Meme Rhymes with Cream

I was all flattered last weekend when I found out that Ashley Nixon had tagged me in her meme. I still am actually, especially because it meant finding out that she loves my Word for Wednesday posts. Those posts have pretty much been the staple of this blog of late, so knowing that my followers actually enjoy and get something useful out of my posts is a very nice feeling :) Anyway, the first part of this meme is to thank the person who tagged you. Thanks, Ashley! *waves* And I'm going to take this opportunity to gush about her for a few sentences. She's adorable. Really, she is. She's one of those people who make you smile by just existing. Her personality is as open and happy and contagious as her smile (and she has a great smile). She wrote a book about pirates, called Cutlass, which is pretty cool if you ask me. And her writing space is what I would like mine to eventually look like: bulletin boards full of all things inspiring, some related to my writing, some not. If you haven't browsed her blog, head on over there. I dare you not to like her ;)

Do you think you're hot?

No. I'm cold. I'm cold roughly 90% of the time. I keep fleece blankets on my bed, even in the middle of summer. I always wear pants to the theaters no matter how hot it is outside because if I wear shorts, I'll shiver the entire movie. I think woodstoves, blankets, and giant, comfy sweaters are some of the best consumer goods available. I know I'm avoiding the question. I'm doing it on purpose ;) I loathe loaded questions and this is probably one of the worst: If I think I'm hot, then I'm a conceited, arrogant pig. If I don't think I'm hot, then I have self-esteems problems. I'm none of the above, so lets just say that I'm happy with the way God made me, and leave it at that :)

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I miss the "Once upon a time..." stories, don't you? They were so relaxed and quiet and settle-down-by-the-fire or curl-up-in-a-blanket kind of stories. And, if it's an oral story, there's so much more atmosphere and anticipation if you start with "Once upon a time" than slamming the listener into the action right at the start.

When was the last time you ate chicken meat?

This has to be one of the most random questions, haha. But, to answer it, I ate chicken yesterday. My Dad made chicken cacciatore. It was amazing.

List the songs you listened to recently.

Ok...um. Let's see.

"Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," from the musical Oklahoma!
"Make 'Em Laugh," from Singin' in the Rain
"Wherever You Will Go," by The Calling
"Light up the Sky," by The Afters
"More Beautiful You," by Johnny Diaz
"Born Again," by The Newsboys
"Can't Go On," by Group1Crew

What were you thinking as you were doing this?
That's its gorgeous outside, that I need to do an Italian lesson today, that I have a lot of studying to do, that I can't wait for Jiu-Jitsu class tonight because Sensei just came back from a weekend of seminars with Professor Sauer, and that I'm really, really thirsty.

Do you have nicknames?

My grandmother calls me Sweetpea. My youngest siblings and the little girl I nanny call me CayCay. People closest to me sometimes call me Cay.

Tag 8 people.

1. Christine
2. Cherie
3. Tamara
4. Huntress
5. Jen
6. Krista
7. Lori
8. BluestockingMum

Who's listed at number 1?

Christine. I found her on one of the discussion forums during Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award contest. One of the most memorable comments I've received came from her. She wrote a rejection poem/lyric and it was fantastic. I've been following her every since. Oh, and she's Irish :)

Say something about number 5.

Jen is my Merlin and peanut-butter buddy. And she shares my love of musicals. She has excellent taste ;)

How did you get to know number 3?

You know how your friends link their friends who link their friends? Well, that's what happened. I honestly don't remember the link-path I followed to Tamara. But I started following her, she followed me and that's pretty much it. Her and her husband and ridiculously cute together, just so you know.

How about number 4?

She has an awesome screen name. I mean, how can you not follow the Huntress? Seriously, though, we found and mutually followed each other back when the blog awards were making the rounds. If I remember correctly, she actually started the Blog on Fire award...gave it to Cherie, Cherie gave it to me, and that's how I found out about Huntress.

Leave a message for number 6.

Krista, I remember how disappointed you were about the ABNA results and how I wished I could cheer you up and make sure you didn't give up hope. Now look at you! Your manuscript is with an agent who wants to represent you! Looks to me like you found the golden jellybean :)

Leave a lovey-dovey message for number 2.

Cherie, you are a gem. An utter gem. You've been the most encouraging and constant presence on my blog from Day One. I don't know how you manage to be a wife, mother to your little ones, keep your blog so full of all things informative, amusing, and inspiring, and leave so many wonderful comments all over the blogsphere. You're incredibly sweet and one of my favorite parts of awards and memes is the excuse to brag on you. My Dad said to me once, "I think Cherie really likes you." I said, "Well, I really like Cherie." And that pretty much sums it up :)

Do number 7 and number 8 have any similarities?

They're both writers, working and hoping toward publication. Other than that, they don't have any similarities that I know of. Lori is an amazing artist - her anime drawings are just fantastic. BluestockingMum has the most admirable spirit of fortitude and persistence.

OK. I think I got covered everything I was supposed to in this meme. Now I just have to go tell everyone I tagged that they're IT!


  1. You're learning Italian? I am jealous! It's a beautiful language.

    And how cool is it that your Dad knows my name? Wohoo! Hehe. And he's right, I really do like you. You are one of the sweetest souls I know. You're open and honest and smart. I just know you'll go places, Caitlin. To be so aware and mature at a young age, it speaks volumes of your character. :)

  2. These are so fun! You're sweet for including me! Thanks for sharing stuff about you!

  3. Thank you so much for tagging me and the kind words. I've answered this meme before, so I won't answer again. I'd love to learn a language, my French is getting rusty.

  4. Oh man, I could go for some Merlin and Peanut Butter right now :0)
    Thanks for tagging me! And I thought I would let you know that I'm a musical junkie as well (so go ahead and add that to your list.) Listening to Aida right now.

  5. Cherie - Yes, I've passed the "Complete Beginner" part of the course. My goal is to have some level of fluency by the end of the year so that I can actually speak the language when I go to Italy in 2012. And as for the rest of your comment...*blush* Thank you :)

    Tamara - They are fun! It was my pleasure both to include you and to share.

    Christine - I wouldn't answer again either, lol. I can speak about three words of French but that's it.

    Jen - That does sound pretty amazing, doesn't it? Especially if it was a Merlin marathon ;) I'd need a whole jar of PB for that. Yay for musicals! I'm so glad to find someone else who likes them so much. My family probably gets tired of me singing all the songs for three weeks after I watch one though, haha. I've never heard of Aida before. What's it about?

  6. Caitlin, you're so sweet! And I've been in Italian for 4 semesters, I hope you enjoy it more than I did!

  7. I am so bad, I just read your comment. I also go around singing to the point that even my toddler is asking me to stop :)

    Aida is about a guy who captures a black slave only to find out she is a (native) princess. And, you guessed it, he falls in love with her. It's a really heartbreaking story, but it also holds hope. You should listen to the music, so powerful!

  8. I just wrote myself a note to look some of the music up and see if my library has a copy of Aida :)


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