Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunshine Award!

Just before the New Year Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading nominated me for the Sunshine Award. I had literally just read about someone else receiving this award on that same day and was so surprised by the nomination. Thank you Franki, it definitely brought sunshine to me on what was a cold and cloudy day in Michigan! (And now I just found out that Linda Baie nominated me too, from Teacherdance. Now I have to adapt my list of nominees)!

Here's a little info on the Sunshine Award:
This is a way for bloggers to get to know each other and one of the cool things about it is that there are limitless "winners"! The Sunshine award gives others an opportunity to learn more about me as a blogger and then, in turn, I will send sunshine the way of 11 other amazing bloggers for you to get to know! Here are the "official" rules:
  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. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.
Let's Begin!

Here are 11 random facts about me!

  1. I can play trumpet and piano.
  2. I have never been on an airplane.
  3. I got married when I was 19.
  4. I started out as a Music Therapy major, switched to Speech and Language Pathology and then landed on Education.
  5. Both my parents were teachers.
  6. I started blogging in 2010 after a challenge by Stacey Shubitz that she was completely unaware of until recently.
  7. I love camping.
  8. I am more of a writer than a reader. I really need to get better at being an avid reader of all things and not just professional texts.
  9. I never saw myself as a writer until recently. 
  10. I started writing poetry in 2011, before then it was sparse if ever.
  11. I love all things art. I wish I had more formal art training but for now I am a self taught mediocre artist. 



Here are the answers to the 11 questions from Franki!

What is the best thing that happened to you this week?
I got to go for a run for the first time in three months outside in the snow. I know this may sound crazy but I love running in the snow! 
What is your favorite book of 2013?
Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Which TV shows do you watch regularly?
Not really anything regularly. I don't have cable.
What is the thing you are most excited about for 2014?
I am most excited about going to NCTE for the first time in several years. I
haven't been to Washington D.C. since I was a kid!
Do you have any pets?
Yes. One dog and a tank full of fish!
Is your favorite meal breakfast, lunch or dinner? Why?
I love dinner. I suppose because it is the only meal I eat with my family all at the
same time. 
What’s was a favorite childhood book?
The Little Golden Book of Words. My dad read it to me every night for as long as
I can remember when I was small. 
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
I try not to but this year seems to be an exception. I have several challenges on
my plate.
What’s a favorite movie?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
What’s one thing you love to do when you have free time?
Write
Who is an author you’d love to meet?
Mary Ellen Giacobbe


I am nominating the following amazing bloggers in no particular order!

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
Beth at Tiny Readers




Here are the questions for these lucky 11 friends!


  1. Where did you grow up?
  2. Who was your best friend growing up? What did they teach you?
  3. Who was the most influential teacher in your life?
  4. What is the best thing you've ever written? What was it about?
  5. What do you want to be when you "grow up?"
  6. When was the last time you wrote someone a letter?
  7. Where would you love to vacation?
  8. What is a your best family tradition?
  9. Do you collect anything? What?
  10. Did you ever learn to play an instrument?
  11. Who would you like to meet and what is one thing you would ask them?


7 comments:

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

Dear Betsy, What an honor that you chose my book and blog here. Thank you! I am also in love with the fact that your dad read you THE LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK OF WORDS over and over and over again. He was helping form your early poet self. (I apologize for not answering the questions on my blog, but as The Poem Farm is for children, I always keep the format exactly the same, bowing out gratefully from questionnaires. Please know that I am very thankful and feel honored.) Let's plan to see each other at NCTE DC! xo, a.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Hi, Betsy - How fun! And thank you! I'll play along as soon as I get my 2014 ducks all paddling in the same direction. Or at least in the same lake this week. ;0) I loved reading your answers to Franki's questions, and your 11 "random" facts. Lots of fodder for poems in those....

LInda Baie said...

Love hearing your answers Betsy, especially those that really show how much poetry has been waiting for years for you to find it! Have a terrific week!

jama said...

Hi Betsy! Thanks so much for tagging me for the Sunshine Award.

Loved reading your answers and random facts. I give you lots of credit for running in the snow, and I'm totally with you on your favorite book of 2013. :)

I usually don't do question-type memes at Alphabet Soup, but I'll answer one of your questions here (no. 11).

"Who would you like to meet and what is one thing you would ask them?"

Answer: I would like to meet Colin Firth and I would ask if he'd like to be my sous chef. :)

Hope you have a very happy 2014. All the best to you, and good luck with your writing!

Margaret Simon said...

Betsy,
I thought I responded to your nomination, but I don't see it here.
Thanks, I just worked for 2 hours on my post. That was hard work. I do enjoy reading them, though. Loved hearing about you.

Deborah Bussewitz said...

Hi Betsy. I love your work and I love you. Your blog makes a difference in my life and I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Thanks for all you do with your writing. A link to my blog and your nomination is below.

http://show--nottell.blogspot.com/2014/01/here-comes-sun_7.html

Deborah Bussewitz said...

Hi Betsy. I see that you have been already nominated. And another nomination.. I love your work. Your blog makes a difference in my life and I have nominated you for this award. Thanks for all you do with your writing. A link to my blog and your nomination is below.

http://show--nottell.blogspot.com/2014/01/here-comes-sun_7.html