Friday, May 23, 2008

ME-ME-ME...MEME!


I got this MEME from my friend Amelia at THE BELL WETHER, which is a super business for handspinners and weavers. Amelia sells wonderful fibers, spindles, and spinning wheels. Anyway, on to the MEME:

1) What was I doing ten years ago?

Hmmm....in 1998 my kids were six and four years old. I was a SAHM who spent a lot of time at their school and various doctors/specialists because they have special needs. There was no part-time job imaginable that would allow me the kind of time off I needed for all their appointments: speech therapy, occupational therapy, physio-therapy, program meetings, etc. etc. I was happily raising English and French Angora rabbits, along with a few Fuzzy Lops and Holland Lops. I used the angora for spinning, and bred and sold all four breeds as a "backyard business". I made a lot of "bunny" friends and "spinning friends".

I was also beginning to write and wrote my first novel - a medieval taking place during the Third Crusade - during this year. It did well in contests, but didn't garner any requests for the full manuscript. Nevertheless, it was the beginning of my writing towards publication. :)

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today? (in no particular order)

a) go to the specialist and find out when my shoulder replacement surgery's going to be.
b) buy "National Treasure 2" on Blu-ray for family watching tonight!
c) get groceries on the way home from the doctor
d) try and do my homework assignment from THE JOURNEY CYCLE - hmm...that might go over to tomorrow! :)
e) wave goodbye to my neighbor whose porch I fell on in January, smashing my shoulder and making the past five months horribly miserable. They're moving to Cold Lake, Alberta today. Nice knowing them!

3) Three snacks I enjoy:

a) raw pineapple just before it goes too ripe
b) chocolate ANYTHING!
c) butter tarts/squares

4) Four things I would do if I were a billionaire:

a) Have a private Foundation for grants to groups supporting kids with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and any cancer or cardiac problems.
b) Buy a restaurant franchise across the country to employe disadvantaged or at-risk youth and give them their first trained job experience - with a decent wage.
c) Buy myself an island get away. :)
d) Buy myself a ranch so I could raise sheep, alpacas, llamas, and any dog breed I wanted - all so I could show them, do agility training, and sell their fiber/wool.

5) Five places I've lived:

a) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
b) Barrie, Ontario, Canada
c) Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
d) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
e) Sudbury, Ontario, Canada - guess it counts as I lived there till I was five.

6) Peeps I want to know more about:

TONI, KERRY, and WANDA

1 comment:

The Xcribbler said...

Hi, it's Lyn again.

It occurs to me that I owe a great debt of thanks to a young man with Down's Syndrome. This happened nearly 20 years ago, so this fellow isn't a kid any more. But here's how it was:
We moved to LA from a small midwestern town and my daughter, then 14, fell in with some low characters. Among other, far worse faults, they had the problem of chronic unemployment. Oh, they were full of excuses as to why they couldn't find work--there was no work to be found! DD was mesmerized by these characters and there seemed nothing I could do to free her. But one day, she was in a fast food establishment and she saw a young man sweeping the floor. He had Down's Syndrome, but he was doing a great job with the floor (where some clueless, heartless high schoolers had purposely thrown trash and food) and maintaining his calm despite the jeering. DD got up and silenced (5 feet one and skinny) the boors. Afterward, she told me, if that guy can get a job, then my friends could get a job, too, if they wanted one. They're just lazy jerks. That was the beginning of her being able to free herself from these "friends." That young man will never know what he did for my family, and I'll never be able to say to his mother and father, thanks for bringing up such a wonderful man.

They must have been a lot like you and your DH. Thank you.