Sunday, August 11, 2013

Teacher Week: 10 Fun Things About ME!!!

I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week!  
Here are 10 new and FuN things about me!
*These are completely random.  And a some are a little ridiculous.*

1.  I didn't always want to be a teacher.  In college, I started out as a Journalism/Mass Communication major, thinking I would be the next big advertising exec.  The summer after freshmen year, I got an internship with an amazing advertising agency...and soon realized that it was not my calling!  Realizing that was a little scary, and a lot disheartening.  But, around the same time, I was also leading a group at Vacation Bible School at my church, and found that I LOVED working with the kids!  I prayed and prayed about it, and the next week, I changed my major to education.  I was filled with such an overwhelming feeling of peace and excitement.  I knew that teaching is what I was MEANT to do!  I totally believe God gave me those experiences to lead me to be a teacher.  I thought I knew what path my life was going to take, but He knew an even better path, and showed me the way.  He is awesome like that, y'all.  Seriously.

2.  I played a dandelion in a school play.  It was in 4th grade, and the play was Alice in Wonderland.  I had to sing a solo, and people, I am NOT A SINGER.  Never have been, and never will be.  Anyway, anything is cute when you are little and dressed like a flower, so I did it.  But I was so nervous that my music teacher had to hang a pink balloon at the back of the auditorium for me to stare at while I sang.  Thank goodness for pink balloons.

3.  I know ALL the words to Salt-N-Peppa's "Shoop"and can sort of rap it like a boss.  (It's the 90's kid in me!) Like I said above, I am not a singer.  I'm also pretty shy and have stage fright...but, for some cRaZY reason, I love to do Karaoke!!! My song of choice is always "Shoop"--I guess it's not really singing-- but fast talking, if you think about it.  

4.  I am afraid of clowns.  {I'm sorry if you love clowns, or if someone you love happens to be a clown...I just can't handle them--it's nothing personal.} I break out in a sweat and feel dizzy when I see one.  They FREAK me out.   

5.  In middle school, I went through a phase.  It was called, "I like to wear basketball jerseys with "skorts" and Timberlands Phase".  Yes, I said a "skort".  In case you don't know what that little gem of clothing is-- it is a skirt/shorts.  I had a Shaq jersey, because...I don't know why.  I didn't play basketball, and didn't really watch it, either.  And, Timberlands were the "in" thing at the time, so I kind of got something right.  Can y'all imagine all of that together on a short, slightly chubby, messy-haired teenager? You don't even want to imagine.  I thought it was cool.  Turns out, it was terrible.  My cheeks are turning red just thinking about it!  What. Was. I. thinking???  

6.  I snort when I laugh.  This fact usually surprises people when they hear me do it, and it makes them laugh, which makes me laugh harder, and then I snort some more.  

7.  In high school, I dated a popular football player...and then ended up with a band nerd.  The band nerd is now my husband.  {It's okay, I can say that, because I was a band nerd too.}  ;)  We started dating when we were 16--he was my best friend then, and still is.  I knew I loved him after 2 weeks.  We got married when we were 22, and I can't imagine my life without him!  

8.  I started my blog after having my first baby.  That was three and a half years ago (I can't believe it)!  While on maternity leave, I remember sitting around while she was napping--loving being a mommy, but missing the classroom a little, too!  While looking around on the computer one day, I found April Larremore's blog, Chalk Talk, and was immediately inspired.  I wanted to share ideas with other teachers, and I wanted to have a place to talk about my classroom adventures!  So, on a lazy afternoon, "First Last!" was born!  I have loved blogging and watching the education blogging community grow by leaps and bounds.  I have made amazing friends, and have learned so much from all the amazing teacher bloggers out there!  

9.  I make the most delicious fried green tomatoes.  Y'all, I'm not bragging.  I'm just saying.  And my husband says it too.  I'm not great at cooking, but I can cook those--so, if you're ever in Alabama and having a craving for fried green tomatoes, stop by the Cooley house.  I'll hook you up.

10.  One of my bucket list items is to see the big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.  I love Christmas trees, and that one is the biggest.  It looks magical, and I bet it feels magical to stand near it.  I had a sweet friend that once brought me back one of the branches that had fallen off it, and I kept it until all the little needles dried up and fell off.  Then it was just a stick.  And sticks aren't any fun.

Stay tuned...and join in on Teacher Week!  
Tomorrow I hope to give you a little tour of my brand NEW classroom!  


Teaching in the Tongass said...

Now I have shoop stuck in my head! Here I go, here I go, girls what's my weakness...

Sarah Cooley said...

hahahaha! LOVE some SHOOP!!!

Miss May said...

Cooley you crack me up!!! First off I love the new blog design, however your last one was a cutie as well. I loved me some salt n pepa! I would always rap Pepas part. "Girls whats my weakness? (Men!) ok then chillin chillin mindin my business, okay let me stop! You and your Mister are adorable!! How precious to still be together since 16. Love it! I can't wait to see pictures of your room. I know it's!

((Hugs sweet friend))

Unknown said...

Ooooh! I went through some awkward fashion phases myself! I remember in junior high we all wore Mitre soccer shoes (though none of us played soccer). I also remember a stirrup-pants & giant-sweater phase. Thank goodness digital photography wasn't big back then- I'm lucky that there's not a ton of photo evidence! Ha!

Alison Rose said...

I don't even like to type the word clowns. I think Poltergeist traumatized me as a child. I dressed up as one as a child...before I saw that movie.
Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

Cupcake said...

The tree IS a beautiful sight! I live close enough that I've gone to see it a bunch of times... it's crazy crowded, but there's something so special about being there with family and friends!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Miss Kindergarten said...

Lol!! Best 10 facts ever!!! You are hilarious!

Ms. Fliss said...

I started as a journalism major, too! Funny how that happens :)

Unknown said...

Nice to "meet" you, Sarah! My first play was Alice in Wonderland, too (in 3rd grade). I was the Cheshire Cat and so devastated at not being Alice lol. And I think we all went through a lovely a phase in middle school... hubby calls it the "Oh Yeah" phase lol... :)

Lindsey at Forever First Grade

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah! I don't like clowns either & my daughter HATES them!! Creepy!! I love the Rockefeller Tree too. We live in NJ so it's right over the bridge for us. Christmas in the city is soooo festive - the tree, the store windows, Bryant Park & of course a Broadway show. Hope you get to see the tree! It is magical!

Science for Kids Blog

Paula’s Place said...

I can't cope with clowns either.
Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

Amanda said...

1. You are adorable. 2. I am so glad that we are friends IRL through blogging. 3. I hate clowns too. I seriously hyperventilate. 4. I didn't know you met Jon in high school! 5. I loved reading ALL of this! :)

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Hi there! Married my high school sweetheart too--going on 17 years--and love him more now than ever! :-)


Teaching Little Miracles

Margaux said...

Loved your ten facts - So glad I found your blog! I also love to find other people who didn't always know they were meant to teach. It took me a little while longer to figure that out but I'm working on it!
All the best,
The Imaginary Classroom

Kandice from: TimeTwoTeach said...

Hello! : ) I too HATE clowns! I'm glad I'm not alone! And I may or may not snort when I laugh too! : ) it's nice to meet you! I'd be honored if you'd check out my blog! I'm new to this!

Erica Bohrer said...

You are just soo cute! I remember you snorting in Chicago and it made me laugh. You all need to come to NY and we will go see the tree. <3

Gladys said...

I married my high school sweetheart too. And he's also my best friend. Love reading these fun facts about you. You're so cute!

Susan said...

I snort when I laugh too! And, so do my mom and daughters. I think its genetic lol! I'm also from Alabama. It's great to meet you!

Sarah Paul said...

Sarah, you are hilarious! I especially loved the jersey/skort part. Please tell me you had some amazing 90's bangs to go with it (at least while you were rapping to Shoop). Ah, 90's hip-hop. Still love it!
Sarah's First Grade Snippets

Ashley Sanderson said...

I love that you met your husband in high school :) I met mine the summer after freshman year of college. I love knowing that we've experienced alot of our life together :) Loved reading all about you!

Flying High in First Grade

Carmen said...

I absolutely love that salt n peppa song! LOL I too started out as a journalism/ mass comm major but I couldn't see my self doing anything other than teaching now!


Rachelle said...

I love everything about you!!!!!

Sneaker Teacher said...

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center definitely is a cool sight. Cool fact, a few years ago the tree came from my hometown of Easton, CT. My dad actually helped take it down for transport to NYC.

Unknown said...

It's funny..we have a few things in one time I briefly thought about going into journalism and I am NOT a lover of clowns either! Something about them are a bit creepy.
You are is magical seeing the Rockefeller tree in person! If your able head to NYC sometime.
Would you ever think of posting your recipe?


Anonymous said...

My fiance proposed to me at the big tree in Rockefeller Center! Go see it, you will love its magic! :o)

The Colorful Apple said...

Definitely go see the tree in Rockefeller Center! It's beautiful! My family and I go to NYC once a year and it is always at Christmas. It's crazy and hectic, but definitely worth it!

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

KaSandra said...

Ohhhhh, that's on my bucket list too. New York at Christmas :-)


Unknown said...

Hello Sarah,
It's nice to get to know you! I didn't get a chance to read blogs this a.m. because I started back to school today. Thanks for the's been a long day! I too have Shoop stuck in my head (I didn't even know I still remembered the words), I don't care for clown's because of Stephen King's IT, and I would love to try your fried green tomatoes! Here's to a great school year and I look forward to learning with and from you!

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