18 January 2008

Set, zeven, tujuh, sju, sete, saba, saith*

Once upon a time, I did that seven random things meme. And then Aliki also tagged me for it, so now I'm up to fourteen. And once again, I'm skipping the rules.

  1. I have a master's degree in ethnomusicology. It is, perhaps, the most useless degree ever, though it's good at cocktail parties.
  2. I've owned only two cars in my 47 years on the planet.
  3. I've never been a waitress.
  4. I have worn contact lenses since I was about 15. My favorite ancillary benefit to them is that I don't cry when I chop onions. It's always a shock to whack into an onion while wearing my glasses.
  5. I'm a blanket hogger. I have a roll left, roll right technique that simultaneously creates a cocoon around me and steals all the covers from those that share the bed.
  6. My two favorite lines are: "I am very good at what I do" and "I am full of good ideas". They strike terror into my husband, particularly the latter.
  7. I practice a little-known clothing management technique called "vacation underwear". I figure, even the most decrepit pair of underpants can be worn once more, so I take them on vacation and discard them along the way. That way, they go out in style and I don't have to bring them home dirty.



And a bonus, but not about me: The online dictionary where I found most of the translations of seven for the title has “Portuguese” spelled wrong.



* Catalan, Dutch, Indonesian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swahili, Welsh

27 comments:

LAS said...

I love finding out random things about people! And I have to say - as silly as this may sound - I love this idea about the underwear. I am going to do this next time I go on vacation!

Sunshine said...

I have never heard the vacation underwear concept. It's insane. I think that's why I like it.

Life As I Know It said...

Really? Only two cars? That is impressive!

Love the vacation underwear thing...may have to try that.

wheelsonthebus said...

ME TOO! I totally do vacation underwear!!!

slouching mom said...

I don't think 10 is very fair. After all, it's not something about you -- it's something NOT about you.

I believe you owe us another factoid, LOL!

painted maypole said...

regarding #s 8 and 10 - we referred to the theatre department at NU as "The Northwestern School of Waitressing" and yet I have also never waited on a table.

My husband practices vacation underwear, like those few extra tighty whities are going to leave this huge amount of space to bring home souvenirs or something. ;)

Waiting Amy said...

I too am intrigued at the vacation underwear idea. I'd like to try it. If only I had enough money for a vacation, cause I've got lots of underwear that fit the criteria. Do you think a trip to my in-laws counts? Maybe they won't want to see my panties in their trash, huh?

Mrs. G. said...

The vacation underwear is a BRILLIANT idea. I like the idea of strewing my panties across the world in a way that oesn't require antibiotics.

Sober Briquette said...

whenever i do wear contact lenses I look and feel as though I've been chopping onions.

Melanie said...

Mrs. G's panties comment made me laugh out loud. And I agree: BRILLIANT.

I have an identical blanket-thieving technique, though my husband calls it
"The Ratchet."

Irish Goddess said...

I love, love, LOVE your underwear management technique. I am going to adopt it myself. Now I will have to take a vacation!

Nap Warden said...

OK, vacation underwear is a new one to me...
Thanks for your kind words on my blog today!

Mayberry said...

Oh yes -- vacation underwear is a tactic handed down to me by my parents! In fact (this is probably way too weird to reveal) I remember my dad had a pair of boxers with Garfield the cat on them and he abandoned them in Bulgaria.

flutter said...

Oh.My.God.

7 is freakin' brilliant. I totally have use for those horrid fishnet things The Boy got for me....wow that was an overshare.

Ophelia Rising said...

Ethnomusicology sounds quite interesting. No, really. I am a musician, and have a job possibility (that might become a reality) where I would need a ethnomusicologist's expertise. Do you think you could give me some ideas of good books, or CDs, I could refer to? (I love the Putumayo series...)

Suz said...

Ha. I have a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies. Try that on for useless. Oddly enough, I now make my living investigating the learning applications of emerging technologies. Almost opposite, as it were.

the mama bird diaries said...

It's always a surprise when EVERYONE is doing something (vacation underwear) that you've never heard of.

Like when my first daughter was 1 year-old and it was still taking her forever to finish a bottle and I couldn't figure out why. Then some genius mama said, "well, most people stop using the newborn size nipple after about 3 months." WHAT?! There are different nipple sizes.

Sometimes I am just the very last to know. Thanks for th heads up on the underwear. Will start practicing immediately.

niobe said...

Okay, you've shocked me. You wear underwear????

susan said...

Niobe cracks me up.

Rick Steves gives vacation underwear tips as part of his packing light strategy.

I, too, am a major blanket hog. But the marital bed is a happier place now that we've gotten European comforters, one for each side of the bed. I don't know why this is not more popular in the US, b/c they rock.

Aliki2006 said...

The vacation underwear concept seems extremely marketable, I think. Who enjoys washing out dirty undies in hotel bathrooms, I ask you?

Great answers!

Veronica Mitchell said...

"Vacation underwear" is a great idea.

Julia said...

ditto on the lenses/glasses/onions. Have been considering lasik on and off, lazily, for years. Last week a study came out that said it holds up pretty well. So hm....

Vacation underwear is a brilliant idea. I always feel bad about throwing old underwear away. This might just be the ticket. Thanks!

pootandcubby said...

I'm so stealing the vacation underwear idea. Those girls deserve a dignified send-off.

-andi

MadMad said...

Look how nice you are! Thinking of your undies' feelings that way! I do the same thing, but it was more about me, me, me and having less to pack on the way home. But you? You are just a good person!

Julie Pippert said...

I bet so for 8, and love love love 14. Still LOL in admiration over here.

Mad Hatter said...

Hey, I'm still on my first car at 42 but I fear that it's about to become car # 2 for me. Sigh.

Português said...

How can you trust a dictionary with mispeling, uh mispelling, misspling? incorrect orthography?