Thursday, August 14, 2008

A stolen me me

What were you doing ten years ago? (1998)
The year 1998 marked my freshman and sophomore years of college. I don't recall much specifically about the year. In the fall of 1998, I was coordinating my dorm room with best bud, Kelli, at I vividly remember my father thinking the idea of living with a friend wasn't a good one. A decade later we're still very close.

What were you doing five years ago? (2002)
The year 2002 was a busy one. This wannabe domestic goddess was planning her wedding, or should I say, pawning as much off to my future-mother-in-law as possible. In August, I was finalizing the details of the wedding and coordination of getting all of the wedding stuff that was coming from Pennsylvania to Iowa, and then back to South Dakota for the wedding. We were married Sept. 7. We bought our house in the spring and spent the summer remodeling. We still are remodeling. We adopted Rocky, our black lab, the day before we signed the papers for the house. Then he promptly ran away after jumping through the window. He came home, though. Later in the summer we adopted Jasmine, our rottweiler.

Five things on my to-do list today:
1. Pick tomatoes and other wonderful garden goodness
2. Brush the dogs and cat. It's shedding time
3. Start my first pair of two-at-a-time toe-up socks on circular needles
4. Bathe the kids, it's summer time. They like to make mud puddles. This is a must do.
5. Wash Iminion's pants, he's a potty trainee and we do a load every couple of days.

What snacks I enjoy:
1. Frozen Hershey Bar smeared in creamy peanut butter and a large glass of ice-cold milk
2. Air Popped Popcorn, heavily salted, no butter.
3. Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and bacon. Yum!

What would I do if I suddenly became a billionaire?
Lift my house up, and put a usable basement under it, finish all pending projects at the house, including hubby's never-ending list of car projects; endow some substantial scholarships at the college I work for and for the Journalism and Mass Communication Department at my Alma mater. I'd probably establish my sheep/wool and hand-dyed hand spun yarn business sooner than originally planned. I might seriously consider taking in broken and beaten Labrador and rottweilers as a rescue program.

Three bad habits?
1. Biting my hang nails
2. Staying up way too late and reading in bed.
3. Chatting on the phone while driving

Five places I've lived:
1. Kennebec, SD,_South_Dakota (It's so little they don't even have a Web site.
2. Mitchell, SD
3. Brookings, SD, while in college. Go Jacks!
4. Sheldon, IA, for my first job
5. Rural Paullina, IA, where my husband and I bought our acreage

Five jobs I've had:
1. Cashier at Randall's in Mitchell
2. Customer Service Manager, managing the front end of the grocery store, supervising cashiers, carryouts and customer service desk folks.
3. Public Relations Specialist (when in college)
4. Newspaper Reporter
5. Grant Writer

(That is officially the total number of "real" jobs that I've been paid for in my life)

Five things you don't know about me:
1. I am deathly afraid of water that is deeper than I am tall. Since I'm only 5 foot 3 inches, that limits my opportunities for water recreation.
2. I really hate emptying the dishwasher of clean dishes
3. After my parents arguing for YEARS, I mean YEARS about the "Proper" way to fold towels, I have become anal retentive like my father, and fold them his way. Now I get upset when hubby doesn't fold towels the way I do. (problem is solved since he won't touch towels and lets me handle 99 % of laundry.)
4. I prefer to drink hot tea to coffee, but that doesn't mean I don't like a cuppa joe, black.
5. I always knew I was going to have twins.

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