Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Because-I’m-a-Loser MEME

Over a month ago Candygirlflies at I Can Fly Just Not Up tagged with a meme I was actually excited to do (I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of the MEME). I realized it was the same MEME that Rachel at Like a Star tagged me with two months earlier (no, I didn’t do it then either). But I got a little sidetracked (I’ll blame it on getting locked out of my house shortly thereafter) and never did it. So in efforts to push the Collateral Damage post down a bit (as always, thanks so much for all your words of comfort and support) and to fulfill my blogging obligations, I will share 6 random facts about me:

1. I’m obsessed with Britney Spears.
Don’t ask me why. I was never interested in her life before it became a train wreck. Maybe it’s because regardless of what I’m going through I can always say, “At least that’s not me.” Or maybe it’s because we’re watching, in real time, what happens to a media darling who’s told she’s sexy before she’s old enough to watch R rated movies. It’s sad really. (Have you heard about her sister?). I know; I'm pathetic.

2. My front bumper looks like this:


Yikes. This has quickly gone from a 6-random-facts meme to a true confessional. The sad thing is I did nothing to deserve this bumper. I blame it on the cold Idaho Falls winters that cracked the plastic before it even had a fighting chance. And now, the poor thing, is held together with bailing wire and duct tape. True story. It’s also the laughing stock of Idaho drivers everywhere.

3. I love Bravo!
I don’t watch much TV but when I get the chance I’ll stay up past midnight catching up on Project Runway, Top Chef, and yes, blasphemous Kathy Griffin (what can I say, the girl makes me laugh…).

4. I’m canceling cable come January.
See #3. That and regardless of how much I try to restrict TV my children still know the theme song to Sponge Bob Square Pants.

5. I can’t figure out how to get my header graphic back.
I had my purty night-scene graphic displaying nicely at the top of my blog and then one day, poof, it was gone. Well, not really gone, but cropped and left justified. And I can’t figure out how to fix it. Help?!

6. I could live off diet coke, microwave popcorn, and graham crackers with frosting.
Which is why, in 2008, I plan on selling my soul to the local gym. I’m hoping to barter with them. I write a monthly newsletter for free (in which I divulge my monthly weight loss stats) and they give me one free membership. I can’t decide if that’s gutsy or stupid. I’ll tell which if I ever get the nerve to call them.

So there you have it. The confessional meme. My apologies to both Candygirlflies and Rachel for not posting it sooner. And because it’s such a late response I won’t tag anyone in turn, but I do welcome any of your confessions. Please, gentle readers, don’t leave me hangin’ here. My bumper’s on display.

20 comments:

suburbancorrespondent said...

We don't have cable. We've never missed it. Big waste of money.

Don't eat the microwave popcorn all the time! Haven't you heard about the diacetyl something-or-other lung problem yet? It's easy to make a big batch of popcorn in a pot on the stove. Really easy.

Candygirlflies said...

Honey, don't stress about your bumper... As Garrison Keillor says every week, "Duck Tape: it's what keeps America together". I'm not sure what he says about bailing wire, though...

Loved the meme-- they're awful to do, but so much fun to read!!

xo CGF

Becky said...

Bravo to you for making such BIG decisions so early before resolution time.....no cable AND hitting the gym.....you are a BRAVE woman. :) Yay for you!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

You're my kinda gal. Totally.

Tola said...

but does that bumper have a 1J license plate? if not, youre not as much a loser as you thought you were. as for cable, get DirecTV. the only way im giving mine up is if we move out of the country. i wouldnt even give it up when i worked for Comcast! ask my VIP on friday if he has time to take a look at your header. ill bet he could fix it.

shawn said...

What's your problem with SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS ?????!!!!!

Personally, I'm a BIG fan ... I even strive to BE a Goofy Goober ... or atleast more than I am NOW !!

I should show a pic of the front of MY Van right now ... the grill is missing a HUGE chunk from an unfortunate collision with a deer a couple of weeks ago ... fortunately I didn't need to tear out the duct tape ...

As one who's shed almost 50 pounds since June ... take time to care for yourself and just enjoy the journey ... one day you'll be amazed at how far you're travelled and how good you feel !!

thanks for sharing ...

shauna said...

Aw, guys, you're great. If you ever feel like a loser, just post to your blog. You'll feel better soon...

Tola, The last thing your hubby-to-be wants to do on Friday night is fix my header graphic. He's going to be too busy beaming and oogling you!!!

Shawn, you make me laugh. I was going to post about Zack singing the Spong Bob theme song during church last week, but I thought everyone was getting tired of those posts about the things my kids do during church.

Gustogirl said...

Those Spears kids have got it get it together. If I hear Britney's name I alway perk up for the juicy gossip too. However, then I feel disgusted because it is like watching shattering glass! She is falling apart.
Oh and we have never had cable, I don't miss it, but I do think it is harder to go from having something to not having it, rather than never having it at all.

Tola said...

i didnt mean he would fix it at the wedding. but if you ask him to have a look at it with you (after we get to PA) i know he will give you phone-tech help. he's awesome like that.

Anonymous said...

You are not a loser. And I haven't had any sort of cable or even television (mountains block the signals) for over 10 years and my 5 year old STILL knows the theme to Sponge Bob Square Pants and the names of characters on shows I've never heard of. Like Diego. Who the heck is Diego? Can anyone help me here? I don't know how this happens. :-) I suppose a little TV at the babysitter's house goes a long way.

We love you!

Mary

shawn said...

Shauna:

I for one enjoy the stories about your kids in church ... as one in a place of great transition, I look to the little people in my life as a source of inspiration. I have many stories of delightful, life affirming encounters with kids like yours who push the envelope in worship and not only make us smile and laugh, but teach us profound lessons about LIFE!!! And isn't that what church is supposed to be about??

I think you've given me an idea for a posting later today ... hmmm

And Diego ... he is Dora the explorer's brother ... yes, TV is a powerful influence ... not always good.

Erin said...

My bumper looks a little like yours--Jason has a run in with a snow bank last year on the paper routes.

(I watch the Daily 10 on E! whenever I happen to have control of the TV at 6pm)

My kids can't watch a movie now without asking for popcorn.

You're not a loser, Shauna. You're a Mom. (That's better, right?!)

Midwest Mommy said...

Canceling the cable? Holy cow!

linds said...

Your poor bumper! At least you still have one though.

Britney Spears drama is entertaining. I like to watch E! too Erin.

You are definetly not a loser, its hard to find the time to compile a list like this!

Karen said...

High five on canceling cable. Our TV "broke" several years ago, and if it hadn't I wouldn't even realize that it had been several years. That's how much of life is evaporated by the tube.

shauna said...

Gustogirl, that's exactly what I do. I read up on the rumors online and then I become disgusted with myself for fanning that fire.

Tola, Now I just feel silly. :) I hope the wedding preparations are going well...

Mary, SpongeBob is not on the approved list (sorry, Shawn), but somehow they still know the themesong. Sheesh. Sometimes there's no escaping it (by the way, you've always been my hero for tv-less living).

Karen, so true. I've decided my freelance work will benefit most in the cancelation of cable (I like to watch tv while I work and I always get distracted and loose precious billable hours that way...)

jason said...

If only everyone knew of the famous Barnes kids run ends with Mom and Dads vehicles. We have all had our moments. Good old blue had scars from all of us!! Oh! remember the good old days. I think it could be considered a great looking style on your van. Dad would say, "Hey! If it still runs, its fine!"

Tola said...

i remember being in that blue van on a temple trip up to Seattle. going up, i had to sit on a cooler, and coming back, we had to stop every 20 minutes for one of the Scott twins to pee. i dont know why your dad didnt make her stop drinking all that soda! it has been raining here off and on all day, but an hour ago it started snowing to beat the band. of course, my VIP is driving a 30-foot RV through Sardine Canyon at the moment. Yikes! so glad to see you tomorrow night!!

Kristi O said...

Sister! We have to talk. You cannot cancel Bravo, I too am hooked, I don't watch anything but Bravo really, and its worth every minute I can squeeze in.... And popcorn and the gym. okay if you said Diet Coke I would think you would need to be committed.

RachelT said...

Loved your "facts." I am a BRAVO junkie too.