Wednesday, January 17, 2007


carrot garden

I could have tried to sneak out of one tag, or maybe even two, but three strikes and I’m in… thanks to Ted, Andrea, and Her.

Of course, each tag was slightly different, but I’m a streamliner, so I’ll do five-ish things about me, but they will be five odd things, and some will be things I thought I’d never say about me. (How’s that for fudging the rules?)

One-ish… I have killed a goldfish and considered taking the Empire State Building home in a handbag. Read about it here.

Two-ish… One of my emails accidentally inspired Juli to write an article… about Lauren Winner, Noah Levine, and me. She sold the article to Publishers Weekly.

Three-ish… I am growing carrot heads on my windowsill. They started out bald and boring, but look at them now (above). I think this proves that carrots have stem cells. Could we quell a huge debate with a simple orange solution?

Four-ish… Because I went out for an egg & cheese, I’m writing a book.

Five-ish… I once paid for an ice-cream sundae with 500 pennies. My future spouse was there and obviously ignored the implications for domestic life. I think people would buy fewer ice cream sundaes if they were required to pay in pennies. (It embarrasses future or present spouses.)

And, now I get to tag five people. (No pressure. I never liked tag in school, and if you don’t like it in blogland, that’s fine with me.) Charity Singleton, Mark Galli, Edward Gilbreath, Mark Goodyear, and Craver.


Blogger Andrea said...

Mostly I'm curious as to why you are growing carrot tops...(to plant, to eat, for school?)

And, don't worry. I've paid my share in coins. *grin*

9:04 PM  
Blogger Llama Momma said...

So...why pennies??

9:17 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing your goldfish story. It was a refreshing breath of inspiration for me this evening!

10:54 PM  
Blogger Ed G. said...

Laura, thanks for the tag...I think. I'm still learning the implications of all this stuff. Please be patient with me.

Just curious--did you use pennies to pay for your carrot tops?

10:54 PM  
Blogger jan@theviewfromher said...

Thanks for playing! See, I just learned something about you that I didn't know. And that is, you obviously know something about carrots that I don't!

12:25 AM  
Blogger Ted Gossard said...

haha. Good ones, L.L. I'll read everything when I have time. Am almost out the door.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Christianne said...

Love the bit about paying in pennies! And I, like the rest, am curious about the carrot heads. What was the inspiration?

8:51 AM  
Blogger Christianne said...

One more comment about the PW article: it helps answer some of the questions I've been ruminating over that I asked in my last e-mail to you. I would love to continue that conversation, as it continues to haunt my heart...

9:10 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I followed your scavenger hunt for number one-ish. Beautiful.

Did you get to see the Lady of the Unicorn at the Musee de Cluny, or were they on display somewhere here in the States?
That set is one of my all-time favorite tapstries.

Wait, who in the world has a favorite TAPESTRY?!?!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

So, for some reason only my eyes themselves know, I thought, at first glance, you wrote that you were growing carrots on your head. i think my way is more interesting, so I may stick to that, if you're okay with that.

10:42 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Andrea... you mean, you're not growing carrot tops? Come now.

Llama... well, see, they refused to take my gold, Spanish doubloons.

Stacey... I'm glad you were inspired. Thinking on how God shares his creative powers with us inspires me too!

Ed... always patient... don't you worry... And, carrot tops are free (after you get done paying for the carrots.)

Jan... indeed, I ended up having a great deal of fun with this! Thanks for the tag. Study up... carrots are a fascinating subject.

Ted... yes, so I'll wait to hear your thoughts.

Christianne... it was a dare from my littlest daughter. She didn't believe it could happen. So, we took the plunge!

Erin... the Unicorn tapestry was at the Cloisters in New York. There's actually a whole group of them. Astonishing, really. Anyway, I would totally expect YOU to have a favorite tapestry.

Heather... hmmm... well, that could be another challenge to domestic life (from my spouse's point of view).

11:20 AM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

You are too funny -- paying for a sundae with 500 pennies takes guts. Did you do it to get a conversation started with your now husband?
Thank you for sharing these little snippts about yourself.

Blessings on your day and always.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Craver VII said...

(in a hushed tone)
Two-ish... yeah, I'm feelin' that one.

I'm whispering so that certain individuals won't catch me here talking about it, but I've written what I thought to be innocuous blurbs and then found that they got me in trouble with people who received them in a manner I had not intended.

Now I have to go around the blogosphere wearing this fedora, trenchcoat and shades... to protect the innocent... ME!

2:30 PM  
Blogger Charity Singleton said...

I'm all the time paying for things in pennies; after a while, you have to do something with them.

Though I was never good at the more traditional tag (I usually got into some kind of playground argument about the rules of "Home"), I will try to play nicely here. It might take me a day or two to choose only five from the many odds things about me . . . I'll see what I come up with.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Ted Gossard said...

L.L., I look forward to reading your book! Neat to see how God used your husband to get you writing. Good for him!!!

(hey, here's a crazy one! somehow, in my unobservant nature, I've just come recently to realize that you're a lady. Somehow, I thought this L.L. was a guy. I was attaching a picture of someone you interviewed to you! Then I started thinking, uhhhh... evidently L.L.'s wife blogs some on his blog. Then I FINALLY came to realize, no! L.L. is a wife and mother. ha.

7:56 PM  
Blogger spaghettipie said...

I'm thinking you should write a book on paying for ice cream sundaes with could be the newest dieting craze.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Irish Church Lady :) said...

I find the carrot heads very amusing!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Craver VII said...

I read through the links last night. I really loved the goldfish thing. Superb!

A message to Señor Barkat: Gracias! Thanks for encouraging your Mrs. to share her gift by writing a book. I look forward to reading it.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Inihtar said...

500 pennies--I don't feel so bad anymore!

12:47 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Eph... oh boy. I don't think I would have tried to impress him with my great penny wealth. I actually had no money to pay with. And I really wanted to go out with the group of friends. So, I swallowed my pride and paid with my pennies.

Craver... I guess you think that I got myself into trouble, being featured in PW?

Charity... take your time, or don't play at all... either way, no problem.

Ted... or maybe I just want to write for a broad audience... so it's good that you're not always thinking, "WOMAN!!!"

Spaghetti... you know, I've been searching for that next book topic...

Irish... yes. I believe if we plant them, we will harvest carrot plates in the spring (I think they might grow outward, not downward!)

Craver... glad you liked the talk. You know, that is my dearest sort of writing. It's what I love to do.

Ini... never feel bad for paying in pennies. Somebody's got to give the store some change!

3:36 PM  
Blogger Ted Gossard said...

L.L., You do come across quite well for everyone, not just women.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

How fun! I knew a couple of those stories, but I'm going to go back and read those that I don't remember.

I think that fudging the memes is just fine. It's called efficiency in the real world, right?

7:54 AM  

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