But the lovely Jackie at A Patchwork Life tagged me as a Versatile Blogger, and it restored all the good fun feelings I had about my blog from back in the day. You remember, the mid-aughts, when blogging was popular and memes were fun!
So the point of this meme is to write 7 things about myself that you couldn’t find somewhere else. I’m gonna assume this means on my blog. You could, of course, find them if you dug around in my brain. Without further ado:
- I once downloaded the White Stripes song “Icky Thump” because it reminded me of two of our cats–Icky, aka Ichabod (a cat rescued from a car accident on Halloween and named by our vet); and Hank, aka Wumpus the Thumpus. What can I say we have weird nicknaming patterns in our household. You should have known that already.
- I think I probably read fewer books in 2010 than I did in any year since I learned to read when I was a child.
- I have almost 4,000 songs on my iTunes. In a possible corollary to item 2, I have spent much more time listening to music in the past year than I have reading.
- I had my first-ever meeting this week where someone Skyped in. I was very excited about it. You have no idea how much my life would be improved if I didn’t have to drive to as many meetings as I do.
- We’re thinking about becoming a cell-only household. I can’t imagine why we’ve hung on to our landline as long as we have.
- If I read the paper in the print edition, I start with the Business section. If it’s online, usually the front page. Why? I don’t know.
- Even though it’s already snowed three times this year, I have yet to buy the Potato any snowboots. #momfail
I was tagged for this meme by Byrning Bunny, whose blog I just recently started reading.
- The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
- Each player answers the questions about themselves.
- At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 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 your blog.
- Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
What was I doing ten years ago?
Well, I was about to turn 30 (guess how old that makes me now?), and landisdad and I were living in CA, planning our wedding.
What are five things on my to do list for today tomorrow?
Calling the place where landisdad & I are having our birthday party; being on three conference calls; making my to-do list; sending out party invites; laundry (is it ever not on the list?)
Snacks I enjoy?
I’m really loving the kettle corn, right now. Fresh from the farmers’ market, yum!
Things I would do if I were a billionaire?
Billionaire? Wow, so much higher-stakes that previous memes! Okay, travel for sure. Also? Buying the best damn election for the Democrats that money can buy. Hell, all the other billionaires do it!
I guess there’s also the whole investing/saving for college/putting money away for retirement thing, too.
Three of my bad habits?
Um, bad money management? Taking on too much. Failure to clean to any reasonable human standard.
Five places I have lived?
New Brunswick, NJ; Boise, ID; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; Union City, CA
Five jobs I have had?
Canvasser, Waitress, Word Processor, Stage Manager, Organizer
Five people I want to know more about:
I would love it if you would choose to add #8 and tell us how you chose your blog’s name.
Well, I’m sorry that’s not a more interesting story. The real story is this–landisdad gave my kids their nicknames on the day that each of them were born, while we were in the hospital. I wish I could take credit for making up my blog name, but I just gave them pseudonyms that they already had as family nicknames.
I saw this meme over at Penguin’s place, and had to do it. Here are the directions:
What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.
I was a fan of LibraryThing, until I realized that to categorize my whole library, I’d have to pay to join. I’m not sure why I’d do that, when I can do it for free on GoodReads. I do like their book recommendation engine though.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel (I do have this on my to-be-read shelf, though)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon (also on the to-be-read shelf)
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequencesWhite Teeth
I guess my tendency to read a book to the end, whether I like it or not, has served me in good stead.
At least in completing this meme.
My favorite dad-blogger, MetroDad, wrote a post last week that I really enjoyed which consisted of questions to other parents. I liked it so much, I’m ripping it off.
Why does my daughter insist on wearing her batting helmet onto the field when she’s playing softball? Is this a sign that she’s destined to be one of the uncool kids?
If a four-year-old boy and a gnat are in the same room, which one will get distracted first? What if there are legos in the room? How does the equation change if there are dinosaurs? Train sets?
Is it wrong for me to refuse to let my children watch the movie Alvin & The Chipmunks in a movie theater, and instead Netflix it so that I don’t have to be in the same room with that singing?
Is it a sign that I’m getting old that I can no longer listen to my beloved hip hop, because I can’t listen to one more song that references a stripper pole? Didn’t there used to be lots of popular music that didn’t talk about strippers?
When I’ve repeatedly warned a certain child that she’s going to be late to her softball game if she doesn’t put her cleats on right now, why is it my fault when she actually is late?
Which of the following scenarios is likely to happen soonest: 1) the parents who decide that it’s okay for them to block the entrance to the daycare with their cars will have a change of heart or 2) the Potato will enter kindergarten and stop going to daycare?
At what age will I stop carrying crayons with me everywhere that I go?
When I finally do break down and get a cell phone for my kid (which is still years in the future), what will she set her sights on next, a fake ID?
Is the rate at which a child outgrows a pair of pants directly related to the amount of money that one spent on those pants?
If you only have one pen in your purse, and that pen is hot pink and has a Polly Pocket doll on the end, is it acceptable to use that pen in a meeting? with your boss?
At what age can I expect that my child will use the bathroom when he needs to, instead of insisting that he doesn’t need to pee while hopping up and down in a frantic manner?
If a child’s friend, when entering one’s house for the first time, exclaims, “this is the messiest house I’ve ever been in!,” is it socially acceptable to send her home with a dust-bunny in her pocket?
Answers in the comments—or questions of your own—are welcome!
I saw this meme over at Penguin Unearthed, and it looked kind of fun. Write about the first ten blogs you clicked on in Google Reader. Well, I use bloglines, but I guess it still applies. Here goes:
- Wonkette is liveblogging the primary results from Super Twosday. Sadly, Ron Paul was not defeated in two primaries tonight.
- Alisa Valdes Rodriguez, on her blog Multiplicative Identity, is blogging about a new documentary that looks at Castro’s many escapes from death.
- Diana at Diaphanous writes about a jailbreak in her town, and listening to the police scanner to find out what’s going on with the re-capture of the prisoner.
- Mocha Mama writes about two high school teachers that made a difference in her life.
- Becca from Not Quite Sure writes about her real flaw–the one she’ll never confess in a job interview.
- Metrodad writes about taking his daughter skiing for the first time–warning: this post includes pictures of The Peanut that may cause your computer to spontaneously combust, due to the cuteness!
- Procrastamom writes about her habit of crying when she sees an ambulance with sirens on–even if she doesn’t know the person in it.
- PunditMom writes about today’s virtual march to protest the Bush Administration’s plan to cut funding for after-school programs.
- Anjali can’t wait to have the baby (and haven’t we all been there!).
- And CamiKaos reacts to seeing The Bridge to Terabithia for the first time.
Well, that’s it for tonight folks. Thanks to everyone who sent lice-killing vibes. I don’t want to jinx us, but I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about that whole project.
I did this meme last year, and I thought it was kind of cool, so I’m resurrecting it. Basically, the first sentence of the first post from every month of the last year.
I know, I promised a vacation post, but it’s unpacking day here at Chez Landisville.
The Potato is a very inquisitive boy.
I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to be the PTA president.
I’ve never been the kind of person to play April Fool’s jokes.
I’m happy to report that for four of the last five days, the Potato has gone to bed wearing underwear, instead of a pull-up.*
A friend emailed me this article from the NY Times today (read it quick before it goes behind the TimesSelect wall).
I think that the Bee has finally come to terms with riding a two-wheeler.
We got a new kitten today–she’s quite adorable.
Last year, I hosted a blog carnival on Labor Day weekend called Blog for Workers’ Rights.
Dear Bee, 8 years ago yesterday, landisdad and I were in the hospital, wondering what we had just gotten ourselves into.
Too much, evidently.
because god knows, I spent enough money this weekend.
*Sigh. It’s now January 2008, and the boy is still in pullups at night.
Total number of books I own:
A lot. No really, imagine a lot of books. Now imagine that they reproduced. Asexually.
Last book I read:
Not For Bread Alone by Moe Foner. A really interesting, quick read memoir the guy who founded SEIU 1199’s Bread and Roses Project. Not a polished author, but a subject matter near and dear to my heart.
Last book I bought:
Hmmm. I bought a first edition of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard at a book sale last month. I think that was it.
5 Meaningful Books
I have to say, I’m having a hard time limiting myself to five. I’m picking five non-fiction, but there are many meaningful novels in my past, too.
Hey Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray by Allison Owings
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left by Linn Shapiro
Dispatches by Michael Herr
Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol
…and of course, the tagging it forward:
Doppelganger (has there ever been a book blog I didn’t tag you with?)
Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!
I saw this meme at Jennifer’s, and while I didn’t forget my anniversary, I am posting it late. So I guess there’s something going around. And I have forgotten my anniversary in the past, so I could see how that could happen.
The mysterious husband
1. Who is your man?
well, if I’m landismom, he’s got to be landisdad
2. How long have you been together?
Coming up on 14 years–but it was just our ninth wedding anniversary.
3. How long did you date?
Hmm, I guess it was about six months before we moved in together, although we knew each other before we dated.
4. How old is your man?
5. Who eats more?
It depends. If the question is “who eats more healthy food?” it’s definitely him. If it’s just sheer volume? I guess it could be either of us.
6. Who said “I love you” first?
I honestly don’t remember.
7. Who is taller?
He is — but not by much.
8. Who sings better?
Probably me. He’s not really a singer.
9. Who is smarter?
I’m irritated by this question, and I’m not gonna answer it.
10. Whose temper is worse?
No contest. Mine.
11. Who does the laundry?
I do, although he throws in a load of whites now and again. Usually when he needs an gi for aikido.
12. Who takes out the garbage?
We share garbage duty on trash night, but I think he takes out the kitchen garbage more often than I do.
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
14. Who pays the bills?
Me. It’s all about the Money, Power, Respect for me.
15. Who is better with the computer?
16. Who mows the lawn?
17. Who cooks dinner?
He does. Thank god!
18. Who drives when you are together?
Depends on where we are going, whose car it is, how long a trip.
19. Who pays when you go out?
Who goes out?
20. Who is most stubborn?
How long have you been reading this blog? Okay, it’s me.
21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
I think both of us do this if the other one is calling us on something. Other than that, I’m not sure.
22. Whose parents do you see the most?
Well, technically my dad lives the closest, but since I haven’t talked to him in 4.5 years, that doesn’t matter much. We see his mom probably the most frequently, then his dad, then my mom.
23. Who kissed who first?
He kissed me.
24. Who asked who out?
Eh, it wasn’t like that at all.
25. Who proposed?
I proposed the idea of starting a family. He proposed that getting married might be a good first step.
26. Who is more sensitive?
Moody bitch that I am, I’m going to have to say me.
27. Who has more friends?
I have more friends, he has more long-term relationships that date to childhood/adolescence.
28. Who has more siblings?
Including step-siblings (we both have them), I’m the clear winner (I have three brothers, three step-brothers and three step-sisters)–he has one brother, one step-brother and one step-sister.
29. Who wears the pants in the family?