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Yippee! A tag!

6 Apr

OK, so technically I wasn’t tagged, but ShazBraz invited all who wanted to play along with this “10 things you like that start with the letter _” to go ahead, and was even so kind as to assign me a letter.  And the letter is…Y!  Gee, thanks Shaz.

Here goes. 

10 things I like that start with “Y”

google-yahoo-thumb21.  Yahoo—As in the search engine.  Do you Yahoo?  I actually prefer Google, but it doesn’t start with a ‘Y’, see?  I probably Google, er, I mean Yahoo, just about everyday.  My latest searches include: best places to stay maui (Yes, we’re going to Hawaii in June!), lustre v. glossy (I had a bunch of pictures printed last week and can never remember which finish I prefer.), debaucle (I looked it up after using it in a FB IM chat with Shaz because it didn’t look right.  It wasn’t right.  It’s debacle.), him him him what you gonna do about him (I couldn’t remember who sang that song.  It’s Rupert Holmes, apparently.  No wonder I didn’t remember.)

2.  yawn—I’m a night owl and always stay up later than I should and almost always regret it in the morning.  I like some alone time once all the kiddos are in bed.  I think my husband is sometimes annoyed that I often stay up so much later than he does, but this is pretty much the only time I have for me.  Not that I do anything useful or constructive with this me time.  It’s usually just catching up on my DVR’d shows (of which I have way too many) or my Buffy DVDs (I’m on the season finale of season 3), or reading if I’m in the reading mode.

3.  yeast—I love, love, love bread.  It might be my favorite food group.  Sourdough is at the top of the list followed by just about everything else.  Give me a roll, a breadstick, a loaf, whatever—I’m happy, happy, happy.  Chuck and I went out to dinner at this local Mediterranean place last Friday and we ordered the Italian cheese bread with marinara dipping sauce for an appetizer even though we’d be getting the focaccia bread with garlic butter with our entrees.  Mmm…bread.

4.  yolk—Love eggs.  Love them.  Scrambled, fried, boiled, you name it.  denver-omelette1I especially love omelettes.  The Denver omelette is one of my favorites.  Eggs?  Good.  Ham?  Good.  Onions?  Good.  Peppers?  Good.  Cheese?  Goooood.  Especially when served with sourdough toast.  Mmm…toast.

5.  yesterday—I’m a very sentimental and nostalgiac kind of person.  I love my memories and all kinds of mementos that hold no value except for the memories attached.  I have a really hard time letting go of these kinds of things.  I have a whole box of notes from my high school BFFs, just about every love note ever given to me by my children, scraps of paper (like grocery lists and curtain measurements) written by my mom, and I could go on and on.  Losing these things in a fire or other natural disaster is one of my greatest fears.

6.  Yaz—Or Yazoo, as they’re called in Britain.  I love everything 80s, and have a special place in my heart for synthesizer pop.  Yaz, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys.  What’s not to love?  This is one of my favorite Yaz songs.  Sorry for the poor quality, there aren’t a lot of videos to choose from and I was trying to find one that showed both Alison and Vince.  The audio starts about 17 seconds in.

7.  yule—Love Christmas.  Love it.

8.  yuk—I love to laugh.  I love to make people laugh, and I love to laugh at people.  I mean with people.  Especially you people.  Laughter really is the best medicine.  An awesome quote from Mr. Twain: “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”  And from Mr. Katsopolis:

This one’s good for a laugh, too.  Yuk, yuk, yuk.  Classic.

heck-yes9.  yes—One of my favorite words to hear:  Can we go to Hawaii in June?  Yes.  Did you go potty in the toilet?  Yes.  Do you think I’m awesome?  Yes.  And to say:  Would you like a foot rub?  Yes.  Can I do all the dishes for you?  Yes.  Would you like some more bread?  Heck yes.

And last, but certainly not least…

10.  you—Yes, you, dear readers.  You are one of my most favorite things.  Thank you.  I love you.  Thank heaven for you.  Good day to you.

If you would like to play, let me know and I’ll happily assign you a letter.

Propagating the bows of friendship

6 Oct

An award!  From Cheryl!  Behold the oddness!

This blog invests and believes, the proximity. [meaning, that blogging makes us ‘close’ -being close through proxy]. They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.

I know, this is so last week, but with DynaGirl’s birthday and the homecoming of the Chuck, I had already posted two days ahead, and when you already have posts just sitting there in the queue all ready to post, you don’t just jump in there and post again.  Timeliness be darned!

I realized just this morning that this is a chain award, and I’m not usually a chain person, but I am always loathe to cut the bows of proximity to our friendship so I am extending this award to:

Susan M, kamillivanilli, Boquinha, Patience and Jody.

Yes, I know that’s only five, but with the rounds this award has been making, I’m running out of bows of friendship.  I only know so many people, people.  Not to say that these five fine bloggers are awardees by default or that I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel in any way.  There is no barrel bottom here!  No sir!

And, my friends, please do not in any way feel obligated to continue the chain.  I promise not to come to your blog and check to see if you have posted about it or anything.  Well, I suppose since I read all of your blogs I will know if you have posted about it, but I will be in no way offended should you choose to revel in the glory of this award privately.

Ooh, but you could do this 7 random things about me meme that goes with it!

1.  I think I may have a minor apple allergy.  Whenever I eat more than a couple of apple slices my face gets all hot and flush. 

2.  When I take dinner to someone (like when they have a new baby or an illness) I always make the same thing.  Creamy chicken enchiladas.  Always.  And if I really like them, they get guacamole, too.

3.  The word “supple” really creeps me out.  There are many other words that would also go in this category, but that’s the first one to come to mind.

4.  I am kind of afraid of raisins.  *shudder*

5.  As a youth, I was known to do a killer Fat Albert impression.  My younger sister could do a similar voice, but it wasn’t quite the same so we called it her Skinny Albert.  Or maybe it was just because she was skinny.

6.  I haven’t been to a doctor for anything besides birthing babies in almost 14 years.

7.  I’ve composed dozens of Oscar acceptance speeches in my head.  They are always witty and funny, touching and relevant, and when I’m done delivering them, Meryl Streep gives me a standing O and I get a meaningful head nod from Jack Nicholson.

Almost 50 questions

30 Sep

A meme!  The quintessential slacker post (except for the whole 50 questions part—50?!).  This comes by way of Susan.

1.  Do you like blue cheese?  I avoid sad foods as a general rule.  You are what you eat.

2.  Have you ever smoked a cigarette?  Not unless you count the time when I was 5 and I picked up an old butt (cigarette butt) out of the gutter and pretended to smoke it.  I didn’t inhale, though.

3.  Do you own a gun?  I’ve got two glue guns stashed in my laundry room right now.  Just in case…

4.  What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?  What kind of restaurant serves flavorless drinks?  And what chumps are actually paying for these?  Add your own flavor—humph—I’ll tell you somethin’.

5.  Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?  Only if they’re womanly.  I’m very shy.

6.  What do you think of hot dogs?  Ditto Susan.  Simultaneously disgusting and delicious.

7.  Your favorite Christmas song?  Amy Grant’s Breath of Heaven.  It’s real perdy.

8.  What do you prefer to drink in the morning?  Depends on what I’m eating.

9.  Can you do push-ups?  Plural?  All of my push-ups come in pairs.

10.  What is your favorite movie?  I don’t really have one, but if you put a gun to my head I would probably say Pride & Prejudice.  I can watch it over and over.  My most oft quoted movies, however, are Napoleon Dynamite, A Christmas Story, Princess Bride and Better Off Dead.

11.  What is your favorite piece of jewelry?  My wedding ring.  (One of my favorite memories of my grandmother is riding in the car with her when she realized she’d forgotten to put on her clip-on earrings and her saying, “Oh, I just feel naked without my jewel-ry!)

12.  Favorite hobby?  Reading, writing, couch-potatoing

13.  Do you work with people who idolize you?  Define work.

14.  Do you have ADD?  I made it all the way to question 14, didn’t I?

15.  What’s one trait you hate about yourself?  Slackery

16.  What’s your middle name?  the

17.  Name three thoughts at this moment.

Quick—think of something interesting/amusing.  I’ve got nothing.

I hate it when if feels like there’s something in my nose.

There is something in my nose.  Did I just walk the girls to school like that?  Did anyone notice?

18.  Name 3 things you bought yesterday.  My child’s love with a chocolate chip cookie.  That is all.

19.  Current worry right now?  My sink is full of dishes again.

21.  Current hate right now?  dirty dishes

22.  Favorite place to be?  At home, somewhere out of view of my kitchen sink.

23.  How did you bring in the New Year?  Watching my son blow up like a balloon after eating a pistachio.

24.  Where would you like to go?  Italy, England, Hogwarts (the real Hogwarts, but not the dungeon—it scares me)

25.  Name three people who will complete this.  Whichever (whatever? whoever? whomever?) slackers are in need of a post.

26.  Whose answer do you want to read the most?  Madhousewife

27.  What color shirt are you wearing?  brown

28.  Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  What kind of hussy do you take me for?

29.  Can you whistle?  Melodically?  Yes.  Two fingered-ly?  No.

30.  Favorite color?  Green.  Like this:

  Mmmmm…guacamole…oh hoho ho…

31.  Would you be a pirate?  Only if I could have the wise-cracking parrot.  Actually, I’d rather be the wise-cracking parrot.

32.  What songs do you sing in the shower?  Most recently, Ghetto Supastar.  I heard it on the radio yesterday, and it’s stuck in my brain.  Quick, somebody sing something else.

33.  Favorite girl’s name?  I just like to call everyone dude.

34.  Favorite boy’s name?  See #33.

35.  What’s in your pocket right now?  loose threads and my fingers

36.  Last thing (person) that made you laugh.  BigHugs saying, “Mom, I want to be a piggy for Halloween, but I don’t want to get all muddy.”

37.  Best bed sheets as a child?  rubber

38.  Worst injury you’ve ever had?  I tore my achilles tendon playing soccer in the 6th grade.  It still gives out if I try to run more than a couple of miles (and by still, I mean the last time I tried, which was like 15 years ago).

39.  What is your favorite snack?  cheetos—pure, delicious evil

40.  Favorite thing to do on Sundays?  watch my kids draw

41.  Who is your loudest friend?  My oldest sister.  Right, Mad?  (Mad’s not the oldest.)

42.  How many dogs do you have?  I’m not really a dog person.  Or a drool person.  Or a shedding person.  Or a smelly person.  Or a pooper scooper person.  (I’m not really a pet person at all.)

43.  Does someone have a crush on you?  yes

45.  What is your favorite book?  Pride & Prejudice

46.  What is your favorite candy?  Junior Mints.  Who’s going to turn down a Junior Mint?  It’s chocolate, it’s peppermint, it’s delicious!  It’s very refreshing!

47.  What is your favorite sports team?  Eh?

48.  What song do you want played at your funeral?  I don’t actually plan on dying, but this one is very sweet and peaceful and hopeful.  I’d want them to play it from me to my kids.

49.  What were you doing at 12 am last night?  Watching Silar cut somebody’s brain open, and wondering what the heck was wrong with me that I wasn’t already in bed.

50.  What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?  Why?  (Not why on the question, just why.)

Blasted mosaic meme—at last

9 Aug

I’ve been trying to do this blasted photo meme forever, and with Madhousewife’s help I was finally able to figure it out.  Apparently, I was making it more difficult than it actually needed to be, which is totally unlike me, by the way.  Snort.

1. Iglesia en La Urz – Riello, Omaña – País Leonés, Spain, 2. Vegetarian Tacos even meat-eaters will love!, 3. Womens Basketball Charter Oak, 4. Girasoles acariciados por el viento …/ Sunflowers kissed the wind … (Dedicada a mis 7500 visitantes/Dedicated to my 7500 visitors), 5. Rupert Penry-Jones, 6. Water Lily and its mirror image, 7. The Trulli of Alberobello at nightfall., 8. cheesecake for Lianna!, 9. We are choosing hope over fear., 10. Happiness, 11. Paint by Water and Light, 12. rambouillet harfang hilare 130705


I’ve seen this over at Madhousewife’s, Cheryl’s and Mother of the Wild Boys, so props to all of them.  (I just tried to spell of “ove” like love minus the “l”.  That was weird.)

Here’s how it works:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker. Choose 3 columns with 4 rows.
The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name. (kid version: favorite animal?)

Have fun!

Oh, and my answer to #10 was not “adorable bare Asian baby bums”, but that was a close second.

Facebook friends and a memory meme

24 Jul

A few months ago I joined the wonderful world of Facebook.  For those of you not already familiar with the Facebook, let me warn you it is not necessarily a healthy experience for the individual with self-esteem issues.  See, you get on  and start collecting friends.  You find people you know on there and “add” them as a friend.  But that’s just the first step.  You “add” and then they must “confirm” or “ignore”.  If they confirm you, they go on your friends list.  This friends list is posted on your profile page along with a number stating how many friends you have, Facebook friends that is. 

I have no idea what happens if they ignore you.  I mean obviously they don’t go on your list, but when someone adds you as a friend there’s this special news bulletin that pops up on your profile page that says, “Bythelbs and so & so are now friends.” (It’s kind of nice to have such a formal declaration.  Very self-affirming.  I wonder if it’s binding in a court of law.)  So if someone ignores you, is there also a special bulletin, “So & so has ignored Bythelbs’ friend request?”  I have yet to go unconfirmed (because I’m not brave enough to add someone without feeling fairly certain I’ll be confirmed), so I don’t know.  And I’ve never had the nerve to ignore someone else’s friend request (I really was only tempted to once) because I couldn’t stomach the thought of having my snub broadcast across the internets.  Who am I to deny someone a friend?  Who am I.

But back to the numbers thing.  It seemed just a few short weeks ago that I had maxed out at 20 friends, 75% of which were family/extended family members.  But hey, that’s cool.  Twenty friends?  That’s a lot of pals, right?  I was feeling pretty good until I’d hop over to another friend’s page and they would have 150!  What kind of loser did that make me with just the 20?  Were people mocking me?  Scoffing?  Pitying?  Pointing their fingers with a sing-song “Ha Ha”?

My husband decided to join too, and it didn’t take long before our friend gathering turned into a little friendly competition.  At one point, he surpassed me, which seemed totally wrong considering I had been on Facebook a full two months before him, but whatever!  I made a comeback, though, when I discovered that I could browse my friends’ friends lists to poach potential new friends.  You should just try to make sure that you actually know the person on your friend’s friends list before adding them.  It’s kind of embarrassing when your friend recognizes her friend on your friends list and wonders how you know her friend too.  Not that that’s ever happened to me.  But a friend of mine was in that situation.  I asked why my friend didn’t just delete the friend once my friend realized that the friend was actually a non-friend.  My friend said, “Wouldn’t that be rude?”  I thought my friend’s concern over hurting the non-friend’s feelings was admirable.  But had the non-friend just been trying to spare my friend’s feelings by not ignoring my friend’s friend request or was this non-friend just trying to boost his own friend numbers?  (I suppose I really should stop referring to him as the “non-friend” considering there was a formal declaration of friendship published on the internets and everything.)

One friend of mine said a friend of hers, who’s actually her brother but on Facebook we’re all just friends, said that Facebook was just a lame way of reconnecting with people you didn’t care enough about to stay connected with in the first place.  I suppose that may be true to a certain extent.  But I prefer to put my cynical self aside in this instance and say that it’s actually pretty fun and exciting to find long lost friends who were just inevitable casualties of time and distance.  Today I found my best friend from 3rd grade who I hadn’t seen or spoken to in almost two decades, and that was pretty awesome.

What’s your take on Facebook friends?



Speaking of friends, my good bloggy friend Boquinha over at Sushi and Pizza posted this fun memory meme, and I’m going to play along.

Here’s how it goes (and I’m totally plagiarizing Boquinha here because she’s awesome plus I’m just lazy like that):

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I have had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew me a little or a lot—anything you remember! (I’m thinking this should be interesting since only one of my regular commenters knew me before bythelbs.)

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you leave a memory about me, I’ll assume you’re playing the game and I’ll come to your blog and leave one about you. (If you don’t post a memory meme, I’ll just pick a random post.  Just kidding.  Or am I?)  I think it’s fun to take a trip down memory lane, and it’s always good to have a laugh or smile about the past (six months).  Oh, and if you don’t have a blog, never fear, I will post my equally touching memory about you right here next to yours.

And for all of you regulars, if you don’t leave a comment, don’t worry, my feelings won’t be hurt.  I’ll just have to assume that there was such a plethora of happy memories, you couldn’t possibly choose just one.  And then I’ll cry myself to sleep.  From the happiness of feeling so treasured and loved, of course.

A meme in 10 (make that 12) pictures

29 May

Cheryl tagged me for a meme—my first ever!  I think she was pretty sure I wouldn’t do it because it involves taking pictures of things.  Personal things.  Private things.  Like personal refrigerators and private toilets.  But I’m throwing caution to the wind and participating because what the hey, you only live twice.  Or so it seems… (bonus points for identifying the line and extra bonus points for the next line)

#1  Kitchen sink

What can I say—you caught me on a good day.  This is not normal.  So very not normal.


#2  Inside fridge

Yes, I do actually have two Costco sized bags of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Right there on the middle shelf.  Necessities of life, people.  Necessities of life.


#3  Favorite shoes

I don’t know that these are my favorite, but I do wear them a lot.  They’re comfortable.  And I have a lot of brown, so they like go with stuff.  I don’t like to anger the color coordination gods.  Bad things happen.


#4  Closet

My closet is a black hole for all kinds of random crap.  This picture really doesn’t do it justice.  Thank heavens.


#5  Laundry pile

Again, you caught me on a good day.  I have guests, remember.  Or at least guest.  I’ve been trying to be on my best behavior.  The bedding is from departed guests.  Dearly departed.  Miss you already, Mad!


#6  What the kids are doing right now

I did not stage this.  I swear on a stack of phone books.  I don’t make this stuff up.  I took this picture this afternoon.


#7  Favorite room

I considered shutting the tv cabinet doors for the picture, but then it would no longer be my favorite room.  See that little white thing under the cabinet?  It’s my wii fit, baby!  And I like it!  I love it!  I’m going to tell you all about it next week.


#8  Toilet

Why?  Why would anyone want to see this?  I followed Cheryl’s lead and left the lid down.  Just in case.   I actually didn’t even check to see if the bowl was clean—I just assumed it was not.  Looks like I need to take out the trash, too.


#9  Fantasy vacation

Chuck’s taken several business trips to Italy.  Without me.  I think I figured out one time that when you add up all his trips he’s lived in Italy for about 5 months.  Without me.  We’re supposed to be going next year.  Together.  These are a few of my favorite pictures he’s taken:


#10  Self portrait

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for—the big reveal!

So now I guess I’m supposed to tag people?  Is that how this meme thing works?  Hmmm…I tag Susan M (because she was just a little too relieved to not be tagged by Cheryl), Madhousewife, Boquinha, Jody, Patience and Alison.  These are all the people who might read this who haven’t already been tagged by Cheryl.  Did I miss anyone?  It’s OK if you say, “I choose not to meme!”  I’ll understand.  Heck, I’ll even support your decision!