The Great Book of Lists – Chapter 6.0 – Quirks

This week we are asked to embrace my quirks. And because I’m someone who spent literally 45 minutes this morning watching my boys George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon on Youtube, this should be easy.

  1. I love “Oh Hello” more than an otherwise well-adjusted adult human female should and grew deeply upset when I discovered I would miss their live show in Montreal. Unless I go back? No. No, that would be nuts.
  2. I have weirdly strong opinions on Poutine, for someone who isn’t even Canadian. My life is basically lived on the “Super Size Me” rule – if Poutine is on a menu, I have to try it. Yet I can never find perfect poutine in the States. Why is this? I’ve had it twice in Michigan this weekend while on vacation and one used Fondue sauce instead of curds (what?) and the other would’ve been good… but there was so much gravy that it was hard to even taste anything else. I’d give that one a C average at least. So cool, one passed?
  3. I seem to be the only person in my office who doesn’t have either a crippling fear of or an intense dislike for large insects. A big spider moved into my office and likes to hang out on the wall. I’ve named him Wallace, we’re bros. Plus, if I kill or relocate him who is gonna eat all the bugs that will inevitably get inside the very poorly sealed windows of the building? Wallace is doing me a solid.
  4. must read more than one book at a time. I’ve been told that is weird. But come on, really? How many people only watch one television series at a time and refuse to watch all others until that is done? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Books for me are no different.
  5. I have an obsession with other places. If I even think I might be going somewhere I research everything about it. When I went to Denmark last year I studied the language for six months, even though it was probably unnecessary since they speak better English than I do over there. But I have to go all in.
  6. My brain has a very small sweet spot for auditory focus. If I’m running hard or doing something that shuts my brain down, I cannot listen to podcasts or audiobooks. I zone out too much and forget everything I’ve heard. On the flip side, if I’m doing a task that requires even the most minimal thought effort, I cannot listen to anything with lyrics or speech at all. Instrumental jams only, and usually classical music. Operas are also allowed since I do not speak Italian. Yet.
  7. Pins, Magnets, and Mugs – I collect all of the aforementioned items, and I am literally the “wear your flair!” person from Office Space. Though my pins usually reflect places I’ve been… and are reminders of all the places I would rather be instead of at work. I also own probably 40 mugs, and my refrigerator is actually running out of space from travel magnets. I need to work on a contingency plan. Second fridge? Magnetic walls?

The Great Book of Lists is a 52-week list making project with the objective to “reflect your happiness, your hopes, your project, your inclinations, the person you were, the person you long to become.” Join us!