Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Versatile? Does that mean "full of eggs"?

That’s what Wilbur the pig (some terrific, radiant, humble pig) asked Charlotte the spider in E.B. White’s classic, “Charlotte’s Web”. Oddly, I felt the need to tell you that was the first thing to pop in my head when I was “awarded” this dubious honor.

But enough nostalgic trivia.

The “award” comes with “rules” and they are thus:

1. In a post on your blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
(Nope. Not gonna do it. Looks like you’ve already nominated everyone I would have, and then some.)

2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
(You mean that very plain graphic up there? Sheesh. I could have done better than THAT. In fact, I insist on a better graphic. Like THIS instead.

3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog. (Yeah, thanks a lot, Kat. Like I didn’t have anything better to do with my time.)

4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
(I think I need to write a master’s thesis on why this kind of activity is so pervasive on the Internet. What is it with people’s fascination for random bits of trivia? Oh, fine. I will comply.)

5. In the same post, include this set of rules. (Duh.)

6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs. (Since I refuse to nominate, I also decline to inform. Sue me.)

My Seven Random Facts:

1) I am a slob. No, really. Epic proportions. Also, and possibly realted: I am not a “people person”. I would be very happy as a hermit. I never felt sorry for the characters on Gilligan’s Island. Other than Ginger and the Howells, I couldn’t figure ouy why in the world they wanted to be rescued.

2) I want to turn my small back yard (we live in a mobile home; the lots are TINY) into an aquaponic garden. We could feed the world this way. I have tried it on a small scale with herbs and a 20 gallon tank of guppies. That was practice for the big system I really want. The back yard would have talapia or some other good-to-eat fish and vegetables I would actually eat (as opposed to herbs that I didn’t use).

3) If they ever come up with gill implants that work on humans, I will be first in line to get them. I dream of swimming without breathing and when I “fly” in a dream, then the air becomes heavy and I swim through it. If I can’t get gills, I would settle for SCUBA lessons.

4) I was class valedictorian way back in 1981 for a class of 251 students, but while sports will pay for 4 full years of college, academics won’t get you nearly as far. The “scholarship” I got for my 4.0 didn’t even cover one semester of college and my student loans all fizzled out by my junior year. I didn’t finish college despite having a 3.78 GPA.

5) Neither I nor my husband like coffee. I don’t even like mocha-flavored ice cream. I will, however, tolerate the mild coffee flavor in McDonalds’ Caramel Frappé. I will buy one of those as a meal (as in, they cost as much as a meal should and they have similar calorie count) instead of a burger and fries.

6) I was adopted at birth. We adopted my grand-nephew at 20 months. He has “special needs”. I say that with the same inflection as Kari, the babysitter from “The Incredibles”, says it about Jack-Jack.

7) I like a lot of unloveable creatures: rats, sharks, bees, spiders, jellyfish, snakes. This does not mean I will cuddle with a spider. But I find them fascinating and I don’t get grossed out by pictures or seeing them behind glass.

There. Now how many people besides Kat will actually see this? I expect anyone who bothered to read this to at least leave a comment.


  1. OK, the auquaponic garden is cool. I can totally see ya doing that.

    I get ya about the creepy-crawlies, too. I find them fascinating to look at...from the OTHER side of the glass.

    Much better graphics on your "award." Wish I'd-a thought of that. And you are very welcome for me pinning you with time-wasting :).

  2. I never got why wanted rescued either. Life was better for them there.

  3. I read it! I like your facts. You are fascinating, you know that?
    Having been tagged myself, I have to figure out a way to turn this thing on its head, since I don't really blog at all these days...

  4. Would you believe I read "special needs" the way Kari said it in The Incredibles BEFORE you told me to do so? Some words just trigger some memories, I guess.

    While I'm good with the aquaponics idea, I could never eat fish I'd been friends with, and I'm friends with all animals who stumble into my field of influence, except cockroaches. I should probably learn to make peace with them since they're more likely to survive the zombie apocalypse than I am.

  5. I've been telling you how cool you are. Now you have proven it with nonsense.

  6. Thanks for all the comments. If one measures by comments, this is the most popular post I have done in years. That's scary.

    Welcome to Varon and Sheryl. I assume you got snookered here by Kat. She's usually a pretty good egg. I should know. I'm full of eggs.