Homework? Yikes…








The last time I was involved in a chain mail experience, I was wearing culottes in the the 80’s. But enough about my bad fashion choices.

So this is going around #sd36learn started by DeanTia, and I just got an email invite from one of my teacher heroes, Diana, so here I go.

Diana wrote:

So I get this e-mail and tweet from my dear friend Tia and much to my horror, my name appears in the post.  I love Tia and Dean so I am going to suck it up and do it.  Thanks guys.

Here is Dean Shareski’s challenge blog here.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

Come have some fun and accept this challenge invitation to allow others to get to know you a bit better.

First things first, here are 11 Random Facts About Me:

1.  I hate the font Times New Roman. I have no explanations, I just think it is u-g-l-y.

2.  I have blogging guilt from not doing it enough. I have written many in my head…sigh.

3.   I have an analog side (paper/markers, etc) and a digital (laptop, iPad,etc) side of my desk.

4.  I sing silly songs to my daughter to get her up in the morning. She wants this to stop!

5.  Injustice in the world keeps me up at night.

6.  I love the smell of new books.  I love ebooks too but they don’t smell at all.

7.  It is such an honour for me to work supporting teacher librarians and teachers in the Surrey School District.

8.  I’m a polyglot. Google it if it sounds like a medical condition to you.

9.  I collect old suitcases from the 1920s-1950s. My husband wants this to stop.

10.  I have lived and worked all over Latin America in all kinds of living conditions but don’t take good coffee away from me in the morning.

11.  I meditate to keep me grounded. I think I need to go and meditate right now.

Next up, I am to answer the following questions from Diana:

Questions for You:

1.  If you weren’t in education, what would you do instead?

I would probably be a film maker, activist, designer, or a taco truck operator.

2.  Pencil or pen?

Don’t get me started on my love of all things stationary. Pens, pencils, markers, felts, highlighters = all good

3.  Last book you read?

Young Adult Fiction “Backward Glass” by Toronto author David Lomax, time travel, suspense great fun!

4.  Guilty pleasure?

Doritos, all the way. I’ve almost followed trucks filled with them.

5.  Has tech made your life easier or harder?

Easier. I had my last school photo taken with my iPad and I love how students  do transformative learning with technology.

6.  If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

Relax chica it wil all work out in the end.

7.  What is your favourite blog to read?

You want me to choose…ayy! Ok: Buffy Hamilton http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/

8.  Share something funny.

When I was a kid, my parents promised to give me a quarter for every 5 minutes I would shut up in the car. I never made a single cent.

9.  Would you ever wear orange pants?

No! I believe that fashion trend comes from Saskatchewan.

10.  What is one thing you hope to do in the future?

I want to publish an ebook in the ibook store and manipulate the time/space continum to get more work done.

11.  Favourite thing to do on a Friday night?

Eat sushi with my family, hang out, watch TV and laugh with them.

In the Christmas break Al Smith’s @literateowl decided to give me more homework so here are my answers to his questions: (I hear he is a hard marker)

1. How do you balance time spent on professional and personal life?

Balance is an illusion! Ok, seriously I try to leave work by a certain time each day and I meditate to centre myself.

2. Where do you want to go in the world that you haven’t been yet?

I would really like to go to Brazil and hang out with educators and social activists inspired by Paulo Freire.
3. If you were Mr. Harper, what would your priority legislation be next week?

National daycare program, bring back CIDA to finance real social justice in the world, oh I could go on.

4. What was the last book you read? Did it have a movie adaptation?

I’m reading “Writing on the Wall: Social Media the first 2000 years” by Tom Standage and no there is no movie version, sorry!

5. In what school/position was/is memorable to you? Why?

I loved being a Teacher Librarian at Clayton Heights Secondary. It was such an honour to serve students and staff and a lot of fun.

6. What is a health issue or advocacy you hold sincere?

I have a father who has dementia so I am very concerned about our lack of a provincial/national plan to take care of our seniors. They built this nation and we need to take care of them.

7. What is the source you rely on most for news about what’s going on in the world?

Blogs, cbc.ca, bbc, Twitter.

8. Can you name the 5 CanadaReads titles and/or authors? Have you read any? Check > (http://kssreads.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/canadareads-2014-looks-powerful-join-us/)

I can name them if I have my phone in my hand! Stephen Lewis is my hero so go Stephen go!

9. Why is liberalism a dying political philosophy or is it?

Any philosophy that talks about caring about seniors, children, and other vulnerable people in our society is something worth talking about.

10. If you could advise and/or act on a solution for a more environmental and economically sustainable Canada what would you contribute?

11. If answering these 11 with me, What wine would you select?

A tempranillo from Spain.

Now it’s YOUR turn!


  1. What is your favourite vegetable?
  2. If you could be born in another country, which would it be and why?
  3. What excites you most about education right now?
  4. When you were a kid what was the most trouble you go into for doing something?
  5. What’s your favourite food memory and why?
  6. MAC or PC? Or bi-platform?
  7. What artist (from any age) would you want to do a portrait of you or your family?
  8. Have you ever put together IKEA furniture with your spouse or partner? What ensued?
  9. Do you have an idea for an invention?
  10. What quote sustains you?
  11. What trait of your personality would you like to change?

Come have some fun and accept this challenge invitation to allow others to get to know you a bit better.

Kevin Amboe

Shelagh Lim

Martha Cameron

Anna Crosland

Michelle Hall

Angela Monk

Joe Tong

Jessica Pelat

Chris Walton

Valerie Lees

Sarah Garr

11b. You. (this includes all the people I didn’t name because I figured they thought  they were too cool to do this as well as those I never even thought, which could be you. Either way, I’ll read what you write) (Thanks Dean, I stole that off your blog)

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. 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.

Post back here with a link after you write this. Go on, you have homework to do.

You can thank me later.



2 thoughts on “Homework? Yikes…

  1. Thx I hated to add anything electronic to Christmas but it was too charming to ignore. Thanks for adding instructions at the end of your blog. 🙂 as far as your book, what do you hope to write – ’30 shades of Gray’ , teaching 30 years in BC. 🙂 or how about ‘ Stoll Crazy and Still Hungry’ take care happy new year good sport!

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