Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Random Dozen Meme

If it's Wednesday, it must be time for the Random Dozen hosted by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee. If you want to link up or just read the other participant blogs, just click here.

1. Do you use the labels various charities send you as "free gifts?"

I didn't used to unless I had contributed, but after a while I just started getting irate. If they're going to waste money sending me stuff without checking to see if I really want to donate, then I'm just going to use it! I even used free labels on our Christmas cards.

2. What is your favorite time of day (or night) for skywatching?

If I were a morning person I'd say dawn, but the only time I see a sunrise is if Dr. M films it for me. Here is my favorite sky (as painted by Dr. M).

3. What is the most adventurous you've ever been with trying a new food? (Keep it G-rated please).

I'm gonna go with the locusts in Zambia, although the rattlesnake in college runs a close second. They were both cooked by people who weren't experts in those delicacies, so I think that was the adventurous part. Kind of like if I were to try to make a roast – it would be adventurous of you to eat it. The locusts tasted like burnt okra (because they were burnt & in my memories most of the okra my mom fried was burnt). The rattlesnake tasted like chicken. Really!

4. Have you ever heard a rock sing? (Trust me, there's a reason for this one!)

I've heard wind whistling through rocks and that sounded like music. Does that count?

5. If you could learn a language you don't presently speak, what would it be?


6. Al Capone's tombstone read, "My Jesus, Mercy." If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?

If I Died For Want of Healthcare I'm Coming Back to Haunt You!

7. If you were a famous musician who was known by one name, like "Cher," "Sting," or "Jewel," what would it be? It doesn't have to be your first name, but it can be, if you'd like.

Damawallace! (See my Sunday post for clarification)

8. Have you ever been inordinately "into" a television show?

When I was younger I'm sure I was, although I don't remember. In my adult life I remember a flirtation with Friends, and an obsession with West Wing for about 2 seasons. Since then, nope. I don't want to be tied down & I know that I just wouldn't watch something I taped (or Tivo'd or DVR'd). I can't be bothered.

9. When you sneeze, do you go big, or do you do that weird "heenh!" sound that makes people think you're going to blow your brains out? Any other variation we should know about?

I believe that Dr. M could find me in a crowded Walmart simply based on my sneeze. It's pretty impressive if I do say so myself.

10. Do you still read an actual newspaper that you hold in your hands, or do you get your news elsewhere?

We recently subscribed to the "weekend" package for the Dayton Daily News. We get Thursday – Sunday – which I mostly read on Sunday because I won't sit down to mess with it before then. I like it because I'll actually read stories that I skip on the internet, since they're right there in front of me.

Are you a good speller?

I'd say middling. I used to be a lot better before the advent of spell check. However, I'd say when someone asks me I'm right about 95% of the time.

12. At what time each day do you start thinking about Lost lunch?

Seriously? Around 9:30 or 10:00 I start the pep talk. "You can make it until 11:30. If you eat too soon you'll get hungry this afternoon. And then you'll go to the café next door to get a pretzel with cheese." It's a slippery slope, eating your lunch too early!

To summarize (heh – I'm copying Amy Ro): I need get out of bed to catch the sunrise at least once in my life, yell "fore" before I sneeze and stick to eating instead of cooking. And maybe take 15 minutes each day to read the newspaper.

Happy Birthday Aunt V!
(She was one of the first people to call me Bug!)


  1. I like this meme and enjoyed your answers! I may have to "borrow" this one. :c)

  2. That's a lovely painting by Dr M!

    I'm a fan of West Wing and actually bought the 7-season pkg on DVD so I can watch it again and again. The last couple seasons weren't great but still better than almost anything else on t.v.

    Had to laugh at the eat-roast-at-your-own-peril paragraph :-) I figure only one person in a couple needs to be able to cook. Altho it's nice when the other one can open a can of chicken noodle soup when the chef is sick.

    Always enjoy your answers; I like your sense of humor!

  3. Happy Birthday Aunt V!

    You are a much more adventurous eater than I am, Bug! Oh wait a minute, is that where your nickname came from?

  4. Oh, gosh, I'm the world's worst speller. Spell check has made me a new person. Fun meme, Bug!

  5. LOVE your answers this week, Bug! The wind whistling is a great answer to #4. Visit my #4 to see what I was thinking about (or read Luke 19).

    Locusts -- wow you ARE very adventurous! That's the bravest answer I've seen!

  6. I also enjoyed seeing the painting by your hubby. Whenever you do these memes I learn a little more about you. You have such a great sense of humor. I was a good speller when I was young, but as I have aged I am just the worse... I don't even talk properly anymore. I blend my words. My mind thinks of three or four words and they come out of my mouth as one word. My husband thinks it is funny. Most of the time I don't even know I am doing it.
    Eating the locusts and snakes do you spell that? Ha....

  7. My dad ate locusts - alive - for a church competition! It was gross just watching. Just a little crunchier than when he had to swallow the live goldfish for the same contest a different year. What kind of people were we hanging out with?

    Best epitaph so far!

    See ya next week!

  8. Geat sense of humor! I wrote about (not) eating bugs in my answers!

  9. This was one of the most fun Random Dozens for me. I love the epitaph! and Dr M can paint! Do you paint? And locusts, blechhh! They say you'll eat anything if you're hungry enough. I sayL no I won't.

  10. Enjoyed your answers. I am really enjoying the Random Dozen! I can't wait to get the book and start reading. Looking forward to reading everyones comments.

    until next time... nel

  11. Bah ha, a "slippery sloap eating lunch too early" and How! That is so true. It is like the fact that eating breakfast is good for you but then you are starving sooner and before the lunch hour.
    I woke up early when on a cruise with no help and that sunrise was to die for!

  12. Very nice summary!!! I loved West Wing too...for a few seasons. Boy you ARE adventerous with food...brave brave girl. Love your #6.

    Great answers


  13. That little folk art painting by Dr. M. is wonderful...! I am impressed.

    It's nice to learn a little something more about you, as well.

    Rattlesnake? Oh, you are adventurous!

  14. Bug, I'm laughing merrily here, because I've eaten grasshoppers, and rattlesnakes also. The grasshoppers were absolutely blameless, they were just crunchy. It was the idea of eating a grasshopper that was odd. I've also eaten goat, and camel but oddly enough, I'm not actually what I would consider an adventurous eater.

    I have a friend who ate "mouse on a stick" while in Africa, and I likely would have gone hungry rather than do that. I have very definite limitations.

    I could go into a whole song and dance about the societal relationships to entertainment, etc. etc. but the truth is that I'm frequently into TV shows. I know a fair amount about the process, I know some people who are script writers. I loved every film class I took.

    I'm not a "dress up and go to conventions" sort of fan but I definitely enjoy discussing entertainment. I'm one of those people who listens to the director/writer/producer commentaries on dvds :-)

    See, now you know something about me: I'm a geek. Woo hoo!

  15. locusts?? I think okra is my biggest adventure. Yuck!

    I loved the Andy Griffith Show when I was a kid. Dad watched it every day on TV Land when I was living with him. I've had enough now.

  16. Ah, The West Wing. The best years were the Sorkin years, but I was devoted to the bitter end. I still watch reruns every chance I get. There's nothing like smart television to keep my brain from getting mushy (well, there are things better than smart television, but when it comes to television...)


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