Blog Tag

16 March 2012

Well, Grace has tagged me in this blog chain, and I don't think I'm very good at these types of things, but I decided I should do it because of all the postcards I never sent back when I used to get that chain mail thing. Does anyone remember that? Was that even real? Maybe I dreamt it.

Anyhow, las reglas:
1. The first rule is to post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 things about yourself/your life .
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them that you've tagged them.

Things about ME
1. I should be grading papers. If school is in session, this is true about me. I always should be grading, but instead I'm usually online, procrastinating and feeling sorry for myself.

2. My husband and my son are both Jacobs. We call the big one "Jacob" and the little one "Jake." This seemed like it would work back when we were picking baby names and couldn't agree on ANYTHING. But if the Papa Jacob/Baby Jake distinction confuses you, you're not alone, I clarify this (or guiltily don't clarify it) about 28 times a week.

3. I am way messier than my husband. WAY. I cannot get dressed or undressed without leaving a trail of half clean clothing lying on the floor. I start craft projects and leave them half done all over the middle of the living room. If I knock something over or spill something or open something in the morning, I frequently don't right the situation till the evening of the next day....and Jacob...well Jacob folds his socks.

4. I like writing this blog. I don't write more often because blogging is a guilty pleasure, and I'm Catholic which means I'm big into mortification. Actually, I'm a Catholic convert which means I'm extra big into it. 

5. I like coffee, but I rarely drink it. Why? See #4 plus headaches.

6. I'm very good at math and standardized tests, but instead of embracing this, I've ignored it and spent most of my life trying to culture my *artistic* and *imaginative* sides. 

7. I got a banjo for my birthday two weeks ago (see #6) and I've only played it three times (see #s 1 and 4.)

8. Baby Jake and I are about to go to visit my old babysitter who is in LA today. She watched me all my growing years and for most of that time spoke very little English since she's from Guatemala. Until I was in high school I would dream in Spanish...only I never knew what anyone was saying. 

9.  I have four siblings who I'm utterly obsessed with. I think they are SO cool. If you want (or not) I will tell you stories about them and how cool they are. And then I will tell you those stories again if I don't think you've quite gotten the point (or even if you have.)

10. I like to run. I think of myself as a runner. I ran cross country in college. I started running one spring when I realized how bad I was at tennis (very bad). But the thing is, I'm not very good at running. I'm slow (very slow) and injury laden. 

11. Last week, Jacob and I almost decided to move to an off-the-grid farm in Washington state. But that's another story, a story I can tell you AFTER this week per Jacob's instructions. He's very particular (see #3.)

12. Nope only eleven, you sillies.

Answers to Grace's Questions
1. age? 
 Not old enough to be married and have a kid in West LA or 27.
2. dream job?
um... an annuity?
3. favorite blog?
Tricky. I'd be lying if I didn't say Grace who sucked me in during the early days of her blogging because she was Pregnant with Thyroid Cancer!!!! and now I'm mercilessly hooked and visit the Camp everyday. Recently, I'm also loving me some Kitchen Stewardship
4. favorite recipe? 
The pizza our old neighbor used to make us.  Homemade pizza crust. Instead of a marinara, mix together some ketchup and balsamic vinegar for the sauce. Layer the top with caramelized onions, globs of fresh mozzarella and goat cheese, fresh basil and rosemary. And bake it hot.
5. favorite book?
I'm tempted to say something of the magical realist bent (Rushdie, Marquez, or Allende) but will go with the less pretentious gem by Betty Smith about little Francie Nolan
6. one piece or two piece swimsuit?
The first time I ever wore a two piece swimsuit was my senior year of college (a bit of a late bloomer). I wore it on a party boat, and the plastic clip that fastened the top piece literally broke while I was sitting and talking to some girls in one piece suits about modesty. You see. There is a God, and he plays practical jokes. 
7. most embarrassing moment?
ummm. see above.
8. pet(s)? if yes, name(s)?
Yes. We have in the neighborhood of several hundred honey bees. They don't have names, but Jacob calls them his "sweet b****es."
9. specific makeup item you couldn't live without?
This is the point in the conversation where I start squirming because I have terrible habits in this department, and I get bunches of tsk tsk tsks from sales reps whenever I try to resupply my concealer or something.
10. favorite song of the moment?
Of the moment and forever: Roseville Fair as sung by my buddy JT on the day I got hitched.
11. weekend plans?
Offering up some beers on St. Patty's and making chicken stock. 

New Questions:
1. Best day you can remember?
2. Favorite item of clothing and why?
3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you choose?
4. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
5. Favorite Quote?
6. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
7. Favorite Season and why?
8. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
9. What is something you learned in the last week?
10. Best meal you've ever eaten?
11. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

(yes I stole some of these from a blog after I googled "getting to know you questions") 

Alphabetized Tags (only ten cuz i'm pooped):
Anne (I claim you because Grace tagged too many.)
Katie (make 'em sunny)
Kim  (are you blogging this Lent?)
Lara  (A lot of words for you I know...but I'd like to read them.)
Mari  (only the best)
Mary Catherine (Because it's Lent I can't be jealous of your farm)
Rachel (are you still eating Indian food?)
Renee (Montessori flavored?)
Ruth (prattle on)
Wendy (nothing but the curiousest)


  1. Um, so I'd really love to participate in this blog chain thing but the reason I'm STILL eating Indian food is because I can't log in to my account. :/ Stay blog coming soon, perhaps, I hope. :) Love ya, Rach

  2. I really do love reading these things...
    I love writing them and I love reading them...mainly because "random" is my language.

    Two things: 1) I LOVE that you have a banjo...and have seriously always wanted to learn 2) I wish I loved running. I really, really do. I have tried over the years time and time again, but still feel all pukey just thinking about it. I had a friend recommend the book, "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. Have you heard of it?

    Nice to "meet" you today! Excited to read more!

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