When I read about things other bloggers do I suspect am certain they're living in a world with a much higher hipster quotient than mine. They do social networking stuff like have meet-ups with their adoring public and participate in baking and cocktail making challenges and pass along memes, those text-based viral pyramid schemes. If learning to use basic blogging software and articulating some thoughts online is Blogging 101, then the social stuff is Blogging 102. Thanks to Christine for dragging me into the 21st century of bloggerdom, I'm dipping my toe into these more advanced techniques. I've gone to a blogger meet-up and now I'm trying out the meme thing. I can't quite figure out why this is a popular thing to do in blog-land, but maybe trying it will lead to enlightenment like that "I learn by going where I need to go" kind of thing.
The Meme Rules As They Have Been Passed Down To Me:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules. Check.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself. OK.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them). Yep.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs. Will do.
Link to your tagger:
My 5 Factoids:
1. I love Michigan and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Even in March. I've been to a lot of beautiful places and great college towns, but the more I learn about Michigan's history, natural splendour, and the people growing food here, the more I adore my state. I wish it didn't have such a huge inferiority complex though - is there psychoanalysis at the state level?
2. I currently have 23 items checked out at the Library. That is not an unusual number for me. It may even increase as I have decided to begin reading all of Wendell Berry's non-fiction.
3. Embarrassing factoid: my most recent iTunes purchase is country music. Something even my husband doesn't know about, but it hearkens to my blue-collar roots. After hearing it on the radio, I went home and bought Craig Morgan's "International Harvester." My favorite line is "I'm a god-fearing, hard-working combine driver, hogging up the road with my p-p-p-plower, chug-a-lug-a-lugging 5 miles an hour ...." I'm not sure why but I really liked the song even though I have no desire to either be or be behind a combine driver. I may be a redneck.
4. My "Chicken Project" quest to find, roast and eat the best tasting chickens that came from around here (with entries so far from: Brad Judge, Ernst Farm, Earthshine Farm, John Harnois) continues as I have taken possession of 2 birds from Back Forty Acres. Other big news is that I've been invited to a chicken dinner featuring a bird from Polyface Farms of Omnivore's Dilemma Fame. I'm pretty excited about this. I will report my findings soon.
5. My favorite place to eat in Ann Arbor: Silvio's Organic Pizza on North University. I'm crazy about Silvio's pizza. I tried the saffron flavored alfredo/broccoli/mushroom yesterday and it was crisp, savory, and umami in the extreme. Everything on the menu (try the hand made ravioli!) is yummy and homemade and it's probably the least pretentious place in town. My personal all time favorite is the potato pizza. Mmmm, getting hungry just thinking about it.
Continuing the meme thing is what makes it a meme (even though I'm always the person who can't find a reason to continue chain letters). If I have to tag 5 other people who might post their 5 facts, these are some of the blogs I pay the most attention to and for whom I am constantly refreshing my news reader hoping for another installment.
Tag 5 People:
- Cathy at Frog Holler Organic's Frog Log - What heirlooms are you planting? Any chance that you might be growing Christmas Limas this year? I can't wait for your strawberries this summer! - Diana at Cancer Survivorship and Nutrition - What's going in your garden this year?
- Cathy at Frog Holler Organic's Frog Log - What heirlooms are you planting? Any chance that you might be growing Christmas Limas this year? I can't wait for your strawberries this summer!
- Diana at Cancer Survivorship and Nutrition - What's going in your garden this year?
- Shannon at Brines Farm - What's happening in the hoophouse?
- Vivienne at Vivienne Armentrout for City Council - How could city council make a positive impact on food security in our area?
- Patti at Teacher in the Hood - What do your kids know about food?