Monday, February 6, 2012

I've Showed You Mine (Now You Show Me Yours)

I've been tagged.

Let's blame Midlife Rambler.

Okay, don't blame him, he's a good guy.  But by being tagged, I have to list 11 random things about myself, respond to the 10 questions Midlife Rambler posed to me, and then I have to create 10 questions of my own and tag 10 fellow bloggers.

I'm not sure 10 of you want to be tagged ... so....I'll put my stuff out here and if anyone "Next Blog"-ing me sees this and wants to play along, tag me when you post yours.

I typed this in a Word doc, and now the justification and stuff is mucked up. Sorry.

11 Random Facts

1. I’ve never been fired from a job.
2. I’ve (intentionally) seen Steely Dan in concert three times.
3. I met Husband at college; he was the full-time TA for my English class (I pursued him and followed him to Chicago after we started exchanging snail mail).
4. I’m terrified of flying. And I haven’t been on a plane since 2004.
5. I could eat my weight in KFC mashed potatoes.
6. I killed two hamsters when I was-- 5 or 6 years old by squeezing them to death. I thought I was just loving them. I loved them ‘til their little noses bled.*
7. I’ve plunged into the icy cold waters of Lake Michigan on New Year’s Day in 2009 and 2010. It’s a cold that burns. I'm done with it.
8. I do not have a resume. Or a bucket list.
9. I absolutely loathe talk radio. Radio is for singin', not for talkin’.
10. I hated Napoleon Dynamite. HATED it. And I sort of hated the 8 gillion people that told me it was so fucking funny in the first place. They owe me.
11.  I was the state capitals champion in 5th grade.

Midlife Rambler’s 10 Q’s:
1.    Favorite Alcoholic Beverage?
Question #1 and I’m already struggling. I drink a lot of wine. And I’ve had a lot of memorable beers. Most of the cocktails I order at restaurants involve Vodka, but Vodka has turned on me a few times, so I’m cautious.
I guess I’ll go with whiskey. Jack Daniels, if I can call it. Jack has never done me wrong.  Mmmm….maybe once, but still, good odds.

2.    Technical Gadget you can't live without?
Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Wait…that’s mechanical, not technical. Ummmm…. My phone, I guess. It’s my watch, my camera, my calculator. Sometimes I even use it to call people.

3.    Favorite Movie that you like but everyone else hates?
I don’t know that EVERYONE hates is or if they just havem’t ever seen it, but I could watch Grey Gardens, the (original) doc on the Beale sisters over and over and over, again and again and again.  For Husband, a little Big and Little Edie goes a long way.

4. If you could have coffee with one person, living or dead, who would it be? (You can't pick me, even though I know you all want to.)
My great grandmother. I only vaguely remember her as a little kid, but hearing stories about her, it sounds like I was cut from the same cloth.

5. Quote that you find inspiring or funny?
Also tough… I probably should say that it is what is tattooed on my back (lyrics to Overkill by Men at Work), I mean, it was meaningful enough to permanently ink myself, right? 

But the one that has been going through my head lately, especially during my last long run is Winston Churchill “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.”

But when it was going through my head, it was paraphrased by Beth Chapman: “If you’re going through Hell, don’t stop.”

Close enough.

5.    Porn: Scourge of society, Ok in the right doses, or just can't get get enough?
In the right doses.

6.    Worst Job you ever had?
My senior year of college, I got a job in the office of a shopping mall developer. It was a family-run business and it was fucking nuts. My first day, I learned that the person I was supposed to help, had quit the day before.  Within 45 minutes, the sister of the guy who ran the business burst into the office and yelled, “Where is that son of a bitch? What did he do to you?” (directing it to the person who had just quit). 

I stuck with it for a whole two weeks and then decided that I could sell plasma or beg for money: this family bullshit just wasn’t worth it.

7.    E-reader or Actual Book?
Always an actual book. I can’t process information without highlighting it or underlining it or writing notes in the margins. It’s one of the reasons I’m not allowed to even look at the bookshelf that contains all of Husband’s first editions.  That, and because I like eating things that are covered in orange powder when I read. 

8.    Why do you blog?
A few reasons, all of them are completely selfish.

1)  I had to leave therapy a little more than a year ago – they upped my co-pay and I just couldn’t swing it. So although I started my blog in 2009 (and posted four whole times, and then ignored the blog completely in 2010), it was in 2011 that I turned to it to work stuff out, especially stuff that involved training.  When I choose to write the serious stuff publicly, it’s because I’m struggling with something privately.

2) I enjoy the challenge of writing. I specifically enjoy the challenge of writing more than 400 characters (or whatever) are allowed in a Facebook status update.  And before even writing it, I like that I have the ability to take a simple idea (like picking a paint color) and taking it from “whatever” to “filthy”.  I get a kick out of taking something ordinary and making it funny. Or dirty. Either way.

3) Although I say it’s for me, I like that every now and again someone follows me or says, “Hey, that was funny.” But even if I don’t get feedback, the process of posting something … long or short … is like getting in a good run: I feel like I’ve accomplished something.

9.    Biggest Guilty Pleasure? 
Biggest? I’ll give you three that I don’t have to think too hard about…
  • I fucking love Dog the Bounty Hunter. LOVE IT. But you already knew that.
  • Skid Row. Album #2 makes me drive faster, run faster and sometimes, I play air guitar. I know it’s wrong.
  • Cool Whip. I can be a bit of a food snob, but when it comes to putting some kind of whipped topping on my pumpkin pie, I’ll take the artificial awesomeness over real whipped cream. I could eat the entire container with a spoon (or my fingers).
All of these guilty pleasures, by the way, speak to my rural upbringing in Central Pennsylvania. I ran like Hell to get out of that place, but summabitch: You can take the girl out of Central PA, but you can’t take Central Pa out of the girl….

My questions for anyone that would like to play along on their own blog:

1.    Caroline Manzo (Housewives of NJ) vs. Beth Chapman (Dog the Bounty Hunter) -- who's still standing after 20 minutes in a cage match? Provide solid reasons.
2.    First thing you do when you get home from work/school?
3.    The first CD you ever purchased (CD. not 45, 8-track, LP or cassette).
4.    Dumbest purchase you ever made?
5.    Word that makes you giggle?
6.    Your go-to movie quote?
7.    If you were a pair of shoes, what would you be?
8.    There are two kinds of people in this world: those who work to avoid fire drills and those who create fire drills. You are the kind who….(be honest!)
9.     Weirdest place you’ve ever pooped?
10.   (In the spirit of today's collaboration between Midlife Rambler  and Triple T,  Gel or Gu???         

*That is too much love, FYI.


  1. 1) Since I had to look Caroline up on Google, and I can't recall much of Beth past the Tits, 1) I'm going to say Beth. Size, Training, and the fact that she defies modern physics just buy remaining upright give her the win.
    2) Coffee, Visit with Wife/Kids, Laptop.
    3) To the best of my recollection, it was Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin.
    4) Every time I bought cigarettes between the ages of 16-30.
    5) Kumquat
    6) "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Inigo Montoya - The Princess Bride
    7) Dirty, broken-in, comfortable runners.
    8) Create fire drills. I get bored easily.
    9) I contain myself to bathrooms and outhouses - but I've seen some nasty gas station washrooms, that's for sure.
    10) GU - because pudding is awesome!

  2. I like Cool Whip in the freezer! It's like ice cream! :)

    And I love your question about what type of shoe would you be...I would be some tough leather steel toed shit kickers!

  3. Frozen Cool Whip? Hmmmmm....... I may have to try that.