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> 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.


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