Back to School Memories #BTS

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This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to chat with @VZWaudrey, @MyDFWMommy and @jmroubinek along with lots and lots of my fellow Texas Twitter peeps about Back-to-School Memories. Lots of talk was made about the best gadgets/tech devices for Back-to-School plus lots of fun memories.

We chatted about how you can print from your mobile device and about the Fit Bit. We chatted on how the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is water resistant and dust proof!

We learned 4 Ways your Middle Schoolers can use your Tablet for School (some great tips in there!) We also chatted about some great accessories for tablets: like wireless headphones and keyboards.

Today, I thought I’d re-live some of my own Back to School Memories. I’m a child of the 80s/90s when I was in elementary, middle and high school. I remember a lot of things from Kindergarten (it was half-day school for me at that time…did anyone else have half-day Kindergarten??)

I remember learning my street address and phone number by heart. I remember a hunt all through the school trying to find the Gingerbread Man (we found him in the Cafeteria…lol). I remember different learning stations during school (kindergarten)…one was a reading area, one was a home area (think kitchen stuff)…one was a coloring area…one was a nap area.

I have various memories throughout Elementary School…just bits and pieces of random stuff. Like Earth Day in 3rd Grade. Having a Split Class in 3rd grade (so there were half 3rd graders and half 4th graders). Having a Split Class in 5th grade (so there were half 5th graders and half 6th graders).

I remember the Oregon Trail on the big bulky computers with the green screens. I remember Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? game. I remember the eye sight and hearing tests all throughout Elementary School. I remember getting a salad bar in the 6th grade as an option at lunch. I remember taking the Presidential Fitness Test in 6th grade…the chin up bar specifically (where you had to hold yourself up for so many seconds and then once you got past that specific time, then how long you could stay up there…I was a rockstar at that).

I remember cleaning the erasers outside for the chalkboards. I remember the Book Fairs. Ohhhh the Book Fairs. I would spend hours going through the Book Fair catalogs and marking everything I so badly wanted.

In Junior High, I remember having a Lunch and After-School Canteen where you could buy sodas and Candy. I remember being on the Drill Team (dance) my 9th grade year and going bowling twice a week once our seasons were over. I remember typing class. Sometime in Junior High, my parents bought a home computer. I think it was an ASIS. And we had AOL. And my brother became a computer nerd/hacker and ended up getting our account shut down at one point. We had all get new email addresses. I still have my email address from way back then on AOL.

In High School, my first cell phone was this huge bulky Nokia Flip phone that had a battery that weighed like 5 pounds. It’s what I took with me to college.

In College, I ended up getting a new cell phone…it was this tiny little Nokia. It was dark blue. Text messaging still didn’t exist. And you cherished your phone minutes. There was no such thing as Night and Weekends. I owned a beeper. That was my text messaging. ;) My parents bought me a desktop computer (an HP) to go off to college with. I had it from 1999 till well…I honestly don’t remember when I got rid of it. I remember having it in 2003/2004. But then I don’t remember having a computer for awhile after that.

Ultimately for me, back to school meant new clothes and school supplies to start the school year. Even as a College Student, I would go on the hunt for new clothes and school supplies. If the technology had existed way back when, when I was in school….I would definitely had asked for a tablet for school and an e-reader. I would’ve had a smartphone because it would’ve been something else that I would’ve asked for (either birthday or Christmas). The advancement of technology even since I’ve been out of college (2003) has come leaps and bounds. I foresee text books going digital. I foresee tablets being used more and more in the classrooms (even in Elementary Schools and Junior Highs).

What are some of your Back to School Memories?

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Finish This…

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Finish This.... Link Party

I’m linking up today with my friend Nicole (Three 31) for the Finish This link party. I’ve had an interesting week so far and my brain is a bit muddled. I figured this post would help me work some of my kinks out. ;)

The question I’m supposed to finish this week is this…13 Things To Know About Me

So here are 13 things that you should know about me.

ONE | I love Pink. Shocking right??

TWO | I am a Petroleum Landman by day.

THREE | I Co-host a monthly online book club called the Literary Junkies. Right now we are reading Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.

FOUR | I recently vacayed with the Robertson Family on the Duck Commander Cruise. #duckdynasty anyone??

Duck Commander Family Pic

FIVE | I’m a Degreed and Certified Personal Trainer. Have you checked out any of my workouts in my #NOEXCUSES Workout Series?

SIX | I own a Used Car Lot. Random I know. ;)

SEVEN | I love to sing.

EIGHT | My friends and family are my world.

NINE | I love Chai Tea Lattes. And I’ve caught myself ordering Tai Chi Lattes before. ;) LOL

TEN | I work on the road full time. So that means I leave for work on Monday mornings and return home from work on Friday evenings.

ELEVEN | I’m a book-a-holic. I have an entire bookcase full of books that are waiting for me to read them. And I probably have over 100 books on my Kindle waiting for me to read them. I listen to books in the car and try to read every night. I’m obsessed to say the least. (I’ve read 4 out of the 8 books shown below..all since June 21st…and that doesn’t include what I’ve listened to on audio or other books not in that pic…lol)

reading list

TWELVE | I absolutely LOVE College Football.

THIRTEEN | Fall is my favorite season. I love the others but Fall…well, there’s just nothing like it. :)

So that’s 13 things about me.

Tell me something about yourself that I may not know!

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21 Questions (aka About me)

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I want to go back to Maine!!

I want to go back to Maine!!

I thought it was time for another About Me post. So here are 21 Questions and I’m sure you’ve been dying to know the answers. ;)

1. Are you named after anyone?
Nope. But turns out that I have a great great great somebody who’s middle name was Taylor.

2. When was the last time you cried?
Cried cried…it’s been a few months. Teary eyed….whenever anyone does anything spectacularly amazing (hitting your goals, achieving major milestones, etc)

3. Do you have kids?

Nope.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
Yes!

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
I’m not really good at the quick, sarcastic come-back. So probably not.

6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

That would be a negative.

7. What’s your favorite cereal?
I have to pick just one?!? I like several for different reasons. Lucky Charms is up there though.

It's totally normal to pose with a bowling ball right??

It’s totally normal to pose with a bowling ball right??

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Good question. I don’t think I really know the answer to that anymore.

9. What is your eye color?
Gray-blue

10. Scary movie or happy endings?
No Scary Movies for me. I’ll take Happy Endings please and thank you!

11. Favorite smells?

Rain, bread baking, cinnamon, fall.

12. Summer or winter?
Summer!

13. Computer or television?

Computer

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
Canada

15. Do you have any special talents?

I can sing. Other than that, I think that’s about it.

Skip and Whistle Owl Reading Shirt

16. Where were you born?
Oklahoma City

17. What are your hobbies?
Reading, cooking, hanging out with friends, blogging.

18. Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment but I see 2 German Shepherds and 1 English Bulldog named Lola in my future. :)

19. Favorite movie?
The Holiday

Can you believe I was once a blonde?!?

Can you believe I was once a blonde?!?

20. Do you have any siblings?
I had one brother who passed away in 2011. I have a step-brother and a step-sister whom I inherited in 2009.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m still figuring that out! I’ve already retired one profession. And will be retiring my current profession in a couple of years. :)

What question are you dying for me to answer??

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