Five Things You Always Wanted to Know…But Were Afraid to Ask

February 29, 2008 · 10 comments · Print This Post

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Donald tagged me for this “meme” at the beginning of the month and I politely declined, and then it went viral and the whole world started posting their five random facts. Since then, I’ve been tagged by Amy at Eggs on Sunday, The Frantic Home Cook, and Sarah from Sweets by Sarah. It’s very flattering actually, so thank you all! This is way better than being picked last in gym class.

So in no particular order:

I was a “band geek.” I played the flute for 9 years, and haven’t touched it since I graduated from High School. My favorite song to play was Ashokan Farewell, the theme song from Ken Burns’s documentary on The Civil War. I absolutely hated this song called Malagueña. The other day someone was playing it on a guitar in the subway and I wanted to run away screaming.

When I was a kid I would literally watch Annie or The Sound of Music every single day. In kindergarten I got in trouble for singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” when we were supposed to be walking quietly through the hallways to the library. Way to squelch my Musical Theater aspirations!

Take Me Home Erin!I really want a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy. You know, the cute one that doesn’t have a tail and is always seen frolicking merrily with the Queen of England. Chris and I are ridiculous and sometimes we’ll watch YouTube videos of playful Corgi’s and “ohh and ahh” while thinking up hypothetical names.  Elle, from Elle’s New England Kitchen has two Corgis that are absolutely gorgeous.   If Elle has two, I should be able to have one tiny little puppy, right?

My favorite book isn’t highbrow at all. It’s a novel called Cinnamon Wharf by Janice Young Brooks. The main character, Mary, is adopted as a child by the Beechams. The Beechams are Spice Merchants and the patriarch, George, regales Mary with stories of the spice trade. Of course romance and intrigue ensue. Highlights of the story include a steamy trip to Singapore, a sprawling manor house called “Castlemere,” and secrets galore. It’s mindless good fun and apparently out of print so you’ll have to pick up a used copy online.

One of my first kitchen disasters took place when I was 13. My HomeEc teacher (they called it something much more politically correct but the title escapes me) gave us a handout full of recipes to try at home on our own time. We’d been diligently baking orange muffins for the last few weeks so I felt confident that I was up to the challenge. The recipe I chose to prepare was for Bran Flake Pizza crust. It came out dense and rather disgusting, but I still ate it slathered with mozzarella and tomato sauce from a jar, probably while watching Teen Witch on HBO. No one else would touch it.

And now I tag:
Blake from Blake Makes
Madeline at Everything Rachael Ray
Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil
Hänni at Hannihaus
Dylan from a Brit Out of Water

“5 Thing” Meme Rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their Blogs.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hanni February 29, 2008 at 8:02 am

Sneaky. i guess i *have* to blog now 🙂

BTW I would never have pegged you as a bran flake pizza crusterella. thanks for confirming it’s as hideous as it sounds.


2 Elle February 29, 2008 at 9:51 am

Erin, I still watch The Sound of Music whenever it’s on. And then we sing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carrina” (our oldest, and we do it just to bug her. (secretly, I think she likes it.)
And I think as long as you can take your dog for walks, you should go ahead and get one! (that’s me being an enabler again…)

Thanks for the shout out!


3 Sarah February 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

I watched “The Sound of Music” with my sister every day for an entire summer one year while growing up. I never get sick of that movie!


4 Amy February 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Erin, thanks for playing! It’s great to know more about you. Actually, I too was a “band geek” and played the flute for about 10 years. Now it collects dust on my closet shelf. 🙂

I completely understand your yearning for a Corgi puppy. I just showed my husband this picture on the Daily Puppy the other day and we “oohed” and “ahhed” over Teddy’s *extreme* cuteness.


5 Donald March 1, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Thanks Erin. After you declined my meme, I had to go into “treatment”. My shrink, Paul (obscure reference), told me I was suffering from blog-meme rejection, some new kind of disorder spawned from the interweb. I am much better now though. 🙂

Nice learning more about you.

Hey, how come you only had to do five????


6 jeena March 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Hi there my name is Jeena and I have started a food recipe forum that I thought you would like to join here Click here for food recipe forum

I would love to see you on there to chat about food and cooking you can talk about anything you like and start your very own topics. 🙂
or see my main food recipe website Jeenas food recipe site

Hope to see you soon


Jeena x


7 michelle @ thursday night smackdown March 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm

i wanted to be annie when i was little! i had the dress and a red curly wig, and i knew all the words to all the songs. my parents took me to see it on broadway when i was five, and i pretty much died of joy right on the spot.


8 Rachel March 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

Erin – I got a corgi in 2006 (Mr. Tristen) and I love him to death. I signed up at the local Corgi Rescue about a year prior. I hadn’t heard anything for a while and then all of a sudden there was a dog to take home. I know that it would have been great if I could have gotten him as a puppy (how cute are corgi puppies?) but I got my guy when he was 2 or 2 1/2. He needed a home so I felt good about getting a pedigree. I think they only charged me $200 or $250 for the neutering and stuff like that. It’s much cheaper than getting one from a breeder.

Oh, and my guy still has his tail. Some are born without them but others get clipped when they are puppies. My guy was stuck living outside and flea infested so you can imagine they didn’t bother to groom his tail. And then they told me that it would be very traumatic to loose his tail at 2-years-old. But he’s so cute with it anyways it doesn’t matter.

Corgi’s are a handful! They will run your house and capture your heart. You should look into the local rescue just in case. Good luck!


9 NIKI March 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I never knew you wanted a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy! They are very cute! (Ally-Mae is waaaay cuter than those dogs though….)


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