Monday, March 13, 2006


Having abandoned my poor blog for more than a month, I've been tagged by Bela (Slap of the Day) to list five weird or peculiar things about myself. Now, I tend to think I'm boringly normal and sane...but feedback from my family and friends seems to indicate otherwise. So, here goes:

1. I often read the end of a novel first. I've read a lot of books. And I'm a fairly critical reader. So if, in the first few chapters, a novel begins to pall - if the characters have not gained my sympathy, if there are numerous historical inaccuracies, if the writing style aggravates me - I will skip ahead and read the end, to see whether the author will manage to pull out of the nose-dive. If so, I can return to where I left off, secure in the knowledge that I won't feel I've wasted my time when I get to the end. If the end is unsatisfying, I just quit right there. Next!

2. When I'm bored, I like to look at things out of alternate eyes. Say I'm in a waiting room. The magazines are old and/or unappealing, I've forgotten my current book (or have already read the end, see above). I will close first one, then the other, changing the view and perspective. This is especially effective with doorways and other vertical apertures. It works best when there are no people to observe - otherwise, they may think you're getting fresh with them.

3. I can't stand to sleep with my feet tucked in. The end of the bedclothes must be left loose, untucked from the mattress, or I just go nuts. I dislike socks, too, and never wear them unless it's really freezing outside. Sometimes, at night, my feet get so hot that I have to go down to the kitchen and stand on the cold tile floor to cool them off. I recently found out that my dad does this, too, so maybe it's genetic. Congenital Hot Feet.

4. In the nearly 24 years I've been married, I have had seven "wedding rings". A few years into my marriage, I developed an allergy to nickel, and apparently there is enough nickel in 14K gold to cause some people problems. That was why I switched the first time. After that, there seemed to be no point in keeping to only one ring when it wasn't the original, so when I get tired of one - or find a ring I like better - I switch. My dear husband fortunately understands that I am faithful to him, not to a piece of jewelry. He bought four of the seven for me as gifts; the other three were to suit my own fancy, including the one I wear right now - a natural emerald in an 18kt gold bezel, atop a wide silver band. I find I can wear platinum and silver with no problem (just in case anyone out there wants to contribute to my peculiarity!).

5. My eyes are such a weird blue-green color, I'm often accused of wearing colored contacts. I don't.

Okay, enough about me. I'd love to hear some really weird stuff about:

K... (Seldom Nice Nowadays)
N... (Life In Paris) and
T...(Brain Trapped in Girl's Body)


Blogger Bela said...

Thank you so much for playing, D. I’m sorry for the delay in commenting (I couldn’t until today).

You really are very weird. I love it. I’ve never done what you do with books. I’m probably not a very adventurous reader these days: I only read more or less what I know I will enjoy. But it’s a great idea. Doesn’t work with anything suspenseful, does it, though?

Doing the looking thing wouldn’t work for me, since I only have sight to speak of in one eye, but I can appreciate that it would make things more interesting. I would never have thought of doing that.

Feet-wise, I’m the total opposite: my feet are always cold (so are my hands: I have bad circulation) and I need to have them covered most of the time. I cannot sleep if I don’t have something on my legs and feet and it needs to have some weight: if it’s too light, I can’t sleep.

I’ve never been married so no single or multiple wedding rings for me. However, I do wear three rings and they’re all 18K gold. I’m not that fond of ‘white’ metals on me (although that’s what I should be wearing since I’m a blue-red according to that colour thing, you know). But I like mixing metals: I used to wear an Art Nouveau pewter medal on a gold watch chain around my neck: it was nice (I had to stop because I was told the relief on the medal would get eroded through friction with my clothes). Your current ring sounds absolutely gorgeous.

And so do your eyes.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Oh, the eye thing - I do that too, but for me it has extra-added interest because I see colours differently out of each eye. Not violently differently, you know - blue doesn't become green or anything - but they change shade. And so it's fun to see what effect that has on red, on blue, on green, on pale beige. I guess I must have different numbers of 'cones' in each eye.

11:18 AM  
Blogger red-queen said...

Thanks alot, J! (LOL) Isn't if funny how we all chug along thinking that the way we do things is normal and sensible?

Lulu - I will pay close attention to see if there is any color shift - I've never noticed it before. Maybe you're just weirder than I :>)

6:34 AM  
Blogger Trina said...

I hate to call you out, but this post does NOT count - none of these things are peculiar to me at all! LOL!

I do the eye thing too, and have since I was a kid. Wearing glasses makes it even more interesting - it still boggles my mind that my brain puts all this conflicting info together into a cohesive image!

And although I used to be a tucked-in sleeper, DH has forever converted me to sleeping "footloose" :~D

4:36 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

My husband and I BOTH have that same problem with nickel. Our rings are fairly plain, so it's not too much to have the protective coating redone on them, but we just finally decided that our rings are pretty symbols, but just symbols of the promise we make to each other every day. He can't wear his half the time anyhow, since things like jewelry and rings are not allowed at his job - he's a railroader. The rings could catch on the machinery, and they're considered a safety hazard. (And it has happened to people with rings and watches on in the recent past, so they're not just trying to cover their asses by banning jewelry.)

6:24 PM  

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