Monday, June 25, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

So somebody (Twice Tenured) actually tagged me for a meme, scary but true! Here are the rules:

  • I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.
  • Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
Okay, so eight random facts/habits about myself.  Hmm... let me think... I am kind of boring so this is tricky.
  1. I chew gum every afternoon, and my flavor of choice is wintergreen.  Jeff and I have a joke that all gum is actually wintergreen flavor, so when he pulls out his cinnamon gum, I always say, "Mmm... wintergreen!"
  2. I love bad puns and what most people would call groaners.  Some people, such as my boss, appreciate this sort of humor.  Others don't, so I keep my humor to myself with them.
  3. I had a pedicure from hell about a year ago, where the person giving the pedicure accidentally took off a chunk of my right heel.  The gash healed very slowly, and I still have a scar there that hurts if I rub it the wrong way.
  4. Since we're on the subject of injuries, when I was in college I fractured my right radius (arm bone) right near the elbow by gracefully falling in the shower.  That was quite humiliating.  I tried to tell my friends that I'd done it during my Olympic ski trials but somehow nobody was convinced.
  5. And since we're on the subject of elbows, I am double-jointed in the elbows.  I can open my arms out to more than 180ยบ.  This is what caused my arm to break, because it bent backwards instead of bending the right way when I tried to catch myself.  It's also something that has exacerbated my very serious medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) in my left arm.
  6. I keep all my fingernails except for my left thumbnail very short.  This is residual from playing the violin.  The only nail that could be long was the left thumbnail.  I used to keep fingernail clippers in my violin case just in case one of my nails had gotten too long.
  7. I am one of a small minority of people at my workplace who dresses up to go to work.  I don't get too dressed up.  It's just that I never wear jeans and I always wear a blouse.  Most of "the guys" wear t-shirts.  I dress up because I feel like I have to look professional in order to be taken seriously.  Does it work? Maybe.
  8. I've always been very tall.  I was taller than my teacher in the fifth grade.  By the age of twelve, I had grown to almost my adult height.  One nice thing about being tall is that I can reach the top shelf at the grocery store.  A woman asked me to reach something for her at the store the other day, and it felt good to be able to help.
Now I have to tag people.  Well, I'm definitely tagging my better half, my sister Rachel, my sister-in-law Ginger, my cousin Susie, my blogfriends Tony, Flicka Mawa, Doctor Pion, and anyone else who wants to play along.  


Tony said...

I'm torn. On the one hand, I'm honored to be "tagged." On the other, this is so not something in which I would normally participate. It smacks of chain letter to me. How about a compromise? I will list the little known personal facts, but that's it. I will not continue the branch.

Madeleine said...

Thank you for the grocery store assistance! No, that wasn't actually me, but as a short person I often find myself scanning the aisle to see if anyone taller is around to save me from climbing on the shelves to reach something on the top.

Rachel said...

I'll get to it! I might not tag 8 people either, though, since you and Laura are my primary people to tag...

Doctor Pion said...


Flicka Mawa said...

Hey, I finally posted my meme post! :-) You can see it here.

Ginger said...

Ok, mine is up! Sorry it took so long.