Monday, January 21, 2008

5 Meme

The sweet and insightful Melinda Zook has tagged me to do this meme. There was no mention of posting rules, so we'll skip all that boring admin stuff and get right to it.

1. Name one thing you do every day.

Yoga. I do it every day of my life and have done for around 10 years now, unless I'm so sick that I can barely move. It's worth getting up early for.

2. Name two things you wish you could learn.

Ballroom dancing: one of these days I'm going to convince Ken to take lessons with me.

Drawing: if I ever have the time or the patience. I've gone through phases where I carried a sketchbook around with me and actually filled a few pages. But it never lasts. While I have limited time, writing will always be my first love and priority. Maybe when I retire...

3. Name three things that remind you of your childhood.

Orange Popsicles and penny candy.

My old picture books. My mom saved them all. She had a very hard time accepting that I don't intend to have children of my own. She always hoped that one day she would pass them along to the next generation. But there's always the chance that my little sister might have kids... so the books still wait on their special shelf. (My little sister is the child of my bio-dad and step-mom. I am my mom's only child, which is why this is so poignant for her.)

Airplanes flying overhead on summer evenings. My childhood home was under a flight path for the Toronto Airport. When I played outside with my friends on those summer evenings when the sun seemed to linger forever, it was always to a background of airplanes intermittently passing overhead. As we skipped and hop-scotched in the fading light, willing the day to last longer, not ready to go inside to bed-time yet, the hum of engines gearing down for final approach was subliminally embedded into our brains.

4. Name four things you love to eat but rarely do.

I shall amend this to include things I NEVER eat because of food sensitivities:
Real Ice Cream
Real Cheese
Chai Tea
Malted chocolate milkshakes

(by Real I mean made from cow's milk, not soy beans.)

5. Name five things or people that make you feel good.

My family (even though sometimes it gets complicated)
My friends (especially my 6-month-old friend whom two of my older friends so generously created)
My blog and all the Bloglins of Blogland
My new, cozy bootie slippers

Alright, now comes the fun of tagging five people. You're it!


Warped Mind of Ron said...

Nice list. You should convince Ken to do the ballroom dancing, after all there is no time like the present.

Maxie said...

Thanks for tagging me. And i'm very sad that you can't have real milk :-(

jameil1922 said...

oh bloglin. isn't that sweet! lol. daily yoga? really? do you do bikram, too? yoga is frightening enough to me without the instant sweating. i did surprise myself the other day watching this yoga show called "inhale" that plays this funky music. (i forget canada has its own tv... i know that's very american of me. i didn't even realize until you talked about not knowing what i was talking about w/some shows. lol sorry!) i contorted in ways i didn't know i could! i know dance instructors around the world are overjoyed that dancing w/the stars made it so popular!! no real ice cream or cheese makes me very sad. not that i love ice cream so much but... not to have the option? *tear!*

Tink said...

I always wanted to learn ballroom dancing too. But where would I use it, work? Maybe I could incorporate it into a training skit. THAT would be amusing. ;)

R.E.H. said...

Guess you're lactose intolerant. That's got to be a b*tch. I don't know if I could live without my milk, my cheese and the ice cream on a hot summer's day.

Jenski said...

Ice cream and cheese? I guess I will just have to eat more to make up for it. You should totally take ballroom dancing! It is so pretty to watch and being able to do it would be great.

Sparkling Red said...

Ron: Thanks! I'm working on it. I'm still waiting for Ken to get into a job with regular hours so that he can reliably be available to attend classes.

Maxie: I'm looking forward to seeing your take on the meme. :-)

Jameil: I haven't tried Hot Yoga - knowing me I'd probably faint. I do my yoga on a mat on my living room floor.
Canadian TV is around 80% American content, maybe more (I'm guessing here!). So usually I'll be able to follow along. I don't suppose you'll be jealous of missing the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's excellent documentaries. ;-)

Tink: I've seen drumming circles used as a team-building activity. Maybe Cha-Cha and Foxtrot would take that to the next level. ;-) Actually I'd like to be able to show off my moves at the office Christmas party.

R.E.H.: It's actually a problem with the proteins, so even Lactaid won't help. Fortunately the soy substitutes are pretty good - I just miss being able to get soft-serve from an ice cream truck.

Jenski: It would give me an excuse to own a ball gown and sparkly shoes. :-)

Karen said...

Milk alergies suck, huh? Thanks for tagging me. I will have the my answers up later in the week. I am a little jealous of your daily yoga! That is awesome.

San said...

I loved reading this, Red. I can so picture a miniature Molly Ringwald standing under the summer sky, licking a popsicle that's color-coordinated with her hair, watching the airplanes zoom overhead. And her pockets are full of banana bikes.

Nicole said...

I wish I had the will to do yoga every day :)

Sigh, at least you have a little sister. I'm not sure my Mom has accepted the no-kids decision, oh well...


Sparkling Red said...

Karen: Cool! I'm looking forward to reading your version of the meme.

San: You got it. You just painted a picture from my childhood in your head. :-)

Nicole: Yeah, I'm really lucky to have a little sister. Even though technically we're "half"-sisters, we're both quite devoted to each other.
It took my mom a looooooooong time and many heart-to-heart talks before she accepted my decision to be childfree. I first told her when I was 21, and then waffled a bit here and there, so until I turned 35 she was holding out hope that I would change my mind. She finally accepted it just this past year. It's a big relief.

Kell said...

Al and I took ballroom dancing lessons once. We found out we're better dancers with other people. Isn't that sad? But we argue when we dance, which is funny because we don't argue other times. He tells me to let him lead and I tell him to do it right, then! We ended up having a good laugh over it.

Sparkling Red said...

Kell: I predict that I'll run into the same problem with Ken. We both like being in charge, and the few times that I took drop-in salsa classes in the past, I was terrible at following. I think learning to follow might be a good lesson... or it might just drive me crazy!

Aurora said...

I notice a lot of supportive ballroom dancing comments!

Of course, salsa is still out there too... Ballroom is definitely more of a couples activity; salsa has a great community which accepts people coming out on their own and mingling. It's also a more robust community now than a few years ago.

Keera Ann Fox said...

Well, I done did the meme and I enjoyed it. :-)

I did wonder if I should put down "do yoga daily like Sassy" as one my things I wish I could learn, but doing yoga weekly is a good enough goal for now. Yoga does a desk jockey good!

Melinda Zook said...

Thanks for playing along. Ballroom dancing sounds like a great to-do! I have taken salsa and it was loads of fun but I love the grace of ballroom dancing looks really appealing.

I have never tried Chai tea, I wish I could too but it would probably upset my GERD like everything does...oh well.