5 question meme

Ah, that was possibly the best vacation ever. Six days with nothing to do but play in the waves, take pictures of my nephews, and drink beer on the beach. Everyone got along at least as well as could be expected, and I found that family vacations are that much more enjoyable when my husband is there too.

Shortly before I left, I was tagged by Elizabeth for the meme that’s been going around.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I had just finished my first year of college, and I was spending the summer back at home working at a shoe store. I remember going hiking with my high school friends and my college roommate coming over once a week to eat tomato soup and watch TV.

What are 5 things on your to-do list today?

1 – Balance the checkbook and pay bills
2 – See a movie (We’ll do rock-paper-scissors to decide if we see Indiana Jones or Sex and the City)
3 – Pick through my pictures from the vacation, deleting the blurry or redundant ones
4 – Work on some job search correspondence
5 – Go to the bookstore and drink a cappuccino

5 snacks that I enjoy

1 – Ripe, seasonal fruit
2 – Cheese and crackers
3 – Beer (hey, it’s filling)
4 – Crudite, especially cauliflower, with dip
5 – Treats!  Cookies, brownies, muffins, any of that…

Things I would do if I was a billionaire:

1 – Various donations and such
2 – Buy a house on the beach
3 – Buy a boat and spend tons of time on it
4 – Pay for all of my nephews and nieces (and I suppose my kids when I have them) to go to the college of their choice
5 – Never work a 9-to-5 desk job

Places I’ve lived:

Buffalo Grove, IL
Hafr Al Batin, Saudi Arabia
Carlsbad, NM
Albuquerque, NM
Las Cruces, NM
(Carlsbad, NM, again)
South Bend, IN
Binghamton, NY
Syracuse, NY
Philadelphia area, PA

Jobs I’ve had:

Cashier and cook at a pizza joint
Stocker at a shoe store
Tutor during college
Intern at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Cashier at Blockbuster
Teaching assistant while working on my master’s degree
Research assistant while working on my PhD
Adjunct professor

Since I’m late getting to this meme and it looks like most people have participated, I’m not going to tag anyone.


  1. Beautiful photos!!

    I am finishing up my PhD this summer– it’s refreshing to hear you made it through. 🙂 I’m alllllllllmost there.

  2. Crazy! When did you live in South Bend? I grew up there! (Well, closer to Crumstown/North Liberty, but yeah)

  3. When did you work at WIPP? And, for whom, if I might ask? I used to work for SNL. Wish I still did……

  4. When did you work at WIPP? And, for whom, if I might ask? I used to work for SNL. Wish I still did……

  5. When did you work at WIPP? And, for whom, if I might ask? I used to work for SNL. Wish I still did……

  6. I love your beach pictures. The one of your dog is too cute! Hope you have a good week easing back into reality… good luck 🙂

  7. You have inspired me to start settling all trivial marital disputes via Rock, Paper Scissors – great idea, Thanks!

  8. Liz – You’re on the home stretch! You’ll feel so, so good when you finish!

    Caitlin – I got my master’s degree at Notre Dame. I started there in August 2001 and moved in August 2003.

    Judy – I interned there in the summer of 2000. I worked in the mining engineering department with Bob…somebody and Gary…somebody. (These aren’t people I keep in touch with anymore.) Some of my parents’ closest friends actually work at SNL. They don’t have many jobs in my specialty, but I’m planning on applying for a postdoc at LANL.

    Erin – That dog was hilarious on the trip. He would get slammed by the waves, and then he would go crazy rolling in the sand. Fortunately, it’s my brother’s dog, so I wasn’t responsible for scrubbing the sand out of him!

    Elizabeth – Heh, we use rock-paper-scissors for tons of little things, like who’s going to make the tea and such.