I don’t usually do memes on this blog, but as I’ve been tagged by Ian it seems like a nice way to ease back into the year (it’s been a little quiet round here lately!).
Apparently, these are the rules of this particular meme:
Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
I actually did a similar ‘Five Things’ meme just over a year ago, so I might re-use that (in a slightly updated form) and add a couple more.
Here are the five things from a year ago (that are still more or less true today).
I’d rather be a concert pianist: I used to be a pretty reasonably pianist back in the day. I started lessons when I was about 5yrs old and kept it up until I was almost eighteen. I used think I might one day be a famous concert pianist, but I was never really a great fan of getting up on stage and performing, so that was only ever going to be a pipe dream. I also learned the cello, but I was much more rubbish at that. I haven’t played for quite a while, but one day I’ll buy myself a piano and get back into it. It will go in my library, which will have walls lined with books. This year I got a gorgeous piano for my birthday and I play it all the time now, although I’m still quite rubbish. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be better.
I grew up on a farm: horse, pigs, cows, the works. It was really fun and I wish that all kids could grow up that way. I was terrified of the horses when I was really small though. I had a potty calf that I named Madonna. My brother named the cat Powder Puff. (eh, Madonna is still a worse name for a cow, isn’t it).
I cheated my way through second grade: every week we had a spelling test and every week, me and my friend Ange sat next to one another and cheated. (Sorry Ange!). We used to get a ’star’ on the board when you got 100% on your test, and I can’t believe they ever figured out what was going on because Ange and I would have dozens more stars than anyone else in the class. That was the first and last time I ever cheated at school (although, we did do it most weeks of that year). Thank goodness for spell check, that’s all I can say. Kiddies. Don’t cheat on your spelling tests!
I have a fruit & meat rule: they should never be together. The exception that proves the rule is pineapple on pizza. Sweet and Sour Pork should only ever be eaten once the pineapple has been removed. Anyone who cooks me Apricot Chicken has a lot of explaining to do.
I’ve had a massive crush on Steve Waugh and Michael Hutchence for decades: That’s the ex-Australian Cricket Captain and the lead singer of INXS. *swoon* Michael Hutchence (RIP) should be self explanatory. I’m not even going to attempt to explain the Steve Waugh thing.
And a few new ones:
Although I usually pick up new things quickly, I found physics, macro-economics and Bach fugues incredibly difficult to learn, and had to learn them all the same way – slogging away at the repeatedly until the penny finally dropped, which is completely different to my usual learning style. It was only really worth the effort for the Bach fugues.
I write quickly and have no patience for editing. You may already know this about me if you read this blog regularly (I hope not tho!). Strangely, for a while, I thought of editing as a career choice. That would not have been smart.
I’ve just recently become a mum for the first time. It’s a whole new, amazing experience and having the adorable little guy at home makes me very glad that I get to work from home a lot and hang out with him. I never thought I’d have kids, but I’m pretty glad I had a change of heart.
So, there’s my eight things. Now, I have to tag some people… there’s no particular logic to this, I’m just scanning through my feed reader and seeing who hasn’t done this yet, and I’ve found: Xian (although I owe him a meme), Michael, Paul, Robert, Sarah, Pat, Johnny, Josh. (Hrm… clearly I need to read more chick’s blogs…).
We’re doing some research on a new social communication platform and need your help. More specifically – we need you and three friends you communicate with regularly online.
It’s a bit of an extended research project and you’ll need to be available for an interview in London between 17-20 December, and then again in the new year on the 7th or 8th of January and once more between 16-18 January.
We’ll make it worth your while though – there’s £120 in it for each of you and you’ll get to play with a new social communication tool and help shape its development before it is released publicly.
You need to be somewhere between 21-40yrs old, and you’ll need to be back from the Christmas break and doing whatever you usually do (work, study etc.) by 8 January.
If this sounds like something you’re interested in and you think you can rope in some friends and/or family, contact me ASAP at leisa.reichelt at gmail.com for more information.
PS. if this is not for you but you know someone who may be interested, pls feel free to pass on the details. Thank you!
My name is Leisa Reichelt. I am the Head of User Research at the Government Digital Service in the Cabinet Office.
I lead a team of great researchers who work in agile, multidisciplinary digital teams to help continuously connect the people who design products with the people who will use them and support experimentation and ongoing learning in product design.
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