Saturday, December 27, 2008

Who Me?

Don Kreis tagged me (in another forum).... a term I am still coming to grips with. What exactly is tagging? But his terms are: "Once you've been tagged, you have to write a note with sixteen random things, shortcomings, facts, habits or goals about you. At the end choose sixteen people to be tagged, listing their names and why you chose them. You have to tag the person who tagged you." I couldn't bring myself to force my friends to perform this exercise...... you know who you are. Get to work.

I am not usually big into these things, but a chance for self reflection can’t be all bad. These are not huge revelations, but they are the stuff that makes me sigh and shrug my shoulders about myself.

1. People think I am disciplined. The truth is that I am a creature of habit. Once I start doing something, I can't stop. I know this about myself.

2. I am petrified of snakes.

3. I have a very high palate, which caused problems when I use to play flute.

4. While we are on the medical stuff- I have a heart murmur too.

5. I wish I were a nicer person. That is a struggle for me. My mother is my role model.

6. Despite being a bit of a fainter when I see blood, I am very good in an emergency or in times of crisis. I react quickly and do what needs to be done. I hope this makes up for the fact that I am not always the nicest person.

7. I have very little to no sense of smell. Yet being a Chaffee, I love food and drink beyond compare.

8. I would like to walk from my house to Montreal. It is a dream, but I think it is doable.

9. I cry frequently while listening to stories on NPR. Actually, I just cry frequently.

10. In my heart I wish I believed in God. I think it might help me, but my head says "No can do."

11. Clutter has always been anathema to me. I can't think when my visual field is muddied.

12. I am a voracious reader.... sometimes indiscriminately so.

13. I am cyclically moody, unforgiving and suffer from terrible anxieties which make me unsuited for shacking up with. The rest of the time I am happy-go-lucky. I apologize to all past & present partners.

14. I am not at all sentimental... but I can be very highly symbolic.

15. I like cookies way better than cake, but maybe not as much as ice cream.

16. I have grown to love the birthmark on my arm. It feels like a part of my story.


Michelle said...

I refuse to believe you are not disciplined. There, I said it. I don't believe you.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Re: #10... have you ever heard the "This I Believe" by Penn Jillette? It should be at the top of the "Most Viewed Essays, here:
Read it... but even better, listen to it.

I kind of always felt what you stated about the whole God issue until I heard that in the car. (And yeah, I felt so relieved that I did tear up a bit--don't tell anyone. I have a reputation to uphold.) My whole deal was that I felt like I couldn't call myself spiritual, or kind, or... anything else good... if I didn't have some kind of huge religious rubber stamp (any kind) to verify that. Listening to Jillette's take made me finally feel free of the guilt...

Okay, I talk too much. Sorry!

But happy New Year... :)

SMC said...

I have heard "This I Believe" by Penn Jillette. I have periodically gone back to read it. It does make me feel okay about the whole non-God thing. I guess I feel a little jealous of people who are so comfortable in their skins because they offer it all up to God. I wish it were that easy for me.

Glad to hear someone else has got a reputation to uphold. Damn, it's hard being so tough!

smith kaich jones said...

We have so much in common, but I especially relate to the unsuited for shacking up part. I've been with the same guy for 23 years - we do not live together & it drives other people crazy. But it works very well, and hey, 23 years later, here we are.

I loved your whole list. Not niceness & all.

:) Debi

SMC said...

Ahhh, Smith Kaich Jones- the luxury of being with someone and not shacking up- for a whole 23 years!I have known other couples like you and envy you. I have plenty of people who ask why my boyfriend & I don't get married- we have lived together cantankerously for 4 years. It is far too complicated to explain in a single sentence so I just say we have both tried it and "no thanks."