i got tagged for a few memes, one by a quaker blogger and one by an lj friend, so i’m going to respond to both in both places, to do some bridging of audience. but before i do that, i want to talk a tiny bit about my recent spiritual practice, because i’m really liking it.

there are two big new things. one is that i wake up at 7 every morning now, pretty much. i usually don’t have to leave the house until around 9, and i try and give myself at least half an hour to sit and read quakery or spiritually things (essays from the best american spiritual writing series, things from our meeting’s seeker’s packets, books from the public library and the meetinghouse library by quakers). and i make sure to sit with what i’ve read in silence. and write about a lot of what i’m thinking. that has been really helpful in a lot of ways.

the other thing is that when i walk, and i walk a lot, i spend a lot of time thinking either “all will be well and all will be well and all manner of thing will be well” which helps me with a lot of things or “now i walk in beauty, beauty is before me, beauty is behind me, above and below me.” when i do the latter, i must look pretty wacky, because i really do look and think about the beauty of all of those directions. i’ve noticed so much more, and it makes the tenderloin a different place. though i’m still wrestling with the beauty of gum stuck on the sidewalk. over and over and over again.

anyway. okay. memes.

the first one is from lobsterbox on lj, but it’s funny.

RULES: Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. No tagbacks.

1) cooked tomatoes give me the chills. even the concept.

2) so do rotten cherry tomatoes. i hate them to an absurd degree.

3) i told my parents i had bob marley’s soul, when i was 3.

4) pink is sort of my new favorite color. this is very new and kind of weird.

5) i spent every summer of my childhood in wisconsin, except for one, because i begged to stay in florida. surprisingly, i found it way too hot when i stayed.

6) i had really long hair for a really long time, and developed a fear of foods with jelly or maple syrup because i was worried that it might get in my hair. those foods now give me an odd sense of freedom.

7) i spent way too many years of my life in t-shirts and leggings.

8) i have a weird fondness for american cheese. i think it melts better than any other cheese, and thus, i prefer it in omelettes and grilled cheese, to basically any other cheese.

9) i love to floss. LOVE.

10) i really love to be really hydrated and i also really love salty food. this doesn’t work.

… i think these are boring. and also fairly well-known things.

the other one is to type the 5th through 9th sentence of page 123 of the book i’m reading. i was tagged by chad i’m reading a bunch of books right now, but i’ll go for the one i’m carrying around for general pleasure reading.

except there is no page 123. there is, but the whole page says “part two.” so much for al capone does my shirts. i’m grabbing the book i just finished, because i’m running out of time.

“They died often. The proliferation of death made me more indifferent to it, I think. I would take the little white net and scoop them up and ride them down on my bike to one of the lots in the neighborhood that hadn’t been developed yet. I’d give them an outdoor burial by flicking them out of the net and into the grass.”

that was cheerful.

that was from i know some things: stories about childhood by contemporary writers edited by lorrie moore.

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