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I may be behind, but I saw this meme making the rounds again (thanks to Andrea and Parikha) and remembered that I answered a similar one a few years ago… but, it kind of looked like fun, and since the answers are different this time, why not answer it myself.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

I was 17 and had just finished my junior year of high school. My family moved to Maryland from New Mexico in January of 1998, and while the transition was not too difficult, there were new things to get used to… like this cute boy in my American History class… and well, you may remember that story. The summer of ’98 was low-key. I got a summer job doing HTML at a tech company, and we visited my family in Alabama. It was the last time we got to see my grandmother in a healthy state, as she got sick and passed away in 1999.

Dish Garden -

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today the weekend?

  • Company picnic at a nearby park today - so, my plan?  eat a little ice cream and play bingo.
  • Sleep in tomorrow morning - till at least 7:00am.
  • Work on my projects:  I have several knits near completion, and a new warp on the loom.
  • Brunch with dear Bec, recipient of the afghan that I recently started working on again.
  • More reading and (listening to) books – really enjoying this book and this audiobook right now.

3) Snacks I enjoy:

fresh fruits, ice cream, and yogurt


4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

  • Fiber/reading/yoga/writing/photography FULL time
  • Pay off the house
  • Give money to the family
  • Help fund research and development for sustainable alternative energies (this would enable me to travel everywhere without having “greenie guilt)
  • Donate to an array of respectable organizations

5) Places I have lived:

I was born in Morristown, Tennessee.  We moved to Houston, Texas when I was very young, and my middle sister was born there.  I do have some vague memories of this time.  We then moved to Jackson, Mississippi for a short time before going to Phoenix, Arizona.  We moved to Worland, Wyoming where I started school.  My youngest sister was born there.  Then, we moved to Hedgesville, West Virginia where we stayed for three years before moving to Roswell, New Mexico.  I spent most of my “definitive” years of childhood in Roswell, so when asked where I grew up, I say New Mexico.  When I was 17, we moved to Crofton, Maryland.  For college, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and now Kris and I live in Columbia, Maryland.  I have lived in Maryland longer than any other place.  There are times I want to leave the hustle and bustle of the DC-area, but there are also some amazing things to do and see here – plus our jobs! – so we enjoy it overall.

Tess Trials

6) Jobs I have had:

  • Babysitter
  • HTML editor
  • Library Page
  • Bookstore Manager
  • Library Assistant
  • Graduate Student (TA)
  • Archivist

Photos above: 1) a very unique succulent plant in my small dish garden 2) fresh strawberries and peaches from the farmers’ market, now frozen for treats all year long 3) a sneak peek at Tess Designer Yarns new sock line – Twinkle Toes (silk, nylon, merino) and Baby Bunny (merino/angora/nylon)… perfect for the water element of Project Spectrum, no?

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20 Responses

  1. nancy

    Your blog is always so fun to read! I’d never read about how you and Kris met, which is such a great story too. Does he still have that “I just had great mex” tee? I totally want one!

  2. margaux

    i love this meme!! and um, 7am… you sleep Late?? ;-) I could rival that pic of you and Chris at your prom with one of me and J… it’s Priceless. My hair is frizztastic AND he’s tickling me so i’m laughing with my mouth wide open… it’s probably buried somewhere.

  3. Janice

    I love your answers to this meme. I’ll have to do this myself. And I think 7 AM IS sleeping in!

  4. Lin

    That was a nice read, I am a naturally nosey person! & am is a lie in to me too, in fact I will wake up and panic that half the day has gone!

  5. Gudrun

    Great meme…..my husband grew up in Crofton and Columbia and went to UMBC then College Park!

  6. Karen B.

    Creative reading strikes again! For a brief moment, I thought you listed “anarchist” as one of your occupations. That would have been OK, as long as no one was hurt.

  7. Stacey

    I love the story of you two…so sweet :)

    Sorry, that’s more of a comment on the other post, but I think it bears repeating!

  8. mai

    i love reading these memes. thanks for sharing your answers! i didn’t realize that you didn’t move to MD until you were 17!

  9. Aunt Kathy

    I wish I could reach through and grab some of that fruit, yummy

  10. Josiane

    You plans sound great; have a great weekend!

  11. tiennie

    Beautiful pictures! It seems like you have done so much and you are so young!

  12. Jennifer

    Awww – I couldn’t get past #1 without getting all choked up. What a beautiful story. I new I liked Kris. Now I like him even more. *Hugs* to both of you.

  13. Nichole D.

    I had no idea you grew up in New Mexico. Cool!

  14. sheepishone

    so much accomplished already! imagine what the next 70 years have in store for you!
    i hope you got to sleep through the clock striking seven. the fact that you consider 7am “sleeping in” makes me chuckle a little, though. unless the kids have school, 7am is way too early for me!
    that yarn really is perfect for the next project spectrum, which i cannot wait for.

  15. felinemagnet

    Man, Lolly, I knew you were younger than me, but not by *that* much! And I learned another similarity we have – I graduated from UMBC too! But – I have only ever lived in the state of Maryland.

  16. Anna

    It’s been such fun gaining insights into people’s lives through this meme. I can’t believe how many places you’ve lived in! And I loved reading the story of how you met your cute boy.

  17. Denise

    I lived in Pasadena MD, near Baltimore for 6 years before moving to Austin TX 4 years ago! I’m originally from England, but I loved the east coast and really miss it at times. I loved the seasons there, the Fall especially (don’t miss the humid summers though, although Texas is even hotter, just not as humid – it’s still all HEAT!!) I used to drive passed Crofton every day on my way to work in Bowie :-) We used to love going to Don Pablos in Columbia too (at least I think it was there?)
    Small world.

  18. Jewel

    I lived the first six years of my life in Farmington, New Mexico. And then went back often as a child. Love the sock yarn!!

  19. Sarah G

    Ah Roswell… home of Target (the closest one to Carlsbad, 70 miles away), and one of the best thrift-store book sections (at the Goodwill) known to man. Oh, and something about aliens too.

  20. Mome-rath

    Cheers to a fellow wanderer! Thanks for sharing tidbits about your life!

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