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Okay, Here I Go…

Amuirin tagged me for this meme and I’ll play because it’s been a long time since I’ve been tagged and because I need a post for today.  Below you’ll find the “Rules” and my 7 random facts about me.  And for the record, I won’t be tagging anyone but I will list 7 blogs I read regularly that I’d like to share with you.

Here are the rules, such as they are: Players start with 7 random facts about themselves. Those who are tagged should post these rules and then post 7 random facts. Players should tag 7 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

1.  I recently moved from California to Oregon.  It was not an easy thing to decide to leave the state I was born in and had lived in for 52 years but I guess life is not always easy and so I left my heart in California.

2.  I am a former teacher and really miss being in the classroom.  I have taught grades 3 through 7 as well as K-12 as a substitute, adult ESL (English As A Second Language) classes, and have taught writing techniques to other teachers.  I miss it.

3.  I am currently participating in my fourth try at writing a novel in 30 days, otherwise known as Nanowrimo.  I’ve completed my goal two other times and am well within range to do it again this year.  I think everyone should try it at least once!

4.  I am also participating in my second try at NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month in which you post a blog entry every day of the month.  I did it last year and it was challenging but fun.  So far, this year has been fun!

5.  I’m an empty nester and lately I’ve been giving this a lot of thought.  My kids are grown, 26, 23, and 18.  They still call me when they need something.  My 18 year old called me a couple of hours ago to ask me if she could drive her car to the gas station if the tire is flat.  My son sometimes calls me from the grocery store to ask me where in the store he should look for a certain ingredient.  Both my 18 and 26 year olds are over 700 miles away but they still call mom when they need help.  My 23 year old was here last night because she didn’t feel well.  She needed mom to make her comfort food and get her groceries and I guess she just needed a hug, which I gladly gave.  The thing that gets me about empty nesters is that society looks at us as if our job is done and we’re no longer needed.  They make us feel like this.  That’s not right and it certainly isn’t true!

6.  When I was in school, I was in a number of plays.  I loved being on stage.  In college, I was a member of out “teatro” group, or street theater.  We performed in dining halls,  dorms, and outdoors.  I truly enjoyed it and wish I had done more of it.

7.  In January of 2007 I gave up eating meat and eggs.  I had high cholesterol (too high for a diabetic) so the doctor put me on medication to lower it and I decided to not eat meat or egges for health reasons.  I do eat fish.  I eat meat once a week so I don’t lose that meat digesting enzyme.  Eating it once a week allows me to not really miss eating meat too much and also lets me feel less awkward on social occasions where there aren’t a lot of vegetarian choices!  So far, it works!

Here are 7 blogs I enjoy reading.  There are a lot more I read and can recommend but I’m keeping it seven so it works with the meme.  Should any of you feel like you escaped the bullet by not being tagged, visit these blogs:

Uno  The Cheek of God

Dos  Secret, Secret

Tres  Techno Earth Mama

Cuatro  Positively Glorious

Cinco  Visual Thoughts

Seis  Are You There, Blog?  It’s Me…

Siete  Stumbling Along the Path

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Amuirin tagged me for this Meme of Fours the other day. Here are my answers.

4 words to describe my response to this meme: interesting, telling, fun, short.

4 jobs I’ve had: sales clerk at Sears; sales clerk at Knotts Berry Farm; administrative assistant at a school district; school teacher.

4 movies I’ll watch over and over: The Godfather, Chocolat, The Lost City, Under the Tuscan Sun

4 places I’ve lived: San Jose, CALIFORINA; Stanford, CALIFORNIA; Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA; Glendale, CALIFORNIA

4 shows I watch: Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters

4 foods I love: watermelon, chile verde, tamales, bananas

4 places I’ve been: Hawaii (Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai), Boston, Anchorage, New York City

4 websites I go to daily: wordpress.com, ning.com, google.com, goodsearch.com

4 places I would rather be: Maui; an island some place; Monterey, California; Tuscany

4 people I’m now tagging with this meme: No one. Instead, I’m telling you more FOURS about me.

4 books I will never forget: Don Quijote (Cervantes Saavedra); To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee); East of Eden (Steinbeck); Lucky (Sebold)

4 people I’d like to meet/have met: Bill Clinton; Johnny Cash; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Zelda Fitzgerald

4 favorite desserts: double chocolate cake; coconut sherbet; mocha rum balls; banana split

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Six Guilty Pleasures (Meme)

Truddle tagged me for this meme after Scout tagged her! So here goes:
Name six guilty pleasures no one would suspect you of having:
1. I love to eat rice pudding rolled up inside of a flour tortilla. Trust me, it’s not as gross as it sounds.
2. I like to watch movies that are dubbed with one of the languages I studied (French, Italian, Spanish) to kind of test myself and keep me on my toes.
3. I listen to books on Audible.com sometimes. My eyesight is so bad that it is often difficult for me to read print so I get them digitally and then listen in the car or at home.
4. I IM my daughter in the next room, sometimes. You know, when it’s late and cold and I don’t really want to go out in the unheated hallway two rooms away.
5. I like to have Kahlua on the rocks. And Amaretto on the rocks and recently, sherry on the rocks. I know, gross. But I like it.
6. I love to drive long distances (hundreds of miles), alone. (more…)

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