About me in multiples of five
Well, I was tagged with a meme by April over at Question the Culture. She actually tagged Principled Discovery, but it is me either way and this one isn't particularly homeschool related. So I thought it fit better here. I thought maybe I'd do something out of the ordinary and actually follow the rules, except that I don't really know what they are and don't feel like looking to see if there are any, so I'm just copying April.

What was I doing ten years ago?

Hmmm...August of '98. I think that would have been about the time that my parents had a box of Toasted Oats in the freezer with a code on the box indicating it was part of a shipment which had been connected with e-coli. Silly me got it out and ate it for breakfast, which my parents thought probably had not been a good idea. Nor did I, after realizing.

Did I also mention that I was pregnant with my first child, due in November? And had just returned to the US from a year studying in Germany? And didn't have an obstetrician or any sort of doctor yet? So I sat down with the phone book and the first one who was able to fit me that day became my obstetrician and delivered my Mouse. So it wasn't all bad.

Five snacks I enjoy:
  • Chips and salsa
  • Kiwi
  • Celery and ranch dressing
  • Reese's Peanut Butter cups
  • Jalapeno poppers (although I haven't had them in years)

Five things on my to-do list today:
Um, it's late. Do you want five things I did do? Or didn't get to? Or my plans for tomorrow? I guess it doesn't matter.

  • Prepare a unit on how horses have affected world history.
  • Finish the dishes. I got so far as filling up the sink. I need to get back to that. I'm not exactly even sure how I somehow needed to get online "real quick" before progressing to actually washing the dishes. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure why I'm on my blog at the moment.
  • Figure out where we left off in math.
  • Plan a mini-trip to Denver.
  • Try to stay awake and not be sick at least most of the day. That one helps the other ones get done.
Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
I haven't a clue. Hopefully invest some of wisely so that I'm not in the same fiscal situation I am now. Which isn't bad, mind you, but you'd like to have something to show for a billion dollars a few years after making such a large sum of money.

A house with some property, a horse for my daughter, some goats and a small orchard. Books, of course, and some travel. I'd like to take a cruise to see whales. And take the children to see Germany. And of course we'd like to take them to Australia to see the other half of their national heritage.

Five jobs I have had:
  • Burger King
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • House parent in a group home
  • Family specialist for foster parents
Five of my bad habits:

Maybe I should just stick with April's. They are all pretty relevant, except the cherry limeades.
  • staying up too late
  • Sonic cherry limeades: who can resist the half price happy hour?
  • not scheduling enough time to get out of the house like a sane person
  • not consistent with the children in training and discipline
  • too much caffeine (I just left this one from Anne's meme. It's the universal vice)
Maybe I should replace the limeades with something but my brain cells are slowly dying in the absence of caffeine.

Five places I have lived:
  • Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Ihlow-Riepe, Germany
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Kiel, Germany

Five people I would like to get to know better:
Who are under no moral obligation to answer this just because I'm tagging them...
Five random things about me:

  • I'm reading Great Expectations. I started because I read an excerpt of it during some lesson on setting in ninth grade English and always had a vague sense that it was one of those books that you weren't supposed to get a college degree without having read. Perhaps this shouldn't be a surprise, but I'm enjoying it more now than I did during the lesson on setting.
  • We like Aussie Rules Football around here, too! My husband used to play on a team in Australia, but also in Kansas City. And now he stays up way late and watches his favorite team get trounced by whomever they happen to be playing via the internet broadcast.
  • I went "Bosseln" (bosseling?) with a friend who won a championship and went to compete with her team in Ireland. We were just playing on the roads in Ostfriesland.
  • Actually, I went ice skating with that same friend in a canal. It was really a lot of fun...I had never been ice skating before...until the ice cracked. We were in the middle and watched a thin, jagged crack creep across the surface. Suddenly, her father's promise that the ice was too thick to melt that quickly even though it was above freezing wasn't as reassuring. We made it back and had Gluehwein and Spartikus on shore. Wonderful stuff.
  • I made it to a national competition with Business Professionals of America in impromptu speaking. I made it to the final round and completely froze. I couldnt' think of a thing to say. So that was it for that competition.