Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Two Memes, and Award, and Giveaways!!!

Giveaways first since they are the most fun and easiest to write about:

***Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin? is giving away 14 books! Go check her out before July 19th!

***Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty is celebrating her 2 year bloggiversary with a 14 book giveaway as well. You have until August 2 for hers.

I'm sure there are others but I'm still going through my google reader. When will life slow down!!


I've been tagged by Amanda at Life and Times of a "New" New Yorker for a Quirkiness Meme


1. Link the person(s) who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged

Unspectacular quirks, endstop.

1. Like Amanda, I also make up ridiculous songs--not so much make them up as just sing at random. In particular, I sing to my cat, my husband, and my food. Or sometimes just a random word--"meme" is a word I can hear myself singing outloud. Most times (read: all times) it is pure nonsense. And, I'm a horrible singer. ;)

2. I LOVE musicals and listen to them often in the car and sing and cry along with the music. I even have soundtracks for plays I haven't seen yet! My favorites are Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Miss Siagon (I have seen these three).

3. I have to sleep with covers on at all times no matter how scorchingly hot it is in my bedroom. It is OK to let one foot out of the covers but NEVER both!

4. One of my favorite things in the entire world is a freshly made bed. I LOVE it!!

5. I am deathly afraid of spiders--so much so that a few weeks ago when going to my car after work and seeing one on my roof by the driver door, I actually crawled in through the passanger seat to avoid the spider jumping on my back, biting me, and dying.

6. I'm a food junky and get really moody if I haven't eaten in a while. I have always thought that this was related to being hypoglycemic, which I don't really know that I am, but really, I think I just love to eat. I can tell, though, if I'm starting to get grumpy and always warn hubby--watch out, I'm about to get bitchy if we don't eat soon.



I was also tagged by Jeane from Dog Ear Diary for the Five Things Meme

What was I doing 10 years ago?
The summer before my senior year of High School--probably at a family reunion in Southern California (Oceanside)

Five snacks I enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world:
Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream, ice cream, double stuffed oreos. :)

Five snacks I enjoy in the real world:
Mints (the lifesaver ones!), hot tomales, crackers, gum (cinnamon at work, mint otherwise), BBQ Baked Lays

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Quit work 2. Cook 3. Read 4. Cook 5. Read :) My life is pretty simple

Five jobs that I have had:
Old Navy Clothing, Carhop at Sonic, Office Manager at Fire Department, Teaching Freshman English at Texas Tech, Account Manager for Equine Event Insurance (not my current job but I am still in insurance)

Three of my habits (soon you will all be thinking I'm neurotic):
--see Quirkiness Meme above. In addition I keep multiple spreadsheets for the same thing--not entirely sure why. Two things I keep spreadsheets for are my books/reading and bills/finances.

I also label the backs of my pictures after I get them developed even if it is obvious when the picture was taken and who is in it (Yes, I have lots of pictures of hubby and myself labeled "Trish and Scott" I guess just in case one day I forget who we are).

I save EVERYTHING. Especially true when we are on trips--which sometimes includes silly things like receipts! so that one day when I decide to scrapbook, I will have plenty of things to include other than pictures. It is absolutely ridiculous!

Five Six places I have lived:
Provo, UT; Toronto, ON; Plano, TX; Rexburg, ID; College Station, TX; Lubbock, TX

Yay! Memes are fun so tag yourself and let me know if you do either/both of these!!!



There is nothing better than coming home from a trip, feeling bad about neglecting the blogworld, feeling overwhelmed with the housework/workwork that has piled up, feeling like you have to pull your hair out to stay sane to find that people are still thinking about you.

Two EXCELLENT bloggers have given me this award and it made my day(s). I'm cheating and returning the award back to these two. I've loved getting to know these two gals over the past couple of months and I hope that you'll go check them out.

First is Bethany from B&b ex libris. I found her personal blog a few months ago when looking for people's reactions to Salinger's Nine Stories. I started lurking a bit--as she did with my blog, and then one day she told me she was going to start a book blog! I was thrilled! And since then she's started her own challenge (Orbis Terranum), reviewed exciting and different books, and stayed up with me during the 24-hour-readathon. So glad you joined us in this bookblogging world, Bethany!!

Second is Corinne from The Book Nest. Corinne is a new-t0-me blogger (relatively), but she reads such a variety of books that I can always find something that we either have in common or that I want to add to my shelf! Her reviews are thoughtful and her comments are sincere and I look forward to getting to know her better. And, she's a challenge junky like myself!!

Thanks gals for the shoutout!! It really did make me feel great. :)


Amanda said...

Hahaha...I LOVE that I'm not the only random singing person! AND I also have have to sleep with a cover, even if it's deathly hot. :)

Corinne said...

Hey, that's NICE :) Thanks friend. Nice to know someone out there is reading :)

bethany (dreadlock girl) said...

oh, that is sweet! you are how I got here....and I still LOVE your blog. sweetness!~

Anonymous said...

Hilarious! You are just like me. I can not fall asleep without a cover of some type even if it's just a thin sheet, but what I think is funny is that I also stick one foot out (helps keep me cooler) but I can't do both feet as well.

Jeane said...

Hm, I've lived in Rexburg too. And I love chocolate mints! Especially the andes ones. I forgot to mention them on mine.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

*Amanda - Yes, good to not be alone--my random singing drives my husband crazy!

*Corinne - I've noticed that sometimes I'll read blogs in my google reader without commenting, but I'm trying to make a better effort of letting people know--hey, I was here. :)

*Bethany - I'm so glad you've joined our ranks!! And that you're hosting such a fabulous challenge--I've learned a lot from you and your blog.

*Natasha - I think it stems from a childhood fear of trolls eating my feet when I'm sleeping. :) For some reason I feel like the covers are a protector.

*Jeane - Ya! I thought I had mentioned that I went to Ricks for a year when I commented on your meme. I really enjoy the Andes mints as well--always my favorite part of a Olive Garden meal. :)

Literary Feline said...

Thank you for mentioning my giveaway, Trish! Such a pretty kitty!

I make up silly songs too! I'm sure it drives my husband crazy. :-) And I'm a big musical fan too. Are you going to see Mamma Mia?

You can't go wrong with ice cream.

You are so smart to label your photos right away! I've gotten so behind with that. Labeling the obvious ones is a good idea so that 200 years from now, the people looking at the photos will know who you are. :-)

Ana S. said...

"I save EVERYTHING. Especially true when we are on trips--which sometimes includes silly things like receipts!"

Me too! I have more than one box full of those kinds of things. The silliest thing I saved was a water bottle label from the first trip I took with my boyfriend. You can laugh at me now :P

I'm terrified of spiders, too.

Bookfool said...

That was fun reading!

I used to save everything until the quantity of stuff in my home began to mean I was tripping all the time -- there was just too much. But, I understnad it. For years, I saved the dress I wore in Paris, the shirt I wore the day I fell for my husband, all the little tickets to all the fun places I've ever been. I still have my itinerary for the trip I took to London when I was 17 (even though we didn't stick to the plan). :)

Love the photo of your fur kid. I'm going blank. Is her name Maggie? She's so pretty. I love those big, curious eyes!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

*Lit Feline - You've made me feel better about my obsessive labeling of pictures. :) It has come in handy when I don't remember who the person in the photo is, but sometimes I think I go overboard!

I'm not sure about Mamma Mia, yet. I saw it once in NY and then again when it came to Dallas, so I'm pretty familiar with the play--but I'll probably go see it with way I can drag hubby to see it!

*Nymeth - I'm hoping there is a very good reason that you kept the water bottle label...right?!? :) I have boxes and boxes of stuff and hopefully one day I'll start scrapbooking and it will all come in handy. I have all the scrapbooking tools, but the time would take away from my reading time and I'm not ready for that...yet.

*Bookfool - The Fur Thing is Maggie--great memory. She does have very very large eyes! I'm glad I'm not the only packrat. I've been trying to be better about it, but there are some things I'm just not ready to let go of yet. :P