Monday, January 2, 2012

11 in 11 Post

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So to get back into blogging, both personally and professionally, I decided to jump in on a couple linky parties.

11. Favorite movie you watched: 
This would have to be Bridesmaids simply because as an honorary member of a great friend's wedding party (long, dramatic story that ended in only having a maid of honor), her wedding planning and events occupied 10 months of the year.  It was worth every minute of it to be a part of her special day.  We watched this the night before the wedding during our sleepover at the hotel and the morning of while we got ready.

10. Favorite TV series:
I've recently fallen in love with Criminal Minds.

9. Favorite restaurant:
I discovered many new restaurants in 2011 thanks to Girl's Night Out with some great friends.  I'm currently in love with Ha Long Pho Noodle HouseLa Tour CafeStage, and Gyukaku.  For the most part, I'm trying to eat local and buy local to support Hawaii's small businesses.  Gyukaku is the only chain on my list of favorites.
8. Favorite new thing you tried:
I've got a bunch of new favorites, but the top on my list would have to be zumba, which is now an almost weekly habit and I love the Wii version too.  Now to figure out how to keep it low impact, but that's for another post.
7. Favorite gift you got:
I had to stop and think about this really hard, but there are 2.  One is two ceramic pieces painted for me by one of my kindergarten students last year.  Another is a coffee mug that my student teachers gave me at the end of their final semester.  I was truly blessed to have these two amazing teachers in my classroom and another one next door to be a part of our team.  They drew pictures that represented our semester as an amazing team and wrote a story to go along with it.
6. Favorite thing you pinned:
The crayon wreath projects.  I never got around to it in 2011, but will in 2012!
5. Favorite blog post:
Great Shopping Finds I love to shop and shopping for my classroom is always such a thrill, especially this year when I had a completely empty classroom that needed to be filled and needed to do some retail therapy to accept my new position.

4. Best accomplishment:
Finishing the Honolulu Marathon and some of the readiness series races (PF Chang 30K and Val Nolesco 1/2 marathon).  I walked all 3 and many other long distance training days at a steady 15-16 minute mile despite developing tendinitis in my right foot.  My doctor recommends not doing another, but the 2012 is only $26.20!  I registered for the first annual of a new 1/2 marathon in March before the doctor's orders, so we've worked out a plan for how I can be able to keep up these activities that give me a major high!  (Photo is of my mom and I after the marathon.  She's done it every year since our first in 2006)

3. Favorite picture:
One of the amazing sunrises I saw on my weekly long distance training sessions.  Lucky to live in Hawaii!
2. Favorite memory:
Catching the bouquet at the wedding in October (after practicing in the hotel room the morning of) and the look on my friend's face when the DJ played "Going to the Chapel" as I walked back to our table.  He filled in my "Plus 1" seat and turned red when everyone looked in his direction.
1. Goal for 2012:
Be brave enough to go after any dream and opportunity.


  1. I LOVE your blog. My daughter and I do Zumba. We look like spastic turkeys but it is great fun. Love the music. I am following you from the Linky Party! I hope you can visit me.

  2. I like that description! I look like a spastic turkey too, but it's okay because we all do! I'm adding you to my reading list!