Tuesday, May 20, 2008

ramble on

generally when tagged I break the chain. however, this time I was tagged by a absolute vanilla on her birthday! how does one say no to someone on their birthday?

A Meme about Various Things

What were you doing ten years ago?
ten years ago was a time of adaptation - I was adapting to living in cleveland after 16 years (the absolute longest I've ever lived anywhere!!) of living in connecticut; adapting to a being 1500 miles away from my daughter (who at the time going to school on the west coast); adapting to working in a large public hospital system and teaching resident physicians (a group of learners a bit different from other learners I've 'taught')…..and so on and so forth. oh wait, life just a series of changes and adaptations – so guess not much has changed.

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order):
1. take care of this meme
2. pick up items on hold at library when ms t arrives
3. work on june 7th project (caring for the frail elderly)
4. plant plants susan dropped off sunday
5. iron 10 yards of fabric for t’s curtains

What are some snacks you enjoy?
cheese, nuts, anything that’s spicy and salty …

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
set aside a small fraction of the money to ensure that I and my family (including select ‘fictive family’) would be able to live comfortably, yet modestly, for ‘the rest of our days’

work with others who are interested in "improving the world" and invest the bulk of the billions in projects and programs which would improve and empower the lives of others—locally and globally.

What are three of your bad habits?
1. not waiting until I finish chewing and swallowing before talking (yes, gross bad habit)
2. procrastination
3. overcommitting

What are five places where you have lived?
1. california (specifically san diego)
2. guam (specifically agana)
3. metro washington d.c. (specifically fairfax county)
4. texas (specifically fort worth)
5. connecticut (specifically new haven and farmington)

What are five jobs you have had?
oh my I’ve had sooooo many jobs in the course of my life and I expect soooo many more…. a few random jobs, in no particular order:
1. machine operator in newspaper mailroom (including a forklift!)
2. office manager
3. researcher
4. teacher
5. administrator for medical education program

What were the last five books you read?
the world’s best memoir writing (as of now 3/4th finishished – it’s long!)
the good earth by pearl buck
the birth house by amy mckay
motherless brooklyn by jonathon lethem
the wheel of darkness by preston and childs

What five people do you want to tag?
I’m afraid I can’t bring myself to tag anyone - however, should you be inspired to play along, by all means meme on!

led zeppelin performing ramble on (1969)

photo: self portrait with dixie 16 may


marxsny said...

I've taught resident physicians as well and they are a "different" group of learners.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Aaaww, thanks for doing this - my special birthday gift from you! :-)

Amazing how many people have listed procrastination as a bad habit. Maybe, after all, it's not a bad habit just our way of being... Well, I can try and kid us both, can't I?

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

Physicians? oh yes, another world, that. I did some medical translation at one point: the good doctors sure don't like having their discrepancies pointed out to them, do they?

love the shot. Ramble on, mouse.

Ernest de Cugnac said...

Mouse - you are absolutely *full* of surprises. Forklift truck yet.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I tend to do meme posts everyday, but I'm not good at following instructions so usually don't respond to tagging. I've worked as a country club bartender (for two weeks), editor/reporter, inventory temp and various fund raising, PR, writing, editing, photography jobs. Oh, and trip leader to Burkina Faso, Nepal, Vietnam, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Oaxaca, et. al.

Cergie said...

I enjoyed having a better view of you (yes like a view at a monument) and is estonished you moved and changed your job so often. I wonder how you can suffer procastination and be able to decide fast enough for that
And I'm so happy you had not taged me

lettuce said...

i love nosey memes

(reading them rather than writing them)

dennis said...

Dennis is running out to buy an assortment of nuts and an assortment of fine cheeses. He already picked up an assortment of liqueurs, because ... just in case you like them.

Dennis got a new modum today so things are fixed and he doesn't have to steal internet from neighbors.

tut-tut said...

It's always fun to read more about others; it opens windows, in fact!

d. chedwick said...

Hey! we both posted a bookshop yesterday! and Squirrel went to the street fair Sunday-- all in sync again.

Hot and Spicy eh? You would like Swad Mix!

I lived in DC, Los Angeles, and San Antonio for decent lengths of time (more than 1 year each) but ny is home. we also share the same 3 bad habits.

Chedwick University said...

Since you'll be visiting the actual campus soon, we are sprucing up the place.

The trustees

Reya Mellicker said...

Most of the memes are just silly, but I like this one. It's a good structure in which to paint your portrait. Love the pic, too, of course.

Thank you for telling us such cool things about yourself.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

marxsny - difference is always something to celebrate, eh?

av - you are welcome! memes - ah, I find them most difficult - probably ties in with that procrastination thing

the river - do any of us? glad you liked the shot! ;)

ernie - glad I could surprise you!

junk - wow!! your jobs have take you to more exotic locations than most of us will be able to experience in a few lifetimes!

cergie - you are welcome for not being tagged! however, if you wish to play, of course we all love to read memes!

let - I'm incorrigibly nosey

dennis - you are absolutely the best! can't wait to meet you!

tut - letting fresh air in is good mouse medicine!

ched - synchronicity lives!! I'm hooked on a spicy indian mixes ...is it one of those?

about 17 yrs ago, we had the chance to live in l.a. but we turned it down- I hated the 'car culture' and it just seemed a bit overwhelming of a place to be 'raising a kid' - e was in jr. high when the opportunity arose. never regretted the decision. san antonio is nice, but it's toooooo hot in texas for my blood! I lived in fw for 8 years and complained about the heat incessantly - I like winter!

ched u - looking forward to seeing the campus!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

reya - don't know about cool...but thank you!

Professor Montblanc said...

Conneticut eh? You are a mysterious lady? On the sound or inland?

TheElementary said...

The Good Earth is one of my favourite books. It's so sad though that I can only pick it up once in a while.
I love reading memes from interesting folks such as yourself. I like to see what people are reading, where they've lived and what jobs they've done in their lives. In some ways people are all so alike yet different enough to be fascinating to each other.
I agree with you about living modestly even if you were rich- I feel that too. My life wouldn't change except I would feel more comfortable, and worries about the increasing expense of buying food and getting an education would go away.