Tonight I am helping sixth graders register for seventh grade. It is a rather exciting and nerve-wracking time for them. On one hand they get to choose* which classes they take, on the other hand they go from a school with seven grades and six-hundred students to two grades with six-hundred students. A big fish in a little pond to a little fish in a big pond if you will.
*choose two electives, that is.
I’m happy to ease fears and help these kiddos, (and their parents), navigate their way through a day-in-the-life of a middle schooler. Hopefully they’ll remember my name when they see me next year.
Since I’ll be out past my
crawl under the covers and get caught up on blogging bedtime, y’all get to enjoy the ABC’s of me, in true middle school fashion. Thank you blog world for allowing me to live out my middle school years in blogland all over again 🙂
A. Age: 27. The kids ask me this all the time. They usually start around 25 and go backward, how kind of them 🙂
B. Bed size: Queen. Wish it were a King, but we have your typical 1942 layout, which means our bedroom is rather small. And the closet? Let’s not get me started on the size of that…
C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning the litterbox, putting away laundry and cleaning the shower.
D. Dog(s): Rilo, our 75 pound lap dog.
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee.
F. Favorite color: Green. Which is why I love my eyes. Or do I love green because of my eyes. Hmmm…chicken or the egg here.
G. Gold or silver: Silver. Unless it is white gold.
H. Height: 5’6 1/2″ but I always say 5’7″
I. Instruments you play(ed): Cello in 5th grade. Then in 6th grade there wasn’t an orchestra, and my friend Jenni and I had to play our cello’s in the marching band. Needless to say, I quit.
J. Job title: Technically “Library Media Specialist.” But I consider myself a Teacher and amateur food critic 😉
K. Kids: Just my furbabies…
L. Live: Spokane, WA
M. Mom’s name: Bernadette
N. Nicknames: if you’re my mom or brother: ya-ya (which drove me insane up until a few years ago)
if you’re the hubs: pretty
if you’re Amy: Emily (long story, and it is actually quite amusing)
if you knew me in college: Me Merr
and anyone else…I pretty much just go by Leila. Although the gal at the front desk at the Y calls me by a different name each morning. Sometimes it’s Lee-lah, sometimes Lay-lah, sometimes Li-lah and this week she dropped the second “L” all together and called me Leah.
O. Overnight hospital stays: I’m not sure, but I know I had a scoping done, when I was 4ish, for my stomach (before we knew I was lactose intolerant). I think I stayed overnight.
P. Pet peeves: Have you read my gym rants?
Q. Quote from a movie: We may not always be as happy as you always dreamed we’d be, but for once, let’s just allow ourselves to be whatever it is we are.
R. Righty or lefty: Righty
S. Siblings: Jake, known on the blog as Libb (Live-in-basement-brother)
T. Time you wake up: Ha! Well, I set my alarm for 5:04 a.m. on work days. I hit snooze approximately 3 times, and get out of bed at 5:31 a.m. On the weekend I will wake up around 10 a.m. if left to my own devices. This is why my only kids are furbabies.
U. Underwear: Umm, yes. What an odd question. Do they mean brand? If so St. Eves makes the most comfy undies ever. Hanky Panky are a close second, but they are ‘spensive!
V. Vegetables you dont’ like: If asked this question when I actually was in middle school the list would have been insanely long. My taste buds have changed so much over the years. I don’t like parsley, but that is an herb. I can’t actually think of a veggie I would turn up my nose at. Although I don’t particularly care of watercress, is that a vegetable?
W. What makes you run late: The hubs. Sorry hubs, but it is true. In Law School he was known to run on “Timmy Time,” approximately 30-60 minutes behind schedule. Not being organized makes me run late too, which is why I prep everything for the following day before I do anything else, and why I have a strict Sunday routine.
X. X-rays you’ve had: Teeth, (haven’t we all?), leg, (broken after I tripped on Libb’s toy on the stairs, age 12)
Y. Yummy food you make: Everything I make rocks my socks. No, that is a lie. The hubs really enjoys my spaghetti squash. I really enjoy my German sweet chocolate cake and burlattas.
Z. Zoo animal favorites: I hate Zoo’s. The animals look so sad being cooped up in them 😦
Pick 3 ABC’s and tell me something I don’t know about you!