Monday Quiz - Falling Leaves edition #MQAM - come and play along!

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together. 

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. September is Better Breakfast month - so tell us what you had for breakfast today?
2. Yesterday was Minature Golf Day - did you partake?  Do you golf, minature or regular?
3. Today is Elephant Appreciation Day - do you appreciate elephants?
4. Next Sunday is "Ask a Stupid Question Day" - what will you ask?


Our Responses:

Wayne went to bed early, but Heather's answers appear below:

1. September is Better Breakfast month - so tell us what you had for breakfast today?

H - I've been alternating between oatmeal and Rice Krispies

2. Yesterday was Minature Golf Day - did you partake?  Do you golf, minature or regular?


H - I haven't golfed, minature or otherwise in years... if I were to play, it would definitely be miniature...
 
3. Today is Elephant Appreciation Day - do you appreciate elephants?


I do appreciate elephants...



4. Next Sunday is "Ask a Stupid Question Day" - what will you ask?

H -According to my kids, all of the questions I ask are stupid... so I will probably just keep asking them all

And here is our 5th Question:  One of the things I miss most now that I live in the South is the changing leaves in the Fall.. have the leaves started to change where you are?

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Monday Quiz

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together. 

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. Today is MAKE A HAT day... Will you be participating?
2. September is National Chicken Month... Your favorite way to make/eat chicken?
3. Have you decorated for Autumn yet?
4. Soup season is almost here... Do you make your own soups?  Have a favorite?


Our Responses:


Will come soon

And here is our 5th Question:  Liam is 8 years old today!  Please help us wish him a happy one! No real question...





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Monday Quiz - the Fummer edition #MQAM

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together.  Judy from Retired-not-Tired wanted us to reinstate #MQAM, so I challenged her to write this week's questions...

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. I have heard the term"fummer" being used lately. Is it fall-like or summer-like in your neighbourhood?
2. The astrological sign for September is "Virgo" what is yours?
3. The kids are back in school do you have your routine as well?
4. Sunday was "National Grandparent Day". Did you honour your grandparents?


Our Responses:

1. I have heard the term"fummer" being used lately. Is it fall-like or summer-like in your neighbourhood?

H - Definitely still summer here in Charleston - the humidity is still close to 100% and as such a lovely 85 degree day feels like over 100...

2. The astrological sign for September is "Virgo" what is yours?


H - I am a Libra
W - I am a Pisces

3. The kids are back in school do you have your routine as well?


H - Getting there - the hardest adjustment has been that Erik goes to school every morning - but I am learning to adapt.

W - I guess.  There is no such thing as a perfect routine in my world - especially with three kids who go to three schools, but I am fitting in my workouts, work, home and everything most of the time.

4. Sunday was "National Grandparent Day". Did you honour your grandparents?


H - We recouperated from our Surfers for Autism day at the beach on Saturday, and didn't know it was Grandparent Day.




And here is our 5th Question:  Liam is getting pumpkin crazy, and we'ved noticed that the stores and restaurants are too... are you a fan of pumpkin everything in the fall?

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Monday Quiz - First of September edition!

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together.  Judy from Retired-not-Tired wanted us to reinstate #MQAM, so I challenged her to write this week's questions and she decided to go with a theme... September 1st...

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. September's birthstone is sapphire. What is yours?

2. September is sometimes called the unofficial new year, will you make some resolutions?

3. Many people start to think about Christmas at this time. Have your started your Christmas shopping?

4. September is one of the busiest months of the year for babies being born. Do you celebrate many birthdays in September?

Our Responses:

1. September's birthstone is sapphire. What is yours?
H - Opal (October) - yep, you can start thinking about what to get me now...

W - Aquamarien (March)

2. September is sometimes called the unofficial new year, will you make some resolutions?

H - I don't make resolutions at any time of year...

3. Many people start to think about Christmas at this time. Have your started your Christmas shopping?

H - Yes... I start shopping as soon as Christmas is over... 

W - no.

4. September is one of the busiest months of the year for babies being born. Do you celebrate many birthdays in September?

H- Liam and my grandmother are our only two birthdays.

And here is our 5th Question:  Is September a busy month for you?  What's going on?

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Sundays in my City- Early Morning Walk

Early morning walk through Riverfront Park in North Charleston - checking out the Naval Memorials, the boardwalk and his shadow!





An interview with author, Lori Foster! @lorilfoster @harlequinbooks

I am so pleased to have been able to do another q & a with Lori Foster as part of her blog promotion tour for No Limits!  I have to say that I loved reading both No Limits and the prequel novella, Hard Knocks and I know that after checking out this interview, you are going to want to add them both to your TBR pile and, like me, will be waiting on tinderhooks for the rest of this latest series!  

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, No Limits?


This is Cannon’s story, a character that readers met in my last series, Love Undercover. From the second Cannon showed up on the page, I knew he’d get his own story. He’s that kind of guy, the guy who steps up and takes notice and gets a lot of notice in return.

In No Limits, Cannon reunites with Yvette, another character from the previous series. They parted under strained circumstances, with Cannon just heading into professional MMA and Yvette young and traumatized from a horrific threat. Cannon saved her then, but he was noble because of her age and what she’d been through. Now she’s older, more independent, and he’s ready to make up for lost time.

Auto Show - Photos of the Week with Linky

We took the boys to the 4th Annual Steel Pony and Car Show this weekend - it was so much fun to see them checking out the cars, motorcycles and emergency vehicles!

 








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Monday Quiz About Me - Back to School Edition

Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Heather & Wayne from Acting Balanced.  We are continuing to answer questions together.  Judy from Retired-not-Tired wanted us to reinstate #MQAM, so I challenged her to write this week's questions and she decided to go with a theme... Back to School

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Grab the badge for your post if you like:



Here are the Questions:


1. What was your favourite grade in school?
2. What was your favourite subject?
3. What was your least favourite subject?
4. Who was your favourite teacher?

Our Responses:

1. What was your favourite grade in school?

W - My favorite year was my Junior year of Undergrad - it was the year I came out of my shell and figured what I really wanted to do.

H - Everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten... nuff said?

2. What was your favourite subject?

W - The most memorable class I took was a Buddist Philosophy class.

H - My favorite class was always history

3. What was your least favourite subject?

W - I had one English teacher who ripped the love of reading right out of me... until I took another English class a few years later and fell back in love.

H - Math

4. Who was your favourite teacher?

W - That is an unfair question in a lot of ways - I have had several mentors for vastly different reasons.  I have to say that working closely with all three of my thesis/dissertation mentors were the most rewarding relationships - Thanks Laurel, Steve and Babs.

H - I had several teachers I loved - but my favorite year was fourth grade with Mr. Riggs - he was always singing, acting and breathing new life into old routines.

And here is our 5th Question:  If you could talk to your high school self now what would you say?

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Setting up my new Republic Wireless phone and plan #sponsored

***I received a Moto X phone and service plan from Republic Wireless in exchange for my opinion.  All statistics are provided by Republic Wireless, all opinions are my own.

I've been searching for a new phone for a while.  I was jealous of my hubby and his new one, but I didn't want to commit to the same phone, so I was doing my research when an email from Republic Wireless arrived in my inbox!

Republic Wireless is a hybrid phone service that seamlessly blends wireless network calling with cellular phone calling!  What does that mean?  It means that if you are connected to wi-fi, your phone calls will go out over the wi-fi network... and if you don't, you'll have cellular coverage through the Sprint Network.  And it means that the phone plans cost way less than traditional cell phone carriers!

With plans starting at just $5 and the most expensive plan costing $40, and the fact that you can change your plan at will, Republic Wireless is definitely an affordable option for many people!  And

There are two choices of phone with Republic Wireless - the 3G capable Moto G and the 4G capable Moto X.  Just this morning, I received this adorable Moto X:

I waited semi-patiently for the three hours that the instructions required before I turned on my phone and read the instructions cover to cover - it was incredibly simple and getting my Republic Wireless account set up was pretty painless too - all totaled, I was up and running within ten minutes.  My only hiccup was that I couldn't find my account number for my old cell account and had to deal with THEIR customer service and explain that I'd be leaving my old carrier to get them to cough up the number I needed.  My phone is up and running and I've already downloaded the important apps - Starbucks, Kindle and Publix!  I haven't downloaded Erik's app yet - he really wants to play Angry Birds Epic on there but I am already losing my iPad to him, so I'm conveniently forgetting to add that one...



So far, I love how responsive the phone is and how much faster things load than my last phone.  I have been pleasantly surprised at how much 4G signal I get here in Charleston, despite the fact that the map says 3G!  I have also been really happy at how long the battery lasts and how the integrated Google back up is taking my photos right to the cloud every time I am in a Wi-Fi zone.

So far the only downsides are that I can't receive text messages from six digit numbers - so I have lost one of my favorite deal/coupon outlets, and I cannot personalize my voice mail message, but otherwise I am loving my new Moto X and my Republic Wireless phone plan!

Stay tuned as I put my Moto X through it's paces and report back next month!


























































































Rules of Teaching

Today, I start my ninth year of being a professor.  It is hard to believe that it has really been that long.  It feels like it was just yesterday when I got my PhD and thought I knew something.  Trust me that today I am no longer under such delusions.

In looking back and now moving forward, my classes look nothing like that did nine years ago. Today, they are much less, "me talk - you listen" and much more "lets explore and see what we all learn as a result."  My whole teaching philosophy has evolved over time and continues to do so.  In that vein, I thought that today, I would share my rules of teaching today with you...

  1. Start lessons with a relevant question/problem.  Set up the 'so what' so that students can understand why you are delivering the lesson.  It is about creating context in their minds.
  2. Set up the class in an explore, demonstrate and apply model.  
  3. Conversations work better than telling.  When I am told something I am more likely to forget, ignore or half understand the message.  When I gain knowledge in a conversation I tend to retain it because I had to connect the dots myself and understand the logic behind the thoughts.  Remember the key to a conversation is that it is a two way street.  You have to listen as much as you talk.
  4. Smile.  Life is so much better for yourself and your students when you engage with the materials.
  5. Be constructive.  No one likes to be told their wrong but sometimes we all need to be guided towards a better understanding of an issue.  I go in with the approach of helping students to understand where the error was made and providing tools to help them improve their performance
  6. Always treat students with the utmost respect and dignity.  It is amazing how treating people well usually turns into them treating you well.  
  7. Be open to learning and new ideas yourself.  Students have often taught me a lot to which I am eternally thankful.
  8. Always end a lesson by going back to the original question/problem which began it.  Let students see how their ability to address the question has improved.  It also allows you to guide a sense of how well you did your job.

Once again, these rules like everything else are subject to evolution and change with the times.  Good luck to all with the new school year!  May we all learn and flourish during it.