It's after six. What am I, a farmer?

This meme is going around again, and Elisabeth has tagged me. I've done it before, but - heck - I'll do it again.

Post the rules on your blog:
- Write six random things about yourself in a blog post
- Tag six people in your post
- Let each person know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog
- Let the tagger know your entry is up
  1. Frosting!I don't like most frosting, and therefore I don't like most cake. I will usually have a small piece of your birthday or wedding cake in order to be polite (and to test out if it's one of those frostings I do like), which sort of makes it look like I'm one of those people on a diet who goes, "Oh, I'll just have a small piece." It's not that; it's the frosting.

    I love cupcakes, because they are so pretty to look at and people are so creative with the trendy cupcakes these days, but I can pretty much take them or leave them when it comes to eating them. The nice thing about cupcakes is that the trendy flavors usually mean trendy frosting flavors, so sometimes they are tastier than cakes. The bad thing is that there tends to be a higher frosting-to-cake ratio on cupcakes than cake. Even if I do find a frosting edible, that doesn't mean I want a lot of it.

    When I make cut-out sugar cookies, I always keep a few to the side for myself, which I leave unfrosted or dust with colored sugars before baking.

    This is one of the problems I have with so many inappropriate things (paczki, angel food cake, scones) being frosted in Ohio. It probably wouldn't bother me so much if I didn't HATE FROSTING and therefore feel that they had RUINED a perfectly acceptable food with it.
  2. One thing that I am good at is making waffles. The secret is to separate the eggs, mix the yolks in with everything else, beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until they're fluffy and fold them back in. And now I have given away my secret and am no longer better than everyone else. Ho hum.
  3. I don't think I am a very good hostess. I tend to stress out about forgetting little details, which causes me to forget other, more important things and puts my guests at ill-ease because I am fluttering and hovering and stressing out.

    I threw a Clue party last weekend, which was the first party I've had since I moved down here. (I did invite people over to watch the Austenpalooza with me, but I never had more than one person take me up on it). I forgot to do things like offer to take people's coats (or even notice if they BROUGHT coats), introduce people to each other, change into my costume before people started arriving, or offer the first guests something to drink.

    When people come from out-of-town to Srahtown, I can't always think of things to show them, because I don't emerge and explore the area that often myself. I have my standards in the region (drive around campus, Skyline Chili, Graeter's, Jungle Jim's, the zoo, the aquarium) but once I've exhausted those, or if I use them all up in the first visit and someone comes back, I'm stuck.

    Fortunately, I do not live in a place that people really want to visit, so a) I don't get too many visitors and b) those who do visit are usually visiting for me and not to check out the sights.

    I should probably buy Amy Sedaris's book. She loves entertaining.
  4. When I was in college, there was some sort of event where we had to go to the Office of Career Services. I think they were offering free popcorn and that's what got me there. I think the idea was to introduce students to the office and show them the resources they had available (for language majors: not much). I guess there must have been some kind of "Career Services Goes To The Movies" theme, because in addition to the popcorn, they had some kind of door prize drawing where you were supposed to write down a character from a movie whose job you would most like to have. I wrote Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady.
  5. There is an unwritten - but frequently shouted by Alfie and me - rule in our house that if one of those infomercials for some kind of CD compilation comes on, you are not allowed to change the channel, even if we have seen the informercial eighteen times already. It is especially fun when we have seen them eighteen times already, because then we can try to anticipate and shout out what the next song/video clip is going to be¹. Alfie and I really enjoy seeing (and heckling) Pat Boone and Frankie Avalon.

    Also, this is why we have no friends and no one ever wants to hang out with us.

    We also love non-musical infomercials, but there is not a strict rule for those. The only time that we have made a permanent exception to the rule, that I can remember, was when it was some kind of country compilation that we decided we didn't have to finish and never had to see again. Changing the channel during other already-seen CD compilation infomercials must be voted on, and may also be influenced by Is There Something Else On TV (which, during the infomercial hours, there usually isn't).
  6. Lately, when I go somewhere that has all of the many ingredients that go into it, my Soft Drink Of Choice has been ginger ale with a twist of lime. I don't drink much pop anymore, but every once in a while a ginger ale is nice and refreshing. Rather shamefully I must admit that my preferred brand is Canada Dry, and not the Michigan brand Vernors. I think this is because Vernors was the brand my family bought growing up, so I associate it with upset stomachs. Sorry, Michigan!

Since this has already been around a significant chunk of the blogosphere, I hereby tag anyone who hasn't done it before (Alfie? Moe? Anyone?), including any non-blog-having commenters who would like to tell us six random things about themselves.

Or, you can just tell me which movie character's job you would most like to have.

¹ It's going to be Gogi Grant.

srah - Thursday, 8 May 2008 - 8:02 PM
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Comments (13)

gravatar alfie - May 8, 2008 - 11:52 PM -

I heckle Bobby Rydell, thank you very much.

gravatar alfie - May 8, 2008 - 11:53 PM -

Does Anne becoming Mrs. Blythe count as a job?

gravatar alfie - May 8, 2008 - 11:55 PM -

Remember that time you put Gogi Grant on my CD and everyone thought I was weird? Thanks a lot.

gravatar alfie - May 8, 2008 - 11:59 PM -

I'll do it, but I have to come up with some things.

gravatar Megan - May 9, 2008 - 12:25 AM -

Your post title is one of my favorite 30 Rock lines, ever.

1. Frosting does NOT belong on angel food cake or scones! What. The. Hell.

2. Ohhh, I really want to try this trick now!

4. "Jest you wait, 'enry 'iggins!" is all I can think of right now. I love My Fair Lady sososo much, it's a little ridiculous.

gravatar Cheryl - May 9, 2008 - 8:30 AM -

I occasionally would watch cd infomercials when I got PAX. I saw one where the hosts were standing in a 50s diner talking about soda fountains and sock hops more than once.

gravatar Stefanie - May 9, 2008 - 9:35 AM -

How does one host a Clue party? It sounds like a fantastic idea.

gravatar srah - May 9, 2008 - 9:56 AM -

I invited people to come dressed as characters from the movie/game (their own interpretations of the characters, which ranged from "dressed like the guy on the box" to "wearing the color of the game piece") and everyone who came in costume was entered in a drawing for prizes: a candlestick, a knife, a "revolver" (actually a gun that shot rubber darts) and a "rope" (licorice). There was fruit and dessert to eat and champagne to drink (I thought about cognac, but I've never had cognac so it seemed like a lot of money to spend on something I wasn't sure about). We watched the movie, then we played the board game.

gravatar alfie - May 9, 2008 - 10:49 AM -

Cheryl, that sounds like the Bobby Rydell one.

gravatar Stefanie - May 9, 2008 - 1:40 PM -

Ah, I see. Well, like I said, that DOES sound fantastic! :-) A few years ago, I went to a Halloween party as Miss Scarlet in the Dining Room with the Candlestick. (It was a very specific costume, obviously, involving several props, but it was fun.) I will be adding this to the growing list of ideas for theme parties I will likely never get around to hosting.

gravatar Cheryl - May 12, 2008 - 8:18 AM -

It's totally Malt Shop Memories.

gravatar ashley - May 13, 2008 - 8:52 AM -

Frosting is one of fav things. Oh yum.

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