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Monday, June 11, 2007

Eight Random Facts About Myself - Meme

I was tagged last week by Linda, at "Are We There Yet," for another meme and the object of this one is to blog “8 Random Facts About Myself”. The rules are as follows:

1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.


2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
Are you ready for a flight into boredom? Here we go

1. I am a night owl . I grew up watching the old Steve Allen show, then Jack Paar. I have a real hard time getting to bed before midnight!


2. I absolutely love anything to do with ferns, forests and lofty glens - they're cool and quiet; must have running water...a stream, river, brook.
3. I am captivated with dolphins! They fascinate me - especially after we were lucky enough to encounter a wild "pod" (?) of them while snorkeling in Maui. I had always been intrigued by their intelligence, paired with their playfulness. This was just the icing on the cake!
4. I love to eat! I am an addict!!! I get just as excited over my triple-decker BLT with avocado and swiss cheese as I do Lobster Thermador or Newburg! Gourmet or down-home! It's all good! And it goes right to my big, fat butt...I now weigh 150 and fight to keep my weight at this level. My all time high was 269. By posting these numbers for the world to see, perhaps I will be more diligent in my endeavors!


5. I have a parrot, a Nanday Conure, named Spanky. He came with that name. I probably would've named him Brutus or Atilla. I bought him from a man whose wife hated him and they kept him outside in the backyard in a dirty cage.
He is mean and cranky. He will bite me just for the fun of it. He will be sitting with me, cuddling, giving me kisses, and all of a sudden! Oops! There goes a chunk of my cheek! He really has gotten better - I think he was going through the teenaged-years and was acting out. And the reason I still have this vicious creature, you ask? I'm a sucker. No one would take him. He'd be relegated to a poor home or a breeding program some where and I've loved and cared for him. Who'd want him? My hubman has already told me, that if anything happens to me, the bird is toast! Hubman can't get near him so his fate is cast. My kids can't stand him, either...so the bird had better hope he predeceases me!

6. I love critters of most kinds, especially dogs, cats and birds. I even like frogs! I have quite a collection of non-living frogs, most of them are realistic in appearance. I think most snakes are beautiful but I can't stand tarantulas! Everyone has a phobia and these hairy arachnids are mine. The hair on my arms is standing at full attention...eeeeeek! The photos of those spiders in Afghanistan nearly drove me to drink! I'd want an Abrams tank if I ever saw one of those guys.


7. I'm a conservative, politically and religiously. But I am not soft in the head! I didn't park my brain at the door and appreciate people of different values and beliefs than mine. My faith was not arrived at easily - I'm a Calvinist (Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian) and they actually encourage thinking! I'm not into the church-growth movements or the mega-churches. Often times too much theology is sacrificed for practicality. Not for me, thanks...and I don't watch TV preachers! Especially of the Benny Hinn variety.

8. This came up somewhere else today - one of my all-time favorite comedies is "Blazing Saddles." Mel Brooks had the cajones (pardon me) to bring up several social issues in one movie and make it impossible not to laugh at your own prejudices! We had some young black friends staying with us during Easter week. They went to the video store with my kids and step-kids to pick out a couple of movies. Guess what they came back with! I just about died!!! They assured me they had heard about it and were okay with it...Against my better judgement, we watched it together. We have never all laughed so hard and so long in our lives! That was 20+years ago. Today, it seems as if every group is looking for an apology at some sort of real or imagined insult. It's too bad we can't all laugh at ourselves once again. It's a lot healthier! I am going to "tag" eight people I don't know very well. They are certainly under NO pressure whatsoever to participate - I just thought it would be fun to throw this to someone I don't really know in the hopes that I will!
Here are the lucky folks!

19 comments:

sasha said...

Hi Gracie! Thank you for tagging, I will definitely do this meme! :)

I am a night owl as well! Ideas come to me at night time so I really stay up late and do stuff at night :)

Happy Tuesday! :)

maiylah said...

i love critters of most kind, too! :)
thanks for the tag, Gracie. will accept the challenge; will leave a comment once i post it.

take care! :)

Danielle B. said...

Oh you would have loved being on the boat with us this weekend...we were visited by 3 different pods of dolphin!!! I posted a few photos of them on my blog yesterday. BTW I am unsure if I mentioned that I like the new look of your blog...very summery ;)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

great answers gracie. i learn some new interesting thing about you all the time honey! you are wonderful!!!

smiles, bee

Loving Annie said...

Good Tuesday morning Gracie !

Eating is my vice too. At my thinnest I was 122 -- and at my heaviest 170.
I wish I could eat and my metabolism would be fast enough to burn it up without my adding a pound...

I love ferns and forests too. My favorite gardens are shade gardens - there is something so soothing about them !

Shaz said...

Hi Gracie, thanks for the tag. I've done something similar on the Us danes Home Page a while ago but will be good to re-fresh & add a new tag to the Me-me page. Will be posting later this evening x x x

Simply Dawn Marie said...

Hi Gracie! Thanks for including me in your meme. I've played and had a blast! Hope you're having a great week!

Lori said...

Thanks for chosing me:)

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Well now we know a few more things about you...Thanks for NOT tagging me!! smile!! I need to blog but have been trying to catch up since we got home last night..take care. SAndy

Sarge Charlie said...

very well done gracie, i watched carson for years.....

tegdirb92 said...

Thanks for the tag :) I'll get right on it!! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Shaz said...

Answers are up on the meme page x x x Cheated slightly with re-post plus 1 more fact to make up 8!

Amazing Gracie said...

Thanks to all of you for being so good natured and willing!!! I love learning more about new friends...
~~~Blessings~~~

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

I've read a lot of this meme on various people's blog, and I have to say that this was probably the best one so far. You really went into the nitty gritty for sure.

Oh, and I'm not usually bothered by spiders but if I saw a spider like that I would have a heart attack on the spot.

Linda said...

You did a fantastic job with this meme! And now I know some things I didn't know about you before!

As for "Blazing Saddles" - love it, love it, love it! Yes, it was irreverent; no, they could never make it today, but people actually laugh out loud when they watch this movie. You have to laugh, you can't help yourself!

Now "pardon me while I whip this out!"

Travis said...

I love Blazing Saddles! It's one of my all time favorites too.

FalnAngel7 said...

Hey Gracie! Thanks for tagging me - I posted my answers, so stop by! :)

Gledwood said...

Yeah the parrot has a kind of vicious look about it. That telling gleam in the eye ... hmmm. Not sure I could put up with such behaviour ...

Heart of Rachel said...

I think I have been converted from a night owl to an early riser ever since Yohan started school. I never thought it possible. I was really looking forward to the weekend. Last night, I had all the intentions of sleeping late to catch up with my favorite blogs but around 10pm I could hardly keep my eyes open. Imagine that! Before I could stay awake blogging until 3am.