Monday, January 22, 2007

I was going to call this post "tagged," but since it's about weirdness, I'll call it "leafy greens"

There I was, minding my own business, perfectly content in my pretty little meme-free bubble, a meme virgin, you might even say. And then Sarah went and tagged me.

The weirdness meme, of all things! Here are the Official Box-Top Rules:

People who get tagged need to write a blog post of 6 weird things about them 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.

OK, I'm a good sport. I'm willing to play. But I'm not weird! Not in the least!

So I had my husband help me with this. Funny, he was quite happy to. Here's what we came up with.

1. Unruly eyebrows really bug me. Unibrows, bushy brows, OK, fine – just please have the all hairs going in the same direction! The sensation of having my eyebrows rubbed against the grain – or even watching someone else rub their own eyebrows the wrong way – gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies.

2. I do not like hobbits, leprechauns, or any other fantastical, hairy-footed, underground-dwelling little people. Mushrooms somehow fall into the same category. I do not like them either.

3. I also hate space, but I love yogurt. (J's translation: "She's a yogurt fanatic.") Therefore, when I am Queen of the World, I will replace NASA with a federal yogurt program. Go ahead and laugh, but I know that it will change the world! You'll see! Better digestion for all!

4. I've inherited a family talent for improvising new lyrics to almost any song and to suit almost any situation. See this post. But my all-time masterpiece may be a song about manatees in estuaries to the tune of Madonna's "Get Into the Groove." I made it up to distract myself from impending death by exhaustion on a sea-kayaking trip where the tide was perpetually flowing against me and my puny paddles. I believe it began something like this:

   Slow, minumum wake
   Boy you don't want to take
   The life of a manatee-e-e-ee!

What can I say? It's a gift.

Oh, and J and I got engaged on that trip despite the fact that the death-by-exhaustion was his idea.

5. When I am stressed, I have dreams about my teeth getting broken and/or falling out. I also develop a scaly patch on my left elbow. I call it my "stress elbow." Nice, huh?

6. Since living in Japan, I habitually flip through catalogs, magazines, etc. back to front. It's all I can do to force myself not to do this with books.

So, there you have it. Weird women of the web, I am one of you. I'm not going to tag 6 others, but I'll be happy to read about your own 6-pronged weirdness if you leave a comment telling me where to go.


Anonymous erin said...

i have the same teeth breaking, crumbling and falling out dreams! either you aren't weird or i am weirder than i thought.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Hey, I have a scaly elbow too, but I think it's from leaning on it while I blog-surf rather than stress.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous kirsten said...

i have an eyebrow thing, too (i've never really liked the mona lisa - she has none!) and i love yogurt.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Well, since you lived with me for a while in college, you probably already know plenty of weird things about me, but here are some you may not know:

1) I always put my right shoe on first. Always.

2) If I have a choice, I will not sit with my back to the door.

3) I refuse to eat either shrimp or spinach because to me, they taste like dirt.

4) I have never seen an entire episode of either "I Love Lucy" or "The Andy Griffith Show".

5) The texture of food is very important to me -- I dislike overly smooth foods such as custard, pudding, and (yes!) yogurt. Ice cream is okay because it melts.

6) I can't think of a sixth weird thing to say, which in itself may be weird.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Ellen said...

Sorry for double-posting, but there's no way to edit comments. I thought of a sixth thing:

6) I get extremely embarrassed when people sing out of context. This is true for real-life situations as well as fictional ones (like on TV shows).

I'll be quiet now.

12:41 PM  
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