Sunday, May 18, 2008

Oddly Familiar Meme

Diane at Faith In Community tagged me for an "oddly familiar" (or as she says, is it strangely familiar?) meme. She blogged that she was procrastinating on other writing projects right now, and so it seems am I. And parts of my answers also seem to bear a resemblance as well.

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
Each player answers the questions about himself or herself.
At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Ten years ago:
Ten years ago at this time of year, I was leaving my job as a custody conference officer for the Court to begin a law firm with a friend and some of his friends. We were sure that we would not make the mistakes of other firms. We had just bought an old house that was now in commercially zoned land, and I was in charge of the renovation project while I ramped up my private practice. My friend was the first to leave in a blaze of glory two years later. I stayed longer than I should until last year when I left to get ready to begin seminary. I could not know that in my time there one of them would ask me to handle his divorce; another thankfully did not. Ten years ago there were none of the arguments, staff meltdowns or other family crises that would come. Just the smell of fresh paint and lots of grilling while we moved things in and had grand visions as thirty-somethings. The Lutheran Chicks were headed into 1st and 3rd grades. I still have the cute artwork and pictures to prove it. And in a couple weeks we would be headed to Stone Harbor to the great little house across from the tennis courts and only a block from the beach- with the big tub of beachtoys and tiny bikes, and the blender for the adults after the beach.

Five things on today's "to do" list: (here is tomorrow's)
Set up the screen porch ( optimistic that the weather will change and I can actually sit out there)
Drop off a CD of Prayers for Healing I recorded for a friend getting ready for stem cell transplant.
Lunch with a friend
Feed the dog his new liver disease food and hope he will drink enough water and eat his antibiotic ( hiding it in Wonder Bread "ball" seems to be working)
Work on endorsement essay.

Things I'd do if I was a billionaire:
-Finance micro-credit projects around the world to address potable drinking water, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy and fair trade
-Establish a fund to alleviate the overwhelming debt of our denomination's seminarians while they are in school
-Create a culturally and linguistically appropriate parenting education program for Hispanic parents that could be reduplicated so that they have the same ability to learn parenting skills as others ( especially when they are court-ordered to do so)
- Go solar
- Take cool trips with the family from time to time
( But one thing I would not do is "stop working")

Three bad habits:
Starting piles of things that need to be done
Not putting my shoes away
Not finishing home improvement projects

Five places I've lived:
Muncie, IN
Bristol, TN
Pittsburgh, PA
York, PA
Elizabethtown, PA

Five jobs I've had:
Cashier and Ladies Wear clerk
Ice Cream Store owner
Borough Council person

Five people I'm tagging: Eric at Heart of A Pastor; Brian at Prepare Ye; Ivy; Unlikely Conversation; and Gannett Girl


DogBlogger said...

Oh, dear. Buddy has liver disease? That's what Cub had. I pray the new food and medicine help tremendously.

Diane tagged me, too; I'm going to try to make time to play tonight. Good job on yours!

Pastor Eric said...

David at Here I Stand tagged me so my contribution will be posted on Tuesday.