Honored by a Liebster Award Nomination

I have only been blogging on my personal site since the beginning of this summer.  I started a classroom site (Corner Classroom) this past school year for my students and I to connect and grow with our reading.  It was a big hit and I can’t wait to use it again this coming fall.  I decided that I need my own blogging site so that I can share my thoughts about school stuff, random things, and my writing (which I’ve decided to get back to doing again).  I’m still very new at this whole blogging thing (I may have a whole 6 followers), but I’m flattered by Ryan Hanna at Reading Rocks! who feels I am an up and coming blogger.  That’s definitely my goal, so I better step it up! :)

Rules for participating in this blog award are as follows:
1. Link back to the blog that nominated me.
2. Nominate 5-11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
3. Answer the questions posted for you by your nominator.
4. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Contact your nominees by commenting on their blog or sending them an email to communicate the nomination.

Here are my answers to the questions Ryan asked me:

1. What is one blog you never miss reading?

 I never miss a Nerdy Book Club blog.  I read those before I even get out of bed in the morning.  It inspires me to read more, learn more, and grow in my teaching.

2. What kind of music are you into?

  I enjoy many different types of music, just depends on my mood.  I guess the artists I have been listening to the most lately are Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Mumford and Sons, Jason Mraz, Pink….I love music.  It helps me get a lot done.  I turn up the volume and all of a sudden I am able to clean my house without any problem or run a couple of miles.  I love dancing with my boys and we frequently have dance parties when I need an energy boost.  When I need to write, I turn the volume down and the words start flowing.  Music seems to be my muse.

3. What is a book you would recommend that may be new to be many readers?

  A recent book I finished that was great was The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher.  I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing until the very end and this book totally did that.  It’s on my list to share with my students in the fall and then my hope is to Skype and blog with Kristen as well.

4. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

 This is a great question that I’m not too sure of my answer.  I think my most recent accomplishment is getting back to writing.  Each time I add something to my “book”, I get very excited and want everyone to read it.  I have it linked at the top of my blog, but with only 6 followers (I think I’m one of my followers since I wanted to make sure the link worked) my book isn’t getting noticed much.  Other than my writing, I’m proud of my kids.  They push me to be better each day and they all love a good book (who could ask for anything better?).

5. What’s the first thing you notice about others?

  The first thing I notice about others would be … I’m not sure.  I think it’s their personality – whether they are outgoing, shy and quiet.  After that, then I have a better feel as to how to approach them and talk to them.

6. If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you envision playing you?

 Ha!  Ever since I was in 7th grade people have said that I look like Sara Gilbert.  I do not necessarily agree with that, but I don’t have a good reason why.  I would love Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, or Emma Stone to play me.  Guess I’m a bit indecisive on that one.

7. What kinds of vacations do you like?

  I have two types of vacations that I like – one’s where I get to explore historical places (current dream place would be Salem, Massachusetts) or one’s where I can sit on a beach with a good book and enjoy the ocean.  Either type I would love to go with my husband and kiddos, but I know the beach one would be a hard sell to my husband (he hates hot weather and beaches – he’d rather go to the mountains).

8. Favorite candy and why.

 Butterfinger.  I love the crunch, the little bit of chocolate it has, and the inside is the best part.  I’m not a huge candy person though.  I’m one that can be satisfied with a “fun size” candy bar.

9. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

  That would be this past school year.  I try to write handwritten letters to parents and students that have put forth a lot of effort.  Other than that, it’s probably been a very long time.  Email, Facebook, texting – all faster, yet less personal.

10. Where’s a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?

  I will again say Salem, Massachusetts.  I would love to go there to just absorb the history and feel of it all.  Otherwise, I think Europe.  There is so much history there and I would love to be able to just walk around and soak it up.

11. Do you believe in Zodiac signs/horoscopes?

  I used to be the girl that looked at my horoscope all the time (Sagittarius, by the way) and it was usually right.  I think Zodiac signs and horoscopes are fun, but not something to run your entire life with.

11 Random Facts about Me…

1. I don’t have a middle name.

2. I used to be a pretty good soccer player and gymnast.

3. I do not like air conditioning (unless it’s disgustingly hot, then I make an exception – of course, I am a minority on this in my house, so the air is on in the summer – although it’s been off for 3 whole days since we’ve had unseasonably cool weather – LOVING IT!).

4. I took dance classes for a very short time (maybe a couple months) as an adult – I love dancing.

5. I am a major perfectionist – to a fault.  It’s not good, but admitting it is always the first step, right?

6. I love to laugh and be outgoing – although some people might disagree.

7. I have a dream of being discovered – as an amazing author, or a great teacher.  Still waiting for that to happen, I’m not there yet though.

8. I love the smell of campfires.  Not a fan of camping though.

9. One day I want a house that has a room filled with books – floor to ceiling – plus a huge window with window seat of course, fireplace, and comfy chairs to sit in all day as I enjoy book after book (or write book after book).

10. I have one dog, Dodger, who is a German Shepard and something else mix.

11. I would love to get my secondary education degree in English so I can teach the love of reading and writing to all ages.

Here are the 11 questions for my nominees:
1. What is one person on Twitter you think everyone should be following?
2. What kind of books are your favorite?
3. What is your favorite food or meal to eat?
4. What is one thing you wish you could do over again?
5. What’s your best quality?
6. What would you like your legacy to be?
7. If you were a plant/tree, what kind would you be and why?
8. List 3 things you have to have within reach at all times.
9. Favorite childhood book and why.
10. Quote to live by.
11. Title of a novel you wish you could write.

I’m pleased to nominate the following bloggers for a Leibster Award. Next to their name is a link to their blog.

Katherine at Read, Write, Reflect

Ryan at Tapping into Words

Gretchen at Meat Toast

Sonja at The Sassy Bibliophile

Christine at Christine Benson

These are some of the great blogs I follow – I hope you will too! :)