Thursday, March 27, 2008


I've been tagged by Laura Call. The Calls are moving out of our ward. Waaah! We will miss them.

10 years ago I was:
I had to pull out my journal for this one. We were in St. John's, Newfoundland, where Doug was going to grad school. I was working at the Dominion grocery store and teaching early morning Seminary (we'd just finished Helaman and had a Jeopardy game with Korean candy for prizes). The night before we'd been to a benefit concert at the Ship Inn where Doug and I performed "Huntin' for Deer" (our very own creation, to the tune of "Waltzing with Bears"). I attempted to play the guitar and did rather badly, but as I recall no one was really paying much attention to the performances anyway. I told Mikel Koven that his beard made him look like Kenneth Branagh in dim light. The day of the 27th we went out and got some boards and cinder blocks and made some shelves in our basement apartment. I started re-reading Shards of Honor.

5 things on my "to do" list today:
1. lunch (check)
2. visiting teaching--got canceled, so I'm going to go play with Kate outside
3. laundry (check)
4. scrap?
5. I think we might go to Chevy's for dinner.

Things I would do if I became a billionaire:
Buy houses for my siblings, and travel a lot. Travel travel travel.

5 of my Secret Bad Habits:
1. I tend to be rather self-centered. (Maybe it's an artistic thing, I don't know.)
2. I spend ridiculous amounts of time and energy on things that aren't really important, and get by doing the bare minimum for other things that are important.
3. I'm a real flake sometimes. There are things I've said I would do for people that I still haven't done.
4. My house is a mess.
5. As it says over in the sidebar, I spend way too much time on the computer.

5 Places I've Lived:
1. Fairborn, Ohio--my family moved there when I was ten, and they're still living in that house.
2. Provo, Utah--I loved watching the light on the mountains
3. Korea--I lived in a variety of places, on my mission and teaching English with Doug. Dying to go back!
4. St, John's, Newfoundland, in a basement apartment for $275 a month. It had a nice big kitchen but no electrical outlets in the bathroom.
5. Tacoma, WA--we're on our third apartment here, all in the same zip code

5 Jobs I've Had:
1. One of my first jobs was at Taco Bell
2. data entry at AT&T
3. shrub pruner on the BYU grounds crew (that was so fun. Best job ever).
4. English teacher in Korea
5. grocery store cashier in Newfoundland

5 things that most people don't know about me:
1. I still have flying dreams sometimes. Fun.
2. I crave stability and spontaneity. It's a bit of a conundrum.
3. I enjoy doing things with people but I'm not good at initiating it. Sometimes I feel rather socially insecure. Not as much as I used to, but it's still there.
4. There are people that I very much regret not keeping in touch with.
5. I have stories in my head, and have sporadically gone through periods where I did a lot of writing, but I don't really know if I'll ever get them down properly.


Mimi said...

Cool list!

The Dunnells Family said...

I have to say that I am glad that I found your blog...I know more about you from this blog than I ever did when we lived in Tacoma.
I am sorry I didn't get to know you are really creative!!!

Laura Call said...

Thanks Helena, for playing along! It was so fun reading this and finding out new things about you. Thanks for sharing! I'm like you when it comes to what you said in #2 of bad habits... I can totally relate! Anyway, I just think you're so awesome! There are so many fun, interesting and creative things about you. I really admire you!

Kathey said...

I enjoyed reading all your "stuff." Over the years I have loved reading the stories you have written. I still hope that someday you will finish "Ik Woes."

I didn't remember that you taught early morning seminary in Newfoundland. What calling did Doug have then?

I enjoyed the Easter pictures too. How about a pic of Kate wearing the dress without the coat so we can see what it looks like? (That is when your camera gets fixed. I hope it's something easy to fix and not too costly.)

Love, Mom