Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Should I Go Hide Under the Bed?

I was tagged by Adelle. This was the first time for me so I'm not sure which is the worse in blog etiquette: to not accept the challenge or to impose it on the next ones. I'm not even sure I 'know' enough bloggers well enough to fill the quota on this tag. Having fretted for two days, I have decided that just doing it is the only thing that will shut up that indecisive 'should I? or shouldn't ?' litany and give the whole thing closure for me.

At least this isn't any more imposing of a challenge than a Thursday Thirteen so I am selecting my victims from TT and Monday Poetry Train participants who have commented more than once on my my TT and Poetry Train posts. At least I know they enjoy memes and don't hate visiting Joystory. It goes without saying that I love to visit every one of their blogs and do so frequently. Which isn't reflected in my sidebar only because I have not been updating my sidebar since I started participating in TT last October. (see #4 below) To sweeten the pot for them I am also going to link their names to their blogs when I tag them even though it is is not one of the rules of this meme. (Personally I think it should be as that would be a better motivator for participants, and appears to be one of the points of viral memes. But I didn't write the rules for this one.)

So here goes:

A. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.
B. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. I am legally blind due to RP aka retinitis pigmentosa a genetic degenerative disease that progressively destroys peripheral vision. I have almost zero night vision and even in the best lighted conditions am limited to less than twelve degrees vision in each eye out of the 180 degrees of normal peripheral vision.

2. We can only trace it back five generations from me because my mother's mother's father's mother did not know her own family history. She was raised by the Indians from age three, when the leader of the raid on her parent's farmstead found her in the pickle barrel where her parents had hidden her after the rest of her family had been slaughtered. He was in awe of her blond curls. She was raised as his daughter until she was at least eighteen and returned to the White man's civilization as the bride of a missionary/trader with the tribe. (Umm. Does that count as a fact about me?)

3. I fret a lot about big and small stuff. Lot of wasted energy and time. It is part of the Anxiety/Depression mood disorder I've had since at least age four but wasn't diagnosed officially until I was nearly forty.

4. I am such a procrastinator! I should spell it in 20pt font but then I would hate they way it looks on the page. Which leads to:

5. I am such a perfectionist! I should spell it in 28pt font but....well you get the picture. And it isn't the kind of perfectionism that actually produces order and well-made finished projects. Rather....

6. I am easily discouraged by mistakes or the inability to make a project turn out the way I envision it or stay on schedule and then I stop working on it and let it set, taking up space in my environment and mind for weeks, months or years, unwilling to give up on it entire but only returning to it maybe five percent of the time. The major successes that have resulted from a small percentage of those makes it that much harder to say a final bub-bye to those that really are dead in the water.

7. This includes staying organized in my environment, including my workspace and schedule. I crave organization, I visualize it in great detail but can never seem to achieve it. And of course my being a hoarder of all kinds of ridiculous stuff does not help at all. You can find the post that lists said stuff via labels if you dare. Hoarding was bad enough when I had my own home but...

8. Since August 2001 we have been living with my husband's parents in the small second bedroom of a single-wide trailer house. With two cats on leashes: Gremlyn and Merlin. Until we lost Gremlyn in March. With the litter box, cat's food and water dishes, bed, entertainment center and my jerryrigged office made of stacked cardboard boxes and a board, there isn't enough standing room for two people. This room has not been thoroughly cleaned since I started spending race day Saturdays watching my husband's elderly grandmother two years ago instead of using that time with the family out of the house to do a major cleaning. I'm fretting about this now because we are about to inherit a new bed from his grandma, who passed on earlier this month, and I am nervous about having to take down my 'office' and put it back together, as interrupting my projects has repercussions (see #6 above) and freaking about what we might find under the bed.

So I'm tagging:

Rhian / Crowwoman
Susan Helene Gottfried
Wylie Kinson
Robin L. Rotham

Sorry gals. Should I go hide under the bed?

6 tell me a story:

Gattina 6/27/2007 3:36 AM  

Don't hide under your bed, wait for the new one ! maybe you will find some gold bars under your old bed ? or some corpses the cats had left. Surprise, surprise you will see.

It's really very nice of you to have thought about me for the meme, but I have done it already end May, lol ! if you want to read it here is the link :http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.com/2007/05/7-terrible-things-about-me.html
Thanks !

Susan Helene Gottfried 6/27/2007 4:36 AM  

Yup, hide under the bed!

I did this one around Mother's Day. With the number of characters I've got, I suppose I could do it again... in the future... I've been tagged FOUR times for the Birthday Meme, so stay tuned for my TT later today...

Rhian 6/27/2007 4:58 AM  

My blogger readers may come after you will ill intentions - i would think they're about sick of hearing weirdo facts about my life.

But because i take evil joy in tormenting others, i'll play. I don't think i've confessed 8 things that i totally suck at yet. Because i owe on 3 other memes as well i think i'm gonna make Friday MEME Hell day on my blog. heh.
ps - i love your blog, but i think you know that by now....

L^2 6/27/2007 5:45 AM  

Thank you for thinking of me Joy, but I'm sorry to say that I too have already done this one, about a week and a half ago. My answers are HERE if you're interested.
I enjoyed reading your list though. I always think it's fun to learn more unique things about the bloggers I visit regularly. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Robin L. Rotham 6/27/2007 7:29 AM  

LOL! I've actually been tagged for this a couple of times already and haven't done it yet, so I might as well get it over with.

Hey, I think the part about your great-great whatever qualifies as about you, and it's awesome that you know that much about your family's history. That's quite a tale to pass on.

Wylie Kinson 6/29/2007 8:22 PM  

Hiya Joy. I FINALLY got the meme done!
Thanks for the tag,

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