I’ve been tagged!

Berta tagged me in a a comment of the last post. So I will join in the Meme game

Alicia also tagged me a while ago for the meme game, but unfortunately, I was too busy for having fun. Now I’ve been tagged again, so here it goes long over due…

What was I doing 10 years ago?

Dealing with a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old, working at a small private language school and getting claustrophobia there. That’s why I started my distance M.Ed. ANd I’ve never regretted the time and energy invested!

5 things you have to do today:

Wel, since it’s already late, I certainly have to turn off my computer. I also have to call the cat in and give her some TLC. I have to (in the sense of ‘want to’) finish this post, get ready for bed and, I guess that’s it for today.

Snacks I enjoy…

I love wasabi peanuts, and can never say no to chocolate. I also enjoy any kind of snack someone has put energy into making and has an intense or complex taste.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

I would donate pretty much all of it to charity. At the moment portions would go to Doctors Without Borders, an organization I already donate to regularly, to another organization a friend of mine set up to train doctors and assistants in Africa, and then I would send some to the Matopo Primary School, which I am also supporting through my blogging together with the ETAS.

Of course, I’d want a bit to travel, but even a million would be too much for me. In the end, I’d probably take a bit of petty cash and that’s it.

Three of my bad habits:
1-avoiding my bad habits
2-denying that I can think of any

5 places I have lived:

Bozeman, Montana (USA); Pocatello, Idaho (USA); Seattle, Washington (USA) and Reussbühl, Switzerland

5 jobs I have had:

Cleaning a local senior citizens day center. A souvenir saleswoman. An au-pair girl for 2 months. A German teacher, then an English teacher (German is awfully hard to teach!) and now I’m a coursebook author as well.

6 people I want to know more about:

Jennifer – someone who’s become a good friend,

Cristina Costa can’t be missed. My first cyber friend!

JoAnn, who’s close by, yet we never get time to talk

Dennis/Dennos simply because I always love hearing from him

Kevin, since I’ve been in touch withlately, but really don’t know him (I must ask him how he manages to change the picture every day!)

And THE person for best sites: Larry Ferlazzo


11 Responses

  1. Hi Illya, I really enjoyed reading your post and finding out more about you! Especially I didn’t know about your work with charitable organizations so much before, so it was a good chance to find out about, visit, and support the Matopo blog. I was also tagged for this meme by AnaMaria, so if you have time, stop by my blog to read my post. See you at LwC! Lots of fun ahead!

  2. Illya,

    Thanks for the tag, and for answering the questions yourself! You’re the second person who did so — here’s my response:



  3. Hi Illya,
    thanks for reminding of me.
    It does mean a lot.
    We haven’t been in touch for some time now. I hope we start interacting more often sometime soon. I do miss our conversations.

    I loved to know a litle bit more about you!

    We do need to meet f2f one of these days.


  4. Thanks for your replies! I really love this community.
    Mary, I actually went to your meme to find out more about you before I wrote 🙂 It’s so interesting.

    Larry, I’m glad you got around to meming. I feel the same way when, especially when I’m very busy and don’t respond right away. But it’s certainly worth the contacts you make through it!

    Cris, how could I ever forget you!?! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take a trip around the world and just travel from Webhead to Webhead!

  5. Dear Illya,

    It’s just soooo great to learn more about you, and I just loved to know more about your involvement in charity. I knew about your Mapoto project, but had no idea how much you’ve been contributing to a better world. Thanks for sharing!

    I miss our webcasts! Cris and I will start soon! Wanna join us? Just once a month…It’s an exciting project!

  6. […] friend Illya has tagged me to answer this meme. And of course, I had to welcome it, because one again by taking […]

  7. Your “bad habits” had me laughing.
    How do I change my picture? Do you mean the blog theme? It does it automatically.
    I came to your blog via the Three Links Out activity in Comment Challenge, only to discover a friendly name.

  8. Kevin,
    I saw your VERY COOL video response on Cris’ blog. How funny the way paths cross, isn’t it! And much more often then in f2f life even though people are much further away.
    I’m not doing the comment challenge (didn’t think I’d have time), but realize that I’ve been drawn in without even realizing it!

    Thanks for sharing the ‘secret’ of the changing pictures 🙂

  9. No problem.
    It’s funny how although you are not in the Comment Challenge, you keep bumping up into it.

  10. Dear Illya, I am so glad I tagged you and you had enough time to post your answers, way to go!!!

    I enjoyed reading more about you. I thought you were Swiss but now I can infer you are an American living in Switzerland, is that right? So your kids must be teenagers, 14 and 16, what a wonderful age …

    I laughed when reading about your bad habits, ha, ha … what about drinking too much coffee with the picture you have in all the posts in cyberspace?

    The work you do with the charities is amazing. You had no second thoughts about being a billionaire and donating all your money …

    I am sure we will keep bumping into each other again and again.

    Muchos cariños,
    Berta in Caracas

  11. Berta, it seems that with every time our paths cross, we get to know each other a little more, and the distance that separates us seems a little less.

    You certainly caught me with at least one of my bad habits! 🙂
    But I’m afraid you’ve overestimated me. I wish I would do more, but often it stays ‘a good idea’. Perhaps your response will give me the push I need to do more than just talk about doing good (it may be something, but is it enough to just blog about it?)

    Big hugs!

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