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Oh, How I Love A Challenge


First Crusader Challenge
In 300 words or less, tell us:

*one secret
*one lie
*one interesting quirk
*one annoying habit
*one of your best character traits
*one of your favorite things in the whole world

The post can be in any format, including poetry, but must include the random words, "bloviate", "fuliguline", "rabbit" and "blade".


 

Since I believe in balance, I've included both light and dark tales for your reading pleasure.
Here are my answers in no particular order, because that wouldn't be any fun at all...


I love reality TV. Can't get enough. From The Bachelor to American Idol, I'm there.

When I was eight, my best friend's brother forced me to watch him skin a rabbit with a rusty blade (he was holding my favorite Barbie Doll hostage). I cried for a week and vowed I would become a veterinarian to stop all of the terrible injustices perpetrated against the animal kingdom. Sorry, didn't mean to bloviate.

During high school, I helped out at our local vet's office during the summer for some early experience. One day a family brought in their beautiful German Shepherd with a gaping hole through its side. The son had been cleaning his shotgun but had forgotten to remove the bullets. The dog died in my arms. I'd never seen so much blood. I looked like Carrie at the after-prom party. Traumatized=understatement. I knew I'd have to pick a different profession.

Although I love animals, I'll admit I'm a bit leery of anything fuliguline. I nearly lost a finger to one during an unfortunate feeding incident while vacationing on the coast. It took ten stitches to close the gash and I've never quite gotten all of the sensation back.

I correct my kids' grammar constantly. Whether it's written or spoken, I just can't help myself.

I am terrified of costumed characters. To this day, I still have to duck into the nearest bathroom whenever I see one. Our trips to Disney were horrific. Sitting on the Easter Bunny's lap? Fuggedaboutit.

I have mad organizational skills. I take multi-tasking to a whole new level. Don't believe me? I'm running on the treadmill while watching the eleven o'clock news right now. Yep. That just happened.

I consider myself truthful, but one of those things up there is a flat-out lie. Can you guess which one? I'll be back Wednesday to tell you if you're right.

30 comments:

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

My guess, for what it’s worth, is that you didn’t nearly lose a finger?

Ann said...

It must be reality TV!! Really.

erica and christy said...

Ooh, you're right, both light and dark. I'm going to say he didn't really hold your Barbie Doll hostage (knowing boys, it was probably his sister instead!).
erica

Mary Mary said...

I'm going to say that you don't really like reality tv. You named the two most obvious reality series on tv. Why not go for something a little more obscure if you're really telling the truth about your reality passion? Great entry into the challenge!

Kari Marie said...

Oh my. My cousin once got a nasty snip from a turkey beak. I think the rabbit skinning is a lie...maybe. Also, who wouldn't be frightened of a six foot tall bunny rabbit that never blinks.

Heather Hellmann said...

I'm guessing the lie is that you like reality TV.

Jemi Fraser said...

Hmmm... going to say the lie is correcting your kids' grammar errors! Great post :)

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

I bet you weren't watching the eleven o'clock news while exercising.

Old Kitty said...

I am hoping the skinning of the rabbit is a lie. How awful for you to have experienced if it isn't!! :-(

Take care
x

Zan Marie said...

Make my vote for the fuliguline accident. Good post. It's hard to tell. ; )

Kindros said...

I'm going to guess that the major stories are true, as shock makes me want to believe they are false. In that case, I'm so sorry that you had to experience those two horrible things.

I will guess that it is one of the mundane, such as exercising with the news and writing this blog at the same time. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Stitches from a duck? Okay... that is my guess on the lie... very interesting set of stuff, though!

L'Aussie said...

Light and dark indeed. All those quirky animal tales to choose from! How about the shotgun-induced death as your biggest fib but I'm sure there's more than one!

Denise:)

Tanya Reimer said...

The lie? Hmmm... it didn't just happen, but last week or something.... That's my brave guess.
Love the post, very entertaining.

Pam Parker said...

Please,please, let the skinning the rabbit be a lie!

Theresa Milstein said...

I don't believe the skinning a rabbit part, mostly because I don't want to.

Rachel Morgan said...

I'm also hoping the rabbit-skinning-with-rusty blade-part is the lie!

Lisa Potts said...

Wow! You Crusaders are good. At least one of you has guessed my lie, but all will be revealed later today.

And thank you, thank you. I have surpassed the 300 follower mark. I love making new friends.

Rogue Mutt said...

I really hope the rabbit is the lie, but it's probably not.

I'm not afraid of costumed characters; I just have to resist the urge to punch them like in "Mallrats."

tangynt said...

Lisa~! *Hugs* <3

While ducks are nasty creatures, my sister was chased by one as a child, I don't think you'd need stitches after being bitten by one.

projectfraeya said...

You don't like reality TV? :)

Laura said...

Hello, fellow Group 6er! I'm also an animal-loving, grammar correcting, goose-fearing vegetarian. And I was TERRIFIED of the Easter Bunny as a kid. Nice to meet you!

And I'm going to guess you're disorganized. Either that or you're totally cool with the Easter Bunny and other costumed characters.

M Pax said...

My younger brother was attacked by a goose once.

I'm going to guess the rabbit is the lie. So, I hope.

Alyssa Fox said...

I'm a fellow crusader and new follower. Nice to meet you. I'm going with the almost losing a finger as the lie.

kangaroobee said...

Ooh this a good, but I'll have to go for the rabbit with rusty blade. Although that means you've had two other crazy real dog stories hmm... (I'm going to go check now)

LadyJai said...

Hello fellow crusader! I am a tad bit late, the whole house has been sick all week. So, I just thought I would pop in and just say Hi! :D

a rabbit with a rusty blade?

Brian H said...

I am a grammar nazi as well. Can't be helped!!

Good to meet ya!

Madeleine said...

Great entry.
I've read the answer so I cannot truthfully guess now, though I might have chosen the duck thing :O)

J.C. Martin said...

Hello from a fellow Crusader and a Challenge judge! Just to let you know you have been shortlisted in my top 5!

P.S.:-Such a sad traumatic experience, having the dog die in your arms! :(

Amanda Milner said...

Such traumatizing animal stories! :( I'd hope for your sake at least one of them wasn't true but alas I've had many of my own so they seem quite likely to me. Hmm, how about you don't really have mad organizational skills. I only say this because I'm surrounded by chaos at the moment so organization seems elusive to me. ;)

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