So, Brandy nominated me – among others – for a Liebster award, which appears to be a “tag, you’re it” award amongst small-time (fewer than 200 subscribers) bloggers who have nothing better to write about. I couldn’t resist. I don’t know why Brandy went with it, though, because she’s writing about why Americans like to own guns. I tell ya, you’re missing out if you don’t read Afterthoughts. Brandy is a total cheater, actually, because her little feedburner chiclet says she has more than 350 rss subscribers.
Apparently, however, “leibster” is the German word for sweetheart or beloved, and not loser, so I decided I’d play along.
- My name is Mystie Dawn, not to be confused with Foggy Morning or Misty the horse. Misty is the #1 horse name and #3 dog name. It is not my name. Mystie – short for mystery, not mistake, as my Dad likes to joke. It is a family name.
- I was homeschooled before homeschooling was cool, back in the day when we couldn’t ride our bikes during school hours so we wouldn’t get stopped by the police for being truant. It did happen once, but the officer believed our homeschool excuse.
- I am the oldest of seven children, and people mistake my two sisters and I, though we are not at all close in age. Well, no one mistakes me for my 16yo sister, but we really do look a lot a like. We’re just 15 years (and 5 babies…and she is an athlete and I never was) apart. Perhaps seeing herself 15 years from now will increase her motivation to stay active. Poor thing. :)
- I am not at all athletic.
- I taught writing and grammar and diagramming for 6 or 7 years to homeschooled junior high and high school students.
- I dream about teaching something like Omnibus.
- I love two-year-olds. Good thing, because I have only ever had two years of my life where I did not live with someone under three.
- I graduated with my BA when I was 20 because I went to the local community college for my last two years of high school and was good at working the system to make sure I could finish ASAP. My husband did the same thing.
- My Dad wanted me to go to New Saint Andrews and I didn’t want to work that hard. So he said I could go to the local branch of WSU. So I picked a major they didn’t offer. Truth is, I wanted to be where my now-husband was going to be, and I managed it. Truth is, I now regret missing the opportunity to go to NSA, though I was right that I was totally unprepared for that level of work and thought.
- My husband and I, in high school, were able to maintain our self-delusion about not dating or being a couple by taking swing dance lessons together. We still like to swing dance. We took ballroom dancing at UI and did a tango for our first dance.
- I have lived in the same area since I was 2, excepting only 2 years away for college. It is home.
- Bonus fact: I have the most beautiful babies.
- What is your favorite book? One? That’s unfair, because my one favorite book has to be the Bible. I have favorites within genres, but I’m more of a Whim and wide reader than a devoted reader.
- Where would you go on your dream vacation? A walking tour of England and/or Scotland countrysides.
- If you could have any animal for a pet, what would you choose? A 2-year-old.
- What is your favorite season? Spring.
- What is something you’d like to do if you had an extra hour? Right now it would be sleep. Or actually finish dealing with all the laundry and the clothes baby and I are packing away and pulling out as we both change sizes.
- What is your favorite color? Purple.
- Coffee or tea? Both, but mostly coffee.
- What is your favorite subject to teach? Literature to upper grades.
- What is the subject you like the least? Science and potty training tie for last place.
- Which chore do you like the most? I suppose that would be the one that I was wondering if it counted as a chore: cooking. Since I’ve started listening to audiobooks or podcasts while sweeping I don’t detest it much anymore, either.
- If given the choice between sleeping in or going to bed early, what would you pick? Going to bed early. Speaking of which…that is what I will do.