Wednesday, October 12, 2005

My Turn

So far, most of this blog, as is the nature of blogs, has been one way. I blather on about some bit of absurdity or such in my dull little life and if you feel compelled to do so, you comment. Thus is the nature of blogs. Occasionally, we meme, either because we are called upon or because we find one that sounds fun, or, let's be honest, because we have absolutely nothing else to write and it has been a few days since we posted and there are expectations.

Now, I feel I know most of you, probably all of you, as I really can't fathom anyone lurking here for more than a read or two. It really is not that 1) good 2) interesting 3) lofty (Snicker, snort. Not lofty at all.) 4) intimidating. There are plenty of blogs I lurk on but they are the "Big" ones where each post is followed by 50-100 comments, not counting any replies from the blogger. I lurk there for the same reason I do not raise my hand in a large class or call out comments during a performance. Nothing to add. It's all been said. Read for pleasure, alone.

So, my darlings, today, I pose some questions to you. This is not a meme. You can take any of it should you wish, of course. These are just some things I am curious about. The speaker calls on the group. Answer any or all or anything else you want. Sing a song if you desire.

(OK, yes, I've run out of drivel to natter on about and I feel like writing.)

1. How did you all get into blogging? For me, I started reading the preggo diaries on the iparenting site when pregnant with Sara, during slow times at work. I wanted to have some sort of feeling that I was going through this with some other people. A couple of my favorite writers left to create their own blogs and these introduced me to others. After almost 3 years, I decided to see if this was something I'd like and would keep up with. It also started as a way to keep those farthest and dearest more a part of our lives as it was easier to put up a blog entry, for some reason, than send e-mails.

2. What one book have you always wanted to read but have not gotten around to yet? The classic, "To Kill A Mockingbird". I know! Never read it. I think mine was the only English class in history, not to mention our school, not to read it. I finally bought it several weeks ago and will read it soon. Never seen the movie, either.

3. What food have you always wanted to try? Baked Alaska. I imagine it is nasty, but I am strangely intrigued. Ice cream encased in meringue and baked. I want someone to have me over for dinner and serve it for dessert or order it off the menu and let me have a bite. I will never try it otherwise as there is no way I am sacrificing a restaurant dessert choice of chocolate-covered-chocolate for this.

4. If you were shut away for several months with only 3 books that you currently have in your possession, which would you choose? The Collected Works of Shakespeare that my grandmother passed on to me, The Lord of the Rings bound volume Charles gave to me, and Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L Sayers, my favorite mystery author, who I re-read for sheer delight, which I gave to me.

5. paper or plastic? Paper. We curbside recycle in all the paper bags. Plus, I can no longer find a place around here to recycle the damn plastic bags.

That's a start. More probably later as I get the urge.



Blogger Babs said...

Ohhh!! I know what you mean about commenting on the bigger blogs!! I feel the same way at times

(And I, too, was never a hand-raiser in class)

Better yet, I am convinced that on some blogs, I am a comment killer

(ie: I comment, then no one else says a damned thing)

And there's no such thing as paper bags here anymore, it seems.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

And don't feel bad. I never read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' either, though we were meant to in school.

Instead I snuck my Stephem king books into class.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Kill a Mockingbird should be required reading for every living soul on earth. Then see the movie. They are both so excellent!!! But do it over a weekend as you may not be able to put it down.


5:16 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

I second the Ole RFer re To Kill a Mockingbird--read it and watch it.

7:40 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

There are some big ones that I comment on and then there are others that I lurk on. It depends on the post. I've even sent an email or two to (gasp) dooce and Mimi Smartypants (And Mimi Smartypants even replied!). But then I was a hand raiser. And a "Ooh, ooh, I know the answer, call on me" hand waver.

I like memes so therefore I will call this a meme. So there. *sticks tongue out because she's proven that she's so very mature (ha!)*

1. I started blogging because I was bored one night at work and was searching for a website I had found once by this guy that absolutely hated NABABNA and dedicated an entire website to how evil we are. Which we are not. Well, not completely evil. Anyway, I found someone's blog and it intrigued me and it was funny and I thought to myself "Self, you are funny (I never claimed to be modest). You should be doing this." And so I did. One year, some odd months later, I have increased my readership from 1 (Beth) to about 7. World domination is only a step away.

2. I have no idea. If I want to read something, I will read it. There are a lot of classics that I sometimes feel guilty about not reading but I get bored easily and slogging through Wuthering Heights irritated the heck out of me (Jane Eyre is so much better) so I imagine Moby Dick or War and Peace would be the same. To Kill a Mockingbird is an excellent, excellent book and movie. Your school was obviously on some form of crack for not having you read it. Ooh! I want to recommend a book to you - The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Truly amusing. Made me giggle in many places.

3. Mmm. Baked Alaska. It is quite good, actually. And I hate meringue. So if we ever do meet and can find a place that serves Baked Alaska, I will order it and you can try a bite. Um, food I want to try. Hmm. I have no idea. I'm pretty much the same way about food that I am about books. Plus, Keem will usually let me try something she has ordered to decide if I like it.

4. Ah! I hate questions like this. Limit myself to 3 books? That's insane. Why not just shoot me? Okay. Here goes. The Collected Works of William Shakespeare, V. 1 & 2 (I will glue them together if you want to get technical). Kane and Abel & The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer (again with the gluing together...they belong together). The Stand by Stephen King or something by Nora Roberts. Maybe Northern Lights.

5. Plastic. We use them over and over again - taking lunch to work, cleaning up after Eddy, as small trash bags. Please don't hate me.

My God, I'm wordy.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Kate W. said...

Not only was I never a hand raiser but in college, if I was even 5 minutes late and the class had started, I would not enter. So not like my personality! Hmm...
I started blogging for the same reasons I was addicted to reading the diaries on Iparenting and moved on from there. My problem with books is that I love them so much, I devour them and therefore, do not retain any of their information. So I probably should read many of the classics over again. Food... I don't know what I would want to try. I love to cook and there are many dishes that I would like to try and make. Quiche, lobster bisque, a cake totally from scratch? Standing rib?
What? I can be shut away??!! By myself? TELL ME HOW! My choices are dumb compared to others- I would choose Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, Our Animal Friends At Maplehill Farm by Alice Provensen(the best book in the world) and anything by Michael Connelly. We are a paper and plastic family. I mainly use the plastic when I clean the cat litter. How often is that you ask? AAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Gee, thanks Diana now I have proven how nerdy and boring I am! :)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. I was pointed to your site by your Mom about 6 months after you started. Just too good to put down after that. :<) I don't personally blog...too much to do!

2. I've always wanted to read "A History of US" by Joy Hakim (9 volumes) because it is a history of the United States with all of the controversies left in! Our forefathers with all the warts, not the sanitized pablum I was fed in public school in Texas. Bought it for the kids and haven't read past the middle of volume 1, even after all these years (both kids are in college now!).

3. I've always wanted to try Beluga caviar, probably because I grew up in such whitebread suburbs in Texas and I somehow equated Beluga caviar with the height of sophistication. I've tried caviar before and I liked it, but never sampled the expensive Russian version. Oops! Never mind, I just read that the beluga sturgeon is an endangered species! I'll make do with the California farmed sturgeon caviar.

4. The 3 books I currently have in my possession that I would care to spend several months with are:
Edith Hamilton's Mythology, a wonderful overview of all the Greek myths;
The 22nd edition of the Year's Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois, because he picks 30 to 50 of the best new short stories published during the past year and they are always entertaining;
I, Claudius & Claudius the God by Robert Graves, which is a fictionalized diary account of the life of the Roman Emperor Claudius, who was a cripple and was a compromise choice for emperor. I know, it's 2 books, but hey, where would we be if we couldn't stretch the rules for something as important as this.

5. Paper or plastic? Well paper is recyclable but isn't recycled when used for garbage, but it takes trees to make the paper, but plastic comes from oil, but OK, JUST PUT IT IN SOMETHING SO I CAN TAKE IT HOME!

Sorry, it's late and my blood sugar is down.


11:54 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Babs- And I thought I was the only comment killer. No more paper bags. Actually, thinking about that, it makes sense. Hey, one less decision. Great! Stephen King is great, way better than that Melville and Faulkner shit. Have you read the Gunslinger series of his?

Dad- Excuse me while I giggle. (snicker) There. A weekend reading. Sounds lovely. I got a day, in July, once, well half a day as the book came at 4pm. Charles took the kids and I got half of Harry Potter 6 read.

Rozanne- Yes ma'am!

Dana- See, one more reason I live vicariously through you. I loved people who volunteered in class. Less chance the teacher would begin to (gasp) call on the rest of us (me).
1. But we are a mighty 7 and will give our all.
2. Jayne Eyre is def. better. The Eyre Affair. Check. Will get.
3. It's a date.
4. Yes, but if I had said "53 books" I'd still be writing. Glueing is fine.
5. The way I look at it is to go with what is easiest for you. If you can use them again, even better. NO JUDGEMENT here in the Land of Piffle. We also like wordy. Wordy is good.

Kate- Gah! You too? Yes. On time, near middle of the class, to one side. Under the radar. (From iparenting! I THOUGHT you looked familiar!) Here, I am laughed at by lovely Charles. I can't retain what I read for pleasure for the same reason (also with movies). I personally take it as a highly evolved and economic trait. I can read / see the same beloved book / movie over and over and it is newish every time. Even murder mysteries. Actually, cake from scratch is really easy. Not much more than from the box. Same with brownies. THOSE are great choices. Shel Silverstein is a definite take. I guess my point with that take was to know what would sustain you being read over and over. When we get a cat, maybe in a year, we are splurging on that self cleaning cat box. Once every 2 months, we realize, is probably not frequent enough cat box cleaning.

Morris- That History of US sounds like a great book. I will need to check it out. That's the kind of history I love. I really enjoyed A Brief History of Britain (Schauma) and the series that went with it. I've yet to try caviar. Someday. Don't think I've ever been to a place that had it. "Mythology" I've read over and over. Ah, yes, the debate. I am happy to say that out here, they toss the paper bag in the "paper" shute of the recycling truck after the contents are dumped in their bin, so it is recycled.

7:51 AM  
Blogger moegirl said...

Loved this. I have a totally off topic thing to share, but you HAVE to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" one of the greatest books of all time. I started blogging because of you!

I had a dream last night that I drove to Wisconsin to visit you in my old blue Datsun. I gave your kids jelly beans and I had a wand that blew out gold dust (which Colin and Sara loved! And the magic wand may be why the Datsun made it to Wisconsin!) Your kids were there but you and Charles were not, but your nanny was, and her name in the dream Lana Brown-Merchant, and she was not happy with the Jelly Beans or gold dust. My husband woke me when I asked her "When is Diana going to be home?"

If a Lana Brown-Merchant applies to be a nanny or babysitter don't hire her- she's much too strict.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Stace- Funny, I dreamed about taking a road trip in The Blue Bullet with you, Charles and a couple of others a few weeks ago! We ended up somewhere creepy and that's all I remember. Sounds like draconian Lana Brown-Merchant is the antithesis of Charles's mom, who runs the Democratic Kid Nirvana while we are at work.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hiya :)

1. I started blogging after reading the Icelandic Weather Report for a few weeks. It looked fun to do.

2. There are any number of Viking Era textile books that I should be reading but none that I long for and haven't had the time for yet.

3. Recently... skyr. It's an Icelandic delicacy.

4. Hmm... the Bible (I'm curious, because no other book has so influenced so many, for so wide a purpose... both good and bad, and has been so widely misinterpreted. Not sure which edition I'd pick, 'though). Since I'm taking the big one, I think I'll cheat and declare not another two books, but a single author's work instead - Gael Baudino, before her Water series, where she's clearly lost her faith.

5. Plastic. It's useful for the cat box, and I re-use the rest of the collection by giving them to the library, where we offer them to patrons who end up with more books then they can carry.


6:46 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Karen- Skyr. I will have to find out what that is. I thought about The Bible, too. Which version, indeed. Whose bias. Some friends in College, who were religious studies majors, took a few years of ancient Greek so they could do some of their own translating from the original texts. I honestly admired that.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hi Diana,

Skyr is some kind of sweet cross between cheese and yogurt. My husband tried it when he visited Iceland a few years ago, and has been hunting for it ever since.

Apparently Iceland just recently started exporting it to the US, via a store chain called Whole Foods.

Now I'm up in Canada, so that doesn't do me any good, but maybe you'll be able to find it. I'm just going to have to visit Iceland myself someday.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

"Melville and Faulkner shit."

You are so right on. Shit, indeed.

I'll post answers on my blog when I have time to breath again. Must go back to procrastinating now.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Teri- Hang in there. Its GOT to come to an end at some point. Not a meme, though. Nosireebob. Just nosy questions.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hi Diana,

Thanks for the link to the Whole Foods store locator. I'd looked before but somehow had missed the Canadian stores.

I called the Toronto store and unfortunately, they don't have it, and the clerk was quite certain that the other two stores wouldn't have it either, and on top of that, couldn't order it in from one of their US stores. Apparently the import restrictions on dairy products are unbelievably strict. *sigh*

Oh well, back to planning that trip to Iceland....

Karen :)

9:54 PM  

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