1.04.2012

Let's Chat

 I've been taking some time to poke around on other blogs quite a bit lately.  I'm formulating some thoughts about blogging - what I want, why I want it, how to get there.  I've got many many things flipping and swirling in my head for this new year. Rather than becoming overwhelmed and just chucking it all, I am deciding what are small, reasonable steps I can take today that are eventually going to build into larger aspirations and accomplishments.  One of my guiding tenets for this year is to be more joyful.  I can't just sit around and wait for joy to come to me, part of being joyful is exploring the things that bring joy and doing what is necessary to make those things happen. So anyway, that was a really long tangent to say that one of the things that I have seen on other blogs that I really enjoy are comment box conversations.  In fact one of my favorite reads every day is Quiet Life, and she has like a whole little village of commentary in her comment box all the time. I love it. It makes me smile. Though I admit that I lurk far more than I join in. Note-to-self: start joining in more.  Because here's the thing I'm asking for today: let's start building a little community of sorts right here. No, I can't compete with facebook, or any of that jazz, but I know some of you that read here, and you have a lot of insight to offer.  I have to believe that some of you I don't know well, or at all really (but I sure would like to). Let's have a little chat. I'd love to hear something unusual or unique, or just flat out wonderful about you.  Tell me about it.  I'll start......

19 comments:

Dana Portwood said...

Hmmm...something unique about me that no one who reads here already knows...

I have not grown even one inch since I was in 6th grade. I was 5 ft tall then and I am 5 ft tall now. All my children will be taller than I am and two of them already are!

lakecrestgirl said...

I was born in New Jersey.

Dana Portwood said...

REALLY?!?!?! I was born in Detroit, Michigan. Nice to meet you, Yankee. :D

lakecrestgirl said...

REALLY! My dad was stationed there when he was in the army.

Kristen_Brooks said...

I entered Kindergarten reading on a 6th grade level.

So it's a little braggy.

Dana Portwood said...

That's cool! My parents were born and raised in Michigan. I was born there and lived there the first 18 months of my life.

Erika said...

Following your growth lead - I grew taller during my 1st pregnancy - I think it was a full 3 inches too - can't remember exactly but I really believe I graduated high school at 5'1". Yes, I was young during my first pregnancy - but I was 19 so it surprised the doctors as much as it surprised me. They made quite a production about it.
My daughter has a thyroid condition - a genetic one at that. I have often wondered if there was a connection.
She is holding out hope that she, too, will grow taller during pregnancy. She is 5'1". She is 19 now.
I am holding out hope that we don't find out for a LONG time =)

Dana Portwood said...

KRISTEN! I knew we were kindred souls. I am not sure of the level but I remember through 3rd grade having to go out into the hall for "special reading time" My girls were all early readers too. Lucky Bibliophiles.

Dana Portwood said...

HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA Erika! I didn't grow at all except OUT during pregnancy. My feet didn't grow either. Just think, if she starts today you could be a great grandma by the time you are 60! AWESOME!

Kristen_Brooks said...

They used to make me read to 2nd grade classes. I got to get the chapter books at the book fair. I think that's why I have a hard time teaching reading, because I never really didn't know how to read.

Erika said...

I will only agree to this if someone convinces Tebow to give up football and marry her ;)
as for reading - in kindergarten, her first homework was to take home books to read. Teacher meant for the parent to read to the child. She was convinced SHE had to read it. She taught herself to read in one night. I just remember it was a Huey-Dewey-Louie book because those were the ONLY words she let me help her with. Told teacher the next day and teacher thought she must have just memorized it from some place. Quizzed her with every book in the class. She could read - and read WELL!
She might be YOUR daughter (she WAS born on Feb 14th) - or Kristen's. She did not get it from me. Or her dad.

Lorri said...

Hmm, let's see. I have a "key to the city" for Seacaucus, New Jersey from a Girl Scout trip there in high school. Did anybody else have those reading quiz cards in school? The name is escaping me at the moment, but they were color coded by level and you'd read a short story and answer questions about it. I think I went through the whole set in 3rd grade. :)

Kristen_Brooks said...

I'm pretty sure I was 6 when she was born so highly unlikely. :-)

Erika said...

LOL ha ha
oh I CARRIED her, but that was only so I could GROW
God made a baby come out of a virgin ...
I have always known I gave birth to someone else's daughter
and Lorri - I remember having some color coded things and cassette tapes - and headphones. We read and listened and then took tests or something. They were in a 'special' room. it is all kind of fuzzy . . .

Maria Summers said...

Kristen, I get the not remembering not knowing how to read. I also have yet to teach any of my kids to read. Hubby taught oldest how to read, Eli's K teacher taught him how to read, Tommy figured it out by himself at about 3 1/2......

Apparently getting taller is a female trait from my mom's side. My grandmother and mother were both taller than their mothers, as am I, Alli is now taller than me AND my sister. I am hoping she stops growing before she hits 6 feet.

Something amazing about me....what don't you know.......I was born in Colorado Springs, CO

Aisling Beatha said...

Ditto with our Matthew on the reading. He entered nursery (4 years old) reading fluently. He was also an early talker and I have always thought the two were connected somehow.

As for something about me, I am pretty sure you know most of it. Errrmmmmm, let's try this one, although I'm pretty sure you will have heard it. I fell in the canal when I was a toddler, off my uncle's rowing boat, and when my uncle yelled "she's fallen in", for a split second my dad thought he meant the dog.

Dana Portwood said...

Lorri!!! I totally read those too! That's what I would sit in the hallway and do.

Maria! You did it! you told me something I didn't know about you! And yeah--between Lindsay and Olivia I am going to have some TALL kids. I don't think Bailey can keep up much longer. She's built more like her momma.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeee Zoe! I'm glad they fished you out!

Pattie said...

I'm with the ones who can't remember ever not reading...

um...something you don't know. Dana, we've known each other so long I don't know what secrets I have?!?!?!?!

Holly said...

I got to read to the older classrooms in Kindergarten too!!