Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year - Seven Things You Don't Need To Know About Me Poetry Blender
I took some time off from writing this blog - and from reading other blogs and even from my email. I have what pc calls a "love-hate" relationship with my computer and the Internet. I'm somewhat adept (I'm so glad that I have my colleague DP across from my office just in case), but I find that I am still getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and the speed at which new technologies, applications, etc. emerge. Is it just me or do others feel this way?
Anyway, I've gotten re-connected to my PLN over the last couple of days and have been thinking about my first post of the second year into blogging. I know that many bloggers do the inspiring thing (check this one here - it's truly inspiring for teachers) and the resolution thing but that's just not my thing. I could blog about my break and the time spent with my family, or the upcoming Christmas celebrations that are coming (I'm Serbian Orthodox Christian and we observe Christmas on Jan 7 according to the Julian calendar. as a result I don't start shopping until Dec 26). I could blog about how I have a love-hate relationship with this blog and how it's made me aware of how I write (badly - at least that's what my grade 13 English teacher told me and I have no evidence that I'm any better) and how the writing process works for me. But I've been reading a number of posts from a number of bloggers whom I follow about 7 Things You Don't Want to Know About Me and have decided to take pc's open meme tag challenge. So without further ramblings here they are:

  1. Before I became a school teacher, I taught childbirth education classes and acted as a doula for women in labour. This came about as a result my own natural childbirth experiences with my first and second children and the home birth of my third. I considered becoming a midwife but unfortunately the timing was off - midwives were not regulated in Ontario at the time and there were no education programs available (however my sister, who attended the home birth of my third when she was 17, is a midwife).
  2. I have competed in triathlons, a couple of half marathons and a relay marathon. I started competing in my 40's but may have to slow down/stop in my fifties because my knees are getting wonky ( I have a torn ALC and meniscus in one knee and the other knee started acting up over the holidays for no good reason I could see. Maybe it was the Zumba class?).
  3. I hate housework with a passion, but give me a lawnmower or a snow shovel and I'll work all day.
  4. I have a tendency to read books over and over again. In fact, I spent this break re-reading Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series for the the fifth time. I always find something that I've missed in previous readings - I think it's because when reading for pleasure I read really quickly and have a tendency to skip over sentences and long descriptive passages.
  5. I always said that my dream job would be half-time library and half-time HPE. I guess I'm living my dream.
  6. I am becoming a yoga freak. I started it because I was experiencing pain during my runs. Yoga fixed that within a week. Now I'm sticking to it because I'm burnt out from lifting weights. I see myself as a yoga instructor in the future.
  7. I was a provincial synchronized swimming champion (back in the 70's). If you think synchro is a fluff sport try running, walking, aerobics (or what ever it is you do to get your heart rate up) while holding your breath for 1 minute intervals - oh and do it upside down!
Back to work on Monday. Hope your new year goes well!



paul c said...

I have really enjoyed the Seven Things meme. You find out some really interesting anecdotal information about bloggers including your experience as a 'doula', your love for outdoor strenuous activity,(me too) and your reading interests. Maybe after you finish Outlander for the fifth time you can read Outliers by Seth Godin. Happy New Year. I like your opening image too.

dougpete said...

I can appreciate the skills of synchronized swimming. If you read my 7 things, you'll note that I have an Award of Merit from the RLSS. Part of the examination is the performance of certain movements in water.

In both cases, you have to have complete control and awareness of where your body is at all times. It's not an easy thing to do.

All the best to you for 2009.

Sharon Seslija said...

Paul, thanks for the recommendation. I'll look for it next time I'm out at Chapters and add it to the growing pile of books that I SHOULD be reading.

Doug, we have a lot in common: education, technology, aquatics, the love of the great outdoors. Not sure that I understand your love of NASCAR though :-)

Doug and Paul, thanks for the comments.

paul c said...

Hi Sharon,
I tagged you for a meme at my site about a learning goal for 2009. I hope you can take part.