A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."
I was tagged by the immensely talented, wonderful sprinklerized
1. I always wear odd socks. By that I don't mean that they are strange, just that they don't match. I even go to the lengths of reaching into my sock-drawer in the morning and pulling out three random socks just so that I know I will be sure of getting two unmatching ones. Then, when I'm sitting in some high-blown meeting during the day and it's getting too pompous for words, I can have the pleasant thought that I have odd socks on and (I suspect) no-one else does.
2. I am extremely anal about punctuation, spelling and grammar. To a certain extent it is my job to be, but it goes much deeper than that and I question everything I read or see. This causes me lots of unnecessary stress when I encounter the Grocer's Apostrophe or an unpunctuated sign. I'm amused by self-imposed descriptions of businesses, such as 'Family Butcher' or 'General Plumber'. I'm not 'Outraged of Tunbridge Wells', but more 'Amused and Amazed of Taunton'.
3. I always put my seatbelt on before I start my car. Over the years the saving in fuel must have amounted to quite a large puddle.
4. I can not go to bed, however early or late, however tired or restless I am, without first reading for half an hour or so. I don't know where this habit comes from, and to a certain extent I can find me annoying myself because of it, but it just has to be done - I can't sleep or settle down without it.
5. On the whole I'm a people person. I enjoy the company of others and will accept people for what they are, who they are, who they aren't. I'm well disposed to people in general, don't prejudge and probably trust a little too much sometimes. But there are human traits that I have no time for - arrogance, thoughtlessness, selfishness. Some people see arrogance as a positive thing, showing a determination to succeed and an ambition to achieve. I see it as obnoxious in the extreme. Self-confidence and arrogance are not the same thing. End of rant - sorry.
6. As I'm getting older I'm becoming more emotional. I cry watching 'Whale Rider'. I choke up when someone is receiving an Olympic medal, particularly if they aren't from a nation that gets loads, or if it's unexpected. I feel their joy, their relief and their surprise. I was quite emotional opening birthday cards and presents the other day, my over-riding thought being, 'What have I done to deserve all this kindness?'
7. I seem to have, and I apologise for any unforseen puns in advance, developed a bit of a reputation for photography. By that I mean, it appears that to some degree at least, I can do it. I'm very grateful for all the praise and support I receive from my wonderful friends here on LJ and from friends and colleagues in my more immediate world. I don't know where it comes from but I'm delighted that this ability and me seem to have got together.