Thursday, May 17, 2012

I was tagged earlier this week by Leah at Almost Unschoolers for “get to know each other” game.

The Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random facts about you.
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag new people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.


  • 1. This is my work mug shot. I work in a big well-known company. We’ve been in the news a lot lately… and not just because of the products we make and sell.
  • 2. I don’t like wearing business suits and mostly wear jeans and sweaters/T-shirts to work unless I have to meet customers.
  • 3. I hate shopping for clothes.
  • 4. My favorite place to shop is Amazon, and I have weakness for Michael’s and other craft stores.
  • 5. I am not at all crafty but want to pretend that one day I might be.
  • 6. I wanted to be a chemist. Marie Curie was my role model when I was a teenager. I wanted to get two Nobel prizes too.
  • 7. I find it very hard to focus. Maybe it’s because my work hours are full of unrelated meetings, emails and phone calls.
  • 8. I love Harry Potter and admired J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Speech.
  • 9. Regardless, the thought of failure still frightens me.
  • 10. I never thought I will marry a German. It’s one of the best things that ever happened to me.
  • 11. I love travel and I hope to be traveling again with my family soon.

On to Leah’s questions:

1. What was your favorite subject in school, and why? Chemistry – see above.
2. What sort of school did you attend for your K-12 years? Public, private, home based? Public. By the way, private school or homeschooling didn’t exist in the former Soviet Union.
3. Do you have a college degree (maybe a masters or doctorate)?  If so, in what? Bachelor in System Engineering with enough math classes to qualify for M.S. in Math here.
4. What do you think our educational goal as a country (or your educational goal as a country, if you're not in the US) should be? Interesting question. I don’t believe in No Child Left Behind for many reasons. I rather like track based educational systems where children don’t have to study things they are not interested in.

5. What US landmark would you like to visit, that you haven't already seen. US has landmarks? Just kidding, of course. I really want to go to Yellowstone!
6. What is your favorite summer family activity. Barbecue dinners with friends.
7. Read the Scribbit post about blogging, linked in the answers above.  What phase of blogging are you in currently. Interesting post. Adulthood, I dare say.
8. Can you tolerate other people's children as well as your own? Don't worry, I'm not planning on dropping mine off at your door.  I'm just curious. No, and sometimes I cannot even tolerate mine.
9. Do you set limits on "screen time" in your house? And why, or why not? Yes, and the answer deserves a separate post. I actually wrote one 2 years ago, and the practice is still pretty much the same in the house.
10. Do you have a family pet? If yes, what kind(s)? Lobbying my husband for a cat Smile
11. Do you use math, beyond the basics of what you learned in grades five or six, in daily life? And if yes, in what way? (I'd really like to hear in from anyone reading this post, on this one). Nothing over grade 8 and functions available in Microsoft Excel even though I went “all the way” in math. I still have no regrets about learning so much math, because I believe it gives me thinking skills and guides subliminally my decision making. I do catch myself assessing probability often and I am able to “catch” wrong assumptions quickly.

My questions to Debbie at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn, Amanda at The Educators’ Spin On It and Melissa at The Chocolate Muffin Tree:

  • 1. Why do you blog?
  • 2. How often do you feel guilty feeling that you could be doing more with your children?
  • 3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  • 4. How many siblings do you have and did it affect your decisions on the number of children you wanted to have?
  • 5. How did you choose your career?
  • 6. If you could change one choice you made, what would that be?
  • 7. Name three skills you would want your children to have
  • 8. If you got $1000 to spend right now, what would you buy?
  • 9. I think all three of my picks are stay-at-home moms. Do you consider going back to work? If so, why?
  • 10. Do you have a favorite pick-me-up song? What is it?
  • 11. Do you blog on schedule or when inspiration strikes?


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Great to get to know a little more about you! I love the questions you picked. I hadn't thought about there not being any private school options in USSR, but I guess that makes sense.

MaryAnne K said...

I'm really enjoying this series around the blogosphere, especially since new questions come up each round!

I hope you get your cat :)

Phyllis said...

This was fun to read!

Kim said...

I love getting to know people better this way.

Debbie said...

Thank you for the Tag, I am working on mine. It is so fun to get to know each other through these type posts.

Elise said...

I was surprised with your response to number 7. I have my moments with this too. I can be very focused, but other times I find it hard to stay on track and get distracted by other ideas and goals.

Ticia said...

I agree these are such fun posts.

I love reading everyone's answers and seeing what questions they come up with.

I've been thinking about solutions for our schooling system and haven't really thought of a good one yet. Sigh, wishing for a perfect world.

Kelly said...

It's great to get to know more about you my bloggy friend! I was tagged by Phyllis this week and I'm working bit by bit to get my post finished. I love your questions to those you tagged.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love getting to read more about you!

Christy said...

This was fun to read! I hate shopping for clothes too; my husband goes with me and picks out clothes - he is good at it! I prefer jeans and tees too!

Susan said...

I enjoyed reading this post, and it's fun to know more about you :)
I also HATE shopping for clothes and Amazon is my favorite place to shop.
I'm reading the Harry Potter series right now, and I'm having difficulty keeping my mind on anything else ;)