Time for a Meme (and Other Things)

Yay! I was recently tagged for the very first time!

To celebrate, I am taking time out of my work to recount 6 Weird Things about myself.

Here are THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and tell them to read your blog.

My Things

  1. Some people already know this, some don’t. My right eye squeaks whenever I have the slightest sinus issue. This isn’t a little squeak, either. It’s LOUD. If the sinus issue is big enough, my eye squeaks on its own, no help from me necessary. GROSS!
  2. I once took apart a desiccated corpse for a summer forensic anthropology project. Not only was it old and dried up, the police found it in a Shriner’s Halloween fun house! The poor guy was painted glow-in-the-dark green and had electric eyes in his orbits.
  3. Thanks to the project mentioned previously, I have done the following: ripped a guy’s throat out (quite literally), held a guy’s dried up organs in my hands, and leaked embalming fluid onto my clothes (it seemed it pooled in the joints – and, no, I don’t think it was synovial fluid). I also have the smell of old, dried up flesh being melted by friction from a stryker saw permanently burned into my sensory bank. Yum!
  4. I can get a lot of mileage out of that summer project. I also helped bury the guy’s bones on one of my university’s test farms. The idea was that a future forensics class would dig up the bones, treating it like a crime scene, and conduct analyses. Given that my professor and everyone else with any knowledge of the burial has since left the univerity, I don’t think this will happen. I think it will be found during expansion on the farm, and some poor person will be stuck trying to figure out why a dismembered body is buried on the farm, along with some discharged bullets, a few cigarettes, and a “suspicious” powdered substance. P.S. We decided on this burial, rather than deal with the various guidelines for disposing of human skeletal remains.
  5. I am compulsive about some things. If an object isn’t positioned quite exactly how I think it should be, I have to move it. I have to start climbing stairs with my right foot first. Same for stepping across cracks in the sidewalk. These are tendencies that I fight daily. I also have a difficult time not mentally typing everything I say or think. Somewhat related, I sometimes forget to breathe when I knit. Also when I type. I’m lucky I’m still alive.
  6. You might not guess it by talking to me, but part of my family is, well, questionable. Growing up, I thought it was quite normal to have con artists for uncles and a grandfather who burned down his family’s house for insurance money….twice.

Now you know!

I am tagging Porkchop and s00zi. Also ken, who could change the topic to “6 Weird Things that Annoy Me.” And Kathy, who could modify it to “6 Things that Chileans find Weird About Me.” I can’t make the six people count, but if you, dear reader, want to participate, feel free to list weird things in the comments section.

OTHER THINGS
Look, here’s my hat:

That photo was taken Monday night. I came home totally exhausted and gross feeling, so I took a long, hot shower and rushed into my pajamas. Nice!

I can’t wait for some down-time! It has been sweatshop-like at our house (except we can take all the bathroom breaks we want). I knitknitknit while Porkchop sewsewsews. Then we cook and wrapwrapwrap presents and try to pack in time with everyone. It’s fun! And, exhausting!

Unfortunately, I’m starting to lose feeling in my left hand from knitting! It’s been tingling all day today, which is just a bit scary mainly because I HAVE A SCARF TO FINISH! I don’t have time to lose this hand! On a related note, I woke up at 6:00 am Sunday morning on Target’s sidewalk and COULD NOT MOVE MY LEFT HAND AT ALL. That, my friends, was super-freaky. I think I had been sleeping on it, but it took quite some time for me to regain movement.

Speaking of Sunday morning, staying all night on the Target sidwalk wasn’t so bad at all. Our neighbors were quite amusing, and everyone in the core 15 was quite pleasant. Porkchop and I even managed to sleep 2-3 hours. We were nice and toasty in our sleeping bags while others were shivering under little blankets.

Back to pictures.

Here’s a nice shot of the pretzel rods that we made Monday night. Okay, we didn’t make the pretzels…we just dipped them in chocolate and added various toppings. This year, we used toffee bits, coconut, pistachios, and peanuts. Easy! and pretty!

So far, this is one of the best shots of our tree. It’s so hard to capture!

And, finally, here’s the 2005 Sonic snowglobe. Tacky, eh?

Tonight we’re going to the Bach Society’s Christmas candlelight concert. I am so excited! I haven’t been to a Christmas concert since high school. When I was a kid, we always went to so many….between school band concerts and the piano parties that my teacher held and the random concerts in town. Anyway, I’ve really missed a good ol’ Christmas concert, so I persauded Porkchop to go to one with me.

Yay!

Have a great Wednesday!

P.S. We exchanged presents with Suzi and her mom last night. Among other things, I received the Happy Hooker. I can’t wait to start hooking!

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