hmmm, my first meme
August 14, 2005

10 Years Ago Today:
I was celebrating L's 27th birthday, and the end of our first full year in South Bend, Indiana, and my first year of graduate school. I was preparing to start my first year of teaching English 109 at the University of Notre Dame. And I was trying to figure out if it was simply my imagination or if we really did have a ghost in the basement.

5 years ago today:
I was still reeling a bit from the breakup. L and I had been "married" for 10 years, but upon her showing me an important diary entry she'd written, I saw clearly that she saw me only as financial stability ... not as a partner.
I had just finished going through chemo every two weeks for Hodgkin's disease (Cancer-lite)
I had gotten my graduate degree and was teaching at Notre Dame, but the job was considered "part time," so I had not had health insurance. But, I had been offered a full time position at Notre Dame that would start in a few weeks. I was ecstatic to be the computer guru for the Writing Program and to be teaching two classes a semester. I thought I had finally arrived where I wanted to be. My salary? $25,000 a year. Oh, and it actually wound up being $24,999.98 that first year. No idea what happened to the extra two cents.
Oh, and there really were multiple ghosts in the basement of the house. Everyone who'd been over to the house more than once had heard them and/or seen things get knocked over. They never did show themselves. It was creepy!

1 year ago today:
I was unemployed. I'd been told in February that my services were no longer needed at ND. The administration felt that so long as students showed up for class and turned in something, it really didn't matter if they could write well or not. After all, ND students are bright and work hard. Never mind there was no help in place for the ESL kids who could barely speak English, much less write in English.
The fact that I had allowed two kids to fail/failed two kids because they simply hit print for their first draft, second draft, third draft and final draft of their papers without changing ANYTHING or addressing ANY of the issues both their peers and I brought up, showed that I was not toeing the party line, so to speak.

Never mind that my students won the writing award three or four times in nine years (we almost had an every other year thing going).

Yeah, a year ago I was beyond depressed. I should have been preparing to teach. Instead, I was job hunting and filing for unemployment. And even with the unemployment there was a battle -- my ND HR paperwork claimed that I had left for personal reasons - not that my job had been eliminated (they never filled my position, to my knowledge).

I was doing some stylesheet work for a client and trying to read a hideously academic book for Sunday school.

Back to work.

5 snacks I enjoy:
salsa & (crackers, tortillas)
cheese & bread

5 bands that i know the lyrics to most of their songs
Billy Joel - still, after all these years
Indigo Girls
Pink Floyd (some albums)
REM (some albums)
Eminem (some albums)

5 things I would do with $100,000,000
1) pay off the house and the brand new car
2) donate at least a few million to our church so we can:
fix the parking lot (there's almost more grass than asphalt now)
install air conditioning
build the planned sanctuary so we don't have to worship in the fellowship hall
3) start a charity to help those people who usually fall through the cracks
4) buy a bigger house, preferably in Austin and finally get around to adopting my kids
5) go back to school

5 locations I would like to run away to
1) Austin, Texas
2) Talequah, Oklahoma
3) New Mexico
4) Ireland
5) New Zealand?

5 bad habits I have:
1) spending far too much time at the computer
2) curse too much
3) don't get enough exercise
4) thinking i'm an agent of karma (actually, I don't think this is a bad habit, but my partner does!)

5 things I like doing:
skateboarding, reading, playing on the computer (web design, Flash design, etc), making action figures, leatherwork

5 things I would never wear:
a dress!!!!!!!!!!, Daisy Dukes, a bikini, anything pink and frilly

5 TV shows I like(d):
Pretender, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Deadliest Catch, Batman: the Animated Series

5 movies I like
Stand By Me
Dead Poet's Society
8 Mile
Fried Green Tomatoes (the film of my people, after all)
Lilo and Stitch
(an extra) Radio Flyer

5 Famous People I Would Like to Meet:
1) Wil Wheaton
2) Arlene Klasky
3) Amy Ray and Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls)
4) Rosie O'Donnell
5) Melissa Scott

5 biggest joys at the moment
my dogs, my cats, my partner, my new car, our house

5 favorite toys:
my Fisher Price Little People, especially Chris
my fisher Price Adventure People
my Ewok Village
my iPod
my skateboards

5 people to tag
hmmm, this is hard as I flit through the blogosphere looking at the diversity far more than I stick to a certain few sites.

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