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More Homework Meme

on December 15, 2013

Today’s lesson: Don’t make too many silly comments on Twitter about someone else’s More Homework Meme 🙂 I enjoyed reading Paul Cancellieri’s post , but I ended up being tagged by my friend (although someone I see FAR too infrequently) Bill Ferriter. It’s time to grab another cup of coffee, and here goes! 

First, I need to share 11 random facts about me that you probably don’t already know.  I’m sad to say that my hashtag proficiency does not match Paul’s. Here goes:

  1. I have never seen the complete Star Wars movies nor a single episode of Star Trek.
  2. I was a French major in college and spent a semester studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. 
  3. McGyver and Leroy Jethro Gibbs are my all time tv crushes.
  4. I believe napping is an inalienable right that deserves its own Constitutional amendment. 
  5. In my 15 year teaching career, I have taught at 9 schools in 8 different districts across North Carolina. The longest I’ve spent in one school is 3 years. 
  6. David asked me to marry him 4 months after our first date. This was longer than either of our sets of parents dated before getting engaged. 
  7. At my first doctor’s appointment for our first pregnancy, I asked the ultrasound technician if she was sure there weren’t two babies. She laughed, and then she realized that I was right. I knew I was having twins. After she saw the second one, I told her to quit looking. That was enough. 
  8. I know what to do if your long, coarse, curly-haired dog gets covered in a jar full of Vaseline. 
  9. Hot and Now Krispy Kreme donuts gross me out. I love their glazed donuts and could eat a dozen in one setting, but will only eat them if they are cold. 
  10. I am a classically trained pianist. I took lessons for over 10 years and entered many competitions. I have even performed at Thalian Hall in Wilmington. I even played in the jazz band in high school.

Next, I am expected to answer 11 probing questions posed by Bill.

  1. Grande Soy Green Tea Frappuccino with Extra Whip or House Blend Black?  House Blend Black. Coffee makes me happy. 
  2. If you were going to write a book, what would its title be? You Can’t Make These Things Up: Life as a Mom of Three Boys
  3. Rate graphic novels on a scale of 1-10, with 1 representing “useless” and 10 representing “simply amazing.” I’ll go with 5 out of pure ignorance. I’ve only read one comic book in my entire life, and it’s one that my grandmother had in her toy closet when we went to visit each summer in Indiana. I get the idea of them, and I have reluctant readers that will go for them every day. They can’t be all bad. 
  4. What member of your digital network has had the greatest impact on your professional growth? I’m going to go with Dan Froelich. Dan was the leader of the technology part of NC Teacher Academy when I came on as a trainer in 2008. Thanks to him and NC Teacher Academy, I got to be a part of many engaging trainings and conversations about edtech! 
  5. How do you feel about the holidays? I have Christmas curtains for the windows, holiday sheets for the beds, and no less than 10 giant totes of holiday decorations. I will let you draw your own conclusions. 
  6. Rate the following movies in order from best to worst:  Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version). How the Grinch Stole Christmas , Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story (And Paul, we may not be friends after your rating) 
  7. What is the best gift that you’ve ever gotten? Before my Grandmother passed away, she gave me her mother’s wedding ring and a ring that my great-uncle got when he was serving in WWII in Germany. I wear them everyday, on the same finger. Family first. Always first. 
  8. If you had an extra $100 to give away to charity, who would you give it to? Purple Feet Foundation 
  9. What are you the proudest of? OK, so I’ll re-establish my friendship with Paul on this one. My kids, hands down. The twins are 10 and at the age where we argue, a lot, but they are outdoor loving, book reading, momma hugging boys who are caring and compassionate. I couldn’t be more proud to be their mom!
  10. What was the worst trouble that you ever got into as a child? I don’t know if it’s the worst trouble I ever got into, but I used to torment my little sister. Until she was in middle school/I went to college, I could convince her to do some really strange things. My parents weren’t so excited about that. 
  11. What was the last blog entry that you left a comment on?  What motivated you to leave a comment on that entry? It would be one of the posts at! I love that the posts cross curriculum and geography. 

Now, I come up with 11 questions for others to answer.

  1. When you brush your teeth, are you a pre-wetter or a post-wetter? (toothpaste on the toothbrush, sillies)
  2. What is your favorite dessert? 
  3. What is one skill you wish that you had? Why? 
  4. Fruitcake. Yay or nay?
  5. If you weren’t an educator, what profession might you have chosen?
  6. What is your favorite read aloud to share with students or with your own children? 
  7. What is one book you consider to be a professional “must read”?
  8. If you had 3 hours completely to yourself, what would you do? 
  9. What is your strongest scent-related memory? 
  10. iOS or Android? 
  11. If you could pass off one chore for the rest of your life, what would it be? In other words, what one daily/weekly chore do you just abhor? 

Here are the 11 bloggers I nominate to continue the More Homework meme.

  1. Tim Childers
  2. Rafranz Davis
  3. Jen Wagner
  4. Dennis Grice
  5. Andrea Keller
  6. Steve Dembo
  7. Conni Mulligan
  8. Kate Nagle 
  9. Alison Schleede
  10. Jennifer LaGarde
  11. YOU! 


Here’s how it works:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer.
  5. List 11 bloggers, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
  6. Post back here with a link after you write this. Go on, you have homework to do.

2 responses to “More Homework Meme

  1. Hey Pal,

    This line intrigues me:

    I know what to do if your long, coarse, curly-haired dog gets covered in a jar full of Vaseline.

    And I had no idea you could speak French OR play the piano!

    That’s the beauty of this game, isn’t it?

    Thanks for playing along,

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