Just another meme in lieu of a real post

From blue milk.

1) Five names you go by


My IRL name

Mrs Newman (This is my married name, which I do not use except occasionally I’ll get called it by assumption, but it really isn’t me)

Raye -from friends, diminutive of my IRL name

Squirt – Well I don’t really go by this anymore (fortunately). It was my nickname in highschool because I was a little squirt.

2) Three things you are wearing right now.

Cream coloured shorts (hate them, but need to get some washing done, so its all I’ve got right now)

Stripy t-shirt (Bleach accident has rendered some parts of the navy stripes pink so this is officially a house shirt)

Comfy underwear

3) Two things you want very badly at the moment.

To finish my thesis without too many sleepless nights

To have completed the Christmas shopping as quickly and painlessly as possible

4) Three people who I’d like to see fill this out.

Luli, Hellonhairylegs and the person reading this!

5) Two things you did last night.

Hosted a Christmas party.

Stayed up late drinking cocktails.

6) Two things you ate today.

Party left overs and candy coated peanuts.

7) Two people you last talked to on the phone.

My mum and a well-mannered friend who rang to thank my husband and I for our party. Can I just say that most kids of my generation do not have manners like and this and don’t even RSVP properly – little lone thank the host with a nice phone call.

Two things you are going to do today.

Go to bed early (oops, getting a little for that)

Clean up the house (mostly got done)

9) Two longest car rides.

Road trip from Melbourne (caught the train to and drove back from,  car trip of about 14hours)

As a kid I spent two weeks in a campervan being driven around New Zealand. Does that count as a car ride?

10) Two of your favourite drinks.


Gin and Tonic

11) And bold the ones you’ve done.

I have….

1. Started my own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii (actually planning a trip end of next year, there’s a conference there that I plan to attend)

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than I can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland/world (Have not been to the US yet and suspect this meme to be a little USA-centric)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sung a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched lightning at sea

14. Taught myself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning (a couple of days before I got married)

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown my own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Skied a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught myself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restuarant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (does travelling with my daughter who was being transported count?)

47. Had my portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling (Both)

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp

67. Bounced a cheque

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favourite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had my picture in the paper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Ridden an elephant


Enough ranting, let’s talk about Me(me).

After having been tagged for my first meme by LuLi whose blog is not only a good read but is the most beautifully ‘illustrated’ (is this the right word?) of any I have come across, I decided to share a couple of things with you. Not only the meme, but also this clip about the 7 plots of all blogs. It’s a great premise, (and my blogs are typically of type 1, but this one is type 7) but the blogs that I’ve tagged don’t seem to fit into these 7 categories. So for this meme I fill in the answers to these questions and tag others to do the same, but the bloggers I tagged may not as their seriously clever blogs may not support this type of entry. I leave it in their hands, but do check out their work.

Bloggers tagged: FoodieFi and the Bog Logger

1. What were you doing ten years ago?

Ten years ago I was in my second year of university and living with my grandmother. I loved my grandma, but at the time was getting increasingly frustrated with the old fashioned type and very restrictive rules that were a part of the deal of living at her place. I was studying psychology and getting increasingly disillusioned with the course. I had also began dating the man who is now my husband. (I can’t believe that we have been together for over ten years). But second year uni was much better than first year, and I managed to see a lot of live music, eat cheap and very bad food, and waste spend a lot of time at the uni bar, playing cards and acquiring a taste for Toohey’s Old. I have some great memories of that year, undies runs around the bar by various members of our group (including myself) who lost cards games without scoring a point, the ‘Autonomy Day’ celebrations at uni where we managed to be drunk by six o’clock in the morning, and well you get the picture… probably the best of my uni undergrad years.

2. What are five things on your to-do list today?

Today I had a ridiculously ambitious list that ran something like this, clean the bathroom (one of my least favourite jobs, but seriously who doesn’t feel that way), fold and put away the washing, quick tidy up of house, meet friends for coffee, go and see local production of ‘The Full Mounty’. Well, predictably, only the last three on the list got done, so the first two are waiting for me tomorrow. But the show I saw was a lot of fun and whenever I see a local production (which is actually not that often) I am always struck by how much talent there is in the local community.

3. What snacks do you enjoy?

I probably don’t snack as often as I should and as I usually have an early lunch I seem to always end up really hungry and cranky by dinner time. There just never seems to be stuff that I feel like in the house (but as I’m the one that does the shopping who’s fault is that?). If I had a magic pantry I would snack on chocolate, corn chips, and twisties, and its probably for the best that I don’t buy those things all that frequently. When I do snack its very boringly on fruit (typically a banana with no black spots on it, I’m a bit picky) or corncakes with butter and vegemite.

4. Things you would do if you were a billionaire.

Not succeed in my desire not to spoil the kids rotten. Take my father’s business off his hands. Enable my sister to buy that Cafe she is dreaming about. My husband could quit his job and run his dream business, and I’d help everyone I love that has a mortgage to pay it off, as well as buying my desired house (same as this one, old ramshackle and federation style but lots bigger with all those modern conveniences, you know, like storage space and off street parking). Travel to Europe and spent some time with my husband’s family, and then go to South America. Said husband could do his dream thing of going to Base Camp, but I’d give that a miss.

I’d also set up investment accounts for various charities so that even if I (foolishly) ran out of money they would continue to benefit and set up a scholarship program to send lots of young people from around the world to university.

5. Three of your bad habits.

  1. Procrastination.
  2. Procrastination.
  3. Procrastination.

6. Five places you have lived.

I lived in Muswellbrook until I was ten. Then Singleton until I was 18 ish, with some months in New Zealand as an exchange student. Which I loved and I have been there two other times and would love to go back again, its a beautiful country. Also miscellaneous suburbs of Newcastle, near the hospital, near the uni, near the beach, and now in a suburb that in between the beach and the uni.

7. Five jobs that you’ve had?

I’ve been a pizza delivery girl. Which literally ended in disaster with a car accident.

I’ve been a waitress/bar person at least twice, and not a very good one at that. I much, much, much preferred nights when I was behind the bar, then when I was on the floor. I am clumsy and once dropped a glass of coke on top of a woman.

I’ve been a retail salesperson in two different jewelery stores for a number of years, where I was capable but not really great. Putting the hard sell on people is not really my thing.

I’ve been a child care worker, which I found to be fun easy work.

I’ve done some teaching at my university and that looks like what I’ll continue to do.

8. How did you name your blog?

Well when I registered a gravator ‘rayedish’ was the first thing that I thought of that wasn’t already used. (God, its hard to be original in this world!) So when I finally decided to start my own blog, I based the design around the concept of being a radish/rayedish.