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What Makes You Weird?

I was listening to Air1 (my favorite radio station) and every Thursday they have a segment where people call in and say what makes them “crazy” or weird. You know, those little things that most people would raise an eyebrow at.

I have more than a few quirks. Here are some of them:

  1. I love walking through old cemeteries. Maybe it has to do with my passion for history and genealogy, but I can’t stop thinking about the people buried beneath those old, worn markers and wonder what their lives were like. Perhaps that’s also the connection to my storytelling side too, always thinking about the lives these now unknown people led. They’re someone’s ancestors too…they started down a path that determined the lives of their descendants. So yeah…whenever I see an old family cemetery in the middle of a field somewhere I have to fight the urge to pull over and go and look at the graves.
  2. I talk to myself. A lot. Especially in the car. I have full conversations, mostly about what’s happening in my stories and such. This is something I’ve done ALL my life. My parents said I would often go and talk to myself in my room. Not an imaginary friend, just myself. 😛
  3. I wear a robe and slippers everytime I’m in the house. It doesn’t matter if I have on a turtleneck and jeans already. Even in the summertime, when it’s warm out, I have to wear them. I’m constantly cold (as my ice cold hands now are evidence of that) and I can’t function without the robe and slippers or at least a fleece blanket.
  4. Despite the fact I’m constantly cold, I will eat ice cream year round. That may not be too surprising, but you’d think if I was always cold, and in the dead of winter I wouldn’t want to eat it. But that’s not the case 😛
  5. I am pretty sure if there was an award for being scatterbrained, I’d win it. I misplace everything. I don’t try to do it; it just…happens. My key chain even says it better: “I finally got it all together but I forgot where I put it.”

I probably have a few more I just have to think about it for a little while. Do you have any strange quirks or habits?

Off and Away!

Off to West Virginia tonight to visit friends for the weekend. Hubby and a few others are going to be having a weekend-long LAN party (if you don’t know what that is, it’s when a bunch of gamers network their computers together so they can play games. I still don’t get it but meh, it makes hubby happy 🙂 )

I get to hang out with one of my best friends from college. Alas, since she lives in the middle of nowhere and they do not have cable or internet, I will be away for the weekend. It’s going to be a weekend of long movie marathons! My guess is that we’ll watch about a dozen movies. Care to venture a guess? (All day Friday, Saturday and a small part of Sunday).

Just Because

I have to post something because I’m a little weirded out seeing my own face with its goofy grin staring back at me every time I come to my main page 😛

So how about a little dance music, just because.

The Drought Has Ended

Sort of. 😛 My previous writing drought has ended, even if temporarily. I’m embracing it.

However the dry spell still continues for Lady of the Snow. It’s frustrating because that’s what I want to work on, but the ideas just aren’t flowing. But the ideas keep coming for The Scarlet Daughter. So I’m going with it 🙂 Plus I’m working on the side for world building aspects for my other story, as of yet unnamed (the one I mentioned in the previous post).

I’m also considering taking Japanese classes at the local community college. It’s actually conversational Japanese so I’m not sure how much we will actually learn writing wise (if any) and even though I’m registered for it, I still don’t know if I should take it since it’s Saturday mornings. There’s already three classes I know I’m going to miss–one for a conference, one for my sis’ college graduation and the last one for a wedding. So…as much as I want to take it, I really don’t know if I should since it’s only a quarter long class and by missing three of them I’m already missing like 30%.

Anyway, what do you think? Perhaps I should wait again, but the only time they ever have classes I can make it to is on Saturday as all the others are in the early afternoon and I’m at work then. Sigh…

Well that’s about it. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

The Good Ol’ Days…Well, Sort Of

I was reading  Lisa and Laura’s fun blog and they posted about their experiences working together as teens. It reminded me of the fun times my own sister and I shared working together while we were in high school and early years of college (which wasn’t all that long ago…although it seems like it sometimes :P)

A little background–I got the job at the office when I was a senior in high school. It was part of a work study program and initially when I started, my job was to take pages of a book and send them through an automatic scanner (they converted books to PDF format and audio books). Somehow, I was considered an amazing employee because of my awesome scanning skills (haha) and eventually they had me work with other minor projects.

My little sister then followed in my footsteps two years later, and because they loved me, they pretty much hired my sister without too much thought. They LOVED her almost more than me. And I loved that we got to work together during the summer when I came home from college.

Of course, being interns, sometimes we didn’t really get much work. At all. So we’d spend a good chunk of the time chatting on AIM, even though we often were only two seats away from each other. Good times.

And then came the actor.

Yes, a minor indie film actor, whose name I can’t remember, was hired.  Being an “actor” I think the guy really thought highly of himself the way he would strut around the office (I’m sure my sister can remember this as clearly as I do). We’ll call him Rico Suave because that’s the sort of vibe he gave off.

Anyway, at the time, the office was too small for all the employees and we were in transition to moving a few office suites down. Because there wasn’t any room for Rico Suave, they ended up moving us poor interns. To the hallway.

It was odd at first, being relegated to the hallway, but in time it became a good place to watch the employees. And my sis and I were placed right next to each other, which could’ve been a nightmare if we didn’t get along so well 🙂 We still talked on AIM all the time. We had a running tally of how many times Rico Suave would strut by in the course of an hour–and nearly ALWAYS manage to come way too close to bumping our chairs, even though the hallway was plenty wide enough for someone to walk by without doing so. I still cannot understand where he would walk–the office wasn’t that big–or why he’d walk SO freakin’ close to us.

Apparently though, Mr. Suave wasn’t all that suave, at least at his job. He  was fired in a month. So we’d really been moved to the hallway for no reason 😛

But in general it was a good place to work. It was a fun office. Sometimes during the middle of the day, they’d fling one of those screaming monkeys around the office.  Our co-workers were nice–I was called “D.Lo” and my sis “C.Lo” because of our last name. They gave us gifts at Christmas and when we left after the summer, they gave us mini mP3 players.  I also remember one time when the parking lot flooded and as my sis and I were wading through the water to our car, my flip flops went floating away. My co-workers never really forgot that…thankfully that was near the end of the summer 😛

Sometimes I miss working with my sister and the laughs we shared about the job. Now she’s getting ready to graduate college and I’m married and working part-time. I selfishly hope that she’ll find a job nearby so we can hang out again–it’s hard being so far away from one of your best friends 🙂 If you’re reading this, sis, I hope you remember those days as fondly as I do!

Writing and the “White Death”

Well I managed to get a little over 2K written for Lady of the Snow, although I think I may have to reconsider how to do that chapter since it’s long and boring. 😛 I’d leave it and come back to it late only I’m up for critique in a little more than a week, so I need to try and make it, well, less crappy.

On a semi-related front, I actually won a contest for once (a contest that I could actually use the prize for this time :P) Sandy Shin had a sketch giveaway drawing on her blog and I won! I had a hard time deciding what character to give her but ultimately I decided on Yuki-onna/Miyuki. I’ll post it when she’s done 🙂

If my MC were real, she’d be loving the weather we’re having here with all the ridiculous snow we’ve been getting. I guess it’s to be expected since I live in Ohio and we’ve been fairly lucky–up until this point anyway–with not having too much snow this winter. And then two snowstorms come within a few days of each other. The bright blue winter sky today is mocking us, for tomorrow it will be dropping “white death.” Six more inches on top of the nine inches on the ground already. I see more ibuprofen and heating pads for my poor muscles in the next few days…

Christmas, A Wedding and Getting Sick

This post is really just an incoherent mess, but much of the last week was really busy and I’m still trying to get my thoughts straight.

Christmas Eve and Christmas were nice–my parents-in-law and my husband surprised me with a mini laptop.

This one, in beautiful ruby red, to be specific:

I now know why hubby asked the question weeks ago: “Which color do you like: red, black, white or blue?”

The sweetest part of this was he spent hours cleaning off the software it came with and installing Windows, as well as spending a great deal of time meticulously searching for backgrounds that would be nice on the computer 🙂 AND he sacrificed his Christmas present from his parents in order to get this for me.

Because of that sacrifice his parents in turn surprised him with an amazing office chair. The look on his face when they pushed that box out of the back room and said it was for him was priceless.

Anyway, Christmas came and went with his extended family (I get to see my parents and sister this Saturday, hopefully) and then we prepared for my 19-year-old sis-in-law’s wedding on Sunday. It went well, especially considering it was planned in six weeks! It was a nice time and hopefully she and hubby had fun on their mini-honeymoon.

Unfortunately, from about 4 am Sunday night until, well…now, I’ve been sick and recovering from a nasty stomach bug. I paid homage to the Porcelain King running to the “throne” room emptying the contents of my stomach every ten minutes for about 3 hours. Ah, yes Monday morning was pleasant. It’s been two years since the last time I threw up and I’m one of those who will fight it with every last breath because of how violently it affects me. I was unable to fight it this time 😦 A number of our family members caught it too–both my parents-in-law, one of Phil’s uncles, his cousin and his aunt. Someone at the wedding probably had it (thinking his one cousin) and passed it from there.

Anyway, Phil stayed home from work to take care of me (what a great hubby! :)) and I tossed and turned on the couch all day with a steadily rising fever–I think it hit around 103 near 10 that evening–the highest fever I’ve had probably in the last ten years. Yesterday I spent recooperating and trying to eat, although I only managed to eat a few handfuls of dry Cheerios and some applesauce. I had a small bowl of cereal this morning, which still isn’t settling the greatest, but meh, at least I’m able to keep it down.

This is why I loathe getting sick like this–it takes me forever to recover and be able to eat normally again. Oh well; at least I only ever get sick like this every 2-4 years or more.

However, it’s definitely looking like I won’t hit my goal on Jan. 1st. Stupid illness. But I am trying to play catch up today as much as I can.

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