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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Monday, June 11, 2007

8 things about me meme

I got tagged a while back, and sort of ignored it (sorry sara). I'm pretty sure the reason we all do these damn memes, is all related to ego, but then again...what's wrong with that? ;)
I do enjoy reading about my friends quirks, likes and dislikes. Whether any of this is relevant or readable, I have no idea.

But I'm going to play the game anyway. Sara at Unbridled Learning tagged me.

8 things about me meme

~~~Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the
game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their
names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them
know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.~~~

Yeah, this is going to be hard. Just finding 8 people to tag that haven't already been tagged will be a challenge. And while I'm probably quirky enough to list 8 things, it's much harder to think of them yourself. Methinks Bleu could list at least 20.;)

So here we go:

1) I don't eat meat (other than occasional seafood...very occasional, maybe 3-4x per year) but I will use leather and think hunting is much more humane than buying that crappy meat sold in grocery stores. I think people who buy crappy grocery meat and gross out over hunting or raising your own meat ought to be slapped silly.:)

2) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite poem ever....but Advice to Myself by Louise Erdrich is running a close second at the moment.

3) I don't watch much tv, but I think "Heroes" is the most fun and interesting series and I hate to miss an episode. Monday nights just aren't the same now that the season is over.:(

4) I'm a metal head. Yeah, head banger...whatever you want to call it. Though my musical tastes range from opera and classical to folk/bluegrass, hard rock and hip-hop, I tend to listen to the heavy metal/hard rock the most. I love blasting AC/DC, Metallica, Mega-Death, Creed, Alter Bridge, Disturbed, System of a Down, Flyleaf, Nightwish....anything with that intense guitar please.:) It makes my heart happy. So there.

5)I'm a snob about food. Yeah, I'll eat just about anything (unless it's been through rigor mortis) but if I'm going to drink beer, it has to be good beer. Same with wine. Same with chocolate (ok, sometimes desperation allows for a lesser variety). Same with tea.
If it's not good, why bother? Bud Light is good for slug bait or making beer batter (so there AMY!) but you don't put it in your body! Ack. Try a Blue Moon or something worth drinking next time.
By good, I don't mean expensive. Just good.
I'm still loving that Rioja Danielle.....just had some last night with Bleu.:)

Oh, and the same logic applies to ice cream and other "fattening" substances. If its low-fat, I'd rather just skip it all together. Yuck.

6)Ok, the big dichotomy of being me:
I feel a strong need to live a simple life, connecting with the earth and living sustainably. BUT, I also love fashion, makeup and work for the "machine".:) And you know what? I love it. Most of it anyway. Needy people who think makeup "fixes" some deep pit of emptiness inside of them annoy the shit out of me. But in this industry, I've met some incredibly artistic, amazing human beings that have helped me grow not only as an artist but as a person.

Yes, I am passionate about beekeeping, growing your own food, buying local food, sustainable energy, makeup, fashion and all of the artistry it entails. It is what it is. I make no apologies.

7) I grew up in Fairbanks Alaska. Born and raised, with the exception of one year spent in....yeah, you guessed it....HAWAII. Crazy eh? I walked to school in 20 below more often than most people even walked to school probably. I remember my lashes freezing and wearing clunky moon boots every damn day.
I got a taste of prejudice heaped upon me in Hawaii. I was an outsider, a white, a "haole" and many of them hated me for it. The beaches were lovely though.
As to Alaska living.......
Yes, it's light all night in the summer. No, we don't have polar bears that far south. Yes, we lived in normal houses, drove cars and lived pretty much like the rest of America except for the moose, the dark, the light and the amazing mountains and northern lights.

8) Haven't had enough yet?
Ok then. I think school is a stupid place to put kids. I do understand why people utilize it at times, but if you're mindlessly forcing your kids to go, then stop it. Now.
People are born to learn and the only way to mess that up is to either leave your kids to figure everything out by themselves (neglect) or coerce and force them to learn (which doesn't produce any real learning anyway...so just stop it).
Ok, that's not really about me, just my viewpoint. BUT....
I will continue to speak and write about natural learning and gentle/mindful parenting as long as people give me a soapbox on which to stand. :)

End of ego-filled dialogue. I promise. For now anyway.

And now to tag some unsuspecting bloggers. Look out! Alright then:
~My sis Heidi (because she's unfortunate enough to be related to me),
~Danielle (since she got me hooked on the Rioja in the first place and could easily qualify as a food snob herself),
~Samuel (because his wife is a roller derby player and they're beer snobs too),
~CG (because she really DOES grow most of her own food and inspires me greatly),
~Kelli (who made me the most awesomely beautiful hand-knitted poncho ever and because I have to pester her until she moves here because I love her so),
~Diana (because hell, she's Diana and could easily come up with 100 things...every one of which would be interesting to read),
~ Zenmomma (who owns the Sunnyside Up cafe in Corvallis with her crazy-ass Jon who both make me smile often, even though I see them rarely),
and finally...
~Crystal (because she's trying to sell her house and has absolutely no time for such triviality as a blog meme!)


Blogger Snavleys said...

I could think of a few more things ;) No, just joking! Love you! Oh bother, I haven't been tagged yet but I see I'm on your list. I hate those things. But since it comes from you...........I might need a little help though;)

4:23 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Mostly I think "ego" too, "who, me?" blush blush, Okay - here's what I think....

But at other times I think it brings folks together who need to be - broadens our worlds and thinking.

-I'm all about connections and synchronicity lately, so there you have it.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

I feel a need to clarify the "that far South" part. Fairbanks (where we grew up) is too far south for Polar Bears. There ARE Polar Bears in Alaska, just not where we lived.:)

There. That's a load off my mind. hehe

6:59 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

LOL. I just finished sharing my eight things on my blog and I came here and you're sharing your eight things.

I never knew you were a fellow head banger Ren! Now I have another reason to like you. :-)

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Taryn said...

Hey! Another lady metalhead like myself! I was just browsing the unschooling webring and landed on your website. I'm a big metal fan- Megadeth, Carcass (who are vegetarians by the way), 3 Inches of Blood, Dio, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, etc.

Nice to stumble upon a gal who likes her metal, they are always so few and far between, it's a bit upsetting at times.

Oh and I love Blue Moon (although I drink very very little alcohol, but when I do I appreciate something with a bit of spice). I still do, even though my cheeks turned a bit red when I found out they are produced by Coors. Damn them!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Ok, I'm adding my friend LeaAnn whom I thought wasn't blogging recently but then she went and posted stuff, making me wish I'd tagged her!! So I tagged 9...oh well, who wants to follow the rules anyway?;)


You've been tagged L!

7:43 PM  

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