J says it’s pronounced “meem”

I haven’t done a meme in a really long time, but Sara at Sweet Somethings (who, btw, makes the cutest cake pops you’ve ever seen) tagged me for this and since my mind is currently occupied with what I’ve titled Declutterthon 2009, I figured this would be a great time to post this.


1. You Can Only Use One Word
2. Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers
3. Alert them that you have given them this award
4. Have Fun!

The Fun Part

1. Where is your cell phone? Table
2. Your hair? Messy
3. Your spouse? Amazing
4. Your house? Messy
5. Your favorite food? Haddock
6. Your dream last night? Strange
7. Your favorite drink? Coffee
8. Your dream/goal? Bestseller
9. What room are you in? Kitchen
10. Your hobby? Guitar
11. Your fear? Aneurysms
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Home
13. Where were you last night? Henrietta
14. Something that you aren’t? Mean
15. Muffins? Gluten-Free
16. Wish list item? Desk
17. Where did you grow up? Westchester
18. Last thing you did? Typed
19. What are you wearing? Jeans
20. Your TV? Overworked
21. Your pets? Adorable
22. Friends? Kind
23. Your life? Hectic
24. Your mood? Content
25. Missing someone? Yes
26. Vehicle? James
27. Something you’re not wearing? Lederhosen
28. Your favorite store? Wegs
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? J
33. One place that I go to over and over? Wegmans
34. One person who emails me regularly? Neil
35. Favorite place to eat? Moosewood

I cannot limit my favorite bloggers to just six, but I’ll follow the rules and pick six from my favorites. I’m tagging:

  1. Corinne from Following Bliss. Not only is she one of my favorite bloggers, she’s one of my favorite people.
  2. Ashley from Our Little Apartment. She’s sweet and adorable and takes amazing pictures.
  3. Kim from Charm City Kim. Kim cracks me up. She has a great sense of humor and isn’t afraid to laugh at herself. Her honesty is refreshing.
  4. Kathie from Two Frog Home. Kathie enjoys the quiet moments in life and reading her blog reminds me to do the same.
  5. Kate from New Life. Kate is taking on life with abandon. She even went camping by herself in an empty campground. Brave! And awesome.
  6. Allison from A Day Late and a Dollar Short. She’s funny and thrifty and crafty and wise.


One of my favorite bloggers, The Modern Gal, awarded me the Honesty Award, and I am honored.

The honorees are to:

A) first list 10 honest things about yourself – and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
B) pass the award on to 4 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap.

So here goes:

  1. I get teary when I talk about how amazing my friends are and how much they mean to me. It’s hard not to. They are really freaking amazing, and several live way too far away.
  2. I had an imaginary friend as a child, but he left me and I was devastated. I worry about what this says about me in general.
  3. As a kid, I actually kissed several frogs to see if any would turn into a prince. None of them did.
  4. I research bizarre things and retain random information that isn’t really useful to anyone. For example, did you know that Cat Steven’s song Wild World is about the woman who played Rayanne’s mom on My So Called Life? I actually think this process helps me work through other ideas, but I’m not sure why.
  5. Sometimes, when J’s sleeping, or doing something else and not paying attention to me, I watch him and wonder how it’s possible to love some one as much as I love him.
  6. I got teary writing that. He is, after all, my best friend, so #1 applies.
  7. When people complain about 30 or 40 degree weather being cold I want to invite them to spend a winter here. Sometimes, there are obscenities involved in my imaginary invitation.
  8. Two of my best friends say I’m very water. They are talking about this, and while I can’t say the guy in the example of water looks a lot like me, I think we might have a lot in common.
  9. When one of my Facebook friends is tagged in a photo, I usually end up looking at the whole photo album even if I don’t know any of the other people. I also love random people’s vacation pictures on Flickr.
  10. One of my favorite gifts ever is a blue felt heart the other 1/4 gave all of my ladies in 1997. She had each of us stitch a piece of it. I still carry it in my pocket whenever I travel, have something major going on, or just feel lonely, and it reminds me how lucky I am to have people I love so much.

I’m passing the Honesty Award on to:
The Reluctant Blogger
Baltimore Bliss
In a Western Place


3 Carnations sent me interview questions to answer. If you’d like me to interview you, e-mail me (alliesanswers at gmail dot com) and I’ll send you some questions. And, if anyone has any more questions for me, leave them in comments. I’m open book.Well, I’m a partially open – you can read most of the pages, but the binding hasn’t been cracked – book.

1. Were you always so “green”? Was there a turning point in your life that made you become so eco-friendly?

I grew up recycling and composting, so that seems like the norm to me, not the exception. I’ve always been concerned about the environment, but the research I do for AlliesAnswers.com has opened my eyes to so much, and has really enforced my green habits and helped me take things to the next level. The past few years have been an interesting journey in that respect. 

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?I am an enormous Darwin fan. I saw a documentary about the Galapagos Islands on The Discovery Channel when I was in college in the mid-90’s. I remember my adviser asking me if I’d seen anything good lately in one of our meetings. I was a theatre major, and I’m sure he was asking if I’d seen any good plays, or in the very least an interesting Great Performances on PBS or something. Instead I went on for about twenty minutes about the swimming lizards and the seals and the turtles. After that, I bought this little pocket book of Darwin’s writings on the Galapagos and I used to carry it around with me and read it whenever I was waiting for an appointment or an audition. I must have read it 15-20 times. I’m dying to go to the Galapagos, and if I could live there and be some kind of conservation specialist, I’d be in heaven. Although, I don’t think the dogs would be allowed, and my educational background isn’t suited for a conservation job, so I’m sure it’s not possible. But if anything were possible, I think that’s where I’d go.

3. If you had to eat the same food for breakfast everyday, what would it be?Homemade gluten-free pizza. I don’t think I’d ever get tired of it.

4. What is your greatest pet peeve?People being unkind, and/or thinking they are better than someone else. I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately, and I love the theme of ordinary people being important – that a person going about his/her life the best they can, honestly and earnestly is what it’s all about. Hate, prejudice, imposing religion or “morals” on another person’sinalienable rights – those are things I can’t stomach or understand. 9 times out of 10, it is easier to be kind and understanding. And, it’s a much more satisfying way to live life.

5. If someone at your work sneezes, do you say bless you? (odd question, admittedly, but I’ve noticed no one but me really does that at my work)I say bless you to sneezing strangers at the grocery store while I’m out running errands. It’s a knee jerk reaction. Someone sneezes, you say bless you! I’ve actually tried to stop doing it, because I get funny looks. Sometimes the sneezer seems either annoyed or amused. But it’s lonely to sneeze when no one says bless you, isn’t it?

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