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Another meme going around.....

Bold means the item applies to me, italics that there's more to the story so that whether or not it applies could be debated............
  • Father went to college -- yes
  • Father finished college -- yes, and an MA
  • Mother went to college -- yes
  • Mother finished college -- yes, and an M.Ed. and a Ph.D.
  • Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor -- yes; similarly, parents' friends tended to be lawyers, professors, architects, scientists, engineers, and the like.
  • Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers -- I'd say yes
  • Had more than 50 books in your childhood home -- um, yeah ;-) In fact, I had more than that just in my room...........
  • Had more than 500 books in your childhood home -- easily; we also went to the library frequently
  • Were read children's books by a parent -- all the time, until I learned to read (which I did fairly young) and found that I could devour books much faster reading to myself than they could read to me
  • Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 -- dance (ballet, ballroom - Mum insisted on the ballroom!), swimming, piano, gymnastics, tennis, riding, art at the Albright Knox, Saturday classes at the science museum, and likely others that I'm forgetting. My mother believed that kids should be exposed to a wide range of activities/sports/etc. as part of their development process towards being healthy, well-rounded adults and to help them find out what interests them. In addition to formal lessons, Mum & Dad made sure we knew how to bake/cook, do repairs around the house and so on. Mum also taught me to knit and sew, so that I didn't have to take lessons in those later in life.
  • Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 -- see above
  • The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively -- yes
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs -- no, as I went to one of the most expensive universities in the country......would have been yes if I'd gone through the SUNY system
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs -- see above
  • Went to a private high school - didn't need to, as Buffalo has an excellent citywide magnet public school with an academic focus
  • Went to summer camp -- several years at a Jewish day camp, then a couple years at the UU-run overnight camp
  • Had a private tutor before you turned 18 -- didn't need one (except that at one point I was in speech classes at school and they weren't really helping, so Mum arranged with a friend [someone at the college?] who was a speech therapist to sit down with me a couple times, which was enough to solve the issues);
  • Family vacations involved staying at hotels -- rarely; usually went to the family summer place in Maine (is that even more privileged?)
  • Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 -- much was (often at Filene's Basement, the original one in Boston, on our twice a year trips back there, as not only did Filene's Basement have better prices but there's no sales tax on clothes in MA, while there is in NY; that's also where Mum got her wedding dress). Gram also bought lots of stuff at yard sales and thrift shops for us, but we would have had plenty even without what she bought. [I'm still an avid thrift shop shopper; I love the browsing and not knowing what I'll find. Plus, thrift shops and used books sales are both economically and environmentally sensible..............]
  • Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them - no (although I have gotten several hand-me-downs..........). That was as much a philosophical decision as an economic one. When my brother and I were in college, Gram did buy an old clunker (1977 Olds Cutlass - the red bomber, we called it) for us, although she told me more than once she'd really bought it for Ted ;-(
  • There was original art in your house when you were a child - definitely. Plus, my dad has a bit of an artistic bent, so our house had mobiles he'd made hanging in various places and photographs of his on the walls. Sample sof his photographic works here.
  • Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 - yes (it was my major Christmas present one year - maybe when I was 14 or 15 - and came with a list of usage rules taped on the outside of the package.............)
  • You and your family lived in a single family house - yes
  • Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home -yes - mortgage paid off and everything......
  • You had your own room as a child -yes
  • Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course --  didn't need one (got something like a 770 or 780 on the verbal without it, so it seemed like a waste of time/effort/money). Mum & Dad did get me a book on the math section, which helped a bit (and was more compatible with the way i learn best than a class would have been, shy introvert that I am.......)
  • Had your own TV in your room in High School - no, but this was also a philosophical choice on their part; we were allowed something like 5 or 7 hours each of tv a week (and if Dad heard us arguing about the tv, it went into the attic for a while). Similarly, we didn't have a tv in the cabin in ME until I was an adult (Dad wanted to be able to watch the political conventions in 1988.......)
  • Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
  • Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 -- many times; first trip alone was at 7 or 8, to see family in Boston
  • Went on a cruise with your family - no; but this is also a philosophical decision - cruises just aren't my parents' style (although I think if Mum had lived longer, she would have done a Norwegian or Alaskan fjord cruise, as she'd mentioned they seemed interesting. But just going on some sort of Caribbean cruise? Nah, not her idea of fun.)
  • Went on more than one cruise with your family - see previous answer
  • Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up - very much........we even kept life lists of museums [yeah for geekhood!]
  • You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family - no idea......

Just a bit..............

Just a bit..............I normally post over at blogger but it seems to be down. So I'll do my update here.

Had a busy weekend. Started with the Anne Arundel Highland Games, with lots of music and heavy athletics (big strong men throwing rocks and tree trunks...... yummy to watch!).

Spent the night with my brother, then went to the Original Pancake House for breakfast.

And then on the the real highlight: Stitches East -- yarn and more yarn. Yes, I bought some.

Although not as much as  might, as I'm planning (if all goes well) to go to Rhinebeck next Sunday for NY Sheep & Wool. Actually more my style, for 2 reasons:
1. I like good yarns but I'm fairly traditional in some ways - I don't really do fun fur or glitter, and lots of the yarns at Stitches seemed to be of the 'how much glitter can we fit in a yard?' I'd rather have plain wool or alpaca in gorgeous colors. I got to meet Lisa Souza - her colors are amazing. And Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Brooks Farm aren't bad, either.
2. I'm not one for big crowds and loud noise drives me crazy fairly quickly. Stitches East was at the Baltimore Convention Center, indoors - with not great sound baffling. At the outdoor events, along with a selection of yarn that is more my style, the noise is less overwhelming for me - and I find it easier to hide in a corner for a bit to get my bearings back.

So in the future, if Stitches and Rhineback fall so close together, I think I'll likely just go to Rhinebeck.


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