Tag – I’m it!

Pam tagged me weeks ago for the “8 Random Things” meme, and I’m just getting around to it! (Sometimes randomness isn’t as easy as you might think it is.)

Here are the rules:
Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.

People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.

At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.

Don’t forget to leave them a comment on their blog and tell them they’ve been tagged, and to come back and read your blog for the whole story.

  1. I began wearing glasses when I was three years old. I got my first pair of contact lenses as a high-school graduation gift from my great-aunt. Nearly every eye doctor I’ve ever had has told me that my uncorrected vision is the worst they’ve ever encountered. And yet, I’m still allowed to drive a car…

  2. Speaking of cars, I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 18 – (mostly) by choice. (This is one thing about me that my husband just doesn’t get. He really doesn’t understand how my son can be almost 24 and still not have his…) And I still don’t know how to drive a car with a manual transmission.

  3. I have no tattoos, no piercings (not since my ears got infected by some cheap earrings when I was 16, and the holes closed), and my hair was never any color other than its natural one until I turned 40. I don’t think my husband has ever seen its natural color except in old pictures, since we met just after my 41st birthday.

  4. I wore white for my second wedding. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but technically I shouldn’t have worn it for my first one either.

  5. I gave up chocolate for a year back in high school, to see if it would help clear up my skin. There was no noticeable difference. The sacrifice was definitely not worth it.

  6. I can’t function without breakfast in the morning, and I’ll gladly eat breakfast foods – cereal, pancakes, omelets – any time of day.

  7. My first favorite food was spaghetti and meatballs, and I think maybe it always will be.

  8. I really don’t have any good celebrity-encounter stories. I saw Penn and Teller before anyone had heard of them, though; they were doing magic for tips at the Medieval Fair at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida in the spring of 1984. Teller didn’t talk back then, either.

Well, I plan to ignore the tagging rules, as usual. If you haven’t done this meme yet, or you just feel like telling everyone 8 random things about yourself, go for it on your blog (just leave a comment and let me know)!


Kiva tagged me for this meme much more recently.

a) What was I doing 10 years ago?

I had just started my job as Controller at the Memphis Zoo, and was trying to figure out what was what before our fiscal year ended on June 30. My son was getting ready to start high school in mid-August (that passes for “returning to school in the fall” in Tennessee). We had been in our house just about a year, and were thinking about getting a second dog. Aside from the job change, it was a fairly unremarkable year.

b) 5 things on my to-do list today:

Can’t answer this one – my to-do list is top-secret :-).

But seriously…I’m drafting this post ahead of time and intend to schedule it for the week when I’m on vacation – and I really hope not to have a to-do list then! 🙂 In any case, I wouldn’t detail items from my work to-do list here, and my non-work list is usually not even worth blogging about. (Some things actually aren’t blog fodder, oddly enough…)

c) 3 Snacks I enjoy:

Clementines (because I wanted to list one healthy item)
Trader Joe’s Popped Potato Chips (new discovery – they’re pressure-cooked)

d) 4 Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

Quit my job!
Be a philanthropist
Buy my husband a motorcycle (or two)

e) Places I have lived:

Bronx, NY
Norwalk, CT
St. Petersburg, FL
Ithaca, NY
Memphis (Germantown), TN
Ventura County, CA

I have trouble answering that normally innocuous question “So, where are you from?”

f) I am tagging:

Nobody :-)! Again, play along on your own blog if you like.

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  1. Great answers to your tags! I didn’t get my drivers license until I was 18 either. I just wasn’t interested.
    I like your list of snacks. Yum! I was recently introduced to Kettle Chips and am hooked!
    Have a great week!

  2. My husband was 20 before he got his driver’s license, if I remember right. It wasn’t until we were separated during the summer months by too many miles that he finally felt the need to get his. 🙂

    Spaghetti is one of my favorite foods too.

    I love brownies! I can’t eat them like I used to unfortunately because of health reasons, but I still give in now and then.

    I have trouble answering the where are you from question too. I tend to reword the question by saying I live in Southern California or something like that. It usually satisfies people.

  3. Jaimie – It was the same for me. Not terribly interested, not much need for it, and I wasn’t going to be able to get my own car anyway, so what was the hurry?

    Literary Feline – The funny thing about living in Southern California is meeting someone else who is from/lives there too, and when you tell them more specifically where you live, they say,”Oh, where’s that? I’ve never heard of it.” It’s actually happened a couple of times on this vacation trip :-).

  4. Those are some bad eyes. 🙂 I started in sixth grade, but didnt wear them regularly until a teacher forced me to in high school. Then I got contacts, but I’m back to glasses now. I don’t have time for contacts in the morning.

    Yeah, chocolate won’t help your skin. We are all told that, but it’s all a raging hormonal thing.

    24 and no license?! That’s crazy. Actually, I’m sure it depends on where you live. We don’t have much public transportation in the suburbs. You need to drive if you want to work.

  5. I have trouble with the “where you from” question, too. Technically, I was born in Huntington Beach, then Bakersfield, then Santa Cruz, and ended up in L.A. by the time I was 12. I tend to just say either California or Santa Cruz – ‘cuz it’s cool!

  6. Mike – One reason that Chris lives in Washington DC is that they do have a decent public-transportation system in the area. He actually lives in the city and commutes to the Maryland suburbs for work.

    I only wear glasses when I can’t use my contacts for some reason. Contacts give me better correction since the lens is right on the eye. My husband has had LASIK, so he doesn’t bother with any of it anymore.

    April – I drove through Santa Cruz once, but wouldn’t mind seeing it again. I suppose it’s cooler than Bakersfield, anyway :-D.

  7. Eek … I can’t imagine giving up chocolate for a year – especially as a teenager! And I love #4 : )!