Eleven Things

Meme time! I love these. Although, I think I might like reading other people’s more than writing my own. “Things about me” type things are one of the few situations where I am better speaking in person than writing on the page, especially after a drink or two. For this one, I’m supposed to post a picture of myself, tell you 11 things about me, then answer 11 questions (provided by Suzanne @ bebehblog who tagged me) and then come up with 11 questions to pass along. Here goes nothing.

Too bad aging hippie isn't really my goal look.

11 things about me:

1. I hate the smell of tar/fresh asphalt/new road. Hate. Gives me a horrible headache makes me want to puke, even just driving by a crew patching road.

2. I was on the track team in high school and was a thrower (shot put and discus). I only joined because all of my friends were on it and I didn’t have a car and it was the easiest way to get rides home. I competed, poorly, for three years.

3. I am strangely ashamed of the fact I drive a BMW. I always feel the need to qualify it with: we bought it used! low mileage! it was a really good deal!

4. I always wanted to be a food writer when I was growing up. Or a restaurant critic, but I figured my hatred of seafood would hold me back.

5. The only foodie item that is local! organic! best!thing!ever! and I am obsessed with are Ojai Pixies. The only tangerine I know of with its own website. And they’re supposed to come out this week. YAY!

6. I frequently buy clothes, try them on at home, hate them, never return them and stuff them in a drawer. I have more clothes that I don’t like/don’t fit than I do usable clothes. Which is really stupid. I should fix that.

7. One of my biggest grammar pet peeves is apostrophes being used in the plural of an abbreviation. I used to work at a hospital and seeing RN’s and MD’s for the plurals of nurses and doctors drove me insane. Daily. Same with dates. It is only the 1980’s if it belonged to the decade. Ugh. Plus, 1980s looks cooler.

8. I’ve never seen Goonies. Or an episode of Dukes of Hazard. I’ve also never been to Arby’s. Maybe I should go crazy and do all three on one day.

9. I frequently love the first season of a TV show much more than the rest of it: Heroes, Lost, Popular, and Veronica Mars immediately come to mind.

10. My mom took my sister and I to go see Flashdance in the theaters when I was still in elementary school, in fact, I think i might have even gotten out of school early to go see it. My dad had seen it while on a business trip and told my mom how awesome it was. He remembered the music and the dancing and seemed to forget about the strippers and the footsie. My mom was mortified.

11. I prefer sugar based candy to chocolate in almost every situation.

Suzanne’s Questions:

1. What is your favorite color and has it changed over the years? My current favorite color is blue, light blue mostly, but more of a sky than a baby blue. It used to be green. I still really like both, but the shift to blue was gradual. For clothes, I mostly buy grey.

2. How well do you remember your first kiss? Details, please. I remember the cheesy movie version of it. I was visiting a friend for the weekend at her boarding school and there was a trivia contest. There was much flirting with a boy at the school who’s team we beat. There was a moon lit walk, number’s were exchanged. He took the bus down for a date. My dad drove me. We walked on the beach after lunch and (barely) kissed. I never saw him again. Aww.

3. Where is your favorite vacation spot? Probably the Pacific Northwest. But I don’t really vacation so much as visit relatives, so my experience is a little limited.

4. How many siblings do you have and are they older or younger? I have one older sister. She is pretty much the best thing ever.

5. What are the baby names you used to LOVE but haven’t/wouldn’t ever use? When I was in middle school, I was obsessed with place names as baby names and this was the late-80s, before it was so common. My pretend it is a baby plant was named Tennessee Paige. In college, when I swore I would never have children, I always joked that if I had one, I would name it Trucker. Because then I would be a mother-trucker. Also, Trucker Sleep is a really awesome name.

6. What was your first car? My first car was a hand-me-down I purchased from my sister’s (now) husband when they moved to Michigan and weren’t taking it with them. It had been his mother’s before that. It was a 1994? 96? Infiniti G20.

7. How do you feel about trivia games? I love them. LOVE THEM.

8. What is the worst job you’ve ever had? I had a job after my freshman year of college that was part of the cleaning crew that when into the dorms and cleaned them after the students moved out. I only lasted 1 week. I might have lasted longer, but I got assigned to the crew that went in to the suite like dorm rooms that had private bathrooms, that hadn’t been cleaned for probably the whole school year. That was when i learned that teenaged boys seem to ejaculate on walls for sport.

9. What movie do you watch every time it’s on TV (even though you probably own it)? Mean Girls. Clueless. Sweet Home Alabama (even with the cheesy lightning struck glass business, I am unable to resist Sweet Home Alabama) I own 2 out of 3 of these movies.

10. Do you collect anything? As a child, I collected elephant (things, not the animals) and snow globes. Through my 20s, I collected vinyl records, vintage dresses from the 60s (oh how I wish I had kept those) and books. I still collect books, but should probably get rid of some, but as I got older I really wanted less stuff around and stopped collecting much beyond cookbooks – especially horrifying vintage cookbooks from the 60s. I’ve often thought of starting a blog that cooked recipes from those and (maybe) updated them. Does that already exist?

11. What color is your house and would you change it if you could? My house is Martha Stewart Taupe #3 and I love it. It is exactly the color I wanted and the painter tried to do an off-white trim, but I hated the first coat and demanded stark white. It turned out just right. We’ve even had some people knock on the door and ask the color and one other house in the neighborhood copied us.

My 11 questions for you:

  1.  If you could do it over, would you change your prom date? Or whether you didn’t go?
  2. What is your favorite flower? Why?
  3. What is your least favorite word(s)?
  4. What is the longest you ever lived in one house/apartment?
  5. What is your favorite guilty pleasure website?
  6. What do you like to ideally eat/drink at the end of a long, hard day?
  7. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  8. What is the name of your imaginary childhood friend?
  9. If money were no object, would you hire household help? What kind? (housekeeper, chef, nanny, gardener, etc)
  10. Stripes or plaid?
  11. Favorite board or card game?

I’m not tagging anyone because I think I have seen everyone I could think of either tagged or has done it already. Between 11 things and 10 things, there are a lot of these going around. If you want to play along, use the questions above and let me know. I’d love to read it!



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6 Responses to “Eleven Things”

  1. Suzanne says:

    I do that thing with clothes too, especially now with kids when trying them on is hard. I HATE returning things, so I have a whole section in my closet of stuff I’ve bought, hate, will never wear, but keep anyways.

    I also love Sweet Home Alabama. It was just on CMT this week.


  2. I haven’t been around in AGES…but now I’m back, and totally doing this meme!!

    Along with that, reading back and catching up on your blog…so expect comments on older posts :)


  3. TMae says:

    Number 10 made me laugh.

    And I think you and Suzanne need to come over so we can watch Sweet Home Alabama. I wonder if it’s available in Blu-Ray…


  4. julie says:

    OMG! #8- how aweful !!! loved the rest of it- i thought i would play along too… i posted it up today if you want to have a look at my answers :)


  5. Random Internet Person says:

    According to the Chicago Manual of Style, apostrophes are appropriately used when making plurals of abbreviations with periods. Thus, M.D.’s would be the correct abbreviation, though MDs is correct if periods are not used.

    As for the pluralization of decades or numbers, it is purely a style issue. Some style guides require an apostrophe in the case (like the New York Times); others do not (The last 3 or 4 editions of the Chicago MoS, though the first ten or eleven editions recommended it). If you go back to the early 20th century, almost all the style guides recommended it.


    Amy Reply:

    Thanks so much for the info. I’ll check it out and maybe de-peeve myself.


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