Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award

Loopyloo over at My Baffling Brain and Ermie at Just Ermie both nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  So excited about this.  There are some rules here, so let me just get those copied and pasted...

1. Nominate 15 others for the award and inform them with a comment on each of their blogs.

2. Create a post for the Versatile Blogger Award.

3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
I'm sorry, but I don't have 15 people to nominate.  I'm just starting to take this blogging thing seriously so I'll nominate who I can.  Plus, this award has been going around and I keep bumping into sites that already have it.
So some stuff about me:
  1. My real name is Jennifer.  Once, a million years ago, a guy I was chatting with thought he was being smart by asking "Hey, can I call you Jen?" "Sure" "How about Jenny" "No" "I think I'll call you Nifer" "I don't effing care, just stop talking to me"  But it stuck in my head so that's that.
  2. I am a veteran.  I served for 4 years in the US Army.  Soldiering was not my calling.
  3. I believe the Ninth Doctor is the BEST Doctor.  Don't even try to argue with me on that.
  4. My favorite seasons -in order of Greatest to Worst: Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer.  Summer used to be #2, back when I could spend a whole summer in a lake and/or wandering around the neighborhood in a bathing suit for 6 weeks straight, but that's really not acceptable after the age of 10.  Now I 'm one of those people who complains about how hot it is when the temps hit 85.  Don't get me started on humidity.
  5. Between the ages of 6 and 22-ish I was terrified of zombies.  Like, lay in bed at night, completely still, trying not to breath so they don't get me (because for some reason the were UNDER the bed or just outside my window) terrified.  Now I love them.
  6. I went through the five stages of grief over the series finale of Lost.
  7. I am totally convinced that I will win the lottery some day even though I can't even match the Power Ball on any of my tickets.
Ok, so my nominees are:

Absconditus Creations I like the drawings on this site.  They kind of make me think of some of Neil Gaimans books, like Coraline or The Grave Yard Book.
Marissa Yasmine at 6 for my day.  She describes her days in 6 word sentences, among other randomness (yay randomness).

Eliza Wynn at Ellie's Couch.  This very motivated individual has entered three (that's 3) blogs into the A to Z Challenge.  You can visit the others at Ellie's Blank Book and Help Michigan Pets. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

A to Z Tag

Holy Crap is this A to Z Challenge a lot of work.  One of the things you have to do (or should be doing Nobody's making me do anything but me) is visit the blogs of other people who have joined THE CHALLENGE (that is how I see it now THE CHALLENGE, in caps),  so you can meet new bloggers and such.  I have seen on a couple of blogs the TAG (The Answer Game) challenge...thingy at Pearson Report. Not exactly sure how to describe it.  Questionnaire?  Shake down?  Anyhoo-four easy questions, four easy answers:

Are you signed up for the A to Z Challenge?
Would I be here if I wasn't?

What is your sign-up number?

Are you ready?  If yes...explain yourself.
No, no, no! Quit asking!

If you're not ready...what's your excuse?
I don't have to explain myself to you. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

I have decided to take the plunge and sign up for The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.  If you'll take a look to your right you will see a zebra.  Click on him he will take you to the challenge web page. I discovered this back in December and it took me 3 months to get up the nerve to try. 

Click on the zebra for details, but in a nutshell The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge that challenges you to blog alphabetically nearly every day in April.  On the first day in April you write about something that starts with the letter A.  The second day is B and so on.  You skip Sundays, except this year because of the way the calendar is laid out the first post will be on a Sunday. 

The Challenge is also a way to meet other bloggers and hopefully increase traffic.  I'm crap at self promotion and only have like 30 Facebook friends to pester into visiting me here.  My 2 followers over there on the right?  My brother and his best friend.  My own mother doesn't even follow me (though in her defense I don't think she knows how to "follow" a blog).  Did you know there's such a thing as referral spam?  That's where most of my "page views" come from.    Having a large readership is not really a goal for me.  In fact, if I suddenly had a hundred people visiting every day I would probably start freaking out under the pressure to deliver.

This is mostly a challenge to myself.  I want to write more, but I get lazy or can't come up with or flesh out ideas.  Maybe this will be the push I need to focus a bit more.
To say the least this is not going to be easy for me.  I have posted 4 times in the last 3 months.  Trying to write something new every day for a month is going to be...interesting.  So please stop on by starting April 1st to witness my triumph.  Or defeat.  One of these things will happen.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

An Odd Number of Teeth

I have 23 teeth.  Yes that's an odd number, but I have a good explanation.  I always like to point out that the 24th tooth is not missing due to decay.  God forbid that anyone think I suffer from the gum disease GINGIVITIS.  The reason for this is I represent the next step in human evolution, or so I tell myself.  Better that than being some sort of mutant freak.

The point I'm getting at here is that I lack wisdom teeth and my 12 year molars.  Plus number 24 was a baby tooth that didn't have an adult tooth to replace it.  These teeth never existed in my head.

They* say wisdom teeth evolved as replacements for teeth that may have been lost during a person's lifetime, or back when we needed more teeth to chew tougher food.  Whatever the reason, God or Evolution, or perhaps Godvolution decided we don't need them anymore; our jaws shrank and there's no room for all those extra teeth in many people's mouths.  Which is why Godvolution invented wisdom tooth extractions.

Back to my point of being the future of humanity: I was musing on this recently and thought, "Hey, I'm just like the X-men! "  Wait, don't leave.  I'm getting ready to explain myself.

So the X-men are the next step, right?  They have special powers as part of human evolution.  Humans place fewer demands on their teeth in this age of cooked food, tools and Jello, so we don't need as many.  Evolution grants us fewer teeth.  Ergo-my 23 teeth put me in the same league as Wolverine.

I dare you to poke holes in my logic.**

*Some scientists I have a vague memory of reading about.
**Don't you dare try to poke holes in my logic.