Friday, June 11, 2010


I received this award from Joemmama at Life Happens While Books Are Waiting, but I'm not sure I deserve it. Versitility is not my strong suit. If it were, wouldn't my blog entries be not only about books and reading, but also tips on how to juggle, whipping up the perfect summer salad, how to run 10K and apply flawless makeup simultaneously as well as breathless accounts of my travels around Asia? But still...awards don't get hurled in my direction every day, so I'm grateful.

One of the conditions of the award is that I must list 7 things about myself, so I'll just put down the things that have been rattling around in my head like the last few Nilla Wafers in the box.

1. My Facebook page is in Pirate English, and I'll not change the scurvy thing back to US English!


2. Twenty-six years ago, when I was pregnant with my son, I developed a profound revulsion to the smell of peppermint oil. To this day, this scent still makes me slightly queasy, so it's difficult for me to visit the restroom after lunch when so many students are in there, brushing their teeth. One of the few times I've gotten a massage, the masseuse used peppermint oil (meant to invigorate my senses, I think) and I stared wretchedly at the floor through that hole in the table where your face goes, trying not to be sick.

3. I didn't know until just the other day that the shells on cooked shrimp are digestible. I still prefer them without, but it's good to know.

4. If I had to choose between having an excellent long-term memory and an excellent short-term memory, I'd choose the short-term.


5. I regret getting my tattoo in a place where I really can't enjoy it, but on the other hand, I guess I can't get tired of it, either.

6. I've never worked in a writing lab at a university and I've always wanted to. I'm hoping that my current university will decide to start one.

7. I really don't care for smoking, but I hate how Korean women are supposed to hide it, so when I see a female student walking on campus with a cigarette, I can't help feeling proud of her and wishing every girl on campus would light up.

I'm also supposed to pass this on to other bloggers, but instead, I'll just invite anyone that's interested to jump up and grab it.


Brenna said...

Congrats on the award! These 7 things are pretty versatile you know ;)

Let me just say that I love pirate English on Facebook. How great. Also, I didn't know Korean women were expected to hide their smoking. Why is this? Is it not socially acceptable?

Bybee said...

It's culturally frowned upon, so there's lots of smoking in women's public restrooms.

Brenna said...

Wow I never knew.

Jeane said...

But it's okay for the men to smoke in public?

Eva said...

Sooo...what is this tattoo of? That reminds me of when all the early women's rights fighters in the States had a smoking-in-public parade, lol.

Bybee said...

Oh yeah, the men smoke openly and heavily and from a young age.

It's a tattoo of a blue heart.

Susan said...

Pirate English! Have to go check it out.....and we have one difference: I don't have a tattoo. Your Tuff and Cool Inner Chick is far cooler than mine, here! I don't like pain or drawing on my body. Does that sound like Tough and Cool Inner Literary Chick has the upper hand on me? I think so......congrats on the award, you are a versatile reader, dear book-twin!!!