Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Quirky? Who me?

The fabulous Ladylee tagged me for a meme. Here are the rules:

Link the person who tagged you.
Mention the rules in your blog.
Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger's blogs letting them know they've been tagged

My quirks (well 6 of them that I can share here, anyway):

1) I enjoy the sound of my husband chewing popcorn. At night, if I’m lying around reading a book and he starts to eat a bowl of popcorn, it’ll put me right to sleep. It’s very relaxing. I've been known even to ask him to make popcorn so I can listen to him eat it.

2) I have to keep everything I need to know in eyesight. So that means piled on my desk, pinned on corkboards, written on a white board or on a million sticky notes around my desk. My clothes are mostly in piles in my bedroom or hanging on the back of the closet door or the bedroom door (where I can see them). Seriously, if it’s out of sight I forget about it. Halloween candy can hide out until next Halloween as long as it’s put away. This is how bad it is: I’ve “found” clothes I actually forgot I owned because they were hung in my closet. I’ve bought a pair of shoes EXACTLY like ones I already had at home because I forgot I had them because they were in the back of the closet.

3) Since my friend Diane enjoys this quirk of mine so much, I’ll include it. Even though I no longer do it. I used to cross out the candies in the See’s Chocolates catalog I didn’t like and circle (and sometimes number in order of deliciousness) the candies I did like. Since I only have sugar-free or low-sugar chocolate now (Dagoba is the best!), it kind of takes the fun out of the See’s catalog.

4) I like raisins and bread. But I only like raisin bread if there aren’t too many raisins in it.

5) I lost the ability to tell right from left (without a lot of thought and then I’m still wrong half the time) after my mother died. When giving directions, she used to have to pretend to sign her name to figure out which way was right and which was left. (She was right-handed so the hand that was moving was the right hand.) Before she died I didn’t have a problem with it.

6) We feed our cats every 3 hours. We can’t leave food down all day because Vishnu will eat until the food is gone or he explodes, whichever comes first. But Hazel spent the 10 years before Vishnu came to live with us (a dark day in Hazel history) eating 60 3-bite meals a day. So if she “meal feeds” twice a day, she barfs. The compromise is small meals throughout the day. Whether we trained the cats to eat every 3 hours or they trained us to feed them every 3 hours, I couldn’t tell you. But I’d put money on the cats.

What an exercise this would be for developing characters!

I’ll tag Sustenance Scout, Mary Ann, Lafreya, Urban Conjure Woman, Gina Black, and Kwana.


Mary Ann said...

I loved #1 and #5 is amazing.

This will be fun! Thanks for the tag. I needed an idea for a new posting.

Shauna Roberts said...

What a fun post. Cats are something, aren't they?My life seems to revolve around feeding the cat, pilling the cat, feeding birds for the cat to watch...

I have quirk 2 as well. Anything not in sight might as well not exist.

Sustenance Scout said...

OMG Carleen, I'm still laughing! Thanks for the tag; I'm actually on a writing roll so this may have to wait a day or too...that'll also give me time to actually think about my quirks. I have a feeling my kids will be happy to point out a few.... Thanks for the smile! K.

Kwana said...

Really fun quirks and I actually share some. I got the tag and will do it soon. Thanks.

Lisa said...

These are some of the funniest quirks I think I've ever heard! I can't believe you can sleep to the sound of crunching popcorn! You and Scott share that "if I can't see it, it's lost" trait too. I am constantly being accused of hiding things :)

Larramie said...

Ha, is this the day for "jumpstart" writing ideas? First there was Lisa's and now yours, Carleen...very right-brain, or is it left? ;)

Sustenance Scout said...

Hahahaha, Larramie! This thread is a hoot. K.

Carleen Brice said...

Yeah, I'm just a laugh riot as long as you don't have to live with me.

Another story I just remembered, I bought a button that had a picture of a hanger crossed out because I thought somebody understood my closet phobia. Later my husband figured out that it was actually a statement about keeping abortion safe & legal. Duh.

Gina Black said...

And I would have guessed that hanger had something to do with Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest.

I *love* your quirks. Popcorn, having to see things, kitties, Sees, right and left.

I'm in the middle of a writing blitz too, but I'll take the tag and post it sometime this week. You think I can find six unspectacular quirks?

Lafreya said...

I love number 2 because I have to do the same thing.
I'm taking the tag and will get to by the weekend.

LadyLee said...

Okay, I have much to say, but I will try to be organized about it.

#1. **crickets**

#2. I do this too... so don't worry. (Or should you?) LOL!

#3. Very strange... yes indeed.

#4. **crickets**

#5. I still have to put my left hand in the air and make "L" shape with my thumb and index finger. Sigh!

#6. Man... see, you do the same thing that my Auntie does. I just sit and watch her go back and forth, dealing with her cats.

I MUST BE THE WORST CAT OWNER ON THE PLANET. Doggone cats better work it out with that dry cat food and that bowl of water. They better not get an attitude, because they won't be eating. I would lose my mind if I had to do anything more than that. Poor kitties:(

And there is nothing worse than cat barf. Clutch the pearls!

Yeah... you are one quirky gardener.

I too was thinking, when reading this, that this would be a good way to develop some interesting characters.

Good job!

(P.S.- got a funny post coming up, dedicated to you... I am SURE you will like it. LOL!)

Carleen Brice said...

Glad to know I'm not alone with some of my quirks!

And Ladylee...uh oh! A post dedicated to me? Gots to see what that is!

Ello said...

3 is me. I am you. Or you are me on three!

I'm sorry about the left and right ability. That is an interesting one for me. How does that manifest?

Carleen Brice said...

Really Ello?? You do this with the See's catalog or catalogs in particular?

The left/right manifests this way:

Hubby: Which way should I turn?
Me: That way. (pointing)
Hubby: (looking away from the road) Can't you just say left or right?!
Me: You missed the turn.
Hubby: $#@*!

Sustenance Scout said...

LOL Carleen, I can just picture that scenario! And I just posted my quirks, which are odd but not nearly as entertaining as yours! Thanks again! K.

Sherry/Cherie said...

I love the see's candy one -- I could so see myself doing something like that!!

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