Sunday, December 24, 2006

I'm It (or I'm he, as we used to say in England)


Oh! I've been tagged by
Jenelle (aka Nelly). Since I'm now it, I have to tell you five things you may not know about me.

I was going to be quiet over this Christmas weekend but that Scary Santa she threatened me with has me frantically trying to think of five things to commit to blogsphere. Now if I tag you at the end of this it will be your turn to tell us five things we may not know about YOU and to tag four others.

What can I tell you about me?

#1. I have a U.S. passport and a California driver's license, but I also have a Portuguese drivers license and a Kenyan driver's license and I will soon have a Tanzanian driver's license. I think it's really nifty to have all these driver's licenses.

#2. I once had to remove a dead male baboon from the botton of our garden in the East Africa wilderness by attaching a rope to the huge hulk of carcass that was decaying and stinking up the place. It was full of maggots and covered with flies and I tied the rope around the arm and then hiked off into the forest with the baboon in tow, leaving it farther away from the house so that I didn't have to smell it anymore and so that the hyenas would come and eat it. I was proud of myself for doing this job.

#3. I feel that you should never see the film Out of Africa unless you have read the book first because the book is about 250,000 times better than the film, even though the cinematoghraphy is wonderful. The book, by Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen,) will make you feel you a clumsy writer at best and you will be ashamed of how badly you string a line of words together.

#4. I recently bawled my eyes out after finishing Leif Enger's novel, Peace Like a River. It was not the ending that made me cry, nor even the story in its entirety, but the sum total of a great tale told with great skill. The actual story-telling made me worship the Lord for the creativity He has granted and the beauty He releases through it.

#5. I think of myself as a boring person. Yep, pretty much.

Hhhhhhmmmm, I tag Kelly W. in Madrid, Pam in Arusha, Rebecca in UK and Justin in Paris. What can I threaten you with? Maybe that I'll sneak into your house and steal your Death Cab for Cutie or Sufjan CD's?? Not sure I could pull that off really, but it's scary just to think about isn't it?

14 comments:

jenelle said...

I am shuddering at the thought of someone ganking those records...o holy terror!

lisa said...

pretty mean, that's me :-)
and i've fixed the link to kelly w.
love and love!
-me

relevantgirl said...

Lisa,

I'm so glad you loved PLAR as much as I did. I had that same reaction as well as a bunch of humility over the beauty of his writing and how mine paled.

Will you be at Mount Hermon this year? (www.mounthermon.org/writers). I will be teaching this year, and some friends from Ireland will be there too. I'd sure love to see you.

Love, Mary

jenelle said...

yes. she'll be there. (can I do that? I just did it. the baby Jesus told me to.)

lisa said...

well the two of you have very clear ideas about what i should do with my calendar! and i like the way you, miss nelly, blame someone else for bossing me around :-) all of this to say, i haven't actually figured out what i'm doing then...

Baba said...

what?!! you, boring?!!! you're the most loving person I've ever met... and one of the goofyest ones :-) I assume that's a big lie in your head miss Lisa...Hum, Hum, you better take it out of your mind now :-) ...
yeh, and Nelly tagged me as well, but I'm not gonna play this game...eh, eh....sorry guys :-) I just don't know what to say...

Love you so much Lisa...I can't help to say this all the time :-)

jenelle said...

ok ok. I was just being bossy and blaming it on Jesus. I'm sorry.

Pamela said...

Hey Lisa! I have posted my 5 things! Enjoy!

Lassiter Family said...

Hi, Lisa! How fun to find your blog! What are you guys up to these days? Merry Christmas!
~Carrie Brock

JB said...

ok i am adding to barbara's comment...to think that you are at all boring from the previous 4 things can only be explained as a complete lie! you are so far from boring! and this is your first born speaking! in the words of barbara: "you better take [that lie] out of your mind now!"
love yoU!

lisa said...

ok i'm sorry! i was just being being honest about the way i picture me!

lisa said...

Carrie! How fun to hear from you!! We are in the States getting ready to move to Arusha to join Russells. I need to pack cuz we leave early in the morning to see Byron's family. Give my love to your folks!

Andy said...

I'm more or less dropping in to say, "Hi." I was just published alongside you in May/June 2007 US edition of Discipleship Journal (you're on pages 44-48; I'm on 69-73).

I was wondering about your experiences with writing articles. This was the first full length article I have written, and it went through several rounds of editing, which makes me wonder if I can really write at all. Have you been published a lot, or are you just breaking into the field?

Carolyn said...

Oh. Lisa! I was going to say how NOT boring you are, but everyone else already beat me to it! I can't believe you ever thought this about yourself.......wow. So, what other lies do you need to get rid of in that lovely head of yours? :-) I"m sure we'd all be glad to help! lol just what you needed, right? A bunch of thought police.....

xxCarolyn