On Being an Embarrassing Relative

On Being an Embarrassing Relative

So, Laume (BeachTreasure) and Amy (Live, Learn, Knit) have nominated me for the Thinking Blogger thing that’s going around. And I am embarrassed. Because if any of their blog readers were to have followed their links over here, thinking, “Why, I must discover this person two such thoughtful people say is thoughtful,” well…they would have found me engaging in chocolate witch laughs and talking about Peeps. (Quentin Tarantino in Peeps, though, people–what was I supposed to do? Not let you know?)

You know how when you try to set a relative up with a friend for a blind date and the relative ends up embarrassing you to death? I’m probably that embarrassing relative for these thoughtful bloggers passing on the award. They try to be nice, hoping I’ll play along, and for once manage to comport myself well in public and…I go around giving wicked witch laughs instead.

And there’s no improvement to my thinkingness in sight, BECAUSE, in other news, I really, really think I should enter the Peeps contest next year. Would that doom me forever in all eyes? Because I have a vision! France in Peeps! I could do it, I could.

I have no idea who to pass the Thinking Blogger award on to, because I think every single person I know has already been nominated. I’m pretty sure nobody nominated me until they were scraping the bottom of the barrel. Amy even said: “Well, umm….she thinks about chocolate. That counts, doesn’t it?”

But, if you haven’t been nominated and I visit your blog and leave comments, then consider yourself nominated. Because, you know, I’m busy what with all this chocolate and writing books and dealing with publishing things and working full time and raising a baby and chocolate…so. If I visit your blog, it’s because I consider it a worthwhile moment of my day. Thank you. Thank you for sharing those thoughts and photos and art of yours and making this world a little richer or maybe just a little more aware of its richness.

To finish on a thought or at least on great art, I will, in honor of National Poetry Month and Amy’s poetry initiative, offer this line from E.E. Cummings’:

(these leaves are Thingish with moondrool

[Can anyone see in that line what I love about this poet?]

12 Comments
  • Ahem. My exact quote was, “Laura gets to straddle two worlds, and she brings us along. Plus we get to think about chocolate quite a bit over there; always a good thing.” I would not describe you as embarrassing. Self-deprecating, perhaps; but not embarrassing. And as I am of anyone who is raising small child(ren) and also writing and publishing, nevermind holding down a job on top of that, I am in awe of you. So there.

    April 22, 2007 at 8:24 am
  • Yeah, what Amy said. You make us think about chocolate. Can it be that you do not realize how valuable that is? Then trust us: it is very, very valuable.

    April 22, 2007 at 2:23 pm
  • Aww, thank you, Amy. Well, you know it yourself, it’s hard to juggle it all! You do it, too. 🙂

    But Alala, wouldn’t you still think about chocolate without me, though? I feel convinced you would.

    April 22, 2007 at 7:28 pm
  • Laura, congratulations on the award. Rather than the chocolate element, I think you deserved it because of the beautiful Cummins line. But then, I always appreciate a little literature with my chocolate!
    As for the pistachio macaroons, I think I made them before I started bloggingly religiously so they got overlooked. I used the recipe from Nigella Lawsons How to be a Domestic Goddess which I found to be successful tastewise, if not aesthetically. I have a hunch than maybe decent macaroons have to be made using an Italian style meringue but I could be wrong. Whatever. They are well worth trying, they have a wonderful colour and taste other wordly in that way only pistachios can evoke.

    April 23, 2007 at 9:15 am
  • See, *I* think you’re a “thinker”, but then again, I think that anyone that has such an incredibly vast knowledge of anything, and is willing to share it with less-informed, is a very thoughtful, thinking person.
    Sometimes, you visit my blog, but I don’t think i am ‘thinking’. Now that sounds silly, doesn’t it?

    April 23, 2007 at 10:06 am
  • I don’t juggle as much…I’m not publishing, and I don’t have another job beyond herding my boys. I also have a dismaying inability to keep all the balls in the air at the same time. But I figure, I’m keeping the kids alive and more or less happy, which is priority #1. And dee, I think you’re quite thinky. Thinks all around!!

    April 23, 2007 at 11:11 am
  • First of all, you were NOT the bottom of the barrel. You and two of my other nominees were actually in the “first came to mind” category and frankly, I was quite surprised to find you were still un-nominated! Honestly, I think that the meme overstepped – it should have suggested we nominate a smaller number of blogs – one, two, maybe even three. The way it worked it oversaturated the blogging community in a short amount of time.

    You do make me think, and that’s why I decided not to explain my choices. Because what I like to think about and what makes me ponder isn’t necessarily what will do it for the next blogger. I enjoy your humor, your family stories, food – food is always a good thing to think about to my mind, travel, writing, finding ones way in the world. And how often do you find another person who likes witches, huh! Aha! That must be it! I like you because you’re wierd like me!

    Oh, and thanks for visiting Lisa. She was tickled pink with the party comments.

    April 23, 2007 at 3:17 pm
  • Laura, you certainly are not at the bottom of the barrel.

    In fact, had I not nominated only food bloggers, you would have topped my list. Er, barrel.

    Anyone who has read your book AND you blog knows you think. And do it well.

    April 23, 2007 at 8:57 pm
  • Ok, and since we ALL complimented you so nicely, we all deserve something special. I’m thinking (haha, get it? I’m THINKING?!? lol) maybe you could post some super-secret recipe, or something like that, you know, since we’ve already seen a picture of your dishy man. 😉

    April 23, 2007 at 10:32 pm
  • Rats. Somebody noticed. Here I was thinking I’d so cleverly gotten people to pat my head and pay me compliments. I should have known there would be payback!

    Aren’t you tired of chocolate? It just so happens that, yes, I DO have to make a chocolate dessert this evening, for yet another baby shower. People are just going to babies around me. (And it’s so much fun!) So…MAYBE I will make Sébastien’s favorite, since it tends to be a popular one. And maybe I will share. (Note: Sébastien’s favorite to eat.)

    But FIRST I have an interview to post.

    April 24, 2007 at 8:07 am
  • Umm, yes, I would probably think about chocolate anyway. But I’d think about M&Ms. You make me think about chocolate covered candied orange peel and macarons and truffles. My quality of daydreaming has improved considerably.

    I also like the interviews and talk about books. Mmm, books…

    April 24, 2007 at 12:41 pm
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    December 11, 2010 at 8:04 am

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