Am I Weird?
The reason I ask, though, is because sometimes I think that I really and truly, in the deepest core of my being, am weird.
I know that a lot of the things that I do--like spending hours reading/writing Elf stories, for instance--are weird in the modern world. But when it comes down to it, I think that my life is pretty normal. I have a job and a husband; I'm not particularly scandalous or even interesting.
But the following things about me seem to get an overwhelming response from people, especially coworkers:
I don't eat meat. At all. No seafood, no chicken. As I was telling frenchpony earlier today, I've become more liberal with respect to byproducts with "Ewww...it has beef tallow!" mostly serving as an excuse not to eat things that I don't like now, versus my heady youth when the words "lecithin" and "gelatin" not prefaced by a "soy" had the power to send me into convulsions. But I haven't eaten meat in 12 years--except for a few accidental ingestions when restaurants made my food wrong--and I don't plan to start again anytime soon.
I don't watch TV. People find this weirder than the vegetarianism, I think. First they look at me, agog. Then they say, "You don't watch TV?" as though there was something incomprehensible about the initial sentence "I don't watch TV." Then comes the part that really confuses me:
"Then what do you do?"
Well, I read, I write, I make candy, I make gifts for people, I spend time with my husband, I go out to the movies, I go out on dates (with my husband...like I said, totally not scandalous), I paint, I clean my apartment, I beta-read, I make ice cream, I go to the library, I go hiking....
And so I am forced to wonder--and I often want to ask these people who are so mystified as to how I can possibly not spend a minimum of two hours per day staring into a box--what don't they do that leaves them with so much time?
Not that I have a problem with watching TV. Occasionally, I'll watch sports on TV--mostly football and figure skating, an interesting combination--or a documentary that looks interesting, but when someone says, "OMG, can you believe who won The Amazing Race?" my response is usually: ... o.O ...
So, am I weird?