Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Meme: Lists of 8

One of my very, very favorite bloggers tagged me for this 8-based meme. I am glad to have something marginally mindless to write about tonight, as my brain is somewhat fried after too many hours spiraling wire and selecting matching pairs of trade beads (not an easy feat, given that these things wash up on the beach wily-nily).

Anyhoooo, here goes:

8 passions in my life:


Putting together a really good outfit, complete with accessories

Identifying things - trees, seashells, birds, snakes, gemstones, languages, etc.

Cooking, especially when it involves not following a recipe



Creating art


8 things to do before I die:

Have a child/children

Write a book

Visit the places on my ultimate travel list: Lençois Maranhenses in Brazil, Guyana, Dubai, Iceland, New Zealand, Chile

Return to some of the places that are dear to my heart: Cuba, a river in Venezuela whose bed is entirely made of red jasper and has a waterfall that looks like blood, Croatia, Greece

Learn Arabic

Live in the Casa Rosa

Do an adventure race

Start playing the piano again

8 things I often say:

Unbelievable (as an adjective to describe things, not so much as an exclamation)



Motherfucking hell (usually only said when alone, often in response to something the boys have done)



Hey girl


8 books I read recently:


Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight

A World of Strangers

Guns, Germs and Steel

The Poisonwood Bible

The Pickup

The Devil Wears Prada

Wedding Planning for Dummies

8 songs that mean something to me:

This Must Be the Place - Talking Heads

Open - Bruce Cockburn

Despiértate - Gonzalo Silva

Neon - John Mayer

Meu Amor, Meu Bem Me Ame - Zeca Baleiro

A Paz Que Não Quero - O Rappa

Maldeyeni - Mabulu

Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

8 qualities I look for in a friend:





likes to dance

good sense of humor


unafraid to connect

8 people I'm passing this along to: (feel free to disregard)




Jane Poe




Jo Ann


KreativeMix said...

pretty cool!!! thanks for sharing!!

Amber said...

Some good books there. I really was moved by Infidel. And I love The Poisonwood Bible! I wish I wrote it. lol


Eugénio Chimbutane said...


Também vivi no Brasil durante 1 ano, no Rio de Janeiro.

Passo a comentar no seu blog em português, pode ser? E tu se quiser pode comentar no meu em inglês, ta?

Escreva-me para troca de ideias:

Jo Ann v. said...

Lemme see, lemme see! :D

Safiya said...

I will try and get round to this as it looks like a cool meme, I will also dig out those questions you asked me aaages ago.

Would the book called Infidel be by a certain Ayan Ali Hirsi? That woman is such a pest and that's putting it mildly.

Ali la Loca said...

~Kreativemix - Thanks, this was a fun meme to do. Just what I needed for a mindless night.

~Amber - I also wish I'd written that book. It is easily in my top 5 all-time favorites ever. It made me cry and laugh like few books have...

~Eugénio - Eu morei no Rio durante 1,5 anos, e no Paraná durante 1 ano. Vamos manter o contato!

~Jo Ann - Can't wait to see your take on this!

~Safiya - Yes, that's the one. I didn't know anything about Ayan Hirsi before reading the book, and I found it to be an interesting experience. I like to see all sides of an issue, especially controversial ones, even if I vehemently disagree with one extreme or the other. There were parts of her perspective that I could definitely appreciate and relate to; others, not so much at all. What I kept in mind the entire time is that the book Infidel is a story of personal experience, of one woman's perspective. It is not a book on what Islam is, or what the religion means for women. Keeping this in mind, I was able to get through the book and take a lot out of it without getting worked up one way or the other. I suppose this might be easier for me, an outsider to Islam. Especially since I have many voices to listen to, including yours!!

Marcia said...

Cool - I haven't been tagged for a long time (well, for something other than the boring awards) so I'll get to this on the weekend.

And PLEASE show us pics of your haircut!!!

Jo Ann v. said...

It's done, Ali! :)

Captain Cat said...

Weird, your 8 passions pretty much match mine, especially the cat part. I have a bit of an obsession with cats. I also pride myself on being able to identify languages. BUT I must caution you on one of the places you want to visit: Dubai. It's the most awful, artificial, soul-less place on the planet. Chile is fabulous though, good choice.