Meme time

A lazy summer Saturday seems like the perfect time to do a meme, something I haven’t done in a while, generally because I’m disobeying orders from Her Majesty, which hasn’t gotten me in trouble yet, but I’m still being careful. This time around, Pete tagged me.

What was I doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was getting ready for my wedding, or, more accurately, helping Hobgoblin get ready for our wedding. I was also studying for my masters comprehensive exams and preparing to begin my Ph.D. I was also preparing to teach for the first time ever. That summer I also went on a backpacking trip and did some house sitting for a faculty member at my school. Wow. How did I have the energy for all that?

Five snacks I enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world:

  1. Hot fudge sundaes
  2. Brownies with ice cream
  3. Nachos
  4. Chocolate
  5. Apple pie

Five snacks I enjoy in the real world:

  1. Occasionally the above, but more often:
  2. Chips, of any sort
  3. Popcorn
  4. Cheese
  5. Apples

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  1. Travel, including visiting other continents, but also hiking the Appalachian Trail
  2. Buy land and donate it to environmental organizations for conservation
  3. Donate money to research global warming and alternative energy sources
  4. Buy bikes and books
  5. Quit my full-time job but get a part-time one so I won’t go crazy with too much time on my hands

Five jobs that I have had:

  1. Babysitter
  2. Salad-bar filler
  3. School supply picker and packer
  4. Assistant Freshman Year Director
  5. Professor

Five habits:

  1. Checking email and Google Reader obsessively
  2. Reading a page or two before I fall asleep
  3. Drinking coffee in the morning — decaf
  4. Recording my cycling statistics (riding time, miles ridden, speed, heart rate, cadence, route)
  5. Recording books I’ve read, including dates begun and finished

Five places I have lived:

  1. Buffalo, New York
  2. Rochester, New York
  3. Chicago suburbs
  4. The Bronx
  5. Bethel, Connecticut

If this meme looks like fun, consider yourself tagged!

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8 responses to “Meme time

  1. Dorothy, I’m sure you don’t need to be super-rich to do the Appalachian trail – you and Hobgoblin could probably cycle it in 30 days if you averaged just over 100kms a day! (Although I imagine you can’t take mtn bikes on the trail.) What did you do for your Ph.D?

  2. I would have non-dairy chocolate “milk” shakes everyday in my imaginary snack world. And brownies with ice cream, yum! Popcorn is one of my favorite real-world snacks too. I like what you would do if you were a billionaire. Now, how can we arrange that without anyone going to jail? :)

  3. antipodeanowl

    I also like recording my cycling stats! I love reading over the stats months later and being able to remember particulars of the ride; the weather that day, how hard the ride was, a particularly tough hill or who I was riding with. Lovely little reminders. :D

  4. One of my first jobs was working in a restaurant where I also took car of the salad bar. You get to see just how messy people are! I didn’t mind filling the veggie canisters, it was repacking the ice that I found disturbing–nasty cooked eggs…I did that for an entire summer, and it was enough to last a lifetime. I could never work in a restaurant again (I still sometimes have nightmares about that place!). Do you like Google reader? I use Bloglines, but I have a lot of trouble with them sometimes and have considered switching.

  5. So, I see the key to getting you to respond to a meme is to have one of the other subjects tag you. I’ll have to remember that :-)! And I bet if I were a cyclist, I bet I’d record my cycling statistics too. As a matter of fact, I know I would.

  6. Chocolate is my weakness so I probably enjoy that a little too often :)
    You know, I do record when I finished a book but not when I started it. Might be neat to see how long some books take!

  7. Pete — no, you don’t have to be rich to hike the trail, but being able to get off work for 6 months at least sure helps! No mountain bikes — and I’ve hiked enough to know that mountain bikes will only get you so far on that trail … I studied 18C British travel writing for my Ph.D. — I wrote on the sentimental traveler in fiction and nonfiction. Fun stuff :)

    Stefanie — I can feel myself getting hungry … I could have added that one of my habits is an evening snack, and I could go for some popcorn right now!

    Antipodeanowl — yes, I’d hate for all that information and all those memories to be lost! I have such a bad memory to begin with …

    Danielle — no more restaurant work for me either, if I can help it! No, it wasn’t pretty :) I do like Google Reader — really it’s not so different from Bloglines, but probably more reliable.

    Emily — yes, I’m a rebellious subject and will only obey if manipulated into it … :)

    Iliana — yes, I thought knowing how long it took to read something might be interesting — I know just how long it took me to read Proust, for example!

  8. mdemassa

    I think we have some very similar snacking habits. :-)

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