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Tagged! The “23rd Post” Meme

Kate over at Accidental Hedonist, has tagged me for the latest meme making it’s way around the blogging world.  This meme is a look back at the "past".  For some that’s more distant than for others – in my case it’s about 10 months ago…
Here’s how it works: 
  1. Look back at your archives
  2. Find the 23rd post
  3. Find the 5th sentence
  4. Post it in an entry and reminisce about it’s meaning or any insight you now have about it
  5. Select five more victims people to do the same  :-)

Here goes! 

I started this blog in December of last year.  My first post is dated December 2 but I wanted a few entries before I went live so I first published publicly on the 9th.  I was anxious to have a small body of work as early as possible so that people coming to the site would find at least a little depth.  My 23rd post was actually on December 23rd!  It was my "Holiday Party Post Mortem".   Every time I have a party or people over for dinner or brunch or whatever, I document what I did, what worked, what didn’t work, if I had too much or not enough of something, etc.  For me it’s been both a way to look back at the party and enjoy it again and also to get better at entertaining over the years. 

For this specific post the 5th line is mostly just a recounting to give the reader some perspective but it’s also about the challenges that sometimes face a host, "I had a total of 24 guests, 8 people cancelled in the last 24 hours (always a little frustrating since by then I’m well into the prep and can’t really adjust amounts) and 2 no-shows, however, 3 who were "maybes" were able to make it, which was nice. "

I don’t know that I can find a lot of insight about this except to say that that the shifting number of RSVPs is something I find personally challenging and I strive to have a more relaxed attitude about. :-) 

I will say that over the years I’ve really enjoyed looking back at my entertaining diaries.  When I look at the menus, lists of guests and my notes, the parties come back to life for me.  It’s as if I get to experience them again!  Although I now document these things in this blog, I still keep a paper version.  I tape in the invitation or menu or a sample placard, maybe some pictures – whatever little things I have around that will capture the essence of the party.  And now, I print off my blog entry (instead of hand-writing as in the past) and attach it to a page.  If you entertain at all I highly encourage you to start this type of reference! 

Okay, now for the tags!  Hmmm…  I wonder who has yet to be tagged?  Okay, let’s try:

  1. Tami at Pacific Northwest Cheese Project23rd Post 
  2. Beau at Basic Juice – Beau’s post:  St. Juice 23:5
  3. Sarah at The Delicious LifeLet’s All Open Our Blogs to Delicious 23:5
  4. Augustus Gloop at Grab Your ForkPost 23… What do you see?
  5. Nominate yourself!  If you’d like to participate send me email or leave a comment and I’ll add your name to the list! 
  1. Unknown permalink
    05-Oct-2005 1:24 pm

    CuFoo:Well, this one\’s a helluva lot easier than the infamous "Top 5 Food Memories" one. Here goes:"Stores and restaurants are shuttered."To explain, the topic of this 23rd post was how dead Spain becomes in August when everybody (but me) is on vacation. Wow! How appropriate that the fifth sentence of my 23rd post pertains to restaurants. There\’s a little CuFoo in all of us.Although there\’s not much CuFoo in my thumb.Cheers, cousin!Sal

  2. Culinary permalink
    05-Oct-2005 6:25 pm

    :-) Sal – Your blog is Virtual Tapas Bar and I\’ve seen pictures of you with famous chefs on it, you know you\’re a food geek at heart. Now we just have to work on that thumb… ~ B

  3. Unknown permalink
    06-Oct-2005 5:06 pm

    Thanks for tagging me but I\’ve already done this meme:\’s an interesting way to look back on your post history though. Amazing how randomness can often generate meaningful insights! =)

  4. Culinary permalink
    07-Oct-2005 10:05 am

    Thanks for the update, Augustus! ~ B

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