Meme from MN Mom

I don’t often do memes anymore (who am I kidding? I don’t often do POSTS anymore!), but Minnesota Mom tagged me today, so I decided to play along. Here are the rules:

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 5 years ago?

We were planning a trip to Hawaii to celebrate the fact that it wasn’t 2002 anymore. That’s the year when my cancer came back, and we lost our cocker spaniel Chloe and J.P.‘s dad.

(Do you like how I turned that into a question about what I was doing six years ago?)

What are five things to do on your to do list for the day?

– Get my port flushed. Yes, I still have it after being cancer-free for six years. (Done.)

– Do laundry. Last load is in the washer now, waiting for the dryer to finish the previous load. Bzzzzzzzz! The buzzer literally sounded just as I typed that last sentence.

– Do dishes. Our dishwasher decided that it didn’t want to hold water anymore, and we’ve got some stains on the hardwood floor to prove it. So we’re doing them by hand until the new one arrives. (Done.)

– Call Lowe’s to find out when the new dishwasher will arrive. Their store advertises installation within 72 hours if you purchase an in-stock item on a weekday. We did—on Tuesday night. When I hadn’t heard from the installers by this morning (to even schedule the install), I called and asked how they were going to make their 72-hour guarantee. The guy pretended he didn’t know what I was talking about. I explained that I had seen a sign about it in their store and he said, “Oh that must be for other appliances.” Me: “It was hanging BY THE DISHWASHERS.” Him: “Let me call them.” Later, he called back: “How’s late morning tomorrow?” Me: “Excellent!”

– Pick up a take-n-bake pizza and go see the new Narnia movie.

What are five snacks you enjoy?

– Pudding. I’ve been buying the 100-calorie snack size. Yum! Totally worth 100 calories.
– Cheese and crackers. Sometimes this is a meal.
– Cereal. MN Mom mentioned Quaker Oatmeal Squares, and I love them too! The BS flavor (that’s brown sugar, you know).
– 100-calorie Lorna Doones or chocolate animal crackers.
Peanut butter Kandy Cakes from Tastykake. I don’t go out of my way to get them, but if J.P. brings them home I have a hard time resisting.

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?

– Buy a second home in a warm climate.
– Learn more about and get better at photography.
– Support charities we believe in.
– Travel.
– I’m not sure what else.

What are five of your bad habits?

– Staying up too late.
– Spending too much time on the computer.
– Being late. I’ve always had a hard time getting up in the morning, so have always been a little on the late side for early appointments. But since I married J.P.? I’ve become terrible about it at all times of day.
– Not cleaning when the house really needs it.
– Biting my cuticles.

What are five jobs you have had?

– Cashier at a grocery store.
– Telemarketer for my college’s alumni association.
– Dish room worker at the college dining service.
– Nanny.
– Gift store worker in an amusement park (for one month!).

What five people do you want to tag?

I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to participate if you like.

Enjoy the long weekend, and take a few minutes to think about why you have an extra day off work. Check out William’s post if you haven’t seen it already.

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Friday Feast

What? Did someone say it’s not Christmas anymore? All right, all right. I know I’ve been falling down on the blogging job a lot in the last several months year or so. Usually it doesn’t matter too much, but I can’t stand coming here and still seeing Christmas on January 11. Mags is cute, but it’s time to push her down the page.

The question is, what should I write about? I don’t have any original ideas, but I recently stumbled across a meme site called Friday’s Feast. The site says, “Pull up a chair and dig in! Friday’s Feast is a meme of five questions cooked up by the chef each and every week. Enjoy!”

I thought it looked kinda fun. Let the digging in commence!

What is your middle name? Would you change any of your names if you could? If so, what would you like to be called?

Hey, wait a minute, that’s three questions right there! I guess it’s like a real restaurant—if you have an appetizer, you’re full by the time the main course arrives.

My middle name is Marie. It’s my mom’s middle name, and it was her mom’s too. When I was a kid I didn’t like my first name, but now I guess it’s okay. Even though I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have changed it. But I know a kid who did just that. His name was Stacy, and he didn’t like having a girl’s name. So in about sixth grade, we came back from summer vacation and he was Steve—he’d legally changed it.

If you were a fashion designer, which fabrics, colors, and styles would you probably use the most?

A fashion designer? ME? Um yeah, right. Let’s see . . . I would design non-shrinking jeans that are long. I have a really hard time finding jeans in the first place, and then I’m afraid to let them go through the dryer so I’m always pulling them out. I hate hanging up wet clothes, but I hate flood pants even more. Also, Sharkey Jeans would not cause normal women to have muffin tops, and they wouldn’t have that horrendous gap at the back of the waistband.

What is your least favorite chore, and why?

Hands down, it’s putting laundry away. I don’t mind washing the clothes, and I don’t even mind folding them. But putting them away? Gah! Mostly it’s because J.P.’s side of the closet is crammed so full of stuff that there’s nowhere to put anything. I counted 38 polo/golf shirts one day last fall! Also? I think he has more shoes than I do, and stepping over/on them to get to the drawers and clothes bar is a real pain.

Where are you sitting right now? Name 3 things you can see at this moment.

I’m sitting in my usual spot on the couch, with my feet up on the ottoman/coffee table. I sit here so much that the couch now has a semi-permanent ass imprint. I see:

  1. Maggie sleeping in front of the fire.
  2. Conan O’Brien on the new HDTV that J.P. bought with his year-end bonus.
  3. The Christmas decorations that need to come down this weekend.

See? the blog isn’t the only place where Christmas has worn out its welcome.

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Meme Malarkey

Last weekend I stopped by Eclectic’s place, and she was doing an interview meme. It had given her reason to post for the second day in a row, and she was offering to provide interview questions for anyone else who wanted to participate. Hmm . . . two posts within one week? I wasn’t sure if I could handle it, but I decided to give it a try. Here goes . . .

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Merry Meme

I haven’t done a meme in a really long time. But I saw this one over at Mary P.’s and thought it looked like fun.

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Does the egg nog have a lot of nutmeg? ‘Cuz if it does, I’ll just go with the hot chocolate. Especially if you have some peppermint schnapps to put in it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
We don’t often see Santa ’round these parts, but when I was a kid he usually wrapped them.

3. Colored lights on the tree/house, or white?
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Depends on the year. This year we’re about 1/3 of the way through it—everything’s on the mantel and the advent calendar is up, but the trees are still in the basement. They’re almost half done already, though—we just haul them downstairs as-is (we do take the ornaments off), lights and all.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
A favorite, huh? Hmmmm . . . I’m not exactly a picky eater, so this one’s tough. Oh, I know—this is becoming something of a tradition at our house:

J.P.'s Chow Mein

It’s Japanese chow mein, and J.P. makes it when his family comes for the holidays. And his mom makes ginger chicken and rice balls. It’s all good.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
This isn’t exactly a favorite memory, but it’s a vivid one nonetheless. When I was in first grade I came down with the chicken pox a few days before Christmas. I was really upset that I had to miss the class Christmas party. That was back when kids could have Christmas parties in public school.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, if there’s only one. But if there are multiple gifts we open them all. My family has always opened gifts on Christmas Eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
We use white lights and ornaments from over the years. My grandma has always given each of us grandkids an ornament every year, and some of them are even hand-made. Over the years she’s done cross-stitch, needlepoint, and beads. J.P. and I usually buy a new ornament every year too. His favorite is (surprise!) Mickey and Minnie Mouse. This year we found this one:
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Strolling down memory lane

Now this is the kind of meme that I like. No muss, no fuss, and no punch bowls. I remembered seeing on someone else’s site that I had been tagged, but do you think I could remember whose? Last week was kind of a blur, what with the quick overnight trip and the no sleeping. But finally, FINALLY, I tracked things down on Crayonz’s site. Here are the instructions:

The Rules:

  1. Go into your archive.
  2. Find your 23rd post.
  3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Tag five other people to do the same.

From my March 8, 2005 post: Yesterday’s flight was an adventure.

Now see, wasn’t that worth revisiting?

I think this one has pretty much made the rounds, so I won’t tag anyone specifically. Let me know if you decide to participate!