Monday, August 15, 2011

Mish Mash

SAY... this is my 700th post... That's sorta cool, though what's most striking is probably that I noticed...


Okay, fine friends... I have been the recipient of a wonderful blog award and meme, so that is the main blog today, but FIRST, a couple announcements.

Hey!!! Raquel Byrnes is giving away a copy of her romantic suspense book, Purple Knot, on Goodreads. Go here if you want to win!(and friend me: Hart Johnson, if you haven't already)

And Second, I am hosting Denise Verrico tomorrow for an interview and doing a book review of her fabulous MY FEARFUL SYMMETRY on Friday (that was a spoiler, wasn't it? That I liked the book... but you'll have to come see WHY), so Denise offered to give away a t-shirt that says 'I am an adept of the ancient arts' which if you read her book you will know is QUITE the bragging rights! Very likely to get you all SORTS of propositions, offers of cash and possibly cookies... So... if you WANT to win, just comment, all week long with the phrase 'Kinky Vampire sex' (or if you are a prude you can just say 'I want to win!'). To double your chances, tweet or facebook share Tuesday's or Friday's posts that feature Denise and her book! (and let me know... mind reading is not among my skills)  [Sadly, she can only ship US and Canada]

Now... Onto the meme... Michael Offutt at SLC Kismet awarded me the Blog on Fire award! (so careful not to burn yourself, eh?)... and included with the award the following meme... So THANK YOU, Michael!

1)  Are you a rutabaga? Well… if we are what we eat… then… erm. No. I mean I think I've tried one, but that's about it...

2) Who is your current crush? Crush? Not CRUSHES? Johnny Depp, Viggo Mortenson, Jason Isaacs, Bill Weasley, Chad Kroeger, Steven Tyler... erm... there are more, but I'm not so observant on names...

3)  Upload a heartwarming picture that makes you smile. (you may notice a pattern here... or two... first... my animal baby love, second, my inability to follow directions... can't do just one...)

This is my work wallpaper



4) When was the last time you ate a vine-ripened tomato?  It’s been a while. They cost more…

5) Name one habit that causes other people to plot your demise?  Probably when I let my TMI policy bleed into other people’s personal business. I TRY not to, but it happens... most often when my business and their business overlaps...

6) What is the weirdest, most-disgusting job you've ever had to do?

Weirdest? Maybe pea roguing. You heard me. At 14 my mom found me a job wandering pea fields and picking the rogues (the ones with the wrong color flower, wrong size, non-peas… it was for a split pea company and about 10 of us walked in a line. It was about crop purity or something… and I was paid $2.10 an hour for my misery because I wasn't technically old enough to have a job. I made friends with Mike Bull that week, though, who was one of the cool boys (and very nice) two years older, so that made up for it. And it was twice as much as I made babysitting, so at 14, it wasn't bad money... though it was hot and my feet hurt...

Most disgusting? Grease trap. ICK. For starters, dead meat refuse is STINKY. And it’s GREASY. And it’s ICKY. Definitely the worst job in a restaurant and there are several that aren’t particularly savory.

7) Where da muffin top at?  On the muffin bottom? Is this innuendo that I somehow don’t understand? I'm not sure how I could fail to understand innuendo, but this totally sounds dirty, yet, I don't get it...

8) What author introduced you to your genre? I am going with Cozy Mystery because I actually have an answer. I don’t remember the first Cozy Mystery I READ, but I know I didn’t know it was a separate genre until I met Elizabeth Spann Craig who introduced me formally, rather than just the informal fondling phase I’d been in prior to that… (you know... feel it up without ever learning it's name)

9) Describe yourself using obscure Latin words.  Aqua Crustulum (that's a watery cookie... apparently they didn't have tarts...) Did you know I can't find a translation for naked? Nude, either... or undressed, or disrobed... You don't suppose naked was just the natural state of things so no word was needed, do you?

The following people are being tagged for the above award and subsequent internet meme:

Christine Murry
Johanna Garth at Losing Sanity
Siv Maria at Been There, Done That
Trisha at WORD + STUFF
Jenny at Ten Lives and Second Chances
VB Tremper at All the World's in Words
Sue at Jumping Around

All of you are superstar commenters! There are others who are, but these folks are over and above and I just wanted a shout out that I notice! So you've been tagged!

I hope everyone has a great week!

19 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Yay!!!!! What is a rutabuga and why?!?!! LOL!!!

Yay for such NAKED answers too!!! Yuck for grease trapping!! Bleagh!!!

Awwwww but look at all these cute pics!! Lovely!!!!

Off I go to learn some NAKED latin phrases!! LOL!! Take care and huge congrats on your 700th NAKED post!! Whoo-hooo!! Take care
x

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I think it's cool that I introduced you to your genre! You've introduced me to pea roguing (sounds like the kind of job where you get off and go home to bed...)

Megan Bostic said...

what is that crazy cute animal? A hedgehog?

And yeah, Bill Weasley is HAWT!

You're description of grease trap made me nauseous.

Congrats on your award!

Hart Johnson said...

teehee--Jenny, a rutabega is a root veggie not terribly different from a turnip...

Elizabeth-it was absolutely one that made me lay around at the end of the day! Thankfully, I think it was only 2 weeks or something...

Megan-Yup--Hedgehog... aren't they fabulous? I love their little faces and ears.

ViolaNut said...

Hedgie!!! Otters!!! Okay, and a giraffe. Yay! Muffin top... that's the flab that hangs over one's waistband, yes/no? I just woke up, that's about all I've got. ;-)

Jan Morrison said...

oh, all questions answered. one year we lived on rutabegas (turnips) - ever heard of turnip puff? Yummy.
But you aren't a rutabega - you're a kumquat!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on seven hundred posts! And the pea job sounds mind-numbingly dull.

Siv Maria said...

Wow 700 posts! Way to go girl. Qhat can I say, I am a big fan of naked :) Thanks for the shout out.

KarenG said...

Wow this post has my head spinning! Congrats on 700 posts! I'm not sure how many I've done, I'll have to go check.

Hart Johnson said...

Leanne-we definitely share the same list of favorite animals... And I've heard that, but... eww...

Jan-YAY for kumquats! I've had both turnips and rutabegas in STEW and that's pretty good--they are a nice sub for potatoes... not sure how to cope with them plain...

Alex-it WAS dull, except the company was pretty good.

Siv-YAY naked!

Karen-if you go to your blogger dashboard it gives you a count... it's by blog...

Michael Offutt said...

Woo hoo...you are so on fire hon. Just heatin' up good ole Utah. No wonder it was 100 degrees outside this weekend. Now I know who to blame.

Christine Murray said...

Yay! Thank you so much! I love the picture of the baby hedgehog too, very cute.

Johanna Garth said...

Happy 700 day to you! I definitely think you win the award for strangest job ever. Your mother was way more creative than mine! :)

vbtremper said...

Thanks so much! I'm laughing and terrified and honored all at the same time. How is that even possible?

-Vicki

Will Burke said...

Sorry about the jobs -- rancid meat is vile, vile stuff.
I met Chad Kroeger twice when I was living in Vancouver (same rehearsal space). Both times, it was obvious that he was busy, but he was nice and courteous both times. Hopwever, living in Vanc, Every radio station had to play Nicleback every 30 minutes, so you'll understand if I'm a little tired of the music. Except, Rock Star; everything's better with Billy Gibbons!

Carol Kilgore said...

700 posts = AWESOME!

Love the babies. And your answers. Especially the rutabaga one :)

LTM said...

SEVEN HUNDRED??? Wow.

I'm not counting, actually... And pea rogue? LOL! That's hilarious. But not quite as hilarious as your response to the muffin top... LOL!!! :D *snort*

Crystal Pistol said...

Makes me wonder why people are plotting my demise... could be the TMI thing as well... :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats! Those pictures are total squee!!!!