Thursday, July 21, 2005

A meme

The Skirt has tagged me for this one, and just as well too - because my day has been utterly uneventful and I would otherwise have nothing to blog about.

10 years ago
I’d been back from my two-year OE for about six months, and somehow managed to end up working in the same place I’d left to go overseas in the first place. I was thoroughly missing being a traveller, and the friends I’d hung out with in Edinburgh. It took a while, but I adjusted to life back in NZ, re-attaching myself to my old friends and drinking buddies. Around this time, I also found out that I was allergic to a whole bunch of substances, which belatedly explained all my hay fever /eczema /asthma problems of the past 20-odd years.

5 years ago
Job dissatisfaction was at an all-time high. I bought What colour is your parachute? and tried to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t know how to do anything except program computers, but I knew that deep down inside I was no geek. Plans to renovate the house would have kept me going at my job for a while, but the expected cost of the project put a stop to that. In the end my plan was this – pay off the mortgage, become a full-time student and learn to paint.

1 year ago
I was about one year into my job in a public library, having decided to become a librarian, and a few months into my MLIS. The commuting (up to an hour each way) was driving me crazy, the car stereo was crying out to be put down and my enthusiasm for ‘helping people’ was dampened somewhat by the realization that not everyone is going to thank you for being helpful. This was also the time that the boy and I decided to try for a baby.

Too pregnant to do housework, too lazy to do a painting of Piglet for the nursery, I spent all day reading and watching TV. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is quite an interesting story, but I think the author is taking too long to tell it.

Pretty much the same as yesterday. It’s been raining and blowing most of the day, so my plan to go for an easy waddle around the shops fell through.

Apart from waiting for a man from a security firm to come over and do a maintenance check on our alarm system, I’m expecting more reading and TV watching.

5 snacks I enjoy
date scones
Potato chips
Custard squares
Pop Tarts (if I can get ‘em)

5 bands/ singers that I know the lyrics of MOST of their songs

I don’t know the lyrics of ANY band's or singer's repertoire. But I do know most of the words to Hotel California.

Some of my favourite bands/singers are:
The Chills
Straightjacket Fits
The Chemical Brothers
Massive Attack

Things I would do with $100,000,000
I’d invest it and spend the interest on guilt-free shopping – magazines, clothes, kiddie stuff. Or else I’d buy the boy a plasma TV screen, myself a snazzy new car and put the rest in an education fund for our child.

5 locations I'd like to run away to

anywhere in Italy
the Greek Islands
the Caribbean
New York

5 bad habits I have

If I think I’m about to fart and I’m in close proximity to the boy, I don’t move away – I just let it out and hope he doesn’t notice. He always does.
eating when I’m bored
succumbing to guilt
assuming that I’m right

5 things I like doing
attending foreign-language film festivals
eating out with friends
reading good books
watching television
eating cake

5 things I would never wear
This is actually hard, because I’d try most things at least once…
Anything with large patterns on it, especially florals
Rubber – unless the boy really, really wanted me to try it
A corset

5 tv shows I like
Excepting shows which no longer air (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Carnivale, Lost, Father Ted…there are so many…) -

Malcolm in the Middle
Veronica Mars
Desperate Housewives
Harry’s Practice (a kids’ show about pets – it’s so cute)

5 movies I like
Just about any movie with Johnny Depp, exept for The Man who Cried (very boring)
The Matrix (but neither of the sequels)
The Emperor and the Assassin

5 famous people I'd like to meet

This is assuming I wouldn’t be too shy to actually speak to them of course…
Albert Einstein
Joss Whedon
Peter Jackson
Cindy Sherman (art photographer extraordinaire)
Lionel Shriver (who wrote the disturbing We have to talk about Kevin)

5 biggest joys at the moment
Really, there’s just a couple…
The baby
The boy

5 favourite toys
I could only think of four…
The computer i.e. the blog
The digital camera
My painting gear
The DVD player

*** I haven't tagged anyone for this meme. Please help yourself. ***


Wicked said...

Honestly, I am so juvenile... you wrote all that and the one thing that nearly felled me from my chair laughing was the bad habit you have of farting in proximity to your man.

I am so disappointed in myself... LOL.

EB said...

Interesting list! I'm the main source of natural gas emissions at home. When I first aired in the bedroom JB figured I must be asleep because he thought that I would never do it awake. Now he knows its never the baby.

onanymous said...

Pardon my ignorance, but what excatly are Pop Tarts?
I've heard about them many times before, but they have either not made their way to the Southern tip of Africa, or we call them something completely different.

onscreen said...

Ok, so you like just about any movie with Johnny Depp in it - have you seen Dead Man? I got sent a copy of the DVD (haven't seen it yet) but it looks kinda interesting - a black and white western - sort of. Will, of course tell you more AFTER I've had time to watch it....

Violet said...

wicked: I'm not surprised at all ;-)

eb: what are baby farts like then?

onanymous: they're American - sort of a thin pastry sandwich with a fruity jammy filling. You put them in the toaster to heat them up and they'll have a similar taste and texture to McDonalds pies. Very yummy. Actually I haven't seen 'em on sale here for a few years now.

onscreen: Yes, I've seen Dead Man, and I liked it a lot. It's very quirky.

EB said...

So far, our baby farts are audible but most of the time fragrance free.

glomgold said...

Quite a coincidence all this fart talk. Yesterday some lady purposely walked behind me in the supermarket aisle and let one rip! SBD (silent but deadly)
I share your qualms about meeting famous people; I'd yammer like a fool because why would they want to talk to me anyway?
Step into any food store here and you practically have to wade through Pop-Tarts & their generic equivalents. Do you get Toaster Strudels there? Much better!

Violet said...

glomgold: I used to work with a fella who'd wait until you got in the lift with him before letting one out.

Our cereal range is a lot smaller than you have over in your neck of the woods. We don't have Toaster Strudels either, but they sound yum.

glomgold said...

That is one cruel man.
Yes, in fact Toaster Strudels' whole selling point is that they "taste much better than Pop Tarts"!
I suppose they wouldn't transport well since they are in the frozen section.

Violet said...

Glomgold: I'm sure that if I was determined enough there'd be a way of transporting those frozen goodies over. Perhaps I'll have to keep them in mind in case I ever get to travel in those parts again.