Community Network Meme 2011

community network meme

I don’t usually do memes because I can’t even pronounce the word correctly. This leads to the fear that someone will ask me what I’m doing today. Rather than saying it correctly, I mumble “mrrmmsm” followed by panicked pointing while shouting “Hey there’s a cute puppy!” to distract them because that works every time.

I barely knew what it was when I participated in my first meme last year. It was like I said “Yea sure I’ll go deep sea diving. I know what I’m doing because I own a figurine of a dolphin.”

It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had as a blogger because I met some great writers, so I’m really looking forward to blog hopping today.

I present you with the 2nd installment of Tom Baker’s Community Network Meme 2011 where I have to answer twenty questions, most of which came from Cherlyn Cochrane of Over A Cup of Coffee who I just adore. Enjoy.

  1. As a blogger, what do you draw inspirations from for your posts?
    Everyday life. Stuff seems to just happen to me. I’m a Murphy’s Law test dummy.

    Turns out it also comes in handy for forcing good behavior. More than once I’ve avoided situations by shrieking, “Don’t make me blog about this!”

  2. If you could swap blogs with another blogger for a post, who would you switch with and why?
    Greg from Telling Dad. We both have 3 kids almost the same age and have similar experiences. I could practically plagiarize his whole blog and it would be relevant…except the muscles part…oh and the owning a fire truck…and the fact that he’s more glamorous. I think it’s the hat. It’s hard to compete with that professional-model-ish pout that oozes coolness.
  3. If your blog had a theme song, what would it be? Why?
    “Drop it Like It’s Hot” for many reasons.

    • Because I drop so many things including myself.
    • Because I like to torture my children dancing to that song.
    • Who doesn’t want Snoop Dogg doing their theme song?

    When I first looked at the above shot of Snoop Dog, I thought, “Wow! He has a huge tongue! And has been eating a purple popsicle!” A few minutes later I realized “Ohhhhh it’s his chin and beard.” Anyone else see it that way?

    This explains why I can’t see the image in those 3D eye puzzles that you have to stare at a dot in the middle.

  4. What is your writing process for a post?
    After realizing no one is going to invent a brain-to-wordpress plugin that you can export stories directly without the need of a USB connection (cough cough…Andy), I just sit and rattle off what’s on my mind. Then I let it sit for a few hours before rewriting most of it. The first pass just gets my mind working like the first pot of coffee.
  5. Your blog requires a cute, new, mascot – what would it be?
    Sock monkeyThat’s easy. A sock monkey.

    He already takes over a big portion of my life entertaining my six year old so he might as well have a job. Right?

    He accompanied my daughter and me to The Muppet movie last week.

  6. Do you feel you express your “true self” on your blog?
    Absolutely. It is 98% me with 10% embellishment on occasion to make me look cool. To distract you from the math…here is a cute puppy. ——————->
  7. What is your biggest online pet-peeve?
    Just filtering out spam.

    Apparently my post about botching the Thanksgiving turkey (“Why Cooking A Turkey is Like Being in a Horror Film…or at an OB-GYN office“) helped numerous people on their school research projects, which leaves me confused at what they could be writing about. I’m going to assume they are going to “school” in their pajamas.

  8. If you could live in a fictional universe, where would you live? Why?
    I would live where everyone played Call of Duty as their job under a palm tree at the beach, and robots did all the work. There would also be bottomless coffee pots and trees that drop dark chocolate bars (the good kind).

    Always in need of a few more hours in the day, I’m going to insist on 30hr days on my planet so I have time to dust. Oh I need more sleep too, so let’s make it 35hr days. Wait robots are doing all the work. Agh! This is too many decisions for me. I’m just going to move to Kelley’s Breakroom because she always has cool stuff there.

  9. You’re having a bad day, you’re upset, you’re angry, or you’re sad – what is your go-to comfort?
    My kids are my comfort. They have the ability to make worries melt away in laughter. Reading my favorite humor blogs for a chuckle or an hour of xbox will also cure anything.
  10. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

    “Have a sense of humor about life – you will need it. And be courteous.”
    – Peter Jennings

    I think that sums up everything you need to know about life. The world would be a better place if people followed this simple advice.

  11. If they were to make a movie based on your life, who would play you, your leading lady/man, your best friend, and your rival?
    I would want Jennifer Aniston to play me because she plays a good bumbling klutz and makes it look cute. If you read my blog then you know Brad Pitt would HAVE to be the leading man…but that could cause some problems with those two so I will leave out a leading man.

    My best friends would be played by Sandra Bullock, Kristen Wig and Taylor Lautner (Yes he’s eye candy! It’s my movie!).

    I would also like Kermit the Frog though I have no idea who he is suppose to be. Maybe my imaginary friend.

    Glen Close is so good at playing evil roles, she would have to be my rival.

    Don’t We Look Fabulous

    my movie

  12. Do you think the world is going to end in 2012?
    No, but I imagine a few political careers will. Oh yea that is every year. Wait a second! Why would it be ending in 2012? Is there something I don’t know about? I get all my news from Bikini Bottom and don’t recall there being a topic on this. Should I be hording essentials like coffee, Sun Chips, and Spanx?
  13. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
    I would want super charged energy to work out more. I now realize just owning a yoga DVD doesn’t do anything. I’m slowly getting there since my 6 year old and I are doing a daily fitness challenge together and walking to the mailbox doesn’t count.
  14. What is your favorite season and why?
    Summer because I’m a warm weather person that doesn’t like when the temperature drops below 70. Bundling up in layers of clothes makes me feel stiff, uncomfortable, and unproductive.

    Summer brings with it a kick-your-shoes-off, laid-back attitude. My solution for staying in a summer frame-of-mind all year round? Wearing flip flops.

  15. You’ve been bitten by a vampire. Would you fight it with all your undead being or would you embrace it for all it is worth?
    Embrace it! Then run out immediately to purchase a cape.

    (I’m team Jacob…so I would prefer to be a werewolf thank you.)

  16. Have you personally met any of your blogger friends?
    No. There are many I would love to hang out with. I would skip the mascara because I would be laughing too hard over lunch. Who am I kidding? I don’t even own mascara.

    There are so many similarities between a few of us that I swear we’re related.

  17. What does your favorite pair of underwear look like?
    lace free zoneHmm…favorite? It is just a necessity and I can’t confirm that I could ID it in a lineup. I didn’t know there was going to be a test like this or I would have purchased something exciting to write about.

    Itchy is not sexy. That’s my motto and all I can share about this subject. There’s nothing to see here…please move along.

  18. Have you ever drank something right from the container in the refrigerator knowing other people will have to drink out of the same container later?
    No. I’m a germaphobe that way.
  19. What is your favorite word and explain why?
    AWESOME. Who doesn’t love anything awesome? Everyone should try to put some awesome in their life on a daily basis.
  20. 2011 is soon coming to a close, is there anything you’d like to do different on your blog in the year 2012?
    Write more. I’ve been extremely overwhelmed with too much to do. I would like to learn to say “no” more often and focus on the things I truly love rather than spreading myself thin. I’m changing my phone number.

You are still here? Now go meet some new people:

2011 Community Network Meme Participation List

Betwixt And Between
Insignificant At Best
Kay At The Keyboard
Words Fall From My Eyes
Courage To Change
Jackie Paulson ~Writer
I Shall Be A Toad
Over A Cup Of Coffee
Morpho Designs
Broken Sparkles
Curiosity Killed The KAT
Life Of Carbon
Walking The Labyrinth
Conch Saladesque
Blue Jellybeans
Disjointed Rhymings
The Real Sharon’s Blog
How Can I Complain?
Morning Erection <-- Thanks so much Tom!!!!!!!!! 2tha9s


  1. Mitchell Allen

    Melinda, Yo!

    Was that a trick question about the tongue – or were you fantasizing? The thing is in black and white! I bet you loaded a different video. Ha-ha, you’re so bad.

    I can totally see you and Greg swapping out. No one would be the wiser, unless he suddenly bonked his head on a door jamb and yelled some un-Melinda-like epithets.

    See you on the other blogs!



    P.S. Your 20 answers are AWESOME!

    • I either need to wear my glasses that I don’t know where they are or I’m just the person that sees things strangely, or it is way too late at night because darn I still see him sticking out his tongue. You know those optical illusion pictures … it is like those. I can only see it one way 80% of the time.

      • Mitchell Allen

        Heh, it was the purple that threw me off. Isn’t that YOU dancing on Squidoo? I say she’s going counter-clockwise. But that doesn’t look like the original image – the original had some kind of mind-control pixels that switched on the dope-a-mean and made a person see BOTH directions…

        Where’s Waldo, anyway?



  2. Kat Antonio says:

    Hi Melinda,

    Your theme song is so perfect! Love it! And your sock monkey is sooooo CUTE, I want one! 🙂 We have same goals for 2012, goodluck to us! We can do this! Haha 😉


  3. “Turns out it also comes in handy for forcing good behavior. More than once I’ve avoided situations by shrieking, ‘Don’t make me blog about this!'” . . . . Oh! I am so going to have to use this with my daughter!

    Thank you for the laughs . . . I can definitely tell you have fun while you write, which is just, well, awesome 🙂

    P.S. Sock Monkey rocks!
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  4. So nice to meet you, back. Thanks for an early morning chuckle. I think Kermit would make a fine leading man. He’s so very gentle and he has a lovely singing voice. Looking forward to reading more of you.
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  5. Hiya – so this is your second? Well, it’s my first. It was a little adventurous hey. It was a lot of fun though – and to see other pages, what others are about.

    You have three children, I have one only. I liked your answer to Q 2 🙂



  6. No, I don’t see it Melinda. I don’t see a tongue but perhaps you do for a reason? I have learned from a recent guest blogger that flip flops are the worst thing a person could possibly wear. He’s a massage therapist.

    Great answers once again this year. I loved the underwear answer… “There’s nothing to see here…please move along.” I appreciated the nice words you expressed in your comments. I do try to be all of those things. People are important to me.

    Everyone and I mean everyone has such great inspirations quotes that they love. That is the thing I got from this year’s meme. On to next year… If you want to be a part of the two next year, I am accepting two questions from everyone! More info to follow. Thanks again Melinda my friend.
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    • Yes I, too, am loving everyone’s quotes. They are all great. As always this is so much fun and you know I’m in on the 2012 events. I will come up with some questions. Thanks for putting this together again!

  7. As always Melinda, your answers are hilarious. I wish I could bottle up your hilarity and drink it because if I try to be funny it comes off as awkward as my dad’s bad puns that only he laughs at.

    I love your cast list for your life – and I think Kermit the Frog should be in everyone’s movies. He’s just that awesome.

    Thank you for participating, and I loved reading your answers! 🙂
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  8. Hi,

    Great video you share I like the snoops dog and it make the great charm for reading the whole article.
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  9. I am extremely jealous that I didn’t think to have Kermit in my movie! I am very tempted to go back and add him in, but if I do everyone will know that it’s because I saw it here and not because I thought of it. Why must life be so hard?
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  10. Hi Melinda! I just loved loved loved your post. I can relate to almost everything you say, but I’m team Edward 😉 Well, we can sort that out later…
    It’s been really nice meeting you through this 20 Q&A. I’m subscribing right now!

  11. Awesome answers! 🙂 Nice to meet you …
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  12. Allan Douglas

    Great answers, Mel!

    I too would like to have a tree that drops dark chocolate bars. And I do not see an issue with this since my wife routinely buys chocolate bark – it MUST come from a tree, right?

    And I too would have a hard time picking a favorite pair of undies – that’s a utility item as far as I’m concerned, and I do my best not to get attached to them. 😉

    I hope you manage to find the time to write more, that would be awesome! 🙂

  13. “I’m team Jacob…so I would prefer to be a werewolf thank you.” Me too! 🙂

    I enjoyed reading your answers. You really had me laughing!

    I also loved this: “I’m a Murphy’s Law test dummy.” That is how I feel most days, but I didn’t know how to put it! lol
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  14. Funny! Favorite blog theme song – Drop it Like It’s Hot. Then amazed with how long his tongue is and it turns out to be his chin and beard. lol You also caught me in your 98% me and 10% embellishment. I was able to noticed it not until I read it again! What I really like about this blog is absolutely the humor. You can truly entertain everybody here while sharing your true life experiences.
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  15. LOL…You are hilarious…You had me laughing through all your answers! 🙂
    I also love that below posting a comment…it says to confirm you are NOT an alien!

    I wear flip flops year round, but I live in Texas, so it’s easier than say, living in Indiana or New York…Cute puppy! You actually distracted me from the math, but it doesn’t really take much, since I hate Math! 🙂
    I need to check out your Thanksgiving post sometime along with other posts of yours….I think they are just the thing to distract me from cleaning and decorating! And I agree that itchy is NOT sexy! Nice meeting you! 🙂

  16. This was funny stuff! And you’re right, Snoop is the epitome of cool, even after 20 years. Can you imagine being his kids:

    “My dad is so strange.”

    “No he’s not; he’s Snoop!”

    And I’m glad you threw Kermit in there; not a real movie without him. 🙂
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  17. I didn’t know how to pronounce it correctly either. I would pronounce it as ‘meh-meh’ which really sounded funny and also naughty as we Filipinos use the word to informally refer to breasts. Snoop Dogg, huh. Cool! And I really laughed so hard at the spam thingy as it’s also my pet-peeve. Gosh. I had this one post about my late grandmother that apparently helped someone sell drugs like Viagra and the likes. Also, I just watched Bridesmaids last night on DVD and I was thinking to myself the whole time, I’d love to have her character for my best friend. She’s a funny psycho, which I think she also is in real life. Awesome answers, I really enjoyed it.

  18. But AWESOME must always be accompanied by dude, it is the law according to my friend Rob. Although it is a brilliant word by itself. You probably have the prettiest life film cast of any I’ve seen so far too 🙂
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  19. Oh my…I get the feeling you and I are going to be fast friends. So glad I found you through this hop!

    First of all your “Oh look a cute puppy theory” reminds me of my theory about the movie Troy. You’ll enjoy this since you apparenlty love Brad Pitt (I do not…sorry…we may already be having our first argument as new friends). LOL You may or may not have noticed how bad his acting was in that movie and how his accent kept going in and out. Well…my thought was that just when all the women who were watching it started to realize just how bad the movie was they falshed them Brad’s ass. For example: Few scenes with bad acting… “Oh look it’s Brad Pitt’s ass!” Women all over the world start drooling and daydreaming. Slowly they start to come back to reality and see more bad scenes. Then Oh look it’s Brad Pitt’s ass!” It’s just a theory, but I think it’s a pretty good one.

    I love your favorite quote. It is so true and how I try to spend my life. I often figure it’s better to laugh otherwise I’m going to cry and where’s the fun in crying?!?
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  20. I commente here yesterday and I don’t see it. I wonder if it never went through. 🙁

    I had this long drawn on out comment about my Brad Pitt’s butt in Troy theory being like your cute puppy theory. It probably made no sense, but was awesome anyway. 😉

    You sound a lot like me, because I often try to laugh when life is yucky. I figure it’s either that or cry, right? 🙂
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  21. I really laughed so hard at the spam thingy as it’s also my pet-peeve. Gosh. I had this one post about my late grandmother that apparently helped someone sell drugs like Viagra and the likes.
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  22. Melinda, you always crack me up!

    I always pronounced “meme” as MEEEEEEEEEM. Followed by “braaaaaaaaiiinss”.

    Also I’m surprised you’d like to be a werewolf. Wouldn’t the pain of your bones breaking and transforming be something you wouldn’t look forward to each month?

    Check out this scene from Vampire Diaries (yeah, I watch it):

    Oh yeah, that sock monkey creeps me out, I wouldn’t want that thing looking at me all night long lol. I’d have to turn him to face the wall. If I woke up and he was turned back the other way then I’d really freak out!

    So with all that, the only thing left to say is…”WHEN THE PIMPS IN THE CRIB, MA…”
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  23. Loved this! I should have participated. Partly because I think the answer in which you mentioned me would be quite similar. Although I’d have mentioned you. It’s crazy how similar our experiences are but it also gives me hope knowing I’m not the only one dealing with this stuff. 🙂
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  24. I love the quote in #10… can’t argue with that.
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