Seven Semi-Interesting Things About Me

I was recently nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, not once but twice. Does that mean I have to list fourteen things? Hum, I think not, you’ll just have to read my list twice.

Both nominators are relatively new blogs for me, though I’ve known about them much longer. (I’m slow, okay?) They are:

It seems like it should be easy to cough up seven semi-interesting tidbits about myself, but as I write this I keep throwing out ideas ’cause they’re rather boring. As a matter of fact, I’ve rewritten this post a few times. So now, you’re stuck with the last incarnation, ’cause I’m just going to post it and not look back (so to speak).

1. I’ve camped in every state in the US (edit: except Hawaii) as well as many parts of Canada and Mexico.

2. I’ve been in two major earthquakes and a plethora of little ones.

—-2a. I love the word plethora.

3. I started dance lessons when I was a tot and continued well into college. I learned and performed all sorts of styles including tap, jazz, ballet (on pointe), modern, flamenco, Polynesian, and belly dancing (I even balanced a scimitar on my head). I occasionally tap my way across the kitchen. (I’ve been told it’s more like frequently.)

4. My “A Day at the Park” flash fiction piece is loosely based on a true story. A friend and I were eating sandwiches in a garden. Within minutes, squirrels surrounded us. They advanced towards us, hunger and determination in their eyes. We ran. They chased us. We barely made it out, having to surrender our sandwiches to skirt by the sentries. –No blood or dead bodies (by sheer luck).

5. I don’t consider myself an author. Yes, I have published cookbooks, but I still see myself as a researcher-tester-editor-compiler-even-creator but not author when it comes to cooking and cookbooks.

versatile-blogger6. My favorite late night snack is scrambled eggs on jellied toast.

7. I’m a rule breaker and I’m not going to nominate 15 bloggers. Instead, if you like this meme, go ahead and grab the graphic and let me know when you post! (Essentially by reading this you are nominated.)

What is your favorite late night snack?

The gorgeous photo of a flamenco dancer is by Mstyslav Chernov,

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Updated: June 30, 2014 — 9:56 am


  1. I laughed at 2a. That was pretty darn good.

  2. Attack of the killer squirrels.
    I like the word plethora as well.
    Congratulations on the award!

  3. I’ve been through an earthquake but missed it. How does one miss an earthquake? I don’t know, but I did.

    1. I don’t know, but I know it’s more common than ya’d think. I think it’s all about location and the type of earthquake:rolling plates or slamming plates.

      I didn’t mention that both the major earthquakes involved building collapse, fires, and explosions – near by, not me in them.

  4. It was fun learning these new things about you. I’m another one that likes the word plethora. I also like your late night snack of scrambled eggs on jelled toast and to me, you are an author.

    1. Thanks. That is a great snack – protein, but not a heavy protein, a little sweetness…

  5. I was nominated for this, too, and couldn’t think up anything to say about myself. I think you did quite well. And, really, you’ve been to all fifty states? That’s awesome. I’d love to be able to say that. Truth is, other than Florida and a quick trip to Newark, NJ, I’ve not seen any of the eastern US.

    1. It’s so hard so come up with stuff! I can’t wait to read your post.

      My parents were big campers, so that was our vacation every year. We slept outside under the stars, except when there was snow on the ground. It was wonderful.

      You comment started me thinking…I exaggerated! I haven’t camped in Hawaii. Egg on my face here.

  6. Hey, Holly,
    You’ve done some very interesting things. Camping in every state? Impressive.
    I can picture the squirrel food hunt in my mind. Frying eggs late in the night? 🙂

    1. Sometimes, but not as often. It’s like they are denser somehow when fried, so they feel heavier.

  7. I don’t have a clue what jellied toast is. But I love the fact that you’ve camped in every contiguous state we have in the U.S. That’s impressive.

    1. It’s just a fancy way of saying jelly on toast. It seemed less cumbersome to say jellied toast. (Cumbersome another great word).

      1. Of course. Now it’s clear what you meant. I had this very odd vision of toast jiggling and I wanted some. 🙂

        1. Ooo, like toast in aspic? That would be freaky, but fun to play with.

  8. A gang of squirrels, huh? I’d be scared they all had rabies, acting like that!!!

    Favorite late night snack? Argh. The problem with late night snacks is that I will eat almost anything I can find. And regret it later.

    1. I thought I was in a sci-fi flick.

  9. Scrambled eggs and jelly….. ah, only you Americans…….

    We do positively adore belly dancing 🙂 I dance with my belly too, as strange as it may sound LOL that part of my body has the most moves…..
    Here’s my fave bellydancing song:

    1. Everything better with jelly!

      That’s a good song.

  10. I particularly liked the dance lesson tidbit, though all the fact were fun. Plethora rolls off the tongue so nicely, I can see why you like it. 🙂

    And for not being an “author”, you have a lot of helpful information. I just shared your Urban Fantasy article with my critique group this last Wednesday, and they all said it was super helpful. So, thank you again!

    Be careful of those squirrels. 😉

    1. It tickles me pink that you were able to use my post!

  11. Pizza is my favorite late-night snack.

    I’ve never gone camping, but have thought about it.

    1. Pizza is a great anytime snack!

  12. You’re a fellow dancer!!! Yaaay… I knew we were bonded forever!!!

    And holy… the earthquake thing freaks me out… I live on a big fault line here in Utah, so I’m terrified if we ever have a big one! :/

    This was really fun. 🙂

    1. …you mean whenever… Oh, that was so mean of me! but I couldn’t help it.

      As a dancer as you clumsy too, like moi?

  13. I try not to eat anything in the evening, but could be cookies and milk if I did feel hungry. Nice getting to know about you.


    1. I like a glass of milk at night too.

  14. Cool learning more about you. I was a dance baby, too. I stopped before I got to flamenco and belly 🙂

  15. Aw. Such kind words. You rock! And dude, “Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?” That’s been a favorite word of mine too since The Three Amigos. *sigh* Now I’ve got My little Buttercup running through my head.

    1. I love alliteration too! Yes, you have a plethora of pinatas on the patio.

  16. Congratulation on your nominations. Thanks for sharing a little something about yourself.

  17. Late night snack? I love snacking on pop corn… anytime of the day/night.
    I also have a thing for cashew nuts!

    Two earthquakes? Sounds scary… we’ve never had a major quake this side of the globe… well, not that I know of… not even a tremor…

    1. I always forget about popcorn.

  18. Congrats on the double recognition! Lots of fun facts, although the scrambled eggs on jellied toast made me cringe a bit, being neither an egg or jelly fan. I’m a pretzel girl. I am however a native Californian, so I’m no stranger to earthquakes.

    1. I know the egg-jelly thing is weird. I started eating them when I was a kid. I put together a lot of strange things. This one just stuck with me. 🙂

  19. plethora is a good word.
    I had a similar experience as your squirrel story, except it was with seagulls 😉

    1. Oh and those seagulls are really sneaky too. They’ll swoop down from behind you and steal food right out of your hand.

  20. Plethora! We just watched The Three Amigos last week — good stuff. Late night snack? I’m usually sound asleep, I’m afraid. More of an early riser. Eggs on toast sounds good right about now…

  21. Congrats on the award. That is a lot of camping…I can’t compete with that. I too have been in a plethora of little earthquakes, but no major ones.

  22. just wanted to report that I’ve left a few comments at your most current post in recent days, but your site keeps eating them 🙂

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