Because I’m bored and am looking for yet another way of avoiding work, I’m accepting CCAP’s tag.

What I was doing 10 years ago today:
I was pregnant with Nikki – my first. I was working at Veterans Affairs Canada for one of the worst bosses I’ve EVER had. I would come home in tears sometimes, and Marcel would threaten to go and punch her in the nose for me. She’d never had kids (or any meaningful relationship, so far as I could tell) so had no way of relating to my pregnancy. She called it “my condition”, because that’s the closest she could come to making reference to the fact that I was going to have a baby. Right around this time, 10 years ago, I ended up in the hospital because I started bleeding profusely. It was a rather stressful time, but it ended well.

What I was doing 5 years ago:
Pregnant again. My third pregnancy. This time with Matthew. I was doing well, at a job I enjoyed. Back at Veterans Affairs after leaving for awhile (mostly to escape “boss from hell”), and this time with a boss that I loved. Little did I know that within weeks, I would end up flat on my back in a hospital bed, hoping my child would survive. This one didn’t end as well.

What I was doing 1 year ago:
Not pregnant this time. Been there, done that. I’d just started a new job – the one I’m in now, which is the best job I’ve ever had. Even though I’d just started in June, they still let me take my holidays in August, which were mostly spent hanging out at White Lake where we had our camper parked for the summer. Right around this time, we had our church campout, but it was a sad disappointment because the weather was horrible and everyone went home early.

What I was doing Yesterday:
Working. With only 2 days to go before holidays, so obviously not in a very productive mode. In the evening, Nikki and I went on a mommy-daughter date – I took her to a book reading for a friend of mine who’s had a novel published (wish I could be HER!).

What I will be doing Tomorrow:
HOLIDAYS! The beginning of 2 weeks away. We’ll be driving to Weyburn, Saskatchewan where I’ll be speaking at an ecumenical service at their Wheat Fest on Sunday morning. It’s just a short presentation about Canadian Foodgrains Bank (the place I work), and then it’s off to Calgary for a visit with bbb and h8s2cln and the kids.

5 Snacks I enjoy:
Almost anything. I’m a bit of a snack-oholic. Sour cream and onion chips (yeah, CCAP, I STILL like them after all these years). Popcorn, Twizzlers, taco chips with salsa and sour cream, CCAP’s corn dip on taco chips.

5 Adult Beverages:
If by “Adult” beverages you mean alcoholic, well, I don’t drink much so my selection is limited. An occasional cooler in the summer, and once in awhile a ceasar or glass of wine. Other than that, I like milk (boring, I know, but I happen to like it! Sometimes I add a little kahlua to spice it up a bit), coke, iced tea, and Slurpees (yes, my kids and I contribute to the fact that Winnipeg is the Slurpee capital of the WORLD).

5 bands I know the lyrics to:
The Waifs, The Wailin’ Jennys, U2, Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan

5 Things I would do with $100,000.00:
Pay off debts, go on a trip, buy some new living room furniture (can you believe the last stuff we bought fell apart after only FIVE years!), buy my kids each something special, buy a digital SLR camera

5 Locations I would run away to:
Somewhere close to water – preferably a warm ocean. Brazil, Tanzania, Korfu, New Zealand.

5 Bad habits I have:
Too many to name, but here are a few…slothfulness (sometimes I’m such a lazy slob I can barely stand myself!), eating too much, not flossing, not putting the laundry away, wasting too much time at work (gulp). 5 Things I love doing:Traveling, cycling, reading, writing, eating

5 Things I would never wear:
Anything that’s too tight (not very fond of my more-than-generous curves), stilleto heels (ouch – I’m more into comfort), excessive frills or flowers (as my daughter Julie says “I’m not much of a girlie-girl”), cropped t-shirts that show off my belly, string bikini (unless I get a boob reduction, and even then, I doubt it)

5 TV shows I like:
Not that I’m trying to be self-righteous, but I really don’t watch much TV. There have been times in my life when I’ve watched more, but nowadays, by the time the kids are in bed, I usually prefer a quiet book to a noisy TV. Some of the shows I watch occasionally are more by default – because Marcel likes them – so if I’m around I watch them too. CSI, Law and Order, Without a Trace.

5 Movies I like:
I have a lousy memory so there are lots of movies I’ve seen and really liked, but then forgot about them before too long. Let’s see if I can come up with 5… The Music Box, Dead Poets Society, Whale Rider, Finding Neverland, Crash.

5 Famous People I would like to meet:
Really not that interested in famous people. I’ve been trying to convince my kids lately that Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan are no more interesting than they are, but they’re not quite buying it. I suppose if I had to pick “famous people” it would be people I respect for their writing or thinking. People I feel like I could have an interesting conversation with, not just a stammering trip-over-your-tongue “duh, hello, I LOVE your movies” kind of thing. Like maybe Anne Lamott, Brian McLaren, Sue Monk Kidd, Julia Cameron, Philip Yancey.

5 Biggest joys at the moment:
Riding my bike – especially with Marcel and the girls, walking to 7-11 for Slurpees, looking at the moon with Julie through her new telescope, goofing around with Maddie, making hemp bracelets with Nikki.

5 Favourite toys:
I don’t have much that I would call “toys”. Some of my greatest posessions are books, but I really wouldn’t call them toys. My camera and my bike rank pretty high up there as some of my favourite posessions. To round it off, I guess the computer and the car. Mostly the car is functional, but I do love an occasional “just for fun” ride.

5 people I tag:
Let’s see… who hasn’t done this one yet… ah, what the heck – whoever wants it, just go ahead and tag yourself.

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