Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tag, You're It!

Did I mention that I'm still sick? Yeah, I'm at the point now where I'm hacking my head off and coughing up lots of fun stuff. V's still no better with the runny nose and cough himself. I'm really getting tired of being stuck in the house, and I know he wants to get outside, too. I think a trip to the park or even our own backyard is in order, later.

So, on to more fun things. My mommy friend Kristin turned me on to a great website yesterday, The Mom Bloggers Club. It's kind of a Facebook or Myspace geared toward mommies who like to blog with lots of ways to network and discuss blogging and life in general. I've already been lead to a couple of neat blogs, including Punky Monkey. The mommy blogger, Tena, posted a fun little tag game to play with other bloggers, and I thought I'd share it with you all, and hopefully, get our own game going.

Here are the rules for “6 Quirky Things”:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Well, no one tagged me since I'm starting this particular game, and I'm not sure if I personally know 6 people who follow my blog and who also blog themselves, but I'll try my best with the "6 Quirky Things" bit.

1. I have this terrible habit of starting something and, if I can't finish it right away, it tends to sit there waiting for me to get it done. Then, I suddenly get bored with it and move on to something else that also never gets finished. I have a knitting project that's not been touched in weeks, my husband's chain mail dice bag that was supposed to be a Father's Day present and may not even be finished by Christmas, a book I've wanted to finish for a while that will have to go back to the library today, a video game in the middle of which I'm kind of stuck, and countless other things lying around the house. I'm not sure if I have ADD and become distracted too easily, or if it's just my mommy brain making it impossible for me to focus on one thing at a time. This probably isn't a "unique quirk", since I have a feeling there are a lot of people like me, but it was the first thing that came to mind.
2. I have a lot of friends who are girls, but I think I have even more friends who are guys, most, if not all, with whom I've never had any other kind of relationship. This may not be a unique quirk, either, but I think it's something interesting about me. It's not that I don't get along with girls--I totally do. It's just that I tend to like to do things geared more toward the male population, especially gaming. There were a lot of girls at Gen Con Indy this year, but I bet the majority of the population was male, and a lot of the games being demoed were made particularly with the male gender in mind. I chalk this quirk up to having lived and played with a brother for a long time before my sister came along. Also, I gave birth to a son, so it kind of helps that I tend to play more boy games with him than girly things (more blocks, and less tea parties).
3. When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time daydreaming with different movies playing out in my head, usually with me as the lead "actress". I've noticed lately that if I have a lot of time on my hands, the "movies" tend to come back, only they're a little different than what I daydreamed then. It probably happened because I read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies and TV growing up. I've had a lot of different scenes constantly playing out in my noggin over the years, some of which actually started as real dreams that I remember. I've always wondered what would happen if I wrote any of them down. I tried once when I was in high school and then, buried the notebook somewhere in my room. When I found it some time after college, I reread it and thought it was the silliest thing I'd ever read. It involved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, if that tells you anything. Yeah, I was a big fan back in junior high school. It was a weird obsession I had at that age, but I totally had fun with it.
4. I never ate cucumbers or olives before I got pregnant. Then, when I was pregnant with V, I couldn't get enough of cucumbers on my salads or olives on my pizza. I thought they were going to be just some weird pregnancy cravings that would go away after I had my son. However, I still crave them sometimes two years later, especially olives. Weird, huh?
5. I like to have wine every once in a very great while, but I'm very afraid to drink too much alcohol. I've never been drunk in my life, though I think I've been kind of tipsy once or twice. My parents never drank in front of me growing up, so that could have been a part of it. Also, I was a very rigid, conservative, religious, little goody-two shoes. There were a lot of things I would not try until I went to college, and even then, I didn't experiment with much of anything, especially alcohol. Part of me has always been afraid that I might become an addict for various reasons, but I think I just don't like the idea of losing control of my mind and body. I've seen and been around a lot of drunk people in my life, and even though it looks like they're having fun, to me they're mostly just an embarrassing mess. That's my personal opinion and impression. Please don't think I'm judging or thinking about any one person in particular. I'm just not a drinker and prefer not be in a situation where a lot of heavy drinking is involved. A little alcohol among friends now and then is one thing for me. A huge gathering with people falling all over themselves drunk is quite another.
6. I'm sometimes afraid of ghosts, the darkness, and very bad storms. Yes, even at 30-something years old, I'm still afraid of these things. I've heard too many stories from friends and others about hauntings and the like, and I've personally experienced a few weird things myself that keep me interested in, and sometimes afraid of, the supernatural and the unknown. I'll have to tell you the story some time about when I was in college, and I felt the spirit of my grandfather before I'd actually heard he'd died. My (sometimes) fear of the darkness is related to my fear of ghosts and really is just a product of my imagination. We live in a much bigger house now, and it can get really eerie and quiet at night, especially when B's working at the hospital and V and I are alone. My fear of storms is just a habit I picked up from other family members with the same fear and also, from when we actually had a tornado-like situation cause a tree to fall on our house when I was little. I think I'm getting better with this fear, but there are times when it can really overcome me, especially now with so many weird weather-related catastrophes happening around the world.

So, that's my list. It's not particularly funny or weird, but it's all me. And now, I'd like to tag a couple of bloggers I know and see if they have anything to share. Remember, you don't have to do this at all. I thought it'd be a fun departure from our normal blogging.

Kristin and Beth--TAG, you're it!
Updated to add: Anyone reading this with a blog of their own who would like to jump in on the fun, please feel free to do so. You've all been universally TAGGED! Sorry if I didn't tag you personally. I probably don't know you have a blog, or did at one time and just forgot (remember, mommy brain). If you decide to play, please add a link to your blog post in my comments. I'd love to read them all!

Have a great Saturday, everyone!


Miss P and Baby E's Mama said...

I am getting to this. It may take me a little while...but I'll do it eventually! Thanks for it!

Amanda C. said...

No worries! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I was beginning to fear that it might have become a little too weird, and I probably should have just kept my mouth shut, or my blog shut, as the case may be. ;) Oh, well. Had to be honest!