Tuesday, December 30, 2008

7 Things Meme

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach tagged me for this meme. You share 7 things about yourself that would be unknown to your readers. I love the idea although, since I tend to be someone who tells all, finding 7 things to share that haven't been shared before is somewhat difficult.

1. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I don't think we always find out right away what those reasons are, but changes, choices, people who move through our lives all touch us for some reason - usually a positive one.

2. I hated high school so much that I desperately wanted to drop out when I was 16. It was my plan to get my equivalency diploma and head off to college. My mother refused to let me. Instead, I spent two more miserable years in high school and went off to college. I transferred colleges after one year, went to Oneonta and met my husband on day one. Had I dropped out of high school two years early, my husband and I would never have met and Ali would never have been born. (See #1)

3. My favorite job when I was in high school was the summer job I held working in a gas station. I loved walking into the hot sun in my short shorts and halter top to pump gas. The guys always looked so surprised to see a girl doing this task. I loved breaking the mold.

4. I originally went to college to be a special ed teacher. In high school, I interned in a special school and loved it. When I looked into getting my degree, I found out that I had to get my Master's in order to receive my license. So I chose to go for a Bachelor's in elementary ed and a Master's in special ed. But while getting my Bachelor's, I loved student teaching and, although I did get my Master's in special ed, I remained a regular ed teacher.

5. I am unbelievably unathletic and, yet, I ski. I have been skiing since I was 5 and didn't know I could die skiing. I ski double black diamond trails although I will not jump off cliffs. I also am extremely spoiled and will only ski in the west.

6. I had laser surgery a few years ago. I went from being legally blind without glasses/contact lenses to having 20/20 vision. As scary as it was, I would do it again in a second.

7. I had plastic surgery (rhinoplasty) when I was in college. Now I don't look Jewish. This is one surgery I would not do again. I changed who I was by changing my nose. I wish now I looked more like the person I was born to look like. I only hope my daughter heeds my advice. She has my former nose and she looks beautiful with it.

I tag:
Christine Southard
Colleen King
Alice Mercer
Lisa Durff
Martha Thornburgh
Michael Smith
Ann Oro


Ann Oro said...

I love reading these types of posts. I saw the title and clicked on it right away.

I have to tell you, I am also a believer in things happening for a reason. When I did a search for computers and math, I ran into Chris Harbeck's wiki and dropped him a note. His reply back totally changed the direction of my math and computer classes, not to mention so much that I do today. Had it been someone else's wiki or a static webpage, I would be somewhere else in my life right now.

It was fun to read about the gas station. What a maverick!

I was happily surprised with the tag at the end of the post. Let's see what I have to share.

Learning in Mathland said...

Thanks for tagging me, Lisa. I really enjoyed reading your list.

I, too, am a firm believer in fate. I've seen it happen over and over throughout my life. It's just incredible.

Kevin Hodgson said...

Hi Lisa
This has nothing to do with your list (which was interesting to read ... thanks for sharing) but about your RSS feed.
I get your posts in my Google Reader and the green color font against the white background (in my reader) makes it impossible to read your words. Here at your site, the green makes sense -- with the dark background -- but the dark background does not come in the RSS feed.
Honestly, I am not sure what you can do about it, but I thought you might want to know.
Happy new year

Lisa Parisi said...

Thank you, Kevin. I hope this new layout is better.

nycrican2 said...

Great blog. I agree with you 100% as far as things happening for a reason. I also notice that we have some things in common.

Like you, I also had Lasik surgery and would also do it again in a heartbeat.

Like you, I also had rhinoplasty to correct my deviated septum.
Not Jewish, but my nose was broken in college and I could not afford to fix it until I was an adult. Wish I had not, since I developed complications and had to redo the surgery a total of 4 times.

Thanks for sharing. It was really great meeting you at Educon.

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