I am charged with revealing 6 quirks, a challenge I can hardly ignore, since it comes from the indomitable Sarah Martin. The rules, apparently, are:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules (done!)
3. Share 6 non important habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag at least 3 people.
5. Be sure the people you tagged know you tagged them by leaving a comment.
I tag: Camille over at 327 Market, Jessica at red dot/blue dot , and Neal B at limn. I'm sure they can come up with something.
Quirk #1: I Can't......
Dive into a pool, turn a cartwheel, stand on my head, ski, ride a bike in traffic, figure out the allure of American Idol.
Quirk #2 Speed Reading = Re-reading
I read really fast. I always have and I consider this a detriment. When I was little I would buy a book at a bookstore, finish it before you could say 'knife' and then spend the rest of the evening re-reading it. I wish I could savor books and just take my time, but it's hard. I know, this isn't a very quirky quirk, but from it has come an unexpected benefit.....
The way I speed read (and this is not a learned habit, it just happens) is by anticipating in any given sentence, what the 'small' words are going to be-(I suppose those are mainly the pronouns)-and I skip them. I don't know how I anticipate them but I do. So, when I re-read a book, it's often like a whole new book, because I'm reading different words than the last time I read it. I know. It doesn't make much sense. But I'm a big re-reader, and I think this is why.
Quirk# 3 Pathological Spelling
If you're ever talking to me and I look slightly distracted, the odds are good that, though I'm listening, I'm also silently spelling random words in our conversation. I use my fingers to spell them, S-P-E-L-L: S on the thumb; P on the pointer; E on the middle, you get the idea. There's also a complicated system for condensing the word by combining different letters on a finger, depending on the letter. This is determined in a few different ways: sometimes by the letter combinations (CH, TH, BR, DR); or doubles; vowels can be combined, not consonants; sometimes the colour of the letter. (See Quirk #4). I've done this ever since I won the only trophy I own: 2nd Grade Spelling Bee Champion, Soquel Elementary.
I already blogged about this way back when Camille tagged me with her meme, so read that. Basically, I see numbers and letters as specific, fixed colors. A is red, B is brown, C is yellow, and D is a darker brown than B. E is orange, F is a darkish gray, G is yellow (gold?). I could go on, but you get the idea. Whole words are colored variously, depending on their letters, and so this is why I can stand around spelling stuff in my head-each word looks very different to me. Numbers are this way as well: 1 is dark gray, 2 is red, 3 is yellow, 4 is brown, 5 is blue. The difference with numbers is that they get twice as dark as half their number. 3 is yellow, but 6 is REALLY yellow......
Quirk #5: I Don't Eat Bottom Feeders
I hate seafood. Whenever people wax rhapsodic about their crab salad sandwich or jumbo shrimp special or sushi with the girls; I am picturing someone getting attacked by a shark, and the little pieces of human flesh floating down, only to be tidily ingested by the Hoovers of The Sea: the bottom feeders. And then we eat them. Hey, this quirk sounds like good eating sense to me, so maybe it's the rest of the world's quirk, not mine?
Quirk # 6: Aluminum Seals Must GO
When I buy peanut butter, or ketchup, or anything that comes with that little aluminum seal thing over it, you know-right under the cap- I MUST completely peel every little teensy tinsy bit off before I can resume my life. I have my priorities, after all.
items of note:
- 327 market
- a paper elephant::heidi
- an organic experience::the other
- aunty suzanne brewer
- bbc 4:: gardener's question time
- bricks in the cave::children's adventure story
- dani the poet
- esther in the garden
- esther's boring garden blog
- etsy::all things handmade
- garden rant: garden blog for the courageous and dirty
- i like it::scotland as few have seen it
- let them parachute in
- lizzy cantu
- loose and leafy::lucy
- mayor of dannyland
- neal breakey
- nori::seaweed girl
- o.t. girl::my favourite anonymous o.t.
- pictures just pictures
- polar goldie cats: (secret: i am tam's little sister)
- sarah::appearing as herself
- sir gibby::b'liciousbennet
- the molly
- vintage faith church
- YWAM Seamill, Scotland: dearly missed
Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature
- A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
- Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
- RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
- Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
- Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
- Sunset Western Garden Book
- Sunset Western Landscaping Book
- The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
- the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
- The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
- The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
- We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish
lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations
- vespertinus: flowers in the evening
- veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
- superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
- rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
- placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
- nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
- nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
- muralis: growing on walls
- mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
- formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
- carpe vitam: get a life
- Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.