Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ok ~ Seven Things You Don't Know About Me . . . maybe

Well, I have been graciously given the "Versatile Blogger Award" by Dee, at "coming home to myself".  As you can see, the first thing you may not know about me is that I don't know how to create a link! When I attempted to click on the "link" button, this is what I got:

So, here are seven things you don't know about me, and probably wish you didn't know!  I hope I don't lose all my new blogger friends. (This would be a sad face, but I can't seem to make one.  Why doesn't :( work like it does in Word??)

1.  I am hopelessly technologically challenged.  Even when I finally figure something out, I usually forget how before I attempt to do it again.  I've been trying for 10 years to create my grading sheets in Excel.  Still haven't figured it out.  People have shown me how, but I forget by the time I sit back down at my computer.  Hopeless, I am.  I took a class about eight years ago, but it obviously was little help.

2.  While I love to hike, I am deathly afraid of heights.  I absolutely can't be on the edge of anything.  I don't trust railings above about four feet.  I was a constantly panicked mom whenever my children climbed on things.  My youngest is a rock climber, but I've only seen her in pictures.  That's enough to freak me out. She showed me a video of her bungee jumping.  She wisely didn't tell me ahead of time.

3.  I am a manic collector of sewing memorabilia.  I have about ten toy sewing machines, (various models and brands . . . all old) boxes and containers full of old sewing notions, two treadle sewing machines, and two regular machines (both old).  I have floor to ceiling shelves on two full walls in my sewing room full of fabric and patterns and notions.  There's more in the garage and in the attic.

4.  Sometimes I'm fearful that I'm a hoarder.  I can't throw away anything my children drew or wrote or created in any medium.  I have two trunks full of pictures of people I don't know (but I think they're relatives!) Some are slides my grandparents had . . . can't throw them away . . . don't know what's on them.  (They died over 25 years ago, you'd think I'd have looked at them by now!)  I have boxes of old, molding, falling apart books that belonged to my great-grandparents.  One book shelf is all old books that are in decent shape that belonged to the same great-grandparents.  (I think I read one of them once) Every card my children or my husband (and most from friends, too) is in my house . . . somewhere. Sadly, not all in the same place.  Some are under my bed in bins, some in boxes in the garage, I found a few in my sock drawer when I sorted it out last Monday from longer ago than I care to admit.

5.  I hardly ever listen to music.  I love all kinds of music, but I also like quiet.  I would listen to music in my car, but one of the speakers makes a very disturbing noise and it makes it hard to enjoy.  We took the van in to the Toyota dealer not long after we purchased it (eleven years ago, used) and they said they fixed the speaker, but they didn't.  I just never got around to taking it back.  We talk about it often, especially when we're driving to the beach or something and gee, we'd really like to hear some tunes.  The girls and I have ipods, but that isn't very nice for my husband.

6.  I kill houseplants.   I usually forget about them, and then they get all dried out, so I over water them, which usually kills them over time.  My husband takes care of our houseplants.  Oh, I'm doing alright with a bamboo that was given to me this summer.  Well, we'll see.

7.  Ok, last one.  I gained 10 pounds this summer while I was sitting and laying around waiting for my knee to heal.  This is on top of many more pounds that I shouldn't be dragging around with me.  Anyway, I bought a dress I just loved for the first day of school.  I went to put it on Wednesday morning and I couldn't button the front.  Talk about setting my day off!

Now I can't remember the other part of what I was supposed to do in order to accept my Versatile Blogger Award.  I think I was supposed to link other blogs, but I don't know how to do it correctly.

Dee, I hope you forgive me for not being able to complete my mission.  I also hope you don't regret passing this award on to me!


  1. You are so funny! Those are some very interesting things to learn about you, Sandi. And since these are supposed to be FUN, I'm sure that Dee doesn't hold it against you that you can't remember the rest. I sure enjoyed learning these things about you!! :-)

  2. I'm having a problem posting comments. This was so much fun. How was your first week of school?

  3. Oh, Sandi, I loved learning more about you.

    You are such a stimulating person. And I so understand being technologically challenged. I can't even figure out how to get the photos from the digital camera onto my computer. One of these days I'm going to enter the 21st century!

    Your sharing here is, I think, reflective of the fact that teaching tires out really good teachers. You give your all--to getting well from the knee operation, to listening to music, to blogging, to your readers, to your family, and to your students.

    Forget about the dress or your weight or the dress size that you long for. Remember only that the essence of you is not your weight but your deep down, pressed down and flowing over, goodness.


  4. These are interesting things about you. Reading this blog amused me so much especially your two concluding paragraphs. They really made me smile.
    Once again, you've written a great blog, and congratulations on your award.

  5. I think you were very honest in telling your "seven things about you." I didn't know you were a sewing girl. Also, teachers are always a hoarder at some level I think.

  6. Hi Sandi,
    I loved learning more about you. I also save cards , letters and old school papers. Too many!
    Love Di ♥

  7. I should not be allowed to have houseplants, either. There is only one I haven't managed to kill in my entire life and I don't know how, but apparently it thrives on alternately being ignored and then smothered with care.

    I never listen to music, either. I love it, but when I'm in the car, my station is tuned to the local NPR affiliate and it is on all the time. My daughters hate it, so they both bring their iPods and headphones in the car now.

    Hope school started with a tremendous first week!

  8. Even knowing you as well as I do, this was so much fun to read. I love how your voice came through so clearly, and your courage. So sorry about the first day back dress. I've been exactly there and could feel that exact feeling with you. Be kind to yourself - you've been through a lot in the last months. I hope your year has started off well. I think of you every day as I occupy my teacher role with 27 darlings.

  9. Oh my. I share all of the seven things that are part of you. Could we be like soul mates or something? I was a teacher but time went by and I'm retired now. My list:
    1 can't stand near the edge of heights
    2 feared kids getting hurt so I didn't watch
    3 hoarded sewing stuff ,having 4 machines and a serger
    4 forgetting the tech I learn too fast
    5 keeping old stuff and only just now taking a peek at that past
    6 putting on a favourite dress but it just "shrunk" lol
    7 Houseplants take a huge effort to sustain so I have two and one's a bamboo
    Hope your school year will be a happy one and maybe a more active life will help get you down a size for that lovely new dress. Have a great week!

  10. Just catching up Sandi. Had a few of your posts to catch up on and am so pleased you are now driving and teaching! You have indeed come a long way with a lot of courage. Congratulations and hope your teaching is not too tiring, but teaching being what it is, I'm sure by the end of the day you'll be ready to collapse on the sofa! All the best with your new students- your schoolroom looks exciting and I love your "7 things list"!


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