Jumping on the meme wagon

by Ginger on April 8, 2009

in Random

Hey, look, blog fodder! I’ve been tagged for my first meme (how weird is that word by the way? Or is that just me?), by the fabulous Anna over at ABDPBT. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about these meme things-are they a total cop-out for content, or a good way to foster community amongst bloggers?–but since I’ve been operating at a deficit for content these days, I’m going to put aside my over-thinking and just do the damn thing already.

So this is one of those 6 random things about yourself memes. Let’s see what I can come up with…

  1. I have a small scar on my chin from an exploding marshmallow. Yes, you read that right. When I was probably 10 or 11 or so, I went camping with my dad and stepmom, and of course, one night we brought out the marshmallows for some campfire toasting. Now, to me, the best way to toast a marshmallow has always been to light the thing on fire until it reaches the desired doneness, and then blow out the fire. For some reason, on this particular day, my brain ceased to function, and instead of blowing out the side that was closest to me first, I leaned over the still flaming marshmallow to blow out the OTHER side. Of course, right as I did this, the marshmallow’s interior reached a lava heat that could no longer be contained, and the thing exploded all over my chin and lower lip. Molten marshmallow? Really freaking painful.
  2. I’ve got one thing I’m almost painfully OCD about in my life–the sheets/blankets around my feet when I sleep. If the mattress pad, sheets, and blankets are not smooth around my feet when I go to bed, I have to remake the bed. My husband laughs at me because I pretty much remake the bed every night before we go to sleep. Hotel beds are some of the worst, since they rarely have mattress pads that fully fit the bed, and I invariably wake up in the middle of the night and have to remake the whole damn thing. I don’t know where it came from but I’m really overly weird about it.
  3. I currently have 9 uncles, 8 aunts, and 28 first cousins. I spent a lot of time with lots of those family members as I got older, with many of my cousins being some of my closest friends. I feel really lucky that I had such a large extended family growing up–I was an only child for my first 16 years, but having so many cousins in my life helped give me a very firm commitment to family. I feel a little sad for my kids, because they won’t have that the same way as they grow up, and I feel like they’re going to miss out on that kind of family experience.
  4. I’ve had two occasions in my life where I came perilously close to drowning. Both were when I was a little kid. The first, I was probably no more than 5 or 6 ( I remember I had my bright orange floaties on) when my best friend and I both got caught in a whirlpool that sucked us under. The water probably wasn’t more than 4 feet deep, and my stepdad and his friend almost broke their necks diving in to save us. The second, I was probably no more than 10 or 11 and I was at the beach with my dad, and I got caught in a very powerful rip tide or undertow. I remember being underwater, and not being able to figure out where up was or how to get my bearings. I don’t remember if my dad finally grabbed me or someone else, but I remember that underwater view to this day. Despite both of these somewhat traumatic events, I love swimming and have never been afraid of the ocean, lakes, rivers, or pools.
  5. I’ve wanted to visit Italy since I was, like, 12 years old. I think that since my dad was an artist, I was influenced by art history very early in my life, and Italy is such a mecca of western art history that it was inevitable that I would want to visit there. As I got older, and was able to appreciate and learn about the culture and people of Italy beyond just art history, the desire to travel there has gotten more intense. Somehow though, I haven’t made it there…yet. Everytime we try, something comes up to change our plans. But N.C. promises (PROMISES!) that he’s going to take me there someday.
  6. I spent the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college touring the country spinning a flag with a drum and bugle corps. For those of you who don’t know what drum corps is, it’s kind of like professional marching band–but most have a 21 year old age limit. I spent 3 months sleeping on gymnasium floors and on buses, practicing and rehearsing for up to 14 hours a day, performing all around the east coast, the south, some of the midwest, and even up into Canada. I think I came back with something less than 2% body fat, the darkest tan I’ve ever had in my life, muscles that scared my parents, and more self-esteem and self-confidence than I’d ever had up to that point. It was the best (and most brutal) thing I’ve ever done in my life and completely changed who I was.

OK, so here’s what I’m supposed to do now:

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.–did that
  2. Post the rules on your blog.–here they are
  3. Write six random things about yourself.–see above
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.–hmm, here’s where I’m going to break the rules. I think most of the people I would tag have either done this meme already, or never would do a meme. So I’m not going to tag anyone, instead taking the total cop-out of saying if you want to participate, I’d love to see your answers! If you come back and leave me a comment saying you played along, I’ll post a list of all the players as I get them.
  5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.–see #4
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.–alrighty, I guess I can handle that one.
abdpbt April 8, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Hey, thanks for jumping on the bandwagon. One thing about memes, they do encourage people to chime in more, I think. I’m not a huge fan of memes, but I think this one is good for your readership to get to know you. Exploding marshmallow, though? The sheets I can understand, I’m kind of the same way, except everything has to be under the cover except my foot. Kind of strange.

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Katherine April 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm

The sheets are supposed to be smooth and perfect!

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