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My first blog ‘tag’

I’m always amazed to learn that people other than my family are reading my blog. Although I don’t have any desire to “go pro” blogging, it’s fun to feel included in the blogger community. Ivy from Wake Up for Makeup tagged me in a post the other day and I’m playing along.

Here’s what I’m supposed to do:

  • Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you.
  • Create 11 new questions.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
  • Thank the person that nominated you and tell the people you’ve nominated.


My 11 Random Facts

  • My craziest job was as a camp counselor in Colorado. I led a mounted search party for a llama, lived in a tent that at one point became infested with pack rats and walked past horses every day to go to work in a cabin. Also, I fell out of a tree and got to experience Wilderness First Aid firsthand! I didn’t realize how pathetic I looked until a disposable camera from that summer got mailed to me a year later. Pretty crazy:

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  • I love to sing along to the radio (especially Oldies from the ’50s &’60s) and I know pretty much  all of the words. I just don’t have good timing, so I belt the lyrics out at the wrong points. This makes Joe laugh at me.
  • I ran cross country from 8th grade through senior year of high school. I wasn’t fast, but it helped me make a great group of down-t0-earth friends who still hang out when we can.
  • I was allllmost on The Tonight Show for my 8th grade science project, “The Scoop on Poop.” I did one sample of a larger microbiology project at a local University studying whether or not there was pathogenic bacteria in the feces of non-migratory Canada geese. The producers asked me to send in a tape, but apparently I wasn’t geeky enough or something.
  • I once rode a camel in Qatar.
  • I went to Catholic school for 13 years (in the western suburbs of Chicago). I wish I still got to wear a uniform. In college, my friends threatened to nominate me for “what not to wear” because I hadn’t mastered the art of dressing.
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  • I am obsessed with manatees, and have been since 2nd grade, but still haven’t seen one in the wild. (Goal for my 30th birthday!)

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  • I made the first move to date Joe. (And in basically every other relationship.) A girl knows what she wants, OK?
  • My brother and I had pet gerbils named Lucy and Ethel when we were growing up. They were males.
  • I volunteered at two Living History Museums (yes, in costume) from aged 9-18. I could make a yarn doll in my sleep.
  • I love to read and can get so absorbed in a book that I tune everything else out. The first time I read an entire chapter book in one sitting was Matilda, in 3rd grade. It’s still one of my favorite feelings.

My answers to Ivy’s questions and tags are below the jump…

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Tried it: Peep Sushi

What to bring to the family Easter celebration when you have zero time to prepare anything of substance? Peepshi. I saw this hilarious recipe for Peep Sushi on Serious Eats and knew that since I wouldn’t have time to whip up a strata or experiment with this cool braided Easter bread, I could just bring something that would double as a craft project and make people smile. Sadly, this recipe might actually be the one I’ve attempted that turned out closest to the inspiration photo! All you need are Rice Krispies, marshmallows, butter, Peeps and Fruit By the Foot/Fruit Rollups.

The finished tray of Peepshi

The giant knife I made Ellen use to decapitate the peeps was a nice effect, don’t you think? We found to make the rolls you really need to crunch the Rice Krispies Treat strip. #Protip.

A simple and actually delicious dessert that Joe’s aunt made were these butterscotch birds nest cookies.

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In case you ever wanted to be a groundhog

I’m sure one of you has an entry in your bucket list that relates to waking up before the crack of dawn and donning a suit in the shape of a giant rodent to help people party at High Life Lounge / El Bait shop before noon on a Thursday in February. I just saw this opportunity and I had to share.

The Full Court Press Polk County Paula contest is extremely tempting to me. Apparently the lady who typically plays Paula is preggo and relinquishing her duties. Most creative “Why I want to be the groundhog” wins:

The winner, of course gets to play the Groundhog at the High Life’s annual party. Winner must be available to play the role at least from 6 AM to noon, Thursday, February 2nd. Breakfast will be provided for the winner, along with costume for the day and one of this year’s Groundhog Day t-shirts and one $25 gift card good at all Full Court Press establishments. Second place wins one $15 gift card. Third gets one $10 card.

But then, it’s really not fair if I enter. I know technically an aardvark is not a rodent, but 12 years ago, I did wear an Arthur costume and entertain children at the Centennial Beach in Naperville. This would clearly be the next step.


Yep, that’s me in the suit! The glasses gave it away, didn’t they. I brought a whole giant box of photos home from my mom’s so I can scan them, but they’re really just a massive archive of what a huge nerd I’ve always been. Might be best to keep the blackmail potential to a minimum.

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