Sunday, May 25, 2008

6 Questions

I saw this on another blog, and although I wasn't tagged (and I'm not tagging, either), I decided to go ahead and answer. It's nice when I don't actually have to think of a topic to blog about!

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? 10 years ago I was getting ready to graduate from High School. I bet Senior breakfast & ditch day were right around this time. I wore the cutest plaid dress & then the Kathys and I went to the beach for a little while. We took Jill, too, even though she wasn’t a senior. Generally, we drove around singing Backstreet Boys songs, saw a lot of movies, and ordered a lot of pizza because the delivery boy was cute.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today: It’s the weekend. I don’t do a to-do list on the weekends!

3. Snacks I enjoy: Chips & dip. Pretzels. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (but not the cinnamon ones or black licorice). Gummy bears.

4. Places I've lived: East Chicago, IN, Merrillville, IN, Kenosha WI, Waukegan IL, Racine, WI, Aviano Italy, Crown Point, IN, Okinawa Japan

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Hmm…buy gas? Try to act normal and not get all "But I'm a fabulous billionaire". Invest. Send some kids to college (not necessarily my own, but them too if I had some). Buy a house on some land & a horse for David. Get a few Masters degrees/doctorates. Get a nice little winter cabin somewhere close to a ski slope, and ooooo, maybe a place to stay in Cabo too. Misc. travel around, (have I spent my billion dollars yet?), shop for clothes, shoes, yarn, furniture & scrapbook stuff, donate to Camp Lawrence, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Rails to Trails, and some other nice organizations. OOooo…hire someone to wash my dishes, put gas in my car, and wind my yarn into center pull balls.

6. Jobs I've had: Limited Too sales girl (I was awesome at folding & hanging clothes!), Camp Counselor x 7, after-school babysitter, education office girl at Carthage, 1st grade teacher x 3, nanny, 3rd grade teacher, 1st/2nd multi-age teacher x 2. I don't know if I'm forgetting any...

7. Peeps I want to know more about: Anyone who would be interested in being hired to wash my dishes, put gas in my car and wind my yarn into center pull balls. ;)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Je vend, tu vends, Okinawa vend plus!

I think about strange things while I'm running. Mostly because there's only so much regular stuff I can think about and when I run out of that, I've still got an hour or so left to run!
Sometimes things just pop randomly in my head and I think about them. Sometimes they are inspired by my surroundings. Sunday, I was conjugating the French verb vendre: to sell. This was inspired by the plethora of vending machines here on Okinawa. The availability of a cold drink almost...almost makes up for the humidity and the hot sun. Coke, Aquarius (one of my favorites...a grapefruity sports drink), water, green tea, plain tea, apple tea, lemon tea. I suppose if you're running in the rain and it's cold, you could also get a hot tea. I counted 19 vending machines in 2 miles (not including the cigarette vending machines)! Uh...but no garbage cans! There are some garbage cans outside of the little convenient stores (Japanese 7-11 is called "FamilyMart" and you can buy sushi instead of slurpees).

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Blog drought

Well, it certainly has been a while since I've blogged. And, sadly (or happily), nothing truly noteworthy has happened since my last entry. But, since I'm typing, I'll fill you in on all the uninteresting details.
-Only 26 days left of school! This is cause for great celebration, because I have a class this year. Challenging is teacher-code for "these kids give me a headache an entire bottle of excedrin couldn't crack" or "I'd rather eat pick up elephant poop with my bare hands, make cupcakes out of it, frost them with bird poo, and eat the cupcakes than go to work every morning" or "How on earth does one become so flippin' exasperating and disagreeable in just 7 short years of life?"
-I'm all signed up for the Gold Coast Marathon. Now to drain the bank account and buy the plane tickets/hotel.
-I'm also signed up for my second "term" of the Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap. Here's the basics: you give a present and you get a present. And the presents come in the mail. I love getting presents and I love getting mail, so it's pretty good for me. The part where you start to look at me funny comes in the details: the presents are all knitting related. And Harry Potter related. Oh, it gets pretty crazy! You get sorted into a "house" and you get your very own Potter name, and it all becomes a big obsession. You get homework and search for the Snitch during Quidditch matches.
I swear, I really am cool.
More info here
-Our friends are moving away next week. We're not. Still a little bummed about that. Next month we might know where we're going to next. We have a general idea because a list of possible selections came out and we selected. Unfortunately, our selection list was not as desirable as the one we got to select from before we found out we weren't going to be moving next month after all.
-There was a Virtual Crop at ScrapVillage this past weekend and I'm still exhausted! I wasn't as productive as normal, but I had a lot of fun!
-I'm working on 2 knitting gift projects, but I'm dying to start a project for myself.
And there you have it...
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