Monday, February 4, 2008

123 Meme

Something New! A Game!

My friend Laura posted this on her blog, and it just is too fun to pass up. I had never heard of "meme" before, but I'm intrigued.

For those of you who are new 'meme-ers', a 'meme' as defined by 'The Daily Meme' is:

In the context of web logs / 'blogs / blogging and other kinds of personal web sites it's some kind of list of questions that you saw somewhere else and you decided to answer the questions. Then someone else sees them and does them and so on and so on. I generally consider these to be actual questions and not some multiple choice quizzes that determine some result at the end (what color you are most like, what cartoon character are you, what 80s movie are you).

Here are the rules for this one:
  • Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more (no cheating!)

  • Find page 123

  • Find the first five sentences

  • Post the next three sentences

  • Tag five people

I had to pass over a devotional book of less than 123 pages and some math books before reaching a "real book" - hah! The closest book to my desk, which is where I am, is Getting Things Done by David Allen... Page 123... Five sentences down, and here are the next three:

- That item may be more attractive to your psyche because you know right away what to do with it- and you don't feel like thinking about what's in your hand. This is dangerous territory. What's in your hand is likely to land on a "hmppphhh" stack on the side of your desk because you become distracted by something easier, more important, or more interesting below it. -

Okay, the Bible IS the only living, breathing, inspired Word from God, right? I am SO busted!! We are having Grace Week right now (which I will blog about this weekend), and one of my personal goals for the week is to get my inbox to "zero". Another is to clean out my closet. Today, I cleaned out my closet - it is done. To my dismay, I found my "old" inbox... the one that is essentially a "hmppphhh" stack all by itself. Can't I just throw it all away and pretend it never existed???? Uhhhh....

Okay, your turn!!! Put your meme on your blog & comment to me so that I know you did it & can come read it! Or if you don't have a blog, email it to me or post it as a comment. I want to know what everyone's closest book is! How do I pick 5 people? Do you have to do that? I want everyone reading this to do it - so if you've read this count yourself tagged.


Laura said...

It is interesting to me how profound the 3 sentences can be. I'm looking right now at my very own 'hmmmph' stack. It actually has legal work in it ... is that just horrible, or what?

I'm so excited to follow your blog and learn more about Miss Mason's ideas in practice. Our little classroom is somewhere between CM, classical with a little Scooby Doo thrown in.


Señora Smith said...


I am very afraid of what is in my hmmmph stack! I'm going through it before I go to bed, though!

If you want to read more about CM, check out the other blogs on my blog roll - most of them are CMers, following Ambleside Online. They do a much better job than I do of actually writing about her work. I am going to try to do that more to help myself process it, but I learn SO much from these ladies...

Thanks for reading & inspiring the meme!

Katie said...

Hi, Julie! I'm posting about my book in your comments because I am too lazy to go post it to my blog. ;o)

Do I get extra points for having a hymnal be my closest book? I couldn't believe it-- I looked around, and there it was, the only book within arm's distance. How'd that happen? I usually end up getting caught with some embarrassment when I do these memes.

I'm going to song number 123 instead p. 123, because it doesn't have page numbers.

The three sentences are the third verse of #123:

What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest Friend, for this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?

O, make me Thine forever!

And, should I fainting be,
Lord let me never, never outlive my love to Thee!

(O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux)

Señora Smith said...


Yes, kudos for the hymnal! Actually, I did not think of reaching out toward the left of my desk (where the piano is) - I went to the right, where the bookshelf is... Closest book on my left would have been the hymnal!
So now do I get points for being like you?! hah!

Thanks for playing along. I'm going to spend a little time on this hymn.