I got tagged by Jim (and sorta by Doppelganger, with her ‘I’m-not-tagging-you-but-do-this-anyway’) with the eights meme. The rules of this one seem to be–write eight random habits/facts about yourself, and then tag eight more people. Are eight people even reading this blog anymore? Guess we’ll find out.

  1. I go to the movies by myself. And not good movies, either. Summer blockbusters? Can’t wait. Action flicks? Bring ’em on. Spiderman 3? Saw it. Pirates of the Caribbean 3? Gotta get tix. The good movies, I save for Netflix, to watch with landisdad.
  2. I’m so old, I watched The Simpsons when they were on the Tracey Ullman show. Yes, in Fox’s second year on the air. Hard to believe it’s 400 episodes later.
  3. Sometimes, landisdad and I engage in snarky conversations in which we imagine our children talking about how awful we are. Tonight’s featured a reposturing of the children’s classic Guess How Much I Love You as Guess How Much I Hate You. Yes, it was that kind of day.
  4. Sunday nights are for gin and tonics, and whatever’s on HBO. Usually, after spending a full weekend with The Boy Who Doesn’t Nap, we’re ready for hard liquor and cursing. On a related note, is anyone enjoying this season of the Sopranos?
  5. One reason I’m a bad mother? My daughter is nearly eight, and I still haven’t finished teaching her how to ride a bike without training wheels. We did some more practicing today. What can I say–she’s just not that into it.
  6. I am a person who’s inherently lazy. To fight against this characteristic, I over-commit myself. The pressure of other people’s disapproval is the only thing that keeps me on the straight and narrow.
  7. I’m spending way too much time writing this blog entry, trying to fall on the side of quirky, not strange.
  8. Despite the fact that I have the first and middle names of about nine saints, I still took a third name when I was confirmed. I chose “Cecilia.” Because of the Simon & Garfinkel song.

And now, the tagged: Elise, Anjali, CamiKaos, Carrie, Penguin, SoloMom, Thordora, Jason.


May 20, 2007. memes.


  1. Jim replied:

    Bad Dad Me, we’re working my 8-year old riding without training-wheels as well… I can’t get over the big helmet, though.

    Thanks for answering the call!

  2. elise replied:

    I picked Zita as my confirmation name because I didn’t want to be confirmed and it was the weirdest name I could find…ha ha ha!!!

  3. Liz replied:

    I can’t wait till the 25th to see Pirates. I want to see Shrek also. I also think that I am pretty damn lazy 🙂

  4. Elizabeth replied:

    I used to go to the movies by myself all the time before Kaitlyn was born. I like having the popcorn all to myself! And my son just learned how to RIDE a bike last summer, and he was eight! Sopranos? Hmmm. I don’t know. This season there have been episodes that were really, really good, and ones that were just-okay. It will be interesting to see what happens in the final episode in two weeks.

  5. Carrie replied:

    I can totally relate to being motivated by the disapproval of others.

  6. Angie replied:

    You definitely came across as quirky in the best of ways. 🙂 I did this too, if you’re curious.

  7. Ginger replied:

    I can relate to so much you said here. I like to go see movies by myself, too. But mostly chick flicks. Where I can cry buckets unashamed. We also just got our second child riding without training wheels and now I am dreading explaining the facts of life and teaching them how to drive. I love that S&G song, what a great choice! Quirky is good!

  8. Jennifer (ponderosa) replied:

    I saw the Simpsons on Tracy Ullman, too! Whatever happened to her, anyway?

  9. Anjali replied:

    Well, I’m very relieved to hear that Bumblebee still has training wheels at 8 — Mira, at 5.5 still can’t really pedal well a bike WITH training wheels. She just doesn’t like bikes either.

    I’ve never done a meme, but today might be the day I actually do one!

  10. Chichmama replied:

    Ohh, i hear you on the over committing thing. It is the only way anything gets done in my world…

  11. CamiKaos replied:

    Oh the training wheels. Our neighbor’s 5 year old (just barely 5) is riding without them, our other neighbor’s almost 5 year old is riding without them.

    K. she could care less. she likes her training wheels. So do I. She just learned to pedal properly a couple of months ago.

    Oh the bike pressure.

    I’ll put my 8 up tomorrow.

  12. Doppelganger replied:

    6. I am a person who’s inherently lazy. To fight against this characteristic, I over-commit myself. The pressure of other people’s disapproval is the only thing that keeps me on the straight and narrow.

    I’ve suspected it for a while, and now I know it’s true: You ARE me.

  13. mo replied:

    Popping in from Carrie’s. My daughter didn’t learn to ride her bike until she was 8. My 4 (almost 5!) year old son is just starting to get the hang of pedalling. Now to work on the braking. His friend has been riding without training wheels for almost a year and rides circles around my cautious son. My philosophy since becoming a parent? “he’ll get there when he gets there”
    Enjoyed my visit. I’ll be back.

  14. Woman with Kids replied:

    I play the “Guess how much they hate me” game by myself sometimes… after a long day with Boy 1, there’s no guessing about it.

  15. Kimberly replied:

    Hi. Now that my computer is fixed, I will totally do this (I got picked! I never get picked!!!)

    I just had to chime in with the excitement that I too chose Cecilia as my confirmation name–it was the prettiest stained glass window in the cathedral where we always went for Christmas and Easter (and a great Simon and Garfunkle song).

  16. penguinunearthed replied:

    Yes, I’m still reading! (but I’ve been away, so I only just caught up). I don’t know if I’ll manage to match your quirky but not too strange tightrope though.

    I’m relieved to know that Chatterboy’s not the only one – he’s five and a half, and has ridden a bike with training wheels only once in his life.

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