Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's A Good Thing Sleepy Joe & Larissa Are Patient Sorts

A ridiculously long time ago, Sleepy Joe nominated me for a Wonderful Team Readership Award and because I am a horribly negligent1 blogger, I have not yet officially accepted the award. (Updated: The fantastic, sweet-hearted Larissa also nominated me for this award--and, once again, my negligence meant I missed it until just now. Thanks, Larissa!)

As with most bloggy awards, this one is to be passed along to a certain number of others and as with most bloggy awards, most (if not all) of the bloggers to whom I would pass along the award have already received it. As always, if you have not yet received it and would like to play along, consider yourself nominated by me and snag the questions below and leave a link to your answers in the comments.

As do many bloggy awards, this one comes with questions which I will answer below:

1. Why do you blog?
Originally, I started this blog in hopes of using it alongside a newspaper column of the same name. Somehow, the blog kind of took on a life of its own and I would say now I blog primarily for the sense of connection and community it offers and secondarily for the writing practice.

2. If you were trapped on a desert island, what book, DVD, food, cartoon character, and childhood game would you bring?
Book: Wuthering Heights, primarily because I have read it so many times and each time I do, I discover something else about it that I'd missed before. DVD: The Breakfast Club, of course. Food: See my previously mentioned dysfunctional relationship with food. The odds of me picking a single food before the midnight NaBloPoMo deadline are about equal with the odds of me ending up on a desert island that has a DVD player. ;o) Cartoon Character: Squidward. Childhood Game: 10-4 Good Buddy. It came out during the CB radio craze in the '70s. I don't understand why I loved it so much, but the original one I had as a kid was misplaced somewhere and about seven years ago, I bought a used one online.

3. Share a funny joke or one-liner. As I commented on Sleepy Joe's post earlier this week, I have a standard go-to joke that I never miss an excuse to tell: "What do you call a dog with no legs?" ~~"It doesn't matter, he's not coming anyway."

4. What is your favorite thing about yourself? My curiosity, which may kill me someday. Rumor has it he's killed before.

5. What one word best describes you? At the moment: exhausted. In general: immature.

6. If you could have a lifetime supply of any candy/candy bar what would it be? This is a tough one--made all the tougher by the fact that I have eaten three Christmas tree Peeps2 during the writing of this post and, as always happens when I eat Peeps, I NEVER want to eat sugar again.  But, there are two candy bars that (as far as I can tell no longer exist) either of which I would LOVE a lifetime supply of: NestlĂ© Choco'Lite bar and Marathon bar.

7. What fictional character do you relate to most? Laura Ingalls, not to be confused with the actual Laura Ingalls Wilder, who, confusingly, named her fictional(ized) character after herself.

8. If you were to write the story of your life, what would you call it? Well, when I was fourteen, I had a big plan to write a slightly fictionalized3 version of my life story with the title "Chasing a Cross-Eyed Butterfly." I remember that the title seemed profound, but I have no recollection of why. The alternative title would be "I Wrote This, Angie" which is what I promised a girl I knew briefly my senior year I would name my first book so she would be able to know that it was written by the weird girl who moved to her school in January of our senior year and who she would likely never see again after graduation.

Thanks, again, for thinking of me, Sleepy Joe & Larissa. And thanks for your patience!

1. In addition to negligent, I have also been insanely busy both personally and at work in the past few weeks. Much of the busyness has been positive (or at least neutral) busyness, for which I am deeply grateful. Nevertheless, I am having that wrung-out dish rag feeling x 10 this week, especially.

2. Okay, was actually six Christmas tree Peeps.

3. The fictional part: the girl actually had the courage to express her feelings for the boy and they lived happily ever after. Heh.


  1. Thanks for the giggle brought by number three .. and thank you so much for linking up ... I actually really like both titles of your book, and want to read one of them soon ..

    1. I don't know what it is about that joke--because really it's kind of awful--but I still get a grin every time I think of it and it's been YEARS now since I first heard it. Happy to link up--working on grabbing a few minutes to visit some of your other linkers. Thanks for hosting us. ;)

  2. First NO APOLOGIES! As fate (or luck or whatever) would have it your post has perfect timing. Currently propped up in bed with impending bordem looming I got a little giddy when I saw your post :-)

    I still giggled at number 3, please never loose your number 4's and someday I may have to send you a curly wurly which looks identical to your marathon (our marathons became snickers which is a whole other chocolate bar with nuts in)

    1. I had never heard of the Curly Wurly until I googled the Marathon bar last night. I was thrilled to know a reasonable substitute might exist--even if only in a whole other country. ;)

  3. I thought Choco Lite bars were discontinued! Hershey now makes a very poor version -- all bubbles, no crisp.

    Found you via Larissa's TidBit Thursday :)

    1. I'm not sure exactly when they were discontinued--though I'm sure that ode to them that I linked to probably contains the exact date. All I remember is that some time in the late '80s or early '90s, I had a powerful craving for one and I looked around and THEY WERE GONE!!!!! When Hershey's came out with the "Air Delight," I was (briefly) excited that it might be at least a passable substitute but alas, "Air Disappointment" would've been more appropriate.

  4. I got all hung up on the Christmas tree Peeps. I'm really having a hard time moving past that. I am concerned that you may not still be alive. I'm not even sure those are actually supposed to be eaten - only smooshed and poked and played with.

    1. Oh, I'm still here...I have it on good authority,ahem, that one can eat an entire package of any sort of Peep (bunnies, pumpkins, patriotic stars) and survive. Now how excited one might be about BEING alive with a bellyful of Peeps is another matter altogether...

      Here, comic Elayne Boosler on Peeps--this was back when Peeps were ONLY available at Easter, and only in pink and yellow. Except for the part where she talks about "properly aged" peeps, we're pretty much on the same page about them. Especially the last ten or twelve seconds of this clip:

    2. PS--Regarding "properly aged Peeps," my grandmother ONLY ate them aged which was how I grew up eating them. I always feel a little rebellious eating them fresh out of the package. ;)

    3. PPS--I might've had a bit too much sugar sometime in the last 24 hours...

  5. I love number 4 :-) I think I was killed many times as well. :-)
    Visiting from Larissa's blog hop.