Four Fun Facts Blogging Survey

Happy Monday!

It’s a two-day work week and I am loving it!!!

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To kick things off, I’m going to respond to the challenge set by Monica at Run,Eat,Repeat.

4 fun facts:

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  • Rosie
  • Ferranda
  • Ms. Ferr-Ferr
  • Amanda Rose

Four jobs I’ve had:

  • English teacher
  • Weight Loss Consultant @ Jenny Craig
  • Sylvan tutor
  • Bagger at a grocery store

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Love, Actually
  • Hope Floats
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Four books I’d recommend:

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  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • 1984
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Eleanor & Park

Four places I’ve lived:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • St. Paul Island, AK
  • Jacksonville, FL

Four Places you have visited:

  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Alaska
  • Western Caribbean

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • In Michigan with my family
  • A bookstore and/or library
  • A big cozy bed with a DVR full of Real Housewives of ______ episodes
  • My crafting room – I’ve got projects to work on!!

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Raw onions
  • Mayonaise
  • Oysters
  • Fried foods

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sushi
  • Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad from Panera Bread (If they have baguettes, not dinner rolls)
  • Mochi frozen yogurt
  • fruit salad that someone else cut up – it just tastes better when someone else does it =)

Four TV shows I watch:

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  • The Bravo Network – a guilty pleasure for sure!
  • Survivor
  • Christly Knows Best
  • The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Working away on my MA in English
  • Celebrating our 5th year of marriage in June
  • The Diva’s Half Marathon – December 7th
  • Enjoying the reprioritized life that I’m creating with my friends and family (starting now!!)

Four things I can’t live without:

  • My husband, family, puppy Sophie
  • My bullet journal – it keeps me organized and on track
  • The Kindle app – books! books! books!
  • Coffeeeee!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

What are you reading monday

Over the weekend, I completed two books: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Bernadette and Scarlet LetterI will admit that I enjoyed reading The Scarlet Letter more than Where’d You Go, Bernadette.  I have found myself being drawn more into the classics than contemporary literature, at least more than I have been in the past.  I don’t know if Semple’s book was sub part of a victim of my transition, but I gave it a 3/5 stars because I found the book to be about 50 pages too long and completely too far fetched.  I didn’t sympathize with either Bernadette, her husband nor Hester Prynne or Reverend Dimmesdale.  All four characters  are setup to be sympathized with because of their personal choices and response to social norms neutralize their morals and integrity, yet I found it hard to find much within their personalities to empathize with.  Ultimately, I enjoyed the writing styles over the substance in both novels.

Moving forward, I am going to begin reading  “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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(Via GoodreadsFirst published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper–a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, “The Yellow Wallpaper” stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.

Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Thirty: No Fear

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What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid?

Being inspired by this past week, without being afraid of losing credibility or even my job, I would include more banned books in my curriculum.

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Books that I’ve taught in the past that have been banned:

  1. Speak
  2. Looking for Alaska
  3. The Crucible (play)
  4. Slaughterhouse Five
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  7. Nickel and Dimed
  8. 1984

Pretty rebellious anyway, huh?

Books I would like to add to my curriculum:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale
  2. Brave New World
  3. The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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