Monday, June 23, 2008

Tag! You're It!

Today's Wonder of the World is...Tag!

Last Thursday my sweet friend Barb tagged me over at her lovely blog, The French Elements, HERE. Now people, I haven't played Tag in a long time, so you can imagine how relieved I was to find out that this kind of tag doesn't involve running! I've been tackling a mountain range of laundry from Todd and the kids' week away and I'm just too tuckered out to chase anyone!

Before I get to answering those fun questions, let's amuse ourselves a little by thinking about the Wonder-full game of Tag, shall we?

One thing I love about Tag is that it's played around the world by nearly everybody! In France it was Le Loup (the Wolf) or Le Chat (The Cat.)

I like Le Chat best, because it reminds me of my chat, Katie, back in her kitten days when she lived for games of flashlight tag.

There she is hopping over my mother in law's couch.
Yes, we were nutso. When we were living in Washington DC, we'd drive down to Fayetteville once every couple of months for a visit and we'd bring Katie with us, as if she were our baby. Which she was.
(Sometime I'll tell you about the time she sat behind Todd's neck as he was driving and peed down his shirt. Oh that was fun.)

Anyway, back to Tag.

Did you know that in some parts of the English speaking world, tag is also known as it, had, he, tips, tig, touch, tiggy, tick, dobby, chasing, chasemaster, and my personal favorite, chasey? Well it is!

But I really love the names for Tag in other countries. In Argentina it's called La mancha, which means the stain. And in Chile it's called TiƱa, which means Ringworm. I'd run too if Ringworm was chasing me!

I may not be great at the running type of tag, but I'm amazing at telephone tag. Just ask my answering machine.

And hopefully I'll be passable at CyberTag. And hopefully I won't bore you to death with my boring life.
Here goes.

1. What was I doing ten years ago?
Here I am, ten years ago.

And I don't know why there was a lawn chair in my kitchen.
Back in June of 1998 I was nice and pregnant with Sammy, and I had just finished teaching Chemistry at Eastside High School. (There's that maternity dress that I wanted to burn by September!) I took a leave of absence, planning to stay home with Sam for a while, and thought that finally my life was going to slow down a bit.
Ha ha ha.
Little did I know that within a year we'd have sold our house and packed up all our worldly possessions for a move to France!

2. Five things on my To-Do list?
Easy question--I've got so many to pick from for the summer:

How about me, bossing you around!
2. Finish the first draft of my current book in progress. !!!I must do this!!!
(I'm hoping all those exclamation points will light a fire under me.)
3. Recover the couch I bought at a yard sale that has been half- done and in my bedroom for two years now. It is beginning to look normal to my eyes and that is scary.
4. Get all my pictures (that are stuffed in a cabinet) into albums, or at least into boxes.
5. Clean out my office drawers and files. (I didn't promise that this list would be life changing!)

3. Five snacks I enjoy?
Ooh. I love talking about snacks. Hmmm.
Pretzels dipped in nutella.

Crackers dipped in nutella.
Fingers dipped in nutella. (Ha ha. I wouldn't do that.)
Or would I?
Pistachio nuts.
Bugles dipped in hot artichoke dip. Yum.
And guacamole and tortilla chips. (Or if I'm feeling healthy or people are watching I'd use baby carrots instead.)

That's six but I was just kidding about all that nutella.
Sort of.

4. Five things I would do if I were a Millionaire/Billionaire?
1st I would sink enough into my kids' college accounts that I could relax.
2nd I would put a bunch into our retirement so I could relax.
(Sounds like I need to relax.)
3rd I've give a bunch to GAIHN, my favorite charity. And to my church.
4th I'd be selfish and get us a mountain house.
5th I'd be selfish and get my husband a really nice bike and all the biking stuff he wants.
And maybe a small plane. (He used to have his private pilot's license and it's always been a dream of his.)

5. Five places I've lived? Lucky you, you get a bonus. Not that you really care.
Here's all the places I've lived, in order.
Lexington Kentucky
Lafayette Indiana
Raleigh North Carolina
Denver, Colorado
Omaha, Nebraska
Washington DC
Greer, SC
Clermont Ferrand, France
And back to Greer.

So there you have it! Way too much information about me.

I'm not a competitive game kind of person, (ask my dad who tried to get me to join the swim team for years while I stood on the side of the pool with my arms crossed and refused) so I'm a little to shy to tag you.
But if you want to be tagged, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED! Ha ha. You're it!

But stop! Don't run yet!
Watch these cool tag videos first!

This first one is one of the most amazing games of tag I've ever seen. Ben showed it to me and said he wants to learn how to do this. I pretended not to have all the breath sucked out of me. (Remember, he's the kid who has done an international tour of Emergency Rooms!) Still, it does look like fun!
(Warning for those watching with children who like to parrot words they hear--or if you are watching with a real live parrot: the song is a little PG.)

And this one is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Unless you hate babies and dogs.
If so, go tell someone, because you need a hug!

And please visit yesterday's post if you haven't already and tell me what you think. I live in a house divided, and I could use your vote!

Love, Becky


Kalynne Pudner said...

I had that same maternity dress! It made it through four pregnancies. Then I lost it. (No, I can't explain.)

Barb said...

Hi Becky,

Thank you for playing. My goodness, girl, I learned so much about the game of tag and about you.

I enjoy nutella on just plain bread.

Love the videos.

Have a truly wonderful day,

Suzie said...

I dont know tag always stressed me out. I hated hated being it. It made me feel unloved. I was a little sensitive as a kid.

Rosemary said...

You are an interesting person Becky!!
Love that materinity dress, and the lawn chair.
Have a great day!

TattingChic said...

Well, that was the most entertaining tag list I've read in a while.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

No way Kalynne! The same one! And you wore it through four pregnancies! I am in awe. I only have a couple things that I wore with all three pregnancies. The others I just couldn't stand to look at anymore.

Hey Barb. It was fun! I'll play tag with you any old time.
And yes, nutella on plain bread is quite yummy.

Hey Suzie, I know what you mean! I still don't like being it. Who wants to see people run when you head their way?

Rosemary, you're a sweetie yourself! And I remembered about the lawn chair. That pic was taken during Sarah's eighth birthday, so we probably were dragging in chairs for the kiddos to sit in. (And I don't usually wear a dress for b-day parties, but it was a dress up party. Lots of little girls in dresses. And one very big girl, me.

Thanks Tattingchic!

rochambeau said...

Hi Rebecca,
Your answers are great! Nice to know a fellow gypsy! Can't wait to read your next book! You go girl!

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

~~you and the piggy bank (:) I like
that one.. and that cat is a riot(:) ..good talking... have a great rest of the day Becky..hugs Patty

Randy and Linda said...

Okay, lets make a deal! I'll pick my favorite blog figure, and you tell me where I can buy this wonderful Nutella. I like the polka dots and piggy bank, especially with the big pennies dropping out. I like the symbolism of it all. You're smiling despite having to empty a piggy bank - probably one of your kids', despite that you only have old fashioned undies and that may be why you're dipping into your reserve money which is so symbolic of how we're affected by our economy today. The big pennies represent that even though they're just pennies, if you're frugal and buy carefully, those little pennies are really big, and can buy you a lot of goods if you're cautious.
I think I know why your license plate has "RUN" on it now - you're it and you are warning those behind you that you could back-up and tag them!
Also, I like the first tag photo of the kids running in the front lawn - that's a special shot.
Have a great Tuesday Becky.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Thanks Randy!
Find Nutella in the peanut butter section in your local Bi-Lo. Have fun!