Sweet Lorraine tagged me. (dothedishesfirst.blogspot.com) I must tell 6 neurotic things about myself. Given the whole Mary thing, you will understand how easy this is for me.
1. The sun. I like that it's out there, I just don't like it on me. Anywhere. Well, actually on my feet is ok. But that's it. I will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being directly in the sun. When I cannot, I get cranky. No vampire comments, please.
2. My smile. I show too much gum when I smile. I've been neurotic about it since 4th grade when Susan Marlowe (thanks again, Sue) pointed out that my smile revealed more gum space than average. (She didn't say it so nicely.) When I try to limit gum exposure, I look fake. A dentist explained the details about variations in gum exposure to me. While fascinating, it didn't solve my problem and the drawings kind of freaked me out.
3. My skin. I'm always trying new face creams (none of which really do what they say they will - but I keep buying because there must be one out there that does) to keep it from becoming whatever. I also use sunscreen made for people who've had laser work done (so spf of like 1000) to avoid getting freckles. I have a few freckles, which I HATE, but you can barely see them anymore due to #1 and to the sunscreen.
4. The perfect black cardigan sweater. I've never found it. It has to be just right and it never is. I have bought many, many sweaters looking for it. I have exactly 5 very imperfect black cardigans in a variety of fabrics and cuts in my closet right now. I wear them, just not happily.
5. The traces childbearing left behind. No comment.
6. The THING. It's the thing that's going to change my life (from what or why or into what, I'm not sure). So I've got books and books and herbs and programs and plans and soul medicine and remedies and meditations and reflections and accessories to all of those. I think all of them work, I guess I was just hoping for the change to be like a champagne cork popping out and it's more like the bubbles in the glass of champagne - one little change at a time.