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Memes and Awards and Read-a-thons, oh my!

June 26, 2008

You knew I was going to mention the Read-a-Thon again, right? Sure, sure, I may have backed off my earlier arm twisting. But it’s this Saturday, so I have to point out again that if you join you’ll be able to read! and win prizes! and get close to other bloggers! If you need some ideas for reading material, I made a big list from all of the suggestions y’all shared for books that keep you up at night. Even if you’re not doing the read-a-thon, this is a very tempting list!

E for ExcellentNow for the award. The Catherine Delors, whose blog used to be called Writing With a Foreign Accent and has recently be renamed Versailles and more (and have you read Mistress of the Revolution yet? You really should. It’s a great book, so even people who usually avoid historical fiction will love it.) gave me a “Blog Award of Excellence for the extraordinary range and diversity of Eva’s reading.” Isn’t that sweet? I’m supposed to nominate 10 bloggers, but if you look at my blogroll at right, you’ll see that that’s a little overwhelming! So, I’ve narrowed it down to bloggers whose blogs’ physical appearance I really like (either the layout is extra-cool, or the header picture or the colour scheme, etc.): Heather of A High and Hidden Place, Lightheaded of Everyday Reads, Tanabata of In the Spring It is the Dawn, 3M of 1 More Chapter, Matt of A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook, Muriel of Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops, Rebecca of Rebecca Reads, Mrs. S of The Blue Archipelago, and Dewey of The Hidden Side of the Leaf. Of course, I think all of the blogs I read are excellent; otherwise, I wouldn’t read them!

And now, I’ve been tagged for a few memes recently, so here’s your chance to find out even more about Eva. ;) First up, Emily’s. She tagged me for one by name, and the other one in a very creative way!

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Let’s see…I was twelve, so I was enjoying summer vacation between eighth and ninth grade: I lived in England at the time. I think that was the summer we took a an awesome family vacation to Scotland: we brought our English Cocker Spaniels and stayed in a cottage on the estate of an old castle for a week or two, and then we stayed in a B&B in Edinburgh for three days. I love Edinburgh!

Five Snacks I enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world:
1. Raw cookie dough, preferably frozen.
2. Chips and that fake queso dip that comes in the glass jars
3. ummm, I’m trying to think of more fattening snacks that I like, but it’s not working, so I’m switching to desserts: Tiramisu
4. my mom’s uber-chocolate brownies
5. pumpkin pie

Five Snacks I Enjoy in the Real World
1. Watermelon!
2. Dried apricots, dates, and plums
3. Saltines with a can of Diet Pepsi (*sigh* I’ve given up soda since it’s so unhealthy, but I really miss this)
4. White Cheddar Rice Cakes (OMG: you have no idea how I can eat these. They come in two seperately-wrapped packs of seven, and even though my stomach hurts if I eat more than two, I can rarely stop from eating all seven. Then I spend the next few hours moaning to my mom about how full I am. lol)
5. Half a Quesadilla w/ Homemade Salsa (because quesadillas are better than chips!)

Five Jobs I Have Had
1. Website Designer
2. Library Circulation Attendant
3. Admissions Ambassador (for my college: I gave tours to prospies and cold-called high schoolers who had expressed interest)
4. Political Science Student Research Assistant (I learned a lot about the photocopier, lol)
5. Nanny! (definitely my favourite job)

Three of My Habits (Emily did five, and she tagged me, so I’m doing five too)
1. Drinking a big mug of black tea with milk and sugar and eating a buttered everything bagel and piece of fruit in the morning. I get really cranky if I don’t have milk for my tea or if I run out of bagels.
2. Singing and dancing in my car (to a CD) while driving. I’m sure people who notice me at red lights find it hilarious, because I go all out.
3. Biting my nails. I had a difficult time when I arrived back at campus after studying abroad (for several reasons!), and I started biting my nails. That was about two and a half years ago, and I haven’t been able to stop yet. :(
4. As soon as I get home, I change from my ‘outside’ clothes into what could charitably be called ‘loungewear.’ That’s what they do in Russia, and I picked it up there. I think it makes perfect sense: cuts down on laundry, makes me comfy, lol.
5. To fall asleep at night, I must be wearing my eye mask (I learned this painfully a few nights ago, when I couldn’t find my mask and didn’t fall asleep for hours) and be listening to an audiobook. In high school, I had a ton of insomnia problems, and throughout college, my doctors prescribed various sleeping pills. Audiobooks work better than any drugs I’ve ever tried!

Five Things I Would Do if I Was a Billionaire
1. Invest money in social issues that are important to me.
2. Buy my family lots of surprise presents just because.
3. Start a campaign to make reading cool. :)
4. Have a beautiful designer wardrobe, with lots of clothes made from wonderful fabrics and a ton of shoes. (I’m allowed a little bit of superficialness, right?)
5. Travel the world. Often.

Five Places I’ve Lived
1. Krasnodar, Russia.
2. High Wycombe, England.
3. San Antonio, Texas.
4. Athens, Greece.
5. West Illinois.

Five People I Want to Know Better: (i.e.: the tags! as always, feel free to ignore my tag if you don’t feel like doing it)
Chartroose, Katherine, Raych, Melanie, and Love.

Five Fluffy Things About Me (this is the creative tag meme)
1. I unapologetically adore two television characters: Booth from Bones and Jim from The Office. They’re very different (I mean, one’s a former sniper turned FBI agent while the other sells paper), but they’re both funny, they treat the women they’re in love with really well, they each have a wide range of facial expressions which they use to excellent advantage and they’re both tall and good looking. Oh, and the things they do make me squeal at my TV on a regular basis. I’m perfectly aware that they’re not real, and that writers create all the adorable situations I love: it’s not as if I compare real guys to them. So I think a crush or two is perfectly fine!
2. I love girly clothing: ruffles, lace, ribbons, little flowers, etc. I also strongly prefer skirts and dresses to pants, unless it’s very, very cold out, and I always wear slips. And now that I’ve started sewing, I’m much more drawn to the vintage patterns than the modern ones.
3. I absolutely love the word ‘haberdashy.’
4. I’m a big fan of anything with mango in it.
5. I painted the walls of my last bedroom a rich brown with gold mixed through. When I first explained my idea to my mother, she told me it would look like a ‘hobbit hole’ with dirt walls. After it was done, she ended up copying me in our loft/family room!
Now for the fun part: consider yourself tagged if…
You’ve ever had a dream that featured a favourite TV or movie character.
You’d take a mango margarita over a strawberry one any day of the week.
You secretly wish that women still wore gloves and hats regularly when they went out, as this would allow you to wear them without feeling strange.
You have a random favourite word that you like to work into conversations as often as possible.
You’ve ever taken a decorating risk that turned out absolutely perfect.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2008 12:12 pm

    Half a Quesadilla? You can eat the whole thing! I’ll take anything with mango in it as well. Especially ice cream and mango salsa. I was a circulation assistant as well in college. ;)

    Thanks for the nomination!

  2. June 26, 2008 1:40 pm

    I’m glad you like my blog’s looks! I wish I could have a picture header, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to do that yet using wordpress but hosting it t home.

    I liked reading your memes! And I do the exact same thing, changing into my comfy old clothes when I get home. I’ve always done that, and I’ve never lived with anyone else who’s done it, even though I’ve had a lot of housemates. I also have separate hiking clothes, because I get pollen and stuff all over those and I don’t want to then get pollen on my couch and so forth and be allergic to everything in my house! So I change out of the hiking clothes immediately.

  3. June 26, 2008 3:07 pm

    Hey, I think you’ve lived in more places than I have, and you’re waaay younger than I am. No fair! Ooh, I can’t wait to do this meme. It’ll be great fun!

  4. June 26, 2008 3:59 pm

    Oh, I love Edinburgh, too! It’s my favorite city, I think, like something out of a fantasy novel, isn’t it?

    And I secretly wish women still wore gloves and hats (most especially hats. I often wear them anyway to church, and people seem to love it when I do — at least, the old ladies do). Luckily, I’ve done the meme so don’t have to do it again.

  5. June 26, 2008 7:21 pm

    Wanna compete for pages on the read-a-thon? Two bookmooch points to the person who reads the most? Let me know.

    No time for a full-on meme, but I am having lots of dreams with Justin Bateman in them . . . and for a while it was Milo Ventimiglia, before he was on Heroes – when he played Jess on Gilmore Girls.

    Hats and gloves, I love the idea – but honestly, I have so much hair that a hat would be tough – now if I could get a stylist who would be my hair in some cool way with strands of pearls woven in – now that I could go for.

  6. June 26, 2008 10:24 pm

    Yay to Eva for getting the award! :)
    Wow, you’ve lived a lot of places… I wish I could visit those places one day!!!

  7. June 26, 2008 11:33 pm

    Oh wow – an award!! I never got one of those before! I’ll wear it with pride :) I’m so glad you like my site layout – it took a lot of sweat and tears to get it right!

  8. June 27, 2008 3:13 am

    Great meme, Eva. And congrats on the award!

  9. verbivore permalink
    June 27, 2008 4:01 am

    If I was a billionaire I would invest in your campaign to make reading cool :-)

  10. June 27, 2008 8:12 am

    Congrats on the award. And, wow, how did you manage to live in so many cool places? I visited Edinburgh, a few years ago and loved it. We stayed in a hotel just below Edinburgh Castle and all night long we could hear the drunks coming out of the pub, singing. We had to hold our breath when we walked up the hill, past the stinky cheese store. It was great, like stepping backward in time.

  11. June 27, 2008 8:43 am

    I loved the tagging method! I love to wear hats – not so sure about the gloves tho. You are delightful, truly.

  12. June 27, 2008 5:38 pm

    I dance and sing like a lunatic in my car, too. It’s so funny because when you’re in there you feel like you’re all alone, but then it dawns on you that people in other cars might be watching you dancing like a nut…. LOL.

    I change clothes as soon as I get home every day, too. The only problem is that I wear surgical scrubs which are pretty comfy to work and then I come home and put on comfy clothes, and then when I have to put on “real” clothes I get kind of cranky because I feel all confined.

  13. June 27, 2008 6:59 pm

    Matthew, lol: I use one tortilla to make half a quesdailla, which is the perfect amount. :) Mango ice cream sounds soooo good!

    Dew, isn’t WP annoying? I didn’t realise I couldn’t edit the code unless I pay when I moved. Oh well. That’s a clever approach to hiking clothes: I don’t hike, but I think that’s what I’d do!

    Chartroose, that’s the good part about being an Air Force brat. ;)

    Emily, Edinburgh and St. Petersburg tie in my mind for favourite city! That’s so neat you wear hats to church.

    Andi, I’ve answered the bet thing on your blog. ;) Strands of pearls woven in would be gorgeous!

    Melody, aww-thanks! And I grew up in the military.

    Mrs. S., it looks like it took a lot of work! I’m glad I got to give you your first award. :)

    Nik, thanks!

    Verbivore, great! Now we both need to make a bunch of money, and then it’ll come true. :)

    Nancy, I was an Air Force brat, so we moved around a bit! And Edinburgh is just the best. :D

    Care, aww-thanks! I just think gloves are so classy: it’s one of the few good things about winter, imo.

    Megan, totally with you on the car thing! And lol @ real clothes. I tend to wear a lot of skirts and dresses, but I do get cranky when I pull on jeans just out of the wash. So not comfy.

  14. June 27, 2008 8:01 pm

    I’m totally an outside/loungewear person! I change into my comfies as soon as I get home. Started when I was little, and I’ve carried it through into adulthood.

  15. June 27, 2008 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the award! It’s also a first for me since I just barely started my blog. I’m glad you like how my blog looks.

  16. June 29, 2008 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the award Eva! Its my first, so I’m very chuffed! Your site certainly deserves it too. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with singing and dancing in the car! I do it all the time, usually in the morning on the way to work. Four girls in a car swinging their hair around and screeching at the top of our lungs…must be a sight!

    I grew up near High Wycombe! Small world. I love travelling and have lived in many different countries, but I find that its given me a greater appreciation of Britain and that I might actually want to settle here after all. Funny that!

  17. June 30, 2008 8:36 am

    Andi, I love you call them comfies: great word for it. :D

    Rebecca, you’re welcome!

    Mariel, you’re welcome too! I love that you have dance *parties* in your car: that’s even better. That’s funny you grew up near High Wycombe!!

  18. July 1, 2008 11:04 am

    I will check out these blogs, and I am flattered to be THE Catherine Delors, LOL!

  19. July 1, 2008 8:27 pm

    Yaay to wearing skirts! I do too. and to all the places you’ve lived. wow. I’ll have to do this meme. I have so many to catch up on! and power to you for having a real world snack vs the dream world snack. I refuse to give up my treats!!! I like your billionaire wishes too. great answers, Eva!!! oh, and the changing clothes, oh yes. It makes the switch from work clothes to home (relaxing) clothes.

  20. July 4, 2008 10:13 pm

    Great answers! Your comment about the haberdashery made me laugh. There is a haberdashery not too far away from us, and my dad and husband are obsessed with it. They offer sharp suits, expensive hats, and they’ll give you a shave. Apparently they have been there so many times they are on first name terms with the workers. And they both now have fedoras from the haberdashery that they like to wear. One of my brothers even has a tophat from them. And I swear part of the reason is because they like saying “Heimie’s Haberdashery.” It does roll off the tongue :-)

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