Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tagged again

It seems to be a season for tags. I've been tagged by Robyn of ArtPropelled and Pinkdogwood of Wandering Mind.

Robyn has a visually stunning, very artistic blog that is an inspiration. Pinkdogwood has thought-provoking posts that are very interesting. So do check them out.

Robyn's tag: 7 Random or Weird facts about me

  1. I am scared of riding on roller coasters and cannot EVER be tempted to go to an amusement park.
  2. I’m pretty sure my right hand is longer than my left, though no one believes me.
  3. If I had three other lifetimes, I would be a full-time artist/photographer, wildlife activist, and travel writer in each of those.
  4. I don’t like cheesecake or vanilla ice cream.
  5. When I look down from heights, I have a small urge to jump (my mind tricks me into imagining a floating experience!)
  6. I cannot wake up early in the morning, though I can stay up all night.
  7. I really, really want, at some point, to be a surrogate mother to an orphaned baby chimp.

For this one, I tag Jude, Karine and Sydney - that's not 7, but my readership is still pretty finite!

Here are the rules:-
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Pinkdogwood's tag:

~ Begin Tag details

copy ~Two questions in each category, answer them and then tag your friends from the blog-o-sphere. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been tagged and you are all set.

Yesterday - Your oldest memory - What were you doing 10 years ago?

Today -Your first thought today morning - If you built a time capsule today what would it contain?

Tomorrow - This year ….What do you see yourself doing 14 years from now?

~ End Tag details ~

Oldest memory: I am 3 years old and living with my grandmother, uncle and aunts, doing various things like collecting kundumani (Abrus precatorius: a bright red and black seed), riding on my uncle’s motorbike and walking holding my grandmother’s hand.

10 years ago: I was preparing to defend my PhD dissertation, and had just (~6 months earlier) met the guy who would be my husband.

First thought this morning: Wish I didn’t have to do all that reading for class this evening, so that I can paint!

Time capsule: my parents, good times with my sisters and their families, walks around the Lady Bird lake with my husband, cuddly moments with my cats, sounds of birds chirping and squirrels scolding (the cats) and morning sunshine spilling into my backyard.

This year: not much of it left. Most thoughts are on finishing the semester well and fitting in a visit to see my parents and planning a nice vacation.

14 years from now: Us living much more simply and sustainably, close to forests or mountains, working actively to protect a small pocket of habitat for wildlife, with days spent working outside and not in an office building, with no need for vacation because we are doing exactly what we want to be doing each day. Sigh. Who knows?!

For this one, I tag Priya & Robyn .

To those who have been tagged - no compulsion, since there are lots of tags going around!


Raghav said...

Whoa..I need to keep you away from heights...I knew you didn't like heights, but I didn't know you felt like jumping....just fyi, you won't float, you'll splat....

pink dogwood said...

Loved knowing 7 things about you :) I am a lot like you except cheesecake is my most favorite dessert :)

Loved reading your second tag as well and your plans for 14 years has got me seriously thinking -living more simply and sustainably - spending more time outdoors - they all appeal to me greatly. Maybe in 14 years we can do something together :)

Kitchen Surfer said...

Me too! I have a momentary urge to jump off from heights. My heart says "jump, it cant hurt!" My mind screams, "gravity, gravity, gravity!"

Robyn said...

I don't think I am compelled to jump but I do get giddy and worry that I might lose my balance and over I go. I know with out a doubt that I won't float :-)
Thanks for the tag Bindu. I will have to think about this one. Your 14 year plan appeals to me too.

bindu said...

bhavana - sounds like a plan! :)

giri - hope your mind screams louder than your heart there! ;)

robyn - it's partly that too. I feel I might easily just tip over! Take your time with the tag.

Blu said...

Ummm heights always feel there is a hand about to push me over the top.
Fantastic pictures on the tagged blog.

vinz-Q8 said...

i was never scared of heights until the day i tried bungee jumping.i alomost pissed of my pants.

after that incident in my life,i'm scard to even look out of my appartment window.

Chris' Shady Grove said...

I love your future goals. Keep dreaming. P.S. only jump in your dreams...

bindu said...

blu - that's true!

vinz-q8 - I don't think I'll ever try bungee jumping! Great that you did that.

chris - thanks, I will. :)

Ps said...

I love vanilla ice creams :)
But tell me why a baby chimp?Why not a baby penguin or a koala or anything else?

bindu said...

hey preeti - you can have all my vanilla ice cream then! :)

Why baby chimp - well, in many sanctuaries in Africa, they bring in orphaned baby chimps who have usually witnessed the slaughter of their mother by poachers for bush meat, and come in depressed and scared. Until they are about a year old, chimp babies are exactly like human babies in their level of development & needs, and are as attached to their mothers. Since we are their closest relatives, we can easily step in as their parent and rehab scientists use human volunteers to act as their mothers, spending almost 24-hours a day with them for about 6 months to a year, teaching the babies how to be a chimp, and giving them the emotional support they need. They usually take local volunteers in Congo and other places, but I've always wanted to do this. I think they do this for other primates too, but I'm not sure. With other animals, I'm sure the babies can imprint on humans as their parent too, but it's much harder for us to be a good substitute as with primates. I have heard of a couple in Russia who dress as bears and rehab bear cubs whose mothers were shot by poachers, teach them to be bears and release them back in the wild, and there is of course Elsa of Born Free - but it's much harder for this to be done without getting the animals used to humans. I would love to work with any animal, but this surrogate mother program for chimps is something I've been fascinated with forever, and hope to do some day! In Indonesia and Borneo they do the same with Orangutans too, which would also be amazing.

Sydney said...

HI there -- got your tag just now. I realize ˆ never posted the first one! I did write it out though but had a deadline and then we left for vacation. I'm happy to be tagged again and I will get both going.

I want the same three professions as your three other lifetimes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have much in common.