Musings From A Bookmammal

Sunday Stealing–The Generic Meme



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1. What did you want to be when you were little? I always wanted to be a teacher—I constantly played school with my stuffed animals when I was really young. My dad was a principal for many years and he used to bring me extra grade books and planning books from the teacher supply room at his school—I thought that was the greatest thing ever! I ended up teaching in a high school special ed program for nine years.

2. Would you prefer to have a large group of friends, or a small group of friends? Why? I’ve pretty much always had a small group of close friends. I prefer to have deep relationships with a few friends rather than more casual relationships with many.

3. What is your fashion “style”? Or what type of clothes do you wear on a daily basis? I don’t deal with the public in my job, so I usually wear jeans to work every day. If I need to dress up, I wear nice pants, a fitted jacket, and the highest heels I can get away with. I don’t think I’ve worn a dress or skirt in a couple of years. I probably wear black, grey and blue most often. I don’t look good in yellow.

4. If you could live anywhere where would you live? If money wasn’t an issue, I’d love to live in San Francisco—I love the atmosphere there, the homes are beautiful, the weather never gets too cold, the food is great. . . unfortunately the cost of living out there is crazy high.

5. What is your biggest hope for the next year? Continued good health for myself and my loved ones.

6. When you pass by reflective surfaces do you check yourself out? Sure—doesn’t everybody at least take a peek?

7. Favorite genre of movie as well as TV show? I like a good drama that makes me think. . . The West Wing and NYPD Blue were two TV shows that fit that bill for me. I miss them both!

8. Top favorite books? (limit of 5)  Oh boy—only FIVE??? OK—Charlotte’s Web, Harriet the Spy, The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, The Pact, and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

9. Have you ever taken a cooking class? Not since taking Home Ec in school. I still can’t eat stuffed peppers after a bad Home Ec experience in high school.

10. What three words would you use to describe yourself? Opinionated, creative, decisive

11. Favorite animal? Favorite pet is any type of rescued animal. Favorite wild animal . . . I always like to watch penguins!

12. What is your dream job? I have it right now! It combines books, literacy, and education—my three passions.

13. If you could go back in history to any moment that you did not live, what would it be and why? That’s a tough one – nothing is coming to mind—let’s just move on . . .

14. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? I would love to have the ability to instantly and accurately diagnose illness. I am the biggest hypochondriac ever—if I had this power it would save me a lot of (usually) needless worry.

15. What is your favorite movie? Just ONE? It’s a tie between Ordinary People and The Big Chill.

16. What is your best childhood memory? Riding bikes to the library in the summer with a friend, and then coming home and reading, and then talking with each other about our books.

17. What is your favorite part about blogging? I love knowing that other people around the world are reading what I write.

18. What is your favorite quote? Again, just ONE? I love collecting quotes.  I’ll go with “Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.” I read this somewhere about a year ago–it stopped me in my tracks and made an enormous difference in my process of moving on from a hurtful relationship.

19. What song do you feel like describes your life the best? Why? I’m coming up blank here–

20. Would you describe yourself as shy or outgoing? Totally depends on the situation. In big groups I’m usually quiet. In smaller groups I’m often a leader.

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

23 thoughts on “Sunday Stealing–The Generic Meme

  1. I’m reading what you write:-) and another great quote today which I haven’t heard before but one I will use in the future. Thank you.

  2. How lucky you were to have a friend to ride to the library with! As a child I never had any friends who liked to read as much as I did. I have just a few now. That’s another reason to like blogging, Facebook and the rest….I have a wide web of book loving connections through those. 🙂

    • I’ve been lucky that I’ve always had friends who have enjoyed reading as much as I do. And now that I’ve begun blogging, I have even more! What a great perk! 🙂

  3. I like that quote. I think I may use it as well!

  4. So many of your answers resonate with me–I love the same movies!

  5. That is a great quote. And I wish you did have that superpower, I would be on your doorstep immediately!

  6. Oh my gosh, I need that superpower, too. I am the biggest hypochondriac. Or maybe you can have the power and I’ll transport to you and you can diagnose me. 🙂

  7. I love to wear black or dark blue clothing for work. I feel more comfortable and more professional.

    Happy Sunday!

  8. I had a hard time picking only 5 books. There are so many to choose from

  9. I spend a lot of time arguing on behalf of Ordinary People and its Oscars. Among film lovers, the consensus seems to be that Raging Bull should have won Best Picture and Scorcese Best Director. I always say I’ve never been an angry Italian-American boxer, but I have been a disaffected suburban teen and I KNOW Ordinary People completely nailed that experience.

    • I didn’t remember that Raging Bull came out the same year–I really like that movie, too–but Ordinary People was in a class by itself. I still can’t believe that was Timothy Hutton’s first movie role!

  10. I feel very fortunate to have been born and raised in San Francisco. It’s still my favorite city, though I would not want to live there again.

  11. The Big Chill was a great movie. I haven’t thought about that one for a long time! When I was a kid and would play school I had a big chalkboard I loved to use and then some kind of pointer to point at what I wrote on the chalkboard. I thought The Pact was a good book too. I have A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my TBR pile. I love that quote. Forgiveness is really more about healing yourself.

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