I know that this has nothing to do with educational technology, but I was tagged to share 25 Random Things about Myself. Thought since I wrote it, I would share.
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.
(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)
1. I love people but am not much of a social butterfly. I would choose a quiet night at home over a party any day.
2. Even though I have settled down a bit, I still have a gypsy spirit. I always want to go. I like going out for dinner, going for drives, going on trips, going for walks etc. There is always something new to see and do.
3. I've been a geocacher for about 5 years. My first geocache was up on a hill overlooking Zion National Park. There just happened to be a cool rainbow as we found the cache. I was hooked.
4. When I was in 7th grade I took a photography class at a community center. I have been an avid photographer ever since. Currently, I work with just a point and shoot after losing two cameras with multiple lenses to theft.
5. Growing up I wanted to be a veterinarian, a park ranger and a missionary.
6. I work better with background noise. I often have the TV on in the background while I work at home. I will have no idea what is on, but having it on seems to help me narrow my focus.
7. My favorite teacher was Ms. Alice Rogers, my 5th grade teacher. She was a very unique individual, a little too unique for most. But she was into project based learning and she inspired me daily to look deeper, create, invent and think.
8. I earned all of the Girl Scout badges and several patches including the Sizzler for camping in 100 degree weather and the Polar Bear for camping in freezing weather. I now have a husband who will only camp in perfect conditions.
9. My best friend and I were both bitten by poisonous Copperhead snakes while at Girl Scout camp.
10. We went deep sea fishing for our Senior Trip. I caught lots of Jack Fish, a King fish and a shark!
11. My first snorkeling experience was in the Galapagos. I got to swim with penguins.
12. I love roadtrips! We used to go on great trips as a child. My dad always researched fun, interesting places for us to visit along the way. Now Erik and I continue the tradition going on 5000 mile trips almost every summer. We stop at places like the World's Largest Prarie Dog and giant jackalopes.
13. I don't remember how old I was now, I am guessing 8 or 9, but one day, I got permission to ride my bike all the way around the block. I consider this a life changing event for me. Ever since, I have always had a great curiosty and zeal to see new places and new things. I've now been around the world a few times. I am still just as curious about what is down that road I haven't traveled yet.
14. I am a big fan of children's singer Raffi. I learned about Raffi when I was teaching Kindergarten. I would actually put in my Raffi tapes while on trips by myself and have great sing alongs. Baby Beluga is my personal favorite.
16. I drink Diet Coke like water. Started doing this when I lived in places where the water wasn't safe to drink. Now we have very good water, but I always choose Diet Coke.
17. I met my husband Erik on the Internet. Because, as I mentioned earlier, I am not much of a Social Butterfly, I think I would still be single if I hadn't first gotten to know Erik online before we met in person. I credit the sweet old lady prayer warriors at my parents' church who faithfully prayed that I would find someone to share my adventure with. Don't think they were thinking Internet, but God sometimes works in mysterious ways.
18. I can't dance, don't ask me. I definitely have 2 left feet. People always think that they can teach me, but it never works. Luckily, Erik also has the can't dance gene.
19. Antarctica is the only continent I have yet to visit. Unless I end up with some kind of grant to do a teacher blog or something from Antarctica, I am not sure I will get there.
20. Erik and I love Santa Fe. We try to work it into every road trip we can. We love the food, the vibrant blue sky, the far reaching views and the funky art.
21. Can't stand malls, but I love markets. Here in the states, we love going to our local farmers market and the very famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. In my travels and time in developing countries, the markets are always my favorite. You can learn a lot about a culture by what you see in their markets. I love the colors, the smells, the sounds and the bustle.
22. I once traveled on the top of an Ecuadorian box car through the Andes. At one point, I had to jump from the top of the moving train. A few bumps and bruises and a lot of laughs, but I survived.
23. I broke my knee playing flag football when I was 9. I have had knee surgery 3 times. That was the end of my football career.
24. I am a technology professional development specialist, but I am truly challenged by our new Universal Remote.
25. I've 2 degrees below the equator on 3 continents. I don't know why it worked out that way, but it did.
In an earlier post I was challenged to write 7 Things You Might Not Know About Me.
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