Well, the last (and first) time I filled out a meme was on my birthday, and it fit the theme. This one seems fitting for my anniversary (see first item on list for more details). I think I saw the meme first on daphnewood's site, oh about an eon ago, but then I've seen it (or variations) on a few of the sites I frequent. Here it goes:
10 years ago I was:
...jetlagged as I had just moved to Portugal, my first time living outside the U.S. (yep, I've been an expat for exactly a decade).
...very sheltered, all things considered, and had never really faced the whole paying bills responsibility thing.
...ready for the challenge and adventure of roaming the planet learning languages.
5 years ago I was:
...still in Portugal, and had learned pretty good Portuguese.
...saving up money to spend a year (or so) travelling around Asia.
...debating the merits of remaining an EFL teacher or going into a more stable profession (still haven't figured that one out).
1 year ago I was:
...finally working in Denmark after waiting 6 months for my work permit, during which time I, well, watched a lot of bad t.v.
...finally taking Danish lessons (which are free with residence permit, and cost-prohibitive otherwise).
...looking forward to moving into a larger better lighted apartment.
Yesterday I was:
...all planned for my week's lessons, and reading ahead of schedule for my course (if I keep that kind of thing up, I may have to relinquish my title of patron goddess of procrastination).
...spending quality time with Danish man.
...inspiring aforementioned Danish man to cook his first chili, which was excellent (Danish man's a very good cook).
5 snacks I enjoy the most:
most anything with ginger in it
tortilla chips and a good salsa and/or guacamole, or nachos
cheese on toast
pre-packaged cake frosting
Kraft macaroni and cheese (I actually stockpile this, as it's hard to get here)
5 songs I know all the words to:
Happy Birthday (in English and Portuguese)
A Paixão (Segundo Nicolau da Viola) by Rui Veloso
Ana Ng by They Might be Giants
Long Way Home by Supertramp
...and did I mention that I also know the birthday song in Portuguese?
5 ideal places for running away to:
Mom's house (Hi, Mom!)...there's no place like home.
Lisbon...there's no place like adoptive home.
London...there's no place like...I'm sure you get the idea.
Avenue of the Giants or Big Basin...redwood heaven.
Somewhere exciting where I've never been before...why not run away to adventure?
5 items you will never see me wear:
big sunglasses with rhinestones
thigh-high black leather boots (they don't fit around my calves alas)
5 biggest joys of my life:
my relationship with Danish man, and figuring out the Danish language and culture
doing interesting things, like reading and studying and travelling
becoming slowly more and more me
My 3 favourite toys (why only 3?)
my new computer
my digital camera
my blog (really blogging in all of its aspects)
O.K., I notice that not too many are tagging people with this meme...but I will. fourlegged you are it one more time. And, perhaps chibithulhu can come up with suitably Lovecraftian answers to this, so consider yourself tagged as well.