Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Five Things Meme

I've been tagged by Read. Imagine. Talk. to do the Five Things meme. Here's how it goes:
  1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
  2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
  3. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
  4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

What were you doing five years ago?

  1. in April, May and June I was on maternity leave with my newly adopted second son :)
  2. unaware that I am celiac and still eating gluten (diagnosed 4 years ago)
  3. into birding, tai chi, knitting, reading and gardening (still true)
  4. oblivious to blogging and online forums (!)
  5. working as a library media specialist (my current job)
Laura tagged me for this meme too but she is going ten years back so this is what I was doing in 1998:
  1. teaching first grade
  2. working a paper route to save money to buy my first computer
  3. taking a summer class at the community college to learn about the Internet
  4. doing foster care for infants in the summer
  5. living in an apartment with my one and only son (he was 10 years old)

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order)?
  1. go to physical therapy
  2. faculty meeting after school
  3. work on final report cards
  4. work on curriculum mapping; catching up with this year's classes
  5. take a walk in the sunshine
What are five snacks you enjoy?
  1. cheddar cheese and rice crackers
  2. strawberries and yogurt
  3. gf chocolate cookies
  4. gf rice chex
  5. m & ms or snickers bars
What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
  1. buy long term care insurance for myself, my parents and my siblings
  2. put aside college money for my sons
  3. donate to charities and schools (I have a long list in mind)
  4. support John Edwards in his plan for cutting poverty in half in the next 10 years by investing in great daycare centers
  5. start a writer's retreat center for single moms, with on-site childcare and fully funded grants

What are five of your bad habits?

  1. leaving paperwork in stacks
  2. not balancing my checkbook
  3. slap-dash cleaning (ignoring the corners)
  4. grumbling and complaining
  5. thinking I can do more than is possible in the given time until suddenly I rush around in a panic and arrive late (is there one word for that?)

What are five places where you have lived?

  1. upstate NY
  2. Philadelphia & suburbs
  3. suburban Cleveland OH
  4. Daqing, China
  5. western PA

What are five jobs you've had?

  1. resident assistant in dorm
  2. waitress/restaurant help
  3. lawn mower repair shop counter person
  4. teacher
  5. librarian

What five people do you want to tag?

  1. Crazy For Kids Books
  2. Findings
  3. Saints and Spinners
  4. But Wait, There's More...
  5. Reading, Writing, Living


Sara said...

Let's expand that writer's retreat to a place for all the arts. I'll chip in a billion.

Anonymous said...

Okay, mine's up. (With uncharacteristic efficiency, I might add!)

I'm intrigued not to see poetry-writing anywhere in your last 5-10 years... or photography either, for that matter. These are huge in my view of you online!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

You are correct writer2be - I left them off. I got my first digital camera as a gift at my second son's baby shower five years ago. I hadn't yet realized how fabulous that was! I used to take a lot of photos with my Minolta back in the day when I didn't have kids, but ten years ago developing the film was too expensive an indulgence. I have a closet full of slides from China and books of photos of my oldest.

I've been writing haiku, other poetry, short stories, picture book manuscripts, etc. all along but the amount that has been published is embarrassingly small so I decided not to mention it. I almost listed "collecting rejection letters", which is a perennial occupation for me. Not much progress in the last ten years, unfortunately.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Sara, that's a great idea! I'm seeing a farm in the country with a huge kitchen, lots of studio space, meeting rooms, quiet libraries, breakfast rooms, music rooms, walking trails, gardens, chickens, goats and horses, an orchard with bee boxes ... and endless supplies.

Anonymous said...

It's weird how cyberspace distorts some things, but captures others truly. Keep writing! Make a nice bonfire of the rejection letters and toast marshmallows.

Annie said...

I apologize for not responding sooner, but as is typical the 5-days of my work week actually had 10 days of tasks to be accomplished. I'm going to bail on this one and direct you to one of my early posts based on a "4" meme at

But I will say that it seems we are soul sisters as I have exactly the same five bad habits you listed.


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I just saw this! Will do it now.

Charlotte said...

I share that trait of thinking I can do too much and then running around like a headless chicken when it becomes all too apparent that I can't, in fact, paint the barn, clean the house, and bake a birthday cake in an hour.

Perhaps "chronically over-optimistic time mismanagement?"