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Ouch, I’ve Meme’d Myself!

Perusing the web tonight, I came across this meme at our friend Christopher’s blog over here and got it into my head to tag my own crazy self because it a) looks like fun, b) is something I want to pass on to you all, and c) will really assist me in procrastinating on the rest of my work tonight.  So here goes…

1. Five names you go by
a) Jordan
b) Jordie
c) Mommy
d) Scruffy
e) Jody

2. Three things you are wearing right now:
a) pink flannel Garnet Hill pj pants with red and white stars on them
b) fuzzy blue socks
c) a 10-year old dark green waffle weave pj shirt (I am of the opinion that sleepwear does not follow the same matching rules as daywear.)

3. Two things you want very badly at the moment:
a) a new car that requires no work and no monthly payments
b) big, warm Ugg boots

4. Three people whom I would like to see fill this out:

Anyone who is in the mood!

5. Two things you did last night
a) sent invoices to clients
b) lit Christmas candles on the dinner table for the first time this season

6. Two things you ate today:
a) corn and roasted red pepper soup

b) a handful of mini-marshamallows
7. Two people you last talked to on the phone:
a) a neighbor calling about the roof repairs
b) a new parent referred to my practice

8. Two things you are going to do tomorrow:
a) attend a workshop on auditory processing at Erikson Institute
b) go out for dinner with Matt (the boys are out of town for the weekend!)

9. Two longest car rides (I’m interpreting this as road trips):
a)  Minneapolis to Boston (1390 miles in a U-Haul)

b) Minneapolis to Seattle  (1662 miles)

10. Two of your favorite beverages:
a) a really good latte
b) a strong cup of coffee

Pick a color for the things that you have done. Mine are in red letters.
I have…

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Skied a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (documentary)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (by my mother!)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant


My Life in 6 Words

Oh, my.  The fantabulous Niksmom tagged me for this meme.  I am supposed to describe my life in only 6 words.  This can’t be easy.   Here goes…

Insane mother raises two cheery delinquents.


Frittering away another Friday night blogging.

Nah…here it is: 

Eyes wide open, love is mine.

I now tag absolutely anyone who would like to participate.  Leave your 6-word description on your blog or below in the comments for us all to enjoy.


I was tagged over at Rooster Calls for this meme.  It appears to be simple enough, even for me:

5 things found in your bag:

1. Parking ticket (damn that broken meter)

2. Miniature Time Timer

3. Empty container of Tic Tacs

4. Lego heart from Lyle

5. Envelope full of deposits to be dropped at the bank

5 favorite things in your room:

1. 4 Framed photos of each of us with each of the boys

2. Bold orange and white duvet cover

3. Tissue paper and pipe cleaner flowers Baxter made in preschool one Mother’s Day

4. Pile of books to be read next to my bed

5. My great-grandmother’s engagement ring

5 things you have always wanted to do:

1. Be able to take naps (when not pregnant).

2. Sleep past 6:15 when I don’t have to get up for anything.

3. Work out every day.

4. Own a Vespa.  In pink.

5. Make out with Barry Manilow.  JUST KIDDING.

5 things you are currently into:

1. Eating right

2. Jack Johnson

3.  Slowing down

4. Benefit cosmetics

5. Redecorating our dining room

5 people you’d like to tag:

1.  The Lady Squabina at The Snarky Squab

2. Emily at A Life Less Ordinary?

3. Libby at A Study of Schoolbooks and Shoes

4. Kirsten at MomEgo

5. Cassie at Cute and Evil

A Bookish Meme

Nearly two months ago (eek!) Kristen tagged me for a book meme. I usually jump right on board with a good meme, but two things slowed me down this time. First of all, Kristen suggested that this one required “more soul-searching than usual”. (“Soul searching”! Oh, the horror! Look: I’ve already done my time in therapy – no small amount of time, okay? – must I continue to soul search?!). Second of all, my love for reading is nearly as strong as the likelihood that I will forget what I have read within about 48 hours. Seriously.

However, the fact is that I do love to read, and I do so whenever I can. From childhood on (much like my elder son), I have walked out of the library with a huge stack of books only to ask two days later, “When can we go back to the library?” This, according to NPR’s All Things Considered, is unusual; below is an excerpt from today’s story:

“One thing is certain: Americans—of either gender—are reading fewer books today than in the past. A poll released last month by The Associated Press and Ipsos, a market-research firm, found that the typical American read only four books last year, and one in four adults read no books at all.

A National Endowment for the Arts report found that only 57 percent of Americans had read a book in 2002 – a four percentage-point drop in a decade. Book sales have been flat in recent years and are expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

Among avid readers surveyed by the AP, the typical woman read nine books in a year, compared with only five for men. Women read more than men in all categories except for history and biography.”

This report reminded me that I am overdue on the book meme, and also left me feeling that those of us who actually are avid readers have a responsibility to promote it. So here goes:

Total Number of Books?

Whether this means total number read or total number in the house matters not. Either way, it’s too many to count. Our bookshelves – which are everywhere – are double stacked in many places (both adult and children’s literature). I am always reading something, and the pile of books that wait on my nightstand is ever-growing. I try to alternate between fiction and literature that relates to my work (e.g., “Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers” which I reviewed here), but this is not a strict rule and does not always apply. For instance, right now I am really enjoying a “for fun” novel after so many work-related books.

I have an account at Shelfari, which is really cool and quite addictive! (Let me know if you can’t view my shelf without an invitation – I’ll invite you.) My colleague and I are also creating a Shelfari account that catalogs all of the professional books we own so that we can share them with the families at the clinic – a lending library of sorts – and some of those are currently mixed in on my personal shelf. It’s a work in progress.

Last Book Read?

“Send in the Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism” by Kamran Nazeer. To be honest, I didn’t finish it. It wasn’t doing it for me. Right now, however, I am thoroughly enjoying Anne Tyler’s “Digging to America” and look forward to reading more of it by the fireplace as soon as I am done with this post!

Last Book Bought?

Well, I bought a couple of Thanksgiving books for the kids today but we won’t count those. I recently bought the Anne Tyler book I’m reading; also on my nightstand sit “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “Eat Pray Love”, both of which are on loan from friends and unread. I have historically been a strong proponent of the public library, but I find Chicago’s online system to be quite backward after the techno-savvy library system in San Francisco, so I don’t use it as much as I’d like.

Five Meaningful Books?

I could really let this one drive me nuts. Instead, I’m going to jump in and not over-think it. For once.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Tag 5 Others

I’m not sure who has already done this, but I’ll give it a try:

Mike at Cry it Out: Adventures of a Stay-at-Home-Dad
Christopher at Blowing and Drifting
Elise at Snarky Squab
Niksmom at Maternal Instincts
Lori at Spinning Yellow

Happy Reading!

On Writing

I’ve been tagged again! This time I can thank Susan for a writing meme that requires me to list five strengths I have as a writer. Since I’m so behind on my blogging to do list, I’m going to tackle this one right away…an and-the-last-shall-be-first sort of thing.

I am only just getting used to this odd notion that I might be considered a writer. I’ve always thought of myself as a reader – and certainly a talker – but this writer thing is new. When Matt and I started writing Baxtergarten in 2005, it was read by about 8 people and I didn’t even know enough to turn on comment moderation properly.

Still, I had been writing in my profession for years, and was (and still am) known as the therapist who wrote extremely long assessment reports and detailed therapy notes about each session. I try to explain to piqued colleagues that I do so because writing is the means by which I process and explain my work. We all do that in our own way.

Before long, I realized that the same phenomenon was taking place, but this time I was processing my own life rather than my work – and hearing my very own voice through the incredibly distracting din of parenthood and work – when I wrote on our blog.

Two years later, I am writing regularly and loving it. I have been shocked pleasantly surprised by crazy kind people suggesting I combine some of my posts into essays for a book, and I suppose someday if I can wade through the muck here and find a common thread, I might. But writing’s never been an ambition of mine. So many of you are what I think of as “real” writers – teaching writing or working on novels; I am a therapist first and a writer second. Maybe even third or fourth, really. All this is to say that I am sincerely flattered that you all read what I have to say, and that Susan tagged me for this; so I’m going to shut up, try to think of myself as a writer, and just answer the damn question.

1. Speed. I write fast. I formulate my thoughts, compose sentences, and even type rapidly. People who have never seen me type before actually stop and stare. What can I say? I’m a little intense. My writing is certainly more polished if I spend more time on a piece, but I am able to write something that I’m comfortable posting on another site in short order.

2. I know how to construct a sentence. I didn’t understand the value of that until I read undergrad papers as a TA in grad school. Just like my son, I have been reading good literature since I taught myself to read at age 4, and I was blessed with a couple of excellent English and writing teachers in high school. Add to that four years at a good liberal arts college and I emerged able to write a decent essay.

3. My own voice. I am comfortable with putting myself out there. Believe me, I don’t write about everything in my life – after all, this blog is not anonymous and everyone from my neighbors to my grandparents read it – but what you get is honest.

4. Variety. You get a little of everything here. Or perhaps a lot about parenting and a smattering of everything else. My writing represents every facet of my life and I try to keep it interesting so that I’m not harping on the same themes again and again. I like to think of it as “juggling out loud”.

5. Humor. I hadn’t planned to add that, but Matt listed it as one of the strengths he sees in my writing and I can’t think of another #5. So, okay, when I’m not filled with angst over lack of caffeine I enjoy sharing my special brand of humor with you all. Mainly, I crack myself up and when I take one of you along for the ride with me, all the better.

Brevity is not on my list for a reason.

I tag Matt and Christopher who are rumored to be working on a novel together when they aren’t instant messaging each other at their desks all day, and Anne Glamore at My Tiny Kingdom, a thoughtful and humorous blog that makes me feel like I’m looking into life in the future with my boys.