This is my seventh year of participation in the A to Z Challenge. My intent this year is to share a little bit about me each day… the good, the bad, and the ugly… so you can get to know “the woman behind the words” a little better!
Quiet is one of my favorite things. While I am home alone during the day and Papa Bear is at work, I almost never have the tv on or music playing; the only sounds to be heard are cats talking to me (a couple of mine like to talk, and Smokey thinks we understand his chirpy language) or purring while they nap, and my fingers clicking the keyboard of my notebook as a write. Maybe the clothes washer or dryer rumbling in the background. That’s it, and I love it that way!
I talked about my sensitivity to noise in an earlier post, but I think that much of my appreciation for quiet stems from more than thirty years of office work answering multiple phone lines, with phones ringing off the hook all day long. By 5 PM I was usually lucky if I could remember my own name, and had to work hard at being friendly and polite instead of grumbling. 🙂 If I never heard another phone ring, it would be too soon!
For me, quiet equates with peace, when it’s quiet I can stay in tune with my thoughts and listen to the spirit voice within me. No disruptions, no frustration, no one always needing something. No need to interact outside of written words. I think I could easily become a recluse, as long as I could keep Papa Bear, my cats, and my computer!
Another q-word I love is question; curious should be my middle name. I question everything, I want to find out, I want to know… Google is my best friend. 🙂
Not only do I tend to question what people tell me, (I like to make up my own mind regardless of the facts presented), I love to question people about their lives! Nothing fascinates me more than finding out what other people have experienced and what they’ve learned from it, how it has shaped them and affected their life.
At one time on my other blog I ran a series of interviews involving fellow bloggers, asking them five questions. It was great fun, and the answers were really interesting too. No easy questions like what is your favorite color, but in depth things to find out more about who and what they were. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done while blogging, and I’m thinking at some point I might pick it up again, if my fellow bloggers are willing to humor me. 🙂 I think I might have made a great investigative reporter, I like to get down to the nitty-gritty of stuff!
I can think of one last q-word that might well relate to me, and that would be quirky… meaning good in a weird way (of course)! Anyone who knows me fairly well, knows that I have a few weird ways about me, or at least different from the norm. I wear the same pair of shoes every single day, even though I have a few others. I’ve had the same pair of earrings in my ears for eight years now, even though I have a box of other lovely ones. I don’t wear makeup at all anymore, and I don’t cut, color or curl my hair. My clothing style is “comfort” and I could care less what the current rage is. I very seldom listen to music because it has too many emotional triggers, and I will put down a book or walk out of a movie if the content is too disturbing. Life is disturbing enough without seeking it out for entertainment! I don’t talk to friends on the phone unless I just have to; but I talk to tree spirits, and to rocks and wind. I could go on and on, but that’s enough to give you an example of ways that I am a little quirky. In short, I am just me, unique and unapologetic for it, and I hope you are the same. Who is to say what is “weird” or “normal”, anyway?
Do you prefer to watch tv or listen to music when you are alone? Would you be willing to participate in a blog post interview? What are some of your quirks?
Links to all of my 2018 A-Z Posts:
- A – Aquarian
- B – Blogging
- C – Cantankerous, Cats
- D – Divorce, Domestic Abuse
- E – Enabler, Encourager
- F – Fibromyalgia, Faith, Follow Through
- G – Germany
- H – Hearing Loss, Hair, Hope
- I – Introvert, Independence, Incarceration
- J – Josie Two Shoes
- K – Kids, Kindness
- L – Things I Like
- M – Middle child, Midwest, Moves
- N – New day, Noise, Never, New Mexico
- O – Ocean, Online Dating, Obesity
- P- Purple, people-pleaser, promises, peace