Having been asked to name some quirky things about myself, I hereby comply. (I also hereby limit myself to just three quirks; the vinegar obsession will have to wait for another day.)
1. I love wrapping paper.
I currently have 15 rolls of wrapping paper, 3 of which are new within the last month. This would be fine if I had, say, upwards of a hundred presents to wrap, but I only have about ten, so I'm buying about six times as much wrapping paper as I'm actually using up.
I'm particularly fond of foil wrapping paper, especially green and gold, although I also try to remember to buy wrapping paper which doesn't scream "Christmas." I've also currently got wrapping paper which has giant peacock feathers on it, paper with red, orange, and yellow stripes, and silver snakeskin paper.
I love wrapping paper from Papyrus, but the closest store is in Boston. Borders, however, tends to have a decent selection of stuff from either Papyus or Paper Chase. I also got some paper from The Container Store this year, which I think I'll like.
I actually like paper crafts, generally, including origami and bookbinding, but I don't really have the tools to do bookbinding right now and origami is pretty but quasi-pointless once you're done, so wrapping paper is a nice way of indulging my paper-related interests.
2. I rarely buy books.
Mind you, I read plenty of books, I just don't buy them all that often.
In general, I don't see the point. I don't care to reread most books, anyway, and when I do, I'm generally patient enough to wait until I can get it at the library. And as for the books that I want immediate access to — well, those are the ones that I buy. (This ends up being lots of reference and grammar books, and a few other favorites.)
(A more practical concern is that I'd I'd need an extra $500-$1,000 a year to buy all of the books I read, which I simply don't have. Plus, having a due date hanging over my head makes means I'm more likely to finish a book.)
3. I don't listen to music.
This is not to say that I have taken some sort of sacred vow of non-musicality, it's just . . . well, you know those people who say "I should really read a book some time" as if it's something they've been meaning to do because they know it would be good for them? Well, that's pretty much how I am with music. I'll happily listen to it if it's on, and I tend to like most of what I'm exposed to, but I hardly ever go and seek it out, myself. I like stories and I like new information, but music typically presents me with neither, so I don't find it entertaining enough to bother with.
Unfortunately, when I hear someone say "I should really read a book some time," I tend to write them off as a potential friend and it's entirely possible that others are doing the same thing at this very moment. Ah, well, c'est la vie.
I now tag the last three people who commented on my blog: Theric, Optimistic., and Redoubt.