Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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I've been a bad blogger. I've mentioned this before, but there's the latent guilt that plagues me. Every time I get a blog award I neglect to give credit and pass it on. Ok, there. I've said it. It's admitted and out in the open. Therapeutic.

But yesterday Eternally Distracted, the talented and entertaining blogger that she is, got to me in a way no one had before. She admitted to the same sorts of crimes as me. She never passes along the blog tag baton. Well because there was no pressure and she asked us to tag ourselves, I did just that.

So in honour of ED, I am posting my 10 (extremely) random things. And I'd like any of my fellow bloggers that get inspired, to do the same! Consider it passed along...

1. I’ve only worn nylons once – for my highschool graduation night. They were shredded halfway through the night and I took them off. Never again. They give me the same sensation as nails on a chalkboard.

2. I have a thing for hands – I make sweeping judgments and categorize people by what their hands look like.


3. Pink and brown – are my absolute favourite colours, especially together!

4. I hate ice cream – except for lemon sorbet and mint chocolate chip.

5. I owned a gas station for three years once as a single mom many moons ago..

6. I owned a restaurant with my ex and an investment partner in my early twenties – it was one of the most fun and exciting times of my life! It ended badly…

7. I lived my first year in University as a lie. I impersonated a Cayman Islander, with full Caribbean accent. Made friends, and later regretted how far I’d taken the prank.

8. I lived in Botswana for a year as a volunteer at 19. I was given a local name “Sedikwakenjapedigasethata” – which is a proverb meaning ‘two heads are better than one’, but the literal translation is ‘It’s not difficult for two dogs to surround you and kill you’. The short form of the name is “Sedikwa” (pron. SED-EEK-WAH)

9. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body - until it comes to Scrabble!

10. I absolutely love the smell of greenhouses. As a toddler, my grandmother used to take me in my stroller to some greenhouses in our neighborhood and ever since, the smell is hypnotic and comforting - it lulls me…

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Eternally Distracted said...

You caved, you caved!! Well now Sedikwakenjapedigasethata, I just wanted to say that I would kick your ass at scrabble!! How's that??

:0)

Debbie said...

you have had some very interesting experiences!!!! thanks for sharing them..!! I might start thinking of doing this too..hmm...!!:)

Travel & Dive Girl said...

And I thought I was the only person on earth that hates ice cream. I'm sad to say, I don't like lemon sorbet either...

Being Brazen said...

Great list - so very interesting!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

great post...l shall steal the theme fromyou ok? great list!

LMJ said...

wow! You have some list there!! I wish I could impersonate someone of another country. I'd be a cool prank.

Ron said...

Oh man, I'm also bad about passing on awards. There, I said it. It's admitted and out in the open. Theraputic. HA!

Two things you mentioned in your 10 list that I'm similar.

The only ice cream I enjoy is mint choc chip. And the only time I like to eat it is in the cold winter months. Go, figure.

And hands. Hands are the first thing I notice on someone. And me, being Italian, I always use my hands to talk.

The pale observer said...

ED - any time :) Scrabble, we're on. And you can call me Sedikwa, it's shorter ;)

Debbie and FFF - please do your lists! We'll come and read :)

T& D Girl and Ron - I thought I'd never meet another human that didn't love ice cream!! I feel comforted.

LMJ - that year was great but found myself in many awkward situations... will have to blog about them :)

BB - will you do a list for us?




Ron - the hand thing has been with me for ages - strange and great to learn I'm not the only one as well!!

Elly Lou said...

I'm glad you got sucked in after ED's post! One q, how do you feel about Neapolitan ice cream? I mean, it's still ice cream - but it's also pink and brow together. I HAVE to know...

The pale observer said...

Elly Lou - love to look at it, positively won't eat it! :)

#167 Dad said...

Wow, when does the movie version of your life story come out?

Absolutely Normal Chaos said...

Aaah, I thought I was the only one who ignored tags. But now I have company. Or should I say, had. Sigh. You are making me feel very, very guilty!

Expat mum said...

I can't believe you lived a "lie" for a whole year, complete with fake accent. Impressive!

Matthew said...

Aaah scrabble. Yes, my family won't play me any more.

The pale observer said...

#167 - I hope to write my own little book - of course there is the massive issue of procrastination! And the fact that the life is still being lived :)

ANC - just write your 10 things, send it out to the blogogsphere, thanking all those who tagged you in the past and asking anyone to tag themselves.. it works!

EM - I couldn't believe it either after I'd taken it past one night at a bar and into real life. There was a 'no turning back' point and then it became a bit of a chore. Especially since my roommates knew the real me and had to keep a straight face when my 'new' friends were around and I was 'in character'...

Juli Ryan said...

The story of your first year at university would make a very funny book or movie!

Lora said...

I'm not so crazy about ice cream either. And I used to work at Baskin Robbins, where everything was pink and brown until they switched their colors to pink and blue. Pink and brown and blue and brown are the best color combos ever. Maybe orange and brown too.

And I feel the same way about hardware stores that you feel about greenhouses. There is something about the smell that instantly calms me. I wish that there was a candle that I could burn that smelled like a box of nails.

Lora said...

also, your blog is beautiful. I've just read through several of your archives and I've laughed, cried, and read aloud to my co-worker, who wanted to know what the heck is going on over here at my desk.

Your son's memory will forever be carried in my heart. You've lived my worst nightmare. Any mother's worst nightmare. And you are surviving. Thriving. You are an amazing woman.

blunt edges said...

now that's a lot of info about yourself Sedikwa ;)

n suddenly becoming a responsible blogger ha? cool :D

Brian Miller said...

thanks for stopping by today...

my hands are rough and scarred...dunno where that puts me in the pecking order.

greenhouses...ah...i am with you.

monopoly has been banned in our house for similar reasons.

happy wednesday!

corvedacosta said...

Interesting post.
Congrats on your award. Its always flattering when people recognize you.

How do you judge someone based on their hands?

I wonder what u would think of me. I have sweaty palms u know

The pale observer said...

Juli - thanks - I'll have to write the book first! :)

Lora - thanks for sharing all those bits about you - and for the kind words about Shiloh, my boy :)

be - I just had that gushing 'share all' feeling... But as for the responsible blogger thing.. doubt that!

Corve - my son always has sweaty palms too - I wouldn't hold it against you! My issue is with the shape of hands, fingers, nails.. I realise this is difficult to explain!!!
Brian - I sometimes love rough hands - in fact my classifications are bizarre and only understood by me. Maybe one day I'll post hand examples and my bizarre sweeping character judgements of each type!

Tish Jett said...

I seem so frivolous next to you. I don't know how you found me, but I am deeply honored that you are now part of my blog life.

Your Haiti Rant is a masterwork.

And learning little things about you on my first visit has been delightful.

Warm regards,
Tish

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If you do decided to change your font and have a problem doing so but the website doesn't really help then just ask me and I'll see if I know where you went wrong :)

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