Thursday, September 20, 2007

seven things: my first meme

The fabulous Pocketina of DIY not DIE tagged me for my first meme the other day. This strikes me as a great way to try and shake off my habitual post-chemo blues.

The rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

I have been thinking about this for the last couple of days, as there probably aren't many things that regular readers don't already know about me (and many of the things you don't know are things I will never tell!). I have however, managed to come up with a few....

7 Random Facts about me:

1. I had my nose pierced when I was 21. I was in India (on Canada World Youth) and a bunch of us had it done at the same time. The piercing was done with a sharpened piece of copper wire.
That is how I found out that...

2. I am allergic to copper.

3. I am the poster child for the programs of the post Lester Pearson/Pierre Trudeau era in Canada. I participated in the Terry Fox Centre (a week long session on government for 16 year olds from across Canada), attended Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (200 students - 50 from Canada, the rest from all over the world - all of us on scholarship, in residence for two years, in Victoria, British Columbia), taught French to children of francophone parents (I worked in Powell River, BC) and participated in the aforementioned Canada World Youth. All great examples of Canadian tax dollars at work (and all but CWY and Pearson College are now defunct). Many of the things I have since achieved have been due to the foundation created by these programmes.

4. I ran a half marathon in October 2000. I trained and ran it with my sister (who willingly slowed herself to my pace). I will never forget her encouraging words as I we climbed up that last hill (University Avenue, for those who know Toronto) and I whimpered that I wasn't going to make it, "You are damn well going to finish this thing!" It is still one of my proudest achievements and I never could have done it without her.

5. I admit this guiltily, but I was relieved to give birth to two boys.

6. I hated being pregnant and suffered from ante-natal depression, that lifted immediately after giving birth.

7. I am a compulsive list maker. I keep lists of just about anything you can imagine.

OK that's me all done. Now it's your turn. I tag Chris (who will hate me for this), my two new post BlogHer friends Mom2Amara (who I challenge to write 7 things that are not part of her 101 things) and Blondie (from Tales from Clark Street), Amanda (because I miss her and want her to start writing again), Scarlett (of Bone Marrow Poptarts), Babz (of LoveBabz: A Life in Transition) and finally, the guy who started a blog called Wayne's Whines but has never really written there. He also happens to be my spouse, I'd love him to start writing and I am really, really curious to know what seven things he will choose.


Anonymous said...

Do they not do the Terry Fox Centre anymore? I know they did when I was in high school and it wasn't *that* long ago... I was accepted by couldn't afford to go. sigh. :(

laurie said...

The place still exists but it runs a programme which is more global in focus (which is great) and only in the summer, as far as I can tell. It used to be ongoing week-long courses and the cost was minimal so that there would be no barriers to attendance.

Babz Rawls Ivy said...

I will comply mi amiga.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

I loved 1 & 2 -- but since getting sick in strange places is one of my greatest fears, the thought of having an allergic reaction to copper in India sounds really frightening to me!

Anonymous said...

You should be proud of that marathon!! Wow! I am a compulsive list-maker, too :)

Anonymous said...

When I was in high school it was the week long programme during the school year. And while the cost wasn't great it was hard for me to pay more than $100 in two days (I think it was close to $200 but I don't remember the exact figure). *ANY* cost can be a barrier (says the former poor girl).

laurie said...

Sassymonkey, I should have said (and meant to say "so that there would be fewer barriers to participation," because, of course, you are absolutely right. I realize that for many Canadians any fees at all are a barrier to participation (and that fundraising is not an option when no one you know has access to money, either. I went on Canada World Youth thanks to the Knights of Columbus donating the 250.00 I needed to raise).
Part of the point I was making, though was that these opportunities are even less accessible now than back then and that many don't exist at all.

Anonymous said...

Wait, wait, so what happened when you got your nose pierced with copper? Man, that's a horrible way to find out about an allergy. You're such a daredevil. :-)

laurie said...

He pierced my nose with copper and left the wire in - as a ring to keep it open. My nose turned green. It was quite gross. Only after I swapped for a gold stud did the nose heal nicely. I kept it pierced for a couple of years but let it close up when nose piercings were becoming trendy.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that dude at Wayne's Whines never responded to your meme. I'm officially lodging a protest.


Flippy Z. Odegard, IV

Mom2Amara said...

I saw the meme and promise to get to it this week! Thanks for the tag!

And I can't remember if I ever wrote about this...I had my nose pierced too!