Squirl's Nest

Saturday, January 14, 2006

How I can annoy you in five ways or less (fewer)

Jim has tagged a number of us with the meme of listing 5 of our bad habits. I wish I were so perfect that I didn't have bad habits. The truth is that I have to choose five. At least, I need to pick five that I don't mind sharing. Susie, Electic, Bucky and Momentarily Distracted were also tagged. I've already read theirs so I hope I don't plagiarize too badly.

1. Everything seems to remind me of a song. If I'm in a place where I'm able I'll usually burst out with a snippet of the song. Ichabod is the one who's usually subjected to these outbursts. Luckily for me he says he likes my singing.

2. I buy books. I haven't even read all the books that I buy. I buy so many books that my main Christmas present from Ichabod was a seven foot tall bookcase.

3. I am very picky about the care of my books. My brother Tardist hates to borrow a paperback from me because I don't like to crease the back or the cover.

4. I could probably leave the Weather Channel on the television 24/7. That's one that drives Ichabod crazy. I try to limit my Weather Channel watching, especially when he's home.

5. I crack my knuckles and joints. The noise has got to be irritating to others but the joints get painful if I don't relieve that pressure. People used to think I was clicking my fingernails when I cracked my knuckles.

Well, that's the short list and I guess it'll have to do.


Anonymous Amber said...

I think the bad habit I have that annoys people the most is when I
a) Pull my thumb out of socket
b) Bend my fingers in odd form (because I am double jointed) and pop the joints in and out.
c) Moving my knee cap around.

I am also the type that buys books and doesn't read them for a while. I have a few on my bookshelf that I bought years ago, but have never read. It's a terrible thing. Of course, I eventually read them, but ya know...

Then there are the books that people give you for a present that you know you'll never read.


And I am picky about my books too. But maybe that is because I've lent a few that have been destroyed by the borrowers. *sniff* No creases in my paberbacks, thankyouverymuch. :)

I don't think any of those things would annoy me. Maybe the weather channel thing, but who knows. :)

Sat Jan 14, 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Amber! I can bend my fingers weird too. But I don't pull my thumb out of its socket or move my knee cap around. As long as it doesn't hurt you it shouldn't bother them, right?

I have quite a few books I haven't read yet. And some that I've started but not finished yet. I've also been given books for gifts that I haven't read. :-)

Some people really don't know how to be nice to books. I try to be careful who I lend them to.

I don't leave the weather channel as much as I did when I was going to college. School was pretty intense. I'd study in front of the tv, occasionally glancing up at it. That's a station where you don't need to start or stop watching at any particular time.

Sat Jan 14, 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

qpfsh - Quarter pound fish?

The Weather Channel, huh?

Ummm....that's the first step.

Next thing you know, it'll be Murder, She Wrote and Matlock and a bouffant for you, sis. ;)

(I'm a compulsive knuckle cracker, too)

Sat Jan 14, 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Oh man, oh man, do I ever share BOTH of your books habits. I have hundreds of 'em. I cringe outwardly if I'm on a bus or in public and I see someone open a book (paperback or not) and crack the spine so they can hold it in one hand. I want to just slap it out of their hands and say "DAMMIT..."...well, you know the rest.

I used t'crack my knuckles but haven't for years and years. I need to start back again. I'm all for anything that annoys someone else.

cboovhid - a vhid with extra cboo.

Sat Jan 14, 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, I hate to burst your bouffant, but Mom doesn't watch the Weather Channel. Not much anyway. Now if we're talking C Span that's a whole different thing. I thought you'd enjoy the knuckle cracking one. :-)

Jim, some people just don't know how to respect books. It's so sad. Knuckle cracking is good.

You guys are getting very creative with your word verifications.
Mine's zdrmjfqi Anyone want to take a stab at it?

Sun Jan 15, 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

I'm with you on #1. I am always and I mean always singing or humming. It pisses people off, but I can't help it. It pisses Mr K off because I sing lots of snipets of songs, rather than the whole song. I don't even know that I am doing it most of the time.

Sun Jan 15, 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Kylz, that's funny. I don't always realize that I'm doing it either. Every now and then Ichabod will ask me if I'm okay. I say that I am and ask why he's asking. He'll say because I haven't been singing lately.

And it's almost always snippets, rarely the entire song. Just enough to get my point across.

Sun Jan 15, 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger whfropera said...

Squirl - this scares me, because you just described my ex-boyfriend, but without the annoying haaaaaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccccckkkk gaaawkkkk cough that he also came with as a bonus. All day he did that. That noise could shatter glass.
My current gentleman friend is SO MUCH quieter. :)

Sun Jan 15, 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

#1 and #2, me, too, TOTALLY. I am never (well almost never) without a song playing in my head. And I have sometimes thought I needed treatment for my compulsive book buying.

My MIL watches the Weather Channel, and my mom watches C-Span. You'd better dial that back a bit, squirl. Maybe counter-balance it with some Barney or Teletubbies :)

Sun Jan 15, 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

The cracking of the knuckles, both of my sons do that. I think I have gotten use to it. But sometimes I just have to say enough already. It makes mine hurt from just the sound.
I always have songs in my heads and I burst out singing too! :)

Sun Jan 15, 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous lawbrat said...

My oldest son is a weather channel FREAK! He's 11 now, but has been at if for about 2 years now. He can tell you about bunches of different hurricanes, where they hit, the year it happened, what categorie it was!

Ya, he's a freak, of nature.

Its the first thing he puts on the tv when waking up, after school, before bed...he just has to 'check' it.

Sun Jan 15, 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

OperaGal, Aaacck! I swear I'm not your old boyfriend. I got your e-mail. Thanks!

Susie, music and books are just too important in life. They feed our souls. And I really only watch a maximum of 45 min per day of the WC. Usually less. I swear! No to Barney. The Teletubbies crack me up. :-)

Nina, sometimes knuckles just have to be cracked. I'm glad you're a song person, too. :-)

Lawbrat, maybe your son will become interested in meteorology. There are much worse professions out there. And much worse hobbies. ;-)

Sun Jan 15, 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

The thing about the Weather Channel is they now offer "reality weather." Matt and I used to lay around for hours watching these "when storms strike" specials where they dredge up (and I do mean dredge)some housewife in Arkansas that got rained on somethin fierce.

And I love your singing too!

Sun Jan 15, 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi Chia! Yeah those WC special shows will always make be turn off the tv.

And thanks!

Sun Jan 15, 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

The next time a major weather event hits this area, I guess the YPS!! crew is going to have to wait for the reporters with a "Howdy Squirl!!" sign. The interviews would never make the air, because we tend to work blue.

Sun Jan 15, 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger whfropera said...

the opera one, or did Bucky send you the way-cool Squirrel photos?

Sun Jan 15, 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Well, on three out of your list of five we are soul mates. The first three—only.

Sun Jan 15, 11:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, just carry a really big sign. I'll be looking for it.

Opera, there are way-cool squirrel photos?????

SS Nick, no Weather Channel or knuckle cracking, eh? I can understand music and books being important, though.

Mon Jan 16, 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

I crack not only my knuckles but also my knees, ankles, toes, wrists, back, neck, shoulders etc....--it bugs my hubby and many others around--but as you said, it hurts to leave them be!

And the Weather Channel is AWESOME! Doncha know that all Canadians talk about is the weather? Teehee

nwpse: new piece

Mon Jan 16, 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

I read somewhere recently that people that feel the urge to pop their finger joints may actually decrease the risk of arthritis if they hadn't popped them. It is related to air in the cartilage, but I don't know why pockets of air would be bad. Just that popping your knuckles is not such a bad thing.

As for the book thing, well, this tells me I should never borrow a paperback from you, or Amber, and I'd better never stand next to Jim on a train reading a paperback with one hand and holding on to the pole with the other... ;-)

Creases in paperback spines to me are a sign of a well-loved book.

Of course whoever bound the paperback copies of those first few in the Robert Jordan series really sucked. Because the covers fall off completely! Bad bad binding.

And if I loan hard backs, I now loan those books without the pretty cover, because I've had them get bent and/or chewed by a friend's pet. And I can overlook that for friendship, but I look at those covers and wish they were pristine again. It was not so long ago that I'd not 'let' myself buy hard cover books due to the expense, so I feel a bit differently about them than paperbacks.

Mon Jan 16, 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

oops. sorry that first sentence is missing a critical word.

If you are a person who needs to pop your finger joints, you are better off popping them THAN if you don't, because the risk of arthritis appears to be higher in people who feel that urge/uncomfortable feeling but don't pop them.

Sorry, need more tea to get my brain to communicate all of the words to the fingers.

Mon Jan 16, 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger August95 said...

Squirl, the Weather Channel Rocks. I love how calm they are through any crisis.

Mon Jan 16, 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Effie, you just gotta crack 'em. Especially like you, who's been in an accident. Gotta keep all the joints loose.

And, yes, the Weather Channel is cool. Michigan folk talk weather a lot, too.

Danielle, yes, I believe it's some kind of bubbles in the synovial fluid. It just builds up and is very painful.

Yes, I have the first four Robert Jordan's in paperback. I try to keep them pulled together. The rest are hard and I try to keep the covers pristine also. So hard sometimes.

August, it's amazing to me how they stay so calm when reporting bad weather, since they're really excited and jumping up and down inside. :-)

Mon Jan 16, 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I have 10 books stacked in our bedroom that are "next to be read". Some of them are my Mom's so I won't have to find shelf space for those. ;)
I have to crack my knees and knuckles or they lock up on me.

Mon Jan 16, 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, you know exactly what I'm talking about on both counts!

Mon Jan 16, 09:24:00 PM  

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