Thursday, January 19, 2006

One meme, two meme, red meme, blue meme.

I've been tagged with a couple of memes recently (thanks, Chris and Karen and Nancy!). I needed to think about the "what are your quirks" meme for a while, but was pretty psyched to fill it out. And then I wondered, why is it that I want to reveal to the entire blogosphere the reasons you may not want to get to know me? The reasons you may decide I'm a little (or a lot) OCD?

Well, because it's fun to talk about yourself! Part of the reason I love blogging (and I know you love it for this reason too) is for the chance to be a voyeur, even if it's not the naughty kind. (Although some of that yarn porn does give you a little thrill, tell you what.) But, of course the opposite side of that coin is that you also get a chance to be an exhibitionist. And who knew that I ever had a secret desire to be one of those? But of course, everyone loves to share, and to know that everyone else is as bizarre as you are.

Anyway, overanalyzing things as usual, that's me. Maybe that should be Quirk #1.

Things You May Not Want to Know About Me

I had to bounce some of these off my roommate, since few people know me better than she does. And then we had a discussion about what constitutes a quirk. Is it something unusual about you, or something just plain weird? And where is the line(it's fine, ever so fine) between a quirk and OCD behavior?

Ahem, once again:

Quirk 1: Tendency to overanalyze everything. A sub-quirk of this would be my inability to make decisions. Cereal, yarn choices, books, you name it. (Making sub-quirks would probably also fall under Quirk #1.)

Quirk #2: I alphabetize my CDs, but I categorize my books by genre. Fiction, Art, Theory, Books I Worked On When I Was in Publishing, etc.

Quirk #3: When I pour my coffee, I always leave a little bit in the pot, even if there's room for it in my mug. When I eat a Snickers bar, I always leave a little bite in the wrapper, intending to save it for later but then getting it all over the contents of my purse. I guess it must be the thing about limiting your calorie intake and controlling your weight, but I swear, I don't know where I got this from or when I started doing it (my mom raised me in the clean-your-plate school of dining).

Quirk #4: I still fold my clothes Banana Republic style. You know how everything is always stacked just so, with the edges even and matching? There is a brainwashing technique they use that involves a folding board, and I'm not allowed to tell you more, but I worked there for two years and eventually you get so good at folding that you don't need the board anymore and even if you haven't worked there in years, you are compelled to fold your laundry...just so.

Quirk #5: I save every box that any major appliance has come in. I suppose I believe that if anything malfunctions I will be glad that I have the box to return it in, but even if months have passed and it's clear that the new alarm clock is doing A-OK, I still save the box because it makes it easier to pack all that stuff when you're moving. The one snag in this plan is that the boxes take up the precious storage space that you could be storing, well, your stuff in.

OK! Y'all still with me? Here's the second meme.

4 jobs you have had in your life

typist for a directory publisher
sales associate for Banana Republic
assistant editor for two New York publishers
assistant instructor for the University of Texas

4 movies you could watch over and over

Gone With The Wind
The Godfather
The Wizard of Oz
When Harry Met Sally

4 places you have lived

my parents house in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago
58th and 1st, Manhattan
30th Ave and 31st Street, Astoria, Queens
French Place, Austin, Texas

4 TV shows you love to watch

Sex and the City (still)
Friends (still)
The Bachelor (I don't know if I love it as much as I am bizarrely compelled.)

4 places you have been on vacation

Grand Cayman
Los Angeles
Guanajuato, Mexico

4 websites you visit daily

Yahoo Mail
University of Texas

4 of your favorite foods

Breakfast tacos from Mi Madre's
Home Run Inn Pizza
Italian beef sandwiches

4 places you would rather be right now

Grand Cayman
I'm actually pretty happy where I am, right now.

4 bloggers you are tagging

Jennifer, Talitha, Ashley, and Elizabeth: OK, ladies, I say that either of these two memes are up for grabs. Do one, or both...and make it good! Our inner voyeurs can't wait to see what you've got.


At 11:20 PM, Blogger candsmom said...

You do the Virgo in me proud! You are a first-class, over-analytical, quirky, borderline OCD and oh-so-lovable Virgo! ;-) I do the same weird crap with my candy bars and end up finding crazy smooshed up crumbs and stuff every couple of months in my purse. I bet you do the weird gum thing, too, where, in an effort to economize, you only chew 1/2 a stick and shove the other 1/2 into your purse for "later?" Oh whoops, that's me, not you, huh? ;-) I do the crazy box thing, too!! Good thing we're not roommates! And GWTW and Godfather are right up there on my list, too. I'm a little grossed out that you eat sushi (yeah, I do my race real proud, I know), but I still love you for creating a sub-quirk category. The voyeur in me thanks you for playing along and baring all. ;-)

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Karen said...

You are cracking me up with all the analyzing that went into your meme!!!! Don't worry, we all have our quirks, and getting them out there is strangely freeing. I've also noticed most knitters share the OCD thing - I guess we'd have to be OCD to follow those involved little patterns!!!

At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Nancy said...

"Sub-Quirk"?! You're killing me!! :-D I'm with you on being brain-washed by early employers. When I was 16 I got a job at Carson's in the Drapery Dept. (yeah, a 16-year-old selling Antique Satin pinch pleat drapes and custom vertical blinds.) Next to my department was Bed & Bath and when it got slow (90% of the time) I would wander over to B&B and fold towels. My house might be messy, but, damn, my linen closet would make Martha Stewart cry.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Marisa said...

Oh girlie, it's a good thing I already like you so. Also good you didn't tag me as I've only four quirks, not five. ;)

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Kim said...

I want Quirk #4!!

...Or maybe I want my husband to have Quirk #4 >: )


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