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Meme (from Susan Ito)

Posted by berkeleyscot on January 27, 2008

meme is “an idea that gets propagated.” I got this one from Susan Ito.

  1. Spell my name as it sounds. Margrit (If you watch ‘Little Britain’ on BBC America, this is usually followed by “Do we have any books?”
  2. Am I a worrier? Yes. I’m probably also paranoid.
  3. What’s my favorite CD? Any music composed by Handel or sung by Kathleen Ferrier.
  4. Favorite colour(s)? Shades of red for clothes and Provencal blue, because I like it as a colour.
  5. Does my home have an attic? Yes, but I am not tall enough to reach the trap door to open it. I’ve never been in the attic.
  6. Have I ever been to Canada? Yes. Twice. Once to visit relatives in Toronto and Niagara Falls. Second visit was when R attended a conference in Montreal. I know that is in Quebec. If we had emigrated to Canada, I’d be a Canadian Scot, but I’m happy to be a Scot in America.
  7. Have I ever gone fishing? Yes. In a cobbly, in Loch Buie, Mull, West coast of Scotland, fishing for mackerel, at night. I grew up in a Herring Fishing family, but never went on my Dad’s boat. Women on boats was taboo.
  8. Have I ever seen a celebrity? Yes. I saw Tom Conti in a phone box in Cambridge, UK. (He was appearing in a play at the Cambridge Rep.)
  9. Have I ever been on a motorcycle? Not really, but we had a Lambretta. It was turquoise and we had yellow helmets. We fell off once when we skidded on the ice.
  10. How much money do I have on me right now? Probably $70. I’m not going to count it.
  11. How many cars have I owned? I’ve never owned a car in my life, yet I get plagued by telephone solicitors who want to sell me car insurance.
  12. How many jobs have I had? Prefer not to remember. The only one that was satisfactory was in the Churchill College Archives.
  13. How tall am I? 5′ 2”, but I’m probably shrinking.
  14. Last person to call me. Someone from Alta Imaging to remind me of my annual mammogram appointment.
  15. Last thing I yelled out loud. “Oh My God! Sale pending.” On an overpriced grotty little house up the street.
  16. Last person I was in a car with. R.
  17. Last time I ate at McDonald’s. October 2007 and I wish I had not.
  18. Last thing I bought. Groceries from Andronicos in North Berkeley.
  19. Last person I saw. R.
  20. Last time I cried. January 26, 2008, while listening to Andy Mack’s Burn’s show. Bluewater radio.
  21. Last time I laughed. January 26, 2008, at something R said about Aesop’s Fables.
  22. What is the temperature outside? It’s nae het.
  23. What time of the day did I get married? 1pm.
  24. What did I do two nights ago? Bosied wi Richard, who’d come home from a week in Washington, DC.
  25. Who’s birthday is coming up next? My sister-in-law, in May.
  26. What time did I go to bed last night? No idea.
  27. What was the first thing I thought this morning? I’m going to the gym.
  28. What are my plans for this weekend? Hurry up and catch up on last week.
  29. Lemonade or iced tea? Limeade and Green Tea.
  30. What do I dislike at this moment? The dreich weather we’ve had.
  31. What did I dream about last night? Quarks.
  32. What’s the last TV show I watched? Casino Royale on BBC America.
  33. What is my favorite piece of jewelry? My collection of jet from Whitby, North Yorkshire.
  34. Am I a dancer? Yes! I’m a fantastic dancer, in my head, tango, jigs, slow foxtrots, reels , scottishes. But with cerebtral palsy and arthritis, it’s all in the mind.
  35. Have I ever cut my own hair? Yes. When I was four years old I took a scissors to my ringlets.
  36. What is my favorite treat? The People’s Friend and sharing fish’n’chips with R.
  37. How many piercings/tattoos do I have? 2 sets of holes in each ear which were done outdoors on Telegraph Ave, Berkeley.
  38. Where’s my favorite place to be? In my house.
  39. Is there someone I haven’t seen in a while and miss? All my relatives and friends in Scotland.
  40. Who was the last text I sent to? I do not send texts.
  41. Do I care what strangers think about me? No more than strangers care about what I think about them.
  42. Last person I talked to on Instant Messenger. Don’t remember.
  43. Last person to make me cry. John Cairney doing the ‘Immortal Memory’ to Robert Burns.
  44. Who can I tell anything to? I have nothing to tell.
  45. What am I doing tomorrow? Doing what I didn’t get done today.
  46. Do I have alcohol in my home? Och yes! A bottle of aged single malt for special occasions. My aunt, in the Highlands, calls it, “The glorified yellow water.” Also chardonnay from Bevmo.
  47. Do I like ketchup? Only on chips and I don’t eat so many chips.
  48. Do I think I will be on a vacation this summer? I hope not! I have no reason to sleep in any bed other than my own.
  49. What colour is my master bathroom? White. Towels are heather and white, but there are a few other colours that I bought on sale for the good value, so the colour scheme is a wee bit off.
  50. Do I wear a bikini at the beach? Am I getting on for my Old Age Pension?
  51. Have I ever been to the Grand Canyon? No. I don’t want to go, It’s too big and I’d get dizzy looking at it.
  52. What is my favorite fruit? Raspberries, but only if they’re Scottish.
  53. What did I really want to do today? Go to the gym, go to the Farmers’ Market, collect the watch I’d put for repair, buy new sandals. I only went to the gym.
  54. Am I always cold? Not a lot. I wear socks and a jumper.
  55. Does it annoy me when someone says they’ll call or text, but don’t? No, everyone is busy and I don’t notice.


2 Responses to “Meme (from Susan Ito)”

  1. Susan said

    Oh these are great!! What fun to read. You really had a dream about quarks? As in PHYSICS? Wow, you are an intellectual.

  2. Well, Susan, the ‘quark dream,’ I am sure, was prompted by a clue in last week’s Sunday New York Times crossword, which I try to complete during the week.
    I had to Google ‘quarks.’ I didn’t understand a word, but I like the sound ‘quark!’
    In my dream, a friend from Cambridge, UK, visited us and brought a bunch of flowers. He told me they were quarks.
    So, no, I am not an intellectual at all! But I did get the correct answer to clue.
    I just have strange dreams.
    Thank you for the comment!


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