weekend of memes–part 3

For the final in our meme series, I’ve been tagged by Kimberly from solomom. I’m taking some liberties with this one, since I’m feeling like I’ve maxed out on self-love in these last couple of posts. So without further ado:

7 Things I Love About My House:

  1. In 1992, the guy I was dating built me a really cool bookcase that was both ginormous and folded. One side is about three feet wide, and the other is close to four (he really knew the way to my heart!). Needless to say, I’ve moved around a fair amount since 1992, and there’ve been some real difficulties fitting it into various apartments. The day we moved into our house, I realized that it actually fit perfectly in one corner of the family room, between two windows. It was at that moment that I knew we had the right place.
  2. We have a Cape Cod that looks tiny from the street, but it goes back forever. It might be the longest house on our block–it’s certainly longer than both of our adjoining neighbors.  Now that the basement is finished, we almost have more livable space than we know what to do with. Space is good–not just for all of my crap, but for the kids, too.
  3. The man who built our house was a local contractor who lived here with his family. There are all kinds of cool built-in bookcases, and little nook-like closets. In addition, the people who lived here before us refinished several of the closets with cedar–our linen smells great.
  4. Hardwood floors everywhere.
  5. We have a tiny driveway which is shared with our next door neighbor. It will prevent us from ever getting an SUV.
  6. There are two full bathrooms. Almost every other house we considered buying had only one. Having two was a big selling point. Of course, sometimes on cleaning day, I regret it.
  7. We have the biggest fireplace I’ve ever seen in a house that wasn’t a mansion. We don’t have a ton of fires, but when we do, it can really heat the whole house. The chimney is exposed in the middle of our stairs and second floor and it throws off the heat when the fire is going.

And for the tagged on this one…anyone who wants to do it.

Okay kids, that’s it for my meme-fest. Tune in tomorrow for new (but not necessarily more interesting) content.


June 10, 2007. memes. 3 comments.

weekend of memes–part two (electric boogaloo)

I was tagged by CamiKaos for this meme–Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so:

An Island Life

Whee! All The Way Home

Melanie in Orygun

Mommified Me

Bumblebee Sweet Potato

But there’s more! Yes, the questions:

What were you doing 10 years ago?
-10 years ago I was living in California, and I had just started working in the labor movement. Landisdad and I lived in a dome that was built by cultists in the early 70s. Yes, you read that right.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
-Getting ready for the end of the school year, and being amazed that my Bee was about to be a second grader.

Five Snacks You Enjoy

-chips and homemade guacamole (I’m with Cami on this one)
-kettle corn
-fresh strawberries

-Odwalla power bars (especially peanut butter chocolate chip!)
-peanut butter crackers

Five Songs That You Know All The Lyrics To

-Sweet Potato Boy (music & lyrics by landismom & dad)
-The Bumble Bee song (music & lyrics by landismom & dad)
-Talkin’ About a Revolution (Tracy Chapman)
-(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding (Elvis Costello)
-Upside Down (Jack Johnson)

Five Things You Would Do If You Were a Millionaire (well, a million doesn’t go that far anymore. I’ll assume that we’re talking more than one million)

-buy a bookstore
-put more away for retirement/college for the kids
-pied a terre in London
-iPhone with an unlimited plan
-hire a chef, so landisdad only has to cook when he wants to

Five Bad Habits

-too much food
-too little exercise
-too much TV
-too little cleaning
-not enough time spent with friends

Five Things You Like To Do

-go to the movies
-have fun with my kids
-ride my bike
-eat dinner in expensive restaurants with my spouse

Five Things You Would Never Wear Again

-in the 80s, I had one of those sweatshirts with flourescent handprints on it
-an ill-fitting bra–is anything more uncomfortable?
-a miniskirt, especially the red pleather number I had in high school
-6″ stiletto heels
-fishnet stockings (are you sensing a theme here? the 80s were a bad time for my wardrobe)

Five Favorite Toys

-my iPod
-my bike
-my laptop
-does Netflix count?
-I guess I’m not really a toy person

And finally, the tagged:






June 9, 2007. memes. 1 comment.

weekend of memes, part 1

One of my newer readers, Elizabeth from Table for Five, started a new blogging theme last week–it’s called Wayback Wednesdays. The point is to get some of your newer readers to read posts that were on the older side of your blog. Technically, I’m supposed to be doing this on Wednesday, but since the first week’s theme was memes, and since I’ve been tagged for a couple of new memes this week, I thought I’d make it a whole weekend of memes.

These are some of the memes I did in the first year of my blog. More new blogs to follow tomorrow and Sunday. And for the meme-haters among you? See ya’ Monday.

  1. Here’s a link to the very first meme I ever did: 5 questions answered. I was kind of surprised to see that I blogged for three months before I got tagged with a meme.
  2. Then there was the time I felt all nostalgic.
  3.  Then of course, there’s the ever-popular 100 things.
  4. If you’re interested in my iTunes library, check this one out.

I have to say that the interesting thing for me about doing this meme is seeing all the commenters from days gone by. My blogging neighborhood has definitely changed over the years, and I miss some of those folks!

June 8, 2007. memes. 1 comment.


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. 16 comments.

you’ve got questions? I’ve got answers

Camikaos from Mommified Me put out this meme, and I took the bait.

1.)Q. Can you cook?

A. Can I? Yes. Do I? Veerrrry rarely.

2.)Q. What was your dream growing up?

A. That I’d be a successful writer. So much for that one.

3.)Q. What talent do you wish you had?

A. I really wish I was a better language learner.

4.)Q. Favorite place?

A. I want to say something fancy, like Rome. But it’s probably more true to say my bed.

5.)Q. Favorite vegetable?

A. French fries don’t count, do they? If not, I’d have to say the avocado.

6.)Q. What was the last book you read?

A. Piratica by Tanith Lee. What, aren’t you reading my “What I’ve read” page?

7.)Q. What zodiac sign are you ?

A. I’m so lucky, because this is the best bar answer. Cancer (or in my Jersey girl accent, “cansah”)

8.)Q. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?

A. Hell, yeah! Only one tattoo (so far), but a bunch of extra holes.

9.)Q. Worst Habit?

A. Does cursing like a teamster count as a habit?

10.)Q. If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

A. I get a lot fewer offers than I did when I was 16 or 17.

11.)Q. What is your favorite sport?

A. Biking. Or maybe swimming. To participate in, that is, not to watch. Don’t want to watch sports.

12.)Q. Negative or Optimistic attitude?

A. Both. I plan for the worst and hope for the best.

13.)Q. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

A. Hope that my deodorant was working.

14.)Q. Worst thing to ever happen to you?

A. I was homeless for three weeks, and slept in a bus station.

15.)Q. Tell me one weird fact about you:

A. I don’t think anything I do is weird.

16.)Q. Do you have any pets?

A. Right now, two cats, but we’re talking about getting another kitten.

17.)Q. Do u know how to do the macarana?

A. Thankfully, I erased that part of my brain by drinking a lot of tequila one night in San Diego.

18.)Q. What time is it where you are now?

A. 10:23 p.m.

19.)Q. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

A. I’m agnostic on the subject of clowns.

20.)Q. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be???

A. I’d lose 60 pounds.

21.)Q. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

A. Depends on what you were planning to pull off. I’m not down for any violent felonies. A little trespassing now and then never hurt anyone.

22.)Q. What color eyes do you have?

A. Green

23.)Q. Ever been arrested?

A. No, but not for lack of trying (see number 21)

24.)Q. Bottle or Draft?

A. Definitely bottle.

25.)Q. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it?

A. Probably split it between saving for kids’ education/our retirement and buying something irrational.

26.)Q. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?

A. Orbit Bubblemint

27.)Q. What ‘s your favorite bar to hang at?

A. Yeah, if you haven’t noticed, this is a mommyblog. I haven’t gotten to hang out in a bar regularly in about 8 years. But if I could go back in time, it’s probably Doctor Bombay’s, on 16th Street in the Mission. (Closed? So sad! Why did I google it?)

28.)Q. Do you believe in ghosts?

A. Usually.

29.)Q. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

A. Read. Play with kids. Blog. Ride my bike.

30.)Q. Do you swear a lot?

A. Not on my blog. Not to my kids. But to my coworkers? Hell yes.

31.)Q. Biggest pet peeve?

A. People who use the apostrophe in an inappropriate manner.

32.)Q. In one word, how would you describe yourself?

A. Three-dimensional (okay, it’s a compound word).

May 11, 2007. memes. 3 comments.

who’da thunk it?

So I got the “Thinking Blogger” nod again, this time from Jessica at Daughter of Opinion. It made me feel terrible, because I’ve not been reading Jess’s blog as much as I once did, since my bloglines feed doesn’t seem to work, but she was one of my first blog-friends in this crazy old blog-o-sphere. Plus, she can make ya’ think like nobody’s business.

I did this meme last month, but I’m pleased to be able to do it again. Here are my five Thinking Bloggers for April–pass it on, kids!

I have to say, I didn’t set out to collect a bunch of posts about the Virginia Tech shootings. I also didn’t blog about it, because I felt like there was so much interesting stuff already being said about it. I’m glad to do this sort-of mash-up, because I still haven’t really processed how I feel about the thing myself–saddened for the families of the victims, obviously, and tired of the crazy right-wingers who want every professor to start packing. At times like these, it’s good to have other bloggers to make you think.

April 19, 2007. memes. 5 comments.

cuddly things

I was tagged by Jeff at Out With the Kids with this meme about three favorite childhood toys. As I’ve previously blogged, my favorite childhood stuffed animal was my red horse, Horsey.


Like Jeff, I also had a favorite blankee–in my case, a quilt with my name on it that was made by my maternal grandmother. I had that quilt on my bed until it literally fell apart when I was in college. It was a crazy quilt–one side was the all-crazy pattern, and the other side had my name in the middle of a white background, with a crazy quilt border. There was a book that came along with it, but I can’t remember the name–it was about a girl whose quilt helped save her parents’ house from a fire.

I also had a nameless white, fluffy stuffed cat that I carried around everywhere. The night my father went totally insane, and threw our phone threw the front door window before leaving the house, I offered to let my mother sleep with it. I’m not sure what happened to that cat. The last time I saw it, it was missing chunks of fur, and I suspect my mother had patience only for one overly-loved stuffed animal.

April 8, 2007. memes. 5 comments.

who makes you think?

One of my favorite things about having a blog is when someone leaves me a comment that lets me know I made them think about something differently. So I was delighted when Suzanne tagged me as a Thinking Blogger. I also really love writing that makes me think, particularly writing that makes me get outside the box of my own head.

There are so many bloggers who affect me. Some of them probably don’t even know I’m reading them–because sometimes after reading an affecting post, I don’t know what to say, and so I don’t comment. But it still touches me.

Suzanne took this meme to a new level, by not just naming the bloggers who made her think, but the specific posts that were especially “think-worthy.”  I’m going to follow in her footsteps, and award “Thinking Blogger” to the following:

Thordora, for her post Voices Carry

Michael Willis, for his post Total Raisin Bran

Angry Black Bitch, for her post Nasty Little Revival

Elle, ABD, for her post Mothers of Color

and Brett, for his post An Outdoor Experience That Changed My Life

March 21, 2007. memes, meta. 8 comments.

International Women’s Day? Why not a meme?

I saw this meme over at Figure:Demystifying the Feminist Mystique, thought I’d give it a shot. Name your five favorite things about feminism, and tag five other people:

1. Having access to childcare centers, and not having to rely on my mom to take care of my kids.

2. No more “pink collar” job ads.

3. Last year, I had a conversation with a coworker about a friend of hers who got kicked out of nursing school back in the 60s, when the school administration found out she was secretly married. Pretty glad that’s not legal any more.

4. I like having a credit card in my own name.

5. I’m happy that my daughter will have access to any kind of training she can imagine, from being a construction worker to a neurologist.

And now the tags:

Jim from Patriside

Narya from Dharma Practice

Chichimama from A Day in the Life

Jeff from Out With the Kids

& De from Sober Briquette.

Have fun!

March 8, 2007. memes. 4 comments.

wanna be on my ticket?

I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to be the PTA president. I’ve had a fairly easy ride as vice-president these last two years, but now that it’s time to pick my cabinet, I’m befuddled and bewildered. For one thing, there are very few people willing to run as vice-president, when they know it means they turn into the president two years from now. For another thing, the current PTA officers keep wandering around during school events saying, “next year, this will all be yours!” and then cackling evilly.

Yeah, thanks, could you say that a little louder next to the kindergarten parents? I don’t think you’ve scared them off enough yet.

So I decided to put together my dream PTA ticket from the parenting blogosphere. We might not live in the same zip code (or even the same country), we might not bake for the bake sale or direct the talent show, but a girl’s gotta have a dream. Here’s my dream team.

For Treasurer: Penguin from penguinunearthed. I mean, she wrote a post about being an actuary–she must be good with money, right? And, she’s got working mom guilt. I can’t have any PTA allies without working mom guilt–how could I relate to them?

For Recording Secretary: Kimberly from Sanity & the Solo Mom. Blogger (other than me) most likely to have given birth to my daughter. The one thing I would really worry about is how landisdad would handle having her girls as well as our kids when my cabinet and I went out drinking together to plan back-to-school night.

For Corresponding Secretary: Vicki from Procrastamom, because I think she can actually type. Plus, her kids are older than mine, and she’ll be able to tell me how to avoid various tweener pitfalls (or at least laugh ruefully when I encounter them). And, she makes delightful cards!

And for Vice President: my good blog friend and the monster of all daddybloggers, Metrodad. First, because I really want a man on the ticket (subverting the dominant paradigm one old-school principal at a time). Second, because I like to do spit-takes during meetings, and I’m sure with Pierre around I’d be doing that at every PTA get-together. Emma Goldman famously said, “if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” I feel the same way about sarcasm, and I’m almost positive that sarcasm will be the centerpiece of the Metrodad revolution.

Who would you pick to run your fantasy PTA?

March 1, 2007. memes, meta. 6 comments.

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