Sunday, February 22, 2009

More things about us and celebrations

Molly and Jenny both commented on the "10 Things About You" after it left the top page, so I'm not sure if everyone has had the chance to read their responses, but it is well worth doing. Let's continue the discussion with responses on this post.
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, so I thought that the theme for this week might be one extravagent/excessive thing you'd like to do and one thing you'd like to give up in your life.
Upcoming early in March will be Molly's birthday, followed by Cathy's defense and then Debbie's birthday on the Ides. Wishing you metaphorically broken legs and great days!


Sparkling Squirrel said...

I would like to eat fresh truffles (the fungal kind, not the chocolate kind) and I would like to give up vegetables in plastic containers.

Debbie said...

I like like to take 3 months off of work and: 1. visit my best friend in Italy when she's stationed there next year, 2. travel around Australia for a month with my friend Munique, 3. teach ecology in Haiti for one month. I plan do to all of these eventually, and I guess in the long run it's better not to do them all in one year.

I would like to give up all plastic containers except for my reusable food containers. But how would I get shampoo? Buy it in bulk? Only if they transported it in metal barrels.

Erin said...

I would like to say happy birthday to Molly and Debbie and break a leg to Cathy. So many exciting things happening!

Since I never responded to the 10 things, here goes...
5 things you may not know about me:
1. Like Jenny, I was also born in Michigan. We lived in a trailer park in Lansing. But only for a year. My mom worked for a dentist and my dad was in school.
2. My first car was a dodge daytona with tinted windows that I bought from my grandma. Grandma was cool!
3. I paid for that car with money I earned working at Yum Yum Donuts (yes, that is the correct spelling) and as a waitress at Friendly's. I actually really liked waiting tables and continued it in college.
4. I said hi to Joe Paterno at 7-11 in State College, PA. Or was it Subway? He held the door for me and my friend.
5. I got on the band list for a Jefferson Starship concert in New Orleans. I think I was 19 or 20, and we were the only ones there under 40. 40 seemed so old then, but not anymore.

5 things that happened this year:
1. I learned how to kill coqui frogs, but M does most of the exterminating.
2. I tried a fruit called abu that tastes like custard...delicious.
3. I learned to make many things with avocados. We have 3 trees in our yard that have been producing since November. Avocado/passion fruit ice cream was pretty good. I am gaining weight!
4. I have seen more sunrises in the last year than I have in the last 6 years. They have been beautiful.
5. This didn't actually happen yet, but next week I'm going to Palau to help start a forest restoration project. Look for it on a map, I had to :)

Sparkling Squirrel said...

Erin- I'm envious of your avocado tree. Sounds wonderful.

As far as feeling old, I recently went to a Lyle Lovett John Hiatt accoustic concert ON A COLLEGE campus and I was still a good ten years younger than the median.

Debbie- Which of these things are you doing this year?

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Molly and Debbie! And Best of Luck to Cathy.

Extravagant:Knit a cashmere, bed-sized blanket.

What I would like to give up: Buying non-local vegetables.

I had many more extravagant ideas, like a trip around the world and turning my yard completly into a garden.

Beth said...

Happy Birthday Molly! Happy Birthday Debbie! And good luck Cathy.

I'll type more later - I was at school for 13 hours today. Need to plan the next experiment with the undergrad better...

Cathy said...

Thanks for the good luck wishes! Am hoping the leg-breaking doesn't happen while walking down the steps in the seminar room. Guess it'd be worse to break the leg going up the stairs after....all that work and then to have to be immobilized with a cast during the celebrations just seems wrong.

After the defense we are headed to Australia to visit my long-lost echidna friends...just a hop, skip, jump from Palau (in that global kind of skipping way)

Sparkling Squirrel said...

Oh, THAT Palau (I actually have an inkling of where it is). I thought Erin was just going to some place on one of the Hawaiian islands and I was jealous enough. But S. Pacific woohoo! Have a good time.

Cathy, enjoy the echidnas.

Cathy said...

Molly and Debbie- happy happy birthdays!

Debbie said...

Palau - isn't that the guy with the cool hair who plays for the Steelers?

Erin said...

Cathy - Can't wait to hear about your australian adventures. I'm headed there in August and need some travel advice. What a great way to reward yourself!

Molly said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! And happy upcoming birthday Debbie! Very best of luck, Cathy!
My extravagant wish is for a piece of artwork I've been lusting after since last summer, but probably that won't be in my budget for many years to come. I'm trying to give up buying so many books, but that's a tough one... Time to dust off the library card!

Debbie said...

Happy birthday Molly. Wow 2 people going to Australia... Or should I say to Aumua Polamalu.

Full name: Troy Aumua Polamalu:
brother, Kaio Aumua, played football at UTEP…is the nephew of former USC fullback Kennedy Pola (1982-85) …has another uncle, Al Pola, who played football at Penn State…has a cousin, Nicky Sualua, who was a running back with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys and attended Ohio State…is also the cousin of Leie Sualua, who was a defensive lineman at Oregon; and Joe Polamalu, who played for Oregon State in 1987 and the son of Suila Polamalu...has one brother, Sakio Aumua, and three sisters, Tria Aumua, Sheila Aumua and Lupe Aumua...grew up with cousins Joe Polamalu, Darren Polamalu and Brandon Polamalu...lives in Tenmile, Ore...married to Theodora Polamalu…

Tucson Trekker said...

Whoa... Time to turn the imagination on and stop living so immediately. Thanks SS for nudging me toward the blog again. I just get so caught up in my little day-to-day life.

Extravagant thing to do: 'Take a nap' just doesn't cut it, does it? How about go to a 3 month meditation retreat...Is that extravagant? Or live in the south of France for a year. Or get a horse and go riding in the desert.

Give up: Man, I haven't been worrying about my habits too much lately. Can you give up not doing something. How 'bout give up not exercizing? I'd also love to give up using fossil fuel, but I guess I would want easier alternatives than are currently available.

Sparkling Squirrel said...

Welcome back TT! We've missed you.