Tuesday, July 3

I've Been Tagged. Twice.

Memes have been flying everywhere lately, and I've recently been hit by two of them.

The lovely Shn of Mishmash would like me to share 7 random things about myself:

1. I’ve never eaten a Twinkie or a Devil Dog. Can I still call myself American?

2. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 20 years. Not because of political or religious reasons. Because of bad chicken.

3. My first job was working at a sandwich shop. My manager almost fired for making the sandwiches “too big.” He obviously was not Italian.

4. I have an abnormal fear of the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz. To this day, I cannot watch it because of her. Seriously.

5. I love the NFL. I’m still not sure what a“corner” does, but I do know that Tom Brady of the Patriots is one fine quarterback.

6. Fathers do know best. My father first met my husband, Jeff, when Jeff and I were in the 9th grade together. My dad wanted me to go to my freshman semi-formal dance with Jeff, which I thought was weird. (I mean, who would go with a boy that their Dad hooked them up with?) Jeff and I just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. OK, Dad, you were right.

7. Jeff and I have moved seven times in 12 years. We’re in San Diego now. What’s not to love about it? It was ranked #2 best weather in the world after The Canary Islands. Not too shabby. Plus, I don’t think The Canary Islands have an NFL team.

The delightful Kate of Kate in the Kitchen has tagged me for another meme.

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was in graduate school at Brown University.

Five snacks you enjoy:
Frozen bananas with peanut butter
Popcorn with Splenda and cinnamon
Hummus and carrots
Granny Smith apples and roasted almonds
Protein shakes

Five songs you know all the lyrics to:
None. I’m hopeless.

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
Spend a week in the Canary Islands, just to see what number 1 is like.
Buy a set of Wusthof knives.
Buy a winery for my Dad. It might even convince him to retire.
Invent a computer that would never crash, or lose my files, or be mean to me.
Design high heels that don’t hurt. Plus, I’d make many more millions that way.

Five bad habits:
Snapping my gum. Yup, I’m one of those annoying gum snappers.
Taking waaay too many pictures to end up with just a couple for my posts.
Changing my -er's to -a's and my -a's to -er's at the end of words, like food blogga, get the idear?
Feeling weird about imposing on people by tagging them for memes (which I’m trying to overcome today).
Sometimes rooting for both teams in football. I just like a good game.

Five things you like doing:
Working out with my husband. One of these days I’m going to bench press as much as he does. OK, I’ll never bench press as much as he does, but a girl’s gotta have goals.
Going home to Rhode Island in the fall. The foliage, the weather, the apple-picking -- it doesn't get better than that.
Eating the crust off of pizza (including Jeff's pieces). Everybody knows that’s the best part. This might actually be a bad habit, depending on who you ask.
Going to the San Diego Zoo; it’s amazing.
Reading The New Yorker

Five things you would never wear again:
Shoulder pads - I just do more lateral raises....
Blue eyeliner
A pink sweat suit that said LEE in big letters across the front of the sweatshirt. In 7th grade I wore it one time and was told, "you look like you fell into a pool of Pepto-Bismal." I never wore it again.
A t-shirt that said, “You Toucha This Shirt, I Breaka You Face.” Yes, I had one, as did every other Italian adolescent in RI in the ‘80s. (Wait, I’m mistaken; Jeff just said that he didn’t have one.)
Leopard print anything. Only Adrianna from The Soprano's could pull it off.

Five favorite toys:
Atari (I was the undisputed Pac-Man champion until an untimely left thumb injury ended my career)
Jigsaw puzzles, the bigger the better
Lite-Brite (I thought I was Andy Warhol)
Slinky - kept me occupied for hours

I’m always hesitant about tagging others, but if you’ve got the time and interest, then feel free to play along. Since I’m supposed to tag five people for each, here are 10. You can select one or both memes to which you’d like to respond, then tag five more bloggers. I tag the following people:

Jeanne of Cook Sister!
Abby of Confabulation in the Kitchen
T. W. of Culinary Types
Karen of Family Style Food
Tanna of My Kitchen in Half Cups
Nicole of Pinch My Salt
Deborah of Play With Food
Valentina from Sweet Temptations
Bazu of Where’s the Revolution?
Meeta of What’s for Lunch Honey?

Oh, and coming soon to a Food Blogga near you... Lobsta!
Guess how many pounds!


Pille said...

That was fun, Susan! That monster lobster, however, is downright scary. I had no idea that they come in such sizes?!?!

Anonymous said...

Hey Susan, thanks for sharing! I love reading these things on other blogs but usually flake out when I'm tagged! I'll try to come up with something this time :-)

wheresmymind said...

I'm going to have to lean towards you being a commie given that you've never had a twinkie!! j/k...maybe ;)

Abby said...

HOLY CRAP ... now that's a lobsta. :)

I thought you were Food Blogga because you're all hard-core West Coast gangsta rap. Actually, I have no clue if you can be West Coast and gangsta, but it sounds good.

And yay! It's my first meme ...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Thanks for letting us learn a little more about you! Very interesting ;-P...

Wow, that lobster is huge!

Mishmash ! said...

Susan that was a nice one! As long as I dont have to write Meme , I enjoy reading others' :)))))

Enjoy ur day!


sra said...

Susan, enjoyed reading your memes. It's not a direct connection but your Fact #6 reminded me of this line from a movie, Grease, I think, where one girl tells another the only men you can truly believe in are your dad and grandad! LOL!
I love Scrabble too. That lobsta is huge, about 20 pounds?

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

You make me laugh! Do you eat the lobstas?

Anonymous said...

ahhh haha, that lobsta is 7 lbs is my guess.

oy, why did us ri-landers have such terrible tshirts. i had one that i wore everyday like it was my uniform that said in a shiny abnoxious press-on 'Tin Grins are In!' - and of course i had a mouth full of metal. no wonder feicia abercrombie picked on mee..... :) (GRINZ)

Deborah Dowd said...

Okay Susan, I'm it! I have already participated in the things about me so I will post to the second meme- it will really take some thinking!

Have a great Independence Day!

cindy said...

don't eat the lobsta! he's gotten this far! i think he's a mutant lobster!

Anonymous said...

Hey, you don't need to be a millionaire to visit the Canary Islands. I've lived here for 15 years and I haven't got any money! :)

Besides, we have really good chicken.

Anonymous said...


I mean it, back awaaaaaay from the lobster and no one gets hurt.

But my guess is 6 pounds.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I accept the challenge. One deep, dark Twinkie story coming up!

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, great answers!! I'm glad to have found another gum-snapper, I've never seen anyone do it other than me and my ma, and we always get weird looks when we go shopping and are chewing gum (hail the chorus of snaps!).

And HOLY MACKAREL - Where on earth did you find a lobster that freakin' huge?

bazu said...

I loved reading your lists! If you're ever going to have a Twinkie, make it a deep-fried Twinkie- they sell them in downtown Las Vegas (in that covered walkway mall thingie whose name I'm forgetting), and they are more luscious than a Twinkie has any right to be. Two Americana birds with one stone: Twinkies and deep-fried!

Like you, the first time I went vegetarian was due to a bad experience with chicken. Not good times.

Thanks for the tag- I'll get to work!

Brilynn said...

That is the biggest lobster I've ever seen in my life, I want one!

Stella said...

thanks for tagging me Susan! You're too sweet:) It might take some time to write the memes but at least I got to know a wee bit more about my fav cook in S.D now!

p.s: This lobster is.....

Asha said...

Hi Susan,thanks for visiting Aroma.I just came back from the week long vacation!:)
Good to read to your MeMes! I did 5 MeMes in one last week! Phew!!;D
Guessing the Lobster. 20lbs?!
Happy 4th of July.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Pille-We saw one even bigger!

Nicole-No worries. :)

Jeff-You'd be stunned at the number of "American" foods I've never tasted.

Abby-Nope, no gangsta going on with this girl. Just some Rhode Islandese. ;)

Rosa-Glad you enjoyed it!

Shn-I hear ya!

Sra-I love that movie. What a great comment. Thanks! Sorry, 20 is too high. The answer will be in the next post though. ;)

Tim-Of course not! Didn't you see #2--I've been a vegetarian for almost 20 years! I just like watching everybody else enjoy. :)

Aria-Bad shirts, bad hair, I know. ugh.

Deborah-Cool! :)

Cinderelly-You should've seen some of the other ones--even bigger!

Pam-Really? What are the chances? I'll definitely keep the Canary Islands on my list, but I think I'll forgo the chicken. ;)

Kate-I have never laughed so much at a comment. I am totally serious. :)

T.W.-I know you'll come up with some winners!

Ellie-It's from Newport, Rhode Island....

Bazu-I'll have to remember that one if I ever go to Vegas!

Brilynn-Check out the flights to Newport, RI!

Valentina-I'm your fave in S.D.? Aw, shucks, I'm blushing. :)

Asha-Welcome back! 5?! Wow, that's a lot, indeed! 20 pounds is high; I'll let you know in the next post though. Happy 4th to you too!

MarkM said...

Susan - As a born in Rhode Island guy, who also claims New Hampsha as home, the sight of that lobstah brings back memories. (I live in WI now, so see them only rarely in their natural state!) I'd have to say that one pictured would be in the 12-14 pound range. Personally, I never liked lobster bigger than 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds (chix). Big ones like this have a tendency of being on the tough side. Was in NH 2 weeks ago, and managed to enjoy some steamahs and stuffed quahogs.

Have only just started reading your blog, but think it's great!


Anonymous said...

Lol, I don't know the all the lyrics to any songs either!

And oh my, that is quite a lobster. Can't wait to see what you made with it. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

J said...

Enjoyed reading your memes! That's some lobster!! Its huge!!!

Anonymous said...

What a lobster! I have seen big ones at our markets here but never one that size...I wouldn't know what I would do if I was swimming and saw one like that! Yikes!

A cousin of mine went to Brown...she just graduated :) From her stories and pictures I would say she enjoyed every minute!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

I did read your #2, but the way you talked about it, I thought you might modify you diet one way or another

Anonymous said...

Such fun getting to know more about you.
That lobster is HUGE!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Susan,You've done a beautiful answering on both these memes!
I can tell you the Canary Islands are truely wonderful. # 1 I always have a hard time with. It seems unlikely anything can be #1 really. Still the Canarys are fabulous and I'd love to return!
As much as I'd like to do the memes, I'm experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment that make it just impossible. Maybe we can both get over our discomfort about the tagging expecially if you'll be ok if I must pass on this one.

Anonymous said...

The witch in The Wizard of Oz is actually only on screen for 12 minutes. That's how powerful her character was. And Margaret Hamilton, who played the witch, didn't let her own child see the movie for years, so you're in good company!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Great tidbits you shared. And that's one honkin' big lobster. Wow!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Mark- Welcome! Quahogs? Now, that's Rhode Island! I'm so glad you like my blog; it's always wonderful to meet new readers, especially when they have a connection to RI!

Ari-Yeh! I'm not alone!

Jyothsna-Oh, good!

Joey-Never mind swimming; I was frightened of it just sitting on the kitchen counter. ;)

Tim-Nah, I just eat my tofu while they all rave about how amazing lobster tastes. ;)

Kristen-It was fun to write!

Tanna-No worries. :) Do you know you're the second commenter who has been to the Canary Islands?

Terry B-12 minutes?! 12 minutes has scarred me for life?! How many years of therapy do you think her daughter needed when she discovered who her mother was?

Cookie Baker Lynn-Glad you found them interesting!

sher said...

You've never had a twinkie??? :):) How about a fried Twinkie?

Anonymous said...

In a related note, Laurel and Hardy shot a never-aired film of the skinny Stan Laurel beating the tar out of Oliver Hardy so Laurel could show it to his kids. It apparently really troubled them that their dad was always being beaten up and berated by that mean man.

Amy said...

Aw I loved reading your meme, it's so nice to know more about you. :) I miss the colors of the East Coast too, after a while the evergreens here get a little old. :) And hurray for big sandwiches! :D

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Sher-Nope, not even a fried one! Are we still friends? ;)

Terry B-That's terrible, isn't it? You're quick the film buff, Terry! I love film too (though I'm not as good as you on the trivia) and appreciate your comments!

Amy-The bigger the better! :)

christine said...

Awww dad the matchmaker! :) And yes, I wholeheartedly agree, Father know's best, or so he thinks hehe.

From a fellow hummus fiend.

Sarah R said...

I hope you don't mind, but I borrowed this meme and did it on my site!

Anonymous said...

Hee! I must be a total nerd, because I'm thrilled that you mentioned the Canaries! lol I just love your blog, Susan...and am completely envious of your lobster! :)

Jeanne said...

Woo hoo - pink clothes in the 80s! LOL. Why did we think it was such a great idea?! I was more of an Atari Space Invaders girl myself - but PacMan was good too ;-) Thanks for the tag - I've done a couple of randonm things memes before but never the "5 things" one, so I'll do that one if you don't mind.