Diapers and Dragons

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

5ive Things

I've been Tag-Teamed, apparently, as both Tim Riley at life of riles and DraftQueen at The Drafts Folder tagged me for a meme. A nice, simple meme involving answering five questions and then tagging five other bloggers. Easy peasy. Since I'm trying to get stacks and stacks of The Great Big Paper a.k.a. "The Bitch" (actual file name from one student's emailed final draft: "10 pages of HELL!!!.doc") graded and still have exams to create and Benchmark Assessments to administer and massive amounts of end-of-year paperwork/tasks/packing to accomplish, anything that makes life easier is more than welcome.

So thank you, Tim and DraftQueen!

I should note that because I'm obsessive like this and also have a sneaking suspicion that whoever originated this meme was on a "5 Things" kick, I've slightly altered two of these questions to keep with the "five" theme. I know. It's a little sad.

1. Where were you five years ago?
Physically? Right here in Oakland County, Michigan, teaching at the same school, though not all the same classes. I was pregnant with DramaBoy and heading into my last summer teaching summer school while simultaneously beginning my Masters program. Because I was crazy. Mentally? I was under the illusion that I was doing well while ignoring my constant low-level depression (PPD wasn't even a reality yet) and the ever-widening fractures in my marriage.
2. Where would you like to be five years from now?
Physically? Right here in Oakland County, Michigan, teaching at the same school, though not all the same classes. Unless I miraculously win millions in the lottery, in which case I will be on a sandy beach somewhere with a steady stream of umbrella-d drinks in my hand. Mentally? I'd like to be on even more solid ground, enjoying my career (or the beach and fruity drinks), parenting well, flourishing in my relationship with MTL, growing in my relationship with God, and overflowing with all the love in my life. Not necessarily in that order of importance.
3. What are five things on your To-Do List for today?
  • Grade papers. Make some sort of inroad into the piles that are threatening me with Grievous Bodily Papercut if I don't do something about them.
  • Prep the Victorian Poetry lesson for my juniors that I'm giving tomorrow. Come up with a way to keep them (the students, not the poems) from wanting to commit harikari. Though now that I think about it, the poems might want to do so after my students get through their whining and moaning and bitching.
  • Prep the ACT English-style Benchmark Assessments I'm giving my sophomores on Friday. Avoid wanting to commit harikari over giving such tests in the first place.
  • Track down more paper boxes (you know, the sturdy boxes with lids that hold reams of copier paper that are the BEST for packing?). Try to do so without having to engage in duels with coworkers who also lust after them.
  • Relax with MTL. Despite being chronologically last on my list, it's actually kind of highest in importance. Despite the ongoing threat of exsanguination via paper avalanche.
4. What are five snacks you enjoy?
  • toast with Nutella (or rather, the way I spread it, Nutella with toast)
  • Godiva Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Filling bars (OBVIOUSLY)
  • Doritos (but not Cool Ranch) (because they're gross)
  • Cheetos (especially the Flaming kind) (hehehe--I said Flaming)
  • apples with Cheddar or muenster cheese (Haven't tried it? DO IT. You won't regret it. Or if you do, you might want to have your taste buds checked. Loser.)
5. What are five things you would do if you were a billionaire?
Oh, I've played this game before. In order, I would (1) pay off every single one of my debts, (2) pay off every single debt owed by my loved ones, (3) create trust and college funds for my boys, (4) build my dream house, including a massive library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and sliding ladders and a big bay window and massive armchairs made for curling up and reading, and (5) go on a lengthy trip around the world with MTL.
There you go. Thrilling stuff, I know.

I'm tagging

Monica from And I'll Raise You 5 (but of course)
Lori from Random Ramblings of a Stay At Home Mom
PantsWithNames from Pants With Names
Katie from No Missed Opportunities
Arby from Boarding in Bedlam

Have fun!

7 bits of love:

Katie said...

Five things about this post:

1. Thank you for the tag. I will get right on this, and I love that it's easy.

2. You are in MICHIGAN?? WHOOOHOO!
Most of my bloggy buddies are in different countries. I LOVE when I find one here in Michigan

3. How did I not KNOW that?

4.I guess I need to try Nutella

5. About your oddly named paper, that SO would have been me in HS. Clearly I have matured. A bit.

Arby said...


Ed Pilolla said...

apples with cheese, any kind. seriously?? okay, i've tried beer mixed with orange juice and that was good. seriously. yeah. enjoyed your physically-mentally distinction. fun:)

Lori @ RRSAHM said...

OK, I promise i will get to this one...

PantsWithNames said...

Thanks for the tag - suspect I've tagged you 5 times in the past so you get me back one...and I can be your 5th comment of the 5. Gives me good karma right?

Katie said...

We have tried Nutella.
We are obsessed.
It is delicious.
We are forever in your debt.

Blogger said...

Just got my check for $500.

Sometimes people don't believe me when I tell them about how much you can make filling out paid surveys online...

So I show them a video of myself actually getting paid over $500 for filling paid surveys to set the record straight.

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