Saturday, June 04, 2005

What the...She Got Me!


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.

Let's see...bought...

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 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.


D.B. Echo said...

Arrgh. Must I? I've gotta take a shower. Then get a haircut. (Darth Vader's last words to Luke in the real ending to The Empire Strikes Back.) Then do some gardening.

The quick answers - I'll flesh this out a bit when I get a chance...

1. Estimate the total number of books you've owned in your life.

Sit down. It's probably between two and five thousand. I have no idea. But it's a hell of a thing to haul them all from place to place - I still have 95% of them. I should just give up and declare myself a library.

2. What's the last book you bought?

I bought two books last night. Wish You Were Here, the Official Biography of Douglas Adams by Nick Webb, and Perfectly Reasonable Deviations, the letters of Richard Feynman. More than $50 total. I'm still depressed over Haley, can you tell?

3. What's the last book you read?

I'm in the middle of about five books. The last book I completed reading, technically, was the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which I read just before I went to see the movie at the beginning of the month.

4. List 5 books that mean a lot to you.

Hmm. That's a toughie. I'd say:

- So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish, by Douglas Adams, which has one of the most accurate descriptions of falling in love I've ever read.

- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, the stories of Richard Feynman, which reminds me of the proper attitude that should be taken towards life.

- Last Chance To See, by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, a snapshot of the state of species on the edge - and the world in general - in 1988

- How To Grow More Vegetables In Less Space Than You Imagine etc. etc. etc. by John Jeavons - my introduction to Organic Gardening.

- Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert. I read this one in college. It has everthing - sex, lies, mental illness, wet nurses, intrigue, poison, a corrupt priest who uses dead people as fertilizer for his potato garden, inept doctors, faded aristocrats, fireworks...if I were stuck on a desert island, this would be one of the books I'd want to have.

5. Tag 5 people
When I get back, maybe.

Cuz E said...

why are you complaining, didn't you -not so long ago- devote an entire blog entry to your inner mimi or meme (sounds the same to me)

I'm up on the other ugly's comment section.

anne said...

Well, see the difference is that I didn't really have to put any actual thought into Mimi. This Meme thing, however, is a different story. Not only does it involve actual thinking and estimating but cover sniper activities as well.

By the way, are there any good recipes for French Onion Soup in Crazy Cook? Oh, wait, I was Crazy Cock. Nevermind.

Cuz E said...

Anything going on this weekend? Nancy and I got a big ass lawn tractor as they say in the county "On the Book" up at Lowes. I don't want to spend another weekend cutting grass If I can help it. The lowes lady was really nice she told us to bring it back father's day weekend and we can extend the 6 months no intrest to 12 months no intrest and get a free wagon to pull behind it. Once she said we didn't actually have to bring it back we were sold.

Do you know how to dispose of used riding mowers that don't run any longer?

I've got poison Ivy again. 3rd time since summer. I've been careful musta ran over some with the lawn mower and got some pieces up on me. Gotta love the country.