Friday, January 7, 2011

Stylishly Yours (More About JoyMama)

Well, the joke's on me. Just when I say I've never done one of these seven-things-about-yourself memes, I get tagged honored with the Stylish Blogger award, courtesy of my splendid recently-acquainted bloggy friend Professor Mother.

Stylish Blogger Award
The rules of this award-game are that the recipient post seven things about herself and then pass the award on to three other stylish bloggers. I've been ridiculously non-compliant with meme-awards in the past, but I actually feel like doing the seven-things part this time, so here goes:

1) My three words for 2011 are: active, tidy, relax. (See Both Hands and a Flashlight for more about the three-words thing.)

2) On the "active" front, I've actually biked to work a couple of times this week, courtesy of a major snow-melt between Christmas and New Years that left the paths clean. Nine degrees Fahrenheit on the way there Wednesday morning, snowing on the way back. Woohoo!

3) "Tidy" applies to things like the filing of papers and the more deliberate tracking and attending to loose ends in various aspects of my life. It does not, however, mean that I'm going to buy back into the societal fetish that says grown women's legs need to be baby-smooth-depilated, either by razor or other means. Because I gave that up in 1987. (Got me a career and a JoyDad anyway. Heh.)

4) In 1987 I was studying in Germany for a semester. The other additional country I've lived in, besides the US, was Botswana, when I was a pre-schooler and my parents were on a two-year assignment with Mennonite Central Committee.

5) JoyDad and I went non-traditional when it came to engagement rings. Instead of spending money we didn't have for sparkly rocks from the mines of southern Africa, we bought each other ten-dollar sterling silver pinky-rings. They seemed to work! (Our wedding bands are gold and plain.)

6) I read around 30 new books a year, not counting re-reads. Some of my favorites from 2010 were The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and Playing the Enemy.

7) I re-read The Lord of the Rings about once every two years. My first time through was in 8th grade.


OK, there's my meme-fulfillment. Here's where I break the rules -- like Jess (another of Professor Mother's awardees), I don't feel like figuring out whom to pass the award to. So I'm not going to do that part. How about you all take care of it for me, by posting something fun about yourself in the comments!


Anonymous said...

I'm anxious to do something for you, JM, and so will respond to your request - something about me - on no. 1) Love the 3 word concept but have only required myself one this year. I really like 'tidy' over 'organized' and balanced got a fair hearing in my thoughts but I have settled on: simpler.

Anonymous said...

I see your three words and join you in a tribute to them for 2011. I'll share a few favorites - a good latte, Happy Hours and swims in the Fingerlakes, a long slow backrub, a good book, my big soft bed with flannel sheets and the window open at night, seeing my kids happy, dinners out with my hubby, time together with all of our family, and faith in my ever present, all knowing, unconditionally loving God.

Anonymous said...

i've started a full on rebellion .. lol

tidy might i borrow that one??

JoyMama said...

TherExtras - "simpler" is an excellent word. 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free!

blackknightsbrood - What a fine list. I went for the scattershot and entertaining, but yours gets to the heart of the matter.

adiaryofamom - oh, I've been a rebel on tagging since way back when. Of course you may have "tidy." The world could use more "tidy"!

Bethany said...

A few random facts about me:
1) My first year teaching special ed preschool I had students who spoke Spanish, Urdu, Arabic and Polish as their first languages. I spoke none of those.
2) I am deathly afraid of frogs, toads, and anything in the amphibian and reptilian families.
3) I received $250,000 worth of scholarship money.
4) I spent a summer working at an inner city mission in Pittsburgh and want desperately to do it again but it is not handicap accessible.
5) I can replace a trach and a g tube and no, I did not get paid enough to do that as a teacher. :)
6)My word for the new year is gratitude.

JoyMama said...

Bethany -- thank you for the random facts! May your year of gratitude be a joyful and fulfilling one.

Anonymous said...

on #2, you are quite the stud-mama! go girl!

i give germany a lot of credit... i conceived both of my girls there.(is that TMI?)

love ya!