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Who Am I?

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Who Am I is a popular ice-breaker game for groups.  Each person goes about the room asking yes or no questions until they think they know whose name is pinned to their back.

This is a game we play all through life, testing different viewpoints and personalities, and continually asking the question, Who Am I?

Blogging is no different.  Writers publish posts and seek feedback through likes and comments.  We may start out thinking we are one type of blogger, but evolve to find out we are someone completely different.

I began blogging after writing an amusing story to a work friend.  With just a little encouragement, she convinced me I should start a blog.  The time was right for me to learn something new, try something gutsy.  I had become disenchanted with life.  Everything seemed rather pointless.  So I began putting my thoughts on the internet and asked the brazen question, Who Am I?

As it turns out, this writing thing is a great therapy.  Better than a journal, the public medium insists I keep my words in check with honesty, respect and kindness.  As the tagline reads, I write about life and all things peaceful, balanced, whole and precious.  For me, these are the segments of happiness which, when joined together, bring meaning and purpose.   If I can make you laugh while doing all the above, it is most certainly the buttercream on my cake!

While I write for the therapy, for posterity, for love of the words, it is my sincerest hope that I motivate you to turn inward asking the question, “Who Am I?”

Peace . . .


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Oh no, not a game!

A Game of Tag ~ I’ve Been Tagged, Now I’m Tagging You. (And No Touch Backs … HA!)

IrishKatie snagged me on the back of the neck with a tranquilizer dart before I got a chance to run.  I hate playing these games, but I like reading other people’s answers, so I guess it’s only fair I play along . . .

This is how it works – at least how its been passed down to me:

  1. Post the rules.  (Yes, there’s rules.)
  2. Post a photo of yourself.  (If you’re comfortable.)
  3. Post eleven random facts about you. (Why eleven? . . . hmmmm . . .)
  4. Questions were created for you by the person who tagged you.  Answer the questions.
  5. Tag several other people.
  6. Create eleven new questions for those that you have tagged.
  7. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

Item #2:  Here’s my picture.

String Bikini (Jassi) Rear

JUST KIDDING!  This is me . .


Item #3Eleven random facts about myself

  • 3.1      I have a strange fascination with Sumac.

  • 3.2       I sometimes order from or just so I can get a package at my door.  I love having packages at my door!
  • 3.3       I change my own oil.
  • 3.4       I sometimes forget what the point of the conversation is . . . when I’m talking to myself.
  • 3.5      I almost never lose anything permanently.
  • 3.6       When I get angry, I like to go to the gym and work on the elliptical machine with head-banging metal music blaring in my ears and my eyes shut.
  • 3.7       I love gadgets, and I’m afraid if I won the lottery I would have all the newest.
  • 3.8       I’m a merciless flirt.
  • 3.9       I am often described as ‘entertaining.’  Never sure how to take that…
  • 3.10     I really hate playing most games.  Volleyball is ok.
  • 3.11     I have an egress window that opens onto my driveway.  So far 2 people have fallen in since I’ve lived here.  But I am told a pickup once had to be towed out after driving into it.

Item #4: Questions I am answering that were posed to me.

  • 4.1    How do you think you and I met?  We met in Blogsville over a steaming cup of coffee, while commenting on one of our mutual Blogfriends.
  • 4.2    How long do you think you will be blogging here?  I will be doing it as long as it continues to be a successful therapy — so hopefully until I die, because it’s hard work finding a new therapy that works.
  • 4.3    Whether you like math or not, what do you think is one cool thing about math?  Formulas.  A + B = C.  I wish that were always true in real life.
  • 4.4    Whether you believe we are alone in the universe or not, does believing what you do comfort you?  To answer that, one must first decide what one believes before one can decide if that is a comfort or not.  I am really undecided, but am comfortable in my indecision.
  • 4.5    What is an embarrassing thing that happened to you since the beginning of 2013?  I bought a fitbit last year (see 3.7).  I have to walk a long way to the bathroom at work, but found I could get in more steps and floors if I use the upstairs one.  I still wanted more steps so while I was unzipping, I was taking a step to the left, and a step to the right like a dance — step-step, step-step.  You guessed it.  I didn’t realize I wasn’t the only one in a stall.  I stayed in there until they left.
  • 4.6    What is something you have done since the beginning of 2013 that you are proud of?  I made an earring rack in my bedroom.
  • 4.7    What did you dream about last night?  I have some really cool dreams, so I wish I could tell you a colorful story, but I don’t remember any from last night.  All I remember is waking up with a stomach ache at one point.
  • 4.8    We’ve all seen the, ‘What 5 people would you want at a dinner party?’ question.  Say you got all 5 there, what would you serve for dinner?  I think it was Julia Childs that said you can’t go wrong with a roast chicken.  Or was that Ann Landers?  Anyway, I’ve always remembered that, so most likely I would roast a chicken or two.
  • 4.9    Can you give the next in the sequence? OTTFFS   No.  Please refer to 3.10 above.  And also please note that, as far as I’m concerned,  brainteasers are games.
  • 4.10    All of you that I have tagged loved to write.  What kind of writing do you like to do?  I like to explore the random thoughts that come to me during my day.  It quiets the voices.
  • 4.11    What makes you happy when you are feeling down?  Sitting in a coffee shop with a hot cup of something and my laptop.  It doesn’t matter if I’m shopping, paying bills, reading or writing . . . just that I am out in public but by myself.

Item #5:  Tag several others. 

Paraphrasing IrishKatie, who hemmed and hawed about who to tag, and in the end said, “Feck it,” like it or not, play along or not, I’m tagging these people.  If I’ve tagged you, it’s because I think you would be hilarious to play tag with.  No pressure.  Even though I hate games.

Item #6:  Create 11 new questions. 

To the people I am tagging, these are the questions you have to answer

  • 6.1    What do your favorite movies make you do — laugh? cry? think?
  • 6.2    What is the worst nickname anybody ever gave you?
  • 6.3    Would you rather build a snowman or a sandcastle?
  • 6.4    What is the best souvenir you ever picked up?
  • 6.5    What do you do with your loose change?
  • 6.6    Why doesn’t adult fiction have illustrations?
  • 6.7    Why do you talk to yourself?
  • 6.8    What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • 6.9    What is the strangest thing you ever ate?
  • 6.10    Pick up the closest book to you.  What is the name/author of the book and why do you have it?
  • 6.11    What are you putting off?

Item #7:  Let those I have tagged be made aware of it.

And so I shall.

PS:  I found it easiest just to copy and paste IrishKatie’s whole post into mind and then edit all the parts that are supposed to be in my own words.  Did I mention I hate these things? 

Cupid Arrested

Carvaggio, 1608 Sleeping Cupid
Carvaggio, 1608
Sleeping Cupid

Cupid, pictured here, was found passed out in an alley, Thursday, February 14, 2013.  Witnesses allude to the smell of alcohol lingering in the air, but authorities have not yet corroborated this.  Cupid has been charged with indecent exposure, public nuisance, and possession of an unregistered lethal weapon.  Reports as to whether he will be charged as an adult remain unsupported.  While Cupid’s lawyers advised him to remain silent, sources say the minor was overheard making statements indicating he had been fired from his position.

Our network of reporters have learned that a team of do-gooders, led by one blogger using the alias of WholeyJeans has severely diminished the demand for Cupid’s work.  The blogger posted a seemingly harmless game, aimed at making good in the world while raising Valentine’s Day spirits.  The team proposed to turn February 14th from a day of unrealistic expectations and relentless let-downs to a day of love and peace for unsuspecting citizens.  It seems these purported do-gooders overlooked the expectations of a mythical winged boy with a bow and a dream.

The suspects are listed in the order of the prizes they received at the culmination of this game.  Prizes are not subject to be collected as evidence for Cupid’s defense, as they are intangible.

Grand Prize Winner!BigPinkHeart
This lovely lady is awarding Lois at LivingSimplyFree a big pink heart.  There was supposed to be an authentic Cupid’s Arrow through it, but as his bow and arrow were confiscated at the time of arrest, none will be forthcoming.

Lois is said to have enlisted the aid of minors as carriers of valentines to unwitting elderly neighbors.  Other links to this ring include Lois’ middle name being that of “Jean.”  Coincidence?  This reporter thinks not.

Greeting_Card_Valentine_1887_WhitneyFirst Prize Winner!
Recognizing someone who serves coffee with a smile, Irish Katie turned the tables, serving a valentine to her favorite barista!  This gutsy lass warmed the heart of the gal who warms her espresso.  Approaching someone in public demonstrates the lengths this ring will take to circulate their movement.

As a first place winner, Katie will receive virtual hugs and kisses form this sweet little flaxen-haired angel.

puppy love
Puppy Love Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
In an unprecedented move, WholeyJeans, having not mentioned this honorable prize, is awarding InSearchOfItAll an honorable mention.  If this participant is any indication, this campaign may soon cross all demographic and geographic boundaries. The senior citizen sent flowers across 2,000 miles to an ex-sister-in-law.  It has not yet been confirmed if these miles are as the crow flies.  Correspondence was cryptically coded, as “feeling blue” and putting “the pink back in my cheeks.”  Anyone with more information should contact authorities immediately.

Other Instant Winners:

Despite having bad experiences with February 14th, this member of the coup bought little boxes of conversation hearts for the girls in the office and Snoopy valentines for the lab.  Spreading joy one conversation heart at a time.  Sneaky . . . very sneaky.

Paula is an active member of the ring, dispersing Valentine jubilation to three innocent acquaintances, not to mention the “surprises” she had already mailed of her own accord before being prompted by WholeyJeans.

Kristin is thought to possibly be the organizer behind this whole ring.  Claiming this is “her kind of game,” she has enlisted her in-laws as her recipients.  With her organizing talents, Kristen could easily escalate this assembly of do-gooders monumentally.


Please be on the lookout for this list of suspects and approach them carefully.  They are considered contagious by local administration.  You may recognize them by the sparkle in their eye, infallible evidence of having received an “instant win.”

Thanks for playing, everyone!  I hope your “instant win” was as great as mine.

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Valentine’s Day Game-ON!


I’m so tired of hearing about how everyone hates Valentine’s Day.  You might reply, “That’s easy for you to say, you have Bubba.”  Let me tell you a thing about Bubba and me.  We refuse to assimilate to the expectations of modern society.  In other words, we are disgusted by holidays that get all blown out of proportion because someone is trying to make a buck.

  • Are you dreading Valentine’s Day because you don’t have anyone to share it with?  Share it with a friend, an offspring, or go take your mom and/or dad out to dinner for crying out loud!  If you really don’t have ANYone who wants to be with you for a couple of hours, you have more problems than worrying about getting a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
  • Are you spending hours trying to come up with an original Valentine’s gift?  Let me clue you in.  If she/he is going to be disappointed because you didn’t come up with something that has never been thought of before, you should be spending those hours trying to find a way out.
  • Are you hoping for a proposal?  Isn’t that rather trite?  How about Friday, September 13th.  Now that’s a good day for a proposal!
  • Are you lamenting over how to propose?  Wowing someone with a ring is easy.  It’s the next 50 years that get tricky.  You’re setting the bar here.  Make sure you set it low enough that you have room to raise it every 5 years or so.  You’re going to need that wiggle room.  I’d also like to know why we don’t hear about women proposing?  Aren’t we supposed to be all equal and everything?


Before you go criticizing me for being a romantic party-pooper, let me tell you that I am very romantic.  I think that covering me with a blanket after I’ve fallen asleep on the couch is a sign of true love.  Talking to me about the philosophical significance of The Tree of Life is a turn on.  Bringing home Sezchuan on Friday night is the fastest way to my heart, and possibly heartburn, but I digress.  I love love.  This is all I require, but I require it constantly.  Not just every February 14th.  On February 14th Bubba and I like to gorge ourselves on some of those mini pink and red cupcakes and joke about how we didn’t need reservations.


Have I depressed you yet?  Good.  Let’s pick up our spirits with a little game.  Everyone gets a prize, so you can’t lose!

  1. How It Works:  This is an instant-win game beginning immediately and ending at 11:59:59 PM PT February 15th, 2013 (The day after Valentine’s Day).  One Grand Prize will also be available to be won during the promotion period.  In addition there will be a First Prize(s) available to be won during this promotion period.  The Grand Prize will be revealed online at by Sunday, February 17th, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM PT.  See Rule #5 for Prize details available to be won during promotion period.  No purchase is necessary, nor is it possible.
  2. Eligibility:  The Game is open to all married, single, divorced, partnered, widowed registrants ages 2 or older as of the date of participation.  Employees of WholeyJeans World Headquarters (Barney, Sabbath, and Bun), and promotion agencies (Bubba) are not eligible.  All federal, state, local, and especially household laws apply.
  3. How To Register:  Any time between now and the end of the promotion period (see Rule #1), submit your entry in the comment section of this post.  Entry must include 1) Participant’s intended recipient (by description only — no name required), and 2) Detail of how you played/will play the game (See Rule #4).  Then click “post comment” to successfully complete your registration.
  4. How to Play:  Participant must choose a non-romantic recipient to acknowledge for Valentine’s Day, such as a favorite cashier, co-worker, administrative assistant, receptionist, neighbor, server, or anyone Participant sees regularly, but has never acknowledged for Valentine’s Day.  Participant may acknowledge their recipient through email, verbally, anonymously, by card/gift/song, through postal delivery, or any other generosity.  Recipient must know this benevolence is in celebration of Valentine’s Day, and understand why they are appreciated by Participant.
  5. Available Game Prizes:  The Grand Prize and First Prize(s) will be revealed online at by the end of the day on Sunday, February 16, 2013.  The winners of the Grand Prize and First Prize(s) will be at the discretion of WholeyJeans.
    • Grand Prize:  An Official Cupid’s Arrow through the heart, and top mention on the Prize Reveal Post on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
    • First Prize(s):  Authenticated Valentine Hugs (kisses if appropriate) and mentions on the Prize Reveal Post on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
    • Honorable Mentions:  May be awarded as necessary.
    • Instant Prize Winners:  Every Participant is an Instant Prize Winner!  Instant Prize will be awarded upon completion of Game Rule #4 in the form of heartfelt joy, a smile to be worn across the face, and a positive attitude adjustment toward Valentine’s Day.
    • All winners will be linked to their related blogs, if applicable.  All winners will be notified by comment reply to their registration.
  6. Release of Liability:  By accepting any Prize, Winners (and parent/legal guardian if Winner is a minor in his/her state of residence) agree to hold Employees of WholeyJeans World Headquarters (Barney, Sabbath, and Bun), and promotion agencies (Bubba) harmless against any and all claims of giddiness, kindness, or softening of the heart arising out of acceptance, redemption, and/or use of any Prize.


Now go find your unsuspecting target.
Game on!