Tuesday, February 03, 2009

What's on Your Mind '09? - To be or NOT to be...

Shane began the What's On Your Mind '09? blog carnival to challenge writers, and this week's topic - without question - challenges writers.
The assignment? Write an entire post without using any form of the verb "be." For those of you who wonder, that means no using: am, are, is, was, were, been, or be.
Shane said we could write about anything at all. Since I have received so many tags on Facebook to write "25 Random Facts" about myself, I decided to make those facts my "non-be-using" post.
Yes, I have chosen the wimpy way out. Composing 25 individual statements without that taboo word requires significantly less thought and effort than would an entire post of one flowing thought. (I just avoided writing, "Writing 25 things is easier than a continuous thought." See? Effort and thought cometh!) Nevertheless, I will write what I want to write!

So, here we go. Twenty-five random things you probably didn't know about me, and most likely will forget by tomorrow:
1. I favor hot pink over all other colors.
2. I started shaving my legs at age 11. Secretly. But the secret didn't last long.
3. I got my ears pierced at age 12.
4. At age 13, I double pierced my left ear secretly. That secret lasted about 6 weeks.
5. My mom allowed me to get the right ear doubled – even though she had initially threatened to kick me out of the house if I ever got double pierced ears.
6. I got the left one triple pierced at age 18.
7. My most embarrassing moment occurred when I fell down the steps in an auditorium filled with my peers.
8. I have had roughly 70 stitches in my head.
9. About half of those stitches came with brain surgery at age 31.
10. The rest came from various accidents between ages 4 and 10.
11. I believe some of my quirkiness may now make sense to you. *grin*
12. I used to have a dream of performing on Broadway.
13. I performed on the same stage as Barry Manilow. (OK, not at the same time, but still!)
14. I sang in Carnegie Hall during my senior year in high school.
15. During my freshman year of college I belonged to a vocal jazz ensemble.
16. Sometimes the dark still scares me.
17. I sing to calm my fears.
18. And to ease my temper.
19. I can tie a cherry stem in a knot using just my teeth and tongue.
20. I can move my eyes independently of one another.
21. With two of my fingers, I can bend my top knuckle, while keeping my bottom knuckle straight.
22. I love chili with cinnamon rolls.
23. I like dipping grilled cheese sandwiches in tomato soup.
24. And toasted peanut butter and jelly in chicken noodle soup. (Remember the head trauma! LOL)
25. I hope my "weirdness" will not prevent you from continuing to read my blog. *grin*

For more What's on Your Mind '09? fun, visit Shane.

Now, I dare you to leave a comment without using any form of the verb "be." Go ahead. I dare you! *grin*

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11 comments:

My ADHD Me said...

Not as easy as one would think!

1. You and Chatty Kelly!

2."All the other girls shaved THEIR legs! (insert whine)"

11.At least you have an excuse!

13. I secretly have a Barry Manilo CD--well, no secret anymore!

19. ahh, a career to fall back on!

23. Me Too! Especially On snowy days.

25. NEVER! We like you! We REALLY like you!!

Slowly Dying.. said...

Nice to get to know you a bit better...I think! :)

smooches,
Larie

heartreflections said...

chili with cinnamon rolls, really? everything else I can handle... but ooey, gooey cinnamon with frosting on top paired with chili? I'll have to reconsider our friendship! JK!

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved your list. Um, brain surgery requires a separate blog post, don't you think? Really???

Yup, I am a hot pink gal myself.

Jerralea said...

Well, I certainly learned more about you!

It's funny - I named my post the same thing you named yours! I didn't look at yours first - I promise!

You need to tell us more about your brain surgery!

luvmy4sons said...

Fun stuff! What a blessing you are!

Leah said...

Well, Karen, I feel better knowing all that about you!! I still think you are great!!

Leah

KelliGirl said...

Hi Karen,
I stopped by from Shane's blog. I tried this exercise as well. No easy task, indeed!!!

Loved reading about your 25 things. I always enjoy learning random, yet interesting facts about others.

Now try not "to be" for an entire paragraph-based post. :-)

Staceystace said...

Aww, If you tell me not to use "be" then guess what I want to do? :)

KarenW said...

I sang on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. An audience did not exist, only my cousin and our hubbys. I did the random tag on my blog too. I don't know if I used any being verbs. I'll have to go check now. Challenging idea!

Happyhome said...

#23 I get...love it too. #22, not so much...how do those two things even belong in the same sentence???