5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Kicking off my PhD in Glasgow by learning l33t plasmid cloning skillz from
2. Going drinking and clubbing with students and postdocs from my institute at least once every weekend.
3. Trying to decide if I could get over the height issue and ask out this really nice guy who was about 4 inches shorter than me. (I eventually did. We went on a date which started well, but then he announced halfway through that he'd never had a girlfriend before and didn't really want one ("but if I did, it would be you"). The last hour was rather awkward).
4. Living in student accommodation with fab roommates from England, Ireland, France, and Malaysia.
5. Learning to cook meat for the first time (undergrad roomies were mostly vegetarian and we all cooked / ate together).
5 things on my to-do list today:
1. The usual kitty stuff: wash / refill food and water bowls, treat Google's chin acne (don't ask), deal with the litter tray (aka the world's worst lucky dip).
2. Give my boss the final report from recent awesome unbloggable workshop.
3. Leave time free to deal with inevitable urgent tasks arising from my boss's recent 4 city trip. He's leaving again on Thursday...
4. Play with lab's Mac laptop to see if I like it (computer business owner friend has a used G4 that he will give me for $500, but I have to decide by tomorrow).
5. Try really really hard to find time for fun but non-urgent InaDWriMo project that keeps getting pushed back due to less fun, urgent projects (could incorporate into #4 actually. Hmm).
5 snacks I love:
1. Cheese. Any good quality cow milk cheese, or goat milk feta. But no other goat cheese. Sheep milk cheese is right out.
2. Kettle or Miss Vicky chips (honey Dijon, yoghurt and green onion, spicy Thai, salt and vinegar, black pepper and lime - love 'em all)
3. Avocado with balsamic dressing
4. Mixed roasted salted nuts
5. Oat fudge brownies from the cafe on the ground floor of my building
5 things I would do if I was a millionaire:
1. Make sure my parents and mother-in-law have enough money for a fabulous globetrotting retirement.
2. Buy my sister a house. Oh, wait, she lives in London and I'm a hypothetical millionaire, not billionaire... an apartment then.
3. Buy a sailing boat - small enough to be sailed by two people, big enough to take friends with us - and pay someone to teach me to sail it.
4. Invest enough for #5 and for our own fabulous globetrotting retirement, then give some to charity and the rest to assorted young nieces / nephews / cousins for their education.
5. Quit work and become a writer.
5 places I've lived: (chronological order - next stop was Vancouver)
1. Ashington, England (1977-1979 and 1981-1982)
2. Hameln, Germany (1979-1981)
3. York, England (1982 - 1995, plus various summers up to 2001)
4. Newcastle, England (1995 - 1998)
5. Glasgow, Scotland (1998 - 2002)
5 jobs I've had:
2. Cinema usher / ticket seller and checker / popcorn shoveller
3. Employer liaison at a job centre
5. Product manager (biotech marketing)
5 (sets of) people I'll tag: (I don't tag individuals)
1. Anyone whose day included / will include kitty litter
2. Anyone whose breakfast included / will include cheese
3. Anyone who knows how to sail
4. Anyone who's ever been to any of the places I've lived (not including Vancouver)
5. Anyone who's ever worked in a bar or cinema