Friday, December 16, 2005

5 Weird Things...

I've been tagged by suzie. I'm supposed to list five of the weirdest things or habits about me. After consulting with my kids, er, children (smiling for suzie), I've been able to narrow my list.

1. I always have some strange nature-related experiment/observation set up on the bar that separates the kitchen from the breakfast area. Sometimes it's jars of caterpillars and chrysalises/cocoons. Sometimes it's some other bugs in a jar that I'm studying their behavior, etc. Once I had a baby black widow spider in a jar, and I fed it small bugs until it died. (I guess it didn't like confinement. Don't call PETA on me!) And right now I have a kind of terrarium set up with a snail (I named it Gary after Sponge Bob's pet snail) in it. I had two venus flytrap plants that I bought at Walmart and I had set this up to make it as much like their native habitat as possible. In a bowl were some snail shells that the kids had collected months ago. I put some of them in the terrarium as 'decoration'. The next thing I know there's a snail crawling all over the place. I guess they can be dormant for a long time.

2. Despite my lax and casual way of writing here I have strong pet peeves about writing. If I'm reading a 'properly' published article in a magazine, newspaper, or book I get very annoyed by grammatical and spelling errors. The kinds of things that really get to me are the confusion of there and their, whose and who's, it's and its, and so on. But the thing that really drives me insane is when people use "I" as a subject, a la 'do this for him and I.' AAAAAAAHHHHHH! You don't say 'do this for I' do you? I think people get confused by the rule that you are supposed to use 'I' after a form of the verb 'be'. Like, "it is I" or "it was she" and so on. But how hard is it to remember the difference? Editors should know these things. I know I'm totally anal about that. Sorry. But that's a weird thing about me.

3. I like a little (well, maybe a little more than a little) clutter. A completely stark, sterile, and uncluttered space makes me very uncomfortable. I need familiar and favorite things around me. Maybe it's because I'm such a visual person and because I orient myself by my visual environment. If someone moves my stuff it totally screws me up. Eventually, I'll clear out my space to remove the old stuff and start accumulating new stuff. David says that I really am like a mouse the way I'll gather stuff to build my nest.

4. Whether you 'believe' in it or not, I have a certain amount of 'psychic' ability. I just know things sometimes. The older I get the more it happens. Sometimes I think it's just that I'm very perceptive of my surroundings. But isn't that what ESP means anyway? Extra-Sensory Perception? I'm no John Edward or Edgar Cayce though. But finally after living with me for over 14 years David (a big sceptic) has acknowledged that I really do perceive more than the 'average'. Maybe it has to do with variations in individual sensory thresholds or something like that. But my kids think it's pretty weird.

5. And finally, I just like weird stuff. I'm not interested in the 'typical' things that society tells me to be interested in, like oh, I don't even know, stuff like Manolo Blahnik shoes and shows like Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives. Some of the weird stuff I like is somewhat dark and disturbing like Rob Zombie's music and movies. I love House of 1000 Corpses. I have a real definite dark side that I'm not too afraid to shine some light on. I like the Jolly Roger and skeletal images and bugs and snakes and bats and other things that are commonly seen as 'bad.' But I'm not all gothic or anything. Most definitely not because I also love the other extreme of frou-frou stuff like sparkly pretties and fluffy accessories that you'd imagine a typical 13 year old girl might like. My children know that I'm not like most other moms. But maybe I overestimate my weirdness?

Okay, so now "tag" you're IT... (apologies if you've already done this or if you don't want to, no pressure, of course!)





Kat said...

Oh my gosh! I've never been tagged before! Only five weird things about me? Might take a day or two to narrow it down! lol

Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Rae Ann I knew you would be originally interesting. Wow, on your projects, I bet the children love that. Promise I won’t call Peta! (LOL) I probably drive you crazy w/ all my grammatical errors. (LOL) I get some confused especially on who and whom or whose – several others too. (smiling) I am with you on the clutter and enjoy my things around me. Going somewhere that looks sterile, I feel uneasy and uncomfortable. Even with the little piles, I know where everything is. (smiling) We definitely share in our psychic abilities and for ones that finally acknowledged that they are real and frequent. This is the first time to hear of this movie. I got scared as a child of a few horror movies, so since then I do not watch many. I loved Alfred Hitchcock movies though growing up. Thanks for taking the challenge, I enjoyed your post.

Sylvana said...

Your #3-5 could very well have been written about me!! I can not get clutter out of my life and I go nuts when people move my stuff. A lot of people that know me well really do believe that I am psychic. And my son and his friends say that I am not like other moms too. Sometimes they think I'm really cool and sometimes I frighten them. ;P
I often find myself looking in the girl's section at department stores wondering why they don't have stuff in my size.

Rainypete said...

Dammit!! A tag! I feel like one of those animals in a wildlife documentary!

Rae Ann said...

kat, take you time! It took me a while to do mine. But if you don't want to do it that's cool too!

suzie, on blogs and stuff I'm not so anal about grammar and stuff. None of us has the benefits of an editor who's trained for that! LOL

sylvana, yeah, sometimes my kids call me 'scary'. LOL

rainypete, don't feel like you have to do it. But if you do I'm sure it will be very interesting!

Kat said...

I finally posted mine!

Chris said...

I can't remember where I saw these things, unfortunately, but there are t-shirts and accessories and such that combine girlie style with darker imagery such as skulls and bats and the like.

If I remember where I saw this, I'll let you know.

Oh, and Merry Kwanstmakuh to you and yours!

Rae Ann said...

kat, you're are all really good!

chris, I think Hot Topic and Claire's have some of that stuff.... Yeah, I've

Rae Ann said...

kat, dang, I screwed that one up. It was supposed to say 'yours are...'.