Halfway to Christmas and a Tag

Knitting Dragonflies tagged me almost two months ago with a traditional 7-weird-facts MEME, but I was paralyzed with writer’s block. I couldn’t come up with any odd and semi-interesting facts about myself.

Mr. Puffy tagged me with a MEME last week. His format requires that I answer a survey. I can handle a survey.

Here are the rules for this MEME:

“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was attending Christian Brothers University part-time and working at Wright Medical Technology full-time. I had moved to Memphis, TN because my sister was attending CBU. By this time, 10 years ago, she had moved to Texas with her fiance and left me alone. I suffered through one Thanksgiving by myself before I caved and moved back home to Pennsylvania.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
(1) Take Jake for our daily walk. (2) Take pictures of my halfway completed Christmas tree skirt. (3) Update the blogs I maintain. (4) Water my garden. (5) Complete a few housekeeping chores: laundry, dress bed, mop kitchen floor, etc.

3) Snacks I enjoy:
In general, I don’t eat snacks. Instead, I have a 2nd breakfast. Breakfast normally consists of fresh baked bread, mostly made by me, but sometimes I cheat and purchase breakfast rolls from our local bakery.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
I am a firm believer that the more money you have, the more of an obligation you have to do right by your family members and your community. Yet, I don’t know that I would do much differently. We would live in the same house. Perhaps, I would have a larger garden and a larger yarn stash. Dan would retire from his job and we would travel more to visit family. I would give money to my sister with the knowledge that it wouldn’t make her happy, but it might ease her burdens. Then, I would follow the footsteps of my grandparents and set up trust funds for each of our nieces and nephews. Additionally, I would donate more money to our veterans and their families.
It goes without saying that we would be debt-free. Bye, bye mortgage.

5) Places I have lived:
Born in Montgomery, Alabama. Lived there for 6 months.
Moved to Colonial Heights, Virginia
Moved to Buffalo, New York
Moved to Akron, New York
Moved to Erie, Pennsylvania – We lived here for 5 years. It was the longest period I lived anywhere during my childhood.
Moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Moved to Sebastian, Florida
Moved to Horsham, Pennsylvania
Moved to Memphis, Tennessee – college years
Moved to Morrisville, Pennsylvania after becoming engaged to Dan
Moved to Secane, Pennsylvania (our 1st apartment)
Moved to Frazer, Pennsylvania (our last apartment)
Moved to Pottstown, Pennsylvania (our 1st and last home)
I am NEVER moving again.

6) Jobs I have had:
My 1st job was working as a cashier clerk at McDonalds.
Next – QA inspector at Wright Medical Technology.
Then, I moved to Pennsylvania and worked as a receptionist at The Development Center.
Within in a year, I was promoted to Exec Assistant. During the downsizing, I became responsible for the entire HR and Finance departments.
I resigned because the stress was affecting my health (migraines, weight loss, etc)
I took a less stressful job as a Senior Admin Assistant at Elsevier.
I resigned from Elsevier 2.5 years ago to focus on becoming a knitwear designer.

7) Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:
A Piper Knits: She knits and she plays the bag pipes – not necessarily at the same time. A pity she doesn’t live next door. Though I imagine she would become weary of me requesting her to play March of Cambreadth over and over again.
Katia: She is a fellow Pennsylvanian. She knits, spins, and gardens. But mostly, I just love to read the funny stories about her two daughters.
Karen: Like me, she designs everything she knits. Recently, she has self-published a bag design for the first time. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of things to come. 
The Long Ladies: This blog is a family affair.  What a talented family they are! They design all of their own sewing patterns from aprons to bags to rugs. It is fun to watch what their creative minds come up with next.
Jane of Glorious Hats: I have been a constant reader of Jane’s blog for over 2 years now. Her hats are works of art. Most recently, she designed a hat for Meri Greenleaf to wear at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.