I’ve been tagged!


I’ve been tagged by Amy for this meme, which I think means I need to list 7 wild and crazy things about myself.  I think I’ve done this before, so let’s hope I don’t repeat myself too much…

1. I miss the “good old days”.  For as much as I know my friends and I weren’t exactly innocent in high school, the stuff going on these days scares the hell out of me.  I was so relieved when my siblings moved on to cegep and university, and I am afraid for my cousin’s generation who just started high school this year or last year.  Sex parties, drug parties, lipstick parties, “candy” parties, orgies…I can only hope that by the time my kids end up in high school, that society will have reverted somewhat to a different value (and entertaiment) system.

2. Along the same lines, there is a small part of me that has great fondness for, and misses, old TV programming.  I remember when “must see TV” wasn’t the Friends lineup on Thursday nights, but Friday nights sitting around the TV with the family, watching Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step and whatever the last 30 min show was.  (Perfect StrangersJust the 10 of Us? That show with Jason Priestly having a crush on their nun/nanny?)  Yes, almost every episode had a moral, but look how we all turned out.  Today’s shows show that the moral is “get on TV and milk your 15 minutes for all it is worth”, and look at (many of) today’s kids.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Lauren Conrad or Tila Tequila as my kids’ role models!  Give me Blossom and Six any day!  Whoa!  Hell, I’ll even take Jem- and she was truly truly truly outrageous.

3. Now I’m on a reminiscing kick.  I loved the old days sitting on the floor in my brothers’ bedroom, playing with our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the originals, not the remakes), our Justice League figurines, our Thundercat figures (with the cool light-up eyes), my She-Ra and Princess of Power figurines (who were smaller than the He-Man figures, for some reason, although She-Ra still was able to ride BattleCat), and our Voltron figures.  Go figure I was only allowed to play with the one driven (ridden?) by the girl.

4. Oh, and speaking of TV programming, remember when Saturday mornings weren’t all about pushing the latest Japanimation merchandise?  Remember Kid Video?  The Game Master?  Galaxy High?  Dungeons & Dragons?  Ahh…the days of eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch or whatever that Chocolate Chip cereal was and watching cartoons while dressing my youngest brother up as Orko so we could play He-Man.  (I was Sorceress…she was much cooler than Teela, and those were the only two women on the show).

5. I tend to ramble.  Have you noticed I tend to ramble?  You should hear me in real life where I don’t have to worry about spelling or my spacebar that has decided to only work intermittently.  (Which is funny, because my windshield wipers have decided to STOP working intermittently.  I should get them to hook up…I might have something that works well).

6. I tend to find things funny that no one else does.  (See above keyboard/wipers hookup “joke”).

7. I really, really enjoy paperwork.

I’m not tagging anyone but if you want to play along, consider yourself tagged.  Imagine I just stood in front of you with a can of spray paint and tagged you from head to toe.  (This would be another one of those “jokes”, people).

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mmmmmmmmmmmmm food

I swiped this from Laura ‘cus it looked like fun:

Bold the one’s you’ve eaten.
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (I ate alligator)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O -Shots
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Now I’m hungry!


book meme

I swiped this from Dianne’s site, mostly because I want to see how many of these “top 100” books I’ve actually read.

The Big Read is an NEA program designed to encourage community reading initiatives and of their top 100 books, they estimate the average adult has read only six.
*Look at the list and bold those you have read.
*Italicize those you we intend to read.
*Underline the books you LOVE.
Share this list in your blog, too, if you like.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve read most, so I’m counting it)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot (rings a bell, but I’m not 100% sure)
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (half, then I got bored)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

So I’ve read 30 out of 100. Hmm…I guess the hundreds of other books I’ve read don’t count? 😉


the interview

Me: What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
Hubby: Socks.

Me: What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
Hubby: Clutter.

Me: What is something I have knitted that you recall as being good?
Hubby: Everything you’ve knitted was “good”. I think the Superman Costume was excellent.

Me: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
Hubby: Yes.

Me: Do you have any hobbies?
Hubby: No.

Me: What are your hobbies?
Hubby: –

Me: If we compared money spent on hobbies, who would win?
Hubby: You, clearly.

Me: Has my knitting in public ever embarrassed you?
Hubby: No.

Me: Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
Hubby: I think all yarns are your favorite.

Me: Can you name another blog?
Hubby: No.

Me: Do you mind that I want to check out yarn stores everywhere we go?
Hubby: Not particularily.

Me: Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Hubby: Yes.

Me: Do you read my blog?
Hubby: Not very often.

Me: Have you ever left a comment?
Hubby: No.

Me: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn’t knit?
Hubby: Yes.

Me: Is there anything you would like to add in closing?
Hubby: No.

Added by me: I APOLOGIZE for the utter lameness of this post. I saw the interview on other blogs and really wanted to do it too…my husband is usually remarkably chatty and I thought it might be interesting. I didn’t realize he would be giving me one-word answers as if there were a maximum of words allowed per post. Still- I did it, and am posting it regardless.