Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I got three tags the other day so here they go.

The first is an oh so flattering Rockin' Girl Blogger award from The Thinker

How cool is that? I also get to tag five rockin' ladies with it. I am going to tag some awesome ladies.

1. Mrs. Loquacious because she is a real nice lady who tends to ROCK out a bit. Plus, she was the first person I didn't know who left me a comment and that rocks.

2. I got to give one to my dear friend Monica because she always tells me about rockin' bands to listen to and she just ROCKS in general. Without her my instances of leaving the house would be even fewer and that would be quite scary.

3. I'm going to throw one to Blondie, and since Clark St. is real close, she might even catch it. She made me feel less nervous about turning 30 in a few years with her recent chronicle. Cheers to that, it ROCKS.

4. Mood Indigo was gone for a long time doing incredibly important work with The Africa Project but I am selfishly happy she is back because she ROCKS!

5. I also want to send one to Blog Antagonist because she writes one the three or four "mommy blogs" that I enjoy. She doesn't just post stuff about her kids that no one cares about. She has important and interesting things to say. She also recently took her eldest to a Fall Out Boy concert because they really wanted to go and that kind of move ROCKS.

The second is from Memoirs of a Fat Girl
INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.
Classy & Fancy
[Cherry] Ride/
Memoirs of a Fat Girl
Almost Interesting Musings on Life

Select five people to tag: You, You, You, You and...uh...You

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I had just graduated from High School and was working at Learner New York (now NY&Co). I hung out with all the friends I knew I would keep forever (and now talk to very few) and switched from saying pop to saying soda because I didn’t want to get made fun of.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
I was finishing up my wonderful contract working with DCFS youth and getting ready to be the temporary Volunteer Services director. I am now again the temporary Volunteer Services director. If I am doing the same thing next year I might die.

Five snacks you enjoy:
1. cheese
2. popcorn
3. guacamole
4. yogurt w/various cereals and/or fruits
5. hummus

Five songs that you know all the lyrics to:
1. The Humpty Dance, Digital Underground
2. Sunshine Superman, Donovan
3. The Circle Game, Joni Mitchell
4. Disseminated, Soul Coughing
5. Tender, Blur

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
A million isn’t as much as it used to be so it isn’t going to last me very long. Maybe by millionaire they meant multiple millions? I took it literally. It's a little selfish but I give back every day at work so screw it.

1. Pay off my debts
2. Buy a lofty 3bed 2 bath condo
3. Buy a Smart Car
4. Take a year off to travel with Tony
5. If I have anything left (and there won’t be much after that vacation) invest it

Five bad habits:
1. cracking any joint that I possibly can
2. being a total slob
3. making decisions
4. finishing projects that I have started
5. not taking as good care of myself as I should

Five things you like doing:
1. cooking/eating fun and exciting foods
2. road trips with good people
3. sleeping in
4. all kinds of movies/ TV and video games
5. nothing

Five things you would never wear again:
1. culottes
2. sneakers with a heel (the maroon ones with a big sole don’t count)
3. shiny lycra (I’m talking about skating here people and maybe a few other times)
4. scrunchies
5. the crazy blue horizontal striped dress (but I’ll still wear it in the house)

Five favorite toys:
1. iPod
2. PS2
3. Cable
4. Scrabble
5. Monopoly

I was also tagged by Not Fearing Change for the 8 random facts meme. I think Monica tagged me with this or something like this but since I used her facts it wasn't quite right.

Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8.
Players should tag 8 other people and notify them that they have been tagged.

I am tagging the five "Yous" from above and also You, You and...um...You

Just the (Random) Facts
1. My second toe on my right foot is longer than my big toe but on the left foot the big toe is longer. I think if I can figure out why this is I will unlock my mutant toe power.

2. I am 5ft tall but think I am much taller. When I see people my height walking around I am always struck by how small they are.

3. Right now I am relatively damp because I ran across the street in a torrential downpour an hour and a half ago.

4. I used to have a severe SIMS addiction. It stopped because the downloads I had didn’t work with Nightlife and I got annoyed because new SIMS had bad hair.

5. Most of the time I would rather be sitting at home.

6. I have only 400 pages left to read in War and Peace thus completing my reading of the books on my bookshelf...I think.

7. I have just folded 50 brochures about my customer service training

8. I love lamp

This post has taken me about five hours to actually finish. I am too tired for random songs.


Michael C said...

That's a lot of writing. It seems these memes are getting harder and harder ;-)

MMMMMMMM, Hummus...

Blondie said...

Ah, you are so sweet! And let me tell you, blogging about turning 30 has helped me through it, and I'm SO happy it's helping other people, too. :) YOU ROCK!

With Love, Fat Girl said...

Just seeing "culottes" made me laugh for a good few minutes... :)

Mrs. Loquacious said...

I could totally identify with the short-person with tall-person mentality thing; I'm only 5'2" but I swear that others who are 5'2" are shorter than I am...by a lot! Plus "petite" clothes are too short for me, so I guess that means I'm tall, right?

kim said...

This is just confirming what we already know, that you ROCK.

The Doc said...

Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?

CS said...

Congratualtions. And that's a big bunch of memes there.

Mom said...

Great post.

I think you'd probably have a few hundred-thou left after doing the things on your "millionaire" list, depending on how lavish you got with your trip and your condo. (I'm sure there are condos in Chicago -- even in Minneapolis! -- that would consume the entire million on the spot.)

I have lately been thinking about a million dollars as "well, that will fund about ten years of retirement (taking inflation into account)." I think that when I was a kid, a million dollars would probably have been enough to allow a person retire on the spot, at any age, and never think about money again. Sigh.

Monica said...

thanks, fella

Danielle said...

Sanni granted me the RGB award and I was going to pass it on to both you and Monica so I definitely agree with the accolade.

Your a shortie like me and my Mom. She's 4'10 and swears she is 5 feet.

As always...

Urban Chick said...

Thanks for checking out my blog...about Mantan, I laugh to keep from crying.

thethinker said...

I used to love the Sims! Then I misplaced my Sims 2 CD a few days after I payed $50 for it. I haven't played since.

notfearingchange said...

OHMIGOD....I think you should totally be awarded MEME-MARATHON WINNER.

That was insane...but I learned a lot too!

sideshow bob said...

Nothing is way underrated, as far as something to do goes.

it's the little things... said...

I'd forgotten about Digital Underground. I played that CD endlessly for a time!

Blog Antagonist said...

Wow, Natalie, thanks a bunch. I'm honored, truly. If someone hadn't already awarded you, I would turn around and hand it right back, because I think you rock too.

BTW...I have printed out a jillion of your awesome recipes and I can't wait to start trying some of them.

Natalie said...

Michael- It was a lot of writing but I didn't do it all at once so it wasn't too bad.

Blondie- It most certainly helped. I'll have to keep it in mind in the next two years.

WLFG- Culottes are always good for a laugh. I have seen grown people wearing them and I am not pleased.

Mrs L.- Petite clothes are too short for me too?? How does that work. I know i have long legs and no torso but seriously?? Nothing should be too short for me.

Kim- Thanks, you do too.

Doc- I do love a lamp. But I mostly just thought it was funny.

Natalie said...

CS- Congrats to you too! It was memetastic.

Mom- Before the trip I had spent about 532K. My poor math skills contributed to my gross overestimation of the cost of my year-long vacation. I should have about 300K left. Good looking out. I could certainly invest that and I would.

Monica- Welcome dude

Danielle- It is possible that I am 4'11 and 3/4ths but once i got measured at 5ft and I am sticking to it.

Urban Chick- That's pretty much what we have to do when it comes to Mantan.

Thinker- SIMS2 just wasn't the same. The effort it took to get a SIM going made finding ways to kill them off no fun. Thus, much of the initial pull was lost. I wish I knew where my original SIMS Cds were. I would play the crap out of that. I also was really bad at designing outfits in SIMS2 and that made it less fun for me.

Not Fearing- Glad you enjoyed it. I found it fun to write.

Natalie said...

Sideshow Bob- I'm so glad that someone else agrees with me.

Little Things- They were a huge staple of my life in the 90s

BA- No problem, it was my pleasure. I hope you enjoy the recipes.

Villager said...

You are amazing! Congrats on the rockin' woman blogger award ... and thanx for sharing the inner soul with the other memes. Your comment about feeling taller than you are reminded me that I feel THINNER than I am most of the time (as long as it's not my bathroom mirror)!

peace, Villager