Sunday, May 18, 2008

Five things

I was tagged for this meme (strongly dislike the word, but like the concept) by critique partner Patty, who could probably use something to take her mind off the dinosaur destruction awaiting her students.

What were you doing ten years ago?

I was still in high school at that point, so I probably spent a lot of time reading, writing, and pursuing unlikely crushes. I go to work instead of class these days, and I haven't written fanfiction in a long time, but on the whole it's not so different from what I do now.

What are five things on your to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

I'm not a big fan of to-do lists. This is a frequent source of conflict with my parents, who like to ask me what's on my agenda for a given day. And since I've actually accomplished most of these things already, I can't really say they're on my list - but I had to get things done before I could sit and blog. Thus, I say:

1. Get some laundry done. (As complete as it's going to get today)
2. Make granola. (I only get half-credit for this one, because I forgot one of the main ingredients. But it's edible.)
3. Try making carrot salad. (Another half-credit, because I forgot to make sure I had all the ingredients before starting. You know, there's a reason I don't cook much.)
4. Iron some shirts. (Still pending)
5. Finish A Foreign Affair. (Started at work yesterday, finished this afternoon, not thrilled with the last chapter or so, but otherwise a very good story.)

What are some snacks you enjoy?

Pretty much everything I shouldn't.

What would you do if you were a billionaire?

I'd take advantage of not having to work a regular job, and spend my days reading and writing - with a few shifts at the bookstore for a change of pace. I'd invest in a really nice stationary bike, because it's about the only piece of exercise equipment compatible with reading. (Reading US Weekly, but still.) I'd spend money on some great organizations like SonEdna, Heifer International, and YWCA.

What are three of your bad habits?

This is like being asked in an interview about your weaknesses.

I'm too quiet, I'm bad at networking, and if I'm reading something good it's a challenge to get me off the couch. How's that?

What are five places where you have lived?

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Connecticut. All by the age of nine, so I've gotten used to rattling that off.

What are five jobs you have had?

Marketing coordinator, conservation assistant, bookseller, software tester, observatory assistant. And to be honest, that's barely half of them.

What five people do you want to tag?

I think most of my fellow kidlit bloggers have done this already, so I won't tag any of them. Christina, if you're interested, it's your turn.


PJ Hoover said...

Did you really iron the shirts? That would fall off my list.

Sarah Rettger said...

I've finally figured out how to make myself *want* to iron - I play a great audiobook while I'm doing it, and enjoy the story enough to keep at it.

Besides, I need all those shirts ready to pack for BEA, and it's much harder to get ironing done during the week.

Vivian said...

So funny about the ironing. I'm with PJ, it would definitely go off my list, too!

Have fun at the BEA!

Christina said...

Oh, and I just posted, too! But I'll do it this week - ready-made blog content is always an excellent idea. (We have to talk about meeting up in NYC at some point - I'm actually staying at my mom's friend's place in Battery Park City.)