It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Crazy Eights — er, fours

Red Pen Mama has tagged me with a meme. Because I think I’ve done this one before, I’m going to be lazy and do four instead of the required eight from each category.

1. Four things I am passionate about:

My husband: His honesty, his kindness, his brilliant mind, his generosity of spirit, his unceasing devotion to me. I am a very lucky woman.

My children: Seeing them grow into considerate, productive, giving adults with a strong sense of self brings more richness to my life than I can express.

Communication/conversation: Clear, honest, respectful, meaningful, deep. Love it, need it, demand it of my closest relationships. Obviously, my husband feels the same way!

Writing: Love it, need it, am working to include more of it in my life.

2. Four things I want to do before I die:

Make a living from writing

Travel a lot more than I have these last ten years.

Have grandchildren. Which is not precisely something I do, I know. (And HA! It’s a new one. See? I’m still growing up. Corollary: when my kids are ready for it — which is NOT now. But when they are? I will be a Most Excellent Grandma.)

Write a book. Which I sort of am working on right now, but at the pace I’m going, I’d better hope I live to be 110 …

3. Four things I say often:
“I love you.”
“WALK in the house. WALK.”
“Do you have your cell phone with you?”
“Hands are for hugging.”

4. Four books I’ve read recently:
Away, by Jane Urquhart (this one is Literature, and very good)
I’m a Stranger Here Myself, Bill Bryson (Short essays; some VERY funny, all entertaining)
Piece of Work, Laura Zigman (not Literature, but I enjoyed it)
Accidental Florist, Jill Churchill (this is a ghastly book — but entertaining in its awfulness)

5. Four songs I could listen to over and over:
Charmed Life, Diana Krall (Check out the link! It’s YouTube — see her do the song.)
I won’t back down, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Everybody be yorself, Chick Street Man (It’s off the soundtrack to Northern Exposure disk.)
Only then will your house be blessed, Harry Manx

6. Four things that attract me to my best friends:
Good conversation (cf. #1)
Irreverence. Not in its sacred sense, but in general: a certain willingness to bawdiness, a tendency to irony, a quirked-eyebrow (but NOT cynical) take on the world.
Sense of humour.

November 15, 2007 - Posted by | books, memes and quizzes, music, my kids, quirks and quirkiness, random and odd


  1. In Sheri’s absence, I’ll submit the following:

    1. Four things I am passionate about:
    My wife: Her open mindedness; her creativity; her patience with me and her love for the kids.

    The kids: Though I never wanted any, have learned more about myself from them.

    Technology: Sometimes a little too much, but it is a part of the world we live in – for good or bad.

    Travelling: I love to visit new places, meet new people and do new things

    2. Four things I want to do before I die:

    1) Publish a book – I’ve written one and a half, none of which have ever been published. I’ve only ever published one short story.

    2) .. [censored due to graphic content]..

    3) Visit the Amazon Jungles in South America

    4) Tell someone how to Rule the world. Not just anyone, someone who can actually implement the changes we need. I mean face it, do I really want the responsibility for billions of lives? Now way. I have a hard enough time with a daughter and step-son. But if I pointed the right person in the right direction, I’m pretty sure there would be fringe benefits in it for me.

    3. Four things I say often:
    “Who the hell is calling now?”
    “Close the door!”
    “Ahem. Bedtime was more than (10, 20, 30, etc) minutes ago”
    “I love you”

    4. Four books I’ve read recently:
    The Diamond Throne – David Eddings
    Battlefield Earth – LRon Hubbard
    The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
    Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon – Spider Robinson

    5. Four songs I could listen to over and over:
    Anything by Bob Marley
    Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    Countdown – Rush
    Live is Life – Opus

    6. Four things that attract me to my best friends:
    I have (over the years) lost touch with all of my friends. Common things to all of them:
    1) They liked beer
    2) They had a sense of humour
    3) They put up with me and my ego
    4) They knew when to leave me alone.

    That was an amusing Excercise. Daddy Homeschool log over here while Sheri is away:

    Comment by Wolfen | November 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. I feel like I should comment, but what am I supposed to say? “You are so right about me” doesn’t seem appropriate ….

    Thanks for all the nice things you said about me. I think you’re utterly wonderful, too!

    Comment by Stephen | November 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. What is your book about? Please, please write a book about raising kids. I’d buy one for myself and copies for all my friends! (That being said, if it’s a fiction work , that’ll be fun too!)

    Comment by Lady M | November 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. My answers to #6 would be very much like yours. I knew there was a reason I liked you!

    Comment by Florinda | November 15, 2007 | Reply

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