On a Lighter Note: A Meme

I got tagged by The Girl over at A Girl and Her Blog again to do another one of those 7 odd/random things memes, and I tell you, I am starting to get seriously concerned that some of you people really think I am quite odd, that I have enough little quirks and eccentricities to keep finding more. I might have to start digging really deep to find the ones I have been burying, and bring them out in all their glory. And if not, I think I have enough newer readers that they might now know some of the earlier ones so….without further ado….


1. I hate both Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz SO much that unless every single person I know tells me a movie they are in is good, I won’t watch a movie with either of them in it. I think I must be the only person in the world who thought that Cameron Diaz looked better as an ogre than she did a princess, too.

2. I brush my teeth in the shower every morning. For some reason, I feel odd if I brush them in the sink BEFORE I take a shower, but it bothers me not.at.all. to brush them in the sink before bed. Maybe I am odder than I thought.

3. There is nothing “anti-bacterial” in my home other than bleach (IS that anti-bacterial?), and I don’t generally clean with bleach because it gives me a terrible headache. Therefore, if you have germ issues, my home would probably totally freak you out.

4. I bought a new vacuum about 6 months ago and I have never once used it. Now, that does NOT mean that my floor hasn’t been vacuumed in that long (I have four kids and two dogs, it gets vacuumed every day at least once!), it just means that *I* have not actually vacuumed once. See, I liked my OLD vacuum. I liked it a lot. But it died, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to use the new one. Even though it is EXACTLY the same as the old one, even down to the same color (oh my god, I AM crazy, aren’t I?).

5. I love the smell of honey, and adore the Burt’s Bees product line (all of it), but I really don’t care for the TASTE of honey. I like two things: peanut butter and honey sandwiches on whole grain bread, and honey on hot cornbread slathered with butter. That’s it. It is one of those things that I always THINK I like, but don’t.

6. I really do not like Danielle Steel. Not only are 90% of her books the SAME, I don’t think she is even a very good WRITER. I like a romance every now and again, mindless entertainment and all, but if I am going to read a book like that, it won’t be one that is so banal and boring that I am busy critiquing her grammar and usage of the word “And” to start a long, meaningless, fragmented run-on-sentence. On second thought, given this particular paragraph, I could maybe give her a run for her money.

7. I rarely have less than three books actively being read at any given time, all of which are usually totally different from one another. Currently on the table are The Green Mile by Stephen King, The Drama of the Gifted Child by someone whose name I can’t remember, and Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experiences by Sharon Salzberg.

So there you are. I can’t really think of anyone to tag at the moment, but if you would like to do it, please feel free. And thanks again to The Girl for tagging me; I needed something a little lighter than yesterday and this fit the bill perfectly.

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22 thoughts on “On a Lighter Note: A Meme

  1. Burt’s Bees. Yummy. Honey is good for your hair too! Especially curly hair.Danielle Steele? I can’t believe she’s actually called an author. Don’t we call writers like that hacks?You are not weird. You’re, um, endearing. Yeah, that’s it.

  2. I’m dying to get tagged! How do I do that? Do I have to take an ad out? Alas, I don’t get this meme stuff at all. I’m not sufficiently literary or whatever. It sounds so. . .lyrical.

  3. I correct everyone’s writing and numerical problems. I think everyone is a lil obessive compulsive at one time or another πŸ™‚

  4. Danielle Steele was a guilty-pleasure escape (OK, more “guilty” than “pleasure,” let’s be honest) read for me 25 years ago. She was already writing the same book over and over back then – and as you point out, not very well, either – so I assume she still is. I can’t manage reading polygamy, though – I’m a serial monogamist when it comes to books :-).

  5. Jane Austen, Victor Hugo and whoever wrote Harriet the Spy are on my reading table. Wonder what they think of each other.Danielle Steele ~ tinder. Just sayin.

  6. I agree. DS is a waste of trees. I don’t like Cameron, but Resse is cute. Just so long as doesn’t try to actually, you know, act.

  7. I'm with you on Cameron. I can understand your issue with Reese, but she's made a few that I enjoy. I love peanut butter & honey sandwiches!And I love you.

  8. Those Burts Bees products are the best. I used them on myself and then started using the diaper rash ointment for my son. I’m with you on Cameron Diaz Reese is okay in small doses for me though. Gosh I haven’t even read any Danielle Steel. Doesn’t seem like I would want to either…

  9. I so totally agree with number one…Diaz, much better as a ogre and totally not that great…the books and reading many at once, I understand.Great list. what fun and no, you’re completely normal in my world.

  10. Yeah! Thanks for playing, Kori! I’m so happy to know I’m not the only one that is always in the middle of several books at a time!(none of which are the likes of Danielle Steele, lol)

  11. I’ve never read Danielle Steele, but I CANNOT stand Dan Brown. I’ve read two of his books and his writing style is just unbearable. Sure, the books were interesting, but I couldn’t wait to finish them just so I wouldn’t have to read his painfully lame sentences. I think I recall reading in another post that you have a Barbara Kingsolver book on your shelf. Now I ADORE her. She is definitely my favorite author.

  12. I like Reese…not so much Cameron. I love Burts Bees products too!I wished I didn’t have to vacuum so much but I have too!BTW…My interview is up and I answered them as honestly and openly as I could because you are the most honest person I know! So…I didn’t want to be less the honest in my answers! Thanks…great questions!

  13. Hehe. I agree about Reese, Cameron, and Danielle. I read a few of her books way back when, and they were all pretty much the same. But since I read Louis L’Amour, I can’t throw too many stones. I am losing interest in his books, I’ll tell you what; his kids haven’t done him any favors by dragging out all of his rough drafts and marketing them as “short stories.” There was a reason he never published them.I’ll take a tag, but it will have to wait a bit; I have errands to run this morning.

  14. Can’t stand Diaz either…she just seems so damn ditzy. Reese doesn’t bother me the same way Diaz does but I’m not a big fan.

  15. I am totally addicted to Burts Bees chapstick and bath and body oil. You know you can get that stuff at drugstore.com and vitacost.com for a fraction of the cost in the drugstore or Walmart.Oh! And the next time you make a peanutbutter and honey sandwich, put sliced bananas on it! YUM-O

  16. How it is that you deal with the kids, read four books, blog and work all at the same time is utterly beyond me. Do you actually sleep? πŸ˜‰

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