Friday, April 22, 2011

The Four Things Meme

I have been uninspired to write about books lately, but I do love a good meme.  I borrowed this idea from Amanda at The Zen Leaf and Care at Care's Online Book Club.

Four Jobs I Have Had in My Life:

1.  Library Technical Assistant
2.  Restaurant Critic
3.  Pastry Cook
4.  Foreclosure Processor (a temp job, but interesting nonetheless)

Four Books I Would Read Over and Over Again:

1.  Persuasion by Jane Austen
2.  Bleak House by Charles Dickens
3.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Four Places I Have Lived:

1.  Mt. Clemens, Michigan
2.  Fussa-Shi, Japan (a suburb of Tokyo)
3.  Omaha, Nebraska
4.  Evanston, Illinois

Four Books I Would Recommend:

1.  Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
2.  Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
3.  Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
4.  Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Four Places I Have Been:

1.  Cairns, Australia
2.  Chaing Rai, Thailand
3.  Lokken, Denmark
4.  Alajuela, Costa Rica

Four of My Favorite Foods

1.  Cuban Sandwiches
2.  Goat Cheese
3.  California Roll Sushi
4.  Cobb Salad

Four of My Favorite Drinks:

1.  Earl Grey Tea (hot or iced)
2.  Mojitos
3.  Champagne
4.  Mango Lassi

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now:

1.  Paris, France
2.  Bali, Indonesia
3.  Seattle, Washington
4.  New Zealand

Four Things People That Are Very Special in My Life:

1.  My husband of almost 18 years
2.  My brilliant older daughter
3.  My brilliant younger daughter
4.  My mom, who's always been there for me

Four Bloggers I Hope Will Do This Meme:

Oh, anyone who's interested -- I'd love to see everyone's top fours!


  1. I'm such a dork but I really love this meme. It makes me smile. :D and I'm jealous of your time in Costa Rica. Crossing my fingers that I'll get to go there for a little while next year!

  2. I've been to Costa Rica, too. Beautiful place. I only have to read Anansi Boys and I'll have read all 4 of your recs - yay me.

  3. Oh this is a fun meme! I may do it too!

  4. You would have some fabulous stories to tell from your travels and I have yet to experience Cobb salad. That's a fun meme!

  5. What a fun meme! Your travels certainly peak one's interest, as do your book recommendations. I'm rereading Rebecca at the moment - can't believe how much I've forgotten in 15 years since I last read it! Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing this with us.

  6. I may have to do this meme too. But I might instead just answer a bookish question....hmmm. we'll see how next week goes. So fun to read others' answers!

  7. I had to come out of lurkdom as I live in Omaha and see you used to live here as well! I agree with you on those books that are worth reading over and over again! And I heartily recommend Fingersmith to people as well! I may have to snag this meme from you sometime--lovely idea.

  8. Mt. Clemens, huh? I live near there (Rochester Hills). :)

    And yay for the Ethan Frome shout out. Such a wonderful little book.

    I'm going to have to do this one-it is so much fun!

  9. Amanda -- Costa Rica was just wonderful, I hope you make it there next year. I'm still hoping to visit South America too.

    Care -- Anansi Boys is by far my favorite Neil Gaiman book. If you get a chance you should listen to the audiobook narrated by Lenny Henry. It's brilliant.

    Brenna -- I loved the photos in your top fours, and I am so jealous you lived in California.

    Darlene -- I love any kind of giant salad. The best Cobb salad I ever had was at The Brown Derby at Disney Hollywood Studios, which is supposed to be the original recipe. The recipe is in one of the Disney cookbooks.

    Sarah -- I reread Rebecca about a year ago and was pleasantly surprised at how well it has stood up, I hadn't read it since I was a teenager. It's still great. Du Maurier's short stories are great too.

    Rebecca -- I agree, I love other peoples' lists.

    Danielle -- I LOVED Omaha, despite the winters. It was such a nice city (only lacking in good Mexican restaurants, which have hopefully improved since I left). I keep recommending Fingersmith to EVERYONE, need to read more Sarah Waters now.

    Allie -- My parents still live there! Maybe we can meet next time I get back to Michigan! I look forward to reading your meme.

  10. I didn't realise you'd worked as a library assistant :) I love reading people's lists, but even more I love writing my own so I must nick this meme!


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