I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] hamsterwoman last week. Perhaps it's a quirk that it took me so long to come up with quirks.

1) List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself
2) Tag seven people to do the same.
3) Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you want to tag whoever wants to do it.


1. I go on binges - food, social, books, papers - of intense concentration. When I'm not on a binge I can still do these things well, but it's not the same as the amazing clarity and focus when I'm "on." Part of the problem with editing/writing the novels now is that I haven't been "on" a writing related binge in more than a year. I have the same thing with certain games - spider solitaire or arkenoid - and I visualize the game as I fall asleep when it's really bad.

2. When I get a song stuck in my head I can listen to it on loop for a good, long time before I get tired of it and it leaves.

3. I'm naturally a social person who has a learned response of being extremely shy. When I was much younger (less than 10) I was very outgoing and my cousin (who stuttered) would ask me to make friends for the both of us. But when I got to America I was ostracized by my peers due to funny accent and a lack of designer clothing, so I kept my mouth shut and stayed away from the center spotlight. This results in my being incredibly hard to talk to the first couple of times, but very eager to make friends thereafter. A couple years ago I learned that being quiet and keeping to oneself can often result in worse problems than speaking up and saying something stupid, so every time I'm in a situation where there are a lot of people I don't know I take a few deep breaths, find a conversation I'm vaguely interested in, and try to join in.

4. I think I might have kept a great salon, had I been born at the right time. I love nothing more than to have my friends around a big table having just eaten a good meal and drunk a good bit of their alcohol of choice, all talking loudly and debating the merits of Transformers and other Saturday morning cartoons. I can't really participate in the conversation - having gotten to the States too late and being a late riser - but I love just feeling the conversation rush over me.

5. I do have an accent, but it's a tiny one - the most undetectable in my family. People who've recently come from Ukraine can spot it with ease, down to the right city, which is impressive. The one time it really does pick up is when I switch from Russian to English - it fades from very noticeable when I start speaking English to barely there by the end of the sentence.

6. I love decor and trying to decorate my home, but I fear I have no taste to do it right. I seem to be doing well with the new place, though (which has a china cabinet!!). Now I'm only frustrated by the lack of expediency in the delivery of the pieces we've ordered. The housewarming is on Sunday and the sofa's not here yet!

7. When I get bored, I make lists of things to do. This often happens in class, and I get an odd joy from crossing off things I've done, so I sometimes write things to do from the morning that have already been accomplished just so I can cross them off. It keeps me organized, but it also leaves pieces of paper everywhere I find months later. In undergrad, my roommates would find my lists a semester later and be amused.

Now I tag [livejournal.com profile] buymeaclue, [livejournal.com profile] fuyu_no_fuhei, [livejournal.com profile] grailquestion, [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire, [livejournal.com profile] mrsix, [livejournal.com profile] lunaratu, and [livejournal.com profile] solnishka.
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