Saturday, December 09, 2006

(Only) 6 (OOPS 7) Weird Things About Me

European has tagged me to list 6 weird things about myself. The tough part is narrowing the list down to only 6 things! LOL

1) I'm a crafting hoarder. My front porch is full of boxes of fabric scraps that will someday become a quilt. I have 2-20 gallon plastic containers full of leftover yarn. I have 3 peanut butter jars full of buttons I've removed from discarded clothing. I have a drawer-full of felt scraps, pipe cleaners, various paints and glues, eyes, and decorative ribbons. I have a smaller drawer full of beads and related supplies. I USED to have a huge(the equivalent of 3 paper grocery bags) box of pine cones, but L made me burn them. I also have a stash of pill and spice bottles that I saved to store small craft items.

2) ALL of my cupboards, drawers, and closets are totally organized. I NEVER shove something into a cupboard or drawer, just to get it out of sight. I need to know where everything is. My guys, on the other hand, will put stuff wherever it will fit. This drives me INSANE!

3) I'll put off a task until I have time to do it perfectly. Perfectionism can be a curse. I'm told that this is an OCD trait. Living with L for 30 years has tempered this behavior a bit. I am now able to quickly clean the high spots in a room without dismantling the entire room, but not very often.

4) I can't sleep with socks on. Footed pajamas drove me crazy, when I was little. I HAVE to be able to stick a BARE foot out of the covers, to cool off. The rest of me can be covered, but I have to be able to regulate my body temperature with bare feet while sleeping.

5) I actually enjoy the shorter days of winter. I know a lot of people who suffer from light-deprived depressions, but my nesting behavior kicks in during the winter. I love closing the curtains against the cold at 5 p.m. I love the warm glow of table lamps and candles. I love cooking in the shielded warmth of my kitchen. I love to sit in my chair, covered with my fuzzy blanket, while I read, knit, crochet, or embroider the evening away.

5) I LOVE to shop, even if I don't buy anything. I check the outlet or bargain departments of my favorite online stores at least monthly. My head is on a swivel when I'm shopping. I'm constantly looking for a bargain, or unique gift item. I buy Christmas, birthday, and misc. holiday gifts year 'round. I LOVE to find the perfect gift for my loved ones. If I find the perfect gift, at a bargain price, so much the better!

6) I don't like walleye, blueberries, or lutefisk, and I live in MINNESOTA! Maybe I should live in Maine or Alaska, because I LOVE lobster and crab.

I tag Dollface, Nancy Drew, and Monica, because I owe them one! MWAHAHAHA!!
I'm also tagging Tweety29, because she's new to blogging and never been tagged before.

39 Comments:

At 12/09/2006 9:45 AM, Blogger Nancy Drew said...

heh heh heh love this one!! I don't think those things are weird, tshsmom, but will let you off the hook!

Glad to do this one!!!!

Love ya!

 
At 12/09/2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Nancy Drew said...

Tag's done!

 
At 12/09/2006 11:41 AM, Blogger Gardenia said...

oh, I'll get busy on this tomorrow maybe! I've got the same feet uncovered thing as you! I love these things because you get to know people better. I'm cleaning right now, so maybe tomorrow will get to the tag - I'm still trying to pack - maybe its perfectionism - don't know - jees, I have to leave for FL next Friday, not to mention a visit to the attorney out of town Weds.!!! Here is sit blogging -talk about compulsion!

 
At 12/09/2006 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent job narrowing it to six...
I'm kidding, OK?

And for the record, I didn't MAKE you burn the pines cones. It was a mutually-arrived at decision, even if I did arrive at it considerably earlier than you did.

 
At 12/09/2006 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm SO with you on the sleeping with socks thing. How do people do it? Even when I'm sick and freezing, I HAVE TO take my socks off before I go to sleep. And I have a hard time sleeping in a sleeping bag, because my foot can't just be stuck out (I usually leave the zipper open, which defeats the purpose a bit - but who can take a comforter camping?!!).

(And Scrunch, your comment made me laugh out loud.)

 
At 12/09/2006 2:22 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

ND, I didn't think yours were weird either. Love ya too!

D, I like these tags because I find out that I'm not as weird as I thought I was. ;)
I'd be a basket-case in your situation!

Scrunch, how about: After YEARS of nagging, I decided to surrender my stash of pinecones? Besides, we needed the space in the shed.

Euro, I do the same thing in a sleeping bag! Scrunch keeps his side zipped up, while my side is zipped all the way down. Yeah, I use a sleeping bag like a comforter.
BTW, don't encourage him. He's now skipping around the house, crowing about how witty he is! ;)

 
At 12/09/2006 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After years of nagging, you decided to surrender?...
pardon me while I snicker.

And also, I have NEVER skipped around the house..well, okay, maybe once or twice, but only in a state of alchohol-induced euphoria, which come to think of it, usually accounts for any semblance of wit.

So there....

 
At 12/09/2006 7:21 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

Is it my imagination, but are there two number 5's?

I sure wish I could be like you on number 2. Now that we have a house I keep trying to have some organization to the whole thing. I'm losing that battle.

I agree about having bare feet in bed. It does help to be able to regulate the heat that way.

 
At 12/09/2006 8:20 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Scrunch, my darling! I KNEW the skipping thing would get to you. heehee

Squirl, oops, looks like I couldn't narrow it down to 6 after all! ;)
It takes a while to organize a new space. I NEVER get it right on the first try. Besides, you really haven't had much time to organize with everything that's happened. :(

 
At 12/10/2006 12:47 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Oh you're just evil. ;-)

 
At 12/10/2006 6:36 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sorry Monica, but it IS your turn! ;)

 
At 12/10/2006 10:58 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

I deserve it, I admit. lol.

I will work on this tomorrow night.

 
At 12/10/2006 11:41 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

No hurry Monica. It's the Christmas season, and we're all busy. ;)

 
At 12/10/2006 3:08 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

All my drawers and cupboards are also organized and nothing drives me nuts quicker than to have someone shove something into the ordered space where it doesn't belong. I have the bad habit of growling when someone does that, and everyone's like "what'd I do this time?" Like the refrig is all neat and organized (we just got a new one) and all the syrups and jellies are on the door on the same shelf, so after breakfast, M shoves the bottle of syrup into the frig on the shelf with all the milks and juices. OCD, thy name is VV. ;-) Oh, and M hangs a foot out of the bed for temp regulation too.

 
At 12/10/2006 6:03 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Oh Lord..cupboards...and growling too? We are definitely related somehow!! ;)
Sometimes I growl at myself. That really freaks my family out:"What'd I do NOW?"

A couple of years ago, L's brother came up to help us on a house project. L's Mom sent a box of junk up with them. While I was at work, my sister-in-law(who's a shover) put all the stuff away, AND unloaded the dishwasher! She was sooo happy about cleaning MY house, that I didn't dare growl at her. It took me a month to find everything! GRRRR!

 
At 12/11/2006 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Six things Yikes. I will try. And Scrunch I cant see you skipping around the house but maybe. LOL!!!! Now if J was doing this he would have no problems giving six things to this.

 
At 12/11/2006 11:28 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

That's so funny! I've growled at myself before too and my family just can't believe it!

 
At 12/11/2006 11:29 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Oh, another pet peave, throwing pans into the cupboard however they land instead of stacking them neatly from smallest to largest. I just love the cacaphony when the avalanche of metal comes crashing out of the cupboard and onto my feet. *growl*

 
At 12/11/2006 2:11 PM, Blogger SME said...

That's weird: I can't sleep WITHOUT socks, because if my feet are even the slightest bit rough I HAAATE the way they feel rubbing against the sheets. But I also get too warm, so maybe I should try to break that habit.

I don't think your pinecone habit is as strange as the black bananas in the freezer!
"But they're still good for banana bread!" ;D
Let's face it: You are a HOARDER. Not as bad as the guys who die in stacks of their old newspapers - at least you're organized about it - but you are the human equivalent of a hamster. You'll keep anything that's even remotely useful! Anything!

 
At 12/11/2006 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The added bonus of no socks while sleeping is putting them on your partners legs to warm them up again. tee hee... it makes Dan squeel like a little girl!

 
At 12/11/2006 4:02 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, you can do it! Being friends with OUR family is good for one. ;)

VV, thank you, thank you, thank you! I just had Z read your comment, to show him I wasn't the ONLY "weird" mother who wants the pans stacked the RIGHT way. His answer? "There goes my argument about that one!" YES!! hahahaha

SME, YOU helped me collect those pinecones!
I don't do black bananas anymore. Dad and Z won't eat banana bread or cake. Weirdos! Now, I take them to work to add to our collection of black bananas there.
I prefer the term "Master Recycler" to "HOARDER"; so THERE! Hmph!

 
At 12/11/2006 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that one sounds familiar. J does the same thing. esp if my feet feel like ice cubes. or my hands. you all can check and see what i have done with this so called assignement. lol... i didnt cheat either like i was going to do. by asking for help. lol... I think this is fun guys. Thanks for being so part of tshsmoms life and ours. Happy holidays. tweets.

 
At 12/11/2006 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry forgot something. If anyone has left over yarn I am willing to take it off your hands. I love making afghans and they are actually going for a good cause. I am making childrens afghans and givig them to our church to give to the missionaries to hand out when they go out again or have the blankets dropped off at the drop off points for when they get there. Right now I am making some for K's girl scout class in her after school program for x-mas.

 
At 12/11/2006 5:51 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, you a truly EVIL!
I do that too. mwahahaha
When we first got married, L said it was his job to keep me warm. Now, when he squeals, I just tell him he's doing his job. ;)

 
At 12/11/2006 5:54 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, I'll ask around to see if anybody has yarn they want to get rid of.

 
At 12/11/2006 6:06 PM, Blogger SME said...

"Master Hoarder". Potato, Patahto.
;D

 
At 12/11/2006 8:04 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, pbfttt! *sticking tongue out*

 
At 12/11/2006 8:47 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Oh, the cozy site you painted of your living room after the sun is gone, tempting! Hey, I'll bring my willow branches, rocks, old newspaper clippings, southern living magazines, material pieces, ribbons, perfume bottles, empty jars, paints of all kinds, and we can have a crafting party! Interesting how the "wierd" things are what make people endearing. Thanks fer sharing!

 
At 12/11/2006 9:04 PM, Blogger SME said...

Gardenia, your empty jars will go perfectly with Mom's 10,000 assorted decorative buttons...

(Couldn't resist. Sorry. I'll be good now.)

 
At 12/11/2006 9:05 PM, Blogger SME said...

P.S. What were the pinecones for, exactly? I don't remember.

 
At 12/11/2006 9:48 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Yeah SME; D says I'm endearing, so THERE!

Thanks D! We could have a ball, crafting together. They'll all be sorry when we make BIG money selling all the crafts we've created from our hoarded materials!

SME, we made those hanging pinecone/pointsetta decorations, plus the pinecone people you made, plus a couple of Cub Scout projects out of them. I WAS going to make pinecone wreaths, but I never got 'round tuit'.
First my coffee cans, now my pinecones. *sigh* heehee
BTW, you couldn't be good if you tried. You're just trying to get back at me for the dolphin. mwahahaha

 
At 12/11/2006 10:09 PM, Blogger SME said...

OK, I admit it, I'm bitter about the dolphin. What did you expect?!
:D

OK, if you still have something left over from Cub Scout projects, you're really hoarding. Z hasn't been in Scouts for, what, 4-5 years? Just say it. Get it off your chest. Say, "Hi, my name is Tshsmom, and I'm a hoarder."

Gee, you're right! I can't be good if I try!

;P

 
At 12/11/2006 11:00 PM, Blogger Nancy Drew said...

sorry about that at my place, tshsmom. Don't know how I let IT get through.

Won't happen again. Must have been sleepy.

 
At 12/12/2006 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright I dont HATE just talking about everything or anything with some one. I just dont like when like my sister in law calls and she just wants to waste her minutes because she has unlimited long distance and she calls and doesnt say anything for like two minutes and then says something stupid. LOL!!! I would rephrase that and edit that but I think I would lose everything I already have written your comments so I will just leave it and I will explain to whoever asks. LOL!! I am a smart butt but hey that is just me. I love talking on the phone if some one has something to say even if its making no sense at all but I dont like the phone going dead for two minutes like I said before. I should have really thought about that one before I posted it. I meant how to phrase it. Well gals I am goign to go watch Lion King with my two year old and then maybe the two of us will doze off for an hour or so. K just left for school so its safe to sleep for a bit if B dozes. Talk to you all later tweets.

 
At 12/12/2006 2:08 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, did you put the batteries in yet? heehee
Go ahead, say it...Mom is ALWAYS right! Was that so hard?
BTW, you and I collected those pinecones before Z was born, so they're older than you thought.

ND, no problem. It gave me a chance to vent a little. ;)

Tweets, I know what you meant. I was just giving you a hard time. There are days when you just don't have time to sit on the phone for nothing, especially with 2 little ones running around.

 
At 12/12/2006 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes exactly. I know you are teasing. We will have lots to talk about in March. This is passing the time till then though and then maybe in july or august when when sme and R go home also. I think what makes the phone conversations harder is K is getting old enough where she wants to try and talk and then she doesnt know what to say so she hands the phone back to me and tells me shes done and hten she stands at my heels until I am finished talking.

 
At 12/12/2006 3:34 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Tweets, at our house NOBODY wants to talk to me...until I get on the phone. THEN L and Z keep yakking at me, while I'm trying to carry on a phone conversation. Whenever SME calls, Hairry decides to rattle his bone across the kitchen floor, while we're talking.

That would be great if you guys could come home when SME and R do. We need to narrow them down on a date, so we can make plans. Rachel would like to come home then too. I don't think you've met her husband, have you?

 
At 12/12/2006 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel??? I am not sure I am knowing exactly who you are talking about but I think I do. That is funny about Harry. Hes part of the family though so he has his times picked out when he wants his attention. I dont complain about K wanting to try and talk on the phone. I let her try but she ends handing the phone back right away. She loves to talk to people on person though. she can talk your ear off if you let her. esp about school. I swear sometimes I think B is more organized than K is and B's younger. Its funny. I will ask B where her boots are and she answers me, I ask K and she does this number I dont know. Its funny. So organization skills we are working on here.

 
At 12/13/2006 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep meaning to ask. I am going to make a Christmas card for some one special but I was wondering if you can go and buy a whole bucket of buttons from some place or what. I was hoping to get merry X-mas out on the card in buttons. Let me know when you get a minute. These are last minute ideas after I have logged out and started something else. Thanks for the help if you have any ideas. tweets.

 

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