Monday, April 22, 2013

Tagging Thyme!

Tag!  You're it! That's pretty much the worst thing you can hear when you're not very fast. Luckily, I was persistent and had a strong enough bladder to outlast my faster opponents for the occasional win at Tag.

Coming out of my shell a little bit...
(by Suzula via
 So when Marcie Colleen tagged me for Tagging Thyme, I was happy to find that endurance (there's 11 QUESTIONS) was going to be more important than speed (she tagged me a few weeks ago. And I STILL haven't gone tinkle.)   Thank you Marcie!

Yeah, thanks for making me share MORE about myself, and not letting me hide in my well-appointed hermit crab shell.  Blogging has been a very healthy experience for a hermit like me, because I've found you have to come out of shell a bit to for your emotions to penetrate your writing. So, really, truly this time:  Thank you Marcie!

I have to answer 11 questions then tag 11 people who would be willing to answer weird questions.  (note I am recognizing at this point that Marcie has picked me for the "weird" team.)

1)  What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten in public?  
I ate a McDonalds Cheeseburger with mustard and ketchup on it, because I couldn't scrape it all off. Even though I hated the taste of it, I ate because it was my BFF's 6th birthday and I didn't want to screw it up. I don't really eat strange things, though I did swallow a bug on a walk last night. I swear I feel wings still tickling my throat. Ack, ack.

2)  If you had to go on an adventure with elves, dwarves, or hobbits who would you take and why?
Of the classes of things I would NOT like to go an adventure with or even really to the grocery store with, the top three would be elves, dwarves and hobbits. The hobbits seem the most harmless, but I think they might want to engage in endless small talk, and I like some solace on my journeys. I suspect elves would be prone to trickery, and trick wars always escalate to a point where no one is cool with it. That leaves dwarves. Since I am shadowed by two small people most minutes of most days, this would be the most normal. 

3)  You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next?
Badgers are strange looking creatures. How could one really tell the difference between a stuffed one and a live one? They are mean little bastards too (pardon my language, but it is the right word for the badger). Is this one wearing the red and white striped knickers of the Wisconsin Badgers? Then, no. Is it snarling? Then, no. Does the taxidermist have a knife? Well, then I suppose I would put it in my lap.

Beware all that fiber- you'll
need a bathroom break.
(by salsachica via
4)  If you were given biscotti, would you prefer it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Coffee, though I don't really get Biscotti. That's a lot of chewing per ounce of enjoyment.

5)  In your opinion, who is the funniest man or woman alive today? (comedian)
Tina Fey. Her Liz Lemon character was a mirror of me in so many boring, nerdy ways.

6)  If you were given thirty seconds on television to say something, what would it be?
"Good evening. Let me read you a little tale I wrote. I hope you find it more interesting than Jersey Shore, Hillbilly Fishing, Toddlers in Tiaras, Storage Wars... [Pause. I realize here I cannot compete with such high caliber tubery] On second thought, maybe you could just visit your local bookstore when you're in the mood for a story. Coming up next, help Marilee extract a wedding shoe's 4 inch heel out of her fiancé's ear on Shut Up and Marry Me!"

7)  What is your idea of the most romantic date setting ever?
On the water - kayaking or sailing on a lake. Both require cooperation and focus on the experience.
Me with Kit, the Knight Rider car, wearing
what I recall was my best sweatpants outfit.
8)  If you could go on one date with a movie or television star, who would it be and why?
I think David Hasselhoff would be a lot of fun. I wonder if he would pick me up in Kit? Whatever, don't judge me. Knight Rider was the best show ever. Plus, I'm pretty sure David's good on the water after 11 years of Baywatch.

9)  What is the worst song you have ever heard?
There is such a fine line between worst and best. During the holidays I enjoy Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey. It's like having a 4 inch heel embedded in your ear: hard to get out of your head.

10)  If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?

I really like it here in New Jersey, but oh to be an adventurer living in South Africa or the Amazon. Perhaps when the fear of contracting some exotic disease and leaving the children motherless has decreased, I'll pursue something new.

11)  Who- in your opinion- was the greatest person to ever live?
Well, the way this question is phrased - in my opinion - leaves me only one choice.
My mom is pretty great, what with creating me and crap like that. This job of Mother is a pretty darn hard one, so she has my respect and love. And she has always said "You should write a book!" 

I need to tag 11 people for Tagging Thyme. Thankfully, I see a few of you have had to take a bathroom break allowing me to catch up to you! Tag, you're it!


  1. I love your answers and i love that you tagged me! I will be "holding it" until I answer them followi.g the A to Z.

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  3. That was so fun, Lauri! I especially like your dwarf comment, I can picture you at the store holding hands. Thanks for tagging me but I've done it recently.

    1. OH yes, you ate crab tentacles...I should've remembered that! I'll change your link to your tagging thyme post.

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  5. Thank you Mrs. Meyers! This means a lot! Hmm.. Which movie/TV star would I like to date? ... Why, Miss Piggy, of course! ;) (for the chance to talk with a Muppet *faint* *THUD!*)

    1. Oh, Erik. Not Zoe or Abby? I just think Miss Piggy would be a VERY high maintenance date!

  6. It truly puzzles me that Middle Earth was not more evolved. Why weren't there more dwelves, or dwobbits?

    Hasselhof? ((shudder)) Reeeeallly?

    1. Cathy, you have really opened my eyes to fairy tale diversity. I wonder if there may be some, um, eh, logistical issues between the species. Unless, wait - maybe Hasselhof is a dwobbit?!

  7. Hasselhoff prompted a similar gag reflex. This person does not have to date the eight-year-old you, you know!

    As for the LOTR question, I would go with elves -- not because we would connect conversationally (because I suspect we wouldn't) but because they are the only ones that probably won't smell bad.

    As for your Tina Fey answer, you are correct. Though I would argue that Fey's funny is tied with Amy Poehler's.

    1. You may have thought I overlooked the smell issue. Actually, I presumed I would have forgotten my deodorant on the quest and would there by appreciate having stinky companions to mask my own odors.

  8. Hi Lauri,

    Thanks for tagging me! I'm flattered, in a weird kind of way. I enjoyed your post too. It's always fun to find out a bit ore about other writers. =)

    1. I look forward to learning more weird things about you too!

  9. Thanks for the tag, Lauri! I think Tina Fey is pretty awesome too. And I feel like I know what Christmassong you're referring to--and I'm trying to refrain from Googling it...I do NOT want that in my head all day! :)

    1. Coleen - I nearly posted a link to the song, but was concerned it was cruel and unusual to shove it into everyone's heads where it will be stuck until next Christmas! I'll give you a taste:
      Ay, Jing-a-di-jing hee haw hee haw
      It's Dominick the Donkey.
      jing-a-di-jing hee haw hee haw.
      De Italian Christmas Donkey.
      Lalalalalalalalala. lalalalalaladidooda.

  10. So fun! I can't believe you haven't eaten anything more adventurous in public! I love your 30 second blurb. Teeheehee

    1. I did eat rabbit once, but I don't like to talk about it. And I ate a little octopus last week. I've had parts of octopus before, but this one was a whole little purple octopus that I grabbed to show the kids. Once it was there, I got a little grossed out by all 8 legs. But then I realized this wasn't like not eating a bite of chicken. This little guy had given his whole life to sit on my plate. So I ate him, and he was quite good!


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