Blog Pulitzers

by Marinka on October 9, 2008

I’m pretty sure that I’ve told this story before, but I’m not certain whether it was here or in someone’s comments or in my dreams or something, so here it goes.

When I was a miniMarinka, I was on a swim team in the Soviet Union, destined for greatness. I mean, my parents and I lived in Leningrad back then, I wasn’t commuting to Russia to compete in swimming and thaw the Cold War or anything.

But I was also supernervous, so the first day that we had practice, I went to the locker room to get changed and then I came out and asked my coach about where I should go next.

“To the right.” he said. “But why don’t you put on your bathing suit first?”




Is it any wonder that my parents and I fled the country and immigrated a few short years later?

So, now that you know the big horror story of my childhood, I can ask this question, which may seem slightly less humiliating in comparison, especially if you consider the fact that I am now fully clothed, in multiple layers:

When you are an award-winning blogger, such as I am, how do you install those awards on your blog?

Because I am worried that people who bestowed them on me will think that I’m an unappreciative bitch, whereas in reality, I am merely a techologically-impaired shrew.

And finally, but not leastally, I have been tagged for My First Ever Meme by WFBdoglover! It’s for six odd things about me. Thanks WBF!

Here I go:

1. If I really love a book, I won’t finish it. I hate knowing that it’ll be over after the last page, so I keep a few pages “on reserve” forever.

2. I can’t stand “romantic comedies” because I know how they will end.

3. I’ve been watching General Hospital for over thirty years (on and off). I fast forward it a lot.

4. When I get a telemarketing call, I speak to them in tick Ruzian axcent.

5. When I was pregnant, my friend John and I developed a treatment for a detective TV show, called “Preggo and Queer”. When I say “developed a treatment”, I mean, “came up with the title” and “repeated it to each other, while laughing hysterically.”

6. When we went on our honeymoon, the two books I packed were Drinking: A Love Story and Kitty Kelley’s The Royals. By the way, “our honeymoon” refers to my honeymoon with Husbandrinka, not with John. I can see how it looks confusing the way that I wrote it.

Ok! Now it’s time for me to tag people. Oh my god, I forgot how many, I’m supposed to tag. Be right back! Ok, I’m supposed to tag six people. The rules are if you’re tagged, post six random/weird things about yourself on your blog and tag six people. And leave them a comment on their blog letting them know that you’ve tagged them. And pay my mortgage.

Here are the tagees KLS, I Left My Heart at Preschool, Jess, Maura, Kylie and Madness of Me!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

KLS October 10, 2008 at 3:40 am

Nakederation! Ha!
I’ll have to think about the meme. As you can tell from my blog I’m not exactly an interesting person…


KLS October 10, 2008 at 3:42 am

PS- Don’t mean to sound ungrateful AT ALL. Am very grateful.


Kylie w Warszawie October 10, 2008 at 4:39 am

Funny, we both did embarrassing posts today. Of course, naked is more embarrassing that “cut your kid because he talked back to me”. Mine is more “psychotic” and less “embarrassing”.

And I’ve been tagged:). Now I’ll have more material to blog about. Thanks!


Madge October 10, 2008 at 5:27 am

oooh. GH. I was addicted for years, maybe I should go back…..

also, the naked story is hilarious.


Melissa October 10, 2008 at 6:01 am

I can’t do that blog award thing either. I may set up a page where they are all there for the world to see, but I don’t want it on my main page since my background already takes a long time to load and I don’t like clutter.


wfbdoglover October 10, 2008 at 6:16 am

LOL That happens at the JCC frequently….

Hugh actually let you in his elevator? I am suprised his security didn’t have it cleared out?!

Interesting meme, thanks for playing.


Kate Coveny Hood October 10, 2008 at 7:30 am

First of all – I love “Preggo and Queer” – I want to come work with you and John.

Second – I using #4 as an actual tip and will now speak to all telemarkers in tick Ruzian axcent. My own version of course since I don’t speak Ruzian.

Third – I know how you can post an award (i.e. get the image and include it in post) and put it on your side bar (i.e. create a button with HTML code). So e-mail me if you are serious about that:


Heinous October 10, 2008 at 8:16 am

If you did the Russian accent trick with me, I’d stay on the line. I’m a sucker for accents.


ms. changes pants while driving October 10, 2008 at 8:37 am

preggo and queer!! nakederation!! you are ridiculous and hilarious.


Mama Ginger Tree October 10, 2008 at 8:52 am

Where did you go on your honeymoon???


Marinka October 10, 2008 at 9:05 am

WFB–yes, Hugh got on the elevator after me, so I was safe!

MGT–St. Bart’s.


Aunt Becky October 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

I’ve never figured out what specifically I was supposed to do with the awards, either. Please let me know when you figure it out 🙂


Maura October 10, 2008 at 10:55 am

I keep looking for the graffiti, but I don’t see any. How is it that I have been tagged by you?!?

Very well — as soon as I get this week’s football nonsense out of the way, I will put on my thinking cap and come up with six things that are odd about me.

I don’t have anything that will come close to Nakederation, but a girl can try.


Me October 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I am having a very efficient day. I even finished the meme.


anymommy October 10, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Between nakederation and your comment at Neil’s today, I adore you even more than usual. Which is good, because you’re weird. Kidding. Mostly.


Lawyer Mom October 10, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Re finishing books — I do the very same thing; thought I was the only weirdo out there. Every good book I have ever read is dog-eared with about 8 pages to go. Just can’t bear to finish a book I wish would not end. Try “We Are All Welcome Here” by Elizabeth Berg, and keep plenty of kleenex on hand. But don’t ask me how it ends.


iMommy October 13, 2008 at 8:12 am

How can you stand not to read the last pages!!?! This baffles me.

Then again, I read books too quickly and don’t absorb enough of the story into my brain for any period of time.. so when I read them two weeks later, it’s all new! Same thing with movies, too.

It certainly cuts down on my “entertainment” costs in my budget…


Maura October 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm

I’m with iMommy — I don’t get how you can manage to not read the end of a book.

But I have lain my six oddities out there for the world to ridicule, Your Majesty. I hope you will honor me with a visit.


Z October 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm

On reading? I’m the complete opposite – if I love it, I skip to the end to read the last chapter, then go back and read through it all… Of course, I also read most (um, all) books multiple times. Me likes to read.


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