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We’re so wonderful, we fart kittens!

Jennifer at No Place Like It has tagged me with a meme. And thanks to her (and Schmutzie) I now also have the above title/line etched into my brain. (Thanks Jen. I keep giggling to myself in public, people are starting to stare.) So this is one of those eight things memes. I meant to do this on Monday but I got caught up in the kingdom of lame (i.e. it’s taking me three times as long to get anything done lately).

1. I think (the last time I counted) I’m up to about 15 places of employment. I’d count them again but… nah. I know it totally makes me sound like a flake but a good number of those businesses simply closed (the downside to working for startups… or retail!). The other ones I’d either get bored at or there were limited growth opportunities so I moved on. Basically, in the early days when I worked a lot of “college” jobs if I didn’t feel challenged or like I was learning something I got bored really quickly. Once I moved to marketing I figured out that it suits me much better because there are so many different types of projects going on. And I’m good at it. Contracting rocks even more!

2. If I don’t wear lipstick I chew my lips all the time! They always seem to be chapped and I gnaw on them. I know this is totally disgusting and I really wish I could stop. Chapstick is only a partial deterrent. The color component of lipstick seems to help, sort of like how I won’t touch my face if I’m wearing makeup. Plus, lipstick is often more moisturizing than chapstick.

3. I have three brothers.  My older brother has brain-damage.  I was, effectively, the oldest child (let the psychoanalysis begin!).  Even though I haven’t talked about it here issues regarding kids with special needs are close to my heart.

4. I painted a school building in high school for the senior prank. The cops showed up. We ran and hid behind another building. My accomplice (wait… actually I was the accomplice because she was the senior and I was only a junior)… anyway, she thought we should turn ourselves in because “the cops won’t arrest us for senior prank, right?” Um… yeah right. I convinced her to just wait until they left since they hadn’t seen the building yet.  (Did I already tell this story?)

5. I have hiked Half-dome in Yosemite.  Me and Keen did the entire hike in one day, from the valley floor, up and back down. Except I didn’t go up that cable part. That’s just crazy. A “few feet of cable” my ass (I’m quoting Keen). And for the record, that picture on Wikipedia makes the cables look less steep than they actually are. I was a little appalled at the parents taking kids up that stretch. There is totally a reason why people have died hiking in Yosemite. (Yes, the gorgeous view is still worth it.)

6. In terms of creative writing (or any of my creative endeavors), deep down I’m really a poet. I’m just masquerading as a (hopefully) more lucrative “writer”. Because, let’s face it, it’s hard to make a living as poet.

7. My dad grew up in Panama, but I can’t speak Spanish. I can understand a little bit, though, like if it’s my family speaking. And I can conjugate a verb like nobody’s business! I just can’t always remember what the words mean (I had to take Spanish class … ahem… over a few times). Both my parents and one of my brothers are fluent in Spanish. My other brother speaks Japanese. I suck.

8. I would really like to build my own (and the kiddo’s) go-cart. I have been planning this since WAY before I ever had kids.  I often enjoy being a kid more than I enjoy being an adult. Except for the additional cash flow that comes with age. That rocks.


Now time to tag people! I’m supposed to tag eight of you (sorry), but it is summer so I figure we need things to write about, yes? CroutonBoy, Katie, Charlie, Summer, Domestic Chicky, Riley (who finds the best pics to post!), Sarah of Goon Squad fame, and Steve you are tagged.

- the weirdgirl



You know that we are "the kiss of death" to a start-up (or an establised company). How many have we worked for together and they have closed down? 3 so far.....we rock!!

And you are VERY CUTE when you chew your lips!


You hiked Half-Dome?! You're a badass.


Uh oh...didn't I just do this one?

I should be more interested in the Panama or poet angle, but I really want to know more about the prank...


That Half-dome thing looks really scary. People bring kids up that thing? Holy crap!


We share number three in common. It's a strange dynamic, isn't it?

I am very happy to see that farting kittens lives on.

the weirdgirl

Hey Godmother, I know, we are the kiss of death, aren't we? So why hasn't the current one dies yet?! (I keep waiting.)

Riley & Jennifer - Half Dome is a little intense, beautiful but intense. I was really sore the next day.

CroutonBoy - You DID just do that one, didn't you? OK, you're off the hook. I'll tell more about the senior prank later. OUR senior prank was so much cooler!

Schmutzie - it really is, isn't it? And there are more of us out there than you'd think.

The Phoenix

Making a living as a poet is impossible. I think "making a living with an English degree" is nearly as daunting...

the weirdgirl

Phoenix - of course you can make a living with an English degree! It's called Marketing! And such a gentle slope towards mediocrity.

(Sorry, it's been a bad work week.)

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