Monday, January 28, 2008

NOT a Bento... but a MEME!

I usually don’t do memes or talk about my personal self on here, but Danielle from Habeas Brulee tagged me. The rules are:

1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, let's get to sharing.  Since I've done a lot of memes in my time (and posted one on a food blog...), I'm going to try to come up with stuff I've never mentioned before anywhere!  (Which means digging into the inner reaches of my mind for stuff I've long ago forgotten.)

Here are 7 really- well, sort of- random things about me:

1. I was really excited to try oatmeal the first time.  I don't remember how old I was, maybe 10 or 11, and I was seriously looking forward to it.  I took one bite and wanted to throw up, which, in my humblest of opinions, may have improved the look, the texture, maybe even the taste of the dish.  It didn't help that over the following few weeks, I tried adding honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, sugar, whatever I could get my hands on to try to improve the dish, but I just couldn't get into it.  I haven't had it since then, and in keeping with my theme of openmindedness and trying things I once hated again a while later to see if I now like them (did you get that?)... I suppose I should give it another go.  But I'm so... UGH... at the sight of oatmeal, which...

2. means that on cold winter mornings, for breakfast, my top choices are congee (hard to get the kind I like in time for breakfast, though) or assorted chowder type soups.  Sometimes Cup'o'Noodle or the like.  Weird to you perhaps, but what else can I eat in the mornings that's hot and soothing?  (Ok, this is a cheat, because it's a continuation of #1 and also because I've mentioned this in a few places before.  Tough!)

3. I'm a Scrabble fiend.  Seriously.  I love Scrabble and can't get enough of it.  It really, really bothers me when I lose for no good reason.  If I lose because I'm playing against someone who is better than me or closely matched- that's fine.  But when I lose solely from consistently getting crap letters over and over again,... I get really, really frustrated. 

4. I cry a lot, and often, during movies.  I generally tear up during the heartbreak moment in movies, even when I KNOW it's going to turn out happily, I still tear up.  I bawled for about 20 minutes straight during Click- from one very specific part towards the end, straight through to the end (if you've seen it, you may know which part and why I started crying [and am tearing up again just thinking about it]: highlight for spoiler When Adam Sandler says, "Take me to my dad's funeral," and then it turns out he didn't go, but the real waterworks started when he then says, "Take me to the last time I saw my dad," and then he goes there, and sees how his former self didn't even look up or even really look at his dad, and his current self tries to hug his dad for the last time... oh man, I'm going to start crying right now!  And some people say it's because of my own dad having died, you could say that, or just say it's a really touching part.)

5. When I'm depressed, there is nothing I like better than eating CRAP FOOD.  Oops, secret's out.  Actually, I also like to wield my control freak when I'm stressed out and cook something, especially something new or hard to cook, because it'll be the one area in my life I feel like I can control.  I know what happens when I mix certain things together, I know what this will taste like if I put this with that in this quantity, and I know what the end result will be.  It is a huge stress reliever for me to be able to turn out a dish I enjoy - especially if I can take photographs and share it later on my food blog - because it feels so validating that not everything has gone to shite. 

6. I am a loyal and die hard friend, but I am also super stubborn.  Luckily I'm not as argumentative nor confrontational as I might have seemed 10 years ago, but if pressed, I will stick to my guns.  I think also as we've gotten older, people don't tend to try to change your mind as much.  Maybe.  And despite my being what I personally would love to have in a friend- I am the best friend I could possibly want to be and have- I seem to consistently "lose" friends year after year.  I'm not taking it personally anymore.  I used to always say "It must be me because it always happens to me," and try to use it as a stepping stool to becoming a better me, but last year I decided the other people are just flat out psycho. 

7. I cannot bake for the life of me.  It bores me to tears to follow a recipe so closely in order to achieve desired results.  Ugh.  But this year I intend to conquer at least one bread- I'm skipping the easy ones, cakes, cookies, brownies, sweets, and heading straight to attempting a bread.  I can't guarantee when I'll do it, but I will.  It'll be fun, so stay tuned to see the disaster that becomes...

I’m tagging: SushiDay, Avenue Food, Midtown Lunch, Lunch in a Box, Yumbrosia, Smitten Kitchen, and Not Eating Out in NY.


  1. I didn't know you play Scrabble! We have to get together and play sometime. And perhaps bake together, too.

  2. Hehe Scrabble! Yeah, I know you are gonna CLOBBER me on Scrabulous! :P
    Now to figure out what I'm gonna write...

  3. Scrabulous? Some of those people are way too smart and/or using cheats. I love scrabble, when played without the help of a dictionary and the internet.
    My husband and I once played Scrabble at the north rim of the Grand Canyon with firefighters watching. They were putting out the fire on the east rim. Long was a detour from Texas to California, on the way to our niece's trip, even had snow at the south rim of Grand Canyon in June ! Whoo hoo!
    Perhaps we need a scrabulous bento players group??? No cheating though.

  4. My company publishes a Scrabble Page-a-Day calendar. Apparently, you are not alone.

  5. Way to go on the bread thing. That's what I did. While I was still stumbling over the finer points of "Rice a Roni" I learned to bake bread. What a confidence boost!

  6. I can't stress how much I love Scrabble. I'm also a crossword fiend -- I usually do a couple a day. Wait, maybe I should be saving this for my seven things. Thanks for tagging me!