Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Now I'm IT - You May Be Next!

In what's the equivalent of a blogger chain mail, I got "tagged" sometime back by Vicki at Not So SAHM to answer some questions in the interest of getting to know people a little better. I didn't forget. I just got a little preoccupied. And last night, I got tagged again by Jayne at Dainty Digs. (I'm so popular!) It was kind of a prompting to finish this and move it along. (I'm not a procrastinator or anything.) So, here goes:

What was I doing ten years ago? I was in my tenth year -- and about my seventh job -- working at the newspaper chain that hired me out of college. I was also job-hunting as I was getting sick of the hard work and having little to show for it come payday.

Five snacks I enjoy. (Just five?) The top one, especially this time of year, is Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia (I get the "light" kind made with yogurt as a compromise.) You might also catch me regularly munching Jelly Bellies, York peppermint patties, Honey BBQ Frito Twists, or Gardetto's Snack Mix (original).

Five things on my to do list. First, is pay some bills. Seems like I am always paying something. Then, I need to return and renew some library books (Just finished "Waiting for My Cats to Die" by Stacy Horn -- thank you, KayO -- and am starting "How to Be Good" by Nick Hornby.) I have a call at 9; and a meeting at 11 (or so my calendar tells me). Then, of course, there's brick work.

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire First, take care of friends and family (particularly getting my mother anything and everything she has ever wanted). Then, donate a lot to fight hunger, poverty, disease, and to promote education, animal causes-- just have a lot of fun helping others. Then, I'd buy a brand new Corvette. (I've wanted one since age 4.) I'd go back to college; and finally, I'd write that book -- from an exotic, far-away locale.

Five jobs I’ve had. My first job was delivering newspapers (age 10-13). Then, at 15, I worked as a receptionist at a music store. After that, I was a snackbar attendant at a department store, a cashier/Lottery machine operator at the Red Fox, and a bowling/billiard attendant at college. That was all part-time and before I got my degree. (Since then, I've been a newspaper reporter/editor and now am a PR executive.)

Five of my bad habits. (Again, just five?) Procrastinating (Never do today what you can safely put off until tomorrow.) Not always finishing what I start. (My grandmother used to always say my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I think that applies not only to my appetite but also to my ambition. I have the desire to achieve more, just not always the ability.) Shaking my foot. (It's some involuntary nervous tic. Most of the time, I'm oblivious to even doing it.) Junk food. (though I am much, much better in 2008) Impatience. (I want it now. RIGHT NOW!)

Five places I’ve lived. I've lived in the St. Louis metro area my entire life -- except for six months in Decatur, Ill., when I was 2 or so. I did live in St. Louis for a while but have also claimed residency in Edwardsville, Granite City, Venice, and Belleville -- all in Illinois -- at some time or another.

Five people I want to get to know better. I’m tagging you in accordance with the instructions -- and with the hopes that you’ll play along. Forgive me if any of you have already been previously tagged for this game and I missed it or forgot seeing it. (I've been inhaling way too much dry mortar lately though I do recall seeing several of you tagged recently -- just can't remember WHO!) I was going to tag Jayne, but she beat me to it. Great minds and all ...
- Ann at VelvetLava
- KayO at Dear Dominik
- Jen at Dogs and Jen
- Elaine at Bless This DIY Mess
- smilingjudy at Time Thief

When you tag your people, leave them a comment letting them know that you have tagged them and asking them to check out your blog. Have fun! Looking forward to reading more of these.


Ann said...

Oh, it's ON, I'm it baby! Actually, this one has some fun questions doesn't it!?

I'm going on vacay 2nd-13th but was planning on doing some mini-post and this is just perfect, my friend!

As for donating $ to an animal cause - love that bc that's always been one of my dreams, to start a sanctuary. And the foot shaking? I think that's a sign of a smart, sorta mind-racy person. Yep, think that's you. Love it. We could so hang.

Unknown said...

I don't wanna be IT! That first question is depressing as hell - since I'm in exactly the same place I was 10 years ago. And 20 years ago. *mixing a mournfully stiff drink*

NV said...

Ann -- That's too sweet. :-) Thanks for playing along!

KayO -- Same place maybe, but not the same spot. You're so important now. Give yourself some credit, gal.

elaine said...

Awwwwe, NV!!!! How SWEET!!! Thank you for the tag. Looking forward to getting to know you better, my blogging brethren (er.... sisteren?). Sounds like we've got oodles in common.

Wishing you a speedy recovery from the porchification. (Man, I love people who verb their nouns!!!)

NV said...

Elaine -- So glad you want to play along! Siztheren, perhaps? (Sisteren sounds too much like a well!)
And I think I will be porchified for some time. :-)

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