Sunday, December 22, 2013

11 Random Facts or I Blame Shelly Terrell

This post is different from my usual ones, because I’m participating in a blogging meme, in which you get to find out 11 facts about me, thanks to Shelly Terrell.  I shake my fist at her because I avoid these types of posts at all costs but will do anything Shelly asks because she is that important to me.  If you don't know Shelly and her Teacher Reboot Camp you are missing out.


The mission:
1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger(s).
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
4. List 11 bloggers.
5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

11 Bloggers I Tag To Take The Challenge
(Please don't kill me for choosing you.Shelly started this.blame her.LOL!)

  1. Hannah Zarzour because she is an amazingly talented first year teacher.
  2. Cathy Jo Nelson because she inspires me.
  3. Laura Fleming because she has blown the doors of New Milford High School and inspired so many with her World of Learning flipped PD badge site.
  4. Jane Lofton because she is adorable and I think she is awesome.
  5. Sue Levine because her energy is contagious.
  6. Dhaivyd Hilgendorf because I met him at AASL 2013 and love his creativity.
  7. Rodney Turner because I can feel his enthusiasm through just a 140 characters.
  8. Elizabeth Hester because she is a "new" blogger and needs to share more of her brilliance with the rest of us.
  9. Linda Lindsay who freely shares great information with her PLN. I find some of my best ideas from her posts.
  10. Carmen Buchanan because she is a rock star administrator and EdCamp enthusiast.
  11. Melinda Sears because she makes me laugh.


11 Questions For Those Listed Above Who Are Brave Enough To Accept The Challenge


  1. What is a goal you hope to accomplish from your bucket list?
  2. What is one goal you hope to accomplish in 2014?
  3. If you could host a reality TV show, what would it be about?
  4. What is your favorite quote?
  5. What is one of your personal theme songs?
  6. What are you incredibly proud of accomplishing?
  7. What was one of your favorite gifts?
  8. How have you dealt with a past failure?
  9. What is one piece of advice that has helped you throughout life?
  10. What is your happiest childhood memory?
  11. If you were to get a tattoo what would it be and why?
11 Random Facts About Me:
  1. My best ideas come to me around 2:00-3:00 in the morning.  
  2. Long naps especially when it's raining make me happy.
  3. I give to food banks and organizations that give toys to kids because I've had to rely on their services in the past.
  4. I once got vertigo while riding down a long, steep escalator in Atlanta and had to sit down and put my head between my legs so I wouldn't pass out.
  5. Watching my daughter be a mom to her son makes my heart swell.
  6. My sense of humor is dry, raw, uncouth and similar to that of a 7th grade boy.
  7. Questioning, examining, learning, exploring are some of my favorite things.
  8. I was a single teen welfare mom with twins.
  9. Quotes help me express how I feel.
  10. Reading books or watching movies about animals is something I avoid.  I can deal with people getting hurt or killed but if anything remotely comes close to hurting an animal I feel broken inside.
  11. Meeting Shelly Terrell was one of the highlights of my life.

Shelly's 11 Questions for me to answer:
  1. What is a goal you hope to accomplish from your bucket list?                                                                          I'd love to explore the Mediterranean on a Windjammer.      
  2. What is one goal you hope to accomplish in 2014?                                                                         One goal I hope to accomplish in 2014 is saving enough money to visit my daughter in Kansas when she gives birth to my first granddaughter. 
  3. If you could host a reality TV show, what would it be about?                                                         If I could host a reality TV show I would like for it to focus on super librarians like Joyce Valenza, Sherry Gick, Matthew Winner, Andy Plemmons, Cathy Jo NelsonShannon Miller, Jennifer Lagarde, Gwyneth Jones, and so many others to help shine a light on the critical importance of school librarians to student success.    
  4. How do you blow off steam?                                                                                                           I don't really have a need to blow off steam.  I have learned that getting to the point where you need to blow off steam isn't good.  I prefer to deal with issues head on and then leave it there.  Caring around negative energy is exhausting and I don't have time for anything that is not positive.   
  5. What is one of your personal theme songs?                                                                                     I have my weekday alarm set to wake me up to the song, I Hope by the Dixie Chicks.  I love that I wake up to a message of hope.    
  6. What are you incredibly proud of accomplishing?                                                                           I am incredibly proud of building an amazingly supportive, intelligent, energetic professional learning network (PLN).    
  7. What was one of your favorite gifts?                                                                                               One of my favorite gifts to receive or give is the gift of kindness.  Kind words. Kind acts.  The sharing of positive energy.    
  8. How have you dealt with a past failure?                                                                                            Failure is a perception.  I choose to look for opportunities in what others may see as failure.  I have learned that failing as one thing simply opens up a door to a new opportunity you would have never known of if you had succeeded elsewhere.       

  9. What is one piece of advice that has helped you throughout life?                                                         It's not about you (me).  In other words, when someone treats you poorly it is often because of negative energy they are carrying around that has nothing to do with you but is unfortunately spewed in your direction.  Be kind. but not a doormat.    
      
  10. What was your favorite toy when you were a child?                                                                       My favorite toy when I was a child was books.  Lots and lots of books.  It was my safe place in a not safe home.
  11. What’s your favorite piece of art?                                                                                                           My favorite piece of art is a piece created by my friend Ed Hose for me and my fiancee. She conducted an interview over several hours and then created a unique piece that includes aspects unique to our life together.

2 comments:

  1. You are one beautiful person, Nikki, and I'm honored to be your acquaintance. I don't expect to take the time to complete this challenge, but I sure enjoyed reading your thorough and thoughtful answers. Happy holidays, and may your new year bring many new and exciting things. I know that mine will. In fact, I'm heading to the Grand Canyon tomorrow morning for a several day backcountry hike. Winter break is one of the great benefits of being an educator.

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  2. I love that your favorite toys were books! You were born to be a librarian. It was one of my highlights to meet you and spend time with you. That was so much fun. Thank you for inspiring others.

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