Thursday, June 21, 2007

5 Meme

I'm in a genuine slump. I'm averaging one post per week (well not counting my Saturday Spins). Forget about making it around to my favorite places. That's the down side. The up side is that today is the first day of summer and hope springs eternal. Living is just a little easier (or so the song goes).

During one of my visits to a favorite place in the blogs, Stuffed Animal Planet (the former ex-Pansi Files which was f/k/a the Pansi Files), I noticed that I had been tagged for this 5 Meme that's going around not unlike the bedbug plague that I understand is taking Manhattan - ewwwwww. Perhaps Mrs. Weirsdo felt guilty as I was not nominated by her as a blog that made her think. However, she does not seem to be a person motivated by guilt so I think that shoots a hole in that theory. As I recall the instructions were to remove the top blog and place yours (meaning mine) at the bottom. Would the idea be to visit some new spots? I guess that would be an objective. In turn, I should tag five people which well, I'm just not a tagger. But if you would like to do this and let me know that you have, I'd even maybe mail you a tchotchke. Time to clean out some things anyway.

1) Bipolar Notes From Underground (off meds)
2) This Side Of Reason
3) Full Moon Rising
4) Stuffed Animal Tales
5) Simply Said

Next: select five people to tag. Oops, covered that above. I basically cut and pasted from Weirsdo's post. "Be sure to try and make them feel really guilty if they don't want to play!" That last part was Mrs. Weirsdo's. Come on all you people that I haven't tagged but YOU know who you are! I said that I'd send you a tchotchke.

What were you doing ten years ago?

Let's see - ten years ago I was busy being pregnant with my daughter Tali and hiking in some gorge in Vermont with Scissors. No I was not barefoot. Well not as we hiked anyway. I recall we stayed at the lovely Quiche Bed & Breakfast in Vermont whereby they advised upon checkout that they'd be happy to have us back - alone or when our child was 12. Having Julian, I understand their request.

I was still a desk jockey with the same company/different location. Somehow the group I worked with just made it all the more bearable...or the complaining eventually became a harmonious chorus. We even had a sit-in for one of our coworkers who was going to be transferred (not of his own volition) whereby we sang "all we are saying is give Steve a chance." Proud to say I orchestrated that one. Steve was transferred just the same.

What were you doing one year ago?

Did a year pass by already? I'm sitting in the same spot - maybe I've been sleeping or blogging. Pass that bong. Just kidding! I did just start my blog a little over one year ago. I was crying at Julian's graduation from his preschool. I think I might have been having lunch and meeting my NBFF for the very first time. Ah, a heady year it's been.

Five snacks you enjoy:

1) My mother-in-law's honey cake with a cup of green tea
2) chocolate anything
3) Twizzlers or the even lower rent - NIBS
3) a scoop of ice cream (was that my subconscious - I gave myself two 3's)
5)(no sneaking in an extra). Only because I thought of these for some odd reason on my drive home tonight and have not had one in a good 30 years - Hostess Butterscotch Krimpets. Ooh the memory of its pre-fab goodness has me smiling.

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:

Sitting here, I can barely think of one, yet start any song on the radio and I pretty much can sing along. Does that count? I've been mulling this meme and in the shower this am, I sang:

1) Don't Leave Me Hanging on the Telephone by Blondie (Parallel Lines is one great album - note to self: dig that out)
2) then driving in my car with no radio on, I sang - Sam Stone by John Prine to see if I knew all the lyrics. I did.
3) Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen (I was singing along with the radio and of course, the windows were down and the volume was up).
4) Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel (my little theatre troupe consisting of myself, my sister Roni and our 4 neighborhood girlfriends performed this one when we put on a variety show in The O'Neill's backyard. We couldn't have been even ten years old. If memory serves me well, I believe the crowd grew hostile and demands were made for refunds. We tried to mollify them by throwing boxes of Good and Plenty candy into the crowd (I know that jingle by heart..."Once upon a time there was an engineer...").
5) This is your spot - leave a song in the comments and let's see if you can stump me.

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
"What's all this subjunctive "were" business? I plan to be a millionaire one day!" Could not agree more Weirsdo, although aside from playing Lotto once a year, I'm not sure what I am doing to advance the cause.

Just the same, a girl can dream:

1) hand in el resignation!!! and begin to really explore what makes me happy.
2) fix up the house (or sell it)
2) travel
3) Help family out and support favorite charities (this could of course be seen as the same thing - I'll speak to my accountant).
4) make sure kids are in proper schools/programs/doing something they love
5) Get Scissors season soccer Wembley Stadium!

Look at that in proofing I see I've snuck in another #2. Ah well, I'm a millionaire now, I can do that.

Five bad habits:

1) laziness
2) procrastination
3) fidgeting
4) staying up late
5) losing my temper (I should have put that first, but I was procrastinating.)

This could be my list - it's Mrs. Weirsdo's. I cut and pasted to make answering easier. Although for #1, I wouldn't say lazy but perhaps, motivationally challenged. #3 - I'm not a fidgeter, in fact you could replace fidget with sloth. #5 - thanks to the wonderful world of meds - I'm no longer a temper loser. So I'll see Weirsdo's #5 and throw in - using curse words or cussing or swearing or whatever you would like to call it. Not a lot, but it could be construed as a habit. This could also be construed as losing one's temper I realize. Note to self: speak to doctor about meds.

Five things you like doing:

1) reading
2) hanging out with my kids/especially family day Sundays
3) appreciating pretty things/design/collecting pictures of same as inspiration, for instance:

4) blogging/writing (had to combine the two) It seems I write so little of late. I'll try to do better - for myself at least.
5) trolling through flea markets, craft fairs, art shows.

So that's the meme as I recall it. Please do one and let me know when you have. Remember those tchotchkes! And remember to come visit me in Central Snark over the weekend where we let the music spin.

Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend all! And if you're in NYC, drop by The World Financial Center and look for a gaggle of bloggers dining by the waterside. Take my advice - keep walking.


Anonymous said...

awwww... i was thinking our anniversary was coming up soon, too!

wow, you're SO much better at this than i am. mostly because you actually DID your meme. that adorable Tempest in a Teacup tagged me two weeks ago, and i stillhaven't gotten around to doing one. (what were you saying about procrastination?)

i think your "subconscious" wasn't giving you two 3's so much as 3 scoops of ice cream!

can't wait to see YOU tamale, NBFF!! no dress code, but i'm told we should plan on wearing "comfortable shoes". carrying our Teen Girl Squad handbags will be ooptional. ; ) xoxo

Anonymous said...

i noticed i'd misspelled "optional" but left it, because, i'm sorry, but "OOPtional" just cracked me up!

also, how p-o'ed do you think i am about the fact i can't tag YOU myself?? D'OH!!

gee thanks Mrs. Weirsdo. (kidding -- this was a great meme, and it also served to remind me i haven't been over to visit our good friend and/or her "stuffed animals" in weeks!) xox

G said...

Nevala, actually when you do drop over or alternately follow the link to the 5 Meme, you'll see that YOU were also tagged by Weirsdo, so your dance card is full.

I don't know the exact date, but it is right about now for our anniversary :) Can't wait to see you tamale! XOX

Heather said...

Great meme! I all meme'd out. :)

Nessa said...

Yay, it's Summer!

Minka said...

have fun on Saturday and Tali is 10 now? i was just trying to think what I did ten years ago and hey...I came to Iceland! A lot happens in ten years, although every day we say time passes by so quickly...a lot happens in ten years :) I find that re-assuring!

Miz BoheMia said...

Oooh! Faboo meme FO SHO!...

10 years ago? Well, 10 years ago in June I was lost, about to become an anorexic, had my heart broken by someone I thought I was in love with whom I had only spent a week with and done nothing ahem with and later, when I found love, realized it wasn't love but longing but I got my heart broken anyway... who knew that in October I would find love with Loverboy and two months later move to SF?

Now I have Barbra Streisand in my head singing "Memories"! Oy! Shut up woman I cannot think!!!!

I share your love of looking at pretty things and used to have quite the collection of contemporary design catalogues and magazines! *sigh* I could sometimes cry at how pretty some of the pretty things are and the sad thing is that I am not kidding!

I am intrigued... what's a tchotchke? If it's veggie, I so wanna try one! What? No bubble tea? I am still intrigued by that and have made a mental note to see if I can hunt one down in Chinatown once I make it back home!

Hope y'all are having a ball today crazy bloggas! Big neshikot to you my dearest G whose meme was simply fabuloso!

Anonymous said...

G: Great job. Thanks for doing that, and I now don't have to make you feel guilty anymore. (That was passed on to me by the Cheesemeister, btw.)

Neva--don't worry about it. Of COURSE you didn't have time for me. I'm sure you had MUCH more important things to do. Don't give it a second thought. Really!

Miz B: A tchochke is a knick-knack.

Miz BoheMia said...

Oh dammit! And here I was ready to eat it! How stoooopid do I fell now?


FirstNations said...

1. i did not know that bloggers travelled in gaggles. huh.

2. stump the Lampshade? i'll bite!
do you know all the lyrics to 'Radar Love' by Golden Earring? huh? do ya?

FirstNations said...

...ooh, and hi hi puffi amiyumi to BOHEMIA, NEVA and my PENGIE! also to
DOUG if he shows his nose.

oh hell, hi to everyone.

Anonymous said...

Bloggers walk in packs :)

Had you stayed for the very very last part of the tour, the words to "God Bless America" would be playing on an endless loop in your mind!

tsduff said...

First of all, I would like to sit down on that inviting couch and feel the simple beauty of the room drift over me... lovely.

Love your stuff - I do enjoy reading all the goodies about other people.

10 years ago? On my way to my first trip across the sea to Ireland... my first trip ever out of the country. Who could know it was a harbinger of things to come...I went with my parents because my husband was a stay-at-home-kind-of-guy, so it wasn't exactly the trip of my dreams (i.e. a romantic trip with just me and the ONE I loved) but it bit me hard with the travel-bug fever.

"Hungry as hell no food to eat
And Joe said that he would sell his soul
For just a piece of meat
Water enough to drink for two
And Joe said to me, "I'll have a swig
And then there's some for you."

Check out some interesting trivia about the song, which I loved so much when it came out (ewww, what was wrong with me?) that I bought the single.

Mother Theresa said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one in a slump. Mine has just started because my kids are on vacation, my cat is lost, my house is a mess, and I'm leaving for vacation at the beginning of July. I'm trying hard to visit at least a few of my favorites every day, but it is like I'm trying to bicicle uphill with my kids hanging on the back and digging their heels in as hard as they can. Let's see, a song...What about "Cool Places" by "Sparks"? That was my introduction to MTV way back in the 80's. Don't ask me why that song just popped into my mind, it must be some kind of crazy summer fever that's made my mind go off on a tangent. I thought the tchotchke was something to eat too, it just sounds so edible.

Sweet and Salty said...

You too, huh? Well, maybe, like everything, it'll go away after a while. Meanwhile that will give us more time between posts to ponder the deeper implications of each of your posts! (smile)

You like twizzlers?! I LOVE twizzlers! And Chocolate? Geesh, G! We must have been separated at birth... hee hee I wonder if they'll ever coat twizzlers with dark chocolate.... hmmmm.....

The Babka Nosher said...

I'm chuckling because I just came over today to tag you on another meme...

I love your answers to this one!

Anonymous said...

That was super fun. I think I might do it! I don't have to change many answers if I copy and paste yours. :)

Oh, and I will be in NYC in August...finally, so I hope we can connect!


Ariel the Thief said...

life IS easier at summer, even when you travel, there's no worry about what clothes to what weather, everything is just easier at summer.

I love the word "motivationally challenged", good one!

what is knick-knack? checked the dictionaty but nothing!

Anonymous said...

:-) Thanks for NOT tagging me, G. Owww! I got a major headache struggling to think of just one freakin' snack...

G said...

hmbt, I understand how that can happen!

Goldennib - isn't it grand?

Minka, yes, put that way - it is rather reassuring. Tali will be 10 in Deember. Thanks and by now, you've heard of all the fun we've had, but still it would have been nice if you were there.

MizB: Now I have Barbara Stresand in my head as I read your comment - will she please shut up?! Someone throw her a fish!

Funny how much of a life and change can be packed into ten years. On the desing thing, why do I totally relate to being moved to tears by something so perfect? Okay, by now you've found out what a tchotchke is - no need to be embarrased (I should have explained). And I can't wait for you to have a bubble tea (I hope you like it).

Of course, the only thing missing besides that Penguin - was you! And your name was brought up more than once in the most loving and wishing-you-were-there-with-us fashion. Soon enough amiga.

Big neshikot to you and hope all is well. XOX

Weirsdo, thanks - something about the professor in you makes me want to complete assignments.

Hey that was good with the guilt on Neva. Very nice. Oh and thanks for the definition for MizB.

fn: Maybe not so much a gaggle as a ... gaggle.

Radar Love

I've been driving all night
My hands wet on the wheels
There's a voice in my head that drives me near (which is really my heel)
It's my baby callin', says I need you here
And it's half past four and I'm shifting gear

When she gets lonely and the longing gets too much
She sends a cable comin' in from above
We don't need no phone at all
We've got a thing that's called radar love
We've got a wave in the air, radar love (I think I remember singing this as "We got a wave in the night...radar love")

The radio's playing some forgotten song
Brenda Lee's "Coming on Strong" (this I sang as "rambalee coming on strong - don't ask me what a rambalee is).

So no, I can muddle through it though all right in the car.

G said...

FN: hahaha - I always used to get that wrong too and say "hihi puffi ayumi". Me and lyrics, heh.

Pia, them's the breaks when you cut out early!

Terry, sit right down - some tea? coffee? Thanks for that insight into your life. One day, we'll make it to Ireland. I love your response in and of itself and now I'm off to read the trivia again. You're too funny.

Theresa, ah yes, I relate. But I am sorry to hear about the lost kitty. Hope he/she returns home soon (or has returned already).

I'm cracking up - Cool Places - I had to look that one up to remind me. "Wanna go to cool places tonight...". That's some recall you've got there girl. Hope everything settles in for you soon.

Pavel, please don't spend too much time pondering - you may decide not to return here.

Oh yes - twizzlers and chocolate. So it's set - you can come over for movies and be snack compatable.

Hi Babka!! Well thanks for that (I think). I'll do it - I just can't promise when, but I'll have to come see about this.

Cindra, I'm coming out of my shell a bit now so I'll come check out the meme. Ooh in August? Send me an email when you get a chance and give me the deets.

G said...

Ariel, I agree - summer is perfection. And yes motivationally challenged fools me into believing that I was motivated to begin with :)

A knick-knack is a little decoration, like a little vase or some such smaller item. A tchotchke or knick-knack usually had some cheaer connotation to it as I recall. Not a fine quality item.

Al, you've got bigger fish to fry - what neighborhood to post about! Although this might be some light filler for you - just sayin ;)

Actonbell, at the rate I'm posting, you could stop by once a month and be up to speed. And I do like that - coven...yes.

Logophile said...

OK, I was slow doing my version of this meme also and I am ALSO having trouble getting my blog on.
I'm going to blame that on the fact Im not taking any meds.
Even if i do manage to post I'm only getting to blogs once in a blue mood, even though I WANNA.
Those inn keepers were clever ones, eh? It does seem to take years to be able to do that sort of thing together.
Someday, someday

G said...

I loved your meme! It's hard sometimes getting the rhythm of blogging/life/yada yada going - meds or not!

Yes, I daydream of those somedays - all in good time.

Joe said...

nice stuff here!