Midlife Chronicles

Navigating midlife with wine, laughter and a twist of wry. And wine. Did I mention wine?!?

It is Meme Time!!


My bloggy friend Strawberry Indigo had a wonderful post up today, and it was a meme! I haven’t done a meme in awhile and since I’ve been less than inspired lately, I thought I’d join in the fun. This is actually a “tag you’re it!” meme, but like her I don’t want to tag anyone in particular. So if you’re of a mind to participate, please do! It’s always fun to read what others write. And it’s a good excuse to do some ego blogging. :)

The rules are simple:

1.Post the rules.
2.Post a photo of yourself.
3.Post eleven random facts about you.
4.Questions were created for you by the person who tagged you. Answer the questions.
5.Tag several people.
6.Create eleven new questions for those that you have tagged.
7.Go to their blog/twitter and let them know that they have been tagged.

So. Post the rules. Done.

Next: Post a photo of yourself:

Karen cropped 2012






Next. Post 11 random facts about you. Ok, hmm. Here we go.

1. I love the ocean. If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d do (after paying off my debt) would be to purchase a house on the beach.

2. I’m in love with a married man. He lives in another state. I know it won’t go anywhere but nonetheless, I am in love with him.

3. I hate beans. Hate. Ugh. My mother tells the story of when I was about five or six years old. She was putting food on my plate in the kitchen for dinner one night and she had baked some beans. As she was ladling up the food, I was standing next to her in the kitchen. Apparently I was shifting from foot to foot. My mother asked me if I had to go to the bathroom. I said, “No! That’s for the beans!” hehe Apparently I was afraid she was going to put beans on my plate!

4. My favorite number is 14.

5. I went to high school with Thomas Kinkade, the painter. I used to say that with pride. Now I am slightly embarrassed. He had a rather unfortunate, inglorious end to his life. He had a heart attack while drunk. His wife had moved out, he was living with a skank who is now fighting with the wife over his estate. This means that the millions of dollars he earned will line the pockets of attorneys instead of going where it should — to his wife or at least to his daughters.

6. I want to be a writer when I grow up. Or now would be good!

7. I am painfully shy with new people, even though I pretend otherwise. I am also a profound introvert.

8. I have a broken chooser when it comes to men. I also am a serial bride… married and divorced three times in the past 30 years. I think it has a lot to do with #7 above. Believe me, I’m done now. I like my space and my alone time.

9. I love grocery shopping. I don’t love spending the money, but the actual grocery shopping I find enjoyable. Probably because it’s “legal” shopping. You can’t say you’re being extravagant when you’re purchasing something that prevents you from starving.

10. I sometimes lose my filter on my mouth. If it’s in my head, it comes out of my mouth. On the plus side, I’m a straight shooter and you’ll never wonder what I’m thinking.

11. I am a Grammar Nazi. It makes me absolutely crazy when, in written form, people use “your” instead of “you’re,” use an apostrophe when they’re trying to simply make something plural (an apostrophe after a word is possessive; adding an “s” is plural; as in “the dogs were running in the park,” meaning multiple dogs. Not “the dog’s were running in the park.” The dog’s what?? The apostrophe means that it is referring to something belonging to the dog. Gah.); or the misuse of “their,” “there” and “they’re”… I could go on but I won’t bore you!

Okay. That’s done.

Next. Answer the questions that were created for the meme.

1. How did you come up with your blogging name?
2. If you could travel to an imaginary place what would it be?
3. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
4. Do you have a favorite posession? What is it and why is it dear to you?
5. What was your favorite subject in school?
6. What is your earliest memory?
7. Could you pass a FBI check?
8. Can you juggle or perform any sort of circus act?
9. What is your deepest fear?
10. What was your first job?
11. Do you hate answering stupid nosy questions?

Okay. Here we go:

1. How did you come up with your blogging name?
I am in my mid-50s. This is the menopause time of life. I was criticized by a reader for the name not matching my content (she was expecting some advice and commiseration on menopausal symptoms) so I changed it to the Midlife Chronicles. More generic; less specific. Because really my blog isn’t about menopause; it’s about life at this stage.

2. If you could travel to an imaginary place what would it be?
I am an avid Second Life resident. This is a virtual world online. I would love to crawl through the screen and be part of it. My favorite part about Second Life is the avatar customization. A few sliders and voila! Never fat again. Never diet again. :)

3. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
That’s a tough one. First, I’d have to say my weight. I envy those who do not see food as a vehicle for emotional comfort and have the metabolism of a hummingbird. Secondly, I’d change my height. I’m 5’11″ in my stocking feet and while short people always say they envy it, it’s difficult to be so very tall. Not that I’m dipping my pole in the water right now, but the dating pool becomes extremely limited. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to be extremely short either. I wouldn’t mind being about 5’7″ or 5’8.” It’s hard to be freakishly tall and an introvert. It’s a tad difficult to blend in. Not to mention the unfortunate, unrelenting teasing I received in junior high.

4. Do you have a favorite possession? What is it and why is it dear to you?
My book collection. I have several bookshelves full of books. My ex husband (my most recent one) got mad about all the books one day and made me sell most of them to a used bookstore. (That’s one of the many reasons he’s an ex.) I cried the whole time. I hear you thinking it… he “made” you?? How does someone “make” you do something you don’t want to do? No, he didn’t hold a gun to my head or threaten to beat me up if I didn’t. It was like water torture. He constantly harangued me and harangued me about the books and how much room they were taking up. I finally couldn’t take it anymore.

5. What was your favorite subject in school?
Duh. Literature :)

6. What is your earliest memory?
When I was two, I took apart a doll that squeaked and swallowed the little thing that make her squeak. My dad turned me upside down trying to get it out. They eventually took me to the emergency room. They took an x-ray and found I’d aspirated it. They removed it with an outpatient procedure.

7. Could you pass a FBI check?
Oh yes, and I have. I have CORI level fingerprint clearance, because of my job as HR Director. I am a Custodian of Records, meaning that I am responsible for receiving and handling other people’s criminal record information, because we fingerprint all new staff at my work.

8. Can you juggle or perform any sort of circus act?
Umm no. The only thing I’ve juggled was single parenting two boys, and my job. Sometimes it felt like I was running a circus!!

9. What is your deepest fear?

10. What was your first job?
Working in a McDonald’s the summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college. I was 19 and one of the few crew members who were over 18. The shift supervisor used to sexually harass me and the other girls that were over 18. Yikes!

11. Do you hate answering stupid nosy questions?
Depends on who’s asking! (Who’s in this case is not possessive; it’s a contraction of “who is.” And that’s your grammar lesson for today!!)

(I’m stealing the paragraph below directly from Strawberry Indigo. Go check her out; she’s pretty cool. She has Asperger’s like my brother does so she has a special place in my heart. Also, she’s an awesome writer.)

I don’t want to put anyone on the spot; anyone and everyone who is reading this and who wants to participate, please do so. I welcome it! You are so fascinating and I’d LOVE to know more about you. I guess I am asking you to tag yourself which could be quite a spectacle but being bloggers here maybe some of you may choose to make a spectacle of yourself. (I certainly encourage that sort of activity) Please be my guest and break the rules, I love rule breakers. If you choose to participate make it your own. Whoever does play, please provide a link to this post and I will include a link to yours. I will also promote your post on Twitter (you can opt out on that) and if enough people respond I will do an entire post praising your glories and what I know will make an interesting read.

I’ll be back soon with a regular blog post. I feel like things are easing up a bit at work, although things are still stressful and hectic, just the pressure is lessening a bit.

Thanks for your patience and link me in your blog so I can read your tag meme!

Ta ta for now!

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Author: Karen H.

I am a woman in my mid-50s with two grown children. I am divorced and living on my own for the first time in my life. I am learning to navigate midlife and is subsequent ups and downs with humor and grace . . . most of the time! :)

3 thoughts on “It is Meme Time!!

  1. This is fantastic Karen. I love your wit. Thanks for being such a good sport and playing along…you are quite the runner! I enjoyed reading your answers. I think you’ll be a terrific writer when you grow up. ( I hope my grammar was O.K.)

  2. Pingback: TAG Tripper | My Life In Color

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