Saturday, December 31, 2011

11 in ‘11 Linky Party

I am joining in on a Linky Party!  Miss Kindergarten and Teeny Tiny Teacher are hosting! Click on the button to check it out!

Miss Kindergarten

11. Favorite movie you watched

I honestly can’t think of one. I love the Love’s Enduring Promise series, almost anything on the Hallmark Channel, and and movie from the 1980’s with the brat pack gang.

10. Favorite TV series

I miss Lost!  That was my favorite show, except for the ending.  They seriously made a mistake with the ending. 

To show how eclectic I am, I love to watch the Deadliest Catch.  My husband started it, we saw the captains in their touring show, and I have become hopelessly addicted to watching them.  I even read their memoires! 

I also really like the Big Bang Theory, which I have been watching in repeats.  Finally, I have started to watch True Blood.  I told you I was eclectic!


9. Favorite restaurant

I’m going to cheat on this one.  I love little dinners.  I found a great one when I went to breakfast with a teaching friend over break.  Three words – carrot cake pancakes.  YUM!!!

We also have a local restaurant that has reopened in my town, moving from a small city near where I live.  I used to go to lunch there with my grandmother before she passed away and, even though it is very different, it reminds me of those times.

8. Favorite new thing you tried

Hmm…I love using Pinterest and I am working on free motion quilting.  I love that I can save a ton of money by quilting my own work. Oh, I also put a few things out at a craft show and finally sold a few of the things I make.

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7. Favorite gift you received

Funny story behind this one – well at least to me!  My dad and I went Christmas shopping this year.  We do every year, but it is always a last minute crazy rush type of thing.  He actually wanted to go to the mall this year and we bought a few things for my mom at JCPennys. 

We were waiting in line and dad saw the kitchen section!  This is a very bad place for the both of us.  Waaaay too many pretty things that we don’t really need but really want.  We both love to cook and love dishes and gadgets.  Anyway, I found a 3 section slow cooker.  I LOVE slow cookers.  The idea that I can make 3 separate things at once is just thrilling.  I planned to buy it maybe after the holidays, but my dad went back the next day to buy it for me for Christmas!  imgres

I just need to paint a picture of my dad at the mall – he got lost because he went in the wrong side of the mall.  He tends to wear his work clothes, a carhart vest and flannel shirt, work boots, and a hat with some sort of farm equipment patch on it.  See my favorite pictures to see what I mean. He was probably walking really fast, because he always does, and looking completely overwhelmed in the rush.  In other words, he does not fit with the typical mall crowd and that is what I love about him – that and the thrill he had finding something he knew I really wanted. 

Now I just have to go back and buy him the olive dish for his birthday – picture a long narrow dish to line olives up in a single row.

Haha!  Found a picture of it!

6. Favorite thing you pinned

Way too hard to choose.  I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest because I love to pin things, but forget that I pin them.  It has become a problem – just like my computer files, email, filing cabinet, closet…

5. Favorite blog post

I don’t really have one.  I feel like my blog is still in it’s infancy.  I have added a few features, but don’t have anything to say that is earth-shattering or any great things to share or sell.  Maybe this year.

4. Favorite accomplishment

I’m still working on this one, but I have been working on my application to go back to school.  I have been working on my personal statement and my research piece.  I vowed to put my final touches on them before going back to school on Tuesday.  It was very hard for me to ask co-workers and administrators to write recommendations because I really do not want the fact that I am going back to school to become public knowledge.  I am so worried that it might not work.  I am scared about doing this, but know that I need to.  Hopefully I will be attending classes in the fall to begin my PhD. in the Philosophy of Education!

3. Favorite picture

Please don’t hate me for this picture.  In my world, hunting is a part of life.  I am not a big fan of venison, but we do butcher our own beef, pork, turkey, and chicken.  It is nice knowing where your meat comes from and that you have a whole freezer full of food.  My husband was an avid hunter before he broke his back and my brother is more than an avid hunter.  My dad can take it or leave it, but hunts to spend time with my brother. 

They asked me to come over and take a picture of them with their deer this year.  There is a family photo of my grandpa and great grandpa (who died long before I was born) with their deer.  My dad and brother wanted to replicate it.  My brother even found a jacket that looked like my grandpas. They would both have a fit if they knew I put this on here, but it is by far my favorite picture.  My brother is on the left and my dad on the right.  I am sure that this picture is not too far from how he looked when he went to the mall – just jeans instead of ripped carharts and his flannel would be tucked in, and of course the gun would be at home!DSC03388

Yes, it is common for people to hang their deer in a tree in the front yard, but this was only done for this picture.  We actually have a place dedicated to harvesting deer at my parents – outside, but indoors.  This is my parents 200+ year old house and the 200 year old maple tree outside my childhood bedroom.  Stormy night could be scary because the limbs of tree often fell outside my window.

Yep, cheating again!  This is a picture my husband took of our dog at the farm.  My husband’s family has a dairy farm where he and Bear, the dog, work every day.  Can you tell Bear loves it there?!?0803111729

2. Favorite memory

This is hard, too! There weren’t any landmark things for me going on this year.  I guess in the long run, it would be my brother telling me that I am going to be an Aunt next April! This is the first baby in my family since my brother 27 years ago!  I always thought I would be first because I am older, but life has its own plans! Oh, and then Christmas shopping with him in the baby store!  He must have said “I need to leave” a dozen times, but preceded to walk through the store picking things out!

1. Goal for 2012

My personal goals:

  1. Apply to go back to school.
  2. Get my house organized.
  3. Try new things.
  4. Read lots of great books.
  5. Spend time with my family.

Work goals:

  1. Get organized.
  2. Leave work between 4:00 and 4:30.
  3. Work hard to find more joy in what I do (it has been a tough one).
  4. Put the final touches on some things for TPT.
  5. Work through the CORE curriculum for ELA and Math

Well, that is a little bit about me.  I am a little bit eclectic and maybe a little bit odd!

1 comment:

  1. My brother has hung many a deer off his porch to skin. I was so horrified when I first saw one (had been a vegetarian for 7 years in college due to poverty and hippy thing (yea, I'm older than dirt). But my brother eats the meat and it is delicious when cooked right. I'm not a veggie anymore but don't care for much meat. I do love Sarah Palin and totally understand her quote: "Why did God put the animals here if not to eat," although she says it much better because, of course, we don't eat all animals! TMI! Following you from linky party and hope you'll visit me.