Time Travel, recycled and re-used!

by DaniGirl on April 2, 2009 · 15 comments

in It IS all about me, Memes

This is the first meme I ever did, and I liked it so much I did it again the next year. I intended to do it every year, but — like so many of my great intentions — seem to have lost it in the shuffle. As Homer said about the roasted pig: “It’s still good!”

15 years ago today I would have been:

  • finalizing my divorce (big, happy smile)
  • unpacking boxes after moving in to my first “own” place, a room rented in a student house in the Glebe shared with five other people
  • delirious with reclaimed freedom and terrified of being out on my own

10 years ago today I would have been:

  • finaling the plans for our July wedding (another big, happy smile!)
  • living in the Glebe a block away from that student house, in a gorgeous little bo-ho attic apartment with a balcony perched off the kitchen like a tree house
  • a month away from finding Katie, the world’s best doggie and my first baby

5 years ago today I would have been:

  • at home on maternity leave, with a newborn (Simon) and a two year old (Tristan) in the house
  • massively, pathetically sleep-deprived
  • a post-partum hormonal toxic disaster

1 year ago today I would have been:

  • at home on maternity leave with a newborn, a four-year old and a six-year old in the house!
  • coping with three much better than I coped with two, having just laid off our first nanny
  • taking Lucas for his first visit to the Children’s Hospital

This year I am:

  • thrilled with my new four-day work weeks
  • obsessed with photography in much the same way I’ve been obsessed with blogging for the past four years
  • very, very busy but very, very happy

Today I:

  • forgot to buy my April bus pass (the driver let me ride anyway, bless him) and forgot my building pass at home. Sigh.
  • will celebrate the early spring warmth by going for a photo-expedition at lunch time, perhaps behind the Parliament Buildings or over to the National Gallery.
  • am worried about my dad.*

Next year I hope:

  • to have a little bit more free time on my hands
  • to have a little bit more control over the chaos and a few more projects checked off the to-do list
  • to be doing more or less exactly what I’m doing now — but better!

(You like the vagueness here? Goal-setting was never one of my strengths!)

In five years I hope:

  • to be thinking about looking for a four-bedroom house
  • to be *this close* to having all three boys in school full-time
  • to be rejigging my priorities to be putting a little bit more emphasis back on my career

This was really fun to do, and surprisingly difficult on the prognostication parts. It’s quite interesting to read the ones I’ve written before and see what I chose to note as important at that time, too!

Let me know if you play along!

* My dad is in the hospital with a subdural hematoma, and they’ll have to operate some time in the next few days to relieve the pressure on his brain. It sounds a little bit too much like an episode of House for my liking. They don’t know exactly how it happened, but suspect it came from a tumble down some stairs quite a few weeks ago.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alison April 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

Dani, I’m thinking good thoughts for your dad, and sending a prayer up too.

It’s amazing how many changes you can go through in 15 years. The scariness of a divorce (an aside, my captcha is flags lawyers) is soon overtaken by a new life with all those possibilites. And diapers, lol. Oh, and it’s nice when they’re all in school full time. I like this meme, and I have a lot of trouble with the future goals part. I just want to be happy.

2 snackmommy2 April 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

Thinking of Papa Lou….

3 Chantal April 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

Oh no, Think of you all and sending good vibes to your dad.
Take Care

4 XUP April 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I’m not a big fan of memes but this one sounds like fun. I might give it a whirl.

5 Amber April 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I’m sorry to hear about your dad. Sending good thoughts your way.

6 Annika April 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

What a beautiful life you have. I love this!

Please know I will send positive vibes to your Dad, and hope it all goes well for him.

7 suze April 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I’m sending positive thoughts your dad’s way and yours. Hope he’s all better soon.

8 SC April 2, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I’ll play along… its funny to think how fast life changes, and this meme reflects it perfectly!

Hoping your Dad’s surgery goes well.

9 Amy @ Muddy Boots April 2, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I played!


So sorry to hear about your dad. I know from experience how scary it can be when someone you love is facing brain surgery.


10 Fawn April 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Hi Dani – I’m chuckling over your forgetting TWO passes today — you could’ve been ANYBODY, you security threat, you! Tee hee.

Sending your dad lots of positive energy for a quick treatment and recovery.

11 CynthiaK April 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm

A great meme. Isn’t it amazing to think back over that many years? Look how far you’ve come! And, you’ve now made me miss living in Ottawa even more. Sigh.

Hope everything goes smoothly for your dad.

12 Kerry April 3, 2009 at 6:54 am

Hugs to your and your Mum, Dani!

13 twinmomplusone April 3, 2009 at 8:14 am

prayers and hugs for a speedy recovery

14 JoJo April 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Hugs to Papa Lou and Granny Franny…and you.

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