First, we received the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award not once, but TWICE!
Jen of We're Living a Full Life gave us one of them, and I consider it a true honor because Jen is, well, one of the sweetest bloggers I know (and a mighty fine photographer, too)!
Then, like icing on the cake, Awn of Imperfection Personified served up another slice of nice by giving us another Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. A fellow hockey fan and now a fellow Southerner, Awn is as sweet as the sugar cookies she loves to bake.
Part of accepting the award requires that I tell seven things about myself that my readers may not know before passing along the award to (10) other blogs I love.
I sincerely apologize to these ladies for the delay in me properly accepting this award. Coming back from vacation has been a rough transition. The cliche, "You play. You Pay" has certainly rung true for us. Speaking of work and play, I decided to use both as the basis for my random facts about me...
1. My first job was being a cashier and then lay-away clerk at K-Mart. I met my first boyfriend, a cart pusher, while working there.
2. In college, I worked at another K-Mart for a while before leaving to take a job at Eddie Bauer in the mall. This job didn’t last long. I ended up quitting because I didn’t want to deal with the holiday mall traffic. If you think it’s bad trying to shop in the mess, try having to ride a shuttle to your car because the mall makes the workers park so far away. Not worth it.
3. I was a RA in my dorm during my junior year, which is hilarious in hindsight given the fact that I was not always the most rule-abiding resident.
4. My first job out of college was teaching seventh grade language arts. The next year I moved to a high school where I taught English for four years. These five years made me the educator I am today, and I get nostalgic thinking about it. But, things change, and…
5. I left teaching for six months and worked as an Education Specialist for the Department of Corrections where I planned educational program offerings for inmates in the state prison system. In addition to visiting prison facilities on a regular basis, I once gave a commencement speech at a men’s prison.
6. I went back to teaching high school English for three and a half more years where I earned my National Board Certification.
7. June will mark five years since I left teaching to become an instructional coach. While it’s certainly not the same as working with students, I do love the satisfaction I get from working with adults. Two years ago, I completed coursework for my license in School Administration, but I have no desire at this point in my career to be a principal.
1. I played tennis one season in high school. In college, I took tennis as one of my PE classes. My teacher said I had a solid back-hand and would be a pretty good player if I would just learn to run to hit the ball. (I hated running even then).
2. I also took snow skiing as a PE class in college. It was the first time I ever went skiing. I passed, and I am happy to report that skiing is one physical activity I do enjoy. We haven’t been since before the babies are born, but I look forward to a winter not too far from now when we can all go. It may be the babies’ first chance to see snow.
3. I can also water-ski.
4. I can roller skate (I grew up in the 80s after all) and ice skate.
5. I prefer more passive hobbies—reading, napping, shopping, crafting. I don’t like to sweat.
6. I refuse to join another gym because I have wasted too much money in the past on unused/underused memberships. The last time I joined, I never went back after my first session with the personal trainer. I think it was because I walked like a monkey for three days following the session.
7. This past week I started training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K plan. I want to run a 5K in April for Little Pink Houses of Hope. Previously, I have walked a 5K, but I really want to be able to run this one. As much as I hate exercise and sweating, I love my friend Jeanine more.
I am passing this award along to some other sweet blogs that I know you'll love...
Senner2 + 2
Deuces Wild & an Ace in the Hole
It's the Little Things
I Need a Sugar Fix
We were also tagged--twice. I haven't forgotten. With all the running, though, it's just taking me a while to catch my (blogging) breath. Bear with me, Les and Janice!