I have been tagged by Tami to share 8 random things about myself. Hmmm . . . what comes to mind?
1. I was the baton twirler in my high school marching band. That’s as close to being athletic as I ever got. Apparently I was not the typical baton twirler (whatever that is? snotty? sleazy? I don’t know), because I had a gazillion people tell me, “You don’t seem like a typical baton twirler.” Maybe I was supposed to be more air-headed and dumb. I don’t know. But, just for the record: yes, that is real fire on those fire batons. Geesh. How do you twirl fake fire? What the heck is fake fire? Now who’s the air-head?
2. One of my favorite classes in college was communications law. I looooooved it. I aced it. I thought about going to actual law school after spending much of that semester in my University’s law school library researching and studying for that class. Ultimately I decided not to because: a. I was getting tired of school (what? now I’d kill to go back) and b. I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom when all was said and done, so the law school investment of time and money just seemed like too much.
3. My favorite novels, in no particular order, are: Atlas Shrugged, Gone With the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, and undoubtedly some others which are not immediately coming to mind.
4. I love, love, love Yorkshire Pudding. Yummy!!!!! Unfortunately, I can no longer eat it. Eggs.
5. I am a shoe snob. Not a huge snob. I mean, I won’t spend thousands, or even hundreds, of dollars on a single pair of shoes. However, I swore off Payless-type shoes years and years ago when I realized that the pricier shoes were both more comfortable and more durable. Having said that, I must confess that I recently bought some flip flops at White Trash Mart, but I don’t count flip flops as actual shoes.
6. I tend to be a glass half-empty-type. Cynicism, they name is E. It’s not really the way I want to be. It’s certainly not the example I want to set for my children. However, I’ve never been able to figure out how one can be completely optimistic without being naively foolish. Does that make sense? And, thank you very much, I don’t want to be naively foolish, nor do I want my children to be naively foolish. Though, I must say, I don’t think I’m as cynical as I used to be. I’m sure certain members of my family will disagree.
7. I have had the recipe for chocolate chip cookies memorized for as long as I can remember. Seriously. Here goes:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup Crisco
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 3 1/4 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips (more or less to taste)
Cream shortening, sugar, vanilla and eggs together. Mix dry ingredients and add to creamed batter. Mix thoroughly then add chocolate chips. Bake in pre-heated, 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
Since I can no longer eat eggs, I have done some experimenting in the kitchen and I have found that Marzetti’s fat-free caramel apple dip can be used in place of the eggs. About 1.5 heaping tablespoons per egg. Don’t try it in cake mixes though. Yuck.
8. My favorite season is fall. I love the cool, crisp air and the blue, blue skies behind brightly colored trees. My earliest recollections of fall are from when I was three or four and we lived in Maine. There is just nothing more beautiful. I supposed the green of summer would be as beautiful were it not wrapped in the perpetually thick, sticky blanket of humidity. Gross.
O.K., now I tag everyone who wants to participate. Specifically, however, I tag another E. (though I believe she does use her real first name) over at Fajitas and Pho.
By the by, though we have nothing concrete, I do have vague reasons to feel like maybe it’s time to put up a new referral pool. Hmmm. . . we’ll see.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.