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Habits Meme January 11, 2006 5:54 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : MeMe, Of Interest
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In two years of blogging, I think I’ve done one meme. Barry from the Inn of the Last Home has tagged me.

The “rules” indicate that I should add this portion of text so here you go; enjoy.

The first player of this game starts with the topic “five weird habits of yourself,” and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “You have been tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.

My wife thought I may find this one rather challenging. She wondered how I could possibly choose only 5. I agree that I could list far more than 5 so I’m going to focus on the morning habits.

  1. I wake up chastising myself for sleeping [to long]. I used to wake by jolting from the bed to the center of the room into a fighting stance, often still not fully awake. My roommate in my first apartment found this quite amusing. I wake without an alarm clock usually within minutes of the time I told myself to wake up as I fell asleep. I can fall asleep within seconds of my head hitting the pillow.
  2. I blow my nose first thing after waking whether I need to or not.
  3. After blowing my nose, I wipe my right nostril twice; then my left nostril twice; then my right nostril once. Despite my wife mimicing me I can’t stop the habit.
  4. I drink a half a pot of coffee everyday even if I don’t want the coffee. It used to be two pots a day then I quit cold turkey for a while. I only brew half a pot so that I can’t drink more without concerted effort. I choose my coffee mugs very particularly based on mood and the activity I’ll be doing while drinking.
  5. I put my right shoe on first. When I was 10 or 11 living in New Orleans with voodoo and superstition, I became convinced that it was bad luck to put your left shoe on before your right. Since then I have laughed off the superstition but never kicked the habit. Occasionally I put the left shoe on first but it is very intentionally going against the grain and often with the inner dialog of “I’m putting on my left shoe first just to show that it doesn’t always have to be the right shoe first.”

Ah! Now comes the tagging. I see there is a “5 weird things about me” meme going around that is similar to this habits meme. So KristyK is absolved.

And I tag: Mackee at Appalachistan, James of Puerilis, Philip of The Blue Sloth, (going on a limb here) Amanda Congdon of RocketBoom, and Juliepatchoulie.

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1. Barry - January 11, 2006

Thanks for playing! You, um, certainly have some quirks.. 😉

2. jenianddean - January 11, 2006

The alarm clock thing: is that now or in college? I don’t remember you waking up without an alarm clock in college. I kinda remember a bunch of alarm clocks in your apartment. And something about you buying a new one everytime you overslept….I’ll have to have Dean refresh my memory on that one.

3. djuggler - January 11, 2006

That’s now. I haven’t used an alarm clock since before Amy was born. I went through a period where I was trying to get up at 4am to start my day and it was ruining Cathy‘s sleep as I tried to get up but simply used the snooze alarm until 6am. One day I just decided to not use the alarm clock anymore.

Now if I tell myself to get up at 5:59 I do. If I choose to get up at 4:01 I do. I rarely make it an even number like 5:00. I still have trouble getting out of bed if I’ve been up late (but I still wake up) and the wake time is too early so I try not to do that.

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