The Hungry Engineer


25 Nov 2008

I knew it would happen eventually and that I would have to figure out what to do about it. But I’ve been chugging along safely for several months now, so I thought maybe it would pass me by. Alas, no such luck. I’ve been tagged with my first meme-type thing. The idea is nice – get to know your fellow bloggers. But broadcast sharing is rather difficult for me, and asking other folks to do something that I find so difficult is nearly impossible. However, it was Jo at The Adventures of Kitchen Girl who tagged me (and here’s a link to her post), and she’s just about the nicest person on the Internet, and that makes it very difficult to say No.

So, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to obey all the rules except the ones requiring me to pass it on. Hopefully the Internet won’t punish me too harshly. And hopefully all my fellow bloggers will understand that it’s not that I don’t want to know about them – on the contrary, I do – I’m just very uncomfortable asking that those details be shared in such a public way. I know some of you are adding this to my considerable list of neuroses – I on the other hand prefer to think of it as a quirk (as thinking this way makes me less neurotic).

The golden rules of tagging:

1. Link to the person who tagged you – done!

2. Post the rules on the blog – done, obviously

3. Write six random things about yourself – okay <nervous foot shuffling />

4. Tag six people at the end of your post – skipping this

5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog – rendered null by item 4

6. Let the tagger know when your entry is published – will do

My six random things:

  1. My spouse and I have four cats living in our house. They each have distinct personalities and habits and provide us nearly limitless entertainment.

  2. I was a DJ at our college radio station. Interestingly enough, I would do my absolute best not to talk on-air unless my DJ duties strictly required it. It was, after all, all about the rock.

  3. I told Jo this one already. I didn’t even start to learn to cook till I was an adult (about the time I got my first apartment in college). I look at my life as a never-ending learning experience, and the food-centric portion of it is not exempted from that.

  4. I grew up in southeast Missouri. I didn’t realize when I was growing up that the deer meat (venison) and morel mushrooms that I happily consumed were considered by some to be delicacies.

  5. I have an electrical engineering degree … and I’m a woman. And it is a tiny bit shocking how many people on the Internet assume that I, as The Hungry Engineer, must be male. I’ve never considered myself a feminist, but that kind of crap tweaks my empowered-female nerves a little bit.

  6. In light of #5, this will be interesting. There have been several life events that caused my husband and I to re-evaluate our priorities. With considerable support and urging from said husband, I left the telecom engineering job that I felt devoted to but that was slowly sucking the life from me to try to do something else. I’m still working my way through what that “something else” is exactly (in fact, at present, my empowered-female self is unemployed), but we’re both considerably happier than we were this time a year ago.

There. I’m still a little terrified of posting this, but I’m going to do it anyway. (It’s good for me, right?)

A few other housekeeping items (assuming you all haven’t written me off completely). Several weeks ago, I was the featured foodie on FoodVu. They had largely been focusing on video, but have lately begun to increase the textual content on their site as well and have been serving up a featured foodie each week. A couple weeks ago, I did a guest post on Shae’s site, The Collegiate Gourmet in which I prattle on about food TV (which curiously enough, I hardly watch anymore – except for the occasional dose of Alton). Fortunately, thanks to Shae’s editing skills, you will get a little better concentration of content amongst the prattle. And last but not least, I won something. This is important because I almost never win anything. Just this past week, Jenn at the Foodie Blogroll let me know that I had won a 1-year subscription to one of a handful of food-centric magazines – and I chose Saveur. It’s a random drawing that they do each month, and I didn’t have to do anything to be in the drawing other than be a member of the Foodie Blogroll and display their widget on my blog.

The Foodie Blog Roll Contests: Winner!

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