Monday, November 3, 2008

tagged with love

As usual, it looks like I have some catching up to do. No surprise. Anyone who knows me IRL knows how completely, 100% reliable I am when it comes to time: I can always be counted on to be late. If I show up for yoga before class starts, everyone looks at the clock in surprise, thinking there must be some mistake. My family knows to give me false start times: if an event starts at 1pm, they tell me 12:30pm so I'll get there by 1. All of which is just fine with me. I know it's inconsiderate of others, I know that if I just leave a little earlier, blah blah blah ... I'm a grown woman. I know these things. And yet I'm always late. I consistently underestimate the amount of time things will take; I try to cram one more thing in before I leave the house. Truthfully, being on time isn't that important to me. When I get there, I'll be there. Until then, I won't. If I invite people over and they're late, it doesn't bother me a single bit. They'll get here when they get here and oh what a wonderful time we'll all have then. Time is a manmade concept anyway, a contrived convenience for humans; God doesn't wear a watch.

But I digress (which is making me get started later than I'd wanted to. It's almost midnight here and my modem is acting up on top of it. See what I mean?). I have three things to catch up on from bloggy friends, so let's get to it!

First, I received a super-sweet "I love your blog" award from a new blog friend, Rebecca. I'm really glad I discovered her. I absolutely love good, solid, thought-provoking writing. I'll re-read a deliciously written sentence several times (from a book, an article, a blog, whatever); often, too, I'll copy it down so I can read it again at my leisure. Rebecca writes beautifully and skillfully and it's a treat to visit her "Just a Thought" blog. Thank you so very much, Rebecca! You lit up my heart with this!

This award is to be paid forward, so here are the rules and the five that I nominate:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more).
3. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
4. Link to this post and to the person who originally sent you your award.

My five nominees whose blogs I love (I love more than these, though!):

2. Luxie
3. Kat
4. Heather
5. Lisa


My other two can actually be combined. Both Lisa and Carol have tagged me to name some quirky things about myself. (Lisa's said to name 7; Carol's said to name 6. I could name 100, but I think I'll try to stick with just 6.) Then I'm supposed to name 6 (or 7) others to tag and have them do the same. It's very late and I'm very sleepy and besides, most everyone I follow has already been tagged and exposed their quirks for all to see. (Personally, I love quirks. I've always hoped to grow up to be a character; you know, someone that others mention with a smile and say "ah, she's such a character.")

So here goes with my list of 6 quirky things about me:

1. I can't wear a watch. They stop on me. Always have. When I was young, mom tried wristwatches, necklace watches, ring watches. They all stopped working within a couple of hours. I'd take them off and put them on the dresser and some time later, I'd find that they were working again. Tick-tick-tick. Several people have told me they experience the same thing or know someone who has. I've tested this using others' watches and had the same result. I haven't tested it in years, though. (See above about time measurement not being important to me.)

2. I think we all can hear the voice of God if we just sit quietly and listen from time to time. Prayer is us talking to God; quiet meditation is us listening to God. We all need that quiet space.

3. Being near a lot of leather makes me physically uncomfortable. Leather smells like death to me. I can wander in a furniture showroom and if I start feeling uncomfortable and queasy, I know I'm near a leather sofa.

4. When I lose something, I don't fret and worry. I feel that if I'm supposed to find it, I'll find it when I'm supposed to find it. Worrying or getting anxious doesn't change the result. Last week, I lost my cellphone headset. Calmly looked throughout the car several times. Three days later, I found it in a spot that I'd checked several times previously.
I wasn't surprised.

5. When I drink from a paper coffee cup or beverage cup, the seam of the cup has to be at the back where my fingertips hold the cup (like the laces on a football). If it has a coffee sleeve, the seam of the sleeve also has to be at the back. I will twist the lid and the sleeve around until this is so.

6. My closet is organized by sleeve length, then by color. Tanks sorted from light to dark, then s/s tees, etc. Same with my skirts and slacks. And there are no extra hangers. Makes things so much easier. I find things easily when getting dressed in the morning. When I wear my red tee, its hanger remains in the spot in my closet where the red tee goes. After I've washed it, the red tee hanger is right there for the red tee. I like things simple.

And with that, I'm off to bed! I hope you have a wonderfully, quirky week with cherished characters who make you smile.


paintergal said...

I love how you are not tied down to time constraints. I'm afraid that's another quirk of mine, the clocks have to be set correctly. Daylight savings time? Gotta get those clocks adjusted.
I like your system for hanging clothes. I have a less disciplined manner for my clothes, so I do know it's nice to have.

Amber said...

Thanks for the blog tag, Rose!

Enjoyed your quirky list.

I'm not surprised you stop clocks...maybe that's why you're late! hee!

Amber said...

PS--Just saw your comment on my blog. I know you know Sarah McLachlan's famous song, "Angel". They are running it on the ASPCA ads right now. Go to You Tube and look for it. I also love her songs "Building a Mystery" and "Ice Cream">

Lady Prism said...

Thank you very much Rose. It means so deeply to me when someone from so far away comes forth with a gift. It's not just a simple recognition for me, but more of a stamp of kinship. This is precious.

Right now I am sick and in bed and your words ( and music) are a comfort. I Googled about stopping clocks and such...very interesting. I've had strange things happen to me to me too...Taking inspiration from you, I think I'll blog about that next.

Thanks again...see you back here soon...:>

C├ęcile said...

Rose, I have a funny idea that wearing a watch or not may be genetic. I think hardly anyone in Jim's family wears a watch and most of my family do. Does this hold up for your family? Jim has tried to wear a watch, but can't. He's always asking me what time it is. I have worn the same watch for about 15 years. I replace the band and the battery and it keeps on going. I feel naked without it.

I am insanely jealous of your organized closet. Much as I try I cannot keep my closet well organized. I wish I could be more like you.

Maureen said...

Hi there stranger! I too know what it's like to play catch-up, especially here in blog land. Just been so busy and the weather has been so ideal I am rarely at my computer these days, but it's always fun to stop by here. Not a watch- wearer myself, and tend to run late, but that's usually because I am trying to fit in one last thing. I am now going to duck and hide because I am delinquent in a tag post myself! Shhh!

Kat said...

Speaking of late....Im here finally! It is late and Im still wired from the past couple days and thinking about tomorrow. Since Ive given up my bad habit(winks) I decided a visit here was a good substitue. ROFL!
Loved reading your quirky things! Have you ever seen the movie Steel Magnolias? The characters all have quirks and it makes them all the more human and loveable.
I have yet to achieve and maintain an organized closet. It probably wont ever happen for me but a girl can dream.
I love your blog and Im thrilled you enjoy mine too. Thank you Rose.
I will post the award and pass it on.