Ten Things You Never Knew About Me

My new comfort food. No, I'm not kidding.

Kalyn at Kalyn's Kitchen tagged me for a meme - my first. Hmmm...where to start?

Ten Things You Never Knew About Me

1. My favorite comfort food is peanut butter schmeared on a slice of hot buttered rye toast. Since going gluten free, I've had to settle for peanut butter on a rice cake. I know, I know. I hear many readers thinking, Make gluten free toast. Duh! And I could do that. I even have, on occasion, baked a gluten free bread. But then there were all those sawdust doorstops and hockey pucks that only made me even sadder- and need comfort food even more. Letting go seemed the Zen thing to do.

It takes more than courage to bake gluten free. It takes a strong ego. Because it's not for the faint of heart. Especially if you are also dairy-free and egg-free. Oy.

Or maybe it's all about desire. Maybe if I truly wanted bread again I'd somehow make it happen. Maybe I lack fire. Maybe my passion for sourdough and rye toast was only a crush, not a life-long commitment; because I haven't been courting or chasing the elusive bread replacement. Not with enthusiasm, anyway.

Edit: Years pass. Times change. New flours become available. I now have my toast back. My new delicious gluten-free bread recipe. My ryeless rye bread recipe and my favorite multigrain gluten-free sandwich bread recipe.) Yayness.

2. I was an extra in All The President's Men. I only got to lock eyes with Mr. Redford for maybe three seconds. But as three seconds go? Not too shabby.

3. I don't often wear shoes. Unlike many women- who apparently have a deep and penetrating love of ridiculously expensive, impossible to run in ho-heels, I prefer to go barefoot. Although I do own several one pair of $2.99 jelly flip-flops. And Rocket Dogs. UGGS. Does that count? Okay. Scratch that, then.

4. I can quote The Big Lebowski verbatim. (See Thing #3.)

5. I once had Seymour Cassel believing I was French for an entire week (I don't speak French). 

6. At key moments in my life (some might call them defining moments) I have chosen love over money with no regrets. Even though I drive a used car with a transmission that is steadily declining in performance at an alarming rate. (See Thing #4.)

7. I have learned more from my two children- my fascinating, talented, wise, smart, funny, empathetic sons- than I ever taught them. Motherhood has been a remarkable process of discovery, improvisation and invention. I am in their debt. For life. Not to mention, in love.

8. I'm shy and introverted and I tend to live in my head. That's the reality of the isolated painting and writing life. And that's why I love cooking. Cooking is not only a way to reconnect and share the day with my husband and sons, but also a way to connect with friends-- and now, fellow bloggers and readers. 

Cooking grounds me and brings me back to earth.

9. I'm hot flashing as I write this.

10. In another life (you know, in one of those other ten dimensions the Buddha talks about?) I'm a surfer and live at the beach. (See Thing #4.) The Dude Abides.


Kalyn said...

How fun learning about your small but exciting movie career. And after reading your list, we have more in common than you realize.

ilva said...

Karina-where DO you live if you can go bare foot or with flipflops all the time? I stop using shoes in May (only when I drive and walk on hot asfalt/asphalt(?) in the city) and my neighbours think that I'm strange, very strange...
I LOVE The Big Lebowski!
And I'm surprised to hear that you are shy and introvert, I pictured you the other way round!

rowena said...

Number 3, number 3, and NUMBER #3!!! Now I feel like the number of slipper wearers are gaining strength... and that when my husband scowls at my 'styleless' choice of footwear, I can say "Well other people wear them too!"

Also #10. Hang ten!!!!

karina said...


I'm intrigued.


At the moment, we live in Massachusetts and it's snowing as I write this. But I work at home so never wear shoes. Unless I go out. And then - and I hate to admit it [because you'll picture me as very earthy-crunchy and I'm not] I wear Birkenstock sandals with thick socks! How geeky is that!?


Thanks for stopping by - I love your blog! Yes, flip-flop girls unite. Just say no to Manolo. Hang ten!


gluten challenge said...

I share your fav. comfort food. I love to top it with dried tart cherries, though. Mmmm.....

And I am surprised to hear you say you are shy! I would not have guessed that about you at all!

karina said...

Hi Laura!

Glad to see another peanut butter girl out there. ;-)

Yes, very shy. I'm good at blogging because it's writing. I think introverts are often better at expressing themselves through writing than speaking -

hey, that would be an interesting survey: how many introverts vs. extroverts are bloggers?


SusanV said...

[Raises hand] Another introvert blogger, here. I think they invented the term "social anxiety disorder" just to describe me.

I also don't like shoes. :-)

Karina, I've been meaning to say that it's obvious that you're an artist. Anyone who can take a photo of peanut butter on a rice cake and have it turn out that gorgeous is a true artist!

Thanks for tagging me, I think. I'm afraid my shyness extends into my blogging, so I may not be able to complete the assignment, but I'll give it some thought.

karina said...

Oh Susan, please do! You and I have a *lot* in common. And you don't have to reveal too much - just enough to tease us.

[Thanks for the compliment, too. Appreciate it!]


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