October 13, 2008

Memed...Like a Lot, You Guys

I was tagged this past week like crazy. I don't remember having this much physical contact with anyone since Jeremy and I thought it would be fun to train for Ninja Warrior last spring. Bare with me folks, I've got three memes to get out of the way.

Meme Number 1
Miss Jack over at Spyrou Family Chronicles recently tagged me for the personal history meme. At first, I was hesitant to play along because I was just recently tagged. However, when she used the term “awesomesauce” in an email to me I couldn’t help but be instantly hooked. I KNOW! How have I gone my entire life and not heard of this term, awesomesauce? I was in the middle of a board meeting when I received her awesomesauce email. I laughed out loud. This didn’t go over to well with the others in the meeting. When it was time to vote, instead of offering a “Yay” or “Nay” I shouted “Awesomesauce!” I was then escorted out of the meeting. (Can you believe how many times I worked my new favorite word into one paragraph? Yeah, me either.

My good friend, DeeMarie (aka The Dancing Cookie) over at My Life in a Nutshell tagged me last night. I read her list and fell in love with her even more. Who knew there was such a thing as a biscuit chef? I wasn't hesitant at all to follow through with DeeMarie's request. I do anything she tells me to.

When Ginger Snaps also tagged me for this meme as well. Although she never made mention of the word awesomesauce, I’ll have to give her the benefit of the doubt that she’s never heard of it before.

The rules: Answer the following questions about yourself. Mention and link to the person that tagged you. Tag five more people and let them know that they have been tagged. Let the person who tagged you know that you have completed the meme by posting in their comments section.

Jen’s History:
10 years ago I was:
1. Unaware that the word “google” would one day be commonplace in my vocabulary but not in a dirty way
2. Unafraid of eating a banana in public. I just know better now.
3. Dreaming about the joy children would one day bring into my life
4. Naïve about how these very same children would test my sanity every day
5. Obsessed with Monica-gate. I so wanted that blue dress from the Gap. (dry cleaned, of course)

Five things on today’s to do list:
1. Pressure people into using Twitter. (I’m looking at you Margie and Casey. I already forced Heather.)
2. Feel badly about pressuring people to use Twitter
3. Crank call Steve Jobs and tell him that my iPhone sucks
4. Find a phone to crank call Steve Jobs with since mine has apparently exploded
5. Stalk Stiletto Mom but in a casual, breezy sort of way. That way if she catches me, I could just say “What? I was here first.”

Five snacks I enjoy:
1. All the fattening ones
2. Awesomesauce
3. Henry’s feet
4. Reesie’s ears
5. Jeremy’s neck

Five things I would do if I were a millionaire
1. Get some plastic surgery (and by some, I mean lots)
2. Buy a new iPhone
3. Eat a bunch of In-n-Out Burger
4. Buy up every copy of Karate Kid and burn them all (Sorry Ralph)
5. Start an apple sauce conglomerate to manufacture my new product called Awesomesauce

Five places I have lived:
1. In fear that I would never have children
2. In the moment
3. Fearful for my life
4. In embarrassment
5. In heart-racing anticipation

Five jobs I have had:
1. Peacemaker
2. Mother
3. Dumper
4. Dumpee
5. Survivor

Meme Number 2
Ron over at Clark Kent’s Lunchbox and Wendy at Notes from the Sleep Deprived tagged me on virtually the same day for this one. Now, you may remember that I was recently tagged in a similar meme just a few weeks ago, but in the spirit of unspectacular (which I strive to be every day), I am giving you yet another peek into all my lameness.

Rules: List five to seven unspectacular things about yourself. Link to the person that tagged you. Tag five to seven other unsuspecting souls and let them know that they are “it”. Post a comment to the person that tagged you letting them know you have fulfilled your tagging duties.

Seven Unspectacular Things about Jen:
1. I have eaten a BLT for dinner twelve out of the last fourteen days. Weird huh? Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking eating tacos those two other days. I have no explanation for my behavior other than we have several generous neighbors who have tomato plants.

2. I despise the words “ointment”, “probe” and “moist”. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

3. Whenever Jeremy picks up a lottery ticket, I am continually surprised that we don’t win.

4. I am obsessed with professional baseball. It is everything I am about: statistics, strategy and the slow-paced build up that something very cool could happen at any minute. I honestly have a heart attack watching a live game. Fun fact: Jeremy flew us to see a Yankee vs. Mariner’s game in Seattle a few years back. I insisted we go early for batting practice. I stood there watching A-Rod hit ball and after ball and just cried to myself. Not because I love A-Rod, but because I had already missed Bernie Williams at his practice.

5. I don’t like bacon. This is vexing since I’ve eaten all those BLTs.

6. I am tall. I’m 5’9”.

7. I lie. I’m actually 5’8.5”. Sorry.

Meme Number 3 (Last one, I promise)
My new friends, Colepack and Supervised Mama tagged me this weekend for a photo meme. Their touch was firm yet gentle. I was very pleased. But, I fear that next time either one tags me, it might be a little more of a b*tch slap because I’m cheating. In this meme, you’re supposed to go to your fourth photo folder and pick the fourth photo file to post on your site. You then give a brief description of what’s going on in that photo.

Well, when I did this, I found some interesting pictures of Jeremy and a girl he insists is just a cousin. Funny, why was his cousin wearing a bikini and why all the kissing in a smoke filled room? What was he doing with all those one dollar bills? And this cousin, Khandi Kane, why doesn't she own a decent handbag? I’m sure those bills he's putting in her bikini bottoms are just going to fall out the minute she climbs off his lap.

I decided to post this picture instead:

This was taken yesterday morning in our front yard. You may have heard that Utah received a sprinkling of snow this weekend. We didn't. We were dumped on. Henry jumped up and down and screamed that Santa was coming soon. Oh, it's bound to be a long fall here in the Rockies.

I am so not tagging anyone this go around. You can all breath a sigh of relief. Unless, of course, you want to be tagged. In that case, get to it!

*PROGRAMMING NOTE*: This week is sort of Adoption Week at Steenky Bee. Most of my other posts will have a thread of adoption common to each one. A few of them might be a little serious. I know. This has never been attempted at The Bee. Most of them, however, will be filled with the sarcastic nonsense that I hide behind.

In case you didn't know already, both our our little Bees (Henry and Reese) were adopted. During the week, I'll link you back to a few stories I've already posted about them.


Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

Hey, just visiting from CK's and it turns out you are the most popular person in the world!

"Buy up every copy of Karate Kid and burn them all" - when I read that right there I decided I liked the cut of your jib . . .

Casey said...

You don't like bacon? I'm sorry but I may have to stop reading your blog after hearing that.
Listen missy, peer pressure DOES NOT WORK on me. Well it does but not in the Twitter arena. I've ignored my family enough for my blog, if I added another obsession to the mix I don't know how I could sleep at night.
I look forward to the serious Steenky Stalker, she should be interesting with a little bit of awesomesauce mixed in. There, I used the WOTD so I can hit submit now.

DeeMarie said...

One day, when I fly to Jenbo-Land to visit, I'll tell you all about my biscuit-cheffing skills.
Every post makes me adore you even more...
Margie and Casey- you so need to TWITTER!!
I can't wait to hear more about adoption, especially since it's a high probability for me too!
I Loves ya!!!

Seriously Mama said...

Would you mind if I started telling people that I don't like bacon either? Because bacon isn't really all that conducive to my sucess in Weight Watchers you know. :-) Serious or sarcastic, I'm staying and you can't make me leave...

Seriously Mama said...

I mean success, not SUC(k)ess. Going to get coffee now...

Supervised Mama said...

WOW, we really tagged the hell out of you!! You so deserve a resst! Cute pics.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Omigod, I made the top five! I just made my own Monday! Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, hm, I'm still wondering if I should leap that cliff. Oh, and I call them bored meetings, maybe that's a Florida thing?

Jay @halftime lessons said...

OMG...everyone tiptoe around the snowman...no sudden moves, kids.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post. I just love your quirky writing. I thought I got blasted with the tags but you exceeded me by a long shot. “Take a break……take a break, kid.” Oh, sorry, movie lines coming out. Must be feeling the Christmas spirit as Henry is. I can recite Polar Express in my sleep.
I am still trying to decide who to blame my twitter addiction on.....

for a different kind of girl said...

I suspect your neighbors are all, "Oh, look! What a beautiful snowman! We should go visit the family who made that snowman and tell them how beautiful it is as we welcome winter into our hearts! In fact, we should maybe call the local newspaper and ask if they might come out and snap a potential front page photo of that snowman for a story about how we have welcomed winter into our community!"

And then they start walking up your driveway to ring the doorbell, spy the bullet teeth, look nervously at each other, "Did you just see a curtain move? I think I just saw a curtain move...", and then they back away slowly.

If this is the case, then I must say your plan to keep ne'er do wells at bay is absolutely ingenious and I plan to stop at Walmart tonight and buy some firepower for the inevitable arrival of both snow and strangers to my house.

Oh, awesomesauce, you are delicious!

Sherendipity said...

I'm going to go ahead and steal some of these for my house. I'm bound to have a brain fart this week, not have anything to post about, and need some blogfodder.
That's my new word, btw. Blogfodder.
Say it with me, in the shower. ;)

Khadra said...

you are one popular lady!!!
hilarious to read through though. Are you sure you dont live in my neighborhood? Snowmen with those kind of accessories seem to be something you might see in Oklahoma.

DeeMarie said...

Sprite's Keeper- TWITTER!!! You must, you must!!

HeatherPride said...

I LOVE snacking on awesomesauce!!! I can't believe you hadn't heard about it until now!

Logan has the same winter coat as Henry.

That snowman is Calvin & Hobbes material - shotgun shell teeth? Hilarious!

Jonny's Mommy said...

Snow? Seriously....?

I got tagged with a couple of these too. I have to work on them and think of something to write..*sigh* Soon I hope.

mongoliangirl said...

It's like that snowman is some kind of Missouri Ozarks transplant with those teeth. Like one of our neighbors comissioned an "ice sculpture" of himself.
Looking forward to the adoption posts. Mongoliangirl = adopted.

Heinous said...

Now I'm craving a BLT. No awesomesauce on top though.

Ointment, probe, and moist huh?

Moist, moist, moist.

I've never heard of an in-and-out burger, but I don't like the sound of it at all. I'll stick with BLT's.

moist, moist moist...

Jenni Jiggety said...

Wait...what happened to your iphone? Should I be concerned?

Also...of course you like bacon! Everyone likes bacon! EVERYONE! Take it back!

Ron said...

Are BLT's considered breakfast food? I got up late and haven't eaten... I'll have to tell my sister about the adoption theme. Their 3rd is adopted - this kid is a riot to the max!

Wow you did get dumped on! The shotgun shells as teeth made me daydream about the possibilities like I hope it doesn't chomp its food (here's a jaw breaker - BOOM!)

Thanks for playing the meme thing... I think my days passing those around are over.

gingela5 said...

Great Meme's. (Do you use an apostrophe s in that situation?) I feel like I should tag you just to add a little more stress to your day but I won't. And how can you not like bacon...sacrilige...

Rhea said...

You mentioned NINJA WARRIOR! We love that show. lol It's hilarious.

Maggie May said...

i didn't know your kiddos were adopted, so cool! we are working to foster/adopt. we just took our first class!! i can't wait to hear all about your experiences.

also---- uhmmmmmmmmmm
i like the Karate Kid.
can we still be friends?

ali said...

At first I thought those were cigarettes as the snowman's mouth. I stared at in disbelief wondering what kind of parents would allow their kids to take part in that. Then I noticed they were just shot gun shells. Whew! We're still friends!

Jennifer said...

Those were fun to read! I'm intrigued that you don't like bacon, yet eat it daily!

I'm sorry about your iPhone--what a nightmare!

Wow--that's a lot of snow! I still have the a/c on here--though I'm not happy about it--I want fall!

I'm very interested in reading your adoption stories!

Anonymous said...

Um, I'm a little bit scared after viewing the snowman picture. I have never quite seen snowman teeth like that before.

What I was going to say, before the snowman and Jeremy's overalls frightened me was that you are the freaking Meme master. You should be writing for television or Mad Magazine. That's how funny you are.

Instead of an applesauce conglomoration, you should create and pitch a TV show called Awesomesauce. (Athough, you may actually work in TV, I don't know, and I can't remember what it is that you do at work, but since you live in Utah, which is not exactly the showbiz capital of the world, it's probably safe to assume that you aren't a TV scriptwriter, Which you should be.)

And, you should embrace bacon. It's good for you (protein) and it's magically delicious.

Kind of like you.

Chris Wood said...

Shotgun shells for a smile? Nice.

Miss Grace said...

I love the snowman.

Krystal said...

okay yeah - you have too much time on your hands!! (Look who's talking right?)

Ann said...

I think we have a pretty good idea of what makes Jen tick now. (Or do we???)
You're a brave woman.

jen said...

just wanted to say...i took you up on the challenge...
(and included the meme that you had written about before that i said i wanted to do.)
note...LONG post. wait until you have time.
also. no fear my dear...about the whomever the hell that was thing about communist china! i was so not upset...just found it funny!

goodfather said...

AWESOMESAUCE! Great shotgun-shell-smile, lol.

Gotta echo Heinous, sorry: MOIST!

I'm jumping up and down in my office chair (a little, which is hard as it's an Aero super-ergonomic chair that DOESN'T BOUNCE) about your upcoming posts on adoption. I. CAN'T. WAIT. I was adopted myself, you see, so I'm moistly jonseing for a parent's perspective on raising children that are not genetically yours.

Jenni said...

I so gotta get me some awesomesauce! Know who didn't eat enough awesomesauce? Ralph Macchio. Not. Awesome. At. All.

anna said...

Couple things:

1) BLTs are good, so nicely done on the sandwiches.

2) awesomesauce is a cool term, but kind of hard to say. I'm not sure about how I feel about it yet. I will get back to you.

Krystal said...

Just stalking you and telling you how awesome you are with your babies - yeah, you are stop denying it! - okay really, stop it! hello! I'm paying you a compliment!!! Whatever! Your snowman with shotgun shells for a mouth - what a sight! I need snow!! Can you send me some? This hot weather is really starting to mess me up! okay, going back to my lonely existence now, well, atleast until I go home

Kori said...

Oh I so loved this post. I love the fact that the snowman has been shooting off his mouth again. Hence the shells. lol

So glad I found your blog I will be back often.

Tracy Lynn said...

BASEBALLLLLLLLLLLLL. I love the baseball. No, really, but the Mariners are total suck. I am a Red Sox fan myself.

Elle Charlie said...

Now I want a BLT. Except Hubs *insists* he is allergic to bacon. I, dutiful wife, question this at every turn. How can you be allergic to bacon and not pork?

He can have turkey bacon, though, so maybe there's still hope for pushing BLTs for tonight's dinner...

I'm sorry, I know there were other aspects of your post I wanted to comment on, but I am now obsessed.

Carolyn...Online said...

You've been tagged like a whore man. Way to get through them all. True professional.

Trish said...

Great responses to all the memeage. You're a good sport.

Looking forward to the posts on adoption. Like a number of your other commenters, I am an adoptee. Should be good to read this week.

Also: Awesomesauce!

Tina said...

That lottery thing? Me too. What is with us, anyway?

Anonymous said...

Are you a Yankee fan?! If you are, I'd totally do you! I mean, if I were a guy I'd totally do you.

Awesomesauce? It's white, thick and kind of salty right?

Supervised Mama said...

I think your picture is too cute too! Usually any picture you see of my DD and I together I took. Even that one, you should have seen me in the bathroom in front of the mirror lining up the shot in the mirror with a squirming baby....too fun! It's actually my favorite picture of us....so thanks!!

Pamela said...

Oh, so much to say, so little space to say it in without being completely inappropriate.

I love you because:
1. You hate the Karate Kid.
2. You eat bacon.
3. You eat your free veggies because you should.
4. The words you dislike.
5. Shotgun casings for a smile.

I'm concerned about you because:
1. The Yankees?

I'm laughing at you because:
1. THE YANKEES!!!!!!!!!

Also, I'm adopted, and I lovelovelovelovelove hearing people's adoption stories. I'm looking forward to what you have to say.

(Still laughing at you and the Yankees, though.)

Bee said...

[okay okay okay calm down bee calm down.] Um, Jen? Did you just say [breathe breathe] that you want to burn all copies of the Karate Kid? Will you please leave mine? I need my wax on, wax off.

And OMG! That is a lot of snow! :o(

Miss Jack said...

So, is that the Palin Family snowman in your front yard? :)

apathy lounge said...

I used to be 5'8" (I swear!), but a recent measurement shows me to be only 5'7". I'm so bummed!

The Stiletto Mom said...

Hi, me again...in a pathetic attempt to be first. To make myself feel better, I'm calling LAST!!! I'M LAST!!! YES!!!
I don't really feel better though but at least I got to see you Steenky. xoxo TSM

Tricia said...

I'm throughly impressed, and not just because you taught me such an awesome new word, but impressed with your obvious fortitude and strength. Did you collapse after this post?

Looking forward to learning about your adoption stories.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

You must be tired from all this running around, getting tagged.


Sammanthia said...

I've been tagged twice in a week... I wish I would have thought to do them both in one day. Duh.
I LOVE bacon, I can eat an entire pound of it and nothing else for dinner and be completely happy with that.

Lola said...

Damn, girl, you're good. I conveniently forget that I get meme'd.

Don't like bacon? I'm obsessing about it right now because my house still smells of it from breakfast yesterday.

Captain Dumbass said...

51? I meant to come back and say something about the shotguns shells, but now it just feels lame. I love the shells. Jeremy's my hero.