Saturday, December 8, 2012

What the heck is a Liebster?

This morning I received a blog comment telling me that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award. What in the world? Then I began to think...
Hmmm, this sounded a bit familiar.

As I read through some previous comments, I discovered that in fact, another blogger had recently told me the same thing! Since it's rainy & gloomy outside and I just made a fresh cup of coffee, I decided to look into this whole Liebster thing. So glad I did, it's pretty neat!

The idea is: you are nominated by a fellow blogger. You write a blog post listing 11 random facts about yourself. You then answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you. Next, you develop 11 questions for the people you're going to nominate. What I really like is that you nominate 11 people with 200 blog followers or less and link them in your post. Being in the beginning stages of what I hope will be a successful blog, I can appreciate any networking tools that allow me to gain followers and get to find some great little blogs. 

I can't imagine teaching without blogging and internet resources! 

The sweet ladies that nominated me are on with the show!

11 Random Facts About Myself

1. I am an office supply junkie. Sharpies, post-its,'s ridiculous. I think this is one of the reasons I became a teacher! :)

2. I like almost anything banana flavored. 

3. I long to see western America. Not cowboy-western (although that would be cool), but the pacific northwest and California. I'm afraid I'll love it so much I would never come back home.

4. I wiggle my toes while I'm watching t.v. The more intense the show is becoming..the faster my toes go..I don't even notice weird!

5. I love old movies! Some of my favorites are Breakfast at Tiffany's, An Affair to Remember, The Snakepit, and Spencer's Mountain. 

6. I share a birthday with my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs Hachey. Each year I think about what she might be doing. She was the first teacher to expose me to Shel Silverstein's poetry. She read it with was really inspiring to me!

7. Speaking of childhood memories, my favorite childhood book is "One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey.

8. I grew up in Maine. What an experience! Wouldn't trade it for anything!

9. I once met Duff Goldman (The Ace of Cakes) in a restaurant I worked at. I noticed him immediately. I waited until he was leaving and asked him for an autograph & menu. He signed it "Mmmm, Feta!" (our restaurant served Greek food). I have both the photo & menu page framed in my office at home.

10. I got to open a Big Boy Restaurant in Cairo, Egypt. Crazy, right!?! It was in 2000. I was there for 3 weeks. What a time! 

11. I'm gradually beginning to practice yoga. I really admire those who make it look easy! 

Whew! Okay, enough about least for that section! 

Since I was nominated by 2 fellow bloggers, I will respond to 6 of Lindsay's questions and 5 of Brittany's questions.  Here we go...

1. What made you decide to start blogging?
I decided to start a blog 2 summers ago. I was taking classes at a local college and our instructors were discussing all the great resources you could find on teaching blogs. We actually devoted an entire afternoon to finding and sharing great blogs. I signed up with blogger that summer but didn't do a whole lot. Last summer I got a new blog design and have since posted more regularly. I love it!

2. What was your first job?
The Golden Arches! I was 16- they hired my friend and I for the sumer. Minimum wage was $4.75!

3. How did you meet your oldest friend?
My oldest friend is named Heather. We met during the first week of Kindergarten. We lived on the same street. While waiting for the bus, our moms realized that they each had a 3/4 year old, and a newborn at home. Our families soon became friends...more like family. Those "newborns" are now 27 years old! 

5. What is your favorite dish to cook?
Hmmm, that's a good question because I LOVE to cook! I love to cook big meals for my friends & family.

6. Do you live near your hometown?
Well, kind of. I was born in a town 25 minutes away from where I live now. My Grandparents have always lived there and that's where I spent some summers as a kid. I grew up in central Maine, though, which is about 800 miles from where I live now!

..and now for Brittany's questions:

7. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
Does Chipotle count? It IS pretty fast!

8. Complete this sentence... My classroom runs on love and ____________________. 
 LAUGHTER! My first-graders crack me up! 

9. How many siblings do you have?
I have 2 siblings. A brother and a sister. Both younger. Both unique, amazing people!

10. Mac or PC?
I go back & forth. I have an iphone, an ipod, and hopefully soon, an iPad. My computers at home & school are PCs. I expect that I'll be fully Mac before long. 

11. What was the last book you read? Do you recommend it?
 I've been such a reading slacker lately! In my defense, I'm working through my master's degree and it seems like the only books I'm picking up anymore are read-alouds to my class or textbooks for my graduate classes. Yesterday I read "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas" to my students, which they LOVED! If you don't know about Pete the Cat, check him out! He is AWESOME! 

 Geez, that's a lot about me! 

Okay, now on to the questions I created for my nominees!

1. Is there special significance behind your name?
2. How many grades have you taught?
3. Favorite song? Why?
4. Classroom pet?
5.  Favorite childhood book or character?
6. Favorite restaurant?
7. Favorite scent? This could be a real scent (my Grandma's kitchen) or a perfume.
8. Do you make your bed each day?
9. Words to live by?
10. How long have you been blogging?
11. Do you stay home or for the holidays?

Drumroll, please! My Liebster nominees are:

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