Thursday, 5 June 2008

All About Meme

Allison and Kimberley have tagged me in the latest meme that is making the rounds! I admit I like memes, so here we go!

1.) What was I doing ten years ago?
I was 19, and just wrapping up my second year of university at Trent (in Peterborough, Ontario). I flew out to British Columbia and spent a couple weeks in Vancouver and Victoria. I remember being in Lion's Bay, and having breakfast down by the water. Everything in front of me was so vast, and I was sitting on a rock with a bowl of Cheerios. I felt so small, like I could have fit on the head of a pin.

2) What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
- shave legs
- sunless tan (I have to wear a sleeveless, knee-length shift dress to a semi-formal dinner tomorrow night, and my pasty limbs need the help)
-set the alarm clock for an hour earlier (have to get up really early tomororw)
- pack my golf clothes and my dinner dress (I work for an organization that has ties with Prince Edward, who is currently in Canada. I'll be at a golf tournament and a dinner with him tomorrow night. Not just me, about 50 other people, too. I'm not golfing, I'll be there in a work capacity)
- pilates
I just realized that's all partially work related, except for the pilates. I don't write lists for non-work stuff!

3) Snacks I enjoy:
- peanut butter, eaten directly from the jar with a spoon
- cereal
- edamame (steamed with a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper- it's heaven!)
- McVittie's chocolate digestive biscuits

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Tell everyone that I got a job as a travel writer, travel, live modestly, and not tell anyone about the billions. Money changes people, and it changes people's perception of you, and I like my life the way it is now. I'd never want my family or friendships to be tainted by suddenly being perceived as a human cashpoint machine. I'd donate a lot to charity,set up some education grants, maybe some programmes for underprivledged kids, pay for schooling for any of my friends or family who needed/wanted it, and buy some beautiful holiday homes around the world. I'd only tell very close friends and family the truth.

Who am I kidding- I'd by myself a black Audi TT and drive on the freaking Autobahn as fast as the car will physically go. Woo-hoo!

5) Places I have lived:
- Sudbury (Canada)
- Peterborough (Canada)
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- Toronto (Canada, and where I currently live)

6) Jobs I have had:
- Shop assistant
- Confidential Secretary
- English Teacher
- Programme Coordinator
- Executive Assistant

Kimberley had a few extra questions added in, so I'll choose my three and list them here:

Q: Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal? We won’t laugh!
A: Yes I do. This is Mr. Weatherby: I'd love to say that I've had him since I was a kid, but the truth is I bought him a year and a half ago when I was going through a difficult time (and by difficult time, I mean the entire calendar year of 2007). It helped a lot, to be honest.

Q: Did you ever watch a scary movie that frightened you so much you were afraid of the dark afterward? I mean like you’re lying in bed trying to sleep, but you have to pee, but you’re scared to get up. It doesn’t have to be recently; could be when you were a kid. So what movie was it?
A: Well, Jen loves scary movies, and makes me watch them more than I would ever choose to! but I have no tolerance for them- I'm particularly creeped out by movies with zombies in them. And as awful as it is to admit, I turn on the bedside lamp whenever I have to get up in the night!

Q: What’s the last book you read that you thought was really super, inspiring, you’d recommend it to most anyone?
A: The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I read it about 4 years ago, and it's still the best novel I've read in years.
Peeps I want to know more about:
Hmmm. I think I've seen this on quite a few blogs already, so I'm not sure who hasn't been tagged. If anyone else wants to fill this out, go ahead and consider yourself tagged. Leave me a comment so I can come read your answers. And if you know of a novel that really rocked your world, tell me what it is so I can put it on my to-read list! Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Guh, I totally agree on the Time Traveler's Wife. I recently re-read it and got even more absorbed in it the second time, which was a lovely surprise.

Adriana said...

I totally thought you were making it up when I saw your Facebook status said you were having dinner with royalty. Very very cool stuff! Be sure to report back to us all about it.

I should re-read the Time Traveler's Wife. I read it two years ago and enjoyed it but the length has kept me from going back.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I HATE zombie films. Mr F likes them and they just squick me out. Old fashioned vampire movies are ok. But I'm just not into blood and gore.

I like your idea of not telling the world you were a billionaire. Not just because everyone would treat you like a walking ATM but isn't that what most of us aspire to? Living a genuine life no matter what the income?

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes is a book I credit with being one of those "right book, right time" things. Fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Well you HAVE read the 'Outlander' books by Diana Gabaldon, right? ;)

One of the most engrossing books I ever read wasn't a novel at all - 'The Code Book' by Simon Singh. It's a history of codebreaking and damned cool.

Allison said...

I'm with you on the McVittie's. So delicious!
I recently read the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and I really enjoyed it. It's quite short, but worth a try.

Hilary said...

I know it's a work event, but this dinner/golf thing sounds fun! I hope you have a great time!

My neighbor just recommended "The Time Traveler's Wife" to me, too. After your recommendation, I will definitely make it next on my list!

Right now, I'm reading "I Know This Much is True" by Wally Lamb. It's like 900 pages long and I didn't even like the first 100, but now I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN! I haven't even finished it yet, but feel that I can recommend it without hesitation.

Happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

I loved the Time Traveler's Wife!

yoel said...

I think I'll take you up on the meme and do it soon on my blog!

btw you are the best, nicest person, ever, at least based on your meme.

Monique said...

I JUST finished the Time Traveller's Wife and it was so great. It was the first book in years and years that managed to make me cry.