Sunday, October 29, 2006

It's about time for a meme

As seen at Seeking Solace's place.

Explain what ended your last relationship?
Um. . . Mr. Trillwing was my first boyfriend. He's more embarrassed by this fact than I am, but I don't usually advertise it. I was a late bloomer. :)

When was the last time you shaved?
Last night.

What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.?
Wishing I could nap. I had already been to the grocery store and washed the car.

What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
Being a slave to Bloglines.

Are you any good at math?
I do not know this "math" you speak of.

Your prom night, what do you remember about it?
I didn't go to prom. Just not my thing. (See response to first question.) I seem to remember hanging out with a couple of friends and doing dorky crafts or something. But that may be a completely inaccurate account of the evening.

Do you have any famous ancestors?
Locally famous, yes. Anyone you'd know, nope.

Have you had to take a loan out for school?
Who hasn't? I've got a LOT of student loan debt.

Do you know the words to the song on your MySpace profile?
MyWhat? ;)

Last thing received in the mail?
The Chronicle of Higher Education

How many different beverages have you had today?
Five. Orange juice, apple cider, water, Pepsi, soy milk. That's an unusually high number--as well as an insane number of calories to be taking in through liquids. Oops.

Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine?
Yes. And I am officially declaring this an asinine question.

Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to?
Can't remember because I don't care. It also depends on how you define "concert."

Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
Sometimes.

What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?
Ohhh. . . I don't know. Eight years of braces? Or the two oral surgeries, each of which removed four molars? Probably the braces, since I had anesthetic for the surgeries.

But seriously, Mr. Trillwing beats us all in this category.

What is out your back door?
I don't have a back door because I live in an apartment. What kind of classist question is that? ;)

Any plans for Friday night?
I'll be visiting my parents.

Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
Salt-encrusted tresses? Not so much.

Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns?
Yes. I prefer the caramelized variety.

Have you ever been to a planetarium?
Yes, as a child.

Do you re-use towels after you shower?.
Yes. A little trick I've learned from all those California droughts.

Some things you are excited about?
Moving on to the next stage of my professional life, whatever it may be.

What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O?
I don't eat Jell-O. I'm vegetarian.

Describe your keychain(s)?
Nothing but a couple of rings with too many keys. I used to have a pewter Tyrannosaurus Sue, but it fell off.

Where do you keep your change?
My wallet.

When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
When was the last time I spoke in front of a group of people that wasn't large? I teach at a research university, for goodness' sake. In many ways, some of our departments are like accredited diploma mills. (Oops. Did I just say that aloud?)

The biggest group of people in front of whom I've spoken was several thousand, a capacity crowd at my high school graduation at a municipal football stadium. And no, for those of you keeping track, I wasn't a valedictorian. (See "math" question above.)

What kind of winter coat do you own?
The one I actually wear? It's a black wool peacoat. In storage are my heavy-duty Midwestern parkas.

What was the weather like on your graduation day?
Gorgeous every time.

Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?
Open, unless I'm napping.

1 comment:

Susan M said...

Well, my initial comment was going to be that you have a surprising amount of time on your hands for an academic with a 14-month-old, ( :) ) but now I can't sleep and I refuse to do homework, so . . .

Explain what ended your last relationship? Do I have to answer that?

When was the last time you shaved?
A couple days ago.

What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.?
Heading to the computer lab that has SPSS to work on my statistics homework.

What were you doing 15 minutes ago?
Trying to plug in my ethernet cable without getting bonked on the head by the junk on my dresser (in front of the data jack). I succeeded in plugging in, but failed in avoiding a stained-glass mini-lampshade to the face.

Are you any good at math?
Yeah, but I hate it. How cliche is that?

Your prom night, what do you remember about it?
Instead of going out to dinner, my then boyfriend and I had dinner at my house with my extended family of neighbors. An anacronysm but one I treasure.

Do you have any famous ancestors?
No, but my great, great-uncle J. Seymour McKibben and his father printed out and sold fake tickets to the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Have you had to take a loan out for school?
Duh.

Do you know the words to the song on your MySpace profile?
MyWhat? ;) (I'm with you, Trillwing.)

Last thing received in the mail? It seems that all graduate students must be inundated with coupons for Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Because that's what loan money is for--a different shower curtain for every day of the week.

How many different beverages have you had today?
Five. Coffee, soda, soda, water, and coffee. Yeah, I'm on the quarter system.

Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine?
What is this, 1984?

Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to?
I think it was New Kids on the Block. With my best friend from Jr. High (and elementary school) and my mother. This makes me a dork and my mother cool.

Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
No. But I seem to remember Trillwing drawing Sysiphus and his rock in the sand when we went to the beach one time in high school.

What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?
The actual surgery to get my wisdom teeth out was lovely, what with the Demerol knocking me out and everything, but since I appear to be allergic to Vicoden, the recovery was a bitch until the doctor found some new stuff to give me. (I have a lovely picture of the day the vicoden stopped working--my face and my white t-shirt are the same shade.)

What is out your back door?
I don't have a back door because I live in an apartment. What kind of classist question is that? ;) AMEN.

Any plans for Friday night?
Lillian Faderman is coming to my synagogue to talk about her new book about gay L.A. I'm excited. Then I'm going to go hang with my fellow students.

Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
When I'm having fun at the beach I could give a rip about what is going on with my hair.

Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns?
I don't think I've received one, but the contents are yummy.

Have you ever been to a planetarium? Yeah.

Do you re-use towels after you shower? Who are these uber-fastidious people who only use a towel once before laundering it?

Some things you are excited about?
I'm in grad school after 8 years away from the academy. I love it. Every minute of it. Even the overwhelming and ridiculous parts.

What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O? Red. Red is a flavor.

Describe your keychain(s)? It's one of those wrist leashes for people who habitually lose their keys. Oh, and I recently bought a card-holder because apparently my school does everything electronically, from on-line apps to key cards for the door.

Where do you keep your change?
In my wallet.

When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people? Dunno. I do it fairly often. ('Specially if you count teaching.) Tomorrow I'm going to speak to an undergrad class about homophobia. (I'm against it.)

What kind of winter coat do you own? A hand-me-down London Fog from my mom, and an orange pea-coat.

What was the weather like on your graduation day? Lovely.

Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?
Closed.