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Day 8

I feel like some of these prompts are things I have already covered on the blog before… but, here’s a little reminder with today’s prompt: You’ve just been given a million dollars. You are not allowed to keep it or give it to anyone you know personally. What do you do with it and why?
Last May I wrote a post with seven (times seven) things about me and one of the lists included what I would do with large amounts of money..

seven things i would do with crazy amounts of lottery won money:
1. pay off student debt (well… all debt!)
2. buy derek a fancy car
3. get my parents all situated with a nice home, no debt and a true retirement lifestyle
4. visit the seven wonders of the world
5. build a school (and fund the educational processes) in a third world country
6. donate money to autism research
7. visit all the baseball stadiums in the united states
….
But, since this prompt limits what I can spend my money on and only gives me one million dollars I need to cut that list down a little.
I would take the million dollars and split it between autism research and helping to build a school in a third world country. Why?
Autism is something that has been near to my heart for the past six (or so) years.. It started when I worked with Allison, a little gal with autism, during my first year of teaching. Autism is a fascinating disability, and there is still so much research to be done, since it really is a fairly new diagnosis. I can’t really say that I would want my money to support research for finding a cure, as much as I would like it to support enhancing the lives of kiddos who are already diagnosed with autism. The possibilities are endless, especially now that technology is so huge and accessible. I would love to see what could be done to improve their lives.
And as for the funding of a school in a third world country. I was pretty moved by the book Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson, and his Pennies for Peace movement. I believe that every child/person deserves an education, no matter what the socio-economic status is of their country, family, etc. Education empowers people, and helps create a better world for all of us. I truly believe that education really is one of the best investments to make.

Whoa! With that load of heavy… here are 2 websites to check out. You know, just in case you have a million dollars to donate somewhere.

http://www.threecupsoftea.com/
http://www.autismspeaks.org/

Day 3/May Reading

Today’s prompt says to define “freedom”…
That’s a little heavy for my mood, and quite frankly I don’t feel like getting political at the moment.
So I decided to just add my May reading list as today’s post instead.

The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield (Book Club 2)
Being amidst the mystery genre I was a little nervous to read this book. I am not one for being scared, not even a little bit, so I had some serious apprehensions about this book. But, turns out, I really enjoyed it! The plot is kind of weird, and I felt like the story occasionally got bogged down with characters, but those are my only complaints. Margaret Lea is a young writer who is asked by Ms. Winter (a famous author) to compose her biography. The story that Margaret hears is almost unbelievable, and takes you on many turns, but comes together in a pretty incredible way in the end. And, for the record, I was only (slightly) scared two times while reading this book. If all mysteries are like this, I am in for reading more.

This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind, Ivan Doig (Book Club 1)
I don’t really have a lot to say about this book, as it really did nothing for me. It is a memoir, which generally I love. And at first I really thought that Doig was a beautiful writer. But, mid way I began thinking that beautiful writing just meant too many words. To be frank, this book bored me.

The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis
I remember reading this book for the first time in Ms. Dodge’s 8th grade English class. Ms. Dodge was married, but made us call her “Ms.” pronounced “Mzz.” She wore blue eyeliner everyday. She introduced me to the word “genre,” and encouraged us to read one book a week from a different genre. She had a massive collection of her own books, most of them being feminist in nature, for us to borrow. And when I borrowed “The Breadwinner” from her, she said I didn’t have to do a book report, we could just have a book chat. Re-reading it now, I was just as moved as I was when I was 14. A young girl in Afghanistan who has to disguise herself as a boy to provide for her family when the Taliban take her father away… I am still riled up about situations like that. I think Ellis does a great job writing this story for a young adult audience. She does not sugar coat any horrors in the Middle East, but she does introduce the diversity of lifestyles gently. I don’t really remember my book chat with Ms. Dodge, but I can’t say that I wouldn’t mind chatting with her again, 14 years later, about how this book moved me again.

The Day I Ate Everything I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg (Book Club 2)
This book was picked for a “light, summer read,” and that it was. It is a collection of short stories about different women, what is described as “small acts of liberalism.” I loved this book. It will not win any big awards, or move people to change the world. But, you will relate to one, or many, of the characters. You will laugh out loud, and you might even tear up. It was just the book I needed as I finished my school year, and was needing to clear my mind.

The Rope Walk, Carrie Brown
This book took me entirely too long to complete. Not because of it’s depth, or length… just because it really couldn’t keep me that interested. I felt like it was a chore to finish, and I am dreading even writing about it. The problem isn’t that the idea of the story was bad, because it really isn’t. The story is about Alice, and young girl raised in a family of boys, with no mother. It is told during one year of her life, that might be called a time of “coming of age.” Alice encounters many situations that she has been so sheltered from throughout her past, including race/racism, homosexuality, AIDS, and the aging process. So the story, it really is there. It just kept wandering, wallowing and taking its sweet ass time getting to the point of things that I had a hard time staying involved.

Day 2

What is your favorite poem?
I have to be really honest here… I don’t have a favorite poem. I don’t really even like poetry that much.
Don’t get me wrong, I tried to like poetry when I was 15 and angsty. But really poetry just wears me out. I don’t want to try and find all the symbolism in your words, just tell me what you are really thinking.
Although, for the sake of the blog I did pick a poem… not anything deep, or enlightening. No symbolism or sneaky metaphors. Just a silly rhyme that cracks my students up when I recite it to them.

“Lazy Jane,” by Shel Silverstein
Lazy
Lazy
Lazy
Lazy
Lazy
Lazy
Jane.
She
wants
a
drink
of
water
so
she
waits
and
waits
and
waits
and
waits
and
waits
for
it
to
rains.

Profound, right?

Day 1

Prelude to this entry:
I read lots of blogs. Other people’s blogs. Most people I have not ever met.
And I call it “checking my email.”
While checking my email today, I came across an idea that has a blogger post one entry each day. It is part of the National Blog Posting Month http://www.nablopomo.com/ and even gives a writing prompt. I thought it looked like a fun idea, and even somewhat like making a list (you know I can’t turn down making a list). So here goes:

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oddly enough when I finished my kindergarten year, I knew I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher. I don’t know if it was the fact that I was madly in love with my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Parmen. (I mean she took us to her house to have homemade cookies and milk!) Or if it was simply because that was the only idea of a job I could truly understand. Of course both my parents worked outside the home, but I could see every day what a teacher was. And I really wanted to be one.
It wasn’t until high school that I started thinking about combining special education with being a kindergarten teacher, and got more interested in teaching early childhood special education. But even then, the idea never swayed from teaching.
Some days I think it’s pretty incredible that I have never thought about doing anything else for a career. I still keep in touch with Mrs. Parmen, and she always reassures me that she knew since I was in kindergarten that this is what I was going to do as well. I have a photo of her and I on my desk, and I like to think she sees what is happening in my classroom. And when days are rough I try and think about her patience and kindness, and get myself back to that mindset.
But, it would be unfair to think that everyday I am so blessed and grateful to be doing my job… because we all know, that some days I really wish I was an office manager; filling out forms with a brand new ball point, blue ink pen.

Even Mrs. Parmen knows that. She is totally not down with me being spit on and called a “punk ass bitch.” On those days, I am almost positive there is an office waiting for me, with her homemade cookies and milk.

April Reading

With the weather getting warmer I am starting to get real excited about summer time (outside on the back porch in the sunshine) reading. I had a little taste of it this week, with a few days off work and some wonderful “sunny and 70 degrees” days, and it was perfect! So excited in fact, I have ordered quite a few books online (Amazon will be the death of me…) prepping for the summer. Let’s hope I don’t end up reading them all before the break begins… only 21 more school days!

The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood (Book Club 1)
Margaret Atwood is fairly new to me, this is only the second book of hers that I have read, and I love her! Her futuristic, dystopia, imaginative style is so engaging. It’s almost creepy the way she sees the future, because so much of it seems so possible. Her ideas about the future of feminism, religion, genetics, environment, and science are incredible. Generally this genera would not appeal to me, but I am looking forward to reading more Atwood very soon.

Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
This book is beautifully (and brilliantly) written. The book is told through 13 stories of various people/families in a little town of Crosby, Maine. The central character, Olive Kitteridge, makes her way into each short story told in the book. Whether her presence is big or small, her personality is heavily felt. At times I loved Olive Kitteridge, and at times I wanted to scream at her. She is honest, realistic, selfish, loving, stern, nostalgic, impulsive and loyal. Strout does an amazing job creating this character and allowing you to truly know her.

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant (Book Club 2)
*Disclaimer… I have read this book about 6 times.
It is absolutely one of my favorite books, ever. Even though I save most of the books I buy, with the intentions of reading them again, this is the only book that I honestly look forward to re-reading (again and again). I love it more and more each time, and I love to discuss it with people (especially with women). The story is of a biblical nature and is told of Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter. It is, at times, a horribly tragic tale, but also has some of the most peaceful elements to it as well. I could go on forever…. it’s an amazing story.

Little Bee, Chris Cleave
Holy way too much going on! This book, which I bought simply based on it’s cover, had way too much happening to be one 268 page story. Refugees, adultery, suicide, depression, illegal immigrants and conflict in Nigeria are just a few of the many things happening in this book. It was completely unbelievable, lacking heart and very obviously written by a man trying to tell a woman’s tale. Ugh… it wore me out trying to keep my emotions in check with all the chaos happening. You definitely can not judge a book by it’s cover…

The Black Dahlia, James Ellroy
This book was recommended by a few women in my book club, and at first I wasn’t sure I would be interested. I generally do not pick mysteries to read, and anything that might seem “scary” is usually not anything that I am up for. But, I decided to get out of my comfort zone a little bit, and try it. In all honesty, I became quite a bit more interested in the story when I found out that it was based loosely on the true story of Elizabeth Short, who was brutally murdered in LA in 1947. The story hooked me, and it read very quickly. I was surprised at complicated the murder was, and how obsessed the detectives got… to a point where it ruined their lives. I need to do a little more research about the real Elizabeth Short, to see what of the book is true and what is not. I love when books do that… get me interested in researching something else.

Brooklyn, Colm Toibin
Hmmm… I am still trying to decide what I think about this book. Written about a young girl who leaves her quiet life in Ireland to move to Brooklyn to work, study and mature, I was expecting some large things to happen. I felt like the book was written too softly, and without enough climax. Even when the climax of the story happened, I still was expecting more. Even though the last page of the novel leaves the reader with a bitter sweet empathy of the story, overall the theme was bland was left me wanting more.

March Reading

March’s book list is short and sweet… more to come soon. Not about books, but about the new excitement in my life.
Garth Brooks.

Peace Like a River, Leif Enger (Book Club 2)
Ehh… I don’t really have a lot to say about this book. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. It really didn’t keep me super interested, but I was hooked on the story enough to want to finish it. Weird? This book has a ton of religious undertones, metaphors, connections, etc., which normally would have gotten me all riled up. But for some reason when I was reading it, the connections just felt right. Nothing was pushed or over-done, which I appreciate. Would I read it again, or even recommend it to someone else? Probably not. But, I am not upset about having read it myself.

Nefertiti, Michelle Moran
I didn’t know anything about the life of Nefertiti, the Egyptian pharaoh. But, after reading this story I think I will keep reading about her life. Even though the book has added story lines that are obviously fiction, it was very interesting to learn about Egyptian lifestyle that was based on fact. It was a pretty quick read, and written with an imaginative spin, so I am sure the sequel will be a nice summer read.

Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
Holy. Freaking. Weird. I really had no idea what to expect about this book when I started, and I still kind of felt that way about 150 pages in. It was so bizarre, with four stories being told, 1 in an ancient Roman-Greek(?) time period, 1 in Seattle, 1 in New Orleans and 1 in Paris. What?! It seriously took about 150 pages to finally get a connection for me, but I was addicted to the story(ies) long before that. For some reason, as soon as I started reading, even though I couldn’t make sense of the whole theme at first, I couldn’t put this book down. Individuality, immortality, religion, and beets… yep, they all come together in one of the most creative ways. I loved this book!

Monster, Walter Dean Myers
This book is a young adult novel, and was actually recommended to me by the high school young woman that I mentor. She mentioned that she had read it in 8th grade and was very moved by it. It is the story of a 16 year old boy on trial for the murder of a man who owned a convenience store. The whole story is written as a screen play, as the main character thinks his life would make an interesting movie, which was an interesting change. I imagine that if I read this story as a young adult I would have been very emotionally charged… and I would have loved the class discussions that would have come from it. (Yeah, book talks… I am totally dorky like that…)

February Reading

This month was a little slower than January… partly because the lack of snow days and partly because Leo Tolstoy drained my soul.

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (Book Club 1)
This book irritated me so much… I hardly even want to talk about it right now. It took me 2 months to get through (and even then I was only 450 pages in…) I actually stopped reading it for a bit, and read a different book just to make sure that I still loved reading. It dampened my soul that much. And as it turned out, I still love reading, just not Anna Karenina.

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
When Ninja died someone told us that it was alright because dogs don’t really have souls anyway… I would like to recommend this book to that person. Although it is impossible to know what dogs are thinking, and why they do the things they do, this book warms my heart by giving a dog’s perspective of what it is like to live a life of loyalty, love and unconditional compassion. That’s all I can say without crying (again…).

The Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick
I read a bunch of really good reviews about this book and was curious to see what all the hype was about. The Reliable Wife takes place in the early 1900’s in Wisconsin and is based on a woman who answers a “want ad” for a wife. It takes a ton of dark, twisted turns and was quite a bit more racy than I expected. I don’t think this was the best book I have ever read, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. There were a few times that I felt like the author had some references that would not have been appropriate for the early 1900’s, but other than that I have no complaints.

Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
This book is the life story of Walls’s grandmother, Lily Casey. I first fell in love with the Walls when I read The Glass Castle. I love the way that she tells stories and makes every situation (good or bad) turn into a life lesson. The life of her grandmother, Lily is incredible. She was a hard working rancher, an independent woman, a passionate teacher, a loyal wife and a realistic mother. I love stories about family, and the different dynamics that make a family function and this book was no exception.

March is finally here… warmer weather and spring break! Woohoo! More reading hopefully this month!

January Reading

This is not news to anyone that I know…
I love to read.
Reading is by far my most favorite hobby. I get really excited talking about books, getting suggestions about new things to read, and making suggestions for friends.
(Completely dorky, I know. I am okay with it!)
I have tried keeping a book inventory, rating books, etc., but sometimes that just takes the fun out of it. I usually end up reading the book to fast to even make it to the shelf (or the book inventory) before I loan it to someone else to read.
So this year I decided to keep a list of the books I have read. (As you will notice, this might also come in handy when I start re-reading a book by accident… again!)

So here is the month of January….

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
I heard little bits and pieces about this book before I read it, but really did not know what to expect. I was especially intrigued that it is considered a young adult novel. Let me tell you… if I would have read this book when I was a teenager, I would have been so in love with it. Because, as an adult I thought it was incredible. The story takes place in Nazi Germany and is told by Death. That’s right, Death tells the story. What an amazing spin! The story follows a young girl, Liesel, who moves in with an interesting foster family after her brother dies and her mother is no longer able to care for her. The foster family keeps a Jew in hiding in the basement, which shapes the young girl’s mind about current events. For being a book centered around such a dark time; the compassion, curious and defiant nature of Liesel make you question how young adults would think/behave in such crisis. I know that as a young adult I would have admired, felt empathy and heartache for young Liesel because as an adult I was proud with her, related to her and cried when she did… It’s so good, this book is so good.

The Necklace, Cheryl Jarvis (Book Club 1)
Ehh… this story is about a group of 11 (or is it 13?) women that go together to buy an expensive diamond necklace. They decide to share the necklace by allowing each woman to have the necklace during her birthday month. As the story goes on, the women come to deal with rules of sharing, media attention and ultimately find themselves in a “sisterhood” of sorts. I didn’t put this book on my book shelf, as I don’t plan to read it again… but, I really don’t want to recommend it to anyone either… probably a candidate for Half-Price Books.

Push, Sapphire (Book Club 2)
An interesting thing happened to me when I was reading Push. I was about 20 pages in, and thought, “Wow this is really familiar. Who told me about this book?” Well, about 3 pages later I was really intrigued, so I checked my bookshelf. I already have it. I have already read it. (All signs point to a better book inventory…) Once the mystery was solved, I quickly re-read the book. It’s heart wrenching, and down right horrifying. And it feels weird to say that a book written about such horrific things can lead to a reader to find a sense of hope at the end… so I won’t say that. Because it didn’t do that for me. It just made me realize that some young people really do live terrible lives, and even with ambition, hope and determination their life might still just be manageable.

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (Book Club 2)
I originally read this book when I was practicum teaching a 5th grade classroom in college… one of the 5th grade girls was reading it for a book report. Yep, you read that right… a 5th grade girl, reading a book about a 14 year old girl who is brutally raped and murdered. Sick. I had a hard time reading it then, and could hardly get through it again. I skipped some scary parts, couldn’t read it anywhere near bed time (or a time it was getting dark) and there was no way I could have read it without Derek home as well. In fact, I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

The Blind Side, Michael Lewis
I can’t lie, this book was a huge let down for me. I had heard a million good things about the movie, and I am a big believer that the books are always better than the movies, so I read them first. Eh. I don’t even care if I see this movie. The story had so much hypocracisy (about religion, education, morals…) that I just spent most of the time being pissed while reading this book. This might be the one time a movie is better than the book. But, I won’t see the movie, I will just take your word for it.

Letters to a Young Teacher, Jonathan Kozol
I love Jonathan Kozol, and his stories. I have read quite a few books by Kozol, all which deal with his experiences teaching and spending time in many schools (all over the nation) but mostly in the Bronx. What I love best about his writing is that he doesn’t try to paint a picture of inner city teaching that is unrealistic, but it is never a negative picture either. Being a teacher in an inner city school I have always believed that parents, students, the community are doing the best that they know how. I would like to think that is what Kozol thinks as well. I love the stories he tells, not out of sympathy, but of a real life.

Day After Night, Anita Diamant
This book tells the story of four women and their friendship while living as Jewish refugees in a British detention camp. I was expecting it to be much more depressing and dark. But, the friendship creates a sense of hope and optimism while (continuing to) live in depressing situations. I really enjoy the way that Diamant writes, especially how she creates her female characters… without pity or apologies. This book is not as near to my heart as The Red Tent, but I am glad I read it.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy
I heard mixed reviews about this book before reading it. (Generally I like when I hear that someone doesn’t like a book, so that way I can love it…) But, honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. After reading the 1st page I was completely hooked, and didn’t stop until I was done, 2 hours later. I loved it. I am still not sure if it is because of the way it’s written, the mystery and suspense of survival… or if it’s because of the immense courage of such a young boy… or if it’s the unselfish love between a father and his son, the unsacrificed love from a father to his son… or the basic survival of humans. Whatever it is, I loved this book. I can’t wait to read it again.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This book is written as a series of letters in 1946, from an author, her publisher, closest friend and a new group of friends, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” The society was formed during the German occupation, and the author becomes so intrigued that she goes to visit the new friends. I loved the way this book was written (in letter form), it made the characters seem so real and the story seem so personable.

The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs (Book Club 2)
Ehh… this book describes itself as “steel magnolias of Manhattan.” So I am sure you can imagine how I felt about that… don’t get me wrong, although it is out of my character, I do love the movie Steel Magnolias, but I am not so in love with a book proclaiming to be a comparison. I mean really there is only one Truvy.

And with all that…. here’s to February reading.

dad.

awhile back I complied a list of “fun facts” about me… and apparently out of those 100 some facts, something about my father only got mentioned one time. although I am sure no one was counting… I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 100 new things that I have learned from my dad…
So, here’s to a guy who always seems to teach a life lesson whether he comes right out and says it or not.

1. always be the bigger person
2. it is your civil duty to vote
3. no matter how bad the situation is, always be honest
4. it is okay to cry like a baby when your heart is broken
5. in fact, you are never too old to cry to your dad
6. lectures really are better than being spanked
7. although I apparently should have been spanked more as a kid
8. things may be rough with your spouse, but the vow of marriage is the most sacred of all
9. you don’t have to be “religious” to have thoughts about life after death
10. family traditions should always be held close to the heart
11. always keep a toothbrush in your car
12. good wine doesn’t have to cost a lot, it just has to taste good to you
13. family vacations should be taken as often as possible
14. sometimes you just have to do things you don’t like
15. to believe in myself unconditionally
16. be passionate about what I believe in
17. education is one of the most valued characteristics in society
18. it is okay to “make statements,” even though you might change your mind about that belief 5 years later
19. always keep a dictionary close, in case you need to “look it up.”
20. never stop believing in Santa
21. sometimes being too emotional can get in the way of logic
22. but, don’t lose touch of those emotions (see number 16)
23. fragranced candles, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, body spray, etc. is truly annoying to some people
24. food is an art
25. life should be enjoyed now
26. there is not a milestone that shouldn’t be acknowledged
27. black should not be worn to funerals, funerals should be a celebration instead
28. time spent with family should be a number one priority
29. chewing bubble gum on airplanes really does help
30. you are never too old to be a “daddy’s girl”
31. birthdays are a time to be truly spoiled
32. high school reunions are overrated
33. you can learn a plethora of new words if you read “Reader’s Digest”
34. people might not hire you because of the ring in your nose… that’s just the way the world works
35. while making homebrew, you should always be drinking a homebrew
36. being too skinny is not pretty
37. there can never be too many oatmeal pies in a cookie jar
38. you should always have a can of spinach in the cabinet
39. nice dress clothes should always be dry cleaned
40. when a good band is playing, the people are celebrating, and the drinks are flowing you should dance until your knees hurt
41. beautiful, expensive cars are not a high priority in life
42. good customer service is expected
43. always honk to say goodbye when you are leaving a visit with family or friends
44. its important to have a realistic outlook on life
45. money is only something we have here in this life… we can’t take it with us
46. passive aggressive is not the best way to handle things, but it can be very funny at times, and often “teaches a lesson”
47. you should buy a souvenir key chain from every city you visit
48. some things really are just better left unsaid
49. it is important to make time for a good book
50. knowing historical facts can be very powerful
51. most movies are worth watching at least once
52. thanksgiving dinner should be a huge production
53. you can get angry with someone and even yell at them, without ever loving them any less
54. starting the day with bacon, eggs, coffee, and the newspaper is very grown up
55. you might fail a few classes/tests along the way, but keep working and you will eventually walk across the stage
56. tequila should be shot… never sipped
57. it is okay to be a little bit conservative on some issues
58. keeping a plant for 35 years, naming it, and nursing it back from the pearly gates of heaven time after time is completely sane
59. if you have the recipe to a great homemade raspberry ice cream you should treasure it like gold
60. a dog really can be a great companion
61. if you truly love someone, engraving their initials in your parent’s basement is rational
62. your dad may love you, but if you end up in jail one nite, he will let you sleep there
63. too much make-up is not natural looking (“do you think anyone really believes that your eyes naturally have that thick black line around them?”)
64. corporate world is very different from the world in which teachers work
65. if the food is really that good, it is worth the price
66. it is not always a good idea to post every intimate detail of your life on the internet
67. going to the doctor should only be in limited instances, the world is filled with hypocandracts
68. Hillary Clinton should not be our next president
69. when faced with a dilemma, life is too short to be wasted deciding what to do… the answer is either, “shit or get off the pot”
70. there is always time for just one more drink
71. when leaving a visit with family, you should always determine when you are going to be visiting with them again
72. saving every boarding pass (even when you fly weekly) will provided for some great discussion one day
73. graciously accepting a compliment with a humble manner can be a very powerful statement of your character
74. celebrating life’s milestones (weddings, graduations, etc.) are only done once and should be done with that mentality
75. being truly open to your children’s lifestyle will create a meaningful relationship for a lifetime
76. Christmas shopping is done best on Christmas Eve
77. a hug is best when one person is lifted off the ground and squeezed so tight its possible breathing stops for a few seconds
78. speeding tickets are inevitable
79. your life story should be told… only after you die
80. a good family man works hard for the money that his wife and kids enjoy
81. everyone should ride a motorcycle at least once in their lifetime
82. money is meant to be earned and then spent
83. the “to-do” lists in life never really get completed… and that’s okay
84. discovering family history can be an overwhelming task, but is very important in keeping your roots
85. the fortunes found in fortune cookies are quite magical when a father reads them to his child
86. Iowa is the Hawkeye state
87. it does not matter what you are wearing when going to visit your baby brother in the hospital for the first time
88. driving with a flat tire, even if it is only for one block, should not be done
89. a good, dark beer can be drank all year long
90. sometimes you really do just have to learn things the hard way
91. although it isn’t a fun task, we all eventually need to take care of our parents someday
92. most things in life should be tried at least once
93. some of the best vacations can be taken in a beat up, “purple-people-eater” pick up truck, with just a tent and a cooler packed in the back
94. Minnesota really is a beautiful state
95. the saying “do as I say, not as I do/did” is very applicable
96. it is a good idea to indulge every now and then
97. the best cure when sick is to get lots of rest
98. a good story teller makes great conversation
99. there should always be peanuts at a baseball game
100. you do not have to have the career title of “teacher” to be a true educator in life.

in case you are bored.

Reason Number 94 explains the point of this inventory.

1. I love learning. I would be a student for life if I could afford to be.
2. If I was architect-minded I would be a construction worker. I am fascinated with their work.
3. Getting too hungry makes me very sad… and has even been known to make me cry.
4. The only kind of chocolate that I really enjoy is dark chocolate. I hate white chocolate.
5. Even though my stomach hates caffeine, I drink one can of diet mountain dew every day.
6. I love wearing stocking hats.
7. I also really love wearing baseball caps.
8. I am a terrible speller. When I write in front of my students I always make sure I have a dictionary close by just in case.
9. Even though I never really had a strong interest in science, I loved the biology course I took in college.
10. I get very easily embarrassed for others.
11. When things get really funny, my laugh tends to get a little out of control.
12. When the laugh moves to that stage, I have been known to pee my pants… this starts the “out of control laughing” all over again.
13. My first girl crush was Drew Berrymore.
14. My favorite movie is Good Will Hunting.
15. I really hate sweet potatoes.
16. Before my dog started sleeping with me, I used to always sleep so that my feet would hang off the bed. It made me feel taller.
17. I made a to-do list in 5th grade of life long goals, and occasionally am still checking things off it.
18. I used to think that I wanted to be the first woman president.
19. Although it’s not really a surprise to anyone, I really don’t understand how the internet works.
20. There are times I think that I am pretty funny.
21. I love nice jewelry.
22. Being a secretary would not bother me one bit, because I love doing paperwork, writing out checks, and filling out forms.
23. I am a terrible liar.
24. I am obsessed with cleaning my ears every morning after I get out of the shower.
25. It is true that when I get home from working out, I take off my shirt and flex in front of the mirror.
26. The “getting ready process” is my least favorite part of the day.
27. If it was socially acceptable to not shower regularly, I would probably only shower once every few days.
28. My feet feel most comfortable in my black reef flip flops.
29. I don’t think it matters how old you are, you should not have nasty panty lines showing through your dress pants.
30. I have not worn pantyhose with a dress/skirt since I wore them for the first time in 4th grade.
31. I was in choir for 6 years.
32. My first celebrity crush was Kevin Bacon in Footloose.
33. I have always wished that I was an artist.
34. Taking a cooking class has been a list of things to do for quite a while.
35. I pick my nose. But I have never eaten a booger.
37. I think I grew up in one of the best neighborhoods ever.
38. Softball was my favorite sport growing up.
39. I love wearing huge sunglasses.
40. I have a soft spot in my heart for almost all “naughty kids.”
41. Being a little lost while driving does not bother me, I like to think of it as an adventure.
42. I love making lists just to cross things off it. Sometimes I even add things to the list that I have already done that day, just so I can immediately cross it out.
43. I do not mind speaking in front of a crowd.
44. Because of my dad’s homebrew, I have appreciated good beer for most of my life.
45. I did not vote for George W., and I think he is a disgrace to our nation’s public education system.
46. I have never held a gun… not even a BB gun.
47. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday (besides my birthday of course.)
48. I usually talk to one of my parents at least once a day.
49. Singing very loudly in the car is something I do frequently.
50. I do not like to talk to anyone for the first 30 minutes I am awake.
51. I am terrible at keeping secrets. If I buy a gift for someone, I usually call them from the store to tell them what I bought.
52. Playing Skip-Bo is something I wish I did more often.
53. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. The Red Tent is my favorite book.
54. I LOVE theme parties, which apparently some think is “out of character” for me.
55. When I clean my house I like to be the only one home, wearing small “cheer” shorts, and listening to Michael Jackson very loudly.
56. I constantly talk to myself.
57. I have only yelled in my classroom 3 times. I felt terrible after each time and eventually apologized to the class.
58. The only thing I really miss about not having a television is watching baseball on ESPN.
59. I have kept a journal since my first pink diary in 2nd grade.
60. I really do not enjoy cats. In fact, they kind of scare me at times.
61. I love smoking cigars.
62. I have never been to Washington D.C.
63. Fall is by far my most favorite season.
64. Buying new jeans makes me very crabby.
65. I hate having other people be in my bed… especially if they put their head on my pillow.
66. I think of my dog as my child and I don’t have any problem admitting that I talk to him that way, and celebrate his milestones like a parent would with their kid.
67. I really do not enjoy theme parks.
68. I love to see live music, even if I don’t know anything about the musician.
69. I secretly wish that I was an amazing skateboarder.
70. I have no problem admitting that I exaggerate all the time.
71. Traveling is one of my most favorite things to do. I wish I had more money to do it more often.
72. I have never been in an adult shop.
73. I am not that into romance, and frankly, it embarrasses me most of the time.
74. I try to eat one apple everyday.
75. Although I am getting a little better, I am terrible with money.
76. I tend to make jokes out of things that are not always appropriate to be laughing about.
77. When I am in the right crowd I like to see how far I can push the “shock factor.” Grossing people out is really funny to me.
78. Because I have worked with kids for so long, I am fairly immune to most things, except for pink eye. I always get pink eye.
79. Subtract with trade was the worst/hardest thing I remember trying to learn in elementary school.
80. I still keep in touch with my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Parmen.
81. Romantic comedy movie usually just piss me off.
82. I only have 2 cousins, and I love that.
83. London is my most favorite place that I have visited.
84. When I get tired, there is no stopping it. I have to take a nap or just go to bed right as soon as that happens.
85. There are times when I am afraid to be home alone (especially if it is dark outside.)
86. I check weather.com every morning.
87. I have a terrible habit of interrupting.
88. I have not eaten red meat since my sophomore year of high school, eight years ago.
89. Mowing the lawn is one of my favorite chores.
90. I have only been on one blind date, and it was one of the worst experiences ever.
91. I am an overachiever in school. Even though I act like I don’t care about my grades, I really do get upset if I don’t get A’s.
92. One of my biggest fears is having to poo someplace other than my own home. (So, I just don’t.)
93. I really enjoy going out to eat, and appreciate “edible art.”
94. I am one of the biggest procrastinators ever. (I have a paper due tomorrow, and am writing a 100 fact list instead…)
95. Being around babies generally makes me very uncomfortable because I don’t know what to say about/to them, I don’t think they are cute, and I am worried that I will never have a “motherly instinct.”
96. Every time I hear the word “moist” I become uncomfortable, even if it is being used to describe a fantastic chocolate cake.
97. I love having my photo taken.
98. Ever since 5th grade, white vans with no windows have seriously frightened me.
99. I am a very auditory learner.
100. Not having my toe nails painted drives me crazy.
101. I hate most breakfast food, especially syrup.
102. Going to the Iowa State Fair is one of my most favorite summer time events.
103. When I get in bed at nite I have to squirm and shimmy around for a good 5 minutes to get all the blankets and my body warmed up.