(Some of) the odd little quirks that make me me

(Posting here for the anti-Facebookers out there.) (Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.)

1. I love knee socks. LOVE them. I have at least 18 pairs.

2. A few years ago I was the singer for a little impromptu jazz band – our name was “You Get What You Pay For” and we performed for free.

3. I have an inordinate fear of having too much stuff. I never buy in bulk and I’m terrified of Costco. I may have one backup bottle of shampoo or other essential item, but I generally refuse to buy extras of anything – especially stuff I’ll probably never use. I do not share these characteristics with any of my relatives and actually had to make a conscious effort a few years ago to stop being a packrat. (I like being portable.)

4. Speaking of being portable, I’ve moved over 30 times in my life – and all but six of the moves have transpired since I graduated from high school in 1993. Six of those moves were to brand-new cities where I knew not a single soul (Provo, Seattle, Manhattan, Boston, London, and Augsburg).

5. I’ve sung in 19 or 20 different languages, including Swahili, Welsh, Japanese, Icelandic, and Hebrew.

6. I love learning useful phrases in other languages. The following are a few (I’m not sure about the spelling of some of these, but I can say them):

Shona: Ndikwanise kutakurra nemisoro – I can’t carry that on my head
Icelandic: Han segir, þeta er min kind, en þeta er ekki min kind – He says that’s my sheep, but that is not my sheep
Korean: <Korean characters, which I can’t read> – It’s not about the onions
Finnish: Olenko pidatetty? – Am I under arrest?

7. I’m the shortest child in my family by 6 inches. My little baby sister is 5-foot-eleven-and-a-half.

8. I name my cars. To date I’ve owned Nicholas Algernon, Susanna, Alastair, and (currently) Simon Bennett.

9. In first grade I wrote poems all the time. I remember a group of very official-looking adults coming to meet me once and asking me to read for them. I also got to read one of my poems on TV.

10. I use keyboard shortcuts whenever I can, and watching people who don’t use them drives me nuts. (Here’s a hint: In Gmail, after you’re done typing your message, all you have to do is hit TAB and then ENTER. You don’t have to use the mouse. And the TAB+ENTER shortcut works for almost every form on the entire Internet.)

11. I write in a journal almost every day, and I have to use a different color each day. Only under extreme duress do I use the same color two days in a row.

12. I’ve been an editor since the age of 7, when a friend of mine used an apostrophe incorrectly as she was writing on her little chalkboard. I remember feeling completely shocked that that could happen. Ah, naïveté…

13. I love salmiakki, salty black licorice that’s pretty much a staple food in Finland but is abhorred everywhere else (probably because, before you get used to it, it tastes like one would imagine road tar would taste). I especially love chocolate candy bars filled with liquid salmiakki and salmiakki-flavored ice cream.

14. I’m very long-waisted, which makes buying shirts and swimsuits extremely difficult sometimes (tankini tops and board shorts have saved my life). If my legs were proportionally long, I’d be tall.

15. I LOVE the winter. The colder and snowier the better. I love walking around outside in my Stay Puft Marshmallow Coat when it’s 5 degrees, toasty warm but feeling the chill on my face. (I am a party of one here in Boston.)

16. And finally: I have nearly 530 Facebook friends, and I do know who all of them are, but I am, deep down and on the surface, henceforth and forever amen and amen, an introvert.

6 thoughts on “(Some of) the odd little quirks that make me me

  1. Svifnökkvinn minn er fullur af álum, although I can’t really say it.


    Tu a un poisson dans vos bibliothèque.

    The first is (supposedly) hungarian for My hovercraft is full of eels.

    The second is French for You have a fish in your library, but it is probably wretched grammar.

  2. I relate to number 14 completely! I have the torso and thighs of someone who is 5’9″ and the calves of someone who is 5’3″. This also makes capris look bizarre on me.

  3. LOL – Well, I do know how to say “shut up and kiss me” in Finnish – and in not just one but two ways. One way is only kind of impolite, and the other is very impolite (AKK taught me the very impolite one and OTF taught me the kind of impolite one). I also know how to say “You have beautiful blue/green eyes” and “What’s your problem?” in Suomi. I thought I’d start with the basics.

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