The good news is, I don't have to write a post today; I'm doing Memes instead. The bad news (depending on your perspective) is, you're all tagged.
First up is Kanrei's Meme:
Four jobs I have had or currently have in my life:
1. Waitress -- My first job was at a Dairy Queen-type restaurant in Virginia Beach. I took orders, cooked them, served them, and collected payment for them. It was hard, hard work, but it taught me a lot about the work ethic. And it made me feel very grateful that it was only a summer job and not something I'd have to spend my whole life doing.
2. Legal Secretary -- I had no legal experience at all and had never considered anything law-related as a career option. I'd moved back to my hometown, though, and needed a job, so I signed up with the State employment commission and they immediately sent me on a "fill-in" position at a law firm. Little did I know it was the best law firm in town at that time. I liked the work and learned the ropes pretty quickly, and ended up staying there for 10 years.
3. I had periodic burn-outs in legal work and have worked in a private tutoring center, a bookstore, U.S. Courts, court reporting, an insurance agency, an insurance adjuster, and ran two small businesses of my own.
4. Current Job: Part-time paralegal for a sole practitioner lawyer, which means I do a little bit of everything. For example, he can't type and I can, so I do all the typing. He does the filing, and it all works out pretty well.
Four Countries I have been to:
I am a complete backwater provincial and have never traveled outside of the U.S.
Four places I would rather be right now:
1. On a beach
2. In bed
3. In a bookstore
4. On a road trip
Four foods I like to eat:
1. French fries
2. Ice cream
3. Roast beef sandwiches
4. Cereal with sliced bananas
Four personal heroes - past or present:
1. Harper Lee, because the one book she had in her was a masterpiece and she had the guts and determination to write it and get it out there.
2. Elizabeth I, because she carved out a niche for herself in what was then a man's world.
3. My grandmother, because she was tough and wise, humble but opinionated, and could do just about anything she set her mind to while always a lady.
4. Mother Teresa, simply because she was so impossibly saintly.
Four books I have recently read or am currently reading:
1. "Broken Prey," John Sandford. Crime novel which I'm about halfway through. Some Sandfords I like, some not so much. This one's actually pretty good.
2. "Ham Bones," Carolyn Haines - Latest in a series about a quirky female Mississippi PI.
3. "Lean Mean Thirteen," Janet Evanovich. Latest in another series, this one featuring a demented but adorable female Jersey bounty hunter.
4. "The Tin Roof Blowdown," James Lee Burke. Burke writes darkly poetic crime novels set in south Louisiana. This one focuses on post-Katrina New Orleans and is dynamite.
Four to Tag:
Nope, that would be following the rules. I hate rules and flout them every chance I get. I'm tagging all of you and would dearly love it if you'd do this meme if you haven't already.
And now I'll borrow and do G-Man's meme:
1. What was the first blog that you regularly read?
I honestly don't remember, but I think it was a Live Journal blog. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was the one lambasting the PublishAmerica fiasco about elven vampires with a Photoshopped Orlando Bloom on the cover.
2. Do you remember the first blogger that you had an E-Mail relationship with?
The first, no. I've developed e-mail correspondences, i.e., relationships, with so many fellow bloggers.
3. Why did you create your blog?
As I began reading various blogs on a regular basis, it looked like people were having so much fun that I figured it might be good therapy for me. And it is!
4. When was your first post, and who was your first commenter?
May 22, 2006, but I didn't get my first comment (aside from anonymous junk) until May 28th, from a young poet named Mea.
5. Are there blogs that you absolutely have to visit daily?
Yes, indeed! I visit just about everybody on my blogroll, plus a few more, on a daily basis -- even if I don't always take the time to comment.
6. Is your Blog categorized? (i.e., Comedy, Literary, Personal Angst, Etc.)
It started out with a literary bent but quickly became whatever I needed it to be from one day to the next. Some days, it's a rant; some days it's quirky; other days it's fairly serious. I do try to make it fun for everyone who reads it.
7. Do you see an end to your blogging some day?
I'll quit if and when it's no longer fun.
8. What are you wearing right this very minute?
At the time I answered the question, I had on black shorts and a white cotton top, no shoes.
It would be great if y'all would all do this one, too.
Just to keep things on an even keel, how about these Words Gone Wild Roxan spotted? They totally cracked me up.
destroid if they try to use it
i love altenitive endings
craching down around our ears
i'm suprised that no one through a fit
thought that was confermed
found the neclace
but she saw both of there stomeches
I'd love it if somebody is brave enough to try and define some of those. Please! I'm afraid I don't have the stomach for it myself. Not now.
And to round things out in the usual manner, we must have our little quiz just for fun.
|You Make a Great First Impression|
You can handle almost any social situation with grace, even the tricky ones.
Strangers often find you charming and interesting. You are often remembered fondly.
Even if you're not naturally outgoing, you can make conversation with anyone if you need to.
Whether you were born this way or had to work to get here, you are definitely charismatic.
You're popular and well liked. People definitely look forward to being around you.
Your social connections bring you a full and rich life. You understand how important it is to make a lasting impression.