Ain't It Strange

So I guess we're all pretty weird, huh? With the Things? I have to say, I had no idea so many people shared the same Wooden Spoon Thing with me; I was kind of expecting an overruling girl you crazy, with maybe one kindred spirit or two thrown in, but it turns out that an awful lot of you knew exactly what I was talking about in terms of hating the feel and texture of an innocuous wooden spoon. By the way, my mum stirred gravy with one last night while she was making the world's best shepherd's pie and I actually had to leave the room. Especially when Sean caught on to what was happening, and bounded into the kitchen, picking up the other wooden spoon and running it all over his face, while shrieking IT'S TOUCHING MY SKIN, OOOH, OOOH, IT'S TOUCHING MY SKIN!

We may be rethinking the engagement.

I was surprised to find out that a large number of people detest the feel of cotton balls, of velvet, and of wet paper (pah, you guys are wimps! I can't believe---no, I didn't mean it! Get away from me with that wooden spoon!) but my favorite comment had to come from Jane, who shared that her what her mother simply cannot stand is the sound of someone cutting paper......ON TELEVISION. It's totally fine, apparently, for someone to be cutting paper live and in person, right next to Jane's mother in the same room, but if they're cutting paper on television? That is Jane's mother's Thing.

This made me very curious about how Jane's mother would feel about a YouTube video of someone cutting paper. Or if I would get the same reaction if I Skyped her and then cut some paper so she saw (and heard) me cutting it on the webcam. Not that I'm going to do this, of course, because if I did try and test the theories behind Jane's mother's Thing, Jane's mother would probably overnight me a box of a hundred wooden spoons in retaliation and get Sean to hide them around the apartment. But still.

(By the way, I never even told you about my other Thing, which is very, very big objects being next to very, very small objects, so that the balance is way off. Like a canteloupe next to a pea? Freaks me out. I cannot deal with it. The worst manifestation of this, however, is when I inadvertently see those Salvador Dali pictures where the elephants have really, really skinny legs. Even just googling this to show you what I'm talking about had me breathing into a paper bag. Which, incidentally, is how I read most of the comments on the last post, as you all went into such detail about your Things. I was cringing and shivering with almost every one.)

Onto more pleasant topics (please? can we?), Sean and I are heading down to San Diego tomorrow morning and while in most other parts of the country, "the weather" would undoubtedly be at the top of the list of Reasons A Weekend In San Diego Is Awesome Right Now, San Francisco has been experiencing its own little January heat wave for the past few days, with temperatures of 71-ish in the day. Ergo, I am not quite so desperate to head south and don flip-flops as I might have been otherwise, but what I am excited about is that we're finally flying Virgin America.

My god, have I heard a lot about Virgin America: how it's amazing and life-changing and how there is MOOD LIGHTING in the cabin, which, you know, is not normally included in my criteria for Having A Pleasant Flight, but which I'm sure can't hurt. What I have also heard, however, is that you will get a free (alcoholic) drink if you wear red on the flight, and this is a theory I'm looking forward to testing way more than whether a YouTube video of someone cutting paper is the same as someone cutting paper on TV.

We're also hoping to wrap up a few wedding-related loose ends while we're down there, and by loose ends, I mean both a date and a location---you know, nothing big, just some small stuff like WHERE AND WHEN WE'LL HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF OUR LIVES, wow, good thing you've got the REALLY SERIOUS things like the cake topper sorted out already, Holly---and then after that we can set about designing our save-the-dates, which I'm very excited about because we're going to make them ourselves and they're going to be super. Trust me, I already have the idea. Damn, it's a shame I can't send you all one, Internet, because I'm so excited about what they're going to look like after Sean and I have figured out how to convey our idea into a finished product. But, you know, that could be kind of awkward if it turned out you all showed up. I mean, for one thing, we'd definitely run out of cake.

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HouseofJules
Jan 16, 2009

Total sidenote that has nothing to do with wooden spoons or paper-cutting, but just wanted to say that if you find yourself anywhere near Lahaina Beach House on Pacific Beach in San Diego (710 Oliver Avenue), you should go have a Pacifico (or any drink of your choice!) on their beach deck! When on vacation a couple of years ago, my friends & I were at Lahaina's so much we were on a first-name basis with everyone there. So much fun!

Also, Chicago is currently at -7,000 degrees. Wish I was anywhere near California right now.
Jules
House of Jules

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Anne & May
Jan 16, 2009

I could tuck into a nice nap in a bed full of wooden spoons. My thing is long fingernails. I keep my filed pristinely short.

I don't love them on women (I'm talking long, here) but on men...if I see it I don't sleep well for a week.

Have fun flying Virgin America. I LOVED it when I did it and I was sitting in the middle seat. That's the power of VA!

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Amy
Jan 16, 2009

Go to Extraordinary Desserts. You won't regret it. Amazing!

Have a good trip!

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She Likes Purple
Jan 16, 2009

You could blur all the details and just post the design! I did that with my invitations since we made them and I was insanely proud of them.

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Mariam
Jan 16, 2009

Okay, I just flew Virgin America for the first time last week when I went to Seattle, and the mood lighting (and music to match) weired me out at first. But in a good way. I sort of felt like I was in a mid-80's ambient lounge, except a really tiny one. Make sure to watch the safety film, it's hilarious!

I'd heard about the red thing too, and I just so happened to have my giant red bag with me, but I didn't get anything for free. Perhaps giant red purses don't count? Technically you "wear" a purse, right?

I liked the experience overall but they lost points for our major delay back to San Francisco. Apparently Virgin America does not have a de-icing maching at SEA-TAC. And when it snows at SEA-TAC, their method of dealing with it is to wait around until another airline loans them their de-icing machine. Meanwhile, we sat in the plane for four hours with the air conditioning turned off, nary a free drink or snack to be seen.

End rant. ;)

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Emily
Jan 16, 2009

So are you two tying the knot in San Diego? I'm a little behind on the wedding news front, having birthed a baby last month.

I'm also late on the Weird Things front, but I'll go ahead and tell you here, on the wrong post, that I hate hate hate baggy socks. Like, you know how fresh socks are tight on your feet and slide into your shoes without bunching? And baggy socks have been worn a while and your feet have sweated into them and they're losing their elasticity a little bit? And I had this ex-boyfriend who would just stuff his feet into his shoes without straightening his socks and so his socks would just be all twisted willy nilly around his feet, bunching up like crazy and GAH it makes me gag just thinking about it. SOCKS MUST BE TIGHT. Sometimes Dave will pull his socks halfway off his feet and try to get me to look at them and it makes me want to vomit.

As you were, Wooden Spoon Lady. (I know what I'm getting you for a wedding present!) (Just kidding!)

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Georgia
Jan 16, 2009

When I lived in San Francisco, it was inevitable that, the one weekend every six months I'd go home to Los Angeles to visit my family, that stupid "Indian summer" everyone raved about would occur. It drove me crazy. Luckily, I live in LA now and am facing a weekend in the 80's, which is the definition of The Business.

Also, my other Thing was/is food in the sink drain after a load of dishes. Not having a garbage disposal, I'd have to empty it into the trash by hand. My god that made me want to barf...so of course my now-ex-boyfriend would chase me around the house with the sink drain in his hand, just to freak me out. Do you think it's a coincidence that he's my ex???

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Melanie
Jan 16, 2009

Oh my god, Holly...I clicked on that Salvador Dali link...I WILL NOT SLEEP FOR A WEEK. I had no idea those paintings existed. Whatever he was on when he made those, I do NOT want it, no sir. They look like spiders!! (which, by the way, is my Thing. Not spiders, really...bugs in general. But only when you squish one and it CRUNCHES, and you can hear it...or worse, if you're squishing it with a tissue, you can FEEL it. Oh, shiver.)

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Raven
Jan 16, 2009

I am trying to think of my Thing.

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Sheila
Jan 16, 2009

Maybe if we DID all show up at your reception, you could ration the cake by only giving it to those who wore red.

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Alicia
Jan 16, 2009

Wait. What? You're getting married IN San Diego!?!?! How did I miss this? You may not realize this, but you are one of my imaginary friends/blogger that I really, really like. Dude. I live in San Diego. I love weddings. I even got married in San Diego. Do you see where I'm going with this?

Seriously, if you need some local advice, please ask. I'd be happy to help out, but in a totally normal, non-blog stalkerish kind of way. I'm WAY too lazy for that.

Yay! Enjoy the weekend in San Diego... but don't move here. We're full.

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Carroll
Jan 16, 2009

I dunno, Internet. I for one would be more than happy to bring along some cake, wouldn't you? Hey, there's a thought...potluck wedding reception, anyone? I bet you would get some really interesting contributions for the table with that concept :-)

(Not entirely serious, of course -- except about being willing to bring my very own cake :-)

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Marin
Jan 16, 2009

I think the Sean-with-a-wooden-spoon-against-his-face thing is exactly why you should get married. Where else will you find someone who knows you so well?

Maybe you could just post the save the date cards on here? And we'd all pretend that we can't see where you'll be getting married? And then we'll all crash the wedding and you'll look like a celebrity?

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kat
Jan 16, 2009

ooh virgin! i liked it a lot. the flight attendents are in good spirits and i loved watching top chef for the full flight to seattle.

my cousin got married in san diego at san diego's mission. was very very lovely.

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sanguine spice
Jan 16, 2009

Forgive me for being late to the party, but Jane's Mom's Thing (great album title!) reminded me of my friend Suz's Thing, which is a total and complete hatred of the sound of pouring on television. She will walk out of the room. And, of course, once you notice this, you can never stop noticing it. That, I think, is the worst part about these Things. Once you have a Thing, it's like the world is nothing but wooden spoons and pouring on television.

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Gabs
Jan 17, 2009

Ok (this is going to start kinda randomly, but just go with it) so today I watched Batman Begins, and throughout it, anytime Christian Bale was speaking, watching his mouth was just... UGH. I can't even say if he's a good actor, because that was just so distracting. But I've never heard anyone else say anything about it, and the one movie site I visit regularly always raves about him/Batman, so I thought I was just losing it. And then I decided to google 'Christian Bale lisp' and you were the 5th result. (Congrats? Maybe? If that's your thing?)

So I read your Dark Knight post, and some of the comments on it (including some who see the same damn thing with him) and then I read this post, and the original wooden spoons post, and I laughed a lot.

In summary: found this randomly, am entertained, will be back for more.

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batin
Jan 19, 2009

this post reminds me of something similar happened to me last year...thanks for the sharing ;)

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meredyth
Jan 19, 2009

Uh, when my sister got married her soon to be husband (who's Korean) was still working on just getting his visa for some time in January. They weren't sure just when he'd be arriving. But she'd bought a dress. That's it. And she'd go around proudly proclaiming this while I was all, 'maybe you should also have a groom? Or a venue? How about a cake? ANYTHING?' Her response: "Have you SEEN my dress?" So I think you've got some time before not having the minor details of location, etc. fixed in place draw any comparisons in my book to my sister. Her wedding turned out pretty. Everyone came together to get it done. And her groom even showed up, which I thought was nice.

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Lady Saotome
Jan 19, 2009

I want you to know I have always prefered wooden spoons but after reading that blog the other day, while I was cooking dinner that night I decided to pay attention to the feel of the wooden spoon in my hand & it was kinda dry & gritty & suddenly reminded me of the feel of flour & sand (which is my "thing") & it was all I could do not to fling the spoon across the room. So if I'm never able to use a wooden spoon again, I'll forever blame this blog. :)