when all else fails, post a meme

I was tagged! And instead of wasting more time on Facebook, I decided to do a non-update on my blog. Don't worry folks, news is coming soon.

The following meme is brought to you by Angie, aka lala, aka AngStudAng, aka Trigger. Please note that she will not answer to any of these.

Three nicknames I go by or nicknames others have given me:
1. bashtree
2. ash
3. beb

Three jobs I have had in my life.
1. childcare assistant for CHBC's mothers morning out program
2. staff assistant, center for academic integrity
3. administrative coordinator, the als association

Three Places I have lived:
1. charlotte, nc
2. chapel hill, nc
3. richmond, va

Three Favorite drinks:
1. room-temperature water
2. white grape juice
3. vodka (shut up)

Three TV shows that I watch
1. so you think you can dance
2. guiding light (for the next couple of weeks that it's on) (also, stop judging)
3. in shape with sharon mann

Three Favorite Old Shows
1. that 70s show. i'm counting it as old, because it's no longer produced and it's set in the 70s
2. the match game (best game show ever)
3. that pyramid game with the words - $64,000 pyramid? i love old game shows.

Three Places I Have Been
1. st. petersburg, russia
2. san blas islands, off of panama
3. the ruins at ancient ephesus

Three people who e-mail/Facebook me regularly
1. lisa
2. chuck
3. stacey

Three of my favorite restaurants
1. sticky rice
2. hill cafe
3. city diner

Three things I am looking forward to
1. my next mac, whatever/whenever it may be
2. having a swanky downtown loft apartment (in my dreams)
3. getting another dog

Three Places I would like to visit
1. monticello
2. mt. vernon
3. blue ridge parkway

Three books I'd like to finish this year:
1. the way of a pilgrim
2. o come ye back to ireland
3. little heathens
(and much, much more)

Three Dreams:
1. multiple papillons
2. a long, happy marriage
3. a pile of quilts

Three living people I'd like to have dinner with my family:
1. kelly justice
2. john christopher
3. eddie izzard

Three life sweet events this week:
1. a volunteer bringing a special treat for me (little does he know what's in store for him!)
2. eli responding well to his new training and being much more cuddly and at ease and people-oriented
3. brian and his extremely good news - and the new demeanor he's had since hearing it

Three things I am grateful for:
1. a husband who's easy to love
2. people who want to take care of us
3. bark busters


Walt would be scandalized


I need a red Mickey Mouse swimsuit for $11.99 on sale.



Because everyone needs a red Mickey Mouse swimsuit for $11.99 on sale. Nothing says 'high quality' and 'kid friendly' like a cheap, low-cut-up-top-and-high-cut-on-bottom red Mickey Mouse swimsuit for $11.99

Note: the lady in the photo is not me.


I am not a Trekkie

I'm not a Trekker, for that matter.

But Brian and I just got home after watching the new Star Trek movie for the third time.

I have NEVER seen a movie in theaters 3 times before, I would like to add. I can't think of any movies I saw twice in theaters, although I'm sure there must have been one at some point.

What movies have you seen multiple times in theaters?


Eli's coming!

Actually, Eli's here.

Eli's home!! After 3 loooong weeks without my little furry friend to stalk around the house and make me feel guilty deigning to offer him dog food rather than steak, I almost got used to life without him.


Oh doggie, how I missed you.


that which matters!

My Google Reader is overloaded. It's always overloaded. And one of the main contributors is Lifehacker. They send out dozens of posts a day. It's almost too hard to keep up...and if I miss a day, there is much weeping and gnashing and sorting of feeds.

Yesterday, though, Lifehacker proved its weight in posts yesterday when it sent this link to my inbox:



a special facebook meme for my friend susan

50 things you've never been asked....Copy/Paste & Share!!

Once you've been tagged, you have to answer this and tag 15 people, including the person who tagged you.

1. What color is your toothbrush? Blue and white and purple and green

2. Name one person who made you smile today: steph martin

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? trying (and failing) to wake up

4 What were you doing 45 minutes ago? watching so you think you can dance and picking up the house during commercial breaks...it's what I refer to as 'commercial cleaning'

5. What is your favorite candy bar? most days it's a plain straight-up Hershey bar. sometimes it's a york. and sometimes it's a milky way.

6. Have you ever bit your toenails? i think i did a little bit, when i was young. on purpose. come to think of it...i picked up a lot of bad habits by hearing them referred to as bad habits and thinking 'oh, that actually makes sense, i think i'll try it.' the toenail thing is a prime example.

7. What is the last thing you said aloud? 'i'm just sleepy and trying to understand is all'

8. What is your favorite ice cream? mmm....cherry

9. What was the last thing you had to drink? water, and not enough

10. Do you like your wallet? it's fine. i've had it forever, it'll be around another forever i'm sure. coach leather...yes, oh yes.

11. What was the last thing you ate? ugh. don't ask. (kraft macaroni and cheese)

12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? no. this month, no. not since mid-june and those were from the Goodwill

13. The last sporting event you watched? i cant even remember!! probably basketball.

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? buttered and salty to the max

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to? brian

16. Ever go camping? Yes but i'm due...it's been a while

17. Do you take vitamins daily? i'm supposed to...i take it on days i can remember....

18. Do you go to church every Sunday? generally yes

19. Do you have a tan? 'tan' for me is more pale than you'll ever be

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? almost never. i prefer pizza over nearly everything

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? i don't drink soda, but if i did i probably wouldn't use a straw

22. What did your last text message say? heck if i know and i'm not about to look it up. probably something about bojangles.

23. What are you doing tomorrow? retrieving my dog from the Old North State, which happens to be southward from here

25. Look to your left, what do you see? a cluttered coffee table and beyond that, a TV

26. What color is your watch? the watch i have is 2-toned but i never wear it. i've never been a watch person despite my best efforts.

27. What do you think of when you hear Australia? 'ooooooooooo...let's go!'

29. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? i don't go often enough to have a 'pattern'

30. What is your favorite number? eh. 12 maybe.

31. Who's the last person you talked to on the phone? brian. who is surprised by this?

32. Any plans today? dinner with the trautmanns

33. How many states have you lived in? 3. SC - NC - VA. watch out maryland, you're next

34. Biggest annoyance right now? people

35. Last song listened to? 'if it kills me' by jason mraz

36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? YES, and QUICKLY

37. Do you have a maid service clean your house? i'm pretty sure i have the opposite of a maid service - i'm pretty sure the dwellers of my house mess it up as though it were their jobs

38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? my birks that i got for half off. yessssssssssssss

39. Are you jealous of anyone? no. i'm cynical enough that i can look at anyone in a 'better' position than me and decide he/she is faking whatever glee that i'm perceiving.

40. Is anyone jealous of you? probably NOT.

41. Do you love anyone? yes

42. Do any of your friends have children? ummm...depends on how you define 'friends.' most of my friends around my age don't have kids yet. although my elementary/jr high best friend is giving birth TODAY at some point. holy cow, and also, word.

43. What do you usually do during the day? a big mix of various administrative things that my happy little (not little) nonprofit needs from me

44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? no but that doesn't stop me from wanting to bash people's faces in

45. Do you use the word 'hello' daily? i'll usually use 'hi there' instead, but i probably say hello most days

46. What color is your car? royal [dook] blue. gag me.

47. Do you like cats? i have even less patience for cats than cats do for me

48. Are you thinking about someone right now? yes...hi susan!

49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? no but i've been to paramount and busch garden parks. and hersheypark. way better.

50. How did you get your worst scar? i don't have any one big scar, just lots of little scars everywhere. most of them are from running into things.