Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What is a MeMe?

I've seen MeMe's on blogs before and thought them very interesting. I thought they stood for 'Me Me -- I'll talk about Me here'. So I looked up the definition and came across this:

Meme (pron. meem): A contagious information pattern that replicates by parasitically infecting human minds and altering their behavior, causing them to propagate the pattern. (Term coined by Dawkins, by analogy with "gene".) Individual slogans, catch-phrases, melodies, icons, inventions, and fashions are typical memes. An idea or information pattern is not a meme until it causes someone to replicate it, to repeat it to someone else. All transmitted knowledge is memetic.

While I don't think I like the word parasitically infecting, it's a fun thing to do. I was tagged by Carla at Chocolate Moosey. I don't live the biggest life, so it might be a bit boring, but here is my MeMe.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago my son was away at college at the University of Texas at Austin and I was trying to figure out what to do with my spare time. I took a distance learning course in Medical Transcription. It certainly kept me busy and turned into a nice little job at home.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
Just a little over a year ago I decided to go back to my job that I 'retired' from for a few years. I had taken a little 'side journey' in life out to California. When I got back to Texas I found that I missed my 'family' and they welcomed me back.

Five snacks you enjoy?
Fruit, nuts, cereal, yogurt, popcorn.

Five songs that you know all the lyrics to?
We have laws in my area that prohibit me from singing!

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire.
I would make sure everyone who is close to me was out of debt. I'd buy a house in a climate that is COOL and away from hurricanes. I'd take all my close friends and family on a cruise. I'd make sure my grandson had a college education paid for. I'd stock the local food pantry with lots and lots of goodies.

Five bad habits
1. Too much artificial sweetener. I think I am going to glow in the dark someday from too many diet sodas and 'pink and blue' stuff.
2. Forgetting to have my cell phone where I can hear it ring.
3. Not recycling enough.
4. Eating too many carbs.
5. Not taking my hanging clothes from the laundry room to the closet.

Five things you like doing
1. Baking
2. Travel
3. Reading
4. Computer time.
5. Watching television.

Five things you would never wear again
1. Polyester (do they even make the stuff anymore?)
2. I guess the blue eye shadow and blue mascara are definitely things of the past.
3. Artificial nails -- too hard to maintain and get in the way of typing.
4. Anything lime green.
5. Long, dangly earrings.

Five favorite toys
1. Computer
2. DVD
3. Digital camera
4. My new Honda
5. My new oven

Now I am tagging Emiline


Emiline said...

It's true. You are glowing a little bit in your picture, from the sweeteners.

I liked reading this; it was fun. I think you're an interesting person. I love to find out more about the people behind the blogs.

I can't sing, either. I can croak, though.

It's interesting to see what a meme's definition actually is. I did this one already. Do you remember? I did it with my sis.

Bellini Valli said...

I didn't know the true meaning of the MEME. Ten years ago we were doing similar things. I had just finished a stint at college and went back to work after being a stay at home mom for 11 years. I started the job I have now in a doctors office.

Anj said...

Em: I did remember you did the MeMe with your sister, but forgot the questions (senior moment).

Valli: I should have tagged you! I was surprised by the real meaning of MeMe and how far back the idea goes. I thought that was interesting. One of my first jobs ever was in an ophthalmologist's office.

Carla said...

You have such healthy snacks. And we have very similar interests (don't we all?) :)