Friday, July 2, 2010

I Need Friends Friday:These Are A Few Of My Favorite... Games

Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.

I know, I know, I know. Today was supposed to be a brand new, fabulous, never-before-read interview. Umm... There were issues. So, instead, I'm throwing in another "retrospective"--this time highlighting a few different games we've played here at INFF.

Enjoy. And (fingers crossed) we'll be back next week!

Ginny Miller
SME: In honor of the week of the Holiday of Coolness, I have a brand new game--"The Game of Coolness."

Mom: I've never played a game of coolness. So this is extra cool.

SME: I will ask you three trivia questions about the world's coolest holiday. Answer them correctly and you will be crowned INFF champion for the day.

Mom: Aaah!

SME: Mom, you can play any game you want to play.

Mom: Sometimes daughters need to encourage their mothers. I seem to require a lot of that.

SME: I'm here for you. Question #1: What is a Leprechaun's job in the fairy world?
a.) Investment Banker

b.) Tax collector
c.) Author
d.) Shoemaker
hint: Authors don't make enough money to have a pot of gold.

Mom: Can't you tell your mother the answers so that she will get them all correct? They have a pot of gold so they must have something to do with money.

SME: Unless I just threw in 2 money-related jobs just to throw you off. *winks in an obvious fashion and nods emphatically*

Mom: d. Shoemaker

SME: *speaks dryly* It's a miracle. You got it right.
Question #2: Which of the following St. Patrick's Day occurrences would be considered the most significant by discerning people?
a.) The Coasters recorded "Yakety Yak." in 1958
b.) Future author of fantastic Regency romances, Sarah M. Eden, was born!
c.) Bishop Patrick, who would later become St. Patrick, died in Saul, Ireland in the year 461 AD.
d.) The postage stamp canceling machine patent was issued in the late 19th Century.

Mom: I don't know, D is pretty significant.

SME: Nice.

Mom: No, it's definitely B. I am a discerning person, you know.

SME: That's why I asked you. Last question: Kissing the Blarney Stone is supposed to give a person what?
a.) Swine Flu
b.) A really bad taste in their mouth.
c.) the gift of gab
d.) a great photo op

Mom: It's the gift of gab. You have always had the gift of gab.

SME: And yet, I never kissed a rock. Another INFF miracle. You got three out of three correct. That makes you the INFF champion!!! *green streamers and ballons float down in celebration*

Mom: I've been dreaming of this day. Good job, Sarah.

Tristi Pinkston
SME: Ask any member of the LDS church what dessert is most likely to make an appearance at any given LDS function and you will inevitably receive the same reply. In honor of this aspect of the LDS culture, I have entitled our game today "You Say Goodbye, I Say Jell-O."

Tristi Pinkston: Okay ...

SME: I will ask you three trivia questions related to jello. Get them right and you will be crowned INFF champion!!

Tristi Pinkston: Okay ...

SME: 1.) Liz Hickok will go down in gelatin- dessert history for what remarkable contribution to the world of jiggly, colorful treats?
a.) She invented the jiggler
b.) She first suggested the flavor lime-- yum!
c.) She sculpted a replica of the entire city of San Francisco in jello

Tristi Pinkston: I'm guessing you don't want me to open up another window and Google. So I'm going to say that she suggested the flavor lime. (Holding breath ... wincing ... )

SME: Thank you for your honesty. The actual answer is... C. She sculpted a replica of SF (among other things) in jello. Here's a link. It's incredible!

Tristi Pinkston: Really? That seems like ... such a waste of time. I don't mean to be harsh on this lady, who is probably very nice, but think of all the books she could have read in that amount of time. Oh, well. To each his own.

SME: And Ms. Hickok probably would look at my list of books read and think, "What a waste of time. Think of all the jello sculpture she could have made."

Tristi Pinkston: Hee hee hee ... Sarah, you're such a rebel. Off writing books when you could be sculpting Salt Lake City.

SME: So very true. Salt Lake, of every city on earth, needs to be sculpted out of jello.
Question # 2--How were gelatin desserts prepared before Peter Cooper first invented an easier-to-make boxed version in 1845?
a.) sheets of prepared gelatin were clarified by boiling with egg whites and shells, then dripped through a jelly bag before being placed in a mold
b.) there were no gelatin-based desserts before 1845
c.) They were prepared the way self-respecting dessert preparers always prepare gelatin--with floating vegetables

Tristi Pinkston: I choose A.

SME: A is correct!!!! I'm still cringing at the "clarified by boiling with egg whites and shells" part. And shells? Why were there shells?

Tristi Pinkston: To remind you of the beach.

SME: Beach jello. Got it.

Tristi Pinkston: Of course, just ignore the fact that they are egg shells and not seashells, and you'll be fine.

SME: Okay. Last question. Which of the following was NOT a flavor of Kraft Jell-o at one point?
a.) Celery
b.) Mixed Vegetable
c.) Salsa

Tristi Pinkston: Every one of those is making me cringe. I mean, really. I'm going to say, C, salsa.

SME: Celery and Mixed vegetable (along with "Roasted Tomato" and "Italian Seasoning") were all jello flavors at one time. *bleh* Therefore, C is correct, although not necessarily any more appetizing.
That's 2 out of 3. You are today's champion!!!!!!

Shantel Gardner
SME: In the long-standing tradition of INFF, I have a game for you! This game is mind-bogglingly random, will serve no purpose in your life, and is based on absolutely nothing other than the rather skewed workings of my mind!
Today's game is entitled "Who Would Win In a Fight?"

Shantel: Okay.

SME: I'm going to give you two options and you have to tell me who, of the two, would win in a fight. (Define "fight" in any way you choose.)
#1: George of the Jungle OR Tarzan?

Shantel: George of the Jungle. Because, just like me, he appears to be clumsy and dopey, and slow on the uptake, but there is a hidden genius somewhere in there just waiting to come out. Tarzan is way too serious.

SME: Agreed. As someone who spent most of her childhood unintentionally injuring herself, I always back the klutz in any confrontation. We are secretly very powerful!
#2: My high school mascot--a hawk--or yours?

Shantel: Our high school mascot was an Eagle. And I was it. I wore the suit. It was awesome.

SME: I don't know. Eagle vs. Hawk. Sounds pretty even to me.

Shantel: I would win. Hands down. Or Talons down.

SME: I always wanted to be the mascot... unfortunately the suit didn't come in a size meant to fit a 12-year-old child (which is pretty much how big I was in High School.) Bummer.
#3: Jane Austen or Jane Eyre?

Shantel: That one is tricky. If you are talking physical girth - Jane Eyre. War of words? Jane Austen. War of meekness? Jane Eyre.

SME: Agreed. On all three counts.

Shantel: That is a GOOD question.

SME: I know, I know. How do I come up with such deep and thought-provoking material?!?! It's a gift. Alright, last entry in the "Who'd Win In a Fight" game...
#4: Me OR The Wallpaper That Formerly Hung in My Hallway?
Psst... I know the answer to this one from harrowing (and recent) personal experience.

Shantel: You, Sarah... because you rock. That wallpaper is stupid. You are smart.

SME: In the end, I was the victor, but only after tremendous personal suffering.

Shantel: I can only imagine. You are so brave.

SME: Yeah. Ladders don't help the uncoordinated. But the wallpaper is gone and I am still here, so... *points at self* Winner! What do you know! You aced the quiz.
Congrats. You are officially Champion of INFF!

SME: *cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

So... If you have something interesting to share about yourself or just want the fabulous experience of being interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!

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Kimberly said...

What a lovely treat for gals like me who, gasp, haven't been reading you anywhere near long enough.

p.s. Your Mom is funny.

Taffy said...

Love Fridays even more thanks to you!
I gave you two blog awards on my blog...


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