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05 January 2006 @ 11:55 am
Meme Day, yay!  
nenya_kanadka asked me to do this one, and it led to some interesting and revealing family conversations.

"Parents, what are my quirks?"
Dad: "Your toes are always curled up."
Me: "What? Really?"

So, Six Quirks Of Mine:

1. In the Disgusting Personal Habit category, I like licking my plate, especially after something like ice cream or maple syrup has been on it. I learned it from my mom. I have also learned not to do this in public, so instead, I scrape my plate as clean as possible with my fork. (I used to also like only having one thing on my plate at a time, so I would finish the salad before there was rice, etc, but I have trained that out of myself.)

2. Any time I see a water fountain, I have to take a drink. My high-school friends called this a "camel complex."

3. Much like a parakeet, I am totally hypnotized by mirrors. If I can see a mirror, even out of the corner of my eye, I find it really difficult to hold normal conversations. Since it doesn't really matter if I can see myself in the mirror or not, I think this is less about vanity and more about total fascination at seeing the world in reverse.

4. I still have imaginary friends -- mostly the same ones I had when I was younger, actually. When I'm driving alone long distances, still occasionally hold pretend phone conversations with pretend people. Yes, I am being medicated.

5. I'm selectively superstitious. I still do the kiss-my-hand-and-touch-the-ceiling thing when I drive through a yellow light. Also, while learning to drive, I figured out a way to pick up my feet when crossing railroad tracks without taking them off the pedals (so that I would not die by being tied to a track and run over by a train, you see). I have finally stopped doing that Ryder Truck thing, but only because it requires two hands.

6. It takes great concentration for me to sit with both feet on the floor. I prefer to sit crosslegged (or otherwise contorted) on chairs. Even in short skirts, I find ways to tuck at least one foot up. Also, apparently, my toes are always curled up.

While typing this, mouse!Lizzie has been crawling around on my hands. She is too light to press the keys on the keyboard unless she really tried, but can activate the trackpad. Then she curled up in my collar and went to sleep. AWWW.

Edit: Oh, crap. I'm supposed to tag six people, aren't I? Well, er... meg_tdj never passes up a good meme, neither does roothekittycat, and, er... liminalliz, rosewildeirish (if she's feeling up to it), mspooh and OF COURSE qwirky, who does not actually have to do it, but has to be mentioned for a meme that stole her name and misspelled it.
feel: weirdweird
hear: Fiona Apple - "Tymps"
Sarah (aka Smish): Anime Mesmishpixie on January 5th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
When I'm driving alone long distances, still occasionally hold pretend phone conversations with pretend people

I occasionally do this too.... but often only to try and look less stupid when people catch me singing along to my CDs! *bg*
Little Redmylittleredgirl on January 5th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
HEE! It is useful for that too, yes... *shifty eyes*
Fimuldy on January 5th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
OMG...number 1 is so me!! I lick everything clean - but not in public ;)!

And the one thing on the plate at a time?? Always!! Although now its more I eat my meat and potatos/chips/noodles/wateva from the same plate and then I eat my salad after...

*feels very unalone now*

My family things i'm weird ;)

Little Redmylittleredgirl on January 5th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
OMG! I am not alone in the world!!!

My family always serves dinner buffet-style, where we just put the dishes in containers on the counter and you make your own plate, so I would always just get one thing at a time. Then, after years of mockery, I started smushing everything together in a bowl instead, so my parents *thought* I was eating everything together, but in my head I made it into one single dish so eating it all together was okay. ;)
Fi: lizmuldy on January 5th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah exactly!! Hehe I still eat one thing at a time its just on the plate together - mushed together food is just not cool (unless its pizza or lasagne but that's a totally different situations)!!!
Pooh: *spaz* (by grissom)mspooh on January 5th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
#4 is me, except not so much with the imaginary friends from when I was younger. I hold pretend conversations with TV people, mostly to work out fic ideas for dialogue. I do it everywhere -- in the car, in bed, while I'm walking outside, everywhere. And we all know about my pretend phone conversations, especially the ones I have in the Bux, which give me an excuse to linger longer in the hopes of jumping my crush. Yes. Or you know, when you don't want to talk to someone so you pretend to be on the phone. I've had many one-sided conversations before. It's great. Hee.
lainiep on January 6th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank goodness. I thought I was the only person who did that
Nikenikej on January 6th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
I think more people do that than anyone thinks! *is also relieved she's not a lone nut* ;)
MsRaven: Hey Guero!msraven929 on January 5th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm totally with you on 5 and 6!!

5. I'm compulsive when it comes to throwing spilled salt over my shoulder. Even if someone else spills it, which often leads to very weird looks from others. But at least I've stopped forcing others to go along with my superstition...now I just do it for them. :)

6. OMG!!! Me too! I get really funny looks at work sometimes and it's definitely not ergonomic, but it's me and I guess you too. :)
qwirky on January 6th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
#1 - I do that.
#4 - I haff stuffed animals who I sometimes animate and who I often talk to? (Though not real conversations, actually) and which I gave a personality?

Lizzeh!mouse is the KEWTEST!

*runs around*
rogue equestrian: DW:: 10 chewing on pen sexilyelvinborn on January 6th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
5. when my necklace clasp gets to the front, I must kiss it before turning it back around. And every time I see another car on the road that has only one headlight, I cannot resist the urge to say "pop-eye", kiss my hand, and touch the ceiling.

6. I've given up even trying to sit with both feet even on the floor. even when singing or playing in band, I at least have a foot back or my ankles crossed.

awwww, mouse cuteness
AC: abby no goodcheekygal on January 6th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC)
re: the plate licking, both Hubs and I do it as well, and we've taught both the kids that it's ok ONLY at home, and ONLY when we don't have any company in the house.

We call it eliminating the need to rinse the dishes before they go in the dishwasher. ;)
babylil on January 6th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Totally agree with #6. I cannot sit like a normal person, I have to cross my legs, or fold one up, or otherwise twist myself into strange positions on chairs. Sitting up straight with both feet on the floor is just so boring and uncomfortable!
Nike: John Bookwormnikej on January 6th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Erm...#3, #4, #5 and #6, ditto.

Although, I not only get distracted by mirrors, I get distracted by the reflections in parked car windows when I'm walking past them too. Which is only really a problem if there's someone actually in the car, who thinks you're staring at them. *g* Also, I can't finish an egg without knocking the bottom out of the shell (because my Nana always taught me that witches use egg-shells for boats and go out and drown sailors. Seriously. And this is apparently a common superstition), and I've never been able to sit with both feet on the floor for more than about two seconds, lol!
miekecmiekec on January 6th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
"camel complex."
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: SG1 - S/J Groovy - besydbesyd on January 7th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
I like licking my plate, especially after something like ice cream or maple syrup

Mmmm ...

Yes, I am being medicated.


I still do the kiss-my-hand-and-touch-the-ceiling thing when I drive through a yellow light.

I sometimes get weirded out when I notice how automatic and compulsive some of my supersitions are ... like knocking on wood.

that Ryder Truck thing

nenya_kanadka on January 7th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
#6--I almost physically cannot sit normally on a chair. If I'm in a very formal situation I will do so by force of will, but I sit on my feet in church these days, and if at a table in a restaurant will tuck up at least one foot. Right now as I type I'm sitting cross-legged on an office chair. (This works much better if the chair is fairly comfortable to start with, but I do it even on hard wooden chairs.)

#2--I drink water constantly, though possibly not out of every fountain I see. *shifty eyes*

I had totally forgotten about the pretend phone conversations I used to have as a kid. Does writing roleplay responses in one's head count?

(Joran Belar Dax is now known in my house as "the psycho who lives in the head of the person who lives in agentrosecotton's head...")
nenya_kanadka on January 7th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Oh, and btw--do you have pictures of these mice?
letters from a hurricanepirateelmo on January 14th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
duder, i have conversations with people. loooooooong conversations. i'm talking hours. mostly real people who aren't there, sometimes pretend people. i think that's how i manage to pull off the loner thing my friends get annoyed with me for. used to freak out my mom a bit, when i was little. i often forget that the person isn't there and talk normal volume in public. not that any of this should make you feel any more sane, for obvious reasons.