1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Um, I was 2 years out of college and was being a chemist working in the lab at Cargill - we magically turn corn into corn syrup and HFCS and high protein animal feed and starches - yep, all that from a kernel of corn. We'd test products all through the process and make decisions about what needed to be done next to make sure they came out right. It was cool for a while. I had to work all kinds of crazy shifts, which wasn't much fun, but it was a real career kind of thing, not just a job, so I stuck it out. Oh, I was also taking a cake decorating class at the local Michael's because it occurred to me that I could do stuff like that now that I was out of school! A guy I worked with set me up to do his daughter's wedding cake! Let me tell you, that wasn't easy in my apartment kitchen (even though it was big!) And trying to balance the thing on the passenger seat of your Ford Ranger - that ain't the way the pros do it! hmm, I can't remember what the heck I really DID - I guess I was clubbing and stuff back then - wearing vinyl pants and other things that make me shudder now! Oh, and learning to cook, which I'd never really done any of when I lived at home - I lost like 70 lbs when I moved out. Not because I couldn't cook, but because I learned what a normal portion was (far less than what my mom put on my plate!) and I didn't have her standing over me saying "we don't waste food around here! you'll stay there till you eat it!" Oh, and I was not knitting - I was sewing some, and occasionally dating people who lived way too far away to really be practical.
2. What are 5 things on my to-do list?
Ooh, I loooove to make to-do lists! short term, long term - whatever, I've got scraps of paper with lists all over the house! I think it's really the crossing off of things that I love. I think my best one ever had this item on it: Get gooey butter cake recipe out of the trash! -- the BF found that note, and said "maaan, I've seen you write some crazy lists, but what the heck is this?" Ok, so lets see - on my list, 1) do one more pattern repeat on my endpaper mitts 2) vacuum 3) look up Woobu (a yarn I recently heard about from BMFA!) on Ravelry 4) bike to the market and get maple sugar candy for my pop for pop's day tomorrow 5) put the towels away before the cats realize what a great bed a laundry basket full of towels is!
3. Where have I lived?
Wheeling, WVa.; Phoenix, AZ; Cincinnati, OH; Monroe, OH; Dayton, OH. Dayton's not really much in the way of cities, I guess, but I kinda love the hell out of it!
4. What would I do if I was a billionaire?
Pay off the house, buy a Vespa, oh thank god - get the house painted!, hire a maid, travel EVERYWHERE, buy stuff on Etsy that I just sigh over now, live simply - not like those crazy lottery winners on TV, grocery shop exclusively from that organic farmer lady at the market downtown, eat at the Little Saigon vietnamese restaurant like 5 times a week, buy my brother a house with plenty of bedrooms for my 2 nieces, one nephew, and one more on the way! Buy yarn like there's no tomorrow and have all the time in the world to knit it! Oh, and I'd love a tiny vacation cabin somewhere away from everything.
5. Who would I like to know more about?