An Award and Other Stuff


The lovely and talented Veronica over at Another Suburban Mom gave me an award earlier this week. In accepting it, I accepted the responsibility to share 10 things about myself.

Since I have been doing this often lately, maybe I’ll take a slightly different tact. An author I recently saw speak described the process she used to get to know her characters in her book; she would decide what is in their purse, or on their nightstand, or in their medicine cabinet, or on their coffee table as those were great indicators of how they are as a person.  So, I will share with you the 10 items on the bookshelf next to my side of the bed. (I have a bookshelf, not a nightstand)

1. Lube – a huge bottle of it too. You never know when you will need it. And it is always good to have it handy.

2. Books and my Kindle – I am a huge reader. Books include everything from non-fiction about running or history to romance novels (TV in a book as I call them) to erotica. There are huge stacks to be read. I often buy books, start to read them, find them uninteresting at the time, then pick them up a year later just to find they are the most interesting thing ever. I guess the first time I was simply not ready to read them.

3. Two Brushes and numerous ponytail holders – I definitely need to get my hair out of my face at times, thus the stack on the shelves. Plus, I have to hide brushes from my daughters. If I leave them where they can find them, they disappear.  Same goes with the ponytail holders sadly. I just had to buy 60 more because I was down to one – and it was starting to break. I know, this is only going to get worse as they get older.

4. An alarm clock that is 15 minutes fast and rarely gets used. I learned a long time ago to set my clock fast so I would not talk myself out of getting up when it went off and being late. These days since Garbanzo gets up earlier than I do to run, bike or swim, we usually set the alarms on our phone so I don’t have to get up at the insane hours he gets up (since the alarm is on my side of the bed).

5. A robot bug.

Doesn’t everyone have a robot bug? I like neat little toys. Usually they end up at work. This one is on my shelf next to my bed. Mine is blue.  They respond to sound and keep from bumping into things. How cool is that?! I’m a geek. A geek willing to spend $10 on a robotic bug.  I claimed it was science – which it is…..but the excuse would have worked best if I had bought it for my kids and not myself. I really can’t help it.

6. Camera equipment – lenses and my camera bag are on the shelf. Plus, you never know when you might be inspired to take a picture while in bed.

7. Socks – The dog (yellow lab) has this sixth sense when choosing which socks to steal out of the laundry. He seems to know my socks are the more expensive in the house. (Good running socks are essential with long miles.) So, when I take them off, I usually put them on a shelf (they don’t smell), so I don’t lose them to the dog. I made the mistake of tossing them in the laundry once right after I bought a pair of nice $15 smart wool running socks. I finally found where he hid the second one four months later half buried in the backyard. In January.

8. A stack of race numbers – Garbanzo and I are keeping them as a reminder of how many runs we’ve both trained for and done. I have the stack on the shelf. It’s getting quite impressive.

9. My laptop – it usually sits next to the bed where I charge it. Since my laptop has questionable content on it, I keep it out of sight so it is out of mind. My family when they visit will ask to use it if they see it. It is password protected, but still freaks me out a bit to loan it. Plus, then I can browse in bed whenever I feel like it – or watch Netflix on it from bed.

10. A container of pens. I have a pen fetish. I have eight million different sharpies. And I hide the ones I love – pens that is – because my kids steal them and I lose them forever. I am very particular about the kind of pens I use. 

I am going to tag a few of my readers which is something I don’t normally do, but what the hell – it’s Friday, I haven’t really written in a while, so I’ll play by some of the rules at least.  I’m going to tag:

  • Beryl who has been a great person to chat with recently. We’ve decided we are way too alike in certain respects. I have appreciated her kind words. And one day, she got me to tap into my snark when I needed to. Thank for you for that, by the way.
  • Minority Report who has a yellow lab who is way too similar to mine – including skin allergies. 
  • Maggie who I would love to hang out with sometime. 
  • Ms Scarlett who I would also love to hang out with – and who ran her first half marathon a month or so ago. Oh, and she posts some pretty sexy stuff too.

Lastly, I leave you with some awesomeness. I hate Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church who has decided to protest gays by protesting funerals of fallen soldiers and schools and pretty much anywhere.  He decided this week to protest the San Diego Comic-Con – a huge comic book convention.  (Wait, I was corrected – the LARGEST COMIC BOOK CONVENTION IN THE WORLD – per Garbanzo who read this over my shoulder and was outraged that I did not give it the grandeur it deserved.) I doubt he expected the response he got. You gotta love comic geeks…..or at least I do. Not only am I married to one but have at least one good friend who has a thing for Wonder Woman and She-hulk, I believe.

Anyway, check out the article – and watch the video. And fall in love with how the geeks handled it.  I personally love Bender from Futurama holding a sign saying “Kill The Humans”.  SO I leave you with this:

Flight Of The Conchords – The Humans Are Dead
Happy Friday!

11 Comments Add yours

  1. I am glad you did the award. The bookshelf is very clever.

    And how could you not give Comic Con its due? Good thing you fixed it or you might be sleeping on the couch.

  2. I’ve never heard of a robot bug, but I know a few people who would love one. I’ll have to remember it in Nobemver when I’m Christmas shopping. 🙂

    The part about the socks and your dog had me laughing. Mine eats them and then we um…find them in the yard later. But he’ll only eat mine. Go figure. He’s an odd one.

    Thanks for the tag. 🙂

  3. Don’ forget about She-ra!

  4. This is such a cool idea, I’m going to shamelessly steal it! It is very revealing to see what people keep in their bedside table!


  5. Maggie says:

    Oh yay, thank you! I’ll do this soon. 🙂

    <3 geeks

    Also, if you are on Twitter, do you follow feministhulk? Geekery and feminism FTW!

  6. Vixen says:

    This was truly *fascinating*. I loved the spin you put on it! 🙂

  7. A says:

    Ha! I do the same with my books. And love the robot bug btw! :p

  8. I just came from Maggie’s blog. 🙂 I totally didn’t catch that the tag was the pass along the award.

    Thank you!!
    I’ll get the post up for Sunday. 🙂

  9. Beryl says:


    I have had a very challenging week and not been around to read, but I just saw this and it freaking made my day!

    Thanks mama!

    huge hugs…
    make sure you get your licks in with Mr. Cleaver over there and no not the fun ones…give him the Emmy eye and all that!

  10. Babe Lincoln says:

    I love the idea of having your race bibs somewhere visible. I have mine stacked in a drawer, but may have to display them somewhere so they serve as a reminder to keep my butt in gear! Loved reading your list!


  11. Ms Scarlett says:

    See how behind I am?? I’m just seeing this!!

    Thanks for the award.. I’ll post it soon!!

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