Tagged: A meme

which requires me to think a bit.

What was I doing ten years ago?

1998… Living in Austin. Had a five year old and a six year old.

The six year old was in his first and last year of non-homeschool education with a teacher from Hell, or Boston, who made fun of the children’s accents because they were from Texas and turned my little mathematical genius into a user of the number line because he wanted to follow the rules. Er, guess I need to get over that Mrs. Farrar (pronounced fair-uh in Bostonian).

My five year old was in preschool, because he’s an October birthday. He had a great teacher and loved it.

And I was working on my dissertation, which I didn’t actually finish until 2000.

We went to a great church and I was celebrating my tenth anniversary, the only one for which my husband and I have ever purchased each other gifts.

What are five things on my to-do list for today?

Write a proposal for TYCA-SW, a two year college conference taking place in September in OK City.

Buy my husband dress shoes.

Hit the thrift shops for something to destroy.

Do laundry.

Remember to take home Alien Bee.

What are some snacks I enjoy?

Queso made with taco meat, eaten with carrots
BLT sandwiches
(Can you tell I’m doing low carb?)

What are three of my bad habits?
I put off grading student papers. (Not a good idea.)
I surf the net rather than grading student papers.
I am too focused on student papers, especially since I’ve already graded finals and turned in grades and my miniterm won’t start for two more days.

What are five places I have lived?
1. West Lafayette, Indiana (I am a PU grad.)
2. Abilene, Texas (went to undergraduate there)
3. Charlotte, North Carolina (which seemed like a huge city when I lived there. Not so much after living in Houston.)
4. Huntsville, Texas (for grad school, not the prisons!)
5. Hammond, Louisiana (where I went to school when private school in Abilene was too expensive)

What are five jobs I have had?
1. Waitress at Golden Corral (lots of work, no money)
2. Waitress at a low-end steak house (more fun, but still no money)
3. Church secretary
4. Junior high school history teacher
5. High school biology teacher

Turns out I have answered some of these questions before, in another meme. However, I tried to use different answers this time.

Thought I would answer another question from that blog.

What are the last five books I have read?
1. Five romance novels I bought at the book sale yesterday
2. Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
3. Spanish Dagger by Susan Wittig Albert
4. Small Favor by Jim Butcher
5. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (I had read it before, but it was better having read Grave Surprise.)

Five people to tag
1. Ron at Reactuate.com
Hmmm. I tagged my Durham buddy already. I’m not sure who else does memes.
How about this? If you like doing memes (which I do) or you feel like answering the questions above for some reason, how about you consider yourself tagged?

A Meme

Happy Catholic tagged me. Well, sort of. She said I could answer if I wanted to. That’s almost the same as tagging me.

What was I doing ten years ago?
Living in Austin.
Just bought a house.
Planting a garden with my dad.
Going to a non-denominational church that actually, really, had no politics.
Watching my sons play soccer.
Homeschooling my sons.

Five things on my To Do list today
1. Grade papers for Monday morning’s class.
2. Grade papers for Monday evening’s class.
3. Grade papers for Tuesday morning’s class.
4. Grade papers for Tuesday evening’s class.
5. (Nope. I already graded Tuesday afternoon’s papers.) Read NLP for Dummies.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Call my husband’s boss and tell him R quit.
Take my kids to live in a few foreign countries for the next year or so.
Endow two chairs at my alma mater.
Give big bucks to my alma mater’s library.
Hire someone to do my lawn.
Have someone make my clothes.

Three of my bad habits/qualities
1. I am quick to anger.
2. I am easily bored.
3. I am becoming a procrastinator.

Five places I’ve lived
1. Armonk, New York
2. Flagstaff, Arizona
3. Durham, North Carolina
4. Geneva, Switzerland
5. Covington, Louisiana

Five Books I’ve recently read
1. Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn and
2. his Skybreakers
3. Patricia Briggs’ The Hob’s Bargain (finished it last night)
4. Robert Aspirin’s Dragons Wild
5. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

I tag Bev G because she is my friend, she blogs, and she might actually do it.

What kind of pie am I?

I wasn’t going to post this quiz, but the answer is sooo me. And with only a few questions.

You Are Apple Pie

You’re the perfect combo of comforting and traditional.
You prefer things the way you’ve always known them.
You’ll admit that you’re old fashioned, and you don’t see anything wrong with that.
Your tastes and preferences are classic. And classic never goes out of style.

Those who like you crave security.
People can rely on you to be true to yourself – and true to them.
You’re loyal, trustworthy, and comfortable in your own skin.
And because of these qualities, you’ve definitely earned a lot of respect.

Which is worse?

Voting for someone you don’t agree with 100% or not voting at all and letting someone else pick the president.

Even though my candidate has withdrawn (and was clearly not viable), I am still going to vote on March 5th here in Texas.

Select a Candidate Quiz

Can be found here

The quiz said I should support the candidate that I do.

Fred Thompson is my candidate of choice.

However, I would have thought my second choice would be Mitt Romney, but the quiz gave John McCain a one point (53 versus 52) edge over Romney.

Go see who the quiz says you should vote for, based on what you think. But vote for whomever you think ought to be running the country.

Update: I went back and took the quiz again, having thought of the answers for just a few more minutes.

I still had Fred Thompson (61 rather than 60 though) and my new second choice was Mitt Romney (with 59). In addition, my McCain score dropped six points.

This, I think, is much closer to how I feel about the situations.

I will say that Social Security and Education were of lower importance to me. I have not been allowed to put money into social security (as a teacher) and my children are homeschooled so I don’t really care how teachers are paid.

A Christmas Meme

Teacher Lady tagged herself so I am tagging me.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I love gift bags but this year I’m about half and half.
2. Real tree or artificial? Er, is this what we want or what we have? I have a real tree. And it’s very nice. But it doesn’t hold up some of my favorite ornaments, the pewter ones.
3. When do you put up the tree? We had it up the week after Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime between the 27th and the 1st.
5. Do you like eggnog? No.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? A red headed doll as big as I was in a brown tie dye miniskirt given to me by the elderly couple who lived next door to us. I was 4 or 5 and we had no money.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. One handcarved out of walnut, with just the holy family. One from South America which a friend picked up for me while he was down there; the angel looks like a zombie and there is a multicolored chicken.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Me.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My husband. His wish list is always available.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever got? Never got an awful one. But it turns out I gave one. My gpa-in-law wouldn’t tell me anything he wanted for Christmas except pigs. They live in town so I knew he didn’t mean live ones. I was at a white elephant trade and saw some pig salt and peppers, so I got them and gave them to him. He hated them and I got a reprimand from my FIL later.
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I send real Christmas cards to the soldiers. I don’t send any others.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? early December, for the next year!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Candles.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey, mashed potatoes, and grama’s green beans.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear. I like colored ones too, but then I’d have to have one color of ornaments and I like many colors.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Mary Did You Know and a country song by the Statler brothersthat says

“There are people who are whispering, and the rumors are running wild. There’s a woman who’s not married and she’s going to have a child. She’s a virgin from down in Nazareth, now listen close. She’s going to marry a man named Joseph but the baby’s father is the Holy Ghost. Now who do you think would believe such a thing, would believe that the story is true?… Here’s hoping to heaven you do.”

No one ever plays it on the radio, but I love it.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We switch holidays every year. One year we go to Arkansas for Thanksgiving, the next year we go for Christmas. When we’re at my parents’ for Christmas we go to… Disneyworld, Belize, and North Carolina…
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers? Why, yes. Isn’t that a requirement for third grade graduation? (Okay, I appropriated [nice word for stole] that answer. But yes I can.)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? I have a silver star. It’s not on the tree because we have too big a tree. So there’s an orange ornament that’s hanger is broken and it’s turned upside down.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve. Thankfully my hubby’s family did the same.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Traffic.
23. What I love most about Christmas? Having time off with the family.

I’m left brain dominant.

My hubby took the Right Brain versus Left Brain creativity test and ended up 50%-51%. (He is 101%! I always knew he was wonderful.) But I’m at 66%-34% with left brain dominant.

Left brain
54% verbal
47% reality-based
37% linear

Right brain
32% nonverbal

What does that mean?

[M]edium to high scores (30 – 50%) are desireable, as they show an ability to utilize a processing method without an abnormal reliance on it. Special focus should be paid to highly dominant (50% or above) or highly recessive (0 – 30%) methods, as they tend to limit your approach when learning, memorizing, or solving problems.

If you have Highly Dominant characteristics, your normal thinking patterns will naturally utilize these methods. Conscious effort is required to recognize the benefits of other techniques. Using multiple forms of information processing is the best way to fully understand complex issues and become a balanced thinker.

So my normal characteristics are verbal/reality-based/linear/nonverbal.

You are a highly verbal person. Using this method you process your thoughts and ideas with words. You use exact, technical logic for the descriptions of your thoughts and seldom use illustrations.

I remember once I gave a guy I was dating a map on how to get to my place. The closer you got to my apartment, the more exact the map was. So as far as scale went, it was very off.

I guess that is why I don’t use illustrations much.

You process information with a basis in reality, but are not limited to it. You may recognize the repercussions of you actions, but proceed to do something anyway, in the heat of the moment. You can complete projects to which you are emotionally attached as well as random tasks.

That’s a really weird set of comments. Who is not limited by reality? Does that mean I’m crazy? Who doesn’t sometimes see repercussions and do them anyway? And, please, someone tell me, who doesn’t complete projects to which they are emotionally attached?

In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.

This is the reason that I can only see one possible solution. Too bad I don’t do more mapping or something. I’ll look at the problem and come up with a single solution. And I will keep working toward that solution even when it doesn’t matter anymore. UNLESS I talk to someone else about it, usually my husband, and he gives me other alternatives.

Honey, one of the reasons I appreciate you so much (not that you will know because this section isn’t in the RSS feed) is that you help me see the big picture and not just the road I think I’m on.

According to the site, my nonverbal processing:

Nonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for right-brained people to “find the right words” in certain situations. A right-brained person cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal processing, a person giving directions may say, “Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take.” With nonverbal processing, the directions that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be given by a left-brained person.

Your Nonverbal Analysis

When processing your thoughts and ideas, you use tend to use both illustrations and words. When giving directions, you probably use both visual illustrations such as, “keep going until you see a McDonalds on your right; then turn left at the Home Depot”, and technical terms such as, “travel for two miles and turn east onto First Street.”

Actually, I do give directions that way a lot. My mom says it is a consequence of being fat. Fat people give directions based on restaurants.

But I would say, “You’ll pass the railroad tracks. The next light has a gas station on the right. Then the next light has a Walgreens. The NEXT light is where you turn right. If you get to the light with the Shell, you’ve gone too far.”

So I guess I’m verbal/nonverbal dominant. Or something.

Meme Questions

I was reading over my comments and re-read this post. I am sure you realize it means that I like navel gazing. (If there were a Navel Gazers Anonymous I would probably avoid it because I love my addiction.)

I decided I’d look up questions on the internet and ask myself them. I am putting in beginnings and taking the first question that could apply to me. (I’d do a meme a day if folks asked me to.)

I put in “before you die, what”

The question I got was “Before you die, what Southwest Hot Spot is on your list?” Since I’ve already seen the Grand Canyon at least three times, that’s not my hot spot.

I have wanted to see the Petrified Forest since I was a little girl. I’d like to go there before I die.

I put in “when you get old, what.”

I got some weird ones for that. Mostly because the sentences were ending and starting again with What.

The first whole question came from a song called Sour Grapes.

“When you get old, what will you do?”

Apparently, in the song, 41 is old, because it says what the person did at 21 and 31 and then asks the question. So, since I’ve already been 41, and I was blogging at the time, I decided to go back to March (the month I turned 41) and answer that question.

I was ranting and responding to a rant about Americans and reading.

I was working on my first novel. That one’s written now and I’m avoiding working on Book II in the trilogy.

I put in “what is your favorite”

The first question is: What is your favorite animal?

Hmm. You mean what animal I want to have in my house? Then a beagle. Since I have a beagle and she is in my house.

But if you’re asking me what animal I like to think about, what animal I would be if I had to be an animal, then I would say a wolf… or a dragon.

A wolf because they are faithful to their mates. They are good parents.

A dragon because I’d be interested to know if they’re being called dinosaurs now.

Then I put in “what is your least favorite”

The first question ends in Leopard feature. Now I know what Leopard is, but I don’t care much about it except that I am a Mac fan.

The next question is “What is your least favorite Disney character?”

Hmm. I like Mickey and Pluto. I like Minnie and the three nephews of Donald. I’m not in love with Scrooge, but he’s a fun addition to the family. Maybe Stitch. I liked Lilo just fine, though I felt sorry for her a lot. But Stitch is annoying enough that he’s probably my least favorite Disney character, that I’ve seen. (Haven’t seen many Disney movies in the last ten years.)

Now I’m on my last question for the five question meme. “Where in the world”:

The question is “Where in the world would you like to live?”

Long term, I would like to live either in Texas or in Durham, NC.

But my husband has come up with a great idea of living around the world for a month or two at a time so that you can tour countries and see how the people there live. I’d like to live all over Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand, Belize, Brazil, and maybe Indonesia.

Learning to shoot

While my family went shooting on a regular basis, it was only the boys who went. My brother shot a rabbit when he was six. My cousins shot a hole through the floor of their car that their mother didn’t know about for several years.

I never went shooting, though.

After R and I had been married for several years (ten? twelve?), he went and got his concealed carry. But I, though very pro-gun, had not learned to shoot.

He took me to the range twice. I picked the target range and did very well. I figured I was “good enough.” And I thought that even though I know that there have been instances of police officers, who have been training with guns for years, who, when in a high adrenaline situation of need, have emptied their guns and not hit the perpetrator once.

But, even though he had passed the CHL shooting test, he wanted to learn to shoot better. He went looking on the net and found a newsletter about how to shoot. He read every single one. When he had finished one, he would come home and tell me all about it. I was intrigued. He sent them to me and I began reading them. They had good information, interesting personal highlights (like stories of celebrities learning to shoot for TV shows), and kept you thinking. The newsletters were from Front Sight.

So we went to Front Sight. We went for four days, eight hours a day, of shooting and instruction. It was intense. It was a learning experience for both of us.

If you want to learn to shoot better, before you even get to the range, here are some links that can help:

Other notes

Don’t move around your house unless you have to. Stay in your room. Call 911. Get your gun. If the intruder goes towards your kids, then ge gt him. If he comes in my room’s door, I will be at the ready and challenge him- Loudly!

I’ve said I would shoot someone in my house, because I would be in fear for my life if they were in my house. But I hadn’t thought of how I would shoot them. If I heard them walking around the kitchen, I shouldn’t go in there looking for them.

I can see where this could be a problem.

I don’t want someone getting to me to hurt me once they’re in my house. But I don’t want to go looking for them either.

Also, how do I know the noise in the kitchen isn’t the boys rummaging for a snack? I’ve heard of too many people killing family members because they didn’t make sure of who they were shooting.

I think it is much more likely that if an intruder is in my home, I won’t know it and I will think it is the kid.

Use sense of smell. I can smell cigarette smokers at a long distance. Lots of bad guys stink. If I can smell him, he is close.

Physically move carefully, slowly, quietly. I need ot only move as fast as I can guarantee the hits. I need to be able to hit the bad guy and not hit the boys.

Use the structure to maximize my distance to the bad guy. I don’t want to grapple over my gun.

Some bad guys are good shooters. I should not count on being able to outshoot them. They may be dedicated opponents.

Here, again, you have to be aware of the fact that you may have to take a shot and then keep going.

I should move slowly. I should carry my normal fifring stance with me. I should move one step and then bring the one foot towards the other. I should not bring my feet together nor should I cross my feet. I am not stable if I do those. What if he runs into me?

Remember stay as far from a potential shooter as possible.

I am going to copy all my notes on moving through a house later.

When would you shoot?

Under what circumstances would I shoot?

Would I shoot if my spouse were in danger? My boys? My parents?

That was a question they asked at Front Sight.

Here’s my answer then.

If they’re in my house, I will shoot.
If someone I love is in danger, I will shoot.
If I am in danger, I will shoot.

What constitutes danger?
Gun? yes
Knife? yes
Carjacking? yes
Stolen car? no, not if we’re not in it
Stolen purse? as long as no other threat, no.
Insulted? No. I won’t shoot.

If someone comes at me with a gun or a knife, they’re a threat. I don’t know what they want. I don’t know what their plans are. But if they’ve got weapons, they are obviously threatening my life.

I personally have a bad attitude towards purse snatchers. One stole my greatgrandmother’s purse and hit her over the head with it. She had a stroke at the time which left her with no short term memory. But as long as I’m not in my 80s, as long as they don’t try to use the purse as a weapon, there is not anything in my purse that is important enough to shoot someone.

The point of shooting someone is to keep me and my family/friends safe. It is not to keep my property safe.

So why would I shoot if the bad guys are in my home? Because I don’t know what they want and if I wait to shoot till I find out, I may be dead.

My house is my space and they should not come in. Since the neighbors were killed, I’ve been locking my doors even when I’m home. I used to not lock them even when I was gone sometimes. I don’t even open the door for the Jehovah’s Witnesses who come about once a week now, it seems.

I actually like not answering the door. I’d never thought I could not answer the door before this. And that woman who was screaming at me because I wouldn’t buy her product scared me. I don’t want to answer the door anymore.

Of course, in the women’s case, it wouldn’t have saved them. They knew their killer. But I still feel unsafe without the door locked. So now I lock it.

Other notes:

What do I do if I’m at work? There’s only one door out of the office (not that I’m in there much) and I can’t legally (carry at the college).

If you have time to think about whether or not you should shoot, you shouldn’t shoot.

Would I shoot if someone I don’t know were being approached/held at knife/gun point?

Sould I? Yes. Would I?

I didn’t answer that last question.

I am not sure I know the answer. If somone I don’t know is being held, I would probably think of the guy at FS who said he was going to shoot and it turned out they were making a movie. I think I would worry myself into not shooting until the person was actually shot or cut.

Unless it were a child. I am fairly sure I’d shoot anyone who held a child with a knife or a gun. But I need to be able to shoot better to do that. I’m not as good as I need to be to shoot someone where another person is a shield.

In the middle of my notes on this it says:

Write a letter about what I would be willing to shoot for.
Include Front Sight notes.
Send self a registered letter w/ those.
Sign. Don’t open it.

I was so sure I’d do that as soon as I got home. But I haven’t done it yet.

I also wrote “opportunity= distance 21 foot rule”

Even with a knife, a guy 21 feet away can kill me, unless I shoot him first. The time it would take me to pull my gun and shoot him, even if I were as fast as a trained police officer, would still let him kill me. So if he’s as far away from me as one end of the living room to the other, he could kill me.

That’s part of why if he’s in my house, I am going to shoot him. He’s not supposed to be there. I don’t know why he’s there. And I am not going to let him kill me or my family because I was dithering about whether or not I should shoot him. I will be in fear for my life and my family’s life if someone is in my house who does not belong there.

I looked at an article on the 21 foot rule. In case I don’t have a gun (which I won’t outside my house. I haven’t taken my CHL.), the best way to foil an attack attempt that you can’t get away from is to move forward, toward the attacker, at a 45 degree angle. The article is really talking about trained police officers, but if that’s my only option, it’s best to go with what is most likely to keep me safe.

Differences between moral and ethical.

It may sound like a strange thing to discuss at a gun education meeting, but we did.

They said moral is principles of right and wrong.

Ethics are the societal opinions and accepted standards of conduct.

…Interesting thought here. When we try people we try them based on our ethics, not morals, because we in the US no longer have a moral base for our choices.

Color Awareness

One of the things we learned at Front Sight was color awareness. It’s a color code, like the US one for threat levels.

I wrote in my notes:

In White, the lowest level of threat awareness, you aren’t aware of anything. You are living like there is no threat and never will be. And that is when you get

Most people have 2.3 to 3 seconds of unawareness. On the street all the time you have to react is 1.5 seconds. The lag time is what the bad guys are counting on.

Yellow= relaxed, aware of your environment. If you think “How can anyone live like that?” you won’t live.

Orange=hinky. Something’s wrong. You have identified a specific threat. Determine their intent. Form a plan (scream, call police). Continue to stay in condition yellow because rats travel in packs. Keep looking for the bad guys. If you make four consecutive turns and they are still behind you, they’re bad guys.

The orange here reminded me of the time some stupid guys followed my sisters and me down a road. We sped up and so did they. I made a plan, drive to the police station. But when I passed a cop, I didn’t pull over. I’d made the plan, so I kept going to the police station. By the time I realized I could have stopped where the police officer was, I was past him and it was a two lane road with the bad guys right behind us.

Now I try to make a more general plan. “Get help.” “Find a police officer.” “Get to the police station if I have to.”

C a friend of S, A’s daughter, was out driving and a guy did a U-turn across four lanes of traffic to follow her. That was defnitely hinky. So she turned left across several lanes of traffic, without warning, to get away from him. He followed her. She did several other turns, then called her parents on her cell. She drove home, into a culdesac. He followed her. Her parents were out in the yard waiting. He reversed and drove out. A’s husband said that if she had trouble again, come to his house. He’d come out into the yard with a gun and let the guy know it was dangerous to follow girls home.

It is worrisome how many people don’t have a plan for when things go wrong.

Red: a specific threat. Draw a line in the sand or set a mental trigger. If A, then B.

For example, if I pull into this gas station and the guy pulls over too, I will… What I did was get out of the car, call my family and give them the guy’s license plate number. I figured if I didn’t make it home, they could at least find the guy. I was eighteen and scared and driving in from out of town.

Black: Opponent has tripped the mental trigger. At this point you need a combat mindset.

How to develop a combat mindset:
1. Know that the world IS violent.
2. Get mad, not afraid. “How dare this dirt bag.”
Understand your opponent.
2.2% are true anti-social murderous
Your opponent will probably be a dedicated criminal.
Even in pain, keep going. Be the last one standing.
3. Training
Train the way you want to fight.
You lose 50% of your ability under stress.
Therefore it is easier to win a gun fight if you’re a good shooter.
You should include simulators, hone physical and mental training.
You want a scenario that promotes success.
4. Visualization.
See it before you do it.
Pay attention to real world examples. Think through them.
See yourself winning.

Put little stickers up to remind you to be in condition yellow.

I also wrote in my notebook something very personal.

I think I used to always be in orange. Got sick of it so I hide in books.

I did, in fact, used to be in orange all the time. I was on the ragged edge of sanity. But I pushed back too far. R says they should add another color, clear.

Clear: (he says) is what I am when I am reading. I don’t hear you when you talk. I don’t see you come into the room.

He says that’s a problem because I am out in public and I zone out. For instance, he came to pick me up at school the other night because I locked my keys out of my car. And I was reading under the lamp post. I was highlighted and no one else was.

He wasn’t too happy about that. I did tell him that I knew where all the people were, and told him so he’d believe me, but that it makes me less afraid to read. However, I know that it probably does drop my seconds of reaction, even when I know where folks are.

.40 S&W or 9 mm?

The gun store guy recommended .40 S&W over 9 mm. I looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently the .40S&W was made because the 9mm didn’t have enough punch and the 10mm had too much. The .40 is in the middle of the two, with ease of firing like the 9mm and power of the 10mm without its recoil. While Smith and Wesson created it, Glock apparently came out with two guns that used it within a week.

In the pics it is short and flat tipped.


Evangelical Outpost tagged me (or You, but I was me then) with a meme. Guess I’m still a newbie, despite four years as a blogger, since I love the things.

1) What’s the most fun work you’ve ever done, and why? (two sentences max)

Teaching. As my husband reminded me, I’d do it if they didn’t pay me. (But don’t tell my boss.)

2) A. Name one thing you did in the past that you no longer do but wish you did? (one sentence max)

Remember EVERYTHING. Now I consider myself blessed if I remember I’ve met you, even if I don’t know who you are or where.

B. Name one thing you’ve always wanted to do but keep putting it off? (one sentence max)

Always? Nothing. But resubmit my manuscript, yeah, that.

3) A. What two things would you most like to learn or be better at, and why? (two sentences max)

Remembering, see A above. Thinking well. I think that’s tied into the problem I have with remembering.

B. If you could take a class/workshop/apprentice from anyone in the world living or dead, who would it be and what would you hope to learn? (two more sentences, max)

My first thought was Leonardo da Vinci, just to learn how he thought. Then I saw eo’s answer and thought, “John, because he was amazing.” Then I thought, Jesus, right? Everyone should want to apprentice with Jesus.

4) A. What three words might your best friends or family use to describe you?

Determined. Smart. Annoying.

B. Now list two more words you wish described you…

Extraordinarily loving.

5) What are your top three passions? (can be current or past, work, hobbies, or causes– three sentences max)

God. Family. Teaching.

6) National-security expert Gregory Treverton makes a distinction between “puzzles”, questions that could be answered if we had the access to more information, and “mysteries”, questions that rely more on predictions than on additional information. Do you consider your life to be a puzzle or a mystery?

Mystery. I’m not a big puzzles fan.

7)Write–and answer–one more question that YOU would ask someone (with answer in three sentences max)

Name one thing other than a person or a book that has inspired you and say what it has inspired you to.

Sunsets. Awe of God’s artistic ability.

A “good” person

Why do people say that a murderer, a robber, a terrorist was a “good” person?

Is it because we don’t know what good means anymore?

(Note, after looking for the murderer=good thing I remembered reading, I found an article on murder in Victorian Ireland. He was a good man, his neighbors said, was a common refrain.)

I like reading and I like quizzes

so the “What Kind of Reader are You?” quiz was made for me.

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
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By the way, that summary at the end is ME.