Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm Nothing If Not Honest. And Scrappy!

I am always shocked and awed when another blogger passes on an award to me. So shocked and awed that it takes me several months to respond, especially when the award demands that I reveal personal information about myself. My blogging buddy, Michelle, over at Table for Nine bestowed upon me the Honest Scrap Award, which requires that I list 10 honest things about myself. What more can I tell you that won't drive you screaming from the room? Brutal honesty is not pretty.

1. I enjoy a good nap. Okay, it's more than enjoy. I need a good nap or I will shut down like a dead robot by 5:00 in the evening.

2. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Tillamook's Chocolate Peanut Butter.

3. I have nice feet. Really, they are quite attractive insomuch as feet can be.

4. I won 3rd place in a talent competition with my rendition of Bessie's Boil by Robert Service. It's a long poem delivered in a Cockney accent, but if you read the entire thing, the payoff is hilarious.

5. When I booked and paid for a non-refundable trip to Egypt and Israel, I didn't know I was pregnant with my second child, so I ended up traveling overseas just as I turned 7 months pregnant. Because my coloring is dark, most people assumed I was Egyptian. All kinds of people on the street and in the shops were chatting me up in . . . er, Egyptian? I don't even know what language, frankly. When I crossed the border into Israel I was pulled aside into a private room and searched thoroughly; security wanted to make sure the bump under my maternity shirt was really a baby. Good times.

6. I've never smoked pot. (Do they even call it pot nowadays? I should refer to it as grass just to irritate the teenagers.) I was offered a puff once at an eighth-grade slumber party and a second time at an ELO concert, but I graciously declined. Interestingly enough, not a single drug dealer has approached me since. Not in high school. Not even in college! What's this world coming to?

7. I didn't realize that I was a perfectionist until I read about a technique to help manage one's tendency to keep working and re-working something over and over and over and over and over again until it's perfect: STOP AFTER THE THIRD TIME, even if the project is not perfect. I now try to live by this principle, and it's saved my sanity.

8. I know all the lyrics to Hotel California. Don't ask me how or why. I don't even particularly like that song, but if I ever gather enough nerve to sing karaoke, I'll pick Hotel California and rock the house.

9. The other day, my 11-year-old daughter accused me of being prideful about my height. It's true. I'm 5'10, and don't you forget it.

10. Why do magazine articles insist that clothes reveal a lot about a person? The only thing that clothes reveal to me about a fashionable, beautifully-dressed woman is that she has a lot of money and/or time to shop.

I must forward the Honest Scrap Award to 7 bloggers, so like a soulless criminal I'm choosing my victims at random from my Followers list on the sidebar:

Perhaps to annoy all of you, Michelle also sent me the Circle of Friends award, which requires me to write some more about myself: 5 things that I love. Goes without saying that I love God, country, and family, so here is the rest:

2. A full-body massage. Performed by a certified masseuse at a day spa, thank you very much.

3. Warm-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of cold milk.

5. Rock-y worship music.

This friendly award must be forwarded to 5 bloggers . . . aaaaand . . . drum roll, please . . . the fickle finger of fate chooses:
Quadmama at Buried in Laundry

Finally, there's Joey over at Big Teeth and Clouds. She awarded me the loverly Heartfelt Blogger Award. Thank you so much! This is my favorite accolade of all because I am not required to write anything but the name of the blogger to whom I'm awarding it: Mistika from Elashry Casa who, although communicating in her second language of English, writes directly from her heart.

Dinner last night: chicken enchiladas, refried beans, corn

Exactly one year ago today:


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Don't you know it's just not right to talk about some chocolate peanut butter flavored ice cream that I can't get around here?!?

Karen M. Peterson said...

Oh my gosh. Egypt and Israel while pregnant. What a trip!

I can only imagine how tight the security must have been.

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

Congratulations on all of your awards!

If you are 5'10" and have beautiful feet you are on my list of people I truly envy. I'm 5'6" and my disproportionately huge feet are atrocious. Ugh!

Anonymous said...

So many awards - well deserved.

And I see you have passed one on to me. Thank you! I feel really honoured. I'll have to think carefully about what to put in my list.

Thank you again :o) Have a fab weekend x

Heather~sheaaa6 said...

Awwww Kim,
As I reading through your list, I thought, hmmmm, I don't know 10 things near as interesting. Then I saw my blog I am off to think of 10 things for me. =] Thanks Kim, really this is my first award as a blogger, if I can even call myself that. =]
Enjoy your Sunday. =]

The Deal Fanatic said...

Hi there..
Thanks so much for passing the award to me. I love love love it.
I'm so sorry in the delay for getting back to you. As you know probably already I have twins too....need I say more..LOL.
But I've also been making the jump from blogger to wordpress (without a drop of assistance from any designers, I must say so myself) and it's been grueling.
Thanks again for the award.
Wishing you a great week!!