Friday, June 4, 2010

It's a Major Award!


My blog, just one post in, has already won an award! It's gotta be some kind of record. I'm pretty sure it's because I'm good friends with the woman doing the awarding, Allison over at Not-a-Fortune, but still - I'm a winner!

Frah-gee-lay. It must be Italian!

The award does come with some strings attached - namely, that I have to answer 10 questions of Allison's choosing and then "pay it forward" (in other words, embarrass myself publicly and then embarrass other people publicly). Lucky for everyone, I excel at both these things.  So, without further adieu...

Allison's Ten Questions
1. Would you rather give up wine or cheese for the rest of your life?
Seriously? Are you a sadist? This is just wrong... Cheese, I guess. But really, this question is all kinds of f'ed up.

2. Do you believe in soulmates? Why or why not?
Meh, sorta. I believe that everyone has multiple soulmates, and that they aren't necessarily romantic. And I think different people can be soulmates for different parts of your soul. For example, Allison is my sarcasm soulmate. My mother is my making-up-any-excuse-to-eat-good-food soulmate. ("Carrot cake counts as a serving of vegetables, right?" "Of course! And the raisins are fruit!")

3. Where is your favorite place?
Again, I have different favorite places for doing different things. There is one park in the hills of West Austin that I absolutely love - it has dense trees and water running over a dam and it's a little bit different every time I go there, so it always feels like a mini-adventure.
See? Gorgeous. 

4. Recommend one book for me (and my readers). Tell us why we should read it.
Oh geez. Just one? How about The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Great exploration of modern food production and consumption practices, and informative without being preachy. Changed the way I want to eat (though I can't really afford to actually change it completely).

5. If you had to choose one singer/band to listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be?
I'm kind of addicted to Joe Purdy right now. He's an amazing singer-songwriter, and he's even better live. Plus, he puts out a new album every year and a half or so, so there would be new material forthcoming on a pretty regular basis.

6. What is your favorite walk?
The zombie shuffle from the "Thriller" video, duh. I love it so much I (kind of) learned it myself. You can too. Bonus: it's a great workout.


Skip to about 8:25 if you're impatient. But really, the whole video is worth the 13:42 of your life that it takes up. Really.

7. Describe your favorite smell.
The smell of anything my mother cooks. Seriously - french toast, her amazing greek lamb with orzo, apple crisp, even her plain old roast chicken. As a kid I had a friend who would come over and always comment that our house smelled amazing, and it was my mom's cooking that made her say it. Always delicious. Except for that hamburger stroganoff she made one time. That was nasty. Remember that, Mom?

8. Name your five favorite TV shows.
Since Allison didn't specify current or off-the-air, I'm going to go ahead and create two lists. Allison, this is what you get for not being specific.
Current: 
1) The Closer - Hands-down, Kyra Sedgwick plays the strongest and best-written female lead on television.
2) Parenthood -  Somehow, this show manages to be poignant, funny, and about as realistic feeling as a scripted television show can be, all at the same time. The cast is amazing, and it doesn't hurt that the creators pull together a great soundtrack too. Oh, and I love me some Dax Shepard and Peter Krause.
3) In Plain Sight -  Another one with a strong female lead, this show is also great if you love sarcasm. Mary McCormack's character is acerbic and flawed, yet likable at the same time. Something about her humanity draws me in.

4) Supernatural - The story of two brothers who travel around the country fighting supernatural bad guys and accidentally bring on the apocalypse while they're at it. No, really. If you liked the monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files, you'll like this show. And it's funny, and it's got great music. And the boys are hot. What's not to like?
5) Burn Notice - I struggled with this last choice, because there are a lot of other shows I really love too. But this show just had its season premiere last night, and I remembered why I love it so much. It's got action, drama, and humor all rolled into one. It's got Bruce Campbell, even. You can't argue with that. 

Past:
1) Six Feet Under - Quite simply, an amazing show. Over the five seasons it was on the air, the characters went through incredible metamorphoses. While the plot was often far-fetched, the human-ness of the characters made you happily ignore the implausibilities.
2) The X-Files - I'll probably catch some heat for this one, but I don't care. The first four or five seasons were pure gold.
3) The West Wing - I don't care what your politics are, this show was wonderfully written and acted. 
4) The Cleaner - Or, as I like to call it, "the show that died too soon." It made it through two seasons before being canceled. Based on the life of an actual person who helped addicts get clean by any means necessary, Benjamin Bratt did a terrific job on this show.
5) Firefly - I'm not a die-hard Joss Whedon fan - I never watched Buffy or Angel - but Firefly was awesome. Part sci-fi, part western, all awesome, it's another one with a great plot that blended humor and drama seamlessly.

9. Word association: When I say "fortune cookie," what comes to mind?
Allison and her bad-ass blog. She takes no cookie inserts prisoner - all are subject to her critiques for not being fortune-y enough.

10. Cat or dog?
Cat. Specifically, Juliette, the fuzzy gray love of my life.

All right, here comes the pay-it-forward part. I get to select some blog winners of my own and pose my own hard-hitting questions to them. Prepare for the Barbara Walters treatment!

First up is Pretty Bird Press. I'm going to preface this by saying that this blog's author, Sarah, hasn't had the chance to write much lately and so she may not respond (although I hope she does). When she does find the time to put together a post, it often includes the most adorable craft projects, gorgeous photographs, and inspirational quotes. I love her, and you will too. 

Next we have The Bloggess. All I can say is that this lady is seriously funny. And she wears wigs and red dresses and writes a sex column and doles out some awesome advice. If you don't already read her blog, you should stop whatever you're doing - even if it's performing open heart surgery - and subscribe now. Seriously. Get to it.


If you enjoy craftiness, especially of the hand-sewn variety, then you simply must get to know Wendy over at I Love Baby Quilts! She sews, entirely by hand, the most gorgeous quilts, toys and even clothes for herself and others. Plus, she includes tons of pictures of her amazingly cute kids.

This last award goes to I Was Killed in Vietnam in 1962... Max doesn't post his writings often, but what he does post is engaging, surprising, and well written. Add it to your feed and you'll find that his sporadic posts brighten your days.


All right award winners, now you've got to pay it forward by posting your own awardees on your blog and your own ten questions for them, along with your own answers to the following questions:


1) Would you rather have a hook for a hand or a peg leg? Why? "Neither" is not an option. (Allison, that one was for you)

2) What song can you absolutely not resist dancing or singing along to when you hear it?

3) Goats or raccoons: which are more evil and why?

4) If you could travel to any place you wanted, in any time period you wanted, when and where would you go? 

5) If you could resurrect one canceled television show, which one would you choose and why?

6) What is your favorite curse or insult to hurl at someone?


7) What flavor ice cream would you be and why? Bonus: Would you be tempted to eat yourself?


8) What is the most valuable lesson you've learned so far in life?


9) Whom do you prefer, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.... in bed?


10) If you could change your first name to anything you wanted, what would you choose for yourself and why?


Okay bloggers, you have your awards and your questions, now get to work!

3 comments:

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Love the zombie shuffle.

And I'm allergic to ice creams so I'm not tempted to eat myself, thank God.

fortunecookiejunkie said...

I was not as specific as you may have liked because I wanted to allow for creativity. For example, my favorite walk is the one across the Brooklyn Bridge, whereas yours is a particular type of walk. So there.

fortunecookiejunkie said...

I think we both know I would resurrect FRIENDS.

My current favorite curse - in general - is "mother bitch!"

The most valuable lesson I've learned is that life is too short not to be happy.

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