First Crusader Challenge: Ramble On!

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

Okay… I’ll give it a go. Rachael’s first challenge for us is a bit of a “getting to know you” exercise, where we’re supposed to include:Crusader

  • - 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

…and there are specific words we need to use in the post (can you catch them?). I’m going to approach this in a free-writing style, and see what happens… this should be interesting…!


coffeeNot to bloviate or anything, but I once drank so many cups of coffee so quickly that the waitress at Pizza Hut literally cut me off. Yep, that’s right… she refused to serve me any more coffee. I’d had this goal of drinking as many coffees as there were creamers in the dish on the table (typically 8), and I don’t remember how far I  got… maybe 7? I don’t actually put creamer in my coffee, mind you, I drink my coffee black: Unadulterated, the way God intended. Er, though if you took that analogy all the way, someone might ask “why don’t you just eat the bean?”

Cover it in chocolate and I’m happy to.

Speaking of chocolate, which leads me to think about cake, I’ve recently realized that I hate the taste of fake chocolate in those grocery store cakes. If you ask me whether I want a chocolate or vanilla slice, I’d actually prefer the vanilla… but everyone always thinks I want chocolate. I think maybe the recipe used to be different? I know they changed the icing, and now it’s so disgusting I don’t even want to eat it anymore. But I have reputation as a cake-a-holic, which for some reason I feel I need to maintain… but what if I’ve decided I only want to eat good cake from now on, not this $9.99 grocery-store bakery slab cake garbage?!?!

IMG_0208Yeah, yeah, I know, white whine. My cat whines a lot. So does my bird, who is thankfully not a fuliguline creature (nor is he like one); rather he is an aratinga solstitialis. Also known as LOUD. Which means he fits right in with my family, since I have a habit of traipsing around the house whilst singing / shouting / screeching / exclaiming at the top of my lungs. It’s a wonder the neighbors haven’t complained. Of course, it also makes things difficult for my poor Husbando, who is trying to run a business during the day.


Technically so am I, but “run” and “work” are looser terms in my book. I tend to shift from location to location throughout the house, lest I become restless. Kind of like a rabbit, or other small woodland creature.

I’ve always loved animals. Sometimes, I regret that after graduating high school I didn’t apply for a science program with the intention of working in the animal behavior field. It’s one of those things I’d be willing to give a shot at in the future, if we came into a large sum of cash (haha) and I found the time & energy. Second career, maybe? I’d also love to start an animal rescue in my backyard, but El Husbando keeps shooting that one down. He’s not even willing to let me start a home zoo… what nonsense! I can fit a pot-bellied pig and at least one zebra in my kitchen, easy. 

And with that, I’m off to brave the blades that are my cat’s claws. She doesn’t like to be pet, but I like to pet her, which makes for an interesting relationship… so, until next challenge, write with passion, and tell me… can you spot the lie in this post? :)


Good luck! I’ll post the answer in a few days if no one gets it.

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28 comments so far


PS: Yes, I know this is over 300 words… which probably disqualifies me from the contest this time around, but that’s okay! There’s no *way* I’ll get to everyone’s blogs by Friday…

February 23rd, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Ha ha ha! Nice job on the challenge. I have no idea which could be the lie, but I’m going to guess that you don’t really like your coffee unadulterated.

February 23rd, 2011 at 7:48 pm

When I first glanced at your post, I saw: “Cover it in chocolate and I’m happy to.” Then I had to read the rest. ^_^

February 23rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Hmm… I’m thinking you wouldn’t take the vanilla slice.

Because that’s not what good chocoholics do. ;-P

February 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Your pet doesn’t want to be pet? Is that the lie? Cats like being pet. :)

February 23rd, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Oh man- this is tough- I have no clue what the lie is. LOL great job.

February 23rd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

My goodness that’s alot to sort through! Fellow crusader dropping by.

As for the lie, I don’t buy that you won’t eat cheap grocery store cake. Cake is cake, which is not to say it is always good, but it is always cake.

February 23rd, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Excellent job on the challenge. If you’re like me, cake is cake! No matter what. :) Is that the lie. (I’m with you on the home animal rescue.) My hubs is being rather difficult too. Dang them. Can’t live with or without. *wink*

February 24th, 2011 at 1:24 am

LOL your “Leave a Reply” box says URI not URL! :P

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

I would have to go with your fib being that you “traipsing around the house whilst singing / shouting / screeching / exclaiming at the top of my lungs.” You’d run out of breath eventually!

February 24th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Ah I have a cat like yours. She’s very grumpy and makes neyecht kind of noises when she’s cross. I’m guessing the lie is that you drink coffee black. :O)

February 24th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I have no idea either about your lie– I LOVE chocolate but I don’t like cheap chocolate so I can believe that there’s chocolate cake you don’t want to eat anymore… perhaps the cat that doesn’t like to be petted… Cheers!

February 24th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I hear ya about the chocolate in grocery store cakes :)

February 25th, 2011 at 12:22 am
Becky Wallace

I’m going with a cat that doesn’t like affection.

February 25th, 2011 at 2:18 am

I love your blog! So glad to have found you. Great job on the challenge. Yeah, 300 schmeehundred. I went over, too! Hmm..? Maybe your neighbors have complained? Hehe. I’m sure not, but I wanted to pick something different from the other guessers! Christy

February 25th, 2011 at 2:31 am

I’m with the vanilla preference. That’s the untruth, maybe?

Your bird is adorable! I hope that wasn’t the lie…

February 25th, 2011 at 2:50 am

I know what you mean about grocery story chocolate cake – yuck! (and I’m a chocolate lover, too). I’m guessing you didn’t REALLY try to drink 8 cups of coffee in one sitting? Well, maybe you did – I’m so bad at this finding the lie thing.

February 25th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Black coffee? I’m picking that as the lie. Mine must resemble chocolate milk before I touch it.

February 25th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Pretty bird! Could the lie be that you drank that many cups of coffee?

February 26th, 2011 at 1:22 am
LA Colvin

Thanks for stopping by my blog. HMMM this one is rally hard. I’m going with the coffee. “Covered in Chocolate” the best words I’ve read all day. Now where’s my kids candy bowl.

February 26th, 2011 at 1:55 am

I will go with drinking coffee black ’cause-yuck! Lol! I’ve tried to do the “as God made it” way, you know, be a grown-up and drink up but I prefer my coffee to taste like desert! I loved this post, it actually made me LOL! I too feel the need to keep reputations that I have out grown or that are no longer true! Haha! I think it stems from my need to please.

February 26th, 2011 at 3:47 am

Hahaha, this really made me laugh!!

February 27th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hi! I wanted to let you know that you have been short-listed in judging for the 1st Crusader Challenge! I loved this post, totally cracked me up! I didn’t mind it being over 300 words because it was so entertaining. Of course it’s not just up to me, it is up to the final judge…God. Lol! Just kidding! I’m assuming Rach will make the final choice. ;)

February 28th, 2011 at 6:42 am

Loved reading your Crusader Challenge and still waiting on your lie reveal!

Here’s an award for you!

February 28th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Oh yay! How exciting!!!

Everyone: The TRUTH will be posted tomorrow, so… stay tuned!!! :D

February 28th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I know I should probably wait for the reveal but Rach needs the finalists and your post was definitely one of my favs. ;)
So, you are a finalist in the judging for the 1st Crusade Challenge! ? Good luck!

February 28th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Uhh, the question mark was totally an accident! Lol! I’m not questioning your luck, I swear! Haha.

February 28th, 2011 at 8:13 pm


March 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I’m late on answering this and I haven’t found the answer. It is fun reading people’s answer. I definitely could see you drinking 7 cups of black coffee at one time (as long as it wasn’t weak!).
I know your cat doesn’t like to be pet.
I can picture you running around the house doing what you said….competing with your parrot.
Oh and Hubby is not on bird with the animal thing in the back yard.
The only thing is about the cake…hmmm I know you love cake so I think you would eat it anytime.

March 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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