Friday, 17 January 2014

Blogging Meme

It has been a very, very long time since I wrote on this blog.  I've been meaning to for quite a while but couldn't think of anything worth saying.  Thanks to a blogging meme that has been currently doing the rounds, I have got the kick start I need to get this blog up and running again.

Essentially the meme works as follows:

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  • List 11 bloggers.
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

I was tagged by both Claire Buist & Kimberley Rivett so I decided to do one set of random facts but provide answers to each set of questions.  The tricky part is deciding who to tag myself as most of the people I would tag have already been tagged - some more than once.

11 Random Facts About Me

I own over 3000 books & most of those are novels or picture books.

I have lived in  24 houses, in 11 different towns/cities in NZ.

I have lived at 6 different fire stations - Dad was a fireman and the houses were on the fire station grounds.

I was born with short achilles tendons and as a result I walk on my toes - especially when I don’t have shoes on to hold my heels down.

I am the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family.

When I was 6 years old I was awarded second place for my painting of Guy Fawkes night in an art competition as part of the Wanganui A &P show.

I can't stand beetroot and no matter how hard I try I can't convince myself to eat it. 

I hate it when people call me Kirsty and often won’t respond if they do.

I have always wanted to go to Antarctica.

I have been as far south as Bluff and as far north as the Isle of Skye.

I love Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - they don’t last long when I’m around.

Here are my answers to Kimberley's questions:

1. Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

I met Rob Guest in Wanganui when I was 6 - he was performing in Half a Sixpence. He signed my programme and Mum bought me a 45” of his single “Hanging On”.

2. If you could spend a day with anyone from any era or country, who would it be and why?

Elizabeth the first.  I have been fascinated by her since I was a very little girl.

3. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in life?

Surviving a near fatal vehicle accident and then in the years afterwards helping my husband and son to cope with the impact it had on them.

4. What is your favourite childhood memory?

Summer holidays with my family - this includes my cousins and my grandparents.

5. What has changed for the better and the worst in teaching since you were at school?

For the better - recognition that each child has different needs and is at different points in their learning journey, instead of simply teaching the whole class the same lesson because they are in the same year level.

For the worse - public opinion about teachers.

6. Who is the most inspiring teacher you had as a student and why?

Miss Evans my 5th form History & 7th form Classics teacher.  She was interesting and engaging, had clear expectations and knew what she was talking about.

7. What do you need to change or develop this year (personal challenge time!)?

Continue to develop my leadership skills in my role as a Learning Leader.

8. Where would you love to travel to and why?

Canada because my grandfather trained there during World War Two and my best friend lives there.

9. If you went to a 'P' party (something starting with the letter 'P') what would you wear? 

Pyjamas - they’re just soooo comfortable.

10. If you were a super hero what would be your superpower?

The ability to heal others.

11. What is one thing you would change in the world if you could change anything?

That’s a tricky one - I think I’d like for everyone to accept that each of us is different and that difference is ok.

And here are my answers to Claire's:

1) What is your favourite book?

That’s a hard question - it would be like asking me to name my favourite offspring.  

2) What is your most precious device?

3 way tie between my Mac Book, iPhone and iPad mini.

3) iPad or Android tablets?

Always iPad.

4) What do you consider the most valuable thing you own?

My life - I’ve come very close to not being here on 3 occasions in my life and so I appreciate every moment I have and try to live each day as if it were my last.

5) What is your favourite way to waste time?

Surfing the web.

6) If a movie was being made about you who would you choose to play you and why?

Kate Winslet because she is a fantastic character actress plus her complexion is similar to mine.

7) If you could have an endless supply of food what would that be?


8) What's the best holiday you've been on?

3 weeks touring the UK.

9) What's the worst haircut you've ever had?

The one my sister gave me when she was 2 and I was 4.

10) What three things do you love most about your best friend?

She understands my warped sense of humour, she’s always there for me no matter what and she loves books and history as much as I do.

11) What is your favourite smell and what memory does it remind you of?

Wood smoke.  It reminds me of my Dad.  He was a fireman and often when he came home I’d hug him and he would smell all smokey.  Also when we went to visit him at work the room where they hung all their gear had the same smell.

My 11 Questions:

1. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
2. What are you most proud of?
3. If you weren't an educator what would you be?
4. If you could invite any 3 people in the world (past or present) to dinner, who would you invite and 
5. What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
6. Do you speak another language? If so, what?
7. What television programme from your childhood would you like to see back on the screen these      
8. What's your idea of a fabulous weekend?
9. Blogging, Twitter or Facebook - which is better and why?
10.Which animal do you feel best represents you and why?
11. Do you think imagination is important? Why or why not?

I tag the following people:
@kiwispouse, @eMartian, @tinado, @dragonsinger57, @dragon09  & anyone else who hasn’t been tagged but wants to do it as I am running out of people who haven't been tagged already.


  1. Hi Kirstin - thanks so much for finding time for the meme game. I did hope it might give you a reason to get back onto your blog! I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone just that little bit better by reading their memes. Turns out we have more than a few things in common! Beetroot would be right up there! Hope your 2014 is a spectacular one and that you find time to blog more! :)

  2. wow that was so fascinating…makes me want to ask you lots MORE questions though! Glad Claire and I inspired you to get back to blogging too, that's awesome. Have a wonderful year in the classroom and I look forward to reading about how that personal challenge goes..