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Five random things meme - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
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Five random things meme
Nicked from half my f-list.

Five odd bits of trivia about me.

1. Until I was six, I lived in a four-generation household with my (single) mother, my grandmother and her husband, and my great-grandmother (Grandma Great). I had a pretty strong understanding of great aunts and uncles and cousins of removed generations--Aunt Ora (Gram Great's sister) was a common person to visit (she always had anise candy, which I love to this day), and Cousin Roger (Grandma's cousin) was a common topic of conversation.

2. Women in my family have been working outside the home for so many generations that not to do so seems exotic. Mom's a nurse, Grandma a medical office assistant, my other grandmother (who I don't know well) a surgeon, Grandma Great a lab tech, the other great grandmother a baker, Grandma Great's mother a midwife and country nurse, Grandpa Great's mother a tavern keeper.

3. I did Odyssey of the Mind from seventh grade (when it was still Olympics of the Mind) until I graduated from high school. My school had a habit of winning the Ranatra Fusca, which was for highly creative solutions that didn't actually win. I still think that our poor showing at States sophomore year was a political thing--the winners had a didactic skectch against drunk driving, while ours featured a drunken janitor as an accidental hero. We also had a musical number with full choreography, which is better than matching T-shirts. But I don't obsess over that any more than I obsess over the sixth grade spelling competition which I'm sure I could have won if I hadn't been running a fever of 102 (I only lost by one word, to the Evil Jeff D). Ahem. ;) Seriously, I loved OM. At various points, I did all three of the problems my school participated in (balsa wood, robot, and arts), but in the end I was generally in the arts one. I started writing regularly doing OM. Because I couldn't paint.

4. I have six first cousins, and we were very close growing up. We had a Cousins Club, which met in the closet under the stairs at Grandma's. Yes, we deliberately hung out in the cupboard under the stairs. :) Our parents thought we were plotting to take over the world in there. My oldest cousin was the only one born her year, but the rest of us were born in pairs (gender-matched pairs, no less), and we called our year-mates "cousin-matches." My cousin-match and I were the fourth and fifth of the seven. She's three months and sixteen days older than I am, which was how we always put it.

5. I habitually sort M&M's by color before eating them. This is the fault of danaedark and our third trio-member Jen, though they may think it's my fault, and I doubt any of us actually remember how it started.
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texasmagic From: texasmagic Date: December 20th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I sort my MnM's, and my Skittles, too!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! (Yes. I sort Skittles, too, though not as ritually as M&Ms. Same with Reeses Pieces.)
speshalmoi From: speshalmoi Date: December 21st, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I sort my Skittles too. Don't sort my M&Ms, though.
Purple always goes last, though because it's my favorite.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: December 20th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Another M&M's sorter here. And, I absolutely have to eat my favourite colours last or else I won't have motivation to eat the others because the best ones will be gone. :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
We eat them in a specific order, remembered by a secret mnemonic phrase. They through us off when they added purple. We had to add a word. So now we eat purple last. When we got the SW-colored M&Ms for the RotS release, we had to come up with a whole new pattern based on what the represented in the movies. :p
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: December 20th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Fun to learn

4 is especially interesting. I always wished my cousins were closer in age to me. Of course, I have a twin brother, but it's not quite the same.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fun to learn

Heh, I'm kind of the other way when I think about siblings... "I don't have any. I mean, I have cousins, but it's not the same." My cousins and I also used to put on circuses every time we got together. Lord knows why.
crazyrach From: crazyrach Date: December 20th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I did OM all throughout elementary school!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I so miss spontaneous questions. I liked doing the long term problem, but I was always psyched for spontaneous on competition day.
zagara From: zagara Date: December 20th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Cousins! So jealous. My cousins were eight/ten years older and four/five/eight/nine years younger. My siblings had cousins near their ages, but I was the Freak. The difference in ages matters less now, but when you're twelve and your nearest cousins are twenty and eight, you feel very Alone.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can imagine you would! We were very lucky, especially considering that our parents were pretty widely spaced for siblings.
From: roitelet Date: December 20th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Two questions:

What was the word that did you in and propelled Jeff D. to undeserved victory?

What order do you eat the M&Ms in? Because I'm a sorter too (I thought everyone did this), and I'm undecided. Sometimes I eat brown first, leaving a rainbow, and sometimes I eat brown and orange (fall colors belong together) and then blue ('cos that's still the *new* color to me), leaving only green, yellow, and red, which I then organize into little stoplights. And sometimes I eat the yellow and orange first because they're the prettiest - but only in Peanut. Are you old enough to remember what a big deal it was when they brought back the red ones? And I still miss tan. It was my favorite.

Heh. I've a bit of OCD that surfaces when I'm faced with M&Ms...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
What was the word that did you in and propelled Jeff D. to undeserved victory?

I used to know that. Honestly, I obsessed over it for about a year. But I find now that you ask that I have--finally--forgotten.

M&Ms:

Blue, orange, yellow, green, brown, red, purple.
ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: December 20th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I habitually sort M&M's by color before eating them.

Lol! I sort and eat colored candy by the ROYGBIV scale. I like eating rainbows!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would have made more sense than the system we used, but we had to figure out when to eat brown and violet wasn't there when we started, so we made up a much more arcane system!
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: December 20th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
The women in your family sound really awesome!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think I'll keep 'em. :)
thinkatory From: thinkatory Date: December 20th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
2 - my family's the same way. Every female member of my family, both sides, since we reached America and all (not too long ago, considering, the earliest branch to move here was about in the 1890s) has worked in some manner of the phrase. This is mostly because they had the bad luck to marry alcoholics, but I usually leave that part out.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 20th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I left out that factoid as well. Well, not all of them. Both grandfathers, though. The great grandfather was an out-of-work actor. The tavern keeper's husband was just a wretched businessman who preferred to putter around in the garden and tended to give free drinks out because he liked being liked.
faeriemaiden From: faeriemaiden Date: December 21st, 2005 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
*laughs* I sort my M&Ms by colour--and I eat the blue ones last. I am often very obessive over Proper Orders and such things.

Our parents thought we were plotting to take over the world in there.
...Wait--d'you mean to say that you weren't? ^-^
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 21st, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
:evil laugh of would-be oligarch:
stardust9121 From: stardust9121 Date: December 21st, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *loved* OM! Kindergarten, 3rd-5th, 6th, and 8th grades. Our high school didn't have it, unfortunately.

May I friend you, by the way? I've been meaning to for a while, as I love your fics and you always have interesting posts.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 21st, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everything good for the kiddos, and teens get cheated... story of the world.

(I never mind friends (though my f-list is kind of unmanageable of late and I have to start paring back on return friending.)
beaustylo From: beaustylo Date: December 23rd, 2005 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a friend who not only sorts M&Ms by color but she also has to arrange them into symmetrical patterns before eating them. She says it helps her when she needs to organize her thoughts. I organize M&Ms too but not in piles, I just have a pattern to how I eat them, all the browns first, then orange, then yellow, then green, then blue (the order of my least to favorite colors, so I save the "best" for last).
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