January 27, 2012

Tagged for 11

Runner-Teacher Michelle at Carpenter's Corner tagged me for the 11 Random Things game that's going around!  Thanks, Michelle!  So here we go...

11 Random Things About Me...
1. When I was little, I was so messy eating Oreos that my parents used to make me go outside.  Until I was in junior high, Oreos were strictly an "Outside Cookie."  My parents love joking about this still.  Just last night at their house, I saw Oreos.  They said I could have one--if I went outside...

2. I have two older brothers who I love like crazy.  They are seriously all sorts of awesome.  Oldest Brother is a fantastic photographer, and Older Brother is a smarty pants rocket scientist.
3. My idea of an exciting Friday night is a trip to Target or Trader Joe's, yoga pants and a fleece blanket, a 312, and some netflix instant.  I know, I'm 24 going on 45.  

4. I have the most addictive personality of anyone you will ever meet.  For me, 10 pages of a book always turns into finishing the last chapter at 2am, 1 episode of a TV series always turns into 15, and don't even get me started on what happens when I get hooked on a new panera sandwich-starbucks drink-you name it...Oh, and the week I discovered Pinterest?  Do I even have to explain?
I seriously did NOTHING ELSE the week I read the Twilight series...I mean, I even added extra "Read to Self" time to our school day so I could read too...don't tell my principal...

5. I am allergic to EVERYTHING in nature, including every cute and cuddly animal.  :(

6. I am pretty much an emotional basket case all the time.  I cry reading children's books, watching commercials, you name it.  It can be embarrassing...

7.  I donated my hair to Locks of Love the summer before last.  I'm glad I did it, but my hair was so scraggly (and out of control!) at the end that I don't know if I'd do it again!
8. I am just not a morning person.  Not only do I hit the snooze button at least once every morning, but sometimes after I'm completely dressed and ready for school, if I notice I have extra time, I curl up back in bed for a quick 10 minute "nap."

9. I've single-handedly destroyed countless electronics.  A couple of mp3 players, at least 3 cameras, and 3 computers... :-/  I promise it's not that I'm careless!  I think I just have bad luck!

10. When I first started my teaching internships and field placements in college, I would get SO nervous before I taught a lesson that I'd make my roommate "play school" with me in our dorm room so I could practice!  She loved it.

11. I love polka dots.  However, the last time I was packing up at the gym I started wondering if my obsession has gone too far...and trust me, this is only very the beginning:
Now, for Michelle's questions...
1. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?  Oh gosh, how can I pick just one??  I was privileged enough to spend a summer in France while in high school, have traveled all over the US and to the caribbean a few times...but I think my favorite trips are the ones I've spent with my family in Florida. :)  
2. What do you want to do when you retire? READ!  And sleep.  And travel.  And relax relax relax!
3. How many siblings do you have? Two brothers!  See question 2!
4. What is your ideal job? WELL, teaching is my one true calling and truly my passion.  But I'll admit there are days when I want to leave it behind and work at Trader Joe's or something--I bet those employees don't stay up at night worrying!!
5. Do you play the lottery? Gamble? No way.  If I feel like I have money to burn, I SHOP!
6. What's your favorite beverage? Soy lattes, diet coke, 312, and pinot grigio
7. Toilet paper over the top or under? Do you even have to ask???  Top, duh!
8. Have you ever been arrested? Should you have been? No, my record is crystal clean :)
9. What time do you go to bed? Usually around 10:30 or so...unless I get distracted by pinning or something like that!
10. Do you have pets?  No...they make me sneeze...
11.What's the last thing you ate? Jimmy Johns veggie sub and chips

Now I get to tag 11 people:
Jen at Running with the Girls
Vanessa at Gourmet Runner
~Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6
Kate at To the Square Inch
Marisa at The Pace of My Life
Stephanie at Run for Fun
Claire at the Country Mouse Tales
Lauren at Sweat Junkie
Julia at Pain Pride Perseverance 
Lauren at Forward is a Pace
Megan at Fit Crafty English Teacher

Ladies, post 11 random things about yourselves and answer these 11 questions:
1. What food are you craving right now?
2. Biggest guilty pleasure?
3. Go-to Saturday outfit?
4. What's your Starbucks order?  Or, if you're not a Starbucks junkie like me, your favorite pick me up beverage?
5. Best book you've ever read?
6. What's one thing you're really loving lately?
7. What were you like in high school?
8. What's one thing you don't mind splurging on?
9. Where would your dream vacation be?
10. Favorite song?
11. What's your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Have fun!


  1. I am working on this post too. Half way or so done. Maybe not. Maybe that is wishful thinking.

    I splurge on pants that fit. They are worth it. I also splurge at lululemon on occasion.

    Best book ever- maybe Pillars of the Earth.

  2. So fun! Polka dots??? Love them! :)
    Thanks for joining in!

  3. So fun! Learned lots of new things! I also hit snooze and take 10 minutes naps...

    ready for a new book obsession... City of Bones.. first of four books. can't. put. down.

  4. Oh what fun! Thank you for the tag!

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  6. Thanks for tagging me :) I will have to do this today! I am an emotional basket case too hahaha I ugly cry at every wedding I go to-- even if it's for people I barely know...don't even get me started on how much I cry at people's weddings I am in!
    To The Square Inch

  7. Hey, I loved the read and the random things about you! I am a teacher too...and a runner! Love your blog, and how funny about the snooze...you are exactly like my husband! I have been teaching for 17 years and I still "play school" before an observation...pathetic!

  8. I'm always surprised (or maybe I shouldn't be surprised) about the random uncanny ways in which we're alike.

    I was with ice cream and popsicles (or anything, for that matter) how you were with oreos. I ate a popsicle inside for the first time after getting my tonsils out - that was 2 years ago! I was in bed at my mom's house and she brought me a popsicle, and I just said, "no thanks... I don't have the energy to go outside." I was shocked when she said I could eat it in bed!

    I also stay in on Friday nights (with Criminal Minds or reality TV, and my knitting), I also am allergic to everything, I also am NOT a morning person, and I also donated my hair.

    I guess it all just fits with us both liking rock climbing and musicals in high school

    And I'll reply to your email soon! This was a crazy choir week; I had choir every day except thursday and I had it twice today! So I'll email you once I've eaten supper and can think coherently. On that note, I'm off to go have supper.

  9. I'm with you on the gambling - if I can spend money on lottery tickets I'd rather just go shopping with the moolah instead!
    Thanks so much for the tag!

  10. Ha ha. Had to laugh at the morning snooze button! I feel your pain. I hit mine sometimes ten times for an extra 40 minutes. I always set it early cause there is NO way on earth I'll get up right away:)
    My Running Shortz

  11. thanks for the tag!!! you are awesome! i think we feel the same way about friday nights...i am all about cuddling up on the couch and doing NOTHING! haha!


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