Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I'm It!

I'm pretty new to this whole blogging business and feel like a total newbie, so it is with great pride that I take part in my first meme. Thanks to Joeymom, a very nice-seeming mom of a couple very nice-seeming kids, for initiating me.

So on to my assignment: Relate 8 random facts about myself.

1. I am an absolute Bob Dylan freak. But, interestingly, one of the most disappointing concerts I went to was my first Dylan concert. For my brothers and sisters in Dylan-love, you may have already noticed that I named my third child after The Mighty Quinn. (Alex had to be talked into that at first.)

2. When I was in high school I volunteered at a zoo. I worked there for many years and got myself promoted up the volunteer chain from Junior Zookeeper (cleaning out the barn animal pens) to Docent (answering questions about small animals in the zoo's "Discovery Center") to Nursery Aide (playing with baby animals, most memorably a baby lion named Babs). The nursery aide job really kicked the shit out of the other two jobs, although I did get to hang out with some cool animals my earlier capacities.

3. I, rebelling against the culture in which I grew up (Utah), swore that I'd never get married or have kids. Guess how that turned out.

4. I am 53% geek.

53% Geek

Mingle2.com - Free Online Dating Funny, I thought I'd be more. Alex is, barely; he's 56% geek. Thanks, WhyMommy, for the teeny little button that led me here. I believe you're even more geek than me.

5. This may be too much information, but the medical oddity aspect of it fascinates me enough to include it. I have psoriasis, which came on three and a half years ago, about the same time I started taking antidepressant/anxiety medication. Both the prescribing doctor and the dermatologist said there was no correlation. It wasn't horrific psoriasis, but it was pretty bad, and definitely noticible on my arms, legs, and scalp and bad enough that I didn't wear shorts for at least two years. Now that I'm coming off the medication, the psoriasis is disappearing. Rapidly and, hopefully (knock on wood), permanently. Just in time for summer!

6. I LOVE zombies. Or, rather, I love zombie-related pop culture: Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, World War Z, 28 Days Later, and so much more. (Did I mention that I'm more than half geek?)

7. My favorite movie is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. And remember, you can't fight in the war room.

8. I have been often asked what's up with Stimey. Well, in grad school, a new friend of mine asked if I'd ever had a nickname. Being saddled with a one-syllable name, whose only variation I dislike (only Aunt M is allowed to use it), I had never had a nickname. So he came up with "Stimey" on the spot. And 10 years (Oh. My. God. I am SOOOOO old.) later, here we are.

Eight people to tag... Jeez, I don't even know if I know 8 blogospeople well enough to tag them. OK, here are a few. Rest assured, I won't be offended if you don't want to take part. I, in fact, am not usually the type of person to do things like this; I just got so excited when I saw my name over at Life With Joey.

OK, Alex's cousin Claire in Tuba-Town 'cause she's a cool chick. MOM-NOS because she was the first autism blog I happened upon after figuring out that Jack is probably on the spectrum. And Kristi, who's Living Life in TX, because she was the first person that I didn't know who commented on my blog. And because she probably has enough to do, and in no way needs to be saddled with this, I won't tag WhyMommy, but as she is my only genuine real-life friend I know who blogs: if you feel like blogging about something other than the elephant in the room, I'd love to know some things about pre-Widget WhyMommy.

And I think I'll stop there at four. Fact number nine about me could be that I don't necessarily follow instructions well. Here are yours: You're supposed to say who tagged you, post the rules and 8 random things about you, then tag 8 other people.


  1. This is way harder than I thought. I've been staring blankly at the screen for several minutes now . . . trying to think of some random stuff about myself. Maybe I should eat first to build up strength for the endeavor.

  2. Clearly eating is the answer. Perhaps cookies?

  3. Your blog makes me laugh out loud which is simply a test of what a really damn good blog is. I knew Claire had to have cool relatives. I particularly laughed at the mud photos. When I was a kid my parents used to clip me to the clothesline as I whizzed around in circles and darn it, I wish they had captured that in all its full glory.

    p.s. I am apparently 63 per cent geek though I do feel I pushed it a bit.

  4. Mmmmm... cookies.

    I've been resisting this meme this time around (I did it when it was just 5 random things), but for you, I'd do just about anything, so I'll try.

    Pre-Widget me is pretty boring, though.

  5. Pretty soon it'll be 37 random things. Don't put yourself out if you don't want to. I know we feel the same way about chain letters, and this here is pretty much the blog version.

    Boring? You? Pffft.

  6. And it just occurred to me that if you'll do just about anything for me, I should ask for something other than a meme! :)


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