Friday, May 23, 2008

More than You Wanted to Know

I just returned from a work trip to Flagstaff, Arizona to see in my inbox an invitation from Mr. Puffy to partake in a little meme action. I'm always up for a good meme, especially when I'm too tired to write up a full Res Completa report, and especially when I have an accounting quiz to take and I'm trying to procrastinate. Rules of the meme follow....

"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 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."

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

On May 23, 1998, I was a senior in high school. I would be graduating in about two weeks and the weather was getting pretty warm. I can't be entirely sure, but I believe this exact week ten years ago was when I mailed off my college letters -- accepting UCLA's offer of admission, and telling the other schools I would not be going there. I remember what I was wearing the day I mailed those letters: khakis and a black knit shell from the Gap and some chunky J. Crew shoes (how preppy). It was a pretty momentous occasion for me.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?

1. Take aforementioned accounting quiz.
2. Read all blog posts missed this week because of aforementioned work trip to Flagstaff, Arizona.
3. Write back to Sophy with (shoddy) advice on throwing baby showers.
4. Buy Dad a birthday present -- this will be ingredients for fancy mixed/blended drinks he can make with the new blender he just got (the man loves playing bartender).
5. Start to pack for tomorrow's trip to the mountains.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Almonds, wasabi peas (I'm right there with you, Mr. Puffy!), cherries, melon, carrot sticks, chocolate, cake, donuts, whatever's in the break room.....

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Honestly? I would quit my job, have and/or adopt a truckload of kids (this is, of course, if Neill agrees), buy a house to fit them all comfortably (in this area, this might actually take most of the billion), stock away enough for their educations, then take huge family trips all around the world and teach them crafts and languages. When they got older, I would go get a PhD in Indo-European linguistics. I'd also give lots to the arts and to my home church and fund as many scholarship programs as possible.

5) Places I have lived:

I lived the first 18 years of my life in Turlock, CA, a town I am still in love with. I lived in Los Angeles for 5 years -- 4 while attending UCLA and 1 while working there the year after I graduated. I then moved to San Francisco for grad school and work, and have lived there ever since.

6) Jobs I have had:

I've held several odd jobs in my time -- from putting stickers on melons as they went by on the conveyor belt (official title: Decal Applicator), to tutoring UCLA athletes in Classics and little kids in Latin, to serving food at Hollywood events, to being the irritating peppy person who greets you at the Gap (which was actually much worse than the melon sticker job). I've also done quite a lot of office assistant type work in a variety of settings. The past five years I've been working as the token humanities major on the SOFIA Program, doing several different jobs (sometimes at the same time) with progressively more responsibility.

7) Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:

Erica of EricaLand
The Nantucket Knitter
Knitters Delight
The Lady

These are all (except Erica, whom I actually hang out with on a semi-regular basis) fantastic bloggers I've recently begun reading and I'd love to know more about them!

Ok, guess I'd better go take that quiz...


the Lady said...

How exciting! I've never been tagged for a meme!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I always enjoy your posts, you write so well! Thanks for sharing a little about yourself. I'm also pleased to know you are a fellow UC girl! I giggled at the official mellon inspector job - I gather you began working in the family business at an early age. My favorite mellons are the orange flesh honeydews - yummy.

Philigry said...

oh, so fun to read this! i will play along this week!

Susan said...

I have posted the answers to the meme. It was fun playing along.