Saturday, September 20, 2008


Claudia at FreshHell not only gave me an award, she tagged me for a meme! I haven't done one in a while, so here goes... I am to tell you six unspectacular things about me.

1. I am becoming one of those women who wears comfortable shoes. I love cute shoes (I spent far too much of the late 70s/early 80s in Candies--like these--which probably tells you more about me than I want it to) but my feet no longer do. In the summer I can get by with various kinds of sandals that don't scrunch me in too much, but winter shoes are particularly difficult. So I'm especially happy that I found these and something sort of like these (but, I think, cuter) today, on sale.

2. To my great surprise, I am enjoying a 7 am fitness class I'm taking twice a week.

3. I spend way more time playing WordTwist than I should. (Word games on facebook are somehow more addictive than any other kind. Why is that?)

4. When I was younger (yes, back in those Candies days) I sometimes imagined myself in a backup band. I never wanted to be the lead singer, but I'd have loved to stand behind the band and sing "doo-wop." Or something. I still think it would be fun.

5. I read too fast and therefore don't retain what I read very well. The advantage here is that I'm rarely bored when I reread a novel. I can also claim to have read many, many, books, as I have turned all the pages in them quickly and, for a brief moment, known what was on the pages. The disadvantages, especially for someone who teaches literature, are obvious.

6. I will eat granola for breakfast every day, as long as it's the granola I've made and there's some kind of fruit to put on it. (It's too easy to make granola--check out Caroline's recipe here, which is an adaptation of the same Nigella recipe that I also adapt, somewhat differently. She no longer uses the applesauce, but I do, for example--however, I skip the dried fruit and slice up a peach or a banana on my own bowlful.)

I'm supposed to tag folks, but really, just do it if you want. Six things. Not spectacular. Go.


Becca said...

I think one of the few good things about being in our demographic is that comfortable cute shoes have begun to emerge--I have had a bunch of pairs of Naturalizers (shh, don't tell anyone) that look totally hip, and they are doing amazing things with Aerosoles these days! I think both of the ones you linked are quite cute. If you saw my mom's shoes, you'd feel quite good about your choices! (How about Dr. Scholl's--remember the Dr. Scholl's? And they were supposed to be comfortable! But oh the blisters we suffered for style...)

Margaret said...

I think you inherited the habit of reading too quickly from me. Your father reads relatively slowly, and his retention is much better than mine! What annoys me is when I find a book in the Library that I've already read, and not liked, and checked it out again.... Oh dear!

kate said...

Hmm, I have the same problem with reading and recall (and it's the same with movies) but I never thought it was because I read fast (which I definitely do.) And yes, the disadvantages are obvious-- even for someone who doesn't have to teach literature, but as an English major grad is at least expected to be able to converse intelligently on a classic or two. Interesting that you have the same problem (except for the conversing intelligently part-- I'm sure that's not a problem for you!)

FreshHell said...

I also have always wanted to be a backup singer! And, I am all for comfortable shoes. As long as they don't look orthopedic or like nurse shoes, I'm okay with my unstylish feet. I prefer to be comfortable.