It appears that a sniper blogger - my sister no less - has nailed me with a...Meme? What? Hello? Meme?
What it this? I am not sure I can explain it. It seems the gist of it is to answer questions about one's self and then pass said questions on to some other unsuspecting blogger who is merely sitting in her own little world, picking at her toes, thereby forcing her to actually think about something.
A cruel sport indeed.
So here are the questions and, with much anguish, my answers.
1. Estimate the total number of books you've owned in your life.
In my life? Are you kidding me? I have enough trouble remembering how many children I've had in my life and so far it's only two. As best I can tell.
Holy crap. Books? In my life? I know it's more than 22 because I own a full set of encyclopedias and I know I at least have another book besides that.
So, answer to question #1 is >22.
2. What's the last book you bought?
Hmmm... This one I'm not sure of. Do I count the one I might as well have bought because the library fine was equal to or greater than the purchase price? I suppose bought presumes keeping so we'll just rule that one out.
I guess it would have to be The Dione Lucas Book of Natural French Cooking.
As opposed to The Dione Lucas Book of Unnatural French Cooking.
Why did I buy this? Well, you're guess is as good as mine. Ok, not really. I have the inside scoop on this one. I happened upon a set of 8 of those little soup crocks in a second hand store and I thought it would be a good idea to have them for when I make French onion soup because I did make it once before in my 35 years on this planet. And why buy the crocks without digging through the cookbooks because, even though I have no less than a bazillion cookbooks already...er...um...I guess I better go back and change my answer to question number one. See, this is why these kinds of things drive me crazy. I already got one wrong. Anyway, even though I have no less than >22 cookbooks and encyclopedias already - that I really don't use anyway, mind you, because when you get down to it aren't recipes really just a suggestion and not really meant to be taken as an actual course of action? - even though all of that, there might just be a better recipe for French onion soup in The Dione Lucas Book of Natural French Cooking.
Whew. Two down, three to go.
3. What's the last book you read?
Now this is a tricky one. I'm going to assume, for the sake of ease, that it means what was the last book you actually read from start to finish. I have a terrible habit of starting many, many books. Or sometimes not necessarily starting them at the start but just opening them up somewhere in the middle and reading it. Sometimes I even read the last page first. So, I guess you can really say I have a terrible habit of starting, middling and even ending books.
But, again, we'll just assume it means read all the way.
So, I guess the answer to that one would have to be Tangerine. It was one that my son was reading for school and I happened to pick it up while eating a bowl of cereal one morning. The rest, as they say, is history.
4. List 5 books that mean a lot to you.
Oh brother. Here we go...
First, I suppose would have to be The Bible for obvious reasons. I still never managed to read my way through the whole thing. I rarely read it at all actually - unless you count by proxy when I go to church. At any rate, a lot of what I follow in my day to day dealings comes from there. Also, a lot of good bluegrass music.
Second...a tie between Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language and The Merriam Webster Thesaurus. I cannot function without them. I love, adore and delight in my engaging little thesaurus for one can have lashings of jocundity attempting to mizzle one's cater-cousin with curious vocalbes. The Dictionary, of course, helps one determine whether it is more appropriate to "mizzle one's cater-cousin" as opposed to "bumfuzzle one's cully". It also comes in real handy when I have to drive the big truck with t he seat that doesn't move.
Third...The Hitchiker's Guide to the Universe et al. The funniest damn books.
Fourth...The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. You know, I've never been into the whole self-help thing because, hey, why mess with perfection, right? But really, this book is pretty darn good.
And, finally...A Visit From St. Nick. It's not so much the story itself as the traditions tied to it. We still read it to our kids on Christmas Eve. Awwwwwww...
One more to go!
5. Tag 5 people!
What?!! Wait a minute... 5 people?! I only know 4 other people that do this and my sister - who is one of them - already tagged two of the others! Crap!
Ok, so I only have one other reader out there who actually comments here so...
d.b.echo...get hoppin' on this...
And, um... if there's anyone else out there other than my sister and cousins...tag on you as well. Report back here when you are done.
Whew. It is finished.