Monday, February 21, 2011

Meme's The Word

Once upon a time, when I was a meme virgin, I really really wanted someone to pick me for a meme. Yeah, you could always find me jumping around waving my hand in the air saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" Now, when I see a meme, I tiptoe away as quietly as possible, hoping nobody will notice me, mostly because I can't compete with Lime, Queen of the Memes. But that seems to get me picked more often than when I did the pick-me dance.  And so I've been picked again.  I could just ignore it, say I don't do memes, or better yet, say nothing at all and pretend I didn't notice.  What? Huh? Who? Me?  But when the meme is disguised as an award, especially a black one with sparkly letters, how can I resist?

Asha has punished kindly awarded me with this award:

And with the award comes the meme.  Since it looks just the tiniest bit like a square of dark chocolate (okay, I have a good imagination), and I love dark chocolate, I'll take it.

Which means that in turn I have to dump bestow it on ten people.  And I have to tell seven things about myself (Asha made it eight, but since originally it was seven, I'm sticking with that).  So, here goes:

  1. I have lived in Spain for over 18 years and I've never been to Barcelona.  When I tell people that, they find it hard to believe.  What I find hard to believe is that there are people living in Riverside, CA (where I went to college) who have never been to L.A., and who have no idea that there is a university in their city.  Now that's hard to believe...but it's true.  Anyway, I'll be fixing the Barcelona issue soon enough.  Yes, that's right, I'm going to Barcelona, baby!
  2. On my wedding night, The Professor and I went to see the Phantom of the Opera in L.A, and we had dinner in a revolving restaurant.  We went back to work the next day, and didn't get a honeymoon until six months later.
  3. Our honeymoon was a drive up the California coast to San Fransisco, and then on to Yellowstone National Park.  It was so cold that a bottle of water we had in the trunk of our car froze overnight, and I wore 4 layers of clothes and a hat to bed.  I refused to come out of the tent in the mornings until the coffee was ready.  Sounds romantic, no?
  4. When I was a little girl, my dad told me that when I saw a fly I should wave my hand at it and say "Habaswatzie".  For the longest time I thought it was the "Habaswatzie", not the swatting, that made them go away.
  5. Back in high school, I once TPd a teacher's house with the help of my boyfriend and best friend.  We dressed in black, to blend into the night, and we TPd all the trees in front of her house.  As we were leaving, the teacher came out of the house and shouted, "You guys!"  I thought we were in big trouble, but then we heard, "You guys! I love you guys!"  So, we weren't caught and we made our teacher feel loved.  A deed well done.
  6. I've learned more useful Spanish from the satrirical weekly magazine El Jueves than I ever did from any textbook.
  7. I used to make scratching noises under my bed to scare my sister at night.  I told her it was the Scratching Lady.  Sorry Michelle!
Okay, done with the first part.  Now, I'm supposed to punish award some fellow bloggers in turn.  I could just say the meme stops here, and break the chain.  Or I could just tag the whole world.  Then you'd all have to do it.  But I'll stick to the rules and pick ten of you.  Don't think of it as punishment, just think of it as some linky love....but you still have to do it.  Okay, okay, you don't have to do it, but good things will happen to you if you do.  Like what, you ask?  Well, you'll make me happy for one, and just think, you get to punish award ten people too...and participate in the perpetuation of this useless very interesting meme.  So, tag. You're it:

  1. PicklePits @Life in the Pickle Jar (because life's a jar of pickles)
  2. Jocelyn @ O Mighty Crisis (because she just got a stylish new haircut in Italy)
  3. Beach Bum @ The Life and Times of a Carolina Parrothead (because he has a great imagination)
  4. giozi @ Las Mil y Una Metidas de Pata (because she takes beautiful photos) 
  5. Wanda @ The Fickle Forgettery (I forget where did I put my head?)
  6. Rea @ Not So Spanish (because her kid is so darned cute)
  7. Ben @ Quad Erot Demonstrosity (because his dishwasher is alive)
  8. ethelmaepotter! @ The Adventures of Fred and Ethel (because she is downright hilarious)
  9. Lanita @ A Mother's Hood (because she wears stylish hats)
  10. Jay @ The Depp Effect (because anyone who loves Johnny Depp is stylish)


  1. Oh my, I just about spit my coffee out when I saw my blog in your list!! Thank you, but what do I do if I don't have 10 people to pass this wonderful award to? Im lost.....

  2. thanks for the shout out and may i also say thanks for NOT tagging me on this one as i have done this particular meme so many times that if i do it again i'd be forced to require a ring to reveal any more facts about myself.

    love the TP story. i shall have to use the habaswatzie method now ;)

  3. award? The only thing I've ever won was a free pack of Kleenex from the drugstore. Thanks~I'm honored...that and now I have something to keep me busy during this most dreadful conference I'm attending ;-)

  4. award? The only thing I've ever won was a free pack of Kleenex from the drugstore. Thanks~I'm honored...that and now I have something to keep me busy during this most dreadful conference I'm attending ;-)

  5. award? The only thing I've ever won was a free pack of Kleenex from the drugstore. Thanks~I'm honored...that and now I have something to keep me busy during this most dreadful conference I'm attending ;-)

  6. Um, not sure what just happened. but yeah, you can take it as me being triple honored about this thing!

  7. Oh, thank you! I think ...

    Yes, these things are a double-edged sword, aren't they? I've almost decided not to take any more awards, but since it's you, and you get kudos for living in a 'foreign' country and darned well learning the lingo, then I will. Might not be for a few days though.

    Seriously, thanks! At least for saying I'm stylish! ;)

  8. Oh, than you so much!!!!! I will be honored to accept this award along with the annoying...uh...noteworthy bits about me! And yours are so funny! OMG - Your honeymoon! I guess you must REAAAAALY love the Professor, to stay with him after such experiences!

    (It may take a few weeks for me to get to this, since I have 3 posts I'm currently working on, but rest assured, I WILl do it!)

  9. Wanda: Just have fun with it, and do what works for you. Pick ten people at random, choose only one, or tag the whole world, or no one at all, it's up to you. It's all good. :)

    Lime: I was sorely tempted to give it to you, because your answers are always so funny, but I figured you'd probably already done it...I can't keep track anymore. And the habaswatzie thing, it works, trust me. ;)

    giozi: A ver si vuelves al mundo bloguero pronto. Ahora tienes tarea! ;)

    PicklePits: I'm triply happy that your are triply honored. And I'm always glad to distract someone from work, especially dreadful conferences. ;)

    Jay: You most certainly are stylish, and a Depp fan, which gives you extra points in my book. Don't worry about it, do it whenever you want, there's no rush in blogland.

    ethelmae: I'm just dying to see what you come up with. I love how you tell about your life. And you've got that the wrong way's The Professor who must really love me for not running away after seeing me all bundled up in 3 pairs of long underwear, a turtleneck, a wool hat pulled way down over my ears, and a scarf. Talk about sexy! :D

  10. Hot damn! Just when I was wondering what I could post next. Plus, I have tons of new useless personal information.

    Will work on it Wednesday.

  11. Thank you so much. I will take off my proverbial hat, and bow in gratitude.

  12. Oh, please this post is to meme-cute!
    Love it!