Wednesday, January 25, 2006


I've been tagged for two memes; the first (several days ago) by Mary deB, the second by the Knitorious Vicki. So, without further ado:
Four Jobs You Have Had In Your Life:
1. Saturday receptionist for a vet
2. PhD student (does that count??) and teaching biochemistry to first year med students
3. Editor for Pearsons Publishing (the small one!)
4. Software engineer

Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:
1. Pirates of the Caribbean (costumes!!)
2. Gosford Park (costumes!!)
3. The Village
4. Lost In Translation

Four Places You Have Lived (all these are in the UK):
1. Middlesbrough
2. Christ's College, Cambridge
3. Arbury, Cambridge (alledgedly very rough - as if!)
4. Willingham, Cambridgeshire

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch:
1. CSI (Miami or Vegas; NY hasn't grown on me yet)
2. Lost
3. Time Team
4. ... hard to say!

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation:
1. Gozo (one of the Maltese islands)
2. New Zealand (various bits - too many to list)
3. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
4. Lots of France, as my Mum's a Francophile, but unusually, La Touche, (my boyfriend's parents live there and own a gite)

4 Websites You Visit Daily:

Four Of Your Favorite Foods:
1. avocadoes
2. asparagus
3. spinach
4. malty beers
5. pesto
6. pasta
7. tiramisu (preferably made by me)
8. seafood, especially mussels, fresh tuna and scallops
9. oh, sorry... you said four??

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:
1. Winning the lottery
2. At the Pipasha
3. Travelling to visit friends
4. Actually, here at home is pretty darn good.

One Blogger You Are Tagging:
Ruth!  Let's see your answers.  :)
The next meme is a little more convoluted; here goes!! Instructions: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot. Emy's blah blah blah blog Purls Beyond Price, KimberliNY Unraveling Knitorious VeryOtterly

Select 5 people to tag. I agree that, "...these things are akin to chain letters and they take some time, but there's nothing like direct questions to learn more about folks."

So, here are my tags. I know not everyone likes doing this sort of thing - feel free to refuse!

Mary deB (serves you right!!) TutleyMutley (if you want to!) Jack Heather Dragon

What were you doing 10 years ago? I was an undergraduate student at Cambridge University, reading Natural Sciences (finally settling on biochemistry), which I loved. I went on to start a PhD, at which I lasted two years. It was one of the most miserable experiences of my life, and quitting was incredibly difficult, but I don't regret it for a second. I was probably knitting; a chenille cotton jumper that I never finished, but I recycled the yarn for my clapotis when I re-started knitting last year.

What were you doing 1 year ago? I was yet to restart my knitting, and was having a miserable time at work. I was living in a 2 bedroom flat with J, which I finally sold last week. I had passed my driving test a few months previously, but did not yet own a car. I was shortly about to be diagnosed with depression, and put on medication which I am still taking. I am now coping with work, but cannot truly say I am happy with it.

What were you doing 1 hour ago? Knitting my TTM shawl

List five creative things you want to achieve this year: 1. Decorate my new craft room 2. Re-start doing craft fairs (not with knitting, though) 3. Get a silversmithing bench set up 4. Knit and sew regularly 5. Learn to use my knitting machine

List five snacks you enjoy: I try not to snack other than on fruit and veg; bananas, pears, raw carrot, clementines are faves. I'm not saying I *don't* eat other snacks, but it's hard to say what I regularly snack on!

List five things you would do if money were no object: 1. Give up the day job 2. Run a self-sustaining but non-profit business with J providing ecologically friendly housing at realistic prices 3. Get a studio for my crafts ...and another one for dance/fitness pursuits. 4. Support animal rescue and rehoming more intensively 5. Give my brothers and friends that need it a 'leg up'.

List five bad habits: 1. Always overcommitted 2. Reading blogs at work (this appears to be fairly widespread...). 3. I drink way too much coffee 4. I buy yarn online when bored/stressed at work. I have about enough to last me five years. 5. Wine. Beer.

List five things you like doing: 1. Knitting. 2. Sewing 3. Cooking 4. Dancing 5. Making music (i.e. playing instruments! Mind! Gutter! Out!!!).

List five favorite gadgets: 1. My laptop (tho it's a little temperamental). 2. My camera. 3. My iPod shuffle. 4. My yarn winder. 5. Do my drums count? Or my flute??

Name one thing you like about yourself My enthusiasm. It's pretty much irrepressible