Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Six Weird Things About Me

I've been tagged by Roberta with one of the more interesting memes rolling through blogland.

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog."

Six Weird Things About Me:
  • I don't like background noise (radios, kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, the washer's high speed spin cycle, "conversationalists" at the gym, etc.). I know this is weird, and that a lack of "filler" noise bothers many people, so I tolerate it as best I can but feel a huge sense of relief when the noise stops.

  • Normally I'm very organized. I like a place for everything and everything in it's place. For instance, my clothes are hung in my closets and placed in my drawers according to type (pants, long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, etc). With sufficient room I am very tidy --- BUT if I have to cram too much stuff into a small space with no room to organize efficiently, I become overwhelmed and the area soon becomes chaotic. (My "Stash Room" is a fine example.)

  • I avoid putting gas in my car. I suffer mild panic attacks when I attempt to pump gas so I delegate as much as possible. I can "fill 'er up" if I have to, but will practically drive on fumes rather than do the dreaded task. When absolutely necessary I will use a familiar gas station or a full service station.

  • I find routine comforting. I like to go about my day in nearly the same manner, day after day. The time I awake and go to bed varies only a little. When I go to the gym I like to get the same locker, the same elliptical machine, the same spot for stretches. I eat the same breakfast almost every day. Although I enjoy vacations, I find the disruption of my usual routines stressful and can't wait to get home again.

  • I don't like to talk on the phone. You'd never know it though, when I do get a call I am often on the phone for over an hour and it's as much my fault as the caller's. Meandering conversations seem to be my specialty. I'd rather email most people. At least with an email you know you are not interrupting the person and they can respond when they have time.

  • I've been happily married to the same wonderful man for nearly 30 years. We started "going around" when I was 13 and he was 17 (it wasn't called "dating" when I was a teen). We got married 4 years later when I was 17 and had just graduated from highschool.

I've seen a lot of meme's out there in the blogsphere, and usually they don't appeal to me, but this one has been different. I've really enjoyed reading about other people's "weirdness" and contemplating my own. I think more than anything it has shown me that we all have our little oddities, and that no matter how unusual we think we are there is usually someone who can say "Me too!".

One more little oddity about me --- I don't like to tag people with memes, so even though this one has been fun, I'll ignore that line of the rules and ask instead that you (yes, YOU), leave a comment here on my blog. Either a "Me too" in regards to something I've mentioned here, or perhaps a totally new little tid-bit about yourself. Come on now, I've exposed my tender underbelly, the least you could do is SAY something.


Lani said...

I am SO with you on not liking background noise; it seems like more than half the people I know like having their TV on constantly, and tell me "Oh, I'm not watching it, it's just background noise." Heck, I know people who sleep with their TV on for the same reason! I can't stand it; the only background noise I like is the sound of the birds in my back yard squabbling over the feeders.

Sharon in Surrey said...

Yeah, I'm not a big lover of too much background noise myself!! Yes,I DO listen to audiobooks but when I have to concentrate, I turn everything OFF. No TV in the backgroud, it annoys me.

Knitstress Tygher said...

I dislike talking on the phone too. So much so that I avoid it actively. But I can't stand behind you on the background noise thing. Me, I need it. I think it's because I have bouts of tinnitus and well, background noise eases it.

angharad said...

I'm a little gas station phobic too. I will get to the point of absolute necessity before pulling up. It drives my husband (of a mere 7 years) nuts!

PJ said...

I agree about this weirdness one..I like reading others..I will do another..I have my list right here! I think the truth is the quirknessreally makes us more common than not ;)congradulation with your awesome relationship!

dragon knitter said...

i did a whole list, lol. it depends on the background noise and my head pain level. if i have a headache, the whine of the fan on mark's computer can drive me straight up a wall. when i'm home alone, the tv is not on if i'm not watching it. mark leaves it on the weather channel all day long if i let him. he has tinnitus, though, and it helps cover up the ringing.

Dorothy said...

I'm with you on the background noise and routine. I'll have the exact same thing for breakfast every morning for about a year and then something else will strike my fancy and I'll change. I'll stick with that for a year or so and then change. Right now it's Cheerios.

Michelle said...

Wow, we could be twins! I don't like background noise, either. My husband falls asleep with the radio on and when I toddle to bed, I shut it off. Can't stand it. We're the same on the organization and the phone too. Wow, it's great knowing that my weirdness is someone else's too. I know I'm in good company! LOL