This is my fourth year participating the SOL March challenge. I successfully completed the challenge in my first year, but in the second year, I was working on a tight timeline for my dissertation, so my posts were more sporadic. However, last year, I blogged every day during the month of March, and my goal is to do the same this year. Since this is my fourth year, I’m going to share four facts about me.
- The NASCAR channel (XM 90) is what I listen to the most when I’m in my car. There have been times when I’ve sat in the car to catch the last bit of an interview or commentary. I particularly love The Morning Drive, which starts at 7:00 in the morning, just as I’m driving to school. There have been times when I’ve burst out laughing on my drive and have probably gotten some strange looks from other drivers!
- My first car was a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (I got the car in 1992). It was blue and silver, but the clear coat started peeling and the blue transitioned into purple, so I dubbed it the “Barneymobile.” The radio on the car wasn’t the best. For the first few months, I could only access the AM radio until I discovered that if you jiggled the button that switched between the AM and FM channels just right, then it all worked.
- My favorite reading spot is my grandfather’s recliner. After a busy day, I love to curl up in this recliner with my Kindle. He was house-bound for a long time, so I have many memories of him sitting in that chair when we spent time together. We watched golf together, lots of news shows together, and shared many conversations while he sat in that chair, so it means a lot to me.
- I am seriously addicted to InkJoy gel pens. Every time I go to Sam’s Club, I pick up the 13-pack so that I’m never without my favorite pens. My students have picked up my InkJoy habit, so that whenever I put one down, they pick them up to use. One of my fifth grade boys, in particular, likes to use these pens and I’ve found them to motivate him to write.