Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Me memed

Jason tagged me, which is a relief because it's hard to know what to write after an account of your grandfather's tragic suicide.

Meme Rules:
1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention; add a question of your own.

2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

So here goes!

1. What is your current obsession?
I am a woman of multiple and simultaneous obsessions (to the point of mental sluttiness!). So:
The book on suicide I want to write.
The YA fantasy novel I've written.
The children's book I'm working on illustrating.
My garden.
Finding the silliest images I can for flickr, eg:

2. What do you see outside your window?
A gigantic (about 10' x 10'), thorny, decades-old, and utterly magnificent rose bush just beginning to bloom.

3. If you could have any super power what would it be?
Breathing under water.

4. Which animal would you be?
A mermaid.

5. Who was the last person you hugged?
My oldest daughter.

6.What is your favorite color?

7. What’s your favorite food in the whole world?
A perfectly ripe mango.

8. What’s the last thing you bought?
The cutest French-made shoes (Mephistos) at my favorite thrift! These are shoes that cost hundreds of dollars new! Yay!

9. What are you listening to right now?
Literally, at this moment I'm watching American Idol with my ten-year old and listening to Adam Lambert screech his way through a song. What's the deal ? I just don't get him.....

10. If you could buy one object right now, what would it be?
A painting, possibly this one: "Morning of the Red Bird" by Romare Beardon.

11. What’s on your beside table?
Piles and piles of books:

12. If you could have a house totally paid for, and fully furnished, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Berkeley, California

13. What would you like to have in your hands right now?
Enough money to set up a trust fund for my special-needs daughter, pay for college for my other three kids, give my mother extra money (because her savings got wiped out in the bank crash), and have some left over to add to our retirement account.

14. What is your favorite children's book?
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

15. What is your biggest fear/phobia?
Heights. Absolutely terrified of them, to the point of hysteria and near-incontinence.

16. What's the bravest thing you've done in the past year?
Ride on a ferris wheel with my special-needs daughter.

17. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Berkeley, California - I'd have cheap Mexican food at La fiesta, then spend the rest of the time at Moe's books.

18. What did you want to become as a child?
Archaeologist, writer, artist, mom.

19. What posters/pictures do you have on your bedroom wall?
Pictures of everyone in my family. A painting my father bought in Cambodia in 1959.

20. What is your plan for tomorrow?
Try and get my garden in shape, try and get my house in shape, meet the kids when they get home from school. After that, it's all kid care and husband-with-a-broken-foot care.

21. What was your first job?

22. Say something to the person/s who tagged you:
Jason, you're such a wry, funny, understated writer. You have a gift for dialog and dialect. I hope, someday, you write a book.

23.Post a favorite childhood photograph of yourself.
Me caught in imagination land. I'm still doing it, just in different ways.

I'm tagging these people, but ignore the tag if you like.
A Thousand Shades of Twilight
Oh Sasquatch
Willy or won't he?
Yellow dog granny
Kitsch slapped
Mean Dirty Pirate
What would Jackie wear?


sageweb said...

Very good meme, I love the pictures too.
I will have to put this on my list of tags..I need to catch up.

jason said...


Oh, and "Mental sluttiness" has officially entered my vocabulary, thank you very much!

Lusting after that painting by the way.

yellowdoggranny said...

eeek..i was really enjoying this thinking..cool i like being a mermaid too..then saw my name on the list..haah..ok..ill do it..but i reallylike your answers..

a thousand shades of twilight said...

Hurrah! I really enjoyed reading that, and seeing those photos (esp the painting that your Dad bought (I'm lusting after it too) and that AMAZING photo of you as a child! At first I thought it was your daughter..). Given that you've fulfilled your other ambitions, have you ever pursued the archaeology??

Thanks for the tag - I intend to make my own contribution on the weekend. Let's just say that if I was to do it tonight in my brain dead state it wouldn't make for much of a read!

Elizabeth said...

Sage, only if you want to and if it seems fun to do!

Jason - Thanks for the tag. Re "mental sluttiness," always glad to share (but then sluts always are, aren't they?).

Granny - Thanks for being a good sport and playing along. I so love knowing that you're afraid of heights too. Makes me feel like less of a wimp!

1000 shades - Glad you liked it! As for archaeology, i do it in my house quite frequently! The real thing lost its luster for me when I realized you had to go without showers and sleep in tents. I'm not a roughing-it sort of girl (more of an 'Oh-they-turned-down-my-sheets-and-put-chocolate-on-my-pillow kind of girl). I do still harbor a secret hope that I can have some digging-in-the-dirt-with-dental-pics type archaeology someday. Maybe in one of those grown-up camps where suckers like me pay for the privilege of doing other people's diffing. And have nice meals and showers every day!

veganrampage said...

I am zellyblue from flickr. You cheer me up- not an easy accomplishment. I found Roux Morgue through you. Thanks for that post about your Grandfather, it means much, to many. I'm a fan!

Elizabeth said...

zelly - Of course I remember you! Thanks for the visit and the comment. It is my pleasure and honor cheer you up.

Rebecca said...

I love that pic of you!

Elizabeth said...

Rebecca - I remember spending so much happy time with you doing some version of this! Remember the fairy houses we used to make out of twigs and bark in your back yard? I remember making tiny moss beds for them and grinding up grass to make juice for them to drink.

Deanna Dahlsad said...

OK, I finally played (here).

Don't let the delay (in this or any comment posting or anything else) indicate anything other than sheer lack of time these days. ;)