Sunday, May 18, 2008

Another meme

Imelda at Greenish Lady tagged me for this meme:

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about himself or herself. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Ten years ago:
Thank heavens, I still have my 1998 calendar because my memory for these things get a bit fuzzy. Here goes.

May 1998:

  • My husband had his one-year post-cancer surgery check-up. It was negative – much to our relief
  • I was running around participating in my older son's Dry Grad events and fundraisers; and driving my younger son to and from orthodontic appointments (x4)
  • I went to a performance of "Stars On Ice" starring:
    · Kurt Browning
    · Brian Orser
    · Steven Cousins
    · Ekaterina Gordeeva
    · Josee Chouinard
    · Shae-Lynn Bourne & Victor Kraatz
    · Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler
    · Elena Bechke & Denis Petrov
    · Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean
    (The previous couple of years I also saw Kristi Yamaguchi.)

    This might also have been the year my husband coerced our younger son to go with me (so he, himself, wouldn't have to attend).

    If so, J's most memorable words to me were, "There aren't any other guys here!"

    To which I replied, "Sure there are."

    "Yeah, but not my age!"

    Perceptive kid. The audience was made up of women, girls, husbands and boyfriends-in-tow. You could tell the latter because they were falling asleep by intermission.

  • The family took me for a lovely Mother's Day brunch at the Pan Pacific Hotel, where we were one of the families interviewed by a Vancouver TV station for the evening news, much to the embarrassment of my younger son (he needn't have worried because we didn't make the final edit)
  • I did my usual packing for dh's monthly business trip to Toronto

All rather humdrum stuff, but it reminds me how those school-age years whizzed by.

Five things on today's "to do" list:
  1. Laundry (it's always on my to do list)
  2. Lunch with hubby in Richmond
  3. Stop at Chapters (bookstore) to look for a newly published book that contains some of my family's history
  4. Go for walk along the waterfront in Steveston
  5. Watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (part of my Indy marathon in preparation of the new movie due out this week)

Things I'd do if I was a billionaire:
I would pay off my sister-in-law's mortgage and make sure all my American in-laws have adequate health insurance. I'd make a list of the charities I support and set up ongoing trust funds for them; find myself a secluded South Pacific island hide-away for reading, writing and relaxation; travel to as many places as possible; stop working because I have to and work only at those things I want to work at.

Three bad habits:
  1. Procrastination
  2. Procrastination
  3. Procrastination

Five places I've lived:
  1. Vancouver, BC, Canada: where I was born
  2. New Westminster, BC, Canada: The so-called the "Royal City" because it was named by Queen Victoria and was, at one time, under consideration to be the capital of British Columbia. (where I spent most of my childhood)
  3. Burnaby, BC (after I was married)
  4. Toronto, Ontario, Canada (where my first son was born)
  5. South Delta, BC (a municipality south of Vancouver where I currently live)

Five jobs I've had:
  1. Line worker on a conveyor belt, sorting vegetables in a canning factory
  2. Dishwasher, prep person, then waitress in Chinese restaurant
  3. Unit clerk on Gynaecology/Obstetrics ward
  4. Grad nurse on Orthopaedic ward and Extended Care Unit
  5. Community Health Care Nurse

Five people I'm tagging for this meme:
(oooh! Will they want to do it? Will they say "Oh No! Not another meme!"?)

Junebugg at Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
Joy at Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth
Donny at Rambleville (This is not the usual stuff on Donny's blog, so we shall see if he accepts)
Wenda at Daring to Write (She hasn't been blogging very much lately and I miss her writing. Maybe this will lure her out.)
Tamarika at Mining Nuggets (I've just started following Tamarika's blog and think she's had a varied and fascinating life. I want to know more)


Joy said...

I'll do it and will post it Wednesday after my DWTS recaps.

I keep changing my Canada photos and need you to identify the city in the one on there now if you don't mind. Thanks!

I'm definitely going to visit Vancouver! Tina and I have it on our list of places to go. Maybe you can be our tourguide one of the days or at least meet us for lunch if you aren't in Hawaii then - another place I'm going!

ell said...

I'd love to meet for lunch, at least!

Joy said...

Great! I don't want to impose but would love to see you when we go there.

I emailed you to give you Charlie's email address but it bounced back. Could you email me since I sent it to you and Charlie. Thanks for the help.

Joy said...

I got your email but all of them I send to you keep bouncing back. I can't figure it out.

ell said...

Joy, I don't know why it's happening. I even put your addy on my "favourites" list.

GreenishLady said...

Ell, I'm so glad you played along. A calendar tells us a whole lot more, in some ways, than a journal. I'm wondering what showed up on my calendar that month - we went to Lanzarote in June, so I was probably checking travel-agents, passports etc.

And Stars on Ice! I've only begun to take an interest over the past few years - watching Celebrity Ice stars - with Torvill and Dean.

Can I come visit your South Sea island? I'd be very quiet!

tamarika said...

ell, thanks so much for your kindness towards me. I already participated in that very same meme over here:
Your story is pretty interesting, I must say!

kenju said...

I enjoyed reading this. I also saw a Stars on Ice show, but I can't remember everyone that was in it. I sure would have liked seeing that one with you!