunch or dinner? Why?
7     7-What’s was a favorite childhood book?
8     8- Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
9     9-What’s a favorite movie?
1     10- What’s one thing you love to do when you have free time?
1     11- Who is an author you’d love to meet?


  1. Yikes! Thanks for the award! I will work on this!

  2. Thank you for the award my friend!!!! I'll work on this! :)


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