8 things

31 05 2007

I am secretly grateful to Amy at Pimp My Library for tagging me to do the “8 things” meme because it means I don’t have to sift through my RSS feeds* to decide what to blog about (which is a wonderful thing since my Cataloguing class starts today).

Plus, my bio is a bit dry, so I thought y’all might like to hear a bit more about who I am besides a librarian-in-training who digs marketing and technology.

8 Things Meme:

Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

  1. I don’t own a car. I commute, run errands, and do my socializing all by bike (occasionally by bus). My partner, Don, owns a car, but plans to sell it within the next two months. I enjoy the freedom of biking for transport, and the extra money that lands in my wallet isn’t too shabby either. If you’d like to learn more about car-free living, I’d recommend a book called How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish, and the Bikes at Work website.
  2. I am very concerned with applying the correct labels to people, especially myself. Yes, I know that generalizing is bad, but that’s the way my mind works – categories help me make sense of the world and my place in it. As you will have noticed in #1, I call Don my partner. Calling him this was the result of a long tortuous period of self-reflection in which I sometimes called Don “my Mister,” frequently “my Husband” and less frequently “my Fiance” or “my Boyfriend.” None of these seemed to fit. We are not technically married, so I was in agony calling him my husband when he isn’t really. But I’m not old enough for “my Mister” to sound anything but pretentious, and I just hate the word “fiance” because it implies a state of limbo that will ultimately culminate in a marriage. Which may or may not be true. And boyfriend is just so high school I can’t stand it. Finally I decided on Partner, because that is truly what we are.
  3. I will be moving to Portland, Oregon as soon as humanly possible after graduation. Although I have never visited the city, I love everything about it: rainy grey- and greenness, cooler temperatures, spectacular flora and picturesque scenery. But most of all, I am moving to Portland because it has such a strong cycling culture. I want to be a part of a community that supports its cyclists. It’s also a nice added bonus that the Multnomah County Library is lauded far and wide as a wonderful public library system.
  4. I have made croissants from scratch. Yes, the kind that takes three days and eats up all your refrigerator space during the folding-of-the-envelope portion. I took them to my conversational French class in college and everyone (who’d been) said they hadn’t had croissants like this since they’d been to France. I’ve never been to France, but I like the idea that I can cook up a bit of it in my kitchen now and again.
  5. I’m a born-again athlete. About five years ago, I was a chain-smoker who drank several litres of soda a day and watched the typical American 3 hours of TV a day. I won’t say it happened over night, but today, I’m 80 pounds lighter, don’t own a TV, had my last cigarette two years ago, and only drink water and coffee. It’s quite miraculous what a different person I’ve become. I discovered two years ago that I actually like competitive sports. I’ll try anything once, and often find that I love it. My current sports include cycling (obviously), triathlons (that’s swimming, biking, and running), and trail running. I’d like to do more of kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling, soccer, softball, and volleyball. This summer, I hope to join the iSchool’s new kickball team, the Dublin Hardcore (our jersey numbers will be our favorite Dewey category).
  6. I often like to spell things the European way. In this post alone I’ve used grey, litres, cataloguing. My favorite is cheque, but I hardly ever get to write that out.
  7. I love making powerpoint slides and handouts. I actually use the iWork suite to do this (Keynote and Pages) and I’m so tickled with the beauty of the layout templates on these that it always inspires me to make my presentations as slick as the slides. I highly recommend these to anyone wanting to spice up their presentations (everything can be converted to PowerPoint and Word if necessary).
  8. I used to sing opera. I was even halfway serious and applied to Juilliard when I was 18. I didn’t get in, and dropped the lessons and started smoking. I’ve been thinking of taking up lessons again and auditioning for the Austin Lyric Opera Chorus. I’m afraid I may not have time to spare for this at the moment, so it will probably have to wait.

Now, who to tag? Most of the bloggers I can think of have already been tagged, and I don’t know if I’m ready to go asking any regular marketing bloggers to do a ::gasp:: meme. Tagging people is further complicated by my meme-tagging guilt complex – I think I may have a hangup left over from my middleschool chain-letter days. So I’ll just leave it open – if you’d like to participate, please do and leave a comment so I know where to read your 8 things.

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* Am I the only Mac user who’s bummed that Particls is only available for Windows Boxes? Because an app that “reduces rivers of news to a trickle” sounds pretty darn good to me.

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