I’ve been tagged a couple of times in this Sunshine Award blog challenge. My initial reaction was to ignore these requests, but as we get closer to Christmas, I am working hard to control my Scrooge-like tendencies.  I know Santa is watching.

Here are the 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.)

I was nominated by Ben Gilpin and Dave Meister.  Ben is a fantastic elementary school principal in Michigan and Dave is the head honcho of schools in Paris, IL.

11 random facts about me:

  1. I was born and raised in South Dakota.
  2. I have a tattoo that features the outline of South Dakota, a full moon, and a howling coyote.  It sounded like a great idea at the age of 19.
  3. The girl who convinced me to get the tattoo is now my wife of 18+ years.  She’s amazing.
  4. I have two kids, ages 7 and 11.
  5. I am an accomplished Rainbow Loomer, Nifty Knitter, and know how to crochet. Lots of quality time with my 7yo daughter.
  6. I once served pizza to Kevin Costner when he was in SD filming Dances with Wolves.
  7. I first used a computer as a 5th grader (1983ish), writing Logo code.
  8. I’m the oldest of 3 boys, all of us have first names starting with the letter C.
  9. I am great at falling asleep. Literally only takes me moments to sleep once the lights are out.
  10. I am a master at Trivial Pursuit.
  11. I’m half way done (credit wise) with a doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in School Technology Leadership.

Answering Ben’s questions:

1. Do you prefer to shop in stores or online?  I do like the hustle and bustle of real life stores.
2. How many pairs of shoes do you own?  I own about 10 pairs of shoes, but am not going to count them.
3. What is your favorite type of music? Favorite band or song?  I love indie and alt-rock.  My favorite music right now are remixes of Chet Faker and Alt-J on SoundCloud.
4. Cats or Dogs? Why…  My wife and son are very allergic to cats, so dogs it is.
5. What is your typical bedtime?  I like to read a bit in bed (no school email at all) before the lights go out.
6. Favorite twitter chat?  I don’t really like the live chats, but I do pay attention to #wischat.
7. Democrat/Republican/Other?   I tend to vote Democrat, but all politicians are annoying me in the past few years.
8. Best place you ever vacationed?  Ireland was fantastic, but I most enjoyed a drive from WI to Phoenix with lots of fun stops (SD, Denver, Durango, Grand Canyon) along the way.  It was a Griswold style vacation, minus pool time with Christie Brinkley.
9. Best book you’ve read in 2013?  The APA manual is my friend.
10. Favorite television show when you were growing up?  Probably Gilligan’s Island. It was made before I was born, but I loved the syndicated episodes.
11. What is one thing you never/rarely share that you are exceptionally proud of?  My wife is sincerely amazing.  She is fond of me, most days.
Dave’s questions:
1.  If you could solve any one problem permanently, what would it be?  World hunger.  Seriously, there is plenty of food in the world, but it just isn’t distributed appropriately.

2. What would you do over if you had a chance?  I would give up the light beer phase of my life.  Life is too short to drink bad beer.
3. What is your favorite desert?  Carrot cake
4. When did you know you wanted to be involved in education?  After visiting with two of my favorite teachers (Mr. Redlin and Mrs. Anderson) after my freshman year of college.
5. If you had a whole day to do just what you wanted to do, what would that be?  Sleep in (7 a.m. is sleeping in) go to breakfast with my family (eggs Benedict), go for a hike, prepare supper with my wife while listening to the Prairie Home Companion on the radio, watch a movie with the kids.
6. If you could meet anyone, at any time in history, who would it be?  I would loved to have met Wilson Rawls, author of Where the Red Fern Grows.
7. What do you want to learn how to do?  I’d love to learn how to speak Hmong.
8. What is your favorite beverage?  Belgian trippel style beers
9. Who is your favorite artist/actor/performer?  Van Morrison
10. What was your best subject in school?  I was a good student in all subjects, but really loved American History.  Mr. Redlin was the best.
11. What is your favorite season of the year?  I absolutely love Fall, but Winter is a close second.

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