Not too long ago I was tagged by NorCal Katie to tell you seven things about myself, so here goes!
1. I am averse to exercise in pretty much all forms. I don’t mind being active, but I need it to be for a purpose. Gardening I love, obviously, and I don’t even mind getting dirty and sweaty (two things I’m not a fan of generally) if I’m going to accomplish something. Lately I’ve been taking the puppy for a walk every evening to (a) run off some of her energy and (b) have her practice walking on a leash without pulling, and it’s been fun. I especially like activities (gardening and walking the pup included) during which I can listen to podcasts or audiobooks or whatever on my iPod.
2. Much like the Wicked Witch of the West, I do not like water. I have dry skin naturally, and if I have to get water on me without having the chance to moisturize right away, it gets worse. I don’t care to swim, and I try to avoid getting caught in the rain or snow without an umbrella or hat.
3. Despite being a Type-A nrrd neat freak, in some areas of my life I am absolutely content with “good enough.” For instance, when it comes to playing guitar in my punk band, I’ve never felt the urge to strive for perfection (much to the chagrin of my bandmates, I’m sure). Punk is supposed to be dirty and messy and passionate, and it doesn’t hurt it when not all the notes come out exactly right. I’d rather have fun than be picky when it comes to that. In most other areas of my life I like to push myself to do the absolute best I possibly can, and I hold myself and others to a high standard. I guess when it comes to making punk rock, my standard is based on fun and passion rather than technical excellence and detail.
4. Sometimes I daydream about not having a regular day job and instead crafting and gardening all the time, but I don’t think I’d actually want to do it. Even if I could realistically live and pay the mortgage and for my own health insurance and all those real-life details, I really enjoy working despite not having as much time off as I’d like. I think that the current climate in Michigan (public servants being treated like crap and held to an entirely ridiculous standard compared to those in the private sector) has helped push these daydreams along. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up having to pay for so much of my healthcare and so forth that it eventually won’t make sense for me to be working anyway.
5. I’m an optimist by nature, but as you may have gathered in #4, things lately have been making it challenging to stay optimistic. I can see where some people may have voted Republican in the last election (though I vehemently disagree with that choice, I respect it) due to frustration with the recent past, but DAMN, what the HELL is going on here? Our current state government appears to be trying to kick the people who are down wherever possible. It makes me feel ashamed to be a life-long Michiganian.
6. Now back to good stuff. In the recent past I’ve become a fan of reading cozy mysteries. I’ve always enjoyed TV cozies (Murder She Wrote, etc.) but hadn’t tried reading any until maybe a year or so ago. They’re often cheesy and predictable, but they’re fun!
7. As a librarian, part of what I do for a living involves collecting books and other media, but I have little desire to own a personal collection myself. Of course it’s fun to shop for books and stuff, and there is something to be said for having the perfect thing at hand when you want it, but generally I don’t want to own things myself unless it’s something I’m going to use a lot. That’s one of the reasons we have the library, after all!