Well I usually ignore tags, with a little inner thrill at my own lately-discovered assertiveness.
In the last couple of weeks I nearly found myself taking on not 1 but 2 new significantly-responsible roles at work. In the nick of time I recognised the route I was taking and the mire of stress and overwork towards which it led. With a sigh of relief I shook my head clear and said - assertively - "No No No!".
[I took on one of them. The smaller one. Which is ok. I could - WOULD - have said no if i'd wanted to, honest.)
Actually - I hadn't meant to write about assertiveness - but now I think about it, I've been doing well lately.
A third year student tried last week to emotionally blackmail his way into one of my classes, although it is now week 6, too late for pedagogical reasons as well as too late by university regulations. His final line of argument was that if I didn't let him join the course then he wouldn't be able to graduate next summer.
(This wasn't the only untrue thing he said)
He did make me feel pressured and bad. But I said No.
[As well as offering constructive suggestions as to what he could and should do about his existing courses, and staff who could and would be able to help him sort it out.]
Am I writing this because of niggling guilt? I don't think so.
So I decided to do this tag from Wendz because its an easy peasy one and I wasn't sure what else to blog about. And see, I needn't have bothered, because look how the words emerge when you start to write.
I'll do the tag anyway, because I decided to do so, of my own free will.
But rather than tag any of you, I will let you make up your own independent free-thinking minds.
"List one fact, word or tidbit that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your first or middle name. You can theme it to your blog or make it general. Then tag one person for each letter of your name."
Oh bum. I've just realised that I was thinking about this tag in terms of my RL name, which has only 5 letters.
Dilemma now. Shall I reveal and use my very own true personal name? Or shall I use the 7-lettered "Lettuce", which only has one letter in common with that? Or I could use my true personal middle name? but that has 9 letters in it.
I think it has to be the longer, middle name, don't you? I like a challenge.
When its a matter of my own free choice.
E - elated by exercise of recently-discovered assertiveness
L - lazy because one outcome of the previous is that I am doing less work - at work and at home.
I - in my pajamas and cosy comforting slippers and dressing gown, even though its 10.30 am. Not unrelated to the previous two, also due to LG being off school sick. No 6.30am alarm for us this morning, what a joy.
Z - zooming off to New York, Pennsylvania and Washington next April. Tickets booked. Can't wait. (Also not unrelated to newly assertive lifestyle.)
A - aching arms and legs from recent return to yoga and to cycling.
B - buying the odd possibly C*******s-related gift, while also trying to ignore the date and impending festivities.
E - exhausted by ongoing miserable peri-menopausal stuff
T - thinking about Control, which I saw on Monday. Bleak and tragic, as expected of course, but an excellent film, beautifully shot and an uncannily perfect evocation of the 70's.
H - have to go and get breakfast now.
So have a go at this yourself, if you want to of course.
And if you want a good laugh, look at this excellent post written by Jay at Kill the Goat.