Saturday, February 25, 2012


While MaMe was on vacation a few weeks ago, our little ole' blog was getting all kinds of sweet attention from the best bloggy friends in the whole wide world.

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
TwinSane Asylum
My Twintopia
Deuces Wild & an Ace in the Hole
It's the Little Things
Happiness Is
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!


Miss Megan said...

K-Mart eh? NICE! My first job was working at the zoo in town...fitting perhaps considering that's what my quiet little life has turned into! LOL!
THANK YOU for the sweet award!!! I will get on that tomorrow!!! FUN!!!

Ashleigh said...

Funny, I knew how to skate and ice skate in the 80's but I seem to have lost that skill now (or maybe I was never as good as I thought?).

Congrats on your delicious awards!

RoryBore said...

Congrats on the award!

What a small world -- I first started with an Educational Group that went into the prisons too! We would liason between the inmate and the teacher - help them with assignments, deliver materials, etc. I actually assisted a quite infamous and much hated Canadian serial killer with their homework (when all I really wanted to do was stab them repeatedly with the pencil!). It was very hard.

no rush on the Tag post. Don't even feel pressured to do it - I just received my 7th Tag!! I am sick of hearing all about myself - LOL

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I waitressed for a number of years through high school and college. Whether it's food service or retail, I think those kinds of jobs really teach a person a lot about people, and a lot about life. I hope our girls will be able to have one of those experiences in their formative years.

And now...for a politically incorrect did the Kmart job compare to working at the Department of Corrections??? [Sorry! Couldn't resist! Hahaha!!!]

Beth said...

My first job was also at KMart! I had a lot of fun, but was not necessarily a model employee. I dated the guy that worked in sporting goods and in the evening when the portrait studio was closed, we would sneak back there and make out on the carpeted tables. Hehehe!
Heaven help me when my kids are teenagers and I get paid back!
I too prefer passive hobbies. You listing napping as a hobby made me love you even more!

Always fun to learn about you!

Nate Shenk said...

I'm jealous of people who can actually play tennis lol! I attempted it once and the instructor suggested I try another sport...I took the hint :D

Heather B said...

Awww...thanks for the award (that you most definitely deserve!) I absolutely think all people should work in retail or restaurants at least once in their lives-the world might be a better place!

Olusola said...

thanks for the award girl. It seems we share the same hobbies minus the crafting. People don't believe me when I say napping is an art, but it truly is IMHO

Kristy said...

Congrats on the award! Impressive work experience!

KERRY said...

Thank you my sweet friend!! I appreciate it so much :)
Oh I had to laugh at your monkey comment hehehe, I wouldn't have gone back either!
I was interested to read you gave a speach in a prison, not sure I'd be brave enough for that!

Martine said...

Thanks for the award!! You brighted up my day :)

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