Monday, August 20, 2007

Ya got me...DCup

So DCup tagged me with this thing that I have seen other places that is a meme of fours.

Four jobs I've had or currently have in my life:
  • Preschool teacher (have been one for the past 2+ years)
  • Lifeguard (this is how I made money throughout high school)
  • Swim Instructor (I did with the lifeguarding in high school and then again for several months this past year. I love teaching swimming and if I could I would do this as a living.)
  • Mentor Coordinator (I worked for Americorps* for two years in DE with a project to provide mentors to children who needed them.)
Four countries I have visited:
  • The U.S.
  • Mexico (I went for nine days after my senior year in HS.)
  • I have not gone anywhere else, but I want to go to Costa Rica, Ireland, Japan, Thailand, China, Belize, Canada (Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa), South Africa among probably anywhere else that anyone is willing to pay for me to go to
Four Places I'd rather be right now:
  • Well anywhere I listed as where I want to visit
  • Seattle (I went last year and want to visit the Northwest again)
  • New Orleans (I have wanted to visit for a while.)
  • On a road trip across I-40 (I have dreamed of this trip for a while as well, maybe one day when I have plenty of money and can afford to take two weeks off from work I will make it happen)
Four Foods I like to eat:
  • Homemade Mac and Cheese (I can't do the blue box stuff since I started making it myself and it is good. Speaking of, I made some last night with ingredients from Earth Fare, so organic milk, organic macaroni and cheese that had no rBGH.)
  • Fried Catfish and hushpuppies (They do not have to be together, I love them separately as well, but when they are together with a glass of sweet tea that may be Heaven in my book)
  • Luchen Kugel (If you are not Jewish, this is a sweet noodle pudding that is possibly my favorite Jewish food ever, here is a recipe. This is not the recipe I use, I do not use sour cream and substitute apricot nectar for the preserves and have a crispy topping, but at least it will give you an idea.)
  • Matzo Ball Soup (Again a Jewish thing, I even used a veggie broth last time rather than chicken broth, it was not the same but cut down on the fat and calories)
This question may be the essence of me, Jewish with an adopted Southern thing.

Four personal heroes, past or present:
  • My paternal grandfather who was a minister during the '50s and was run out of a town in Illinois for voicing the opinion that blacks and whites should be treated the same at a baccalaureate. He continued to fight for civil rights in his own ways.
  • My maternal grandfather who came over from the Ukraine as a child and continued to follow his faith, Judaism, until the cancer that eventually took him prevented him from going to synagogue.
  • Mahatma Gandhi for leading a revolution using non-violent means.
  • I don't know if I can come with another person, I admire. I could name a lot of people I am interested in, such as Che Guevara, Ceasar Chavez, or Abraham Joshua Heshel, but I am not sure I admire any of them as I do not have enough information to make that judgement.
Four books you have just read or are currently reading:
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I really liked this book and was happy with the ending of this series.)
  • The Wind's Twelve Quarters by Ursula La Guin (I have just started reading the short stories in this book, but they are interesting.)
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (Such an interesting and great book)
  • Cesar's Way by Cesar Milan (A dog psychology book that my mom sent me after the little incident with Logan and the neighbors dog and mine attacking hers. I really like and agree with Cesar most of the time, so this was an interesting book for me.)
I love to read so if you have any other suggestions for me, then please just put them in comments. I found by the Le Guin book and the Dunn book from reading other people thoughts on books on their blogs.

So now I have to tag four others, and here you are:
Mathman (because well someone other than your wife has to tag you and I am interested in your answers)
Whiskey Marie
Comrade Kevin
Ok so I can't think of anyone else to tag as I think I have seen this on everyone else's blog that I have read lately, so if you want to answer them again, please do and if not, then I guess I have failed in my obligations to name four other bloggers.


Whiskeymarie said...

I have been sort of m.i.a. in the blog world lately, but I will be doing this in the next day or two.
I promise. Girl scouts honor.

And lordy I love me some kugel.

If I lived closer I'd make you a batch of my famously famous mac & chz. It's pretty much a heart attack in a bowl, though.
Mmmm...heart attack.

Boxer rebel said...

Whiskey Marie- If you lived closer, I would take you up on your Mac and chz offer as I can never have too much mac and chz

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Anonymous said...

Harry Potter doesn't suck and neither do you.

Thanks for playing along with my tag! And now I know that you are a noodle man. Mac-n-cheese and kugel!

and mmmmmm yum, matzo ball soup. My sister-in-law makes delish vegetarian mbs. Now I'm hungry, when's Rosh Hoshannah?

Gotta go - maybe I can convince MathMan to go to Chicago for some of the High Holy Days!

Mathman6293 said...

I love Kugel. My mom made an excellent one. A few years ago when we lived around the corner from my sissy, she asked me to make a Cherry Kugel. Yuck! I had to clean my kitchen when I got home before I could sleep.

Dcup and I are not going to Chicago or anywhere for the High Holidays, I have to finish the Dawkins book.

Thanks for tagging me again. I guess once you get by the first time it gets easier. But I don't think I have another meme in me now, but here are two additions that I left off:

I admired John Lennon for his creative genius and his ability to live-up to his political convictions.

More Chicago food and Drink:

A pastrami, corned beef and chopped liver sandwich. The best I've ever had was from Morts Deli -long since closed.

Vodka Tonic w/lime or Vodka and Grapefruit while cruising the old bars in the old neighbor on Lincoln Avenue (The Octogon and Neo circa 1986).

feistyMNgirl said...

a couple of my recent reads, i highly recommend:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,by Barbara Kingsolver (reading your food mile discussion made me think you might like)

Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin Barber

My City Was Gone: One American Town's Toxic Secret, Its Angry Band of Locals, and a $700 Million Day in Court, by Dennis Love