Thursday, May 31, 2007

Tag--I'm it

The "8 Things About Me" meme has morphed into a "4 new x 2" meme. Christine M. over at The Simple and the Ordinary has tagged me. Here's the deal:

You have to share four things that were new to you in the past four years. Four things you learned or experienced or explored for the first time in the past four years. New house, new school, new hobby, new spouse, new baby, whatever. Then you have to say four things you want to try new in the next four years.

Part one (in reverse chronological order):
1. Moved to Geneva, Switzerland, along with my husband and son. I'd say that's a pretty big one.
2. Got my MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. Another big one, don'tcha think?
3. Saw my daughters graduate from high school and go off to college. (sob)
4. Re-learned how to crochet.

Part two:
1. Get Into the Fire published, or at least accepted by a publisher. (I know how slowly the wheels of publishing can turn.)
2. Establish a regular yoga practice. It makes me feel so much better.
3. Run more races in fun places. Notice I didn't say run marathons. They're tempting, but I always end up getting injured. Half marathons are half the distance and twice the fun.
4. Finish the volcano scientists book.

And now I tag
Cara at first efforts
Lu at "Speak"

I should tag more people, but I'm too lazy.


Speak(er) said...


I hope you won't mind if respond by comment. I've only been with HP for a year - it may take me a while to figure out how to include the meme in a post. (I think I may just work with the second part!)

4) Became a new widow.
3) Saw both children graduate from high school and the oldest graduate from college.
2) Adopted one new cat, one new dog, and am currently fostering a service dog in training for Helping Paws.
1) Added 63 new pounds since the Pikes Peak Half Marathon in August, 2005. Started back at WW's and now have lost 8 of the 63.

1) Finish losing the last 55 pounds.
2) Start running again as soon as my weight will allow.
3) See Belle graduate and become a "professional" assistance dog.
4) See my daughter graduate from Badgerville and my son graduate with his Master's (already started, no less!)

slatta said...

You know, Lu, when I tagged you for this meme I momentarily forgot just how traumatic these past few years have been for you. I apologize if it seemed callous. On some level, I think it speaks to your resilience that I don't automatically think of you as being recently widowed. It's a part of your life, but it's not your life. Anyway, that's how it seems from my perspective. Thanks for contributing. I really appreciate it.

As for the weight gain...I've not been through your particular experience, but I'm one of those people who eats in times of stress. I can totally sympathize. I bet Belle is getting you out to walk more, right? There's a lot of evidence that a regular walking program can be as useful as running in weight control.