Sunday, 22 January 2012

Julia's blog challenge

Once again my daughter offers a blog challenge which I cannot resist. Here we go.

  1. What were you doing ten years ago?
Trying to land after we had come back home from California. Fighting battles to get courses to teach and students to supervise. Finishing two books. Planning my 50th birthday party.
  1. What were you doing a year ago?
Starting on a new term. Looking forward to Burns night. Editing a book.
  1. Five snacks you like
I don't eat snacks, but if drink nibbles count: mixed nuts (no peanuts!), olives, feta cheese, carrot sticks with dip... hmmm... cucumber sticks with dip.
  1. Five songs for which you know the whole text
Would be fifty rather than five, maybe five hundred. Romantic songs, funny songs, Soviet patriotic songs, and dirty songs.
  1. Five things you would do if you were a multimillionaire
What is the definition of a millionaire? It also depends on the currency. Once upon a time I paid a million for a simple meal (late '80s in Poland, incredible inflation). But ok, it was multi-. Quit job. Pay off mortgage for ourselves and our children. Always fly business class. Get a personal trainer. Create a foundation for PhD studentships in children's literature.
  1. Five bad habits
Work too much. Work too much. Work too much. Work too much. Work too much.
  1. Five things you like doing
Gardening, walking in nature, talking to friends, reading, eating a good meal.
  1. Five things you would never wear or buy
Never say never. A year ago I would say I would never wear a hat, and then I did. I used to wear high heels, but I would never do it again. I used to wear mini-skirts. I used to wear leather pants. I used to wear synthetic underwear. I used to wear very large ear-rings.
  1. Five favourite toys
Victorian dollhouse, Tudor dollhouse, modern dollhouse, computer, camera
  1. Ten people you would like to take this challenge
Alyona, Filip, Viktor, Agnes, Kory, Lotta, Lydia, Rachel, Ghada, Clementine,


Julia said...

Leather pants? How did I not know this? Are there pictures?

Maria Nikolajeva said...

I am afraid there are lots of things you don't know about your mother. No, there are no pictures because we didn't have cameras then.

Julia said...

Are there any stone carvings of it, then?