Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I am tagged

Janyne Kizer tagged me which means I am supposed to share 5 things about myself that relatively few people know about me and then I am supposed to tag five other people. This is great exercise to show who I am--the person behind the blog posts. Maybe this will lead to easier conversations and better understanding.  If you are wondering about tagging John Dorner explains it on his tagged post.

What was I doing 10 years ago?

I had just started my co-leadership role with Jonathan Davis in the Computer Technology Unit.

Five snacks I enjoy:

  1. Dark chocolate.
  2. Peanut butter spread on graham crackers, vanilla wafers, or a caramel rice cakes.
  3. Roasted peanuts.
  4. Light popcorn.
  5. My own version of cereal mix--usually Honey Nut Cheerios, Life, Corn Chex, and Nuts (and occasionally I mix in a few chocolate chip pieces).

Five Things on My To-Do list today:

  1. Cook dinner and I still do not know what we are having (by the time I finished this post we decided to eat leftovers or pick up something depending on who is where).
  2. Jog at least 3 miles (I jogged 4.2 at 6 AM).
  3. Teach a session in a for-credit class, Extension in Aquaculture.
  4. Send emails about up-coming training sessions and web conferences (finished all but two of these).
  5. Finish this post.

Five Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  1. Write books
    • a fictional book that would make my mother blush.
    • a book on how people who are going through tough times teach us all by their reactions and how we have opportunities to do great things during these their tough times.
    • a book on parents' tip on being involved and supporting their kids in school and sports activities--it would be about behavior and kids' and parents' goals.
  2. Hire a full-time housekeeper, and possibly, an assistant.
  3. Create a charity organization which provides financial support to organizations whose goal is to change bad behaviors.
  4. Hold babies in the pre-mature baby ward when parents cannot be there.
  5. Have a house on the water, does not matter--lake, river, bay, or beach. Hey, I am a billionaire--how about all of the above.

Five jobs I have had:

  1. Harvested and sold produce on the farmers' markets, including Birmingham and Montgomery. We were known not only as the Mims girls, but also the corn girls.
  2. Served as Hall Director (like a dorm mom).
  3. Interned with Federal Land Bank.
  4. Worked as an IT specialist, particularly in IT training.
  5. Led and managed a computer support department.
Five of my bad habits:
  1. Drinking too many diet sodas.
  2. Getting too easily distracted.
  3. Writing wordy sentences
  4. Not following up and staying connected to good friends.
  5. Giving advice too readily and too often.

Places I have lived:

  1. Haynes, AL (20 miles west of Prattville, AL).
  2. Daphne, AL (on the east bay across from Mobile), more importantly, less than 45 minutes from Gulf Shores).
  3. Auburn, AL.
Five Random Things:
  1. I feel special for being tagged.
  2. My oldest sister called me Annabelle when I was pre-teen and I hated it (@rbrekke this was the thing I blurted out that no one in my office knew).
  3. I think it is absolutely great that Harrison Ford could still fit into his Indiana Jones' pants from 20 years after he made the first movie--that's impressive!
  4. I want my kids to learn that their behavior is more important than their accomplishments.
  5. My husband was one of my college professors. In case you are wondering, there was no inappropriate behavior, otherwise I would not have written about it. I was finished with graduate classes when we started dating. When I had him for class a few terms earlier, a friend of mine and I made fun of the way he dressed (was not then, nor now is he very stylish). Also, I hold the highest B he ever gave in Econometrics. You would think that during our 20 years of marriage, he would have considered changing that grade.
Seven people I would like to get to know better. I wanted to tag about 15 people. I hoping some of my colleagues will tag the other colleagues. These seven people are officially tagged!
  1. Tony Glover I know you usually blog about gardening, but let us learn something else about you. Your clientele, too, would love to know more about you.
  2. James Robinson (I really want to know your favorite recipes).
  3. Asim Ali I know you write about technology support for the College of Education, but I bet faculty would like to more about you, too.
  4. Kenny Smith I don't know you, but your Twitter messages make me curious--tell me more.
  5. Jerry Thomas You don't blog often so this will be a great reason to write a post.
  6. Becky Nibe  I know you are not shy, tell us more.
  7. Jennifer Jahedkar We have not had enough interaction and I really would like to know more.


Floyd Davenport said...


Fun post. I understand about embarrassing nicknames. I had a child friend who couldn't say "Floyd Dean" and always asked if "soybean" could play. It stuck, at least with my Grandmother.

Janyne Kizer said...

Awesome post! Thanks for playing :-)

Becky said...

hmmm. This is going to be harder than you think. We always see ourselves differently than others see us, I find. AND we see ourselves differently on different days, as well.

I'll continue to ponder over it for the next few days--assuming that grandbaby doesn't finally come out to play... all bets are off once she's here! It WAS, as Floyd said, a fun post. I enjoyed reading about you, so maybe I should play too. We'll see.

Thanks for the thought-provoking "tag"!

Unknown said...

Thanks Floyd, Janyne, and Becky for commenting. Janyne. The tagged post took longer than I thought it would, but it was fun to think about "me".

Becky, one reason I picked you is because I find your thoughts are often honest, and sometimes blunt, assessments that we need to hear.

I think too, you really care about your readers (the users of the programs you support). I bet that they would love to hear a little about you.

Also, I think it would be a good opportunity for you to tag Floyd.