Did you know that meme rhymes with theme? So it should really be spelled meem instead of meme but whatever that’s not the point. I don’t do memes. Except when the person who tags me is her. Then I do them. Because hers is the first blog I ever fell in love with. She’s the one who taught me the meaning of meme. And she’s the one who wants to know six unusual things about me. So she gets what she wants.

1. Cody took me skydiving for my 23rd birthday. He stayed safely on the ground with the bitty moosh while I hurtled out of a plane strapped to a highly attractive South African instructor named Phish with a swoon worthy accent. He said I was the best American student he had ever had. I then seriously considered a career in skydiving, for about 48 hours.

2. I do not watch rated R movies. Haven’t for years. However, my three favorite movies are rated R. They became my favorites before R rated movies became obscenely offensive to me and have yet to be replaced. They are as follows-

When Harry Met Sally-“You made a woman meow?” by far the best movie ever made. Ever.

Snatch-“Yeh lek degs?” Brad Pitts best role. Ever.

Love Actually-“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion love actually is all around. ”

I always cry at the airport over complete strangers for this very reason.

3. This one isn’t actually about me, but since we’re on the subject of movies and Cody likes to consider us one person (“WE need to clean the kitchen.” “WE need to get the oil changed.” “WE need to make dinner.”) even though WE means ME, I’m going to add this one. Cody loves movie soundtracks with the power of a thousand burning suns. Especially instrumental ones. If you only knew how much time WE‘ve (seriously, we) spent looking for soundtracks you’d be shocked. His favorites? Gladiator, Transformers, Braveheart, Last of the Mohicans, and Finding Neverland. Currently playing in the other room? Pirates of the Caribbean.

4. I cannot, CANNOT handle people brushing their teeth. In real life, on TV, even just thinking about it gives me heebie jeebies and a slight gag reflex. I however can brush my own teeth with no problem, unless I bite the bristles. *gag*

5. I know I’ve mentioned this one before but it deserves to be mentioned again. I have never ever set foot or toe or right index finger in a tanning bed. Never. Never have, never will. Pasty is awesome. Cancer sucks.

6. I am incredibly superstitious. While I won’t go into exact specifics on the history of these superstitions because it would be very long and possibly boring not to mention you’d think me a complete loon, I will tell you some of the things I do or don’t do in relation to my superstitions.

  • I will never let a pole come between a friend and me while we are walking, after seven years, Cody is even more aware of this one than I am. (My previous best friend and I are no longer friends because I broke this one, seriously.)
  • I never take steps with one shoe on and one shoe off.
  • I never look at a funeral procession as to avoid counting the number of cars in it.
  • I never waste salt.
  • Right sock always goes on first.
  • I always get out of bed on the right.
  • The mirror breaking, black cat and ladder ones are all observed.

And that’s all I’m going to tell you, there’s more, so many more. But just looking at this list makes me want to make fun of myself.

So that’s six. And I won’t be tagging anyone because long ago I dubbed my blog the place where memes and awards go to die and that still stands true to this day.


  1. Melissa says:

    You definitely just taught me how to pronounce meme…I still think its a bizarre word though 🙂

  2. Oh my stars in heaven, we truly are kindred spirits! I’ve always had the brushing-teeth thing! I CANNOT watch other people brush their teeth or think about it or even talk about it. I also can’t let people watch ME brush my teeth. ICK.

    AND I love Love Actually. There’s so many wonderful themes and thoughts and quotes and moments in that movie.

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  3. Good for you on the tanning bed issue. I think they’re scary beds of death, too. And also, I think you look kind of stupid afterwards. My sister and her husband tanned like crazy prior to their DECEMBER wedding and it looks ridiculous in their pictures because everyone else is pretty pale (because it’s WINTER!) and they are like these plastic barbies.

    Also, if someone comments on how tan you are, what are you going to say? “Oh thanks, I tan at my gym?”

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  4. I don’t suppose the pole between you and a friend thing has to do with running your head SMACK! into a street sign as a kid, when your best friend was much shorter than you and therefore had just walked under the sign, but you, as the taller one, didn’t have clearance and didn’t notice the sign because you were so engrossed in talking about something really important like Duran Duran? No? Oh, yea, that was me. But I still like the rule. Keeps my forehead from bleeding…

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  5. amen to the tanning bed thing. there is something seriously freaky about them. i have never, nor will i ever expose myself to such a thing.


    and i think darren and cody might have a good chance of being fab friends. oh, the soundtracks.

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  6. And all this time I’ve been pronouncing it mee-mee.

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  7. *thud*

    A Meme. Here. Holy cow.
    Very interesting stuff chicky.

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  8. I love “Love Actually.” What the crazy superstitions? I had no idea! And I’ve never heard of any of those superstitions! Are they just particular to you or do other people observe the no steps with one shoe on and one shoe off?

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  9. The very first few days of my blog I encountered the word “meme” and had no idea what it meant, so I looked it up and discovered it’s bizarre pronunciation and what it meant. lol

    I also have never used a tanning bed. Those were some interesting facts about you!

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  10. Are you allowed to let a pole come between if you each say, “bread and butter” or “salt and pepper”? My grandma taught me that, and always made me say it, or else we’d get in a big fight, she’d say 🙂 So cute she was!

  11. One of my favorite classical pieces is on the Dragonheart soundtrack. If you don’t have it, I recommend it.

    You make me feel proud to be pasty.

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  12. My roommate in college (and after) has a nasty reaction to tooth brushing. I on the other hand loved to wander the house while brushing my teeth. The two did not mix well to say the least! I learned to stay in the bathroom and not try to talk to her while brushing!
    She can’t even brush her own teeth without gagging at times. I totally don’t understand it, but I respect it!

    I pretty much agree with you on the tanning bed thing too. I did it a few times, but after doing what “they” said was a beginner time and coming out looking like a lobster… well, I know my beginner times are about 1/4 that! And I did it for oh, maybe a month when we had free access to one in our apartment complex. But then I gave it up because it’s not worth it!

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  13. I did a week of memes and carnivals. It was kind of fun. I also just did this meme because mothergoosemouse tagged me.

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  14. Oops. I meant to say “I usually don’t do meme’s either”. DUH.

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  15. Me=WE??? So true. I never knew how true.

    Also, your superstitions would be a fascinating post in and of themselves. I would read it.

    (I would read your blog either way, though, so that’s a moot point.)

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  16. Your husband sounds so much like mine in so many ways… Instrumental soundtracks? Oh boy do we have them… Favorites include all of the Lord of the Rings and, yes, Gladiator.

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  17. When Harry Met Sally. Agreed.

    Tanning Beds. Agreed wholeheartedly.

    Brushing teeth doesn’t bother me much but please never clip your toenails in front of me.

    P.S. I’ll call you tonight. I’m low on minutes so I’ve been waiting to call you at night but I keep falling asleep because I’m a loser. Forgive me.

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  18. When Harry Met Sally is my ALL TIME FAVORITE movie.

    And I love soundtracks (the musician in me) and The Last of the Mohicans is the best. Cody rocks!

    Tanning beds are icky beds of death.

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  19. My favourite line from When Harry Met Sally is, “You’re saying I’m having sex with these men without my knowledge?”

    It’s my favourite romantic comedy and my favourite New York movie.

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  20. Barb-I don’t say anything for fear of being the crazy lady, but I cringe whilst they are disobeying the rules my brain follows.

  21. Rhi-Yep, same one! I’d rather just not run the risk in the first place however…

  22. Love Actually is one of my favorites too. I love the extra footage on the DVD where you can see the story that the kid wrote that he got in trouble for. Being able to see people’s farts as bubbles is hilarious!

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  23. Memphislis says:

    Thanks for teaching me how to say meme! I thought is was pronounced mimi.

  24. Mom in Vernal says:

    I loved the insight but where are the pictures of my grandbaby???? I miss her and, of course, you and Cody as well.
    Mom from Vernal

  25. when harry met sally is rated “R”? seriously?

    also…i break a mirror about once a month. haha.

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  26. You are SO right – Snatch is a great movie and Brad Pitt’s best ever. He was awesome in that!

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  27. Wow, even I learned something new about you…THAT is impressive. Love your list. Love you.

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  28. I can’t deal with the teeth brushing either. I also brush my own teeth but ESPECIALLY when I’m pregnant, Dan has to practice oral hygiene in private.

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  29. I love “When Harry Met Sally” and “Love Actually”…LOVE! Ditto on Finding Neverland soundtrack. And the tanning beds.

    …basically, we’re twins. (Ok, not really, but almost.)


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  30. When Harry Met Sally – one of the all time best movies. Ever.

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  31. ok, but what did you think of the skydiving? i went for the first time 3 weeks ago. it was…interesting. i don’t regret it, but i probably won’t be repeating it. at least not for several years.

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  32. I was all ready to make fun of you until my husband reminded me that I hold my breath and blow kisses at the ceiling when we drive over railroad tracks. So I’m keeping my mouth shut.

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  33. Okay, and I also make sure a man is the first person to enter the house on the first day of the new year. My grandma taught me that one!

  34. I want to recommend the soundtrack to the Star Wars Prequels. And Waking Ned Divine.
    I’m a WE also. I hate it when we need to change the baby’s diaper or we need to wash those pots.

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  35. No R movies really ? Dare I ask if you’ve ever seen an X ? Talk about offensive.

    And thanks for the “meem” pronounciation help. I always thought it was prounounced mem. Shows you how much I know.

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  36. Love Actually is a great movie! Hm…it seemed more PG13 to me than R.

  37. Lisa in TX says:

    It’s not a superstition, but I have a thing with eating foods in multiples. Gummy bears, Reese’s Pieces and chocolate chips MUST be consumed in threes, when snacking. I’ve even trained my husband to take them in threes if he grabs any out of my hand. There’s others, too. Ritz crackers are pulled out of the package in groups of five, and I think there’s one that goes by twos, but I can’t remember what it is, right now.

  38. Lisa in TX says:

    The Gummy bears are in twos, that’s what it is!

  39. When Harry Met Sally is my favorite movie too! I hem and haw over other ones when I’m asked to name 5, but WHMS is ALWAYS number 1. Also, my husband loves soundtracks too..his favorites are Jurassic Park and Batman.

  40. It’s a french word. Far as I can tell it has no meaning. I don’t do memes either, no wait. I do them to make fun of them. I’m doing one on Monday. It will be a doozer.
    See my post about them here:

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  41. If I’m going to listen to a soundtrack ~ I’d rather watch the movie. Unless it’s a really good song – WITH WORDS to be sung along to.

    WHMS was rated R?!? Seriously? How did I miss that? Huh. Must’ve been that scene in the dinner that pushed it over the PG-13 edge.

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  42. No way, it’s supposed to rhyme with theme? Well… I’m still gonna say “me-me” because I’m an old dog and you can’t teach me new tricks. 😉

    LOVE “Love Actually”. It’s on my short list. It’s got everything in it!

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  43. The Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack is great. Cody would probably like that one, if he hasn’t heard it already.

    So do you not watch those movies now, or do you just not watch new R rated movies? Does that make sense? I mean, that’s a Mormon thing right? I just remember I had a lot of Mormon friends in high school and none of them watched R rated movies, so I am assuming about you! 🙂

  44. I love all the superstitions, real or not. They remind me of younger days. Holding your feet up when going over railroad tracks, holding your breath and/or making a wish while driving through a tunnel. or …jinx you owe me a coke, when you and a friend say the same thing at the same time…
    and, my fiance’s little habit, which used to annoy me, but now I love it, because he has my daughter doing it..”knock on wood”.
    Those were fun things to learn about you and brought back good memories for me. Thanks!

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  45. Oh snap. I’ve been pronouncing meme incorrectly. Also, pasty is awesome. AND, my husband considers us one person also even though i will always be the person doing all of the ‘we need to *insert task*’ things. Maybe he thinks that’s my name? Maybe it’s a pet name he has for me, ‘We’.

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  46. i was wondering if you took the picture that is your header? if so, did you crochet the garland yourself and do you have the pattern? would you be willing o share it? thanks

  47. Oooohh, love movie soundtracks! favorites definetely Apollo 13, Backdraft, K19, Armagedon (the score),… you get the idea.
    And yes, pasty rules. I just wish I could convince my wife of that.

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