The 11 Challenge – The person behind the blog

Hello blog! Long (long, long, long) time no see!!!

It’s been quite a year, which will be a blog on its own. And I’m not sure the readers of this blog will be impressed by this “come-back” post. But it’s a challenge, and those of you who know me it’s really hard for me to turn down a challenge. :-) And I’ve been tagged by a few people: Carol Goodey, Adam Simpson and Divya Madhavan.

So if you are tagged, here is what you need to do:

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. 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.

So, you’ll get two posts: one with my eleven random facts and one with the answers to the 33 questions :)

Eleven random facts about me:

1 – I love to cook. Unlike most of my friends. I love to cook for myself, when I don’t have the kids with me or a schedule, I’ll spend hours cooking my own dinner.

2 – I have a BA in graphic design and used to teach art history at the federal university.

3 – I cried at Musee Rodin in Paris. It’s still my favorite museum in the world so far.

4 – I am extremely flexible. I have a “condition” in which the joints are “loose”, so I can touch the floor with my hands without thinking about it. It also means the bonesxjoints get out of place more often than not.

5 – I am terrified of flying insects, no matter how small or threatening they are. I got treated in therapy for it.

6 – I live in the same apartment building as 3 of my brothers (one is still not here) and my mother. I live on the 5th floor, my mother on the 7th, a brother on the 10th, 2 brothers on the 14th.

7 – I make the best brownies you’ll ever taste. (And am extremely humble about it!)

8 – I once won a competition online and went somewhere else to meet the actors of a TV show called “Scrubs”.

9 – I can’t play any musical instrument, which is frustration for me. I dream of playing the cello.

10 – I take the filling out of all the cookies with fillings I eat (oreos included!).

11 – I can’t drink whisky. It makes me immediately sick.

 

The eleven bloggers I nominate:

@eltbakery

@harmerj

@llea_dias

@barbsaka

@brad2earth

@willycard

@kenwilsonlondon

@lauraahaha

@TEFLPet

@sandymillin

@theteacherjames

 

And here are my eleven questions:

1 – If you were to lose one of the main five senses, which would you part with?

2 – What’s your favorite comfort food, the one you long for after a bad day?

3 – What kind of music do you listen to when you have to work?

4 – What would be your last meal?

5 – What is the one book you’ d recommend to people?

6 – What are the three things you’d take to a desert island for a year?

7 – What’s your favorite board game?

8 – What’s the funniest situation you’ve been in?

9 – What are you currently reading?

10 – What’s your dream purchase?

11 – What keeps you blogging?

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16 comments on “The 11 Challenge – The person behind the blog

  1. HELLLLLLOOOOO! I want a brownie. I also want this to be the first of many consecutive blog posts. xox

  2. Carol Goodey says:

    It’s very nice to read you again, Ceci! Looking forward to part 2, but 33 questions?? Feel free to ignore mine :-)

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  4. naomishema says:

    Missed you and your blog, Ceci!
    Absolute kudos for spending your time cooking your own dinner. I’m rarely alone for dinner but if I am I immediatly drop cooking!
    Will have to give you another challenge though – a brownie bake-off, LOL! I don’t know how to bake anything except brownies, because no one ever tires of them! We’ll have to meet for that one…
    Naomi

  5. You forgot to mention that you are the only person I know who cries every time we say goodbye. I love you for it Ceci mou mou

    Marisa

    • Marisa mou,

      I really should have included that!!! I really am a softie and can’t avoid the tears when I say goodbye to dear friends who I so rarely see. Wish the world were smaller!
      Ceci x

  6. Ahhh… it’s been way too long since I’ve visited this wonderful chocolatey-blog and the sweetness of dear CC. Apologies— I’ve been off hiding, and with good reason … read random fact #1 below ;-)

    Merci for the nomination and as I’m mostly blogless these days, I’ll respond here in a comment.

    Random facts:

    1) Claire, my wife (for those that don’t know the panda) is 8 months and 2 weeks preggers. BIG coming out… I know… we were waiting for the baby pic to announce it ;-)

    2) The first piece of furniture I bought was at 32 years old and it kind of caused a mid-life crisis. Very comfortable couch, though.

    3) With my job(s) having taken me elsewhere, I miss the ELT world, especially when I sneak back into the blogs every now and again and see all I’m missing. What a cool community, eh!

    4) I have 147 bottles of tasty french wine in my cellar right now… coming to visit? ;-)

    5) I’ve wanted to visit Argentina for a decade now… isn’t the bucket list supposed to get shorter as we get older and not vice versa…?

    6) I have very, very few regrets in life.

    7) I’ve had annoying back pain for 8 years.

    8) I used to be such a hippy that to avoid energy consumption I’d turn off my fridge in the winter and put all my food outside on the kitchen window… cold showers too… and that was while living in China where the heating was all but warm.

    9) The most optimistic I’ve been in years is reading Ray Kurzweil’s books on the singularity.

    10) The most pessimistic I’ve been in years is reading Daniel Quinn’s books on Civilization

    11) Not about me… but obviously in line with what I share all the time… “random” actually meant “run” in French about 700 years ago— and all that great speed meant “impetuous/careless/rushed” and hence “having no predetermined purpose/goal/aim”.

    CC’s 11 questions

    1 – I’d lose sight— while it would be hard, it seems to tune open souls to even more sensitive places.

    2 – Don’t really have a comfort food, but beer would do it… and if that doesn’t count than maybe a banana smoothie w/ a bit of grinded up oatmeal and a touch of coconut milk.

    3 – Alpha brain waves

    4 – Salmon, glutinous rice and a real thick creamy spinach sauce.

    5 – The singularity is near by Ray Kurzweil— kind of geeky/tech-oriented but fascinating predictions for our future.

    6 – A knife, a fishing pole, and a handful of lighters… yeah… i go the survival route.

    7 – Monopoly

    8 – Lost in a hostel at 8000ft deeeeeep in China with a few friends, too many beers and a straight hour of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter that for whatever reason couldn’t stop even as we lay in bed (separate beds, mind you).

    9 – The horlogicon by Mark Forsyth

    10 – A house at the base of a mountain with a river nearby.

    11 – Ouch… not really doing a lot of that these days, but tempted to get back into it in 2014… just not enough time in the day with so much going on and a baby on the way :-)

    • My dearest B,

      Wow! I’m so, so, so happy for you and Claire!!!! Please make sure to share the pic of the little B and let us know when he/she comes along. Thanks for coming out of hiding for me and the challenge, for taking part of it! And I hope I get invited to that house at the base of a mountain!

      Miss you, B! X

  7. Brad2Earth says:

    Ahhh… it’s been way too long since I’ve visited this wonderful chocolatey-blog and the sweetness of dear CC. Apologies— I’ve been off hiding, and with good reason … read random fact #1 below ;-)

    Merci for the nomination and as I’m mostly blogless these days, I’ll respond here in a comment.

    Random facts:

    1) Claire, my wife (for those that don’t know the panda) is 8 months and 2 weeks preggers. BIG coming out… I know… we were waiting for the baby pic to announce it ;-)

    2) The first piece of furniture I bought was at 32 years old and it kind of caused a mid-life crisis. Very comfortable couch, though.

    3) With my job(s) having taken me elsewhere, I miss the ELT world, especially when I sneak back into the blogs every now and again and see all I’m missing. What a cool community, eh!

    4) I have 147 bottles of tasty french wine in my cellar right now… coming to visit? ;-)

    5) I’ve wanted to visit Argentina for a decade now… isn’t the bucket list supposed to get shorter as we get older and not vice versa…?

    6) I have very, very few regrets in life.

    7) I’ve had annoying back pain for 8 years.

    8) I used to be such a hippy that to avoid energy consumption I’d turn off my fridge in the winter and put all my food outside on the kitchen window… cold showers too… and that was while living in China where the heating was all but warm.

    9) The most optimistic I’ve been in years is reading Ray Kurzweil’s books on the singularity.

    10) The most pessimistic I’ve been in years is reading Daniel Quinn’s books on Civilization

    11) Not about me… but obviously in line with what I share all the time… “random” actually meant “run” in French about 700 years ago— and all that great speed meant “impetuous/careless/rushed” and hence “having no predetermined purpose/goal/aim”.

    CC’s 11 questions

    1 – I’d lose sight— while it would be hard, it seems to tune open souls to even more sensitive places.

    2 – Don’t really have a comfort food, but beer would do it… and if that doesn’t count than maybe a banana smoothie w/ a bit of grinded up oatmeal and a touch of coconut milk.

    3 – Alpha brain waves

    4 – Salmon, glutinous rice and a real thick creamy spinach sauce.

    5 – The singularity is near by Ray Kurzweil— kind of geeky/tech-oriented but fascinating predictions for our future.

    6 – A knife, a fishing pole, and a handful of lighters… yeah… i go the survival route.

    7 – Monopoly

    8 – Lost in a hostel at 8000ft deeeeeep in China with a few friends, too many beers and a straight hour of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter that for whatever reason couldn’t stop even as we lay in bed (separate beds, mind you).

    9 – The horlogicon by Mark Forsyth

    10 – A house at the base of a mountain with a river nearby.

    11 – Ouch… not really doing a lot of that these days, but tempted to get back into it in 2014… just not enough time in the day with so much going on and a baby on the way :-)

  8. Ceci, my dear, thanks for nominating me.

    I’ll reply right here.

    1 – If you were to lose one of the main five senses, which would you part with?
    Smell

    2 – What’s your favorite comfort food, the one you long for after a bad day?
    Pizza, red wine and M&Ms

    3 – What kind of music do you listen to when you have to work?
    I don’t usually listen to music when I work, and usually it is because I start to pay attention to the music (beat, instruments, complexity, arrangements, mixing, guitar effects, etc….) – then I don’t work.

    4 – What would be your last meal?
    Pizza, red wine and M&Ms

    5 – What is the one book you’ d recommend to people?
    I never recommend books, because I don’t read recommendable books too often. But if I must it would be Orwell’s 1984.

    6 – What are the three things you’d take to a desert island for a year?
    I wouldn’t survive a whole year, but… I’d take a tent, matchboxes, and some frozen fish

    7 – What’s your favorite board game?
    War

    8 – What’s the funniest situation you’ve been in?
    I can’t say it in public

    9 – What are you currently reading?
    A mix of things. I’m re-reading Democracy and Education (Dewey), a novel by Paul Auster (but I don’t think I’ll finish it), academic papers on critical literacy, whatever I stumble upon on poststructuralism, and trying to read more blogs lately

    10 – What’s your dream purchase?
    A vintage Gretsch White Falcon – it’s a guitar

    11 – What keeps you blogging?
    Despite pleasure in the act of blogging itself, sometimes it is the lack of other kind of output and the need for immediacy, i.e. for getting an idea out there as soon as possible

    Thanks, that was fun. Good questions!
    I might post my random fact over at authenticteaching one day and link up here.

    beijos
    Willy

    • M&Ms?!? That was a surprise for me! :) And next time we meet (Iatefl, methinks?) I’ll lure you into telling you the story that can’t be told in public ;)

      Thanks for accepting the challenge, Willy.

      Beijo bem grande,

      Ceci xx

  9. […] I’m flattered to have been tagged by no fewer than 4 people for the latest blog challenge!  Thanks Josh, Ceci, Divya and Wiktor. […]

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