Sunday, December 16, 2007

8 Random Facts

Meme time again! Here are the rules:

(1) Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
(2) People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
(3) At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
(4) Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

And here are The Facts:

1) I can move my pinky toes independently from my other toes. This is in no way useful, but seems to impress people.

2) I was raised in a home where cow's tongue was a regular item on the dinner table. I didn't realize that most people found this disgusting until I was in my teens. I actually quite like tongue. It's a very soft and tender meat.

3) My current surname is the fourth I've had in my life. I was born with one last name. Then my step-father legally adopted me (when I was 8) so I ended up with his last name. When I got married I legally changed to my husband's last name, because I didn't like sharing a name with my step-dad. But by the time I got divorced I had a better appreciation for the support of both my fathers, both step and biological, so I created a new last name that combines elements of both of my fathers' last names. That's the one I'll be keeping for the rest of my life. Ken knows that if he wants us to share a last name, it's up to him to change his name to match mine!

4) Whenever I'm in a pet store, I seek out the guinea pigs and whistle through my teeth at them. This gets them excited so that they all start squeaking and running around the cage. I guess it's a little mean, because it means that I've frightened them, but they're just so cute that I can't resist.

5) Recently a stranger mistook me for Molly Ringwald. I do look quite a lot like her in this photo. All you have to do is dye the hair a darker, auburn shade, change the eyes to pale green, broaden the nose a tad, and show just a little less gum in the smile. Then you almost have me.

6) I have a tendency towards Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which gets worse when I'm under stress. Sometimes I make myself late for work because I can't stop checking things. I know it's really getting bad when I catch myself compulsively counting the number of times I swallow as I drink.

7) Because of allergies, I don't consume caffeine, alcohol, or dairy. What I miss most: grilled cheese sandwiches, and Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream.

8) I have no goals in life. I used to be very goal oriented. One by one (or sometimes several at once) my carefully laid plans went awry, and a weird, unforseen life took shape in their place. I find I quite like this life I've fallen into. It feels very "meant-to-be". So now I trust the Powers That Be to guide my overall future, and I just try to live each day as best I can.

Okey shmokey! Tagging time.

A lot of bloggers have already done this meme. I can think of a few who might not have, so I'm tagging y'all below:

Tamara at Downward Blog


jameil1922 said...

awww. thanks for the tag. i think i would have a long, life-sucking cry over no alcohol or dairy. i would start singing, too, "how do i liiiiiiive withooout yoouuuuuuu i want to know! how do i breeeathe withoout youuu!!" no butter? i mean w/o cheese... i don't think i could exist. tongue!? i'll try it but the thought is a bit scary. what's your fave method of prep w/what spices? love molly ringwald. guinea pigs have always scared me. they look like really fat rats.

Sparkling Red said...

Thankfully, I can have butter, because it hardly has any protein in it. Mmm... butter... And I can have small amounts of dairy - like a cake that has a little milk in the recipe is no problem. But, no cheesecake, no mousse, no ice cream, etc. :-(

I have never actually cooked a tongue myself, mostly because my local supermarket does not carry it! Sometimes one of my relatives will serve it for a special occasion. It's always quite plain, just sliced, no sauce or anything.

San said...

I wandered over from Kate's place. And at a good time, since I'm privy to those 8 bits of knowledge about you. Molly Ringwald--what a lovely person to resemble! But hold the cow's tongue please.

tamara said...

3 days back and tagged already! (count this as my daily comment, please) I **will** do this meme, but maybe later tonight ... or tomorrow. I'm still staring in amazement at all the snow outside. It's still coming down. man.

R.E.H. said...

Cow's tongue? I've heard about people eating that, but I thought it wasn't really real... I don't think I'd have the stomach for it.

No caffeine? I couldn't cope a single day without my shot of coffee.

Kate said...

That cow tongue thing kind of freaks me out.

Thanks for the tea and sympathy, I appreciate it.


Aric Blue said...

Ah, so YOU'RE the reason I've been tagged. Damn you!

And uh...cow tongue? Really?

Stewie said...

Awesome 8!

I've had cow's tongue when I was in Russia and found it too chewy for my taste. However, I ate a bit of it because the sauce was so damn good.

Sparkling Red said...

Wow, the tongue-eating really seems to have hit a nerve. You all might be interested to know that it's not the grossest part of a cow to grace my family's dinner table. Legend has it that my grandfather's family, during the Depression years, ate udder.

All together now: EEEEEWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

kate said...

This was interesting to read! I learned some things of you - I used to cook tongue, heart and kidnesy. As long as I didn't over-cook them, loved it.

I'm with you on not having goals. Like you, I had many - life happens and I've learned to roll with it. It makes me feel as if I'm on an adventure ... who knows what will happen next.

Thanks for tagging me for this meme. I am going to do this soon. My dog was tagged for another meme - I've got to take him to the park and take some pictures.

Hope you have a good week!