Saturday, November 22, 2008

Five Things

Janna did this meme yesterday and I thought it was interesting and yet another way for you to get to know me. So without further adieu...

Five Things I Was Doing 5 Years Ago:
- working as a graphic designer at ad agency
- distancing myself from a group of friends that I decided were unhealthy for me
- salsa dancing
- living in a studio that I loved
- volunteering for annual fundraiser for a children's literacy program

Five Things on My To Do List:
(I've already done laundry, mopped & grocery shopped today - that was most of my list!)
- write
- work on my dad's website
- work out
- cook dinner
- finish laundry

Five Things I Like to Snack on:
- a wheel of brie baked with brown sugar
- pretzels dipped in ranch with hot sauce
- nutella, straight from the jar
- popcorn
- any type of chip as long as I can dip it in something (I don't actually eat this very often

Five Things I Would Do If I was a Millionaire:
- buy a house that's just big enough to live in until I'm old
- pay for my niece and nephews' college
- make sure my parents are taken care of
- allow Ibis' dad to retire
- buy lots and lots of books

Five Places I Have Lived:
- Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
- Chicago, Illinois
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Vienna, Virginia
- Colora, Maryland

Five Jobs I Have Had:
- art director at an ad agency
- graphic designer at the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago
- designer/software trainer at computer company
- hostess & server at a steakhouse
- cashier/prep cook at cheesesteak restaurant

Five People I Am Tagging:
Anyone who would like to play along. :)


spyscribbler said...

Your life sure has changed a lot! I wish I knew how to dance.

I think there should be one more thing on that list: Five Things You See Yourself Doing 5 Years From Now.

LOL, just curious! :-)

PS: I adore brown sugar.

Melanie Avila said...

That's a good point about the future. I have three off the top of my head:

- living in the US
- having children
- being published

I should post the recipe for the brie. It's SO FRICKING GOOD and I can't have it here because we don't have an oven. It's my favorite.

Janna Qualman said...

Oh, good one, Spy! I wish I'd thought of that category.

Great list of things, Melanie!

Zoe Winters said...

cool, i may do this one on my blog tomorrow.

Travis Erwin said...

Nice to learn more about you.

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Janna, Zoe & Travis. :)

Amy Nathan said...

This was cool.

And...I worked for JCCs of Chicago, as a preschool teacher, at the Anita M.Stone branch. You know, the one WAY south. ;)

It's a small world after all.

I may do this too. Weekends are wild and wacky on the ol' blog.

Melanie Avila said...

Amy, when did you work there? I worked in the creative/marketing dept from Aug '98 - June '00. Our offices were in Mayer Kaplan in Skokie, but I went to Stone once. If you ever had your picture taken, I bet I had it on my computer!

Robin said...

Great list! It's funny, because it's not super detailed, yet it tells a lot about you. I really like it! And I heartily agree with all those snacks! Yum.

Aimless Writer said...

5 Years ago?
Working at a high pressure job
Driving kids around
Painting theater sets
Selling rocks
Getting from day to day without collapsing.
To do list?
Do I really have to have a to do list?
What's better than wine?
Millionaire dreams?
Build an animal shelter with rooms that looked like real rooms in a house so they wouldn't feel like they were in a cage.
Pay for college for some real good kids I know.
Take care of my dh's mom.
Maybe pay off my brothers' houses.
Build a huge library in my house with comfy overstuffed chairs and a fire place.
Places I have lived?
New Jersey
Back to NJ.
(this would have been easier if it was places I have travled too.)
Jobs I've had?
Dental Assistant
Manager Student Exchange Program
Election Clerk

That was fun! Thanks.

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, I suppose you're right. I've become very good at sharing, but still keeping lots of things to myself. ;)

Melanie Avila said...

Aimless, fun! I was thinking I wanted something like your library, but I figured if you buy lots and lots of books, it's implied there will be an awesome library housing those books. ;)

And I had to narrow down my cities. I've lived in 14!

colbymarshall said...

My, you've lived a lot of ploaces far and wide. I did this meme and every place I named was in the same state, lol

Rachel Burton said...

It's been fun reading through this on different people's blogs! Brie sounds yummy. And I prefer my pretzels dipped in chocolate.

Melanie Avila said...

Colby, I seem to move cities ever 2.23 years. What's crazy is that doesn't count the numerous places I've lived within one city!

Melanie Avila said...

Rachel, the brie is to die for. And this is the perfect time of year for it.

I also like pretzels dipped in chocolate (usually nutella) but I was trying not to combine answers, lol.

Amy Nathan said...

I worked at the Stone JCC until last May, for 3 years. We didn't overlap :-( but still...small world after all! (can't you just hear the music?)


Melanie Avila said...

That is cool!

Dube said...

"- a wheel of brie baked with brown sugar"

OK, that sounds DELICIOUS.

Melanie Avila said...

You have NO idea. I think I might have to do a post just about the brie. Mmmmm.