Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: 10 Unusual Things About Me

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It’s going to be so interesting to read how you all respond to this week’s prompt. This was one of the topics I was looking forward to the most out of the whole year!

1. I’ve Never Been Hospitalized

My mom had a (planned) home birth with me, so I wasn’t even hospitalized on the day of my birth. Home remedies and the occasional visit with a doctor for minor/temporary problems have been all the care I’ve required so far in life.

This is something that’s surprised more than one health care worker when they were taking my history. I have multiple relatives who lived or are living long, healthy lives while not necessarily following their doctor’s orders about exercising and eating a well-balanced diet, so I suspect some of my good luck with my health is due to genetics even though I try to take care of myself in general.

Photo credit: Peter Salanki from San Francisco, USA.

2. I’m Demisexual and Bisexual

Being demisexual means that I need to bond emotionally with someone before I become interested in escalating our relationship on a physical level. So I’ve been on dates with men and with women, but kissing and other things are reserved for folks I’ve gotten to know well.

3. I Have Unique Spatial Skills and a Not-Super-Accurate Sense of Direction

As much as I want to help, I may accidentally send you to the wrong place if you ask me for directions. You see, I use context clues like a big tree or that pretty, blue house on the corner as reminders of where to go next instead of remembering the name of that street or whether it’s north or south from my current location.

This system works well for me, but since it can be confusing for people who don’t live in my brain I try not to give directions to folks unless I’m sure I’m sending them in the right direction.

4. I’m an Animal Magnet

Animals love me, especially cats. The funny thing is, I’m terribly allergic to cats.  Maybe they’re so interested in me because I give them a lot of personal space instead of rushing over to pick them up and coo over them like a non-allergic person might do? All I want to do is avoid wheezing and sneezing, and all they want to do is be my new best friend. Ha!

5. I Started College Before Finishing High School

My high school had a dual-enrolment agreement with a few local colleges. I absolutely loved spending most of the day at college with adult classmates during my final year of high school. It was refreshing to meet so many other students who genuinely wanted to learn the stuff we were studying there. I’d heartily recommend this option to any high schooler who enjoys learning and has good time management skills.

6. I Was Homeschooled, and I Also Married a Fellow Homeschooler

This definitely wasn’t a requirement for dating me, but it was pretty neat to compare homeschooling experiences with my spouse when we first realized we had this in common. We both spent a lot of time visiting all sorts of museums, art galleries, and historical sites on homeschooling field trips. I still love learning and field trips to this day.

7. I Have a High Tolerance for Pain

Or at least that’s what a dentist told me once. Pain is such a subjective thing that it’s hard to imagine how my occasional experiences with it might be different from how others feel it.

8. I Like the Taste of Bitter and Spicy Vegetables

My grandmother sometimes makes an afternoon snack that consists of the following things:

  • White bread
  • Margarine
  • Thinly-sliced radishes

I believe she is at least partially responsible for the fact that I like eating radishes, spinach, and broccoli as an adult. Not every snack necessarily needs to be sweet.

9. I Keep a Digital Dream Journal

This is a pretty recent habit, but I’m enjoying the process of writing down all of the dreams I can remember. It’s interesting to go back and look for themes in them.

Lately, I’ve been having a ton of dreams about being back in school and studying for a dreaded biology exam on the anatomy of frogs and other various small creatures.  I wonder when people become too old for those sorts of dreams? My fingers are crossed that one of you will tell me it definitely stops at age X for everyone. Ha!

10. I’m the Only Person in Toronto Who Likes Pigeons

Yes, this is a little bit of an exaggeration. It’s based on the fact that pigeons have been nicknamed “sky rats” here and many people truly dislike them. I think they’re interesting creatures, and I enjoy watching them navigate our busy city and figure out where the safe places are to hang out, roost, and find food. Pigeons need to learn these skills quickly to survive city life, and in general they’re thriving here. That’s admirable in my opinion.

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30 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: 10 Unusual Things About Me

  1. I homeschooled my kid through eighth grade. It was fun and challenging and she actually started college at 17 so had many of the same experiences.

    Re: spicy food — my mom taught me to eat onion sandwiches, so right there with you! LOL…

    Also, I have a horrible, horrible sense of direction but when I do learn how to go places, I’m the same as you. It’s all about the landmarks.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    • You’re welcome. Wow, we have a lot in common. I’d forgotten you homeschooled your kid. It’s really cool that she started college early as well!

      Onion sandwiches sound interesting. What else do you put on them, or is it simply onions and bread?

  2. I love the idea of a dream journal, but rarely remember any more of my dreams than fragments (and even those are usually gone by the time I make it to the den and my computer!) My post is here

  3. Very cool list. I was told I have a high tolerance for pain because I didn’t flip out when I got my epidural or right after my hysterectomy, but if I get a paper cut? Man down! Lol!

  4. I don’t hate pigeons, but I can be cautious of them for sure…because if I am eating outside, they can be terrors.

  5. I’ve never been hospitalized either. Animals love me, but it’s probably because I pet them and love them back.

  6. Cool list. Points 3, 5 and half of 6 are also true of me. (I was homeschooled, but I’m unmarried) I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t navigate by street names or directions. It drives my friends crazy, but it works for me.

    • Thank you. I didn’t know you were homeschooled. That’s awesome.

      How do you handle giving people directions?

      • Berthold Gambrel

        I rely heavily on online maps. If I can’t look one up to supplement my descriptions of landmarks, I’m pretty useless. I try my best, but warn people I’m not good at it.

  7. Oh, fun! Right, so, semi-randomly by topic:

    College: I did actually finish high school first, but I started college at 16 years old. It was a weird situation.

    Spatial skills: I’m almost exactly the other way around. I can hold whole maps in my head and draw them in the air. And my sense of direction, in my youth, was frankly better than my Scoutmaster’s — and he was holding a compass at the time.

    Spicy foods: I was in my early thirties before I discovered the joys of spicy foods. I maintain that my love of them isn’t *just* masochism — it’s also directly linked to my allergies.

    My post is here:

    • I didn’t know you started college at 16. That’s really cool.

      Have your spatial skills always been so strong? I’m a little envious of them.

      What foods are you allergic to?

  8. Sorry I was so busy yesterday Lydia but I did at least want to check out everything about everyone else And…I’ve found out one thing for sure…we get along because we’re both quirky. Hope you take that as a compliment because it’s sure meant that way.

  9. Terrific post! And funny—my brother is very allergic to cats but the minute he walks into any home that has one or more, they converge on him. But cats do have their mischievous side.

    I prefer “rock doves” as a name for pigeons. 🙂

  10. What a fun person you are to get to know 🙂 And I learned a new word – demisexual.
    How lovely you married another homeschooler. Hope my boys are lucky enough to find homeschooled partners.
    I have an abysmal sense of direction! Years ago, when I contemplated driving to visit my sister in Kent, my ex-husband wasn’t happy with the idea – he was convinced I’d end up in Wales, which is in the totally opposite direction *LOL*
    I’m terrible with pain, very low threshold. Yet my ‘claim to fame’, I managed to give birth to both boys with minimal pain relief – not through choice, I might add *heh*

    • Thank you!

      I hope your sons find wonderful partners.

      How did the drive to your sister’s house go? My fingers are crossed that you didn’t end up in Wales. Hehe.

      And I’m quite impressed that you gave birth twice with only minimal pain medication. Wow, that’s amazing.

  11. I’ve never been hospitalised either, although I’ve got surgery coming up later in the year so that may change. Never needed more than day attendance so far.

  12. Echo Ishii

    Wow! You’ve really never been hospitalized. Good for you. Wish I could say the same.
    I’ve started keeping a morning journal again, and I typically write down what I remember from dreams. It keeps my mind active.
    Neat list.
    I didn’t get it together to blog this week.

  13. LOVE these types of posts! It’s always so interesting to learn about fellow bloggers and get to know them a little better. My kids were homeschooled, and my oldest now goes to our community college for pretty much all of her classes. Even though she’s only 16 (and technically a junior in high school), she’ll end up transferring into college as a junior after one more year of school. It’s worked out very well for her!

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