January 26, 2010

7 things I haven't mentioned yet

My friend Katelyn at The Bird's Nest has given me a Kreativ Blogger Award.  Yippee!  I am so very excited and honored.  It is my very first blog award EVER.   

You know I totally love coming to visit your blog everyday, Katelyn.  You inspire me as I follow your photography and adoption dreams, you make me laugh with your posts about Brooklyn and you guide me with your photography and Montessori knowledge.  Thank you, girl!  

Go check out The Bird's Nest right now and try not to drool over her pictures.

So, the rules for accepting this award are: 

1) Thank the person giving the award
2) Copy the award to your blog
3) Place a link to their blog
4) Name 7 things people don’t know about you
5) Nominate 7 bloggers
6) Place a link to those bloggers
7) Leave a comment letting those bloggers know about the award

And now... 7 things you may or may not know about me……………

1) I have tattoos and I listen to Metallica: It's true.  If I were stranded on a deserted island (you know, the kind that allows for your top 3 musicians to be piped through the trees) I'd take my 3 "Js"- James Taylor, Jason Mraz and James Hetfield.  Strange, but true. 

I have 2 tattoos: the first is the cutie to your left.  A Star Bellied Sneech of Dr. Seuss fame, straight out of my favorite storybook and plastered on my left thigh.  If you aren't familiar with the story, read it.  I try to live my life the way the book ends.  My other tattoo is camera shy, but it's on my right ankle and means "poet" in Chinese.  It's orange, my favorite color, and blue (to represent my favorite element, water). 

2) I once took being called Mrs. Frizzle as a compliment: because I taught for 7 years with 6 of those being in kindergarten and Mrs. Frizzle was my idol!  She is a storybook teacher with crazy red hair.  Beloved by her students, imaginative, compassionate and open to learning new things.  During my years of teaching, that was the highest compliment my little 5 and 6 year olds could give.  Well, that and I love you.

3) I was no Rachel Ray as a newlywed: far from it as Champ can attest, but I loved to cook and eventually through trial and error, developed in to what I am today.  Most folks say my food is quite yummy now. 

4) I am using an alias on my blog: you see, my name is Tina but I always, always wanted to be called TJ since my middle name begins with a J and I think nicknames are cool.  Yeah well, the name never really stuck.  I think Tina is a fine name, but when I started this blog... 

so now you know, I respond to Tina or TJ 
just not Hey You.

5) I am as stubborn as a goat: which is why I refuse to put pictures of my family in my wallet when that goat picture has been there so much longer.  I have daydreams about owning him and someday it WILL happen I tell you!  In the meantime, Philippides gets prime real estate in my wallet. 

6) We followed our hearts to Vermont: heck, I could write a whole post about this.  Champ and I previously lived in a corner house with a postage stamp sized yard in Pennsylvania.  We biked to work (we taught at the same school) on many days and all our immediate family and friends lived a stone's throw away. Everything we needed was at our fingertips and we were involved in all kinds of activities.  Sounds lovely, right?  

In a way it was, but just like Champ says about the phys. ed. activities he teaches: at the height of the moment is when it's time to move on to something new.  Then the best learning can be had.

Our move was the most wonderful, most bittersweet thing we have ever done.  The pictures on this blog tell much of it: we finally were in the right place to start a family, we have acres of land to tromp around on and there are no chain stores within an hour of us.  This, to us, is paradise.

How we got here is short and sweet: Champ applied to a bunch of schools in New England.  We finally narrowed it down between here in Vermont and Cape Cod.  The ultimate decision came when we were touring the town after his first job interview...

I keep a discovery journal.  Year's earlier we had been through this part of the state and I had saved a bed and breakfast ad that I found inspirational.  As luck would have it, Mark's job offer was in the very town of this bed and breakfast.  We were driving past the BandB's wooden sign and it suddenly hit me.  I pawed through my journal and there; on the yellowed page, was a clue I had subconsciously given to myself so long ago.

And so, I've learned to always believe when talking about God, Fate or the Red Sox.

7) I am a heck of a runner: it's strange to announce that as I'm not terribly comfortable talking about my running history, but here goes: I ran crosscountry and track all through high school and college.  I won Leagues and Districts a bunch of times and was State All Star for a few years, too. 

I almost broke the 19 minute barrier (ran a 19:01) for a 5k when racing in Districts, but I ended up breaking my shin instead with a stress fracture.  I went through hour upon agonizing hour of therapy and was told multiple times that I'd never be able to run again.

The doctors were wrong.

I ran States my Senior year with a broken leg determined to  reached my record setting goal.  I became the first individual female in my high school's history to make it to States 4 years in a row.  I truly didn't do it for glory, but rather to shed some light on the lesser known sport of Crosscountry and to inspire my fellow teammates to know their potential.

After tons more therapy, I raced through college and on in to adult life.  I've competed in marathons, among them both the Cape Cod Marathon and the Boston Marathon a few times.  I have some triathalons under my belt, but when Champ went on to do an Ironman, I decided to be the ultimate fan and not a competitor!

These days I run for pleasure, but I'm positive the racing scene hasn't seen the last of me ;) 

Phew, that was a little long, but hopefully you feel like you know me a little better now!

 On to the bloggers I’m tagging.  In no particular order:

Cherry at Tales From the Crackle Berry Bush Cherry and I began our blogging adventures right around the same time and so I felt an immediate connection to her.  Her youngest child, Blue, is a few months older than Bear, so I love having a view into the future through her posts!

Pam at Teaching Readers To Think This blog is a great resource for recommended readings!  She has book suggestions for everyone from toddlers to adults and she knows her stuff.  Pam is currently a M.S. principal and was my Assistant Principal during the years I taught kindergarten, more than that though, she is a dear friend!

Darlene at Darlene's Days  Darlene is one of the sweetest, most genuine bloggers you will ever meet!  She writes about all the things that interest me and I feel like she wraps her arms around me in a hug every time I visit her blog :)  

Shell at Things I Can't Say  Shell calls 'em, like she sees 'em and I adore her for that!  She lives in a houseful of boys who provide unending blog fodder and she inspires me to face my life head on and with a little humor, for sure! 

Jennifer at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life  Another IRL (in real life) friend, this gal already knew about my secret #2 as she was a grade level partner when I taught.  She is currently still teaching kindergarten and I love hearing about my old stomping ground through her perspective.  Just spend a moment or two on her blog and you will see why I find her so utterly amazing.

Colleen at As Is Proper... I met Colleen through the "You Captures" that we both participate in.  I found though, that besides her photography, I was going back again and again to her blog because of her witty sense of humor, her warm yet real take on life and the fact that she is gracefully the Mama in a military family. 

Julie at A Vintage Chic Julie has been here from the beginning.  As my very first follower she offered me support and friendship when I knew no one in the blogoshpere.  I will be forever grateful for that!  We share a love of Gooseberry Patch, Simple Abundance and crafts, although go visit her site and you'll see which one of us is more advanced ;)    

And that's that.  So all you Kreativ Bloggers you, should you choose to participate or not please know that you are loved and adored by me!!!!


Darlene said...

Hi TJ,

That was certainly a fun and interesting read about you! I love James Taylor too and your Star Bellied Sneech is just adorable. Your kind words about me are just so sweet and thanks for passing the award on to me. Thanks so much!

Emmy said...

Congrats on the award! And very fun to read the 7 things. I got this award from Katelyn too and still need to do this.

Colleen said...

Awwww... thank you! And congrats on receiving the award as well. I'm going to have to ruminate on this one for a bit. Thanks again! You're so kind!

Shell said...

Mrs. Frizzle- that is a high compliment indeed! I was never a nice enough teacher to be allowed anywhere near the kindergarten classrooms. ;)

Thanks for the award!

Mrs. Bird said...

Thank you for playing along!!! I loved learning more about you. We continue to have a lot in common :) I taught kinder for 4 years...Mrs. Frizzle, you ROCK!! I always WANT to be a runner....but never quite have the discipline to stick with it. Kudos to you!

Cherry said...

Thanks for the award TJ! I'm definitely going to check out your other awardee's (is that even a word?) blogs. What a great way to honor your friends. I love your star bellied sneech, what an awesome reminder of love and acceptance. One of my all time fav's! I would say you have taken that message to heart judging by the compassion you have shown me. Love ya!

Pam said...

Oh my gosh an award! You are too funny! Thanks for the nomination and kind words. I'll need to buy a dress for the red carpet! I will update the Teaching Readers to Think blog and include some books that are memoir and post 7 things. In the mean time, I will check out the other sites.
Enjoy your little corner of the world..........

Aimee said...

Loved reading these! It's so fun to learn little tidbits about people :)

(And I love your tattoo - Dr. Seuss is the way to go!)

Erin said...

Congrats on your award and I enjoyed reading all these tidbits. I envy that you're such an amazing runner--I don't have it in me.

Can't wait to check out all these new peeps you've mentioned!

Christy said...

Thank you for visiting my blog :) I love yours and will be following!

Jennifer Campbell said...

Thank you... I can't wait to catch up on all your blog entries... I just heard that you gave me this award from your SIL. THANKS!!! You have many followers now!

Jennifer Campbell said...

Learned some new stuff about you... can't wait to create my post!

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