Super Sized Award Combo, a Bookworm Meme, and My Daughter Is 29!

First of all, can anyone explain what “Meme” stands for?  Is it short for a word that starts with Meme? Is there any word that starts with Meme? Or does it simply mean Me! Me!?  Please don’t explain it to me–these are just rhetorical questions.  Why? Because sometimes knowing less about something makes it all that more fun as you learn about it.
But before we get into the meme that was thrust upon generously shared with me by Dad To Two, I want to thank Kim, the Progressive Girl over at A World of Progress for sending some blog lovin’ my way in the form of a super sized multi-award blog award.  Wow. That was a mouthful!  Anyway, she received 4 blog awards at once and grouped them into one super duper award and she has included me as a recipient!  Go check out her blog. Read it. Follow it. You’ll be glad you did.
I am supposed to pass on these awards to my fellow bloggers but I’ve got my own little system in place for that, my semi-regular “You’re Appreciated” post.  Don’t think I’m ungreatful or unsharing (is that a word?) because I haven’t named anyone else for these awards. I plan to do a “You’re Appreciated” post soon so I’ll be serving up some extra blog lovin’ real soon.
My buddy over at Dad To Two has kindly hit me with a Bookworm Meme.  Fortunately, I have tons of books right near my computer.  I picked the bookcase that was a little bit further away, closed my eyes, (knocked over a nick-nack and a photo of my close friend’s son) and I grabbed the first book I felt.  Here’s how it is supposed to work:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next two to five sentences.

5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one. Pick the Closest.

6. Tag five people to do the same.

Ok so here is page 56 starting with the fifth sentence:

“He flocked back to a page headed NATURAL RESOURCES, and under SILVER read: ‘No silver had been mined in Uberwald since the Diet of Bugs in AM1880, and the possession of the metal is technically illegal.’  There was no explanation.  He made a note to ask Inigo.  After all, where you got werewolves, didn’t you need silver?  And things must have been pretty bad if everyone had to eat insects.”

I’d be really interested if anyone out there can figure out what book this is from.  Anyway, if you think you know or even if you don’t, post a comment. And now to torture forward this to 5 fellow bloggers:

1.  Mongolian Girl over at The Cusp – Anyone who plays with chainsaws AND wants to have dinner with Linda and me is OK in my book.  And I loved Angie Dickenson…
2.  Angie over at My Pretty Purse – Angie has the girliest girl blog I’ve seen in a while.  It’s cute and adorable and oh so girly.  Plus she asked me for Martini advice! I love people who love martinis!
3.  The Verbal Warrior over at Read Between My Lines – This chickie-poo ( I can use sexist names like that cause I’m gay. It’s one of the perks.) actually reads.  Plus anyone who drinks 3 cups of coffee and posts hot pictures of a guy named Dean on her blog is my kinda gal. And she likes my blog. She really likes it. (Ok, so Sally Fields I’m not!)

4.  The Dude from People In the Sun – This guy actually worked in a bookstore when he lived in England and he blogs about his mother.  Well, he finally blogged about his mother after she discovered his blog and her absence from it. Bet he did her proud and even posted a pic of them together.

5.  The Country Wife over at Country Life with Country Wife – She thinks I’m hot! Let me say that again, “She thinks I’m hot!’  What ever you do, Country Wife, don’t look at that recent picture of me at Cork Restaurant. You’ll see I’ve gained a little weight. And even better than thinking I’m hot, she has a widget on her blog that says, I Love My Lesbian Daughter.  Actually, the word “love” is represented by a rainbow heart.  Country Wife, you rock!

Lastly, it’s 10:10 pm on 11/23/08 and my daughter is turning 29 tomorrow.  I cannot believe it. I still feel like I’m 16 so how can I have a daughter who is going to be 29?  I put some of her gifts in a gift bag that had “THIRTY” written across both sides in big letters.  I then wrote across the “thirty” in black marker, “NOT YET.”  I hope she sees the humor in that.


21 thoughts on “Super Sized Award Combo, a Bookworm Meme, and My Daughter Is 29!

  1. Dad to Two says:

    See, it wasn’t like pulling teeth or anything. Plus we get to see some more of the great sites you follow.
    Secondly, I’ll go with “What it Discworld” for 500, Alex.
    Thirdly, Happy birthday to your daughter.
    Fourthly?, Now I have a taste for seafood.

  2. People in the Sun says:

    Hey, thanks! And look at my mom, becoming an internet superstar.

    I post about once a week but I will do it, I promise. I have to post about my friend Andy who dared to make fun of me earlier tonight, not realizing the power of blogging. I will destroy him.

    And my baby is turning 1 in a couple of weeks, and there’s the Christmas Parade, which is always a source of great Baltimore pictures.

    But I will do it eventually. Soon.

  3. angie says:

    I’m going to guess Stephen King’s Silver Bullet.

    I love doing memes in place of my weekend recaps, because, seriously, who wants to hear about me eating donuts and watching tv all day?!

    Happy birthday to your daughter!

  4. Miragi says:

    My guess is The Princess Bride. 😀

    I’m gonna have to say I’m confused and don’t know what I’m supposed to do but drool some more over Dean 😀 Do I post my answer here on your blog or on mine? I’m so not a MEME kind of ‘chickiepoo’ 😀

    I’ll have to do this later today, but I know what book I’m picking up because it’s right over there on my dresser, in the dark….and I need daylight to do this kind of thing 😀

    You rock, Preston! Seriously! 😀 Thank you for your kind words!!

  5. Preston says:

    Dad to Two – Hey it’s all cool in blog world. But, Discworld? Seriously now. Thanks for the birthday wishes for my daughter.

    People In The Sun – Do it when you can because I think making fun of your friend totally trupms a tagging meme! Congrats on your baby turning one, who is such a cutie by the way. Enjoy Christmas because they grow up so very fast.

    Angie – Good guess but it’s not Stephen King. And you’re right, memes are great for weekend posts. Thanks for the birthday wishes to my daughter.

    Verbal Warrior – Another good guess (and a great movie) but no, that was not it. As far as tagging memes go, you post your answers on your blog and link back to mine and also link to the blogs you choose to tag. I hope that helps. You rock too, GF.

  6. Honey Mommy says:

    Happy birthday to your daughter! She’s the same age as my hubby… hope that doesn’t make you feel any older either. :o)

  7. TattooedMinivanMom says:

    The only Inigo I know is from Princess Bride.

    So… do you sound like a little Bitch when you scream?

    and yes, I’m painfully shy at first. Til I know you. Then, you’re in for it.

  8. Preston says:

    Honey Mommy – Thanks for the happy birthday but did you have to add in that it was your hubby’s age too? He may be 29 but I don’t go around wearing buildings on my head–with matching sweater none-the-less! 🙂

  9. Preston says:

    Tattooed Minivan Mom – Nope, it’s not Princess Bride. And do I sound like a little bitch when I scream? You’ll have to ask one of my exes or neighbors or that damn spider that had me trapped in the bathroom for three days!

  10. Mike Foster says:

    Hey, I am still recovering from my shoulder surgery, but wanted to drop by and comment on your latest post. I still read lots of posts but cannot type for extended periods of time, so my commenting is limited. I enjoyed this post and I am glad I dropped by.


  11. Preston says:

    Mike – Thanks for stopping blog. I wish you a speedy but complete recovery. I love your blog and I can’t wait till you get back to regular posting. Have a wonderful holiday!

  12. Country Wife says:

    My meme is up. Thanks for the sweet comments. Oh, and you don’t look like you’ve gained weight, but reading your blog added a few pounds for me. Ok, so it wasn’t really your blog, it was all those trips to the fridge, but still…lol.

    And a Happy Birthday to your little girl! I can’t believe you are old enough to have a child that age! You sure are aging well! What’s your secret? (It’s wine, isn’t it? Please tell me it’s wine so I can go buy more!)
    –Country Wife, who is not really a lush..yet

  13. Preston says:

    Country Wife – I checked out your meme. Good book choice. The reason I don’t look as fat is because I was stretching my neck. (Can’t you see me straining? LOL) And thanks for the Happy Birthday to my daughter. I was barely 19 when she was born so part of the secret is have them young. Also genes as everyone in my family looks younger than their age. Plus lots of wine. Yup, lots and lots of wine or martinis. Yup, martinis, too. Can’t leave out the martinis.

  14. Preston says:

    Mystery Man – I finally did what I should have done before and consulted THE source of sources, Wikipedia. Here’s the info: “A meme (pronounced /miːm/)[1] is any idea or behavior that can pass from one person to another by learning or imitation.” Kind of a letdown, eh?

  15. People in the Sun says:

    Ha! I finally did it!

    (although I had to change the rules a bit). (and I couldn’t tag anyone because people get a little mean when I tag them).

  16. Preston says:

    People in the Sun – I heard that some people get mean when they are tagged. Hmmm…I liked your post anyway, even if you do have an aversion to green and red…

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