Friday, August 26, 2016

#MTBoSBlaugust Friday Fun Day - 15 random things

Friday Fun day ... 

15 things ... random and otherwise ... 

1. Someone mentioned that I am short … I rarely notice it.  Early in my teaching career, I invited my students to write short jokes … the favorite one was … “you are so short you can play handball against the curb.” I don’t play handball so I don’t need the curb … it’s all yours!  I can actually get lost among students in the classroom if we are up and about doing math!

2. I love the beauty of mathematics … I especially love seeing the patterns and the way various strands in math overlap. I see angles in the trees, spirals in flowers, and numbers all around.

3. I saw that my sister wrote her husband is the best  on Facebook … well he’s cool and all that … but MY husband is the best! Actually the two of them are trying to attain to the high standard my dad has set!

4. My sons are smarter than I am … how does that happen?

5. As a teacher, a principal once told me I would not make a good principal; it was never my goal in life to be a school administrator; I was sure I would never leave the classroom; God is full of surprises!  I had 12 amazing years as an administrator - wouldn't trade those at all! Learned much from my teachers, parents, and students!

6. I use … ellipses … too much … in my writing.

7. I’m not into sports, not really “outdoorsy” but I love wandering through the woods or walking on the beach. It’s how I decompress the best!

8. In high school I sang in our school’s madrigal group … I miss choral singing.  I wish my church had a choir!

9. Growing up our family went camping every summer - first in a tent, then in a popup camper, and then a cottage at the beach!   I miss camping but I've come to love creature comforts!  
The best hot dog I’ve ever eaten was just a bit sandy after having been grilled at the beach.

10. This is the 14th home in my married life … moved way too often!  I had the opportunity of being the new teacher on staff way too many times!

11. I don’t like to talk on the phone … I rarely call anyone. So don’t be offended that I haven’t called you. I’ll gladly email you, DM you on Twitter … or message you on Facebook.

12. I love my grandsons!  I'm blessed to live within a mile of them - we get to play often!  And now I have two more grandsons on the way!  Can't wait :)

13. I’ve taught every grade from grade 5 to grade 12 … every subject from reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic, to health, science and PE. Can you imagine me … teaching basketball skills to boys in middle school?

14. My family dubbed me the birthday cake baker … I don’t do “fancy” cakes … I think the family makes a big deal over them to get me to make another cake!

15. I spent 35 years as an educator. I retired in June!  Do I miss teaching?  Yes and no!  I don't miss the getting up, going, and exhaustion!  I DO miss interacting with students and colleagues!  I've decided to stay active on this blog and on Twitter ... until the passion for teaching runs out :)


  1. Thanks for sharing your cherished memories in this post. I did not know you retired. Best wishes to you, Beth! I am sure you influenced many lives with your passion for learning, your integrity, your sense of humor, and your love of life. I feel blessed with every one of your post. Keep it up, please, for all of us!

  2. I love this! I am so grateful that you are still active in the MTBoS even in retirement. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us.