Recently, Simon over at the Hermit’s Cave on YouTube did a video about “10 Unusual Things About Me” that, just this last Saturday he revisited in his Cuppa Catchup and Cards live to expand on. I loved this idea, although I’ve had a LOT of trouble coming up with ten. But, I did finally make it, so I thought I’d share.
1) My absolute favorite treat is Orange Vanilla Swirl ice cream while eating Cheetos Puffs.
Contrary to popular belief, this has nothing to do with the color. I just like the two flavors together. It’s really good.
2) I am a non-theist.
A lot of people have a hard time understanding how I can be a Pagan but also a non-theist. Essentially, I worship the earth and the energies of the earth, focusing specifically on the energies of creation, evolution, and balance.
As for why…. I grew up in a Wiccan/Buddhist household, and was raised under those faiths, but the deity aspect always felt unnecessary to me. I don’t feel a connection to deity or even a kinship to the idea of deity. I never have, even as a child. It just didn’t feel right. So once I left my parent’s home, I phased that aspect out of my practice in order to better fit my faith to me.
3) I can whisper, but I cannot speak.
I am mute due to injury to my trachea and larynx that happened during a home invasion. I cannot whisper loudly, but I can whisper. It does not carry well, and from what I understand it’s pretty inscrutable over the phone (it just sounds like a disrupted exhale), but in a quiet and intimate setting? It works.
4) I prefer to do my divination outdoors and barefoot.
This is about balancing my energy, as I get a far better connection to the earth and its grounding energies if my feet are not encased in shoes. It’s not necessary, but it is my preference.
5) I am 100% certain of the existence of the Fae.
This is not a belief, but a certainty. The Fae are not tiny beautiful humanoid creatures full of love and light. If you are interested, take a look at the Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud and you will get a small sampling idea of the vast array of different Fae in the world.
6) I put potato chips inside my meat sandwiches.
Plain potato chips, sour cream and onion chips, barbecue chips, Doritos (cool ranch or regular cheese), Sun Chips….. there’s a variety of different kinds I’m willing to use. But I like them IN the sandwich so that I get the crunch and flavor when I take a bite.
7) For public safety, I cannot listen to public radio while driving.
I have synesthesia, which means that there are some wires crossed in my brain that (in my case) causes my senses to sometimes interpret sounds as (most commonly) physical sensation, and occasionally as having a flavor or scent.
When driving, I listen to pre-screened music from off of my phone that I know I will not have negative reactions to. Public radio does not give me that ability to pre-screen the songs, which means when listening to it I run the risk of having an uncomfortable or even painful twitch or reaction to something in the music (or commercials, for that matter) that could cause me to end up having an accident.
8) Even though I am mute, I don’t speak ASL (sign language).
Honestly? I did try to learn it at first, but it’s pretty damn useless, or at least feels that way to me. I don’t know any deaf people, and nobody I know or run across has a clue how to speak or understand ASL. So, because of that I haven’t bothered to learn it.
Instead, I tend to communicate through typing words into a document on my phone or using text-to-speech apps, and I carry a small memo pad with me the majority of the time in case my phone’s battery dies.
9) I have leaves on the bottom of my feet.
I used to be a cutter, which was one of the ways I dealt with negative emotions and thoughts directed for myself. I did not cut my arms or legs, or anything like that. Instead I had a “cutting kit” of Xacto blades and first aid supplies, and I used these tools to cut vine and leaf designs into the bottoms of my feet, which scarred into a permanent (if incomplete) scarification.
A handful of years ago, I stopped cutting as a way to deal with emotions, and I gifted my cutting kit to you for safekeeping. I have no doubt you still have it. I have not done any cutting on myself since.
10) I deconstruct my food.
This is something I have always done, but I’m not sure when it started or why. This is especially prevalent when it is food that I enjoy and want to savor. I like to take the food apart (usually with my hands) and enjoy each element of it individually. If it’s something I’ve had before, I will then organize which part I eat first to last depending on what I like least to the part I like most.