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6 random things about me plus 2 bonus ones for the heck of it

January 11, 2009


A long long time ago, in a faraway land, Maine Momma tagged me with a “6 random things” meme and since I haven’t done one of these in a while, I figured why not?  Lately, I’ve seen quite a few new faces in these parts and I thought this would give y’all a glimpse into my world and my quirks.  Who doesn’t love a good quirk?  Plus I’m feeling generous today so I threw in a couple extras for your reading pleasure.

  1. When I count, whether it be flowers on the wall or large wads of cash (yeah right) or words at work or blessings… I count in French.  It usually goes something like this: deux, quatre, six, huit, dix… I think it’s from my cashier years at the high school cafeteria, which didn’t make me win any popularity contests but I couldn’t pass up the free french fries (and mom, by french fries,  I mean warm meals with brussels sprouts and broccoli and all things healthy ;D.
  2. Winter showers are a 3-step process, planned just so for maximum efficiency and comfort.  I get up, put the espresso pot on the stove top, hop in the shower, wash up, run out, turn the burner on then jump back in bed, roll into the fetal position, under the covers from head to toe, my own little womb of warmth, my cocoon of cozy.  That’s pretty much how I dry off and warm up until I hear the last gurgle of espresso and the house is filled with the scent of caffeine.   Then and only then do I jump out of bed because, hello, there’s coffee just sitting there, waiting to be enjoyed.  That’s incentive for you.
  3. My right eye is smaller than my left, especially when I smile.  It’s not that I’m giving you the stink eye, it’s just the way my face looks.
  4. My favorite word in the French dictionary is Pamplemousse (grapefruit).  Try saying it.  It’s like blowing a pink cloud puff out of your mouth.  It’s playful and delicious in every way.
  5. I am paranoid about having boogers in my nose.  It all started when I was 16 and I worked with a man who always had snot oozing out of his nose.  It traumatized me.  I’m constantly asking my friends if I have “bats in the cave”. So if you ever see me with anything in the general vicinity of my nostrils, whether it be a fluff of dead skin or a speck of dust, for the love of God, put me out of my misery and tell me. There’s nothing worse than watching someone scratch their nose or rub their index finger under their nostrils whilst they’re talking to you and you start thinking maybe they’re sending a distress signal, maybe they’re doing it because they see something up your nose.  Then you start scratching your nose and you feel self-conscious the whole time you’re talking to them and all you can think about is hightailing it out of there and finding the nearest mirror… only to discover that 99% of the time, there is nothing in your nose and you’re just paranoid.
  6. Dang!  I say Dang!  A lot.  It’s my surrogate F word.
  7. I have a thing for men who wear scarves.  Gay Shmay.  Guys in scarves are hot.  But fellas.  You got to wear it right.   Either  in a chelsea knot (à la parisienne) or loose or once-around.  Is there anything sexier? mmm. mmm. mmm.
  8. When I take self-portraits, you may have noticed that I tend to purse my lips a lot.  Pourquoi?  Je ne sais pas.  It is an automatism.  It’s like saying cheese, except, not.



I think many people have done this meme before so rather than tagging someone, I encourage anybody who has never done it to play along.  Consider yourself tagged.  And if you don’t have a blog, feel free to share your own quirks here.  It’s a safe place.  I mean just look at the above photo with the silly head band.  If I can post that picture, you can share a quirk or two.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2009 10:35 am

    Pamplemousse & ananas are my favourite French words, it’s a tie – both are fantastic.

    And your headband is amazing. Your blog is always one of the first I read when I have a bunch of unread items in my reader – you’re so much fun to follow!

  2. carol mayer permalink
    January 11, 2009 11:24 am

    where have you been all my life? your blog is delightful. i am spending way too much time catching up on your old entries….keep it coming!

  3. Frannie permalink
    January 11, 2009 3:39 pm

    I hope you realize that the next time we’re together I won’t be able to resist scratching under my nose just to make you crazy. Is that an evil cackle you hear? Yep.

  4. m-c permalink
    January 11, 2009 6:59 pm

    Ahahahahaha. I love that you revealed your booger paranoia . That’s hilarious!
    Hope to see you soon. m-c xo

  5. Christina permalink
    January 11, 2009 7:33 pm

    I have a coffee ritual thing too…when I wake in the morning, I make my pot of coffee and then I give myself personal challenges (tasks) like doing a load of laundry and sweep the floors and I won’t allow myself a cup of coffee until I perform my tasks, it’s like my reward. Silly but true.

  6. lunacyn permalink
    January 11, 2009 8:21 pm

    I count in French too! and pamplemousse and ananas seem to be the favorite French words of most of my English friends. funny.

    1. I tend to tilt my head toward one shoulder every time someone points a camera at me.
    2. When I’m not at work, I almost exclusively wear skirts and dresses. Even in the dead of winter. I hate pants.
    3. I love love love pyjamas. It’s always the first bin I go to in the second hand stores and I have way too many.
    4. I secretly love the fact that none of the boys at work call me by name. It’s either pumpkin, princess, darling, little girl, etc. etc. It probably should bother me, being the only girl on a construction crew, but I like it. It feels more like camaraderie then it does sexism and it never fails to make me smile and chuckle to myself.
    5. I don’t really like to share, but I do anyway because my momma raised me right.
    6. I wish I would have had more opportunities to get to know you better while you lived in Nova Scotia. I think you’re lovely. 🙂

  7. January 12, 2009 2:27 am

    I sometimes count in French, but only up to 5 because that’s all I know. And sometimes in Finnish, but again, only up to 5, for the same reason. In German I know them all, and in Swedish. You’re freakin’ adorable, you are.

  8. Alison permalink
    January 12, 2009 6:29 am

    You gave me the greatest giggles this morning. Dang, is there any better way to begin a cold Monday morning than reading this blog? It was soooo funny. Broccili huh? You know I always had my doubts. 🙂

    I adore that second picture of you. Very nice.

    I just have to comment also on lunacyn’s comment about the names you’re called at work. So many women these days when called names like that immediately get up on their high horse and shout about how we had to work long and hard to earn respect and decent pay and yada yada yada. They’re right about some things too. Absolutely. But sometimes (often) that politically correctiveness goes way too far. All that to say it’s nice to hear someone say that they don’t mind the names that men use for them in a case like yours where it does seem like camaraderie. Good for you.

  9. January 12, 2009 11:37 am

    yay for memes done! and so funny, my bff and i always say ” do i have a bat in my cave” lolol ! i think your SP’s are so “dang” cute!

    xo kristin, thanks for playing.

  10. January 12, 2009 12:14 pm

    Dang! I thought your photos were going to give a demo on how men should be wearing their scarves. I love your coffee / shower ritual…sounds a little like mine. And the word “pamplemousse,” I could just repeat that one over and over. YUM!!!

  11. helen permalink
    January 12, 2009 1:31 pm

    I’m a new face! So I thought I’d say hello…

    I’ve been reading all your archives in what I suppose is a slightly stalkerish way, but don’t worry, I’m not about to start posting you parcels of poo or emailing you creepy poems. I don’t really write comments on blogs very often because my efforts always make me seem a prize ninny, so this may be the last you read from me.

    So, thank you for your lovely blog, for putting it out there. Your photographs are beautiful and you write so well. I hope that 2009 is all you wish it to be and that you make all your dreams come true. Oh dear, the longer this comment goes on the more stalkerish and ninnyish I seem, stop me stop me!

    Best wishes


  12. kathryn Guerriero permalink
    January 12, 2009 8:34 pm

    quirky’s a word that even fits me in my sleep…
    1. i like my toe nails as short as they can go – it’s a must
    2. i’m self concious about my laugh and thus i occasionaly try new ones in the shower or other random times when i’m alone right eyebrow is much lower than my left, so i pluck to even them out i brush the hair to even them out and again when i’m alone i try to lift the right side up a la quizzical in the hope it’ll one day stay there
    4. when i cook i like to prep all the ingredients put them in little bowls, then it’s ‘show’time
    5. when i agree wholeheartedly i often say amen, funny thing is i said it alot growing up when i didn’t really agree with what was being said – it’s like my opportunity to reagree, hehe
    6. i believe in angels, faeries, magic and miracles and that energy connects us all
    oh and when i climb into bed at the end of the day i never fall asleep ’til i crack both ankles
    and i’m your biggest fan ever

  13. January 14, 2009 11:51 am

    I am loving the quirky pout.

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