Tag! You’re it. It’s a Meme.

by Sandra Foyt on December 2, 2007

in Mom Blog

I’ve been tagged. Who says bloggers don’t have a sense of humor? They sure know how to play.

In this online game of tag, you spread link love by tagging 5 more blogs after you are tagged. I was tagged by Home with Heather and she was tagged by Tamara Wilson. I guess it’s kind of like a chain letter, but it’s a good way to meet other bloggers while sparking some interesting blog posts. This game is called a meme, and it can take many forms as it has been described as “an idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.”

I just hope my grandmother, whom I call Meme, doesn’t think that I am describing her as a viral blog post!

Okay, I get to answer the following questions about the past week:

  1. What did you accomplish?
  2. Did anything not go as expected?
  3. What was the highlight of your week?
  4. Did anything exciting happen you did not expect?

1. What did you accomplish?

It’s been a very busy week, but my greatest accomplishment is that I completed my novel for NaNoWrimo. Unfortunately, my friends and family are now asking to read this novel, and it sucks. It would need severe revision to make it readable; certainly, a ton of work that I don’t really want to do. Also, it’s a romance with some steamy scenes (which is why my husband wants to read it,) but I’m not comfortable with having others (such as my mother-in-law) read it.

2. Did anything not go as expected?

I’m taking a class on Dreamweaver so that I can finally learn how to build a website. I want to build a website where I can share ideas for inspiring life-long learners. Also, I think that the ability to build a website is becoming a requirement for being an activist, and I want to share that skill with our youth groups.

Over the past few weeks I’ve learned a lot about how to create a website, and I thought I was ready to do it. However, when I actually tried to build the site yesterday, it was clunky. It was unexpectedly difficult to build a clean, seemingly simple site, such as Amazon.com or Starbucks.com.

I guess you have to walk before you can run, but I prefer to leap.

Oh yeah, I also didn’t expect to have the first snowstorm so early in the year even though this is Upstate NY where we can get snow at Thanksgiving.

3. What was the highlight of your week?

There have been several highlights this week. Completing NaNoWrimo with all of 3 hours to spare was exhausting, but exhilirating. Setting up the Scholastic Book Fair at my daughter’s school was fun. In past years I have been a Book Fair Chair, with weeks of responsibility. This year, I just worked for 3 hours – unleashing my display creativity – and then I was done. Participating in an Indian Nations themed Cub Scout Wolf Den meeting was delightful, and attending a Girl Scout Garbage Bag Fashion/Junior Mixer was a hoot. Best of all, today our home was Kid Central as both of my children enjoyed play dates and sledding fun. Since both kids have transitioned into new schools (one in homeschool), it was wonderful to see that they have adjusted well and now enjoy old and new friends.

4. Did anything exciting happen that you did not expect?

Heather mentions that she saw turkeys in the yard of her vacation home. Well, today I saw a rafter of wild turkeys saunter accross my front yard and stop to gobble tiny crabapples. Years ago, I used to see them below the birdfeeder where they gathered the seed that spilled to the ground. However, they hadn’t been back since we got Yoohoo, our chocolate Labrador Retriever. I wonder if the local turkey population realizes that Yoohoo is now fat and lazy.

I am tagging:

  1. Bethany Hiitola on Mommy Writer Blog
  2. Schuyler at Warts And All
  3. Karen Gibson at Leaping From The Box
  4. Oh, The Joys
  5. Elferkid

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Heather December 3, 2007 at 7:06 am

Thanks for playing along. Meme’s area a great way to get to know other bloggers.

My you were a busy lady this week. Very productive, maybe some of that will rub off on me as I get back into a busy week of kids, blogging, and Christmas prep :)


Oh, The Joys December 3, 2007 at 8:30 am

Oh, dear. Me accomplish something? GAH!

storyteller December 3, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Hi … I found you through Schuyler (and her through a follow-up comment from somewhere I don’t recall right now) so this is my first visit. I love this Meme and may give it a whirl sometimes soon on one of my Blogs.

Before I forget, I collect quotes myself and I love the two in your sidebar. If it’s okay with you, I’d like to add them to my own list. Congratulations on your success with NaNoWriMo! I skipped that one, but did NaBloPoMo on both my Blogs and had a great time. Maybe by November of 2008 I’ll be ready for a bigger challenge.

I’ll be interested to see what you do as a result of your class on Dreamweaver. I was told to avoid Blogger, but figured it was a good way to get my feet wet and gain some experience.

Snow and Wild Turkeys aren’t likely to be seen in MY neighborhood. I ‘m a native to Southern Californian and live near the ocean. I’m new to Blogging and it’s fun getting acquainted in this serendipitous way. I like what I see so far and have bookmarked your site for easy return when time permits. I just thought I’d say “hi” before moving on.

LivingByLearning December 4, 2007 at 1:48 am

Hi, Storyteller. Welcome to Living By Learning!

Of course you can “borrow” the quotes. I received them from Barbara Feldman who offers free daily quotes by email on her website at http://www.surfnetkids.com.

As for Dreamweaver, I’m hoping to create a website in addition to my blogsite. I’m also considering switching to Wordpress for the blog in the future, but Blogger is easier for now.

Yes, sometimes I wonder how we ended up in Winter Wonderland. I grew up in the Virgin Islands and lived in southern California before moving here 9 years ago.

When the winter seems a bit too long, I remind myself that I like four seasons. I wanted four seasons. And now, I have everything I thought I wanted.


storyteller December 4, 2007 at 8:02 am

Thanks for your permission and for the link to “surfnetkids”. I’ve subscribed to the quote link myself and will share this site with some of my friends who are still teaching. I’m “happily retired” … have been since 2001 :)

I appreciate your response and look forward to future visits here.
Hugs and blessings,

Oh, The Joys December 16, 2007 at 8:50 am

Thanks for the tag! I’ll get to work!

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