|Because I am sleep-deprived and peer pressure is so hard to resist
||[Aug. 30th, 2007|09:00 am]
|||||The sound of the plumber fixing the leaking shower!||]|
A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."
(and here the challenge is to think up things you people don't know already.)
A. The Seven Habits/Quirks/Facts
1. I'm a compulsive editor. I will correct your spelling, your grammar, I will make your sentences tight, to the point and active. Right now, it's killing me not to fix this meme...I mean, for heaven's sake, habits, quirks OR facts? Make up your mind. If you're going to be a meme, take a stand. Why not just say "blather on about seven things you've been dying to share but for which you can't think of an effective lead-in, so just number them and that will be all right."
2. I am alarmingly, dangerously honest. If you look fat in that dress, I will tell you, so think before you ask me. I might even tell you anyway, although I'm trying not to flirt with footinmouth so much. If I say "I don't care" or "whatever you want"...I really mean it. C'mon, how often do I NOT have an opinion?
3. I have huge food issues, for a chef. I've trained myself to eat cilantro, although I will still pick it off if it's riding on top. I can only eat eggs if they are in a baked good or otherwise cooked in so that there is no egg flavor or appearance. Milk grosses me out; I don't even like to look at it pour. I've come to enjoy sour cream, tolerate yogurt if it's in a sauce and come to an agreement with cottage cheese -- if I eat it really fast, we're okay, but if I stop to contemplate the curds, we're done.
4. I hate hot drinks. I can drink and even enjoy tea, but it has to come to room temperature. Coffee is just gross. Hot and icky-tasting. Mulled wine, cider...I'm going to let it come to room temperature anyway, and then wonder why you had to ruin it with all that s*** in it. Soup...is sort of a waste on me unless it's really chunky and resembles stew.
5. Sometimes I can't handle the sound of people talking. At all. There is not enough silence in the world. (Natural sounds like leaves rustling, birds and insects are exempt.) Yesterday I was picking grapes for a friend who owns a vineyard and a woman came up and said, "Oh, I'll work right across from you so it won't be so lonely." I had been so very happy, in my own head with the bugs and the sun and the leaves and the grapes, right up until that moment. How could she think that listening to her blather on about her issues at work would improve my day?
6. I learn best by self-teaching. I get impatient in group classes, because the pace is usually too slow and the one-on-one attention in individual instruction makes me self-conscious and itchy. Show me, or better yet, give me the manual, or just let me watch you, then let me go off and practice on my own, and come back in a while to correct, give suggestions and go away again. I'd had only basic swimming lessons, but with the help of a book and practice, taught myself how to swim well enough to beat kids who'd been on swim team since before they could walk. Six western riding lessons and some books and lots of practice and I was able to train myself and my horse well enough to get a trunk full of ribbons and trophies showing hunter-jumper and saddle classes. Yeah, chef of the year without ever having had a cooking class or even watching television cooking shows.
7. Despite being prideful and pig-headed (see #6) and bossy as hell (but you KNOW that) I take orders very well. I actually ENJOY being told what to do. As long as the person telling me what to do has the situation under control and is competent. And the orders aren't stupid. Because then I will have to tell you. (see #2) If I cannot tell you, I will not fulfill the mission. Because it's dumb.
B. This is the part where I'm supposed to tag 7 people. (See #7) The point of a meme is that it spreads on its own. That's why they're so freaking fascinating. (For a greater understanding of the concept of memes, beyond "a crutch for folks who can't think of anything to put in their journal that day", read Richard Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene") To "tag" people, frankly, makes it a chain letter without consequences and interferes, I think, with the inherent beauty of a meme. (see #1 and #2 and try and remember my GOOD qualities)
C. You're not the boss of me.