Monday, January 18, 2010

Seven Things...

I can handle a meme tonight, I think! Inspired by Ink and Squadratomagico, herewith are seven things I have not yet mentioned on the blog:

1. Of my father's 5 daughters, I am the shortest; but I am not short. In fact, I often feel very tall around other people... except my sisters.

2. I'm toying with the idea of possibly doing a PhD in history instead of archaeology. The job market thing doesn't worry me overly; there may be few jobs in history, but there are, I'm sure, fewer in archaeology (no, no stats to back this up at the moment!). Apart from -really- enjoying the historiography and histories I've been reading lately, the greater potential for a job and for higher earnings is tempting. I'm not sure, however, that I can emotionally handle not identifying as an archaeologist.

3. I own 4 pairs of shoes: 1 black, 1 brown, 1 sneakers, and 1 pair of dancin' shoes. I also much prefer to wear men's shoes, as I find them more comfortable and less expensive than women's shoes. Yes, I am stereotypically a woman in sensible shoes.

4. I am a huge fan of long soaks in the tub. With a book. And one foot on the hot water tap to keep from getting cold (I did say LONG soaks). Too much information? Perhaps, but what are blogs for!

5. I am terrible at picking names for pets. As a kid, I had gerbils named A and B, because I was at a loss what to name the children of parent gerbils, Charlie Brown and Lucy. I named my white mice "Mus" and "Musculus" (Mus musculus is the scientific name for house mouse). I gave the occupants of an entire 40 gallon tank of fish a single, collective name (which was not The Fish). It is probably best I've never had to (nor likely will ever have to) name a child.

6. I've seen Salvadore Dali's "Persistence of Memory" in person. It is TINY. Well, ok... it's about the size of a sheet of letter paper. But I expected something so important to be, well, bigger (Dali did do works that are almost 2 stories high; a trip to the Dali museum in Florida is well worth it).

7. I've never traveled further west than Indianapolis.

That would be 7 things!


squadratomagico said...

I am quite a good pet namer. I chose TrannieDiva's real name when I was a sophomore in college. At the time, I had RussianCat, but I read a book with a cool name in it and though, "for my next cat." 20 years later, TrannieDiva got that name!

And, we historians are not so terrible. Depending on your field, you still can work with lots of archaeological sources, of course!

The Steel Magnolia said...

Four pairs of shoes?! My daughter is 4 years old and has more shoes! Hilarious!

Digger said...

Squadrato, I'm actually quite fond of several historians (though I do also know some terrible ones... why, oh why, must people MAKE SHIT UP when they do history????). My personal identity and how I think is pretty tied up with being an archaeologist. I regularly wonder how such-and-such an event or group of people could be distinguished in an archaeological assemblage. I look at a metal beer bottle and wonder if I'd catalog that as a can or a bottle? And, there's just something very cool about playing in the dirt and finding things. So, it's not so much a decision about profession as it is about self-identity.

Steel Magnolia: Does it count that I also have three pairs of boots? One pair of winter boots, one pair of steel-toed construction-type work boots, and one pair of steel-toed knee-high chemical resistant boots. :D

Bavardess said...

I am also a great fan of the long bath. Even better with a glass of wine. I noticed Wolf Hall in your sidebar - I'm reading it at the moment, too. I love her writing, though it's distracting me from more pressing tasks (like work).

Digger said...

I may have to re-read it before I send it off to my dad. I'm enjoying it, but am embarrassingly unfamiliar with the history. It would likely read better if I had the context :)