Monday, November 12, 2007

So Soft Hard Feelings

I've been asked to do a couple memes lately, and you all know how hit-and-miss I am on doing them. I've already done the "Weird Things About Me" Meme last year that Tara tagged me for. I also feel like every post I write is a list of about a hundred weird things about me. So, as much as I love Tara, I don't have much to offer to that one. The other one I was tagged for was from Not Fainthearted. She made it up herself and it is so much better than those Myspace memes targeted at thirteen year olds. You know the kind? the ones that ask you if your crush knows you like him and if so, how many times he IM's you? Yeah, well I'm forty-muthahfucking-two years old, so if I had a crush who IM'ed me all the time, he'd probably be young enough that I'd end up going to jail for him.

Anyhoooooo. I am going to do Not Fainthearted's meme, but I'm only doing half tonight and the other half tomorrow night. I think we all know how much I like to yammer on, and it is, after all, 18 questions long. So, let's all take a nice deep breath and begin.

Here is my sister Moira and I (I'm the one kind of standing up) climbing around in Tonto National Well in Arizona as kids.

1. What were you afraid of as a child?

Um, everything? I don't think I could make a list long enough. I was terrified of bombs going off, and even a ticking clock would make me nervous. I was finally not allowed to watch the news when they showed Vietnam war footage anymore. Rattlesnakes, which in Arizona are sometimes hard to avoid. The Exorcist and Tubular Bells. Of course, my mom loved that soundtrack and could only play it when I wasn't around. Any strange noise at night. I could never sleep as a child and so my mom would let me listen to a radio all night to drown out any other sound that might freak my shit out. Now you know why I know the lyrics of almost every cheesy pop song ever written and can recite most commercials from the seventies.

2. When have you been most courageous?

Getting out of the two abusive relationships I was in. The first with my ex-husband and the second with that one asshole I dated almost five years ago. People always wonder why seemingly strong women stay in those things, but I don't think you could ever understand unless you went through it. It's not like the guy is suddenly a jerk. It's subtle things where the guy seems too good to be true and then gets kind of bad, but that behavior becomes normal and then he kicks it up again, so that becomes normal, and so on and so on... They also wear down your self-esteem, so you believe you deserve to be treated a certain way. It's kind of a double and triple whammy. I've been lucky enough that I've gotten out before things ever became too violent.

3. What sound most disturbs you?

The sound of violent retching. I spent a fun filled evening in the emergency room in the general hospital in San Francisco once with my ex-boyfriend who got sucker punched at a party and had a detached retina. There was some guy in the next room who retched for hours and I thought I was going die.

4. What is the greatest amount of physical pain you’ve been in?

Easy - 36 hours of labor with my first daughter. Why didn't anyone tell me that natural childbirth was for pot smoking hippies? I also should have known just exactly how stubborn that Coadster would end up being. That girl was going to come out when she was good and ready and put me through hell, until then. It's kind of the way she goes through life.

The girls when they were nine and ten years old respectively.

5. What’s your biggest fear for your children? (or children in general if you don’t have some of your own.)

Yeah, yeah, yeah. There's global warming and nuclear war and stuff, but my biggest fear is that something will happen to me before they are adults, and someone else will raise them. Of course, it all comes from being raised by my abusive (are we detecting a theme here?) aunt and uncle after my mom died. Even if someone wonderful raised them, they still wouldn't understand the girls they way I do. I would hate to think that my daughters would have to grow-up without that unconditional love.

6. What is the hardest physical challenge you’ve achieved?

The hardest physical challenge was probably in The Conservation Corps. We had to hike with eighty pounds of grip hoist cable strapped to our backs and a tool in each hand uphill and through rocky creek bed and use chainsaws that were so big and heavy that I could barely lift them when I first started, let alone run one for eight hours. Fighting wild land fires sucked too. I have this weird suffocation complex and it didn't exactly jive with all that smoke inhalation.

7. Which do you prefer: Mountains or oceans/big water?

Both. but if I had to choose, I'd say ocean. I'm a total water girl. My California boyfriend used to call me a mermaid because he couldn't keep me out of rivers, lakes or the ocean.

8. What is the one thing you do for yourself that helps you keep everything together?

Run, run and run. It is my meditation, my exercise and my happy pill. I've been doing it since my mom died and I can't imagine my life without it.

9. Ever had a close relative or friend with cancer?

Yeah. One of my best friends in the world, had sinal/nasal cancer for five years before he died at 31. He had been my roommate, our daughters were born 6 weeks apart and we saw each other almost every day for ten years. It broke my heart to see him in constant pain and it pissed me off that even after two back-to-back open brains surgeries, he was still smarter than I can ever imagine being.

Well, on that happy note, I'll continue with it tomorrow


DJSassafrass said...

I am with you on so many levels of that...i never slept as a child--severe anxiety, and my parents gave up on bedtimes. Apparently I was blessed with anxiety disorder from the crib.
Also--breaking away from abusive relationships...I freaking HATE when people say "but you seem much smarter than that." My first instinct is to scream at their ignorance, but since working with DVIP, I have tried to educate and if a dumb-ass is still a dumb-ass, then I'll be sure to mention how stupid they thought I was when someone they love is going through it....then of course, I'll help.

Ice said...

"♫Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope.....♫"
I'm tellin' ya; there a story in there that needs writting!

Margaret said...

girl, somewhere in that 36 hour labor caould you not change your mind about the drugs?

Not Fainthearted said...

Awesome! Thank you for taking up the challenge.

Isn't it funny how, even though we both get migraines that flatten us, neither of us think it was the *most* painful thing?

Ok. maybe that's not funny. Haven't had my coffee yet....

Tara said...

No problem about not doing my meme, you do provide lots of interesting facts about you on a day-to-day basis. I'll just go cry in a corner. No big deal. ;)

I like the meme you did do, it's definitely better than "Do you believe in love at first sight?" or "Are you crushing on anyone? If so, who?" Ugh.

Totally know what you mean about the violent retching, too. I've experienced that in my own family. Not fun.

booda baby said...

Nothing like mining the depths of fears and anxieties. Is there a meme in between. A bemweme?

michi said...

36 HOURS? NO drugs? Please tell me there were drugs. I'm not going to reproduce. I was a tough one too, but my mom ended up fainting so they gave her a C-section. Heh.

fringes said...

I had a comment until I was distracted by the HTML music notes in ice's comment. Coolest thing I've seen today.

Killer said...

At first read through I thought you mentioned a "Conversation Corps" that made you carry a bunch of cable, not Conservation Corps.

I spent a few minutes why there was a group of conversationalists and why they were taking so much cable into the woods.

I guess it would give them something to talk about.

MrManuel said...

I know....isn't the sound of barfing like the worst sound?!?! Apparently, when I do it, the neighbors call to see if I am ok. That is what the wife says...

AlienCG said...

This is a good one. I like the questions a lot better than, "What is your favorite lunch meat?"

I may do this one at some point.

laura b. said...

Deep! And you were brave to break away from your abusive relationships. It isn't as easy to do that as it seems to someone who hasn't been there.

Churlita said...


Exactly. I don't know why so many people feel the need to blame the victim.


I love it when you sing to me over the comments.


I finally got drugs toward the end. I had a prolnged latent phase and they couldn't give me anything until I dilated more. TMI, I know.


That's because we birthed babies, and as far as I'm concerned, that trumps everything.


Doesn't it make you want to puke yourself?

Booda Baby,

I wish I could strip mine my anxieties so there weren't any left.


There were drugs toward teh end, but it was a long, hard road.


I know, right?


I could be the mayor of the conversation corps.

Mr Manuel.

Your wife is hilarious.


You totally should. I don't tag people. because I don't want anyone to feel pressure.


Thanks, and you're right.