A meme is basically a list of things about me (hence the name). The stated subject is "6 UN-spectacular things about me." Now here’s a subject that could go on forever (but I promise it won’t, LOL!) And it comes with few rules, as follows:
1. Link the person who tagged you - see above!
2. Mention the rules on your blog - here they are!
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours - This is where it will get interesting, below!
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them - see below!
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged - This is the fun part!
So let’s see. Six “unspectacular” things about me:
(1) I can’t drive a stick shift. This inability remains at my ripe old age, despite the very best efforts and intentions of EVERY guy to whom I've ever disclosed this fact, be they friend, relative or boyfriend. But in my defense, I would like to say that I can drive a stick shift flawlessly in reverse. I have never once stalled trying to back up. But it’s just something about guys - as soon as they hear me say I can’t, they feel compelled to prove that they’re
(2) I love to read, but I will not continue or complete a book that doesn’t hold my interest. I know people who have very strong opinions on this issue in both directions, but I just won’t force myself to read something I’m not enjoying. I think this comes from all those years I spent as an English major, reading literature I really did NOT enjoy and being forced to write about it (my curse is that while I love to read, and I write decently, I was rarely asked to write about anything I actually liked reading. Anybody with me on this? Anyone else spend hours, days, weeks, months of their childhood and young adult life reading miserable tomes such as Silas Marner, The Pearl, The Once and Future King...this could go on a while...) The stellar exception, the book I adored and still love to this day, was Pride and Prejudice. I even love the movie version - with Colin Firth!
(3) I tend to begin projects with great fanfare and enthusiasm. I am not so great at following through with them, and as soon as my perfectionist tendencies kick in, I quickly become overwhelmed and usually move on to something I don’t feel perfectionist about yet. I’m working on it! As I go through life, I am gradually learning that I don’t have to do things all in one day; I can come back to projects and pick them up again later. And sometimes I do. My wedding scrapbook is honestly, really, truly going to get completed by the holidays this year. It was begun in 2003, to document our wedding two years earlier...but it really is almost done. Angie can testify.
(4) For a kid who was ridiculously picky about what I ate as a child, insisting that everything be served on those divided, three-section plates, I consider myself to have pretty broad food horizons these days. However, there remain several items (and categories) of foods I just will not touch. Not even to try them, not even once. A few examples I can think of off hand include raw sushi, organ meats of any kind, licorice (it’s that smell), caviar (fish eggs? seriously??) and most wild game (the lone exception I can think of is that I will eat bison burgers at Ted’s Montana Grill, which I love).
(5) I love to ride bicycles, but to this day my husband laughs at the fact that I can’t ride on a sidewalk. I don’t know what it is, but I just need more room than that. Something about having to stay within those visually tiny boundaries throws me off mentally, and I can’t even ride in a straight line at that point. Even I think it’s hilarious (until I fall!). I also can’t ride motor scooters. My grandfather had one at the lake where I grew up, and I almost killed myself trying to ride that thing. I was determined to learn, but never got the hang of accelerating smoothly while adjusting to the changing need for balance. Hmmm… this could be related to the same reason I can’t drive a stick shift. Must investigate...someday! Interestingly, I did gymnastics for years as a kid and never had any balance troubles there. And my hand-eye coordination is, honestly, pretty decent. I don’t know what it is with certain transportation vehicles, but we just don’t get along.
(6) I am a great lover of 80’s and 90’s music, even a lot of the stuff most people my age like but won’t admit to liking. Yeah, I’ll claim ‘em! (Okay, but I won’t name them, because then you really would never come here again!) It’s what I grew up with, and (for my sister, who's a decade younger) yeah, people really did like that stuff at the time. And we still do. It has a way of sticking with you. :-) Some of them cause my husband to just look sideways at me and shake his head. But that’s okay. He likes some truly awful movies, so we’re pretty even there.
So let's see, there are my six things. For this set, I'm going to tag the following people: Michelle, Tara, Stephanie at Live.Love.Eat, Julie, and Stephanie at Steph's Little Corner. Have fun with it!