Thursday, June 21, 2007

Eight Random Things about Me

I've just been tagged by Erica and Heidi to tell you eight random things about myself. It is also my first tagging, so I feel like I'm part of the Kool Kids' Klub now. :) I'm still not sure what my eight things are, but here goes. First, the rules: 1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts. 2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. 3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. 4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. 5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog. Thing One. I'm typing one-handed with a baby in my lap who wants to help. It's slow, makes for a lot of typos, and I wish they would have taught me how to do this in high school typing class.
Thing Two. Speaking of which, I think that my mandatory high-school typing class was the single most useful class I've ever taken, ever, even though I didn't think much of it at the time. Thanks, Mr. Bessette!
Thing Three. I went to a yoga class once a week for about a year before Chloe was born. I really liked it, and I miss doing it now. It was amazing how much better just that little bit of exercise made me feel - the lower-back pain that I'd been fighting for years went away entirely within a month or so and is only beginning to return now, in a much milder form.
Thing Four. I am completely preoccupied with my "I want to explore everything but I can't move by myself help me NOW MOM NOW" kid right now. I don't know why.
Thing Five. I do my housework in fifteen-minute increments (thus yesterday's saga). Housework is, um, not so much my favorite and tends to completely overwhelm me because it is never done - so why start? Then I feel like crap because I live in a hole. Many of you have observed the literal trash heap I lived in for years because of this (and yes, I do know what literal means). So I have a schedule of chores that I try to go through every week and set my timer for fifteen minutes for most of them. If I don't do the given chore on a given day I'm not allowed to do it on a different day, I just have to wait until next week. Today I'm going to wash a window, clean out the fridge, and update the budget (that one will take more than fifteen minutes).
Thing Six. I heart Miffy (see photo, left). So does Chloe, though she doesn't know it yet. I have a rule that I can't come home with more than one Miffy item anytime I go to Toys R Us. That's how much I heart Miffy. Thing Seven. Last night I made a kind of lemon spice stir-fry with pork, snap peas, and tofu. It was pretty good except that I let the pork get too tough. Thing Eight. While writing the above thing, I wrote "pork" as "prok" at least six times. There. I did it again. What's up with that? Whew! I did it! I have to say, this format actually works pretty well for me and seems like a good way to end the blogstipation I've been experiencing. So here's the deal: It's reader participation time! Leave me a comment saying what kind of list you want to see here and how many items you want on the list and I promise that said list will appear on this blog soon. And no, I won't define soon. My one rule is that I'm going to limit list length to eleven items, because eleven is my favorite number (Thing Nine!) and it's my blog so I can make any rule I want. :) I tag Ben, Sammy, Anita & Bryan, Megan, Steve & Mariko, and Chris. I take no responsibility for those who never update their blogs or decline participation. But Ben, this should help your three-posts-a-week scheme!



Blogger Ben Wildeboer said...

There's a new study out that you might find interesting. It's titled "Explaining the Relation Between Birth Order and Intelligence."

The NY Times has an article about it.

6/22/2007 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Meika said...

Hmm, fascinating! I have always found birth order interesting. It's nice to have a study prove that I'm the smartest. **Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle...** But!

1. Hmmm, a problem. If this is the case, why did you always score better than I did on the ACT and PSAT etc. etc.? I'm no slouch, but I think you just might edge me out on the IQ charts. Maybe it's because you're a man. This study was all about men. Which brings me to...

2. Why on earth was this study limited to men, especially since the article notes that gender doesn't affect intelligence? Was it just to reduce another variable? If so, why not study a group of women? Because I don't think the "women's hormones screw up our studies" excuse works here. Sheesh, enough with the all-male studies already! I don't think Dr. Kristin reads this, but maybe someone could pass on to her the suggestion that she design an all-female study. About something other than hormone-replacement drugs. Ha. That'll show 'em.

Nonetheless, very interesting. I do like that birth order stuff. I'd like to see the follow-up - how can we give our poor later-borns the same advantages?

6/23/2007 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger Karla Willett said...

I love your timer idea. I find housework overwhelming because:
a. we have a yellow lab who sheds her weight in fur at least daily.
b. By the time I'm done picking up everyone else's stuff I feel I've already cleaned.
c. It takes the whole day to do and then when I'm done the dog sheds, the husband leaves crumbs, the teenager deposits whatever she brought home with her, and the baby spreads anything in reach to wherever it dosen't belong. :)

Your timers are cute. You baby is definately adorable and is much cuter that the timers :) Karla

6/23/2007 02:04:00 AM  
Blogger Heidi Sue said...

Okay, Meiks... Here's my list-request from you...

11 things (anxieties and/or excitements, realities, etc.) about your trip back to the states.

And I think I'm going to seriously have to consider your chore/timer thinger... I'm actually paying someone to clean my house once every three weeks, but MAN - does it get dirty in the in between time... and I really should be able to find time to do the random chore... My problem is that I'm okay with the daily stuff... it's the stuff that should be done once a month or so that I just NEVER get to... Hmmm... Seriously considering the 15 minute rule...


6/23/2007 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger Ben Wildeboer said...

Tada! I've finished my task! Check it!

6/24/2007 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Ok, I did my list too. I guess the ninth fact is that I don't really like to follow the rules:) And maybe I like procrastinating a little too much...

To answer your inquiry about the picture on my blog, it seems that they store those silly road men very close to our house, so we stopped for a photo opt one day.

6/24/2007 09:33:00 AM  

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