|The Other Five Weird Things/Habits
||[Feb. 12th, 2007|02:04 pm]
|||||Kirkmount, The Robin||]|
Because I hate leaving things undone..
6. I can't nap. Unless I'm sick, and then it doesn't count, does it? Actually, that's how I KNOW I'm getting sick -- a successful nap. My head is way too busy thinking of things that need to be done, haven't been done, are in the middle of being done...the cats are playing at silly buggers, Percy gets up to take what seems like a 20 minute drink, just as I drift off, someone knocks on the door, the phone rings, the cats knock something over, Willow wants to go outside...if I do actually manage to fall asleep, I wake up startled. Always. I can't wake up slowly in daylight -- always a panic situation, my heart racing, my head spinning, omigod, I slept through an entire day, what have I forgotten, what....totally erases any therapeutic value from whatever napping happened. On the plus side, at night, I sleep well. Oh, I've got the mommy gene -- if any of the furkids are up to "unusual" noises, I'll be awake in a second. But I rarely have trouble falling or staying asleep.
7. I curl my hands inward when I sleep and often have to wear wrist braces at night (and THAT'S a sexy look, let me tell ya) when I fall into old habits. It makes the ol' carpal tunnel syndrome flare up. So, when I say to you, I have to hang up now; my hand is going numb...I'm not mocking your conversational abilities. I've just been bad about wearing my braces to bed.
8. I enjoy grocery shopping. Really. If I thought I could make a living at it, I'd skip the cooking part and just do "provisioning". What are you out of, what's expired, what do you need for your meals this week...and then go get it, drag it back and put it away. Food, housewares, kitchen stuff, linens, anything for the house, office supplies, tools...anything but clothes. Unless it's for someone else. But clothes for me...hate it. Hate it, hate it.
9. The personal development I'm most proud of is overcoming my aversion to being touched in public. You have no idea how hard it was for me to stop flinching when other people hugged me, cringing away when other people put their hands on my shoulders or arms, in just a social, non-threatening way. And it was a BFD for me personally, when I got to the point of just reaching out and doing the reverse. Without thinking about it and steeling myself for it. Honestly, I felt like such a loser, but there it was. It was hard, and I got over it, and now I find myself struggling to remember the "old days". Now I know what I was missing -- it's really, really comforting to get and give a hug to a friend.
10. I am a martinet when it comes to food safety and cleanliness. I can put you right off your meal when it comes to bacteria counts, and distribution of spray and...but I'll eat food right off the floor. If you're watching, I'll make a lame attempt at brushing off the cat hair...but for some bizarre reason this doesn't bother me at all. Barn floor, outside floor...bathroom floor is about the only exception. Don't worry -- I wouldn't pick it up and feed it to you.
Gee, ten already. I was just getting warmed up.