I have a quirk about me.
OK, maybe I have a few, but one of them just smacked me in the face, so let's talk about that one. I am wondering if this has ever happened to you.
My quirk is this: I do not like to use people's names when I speak or write to them. I don't know why, but unless I know someone pretty well, I will avoid using their name, in case I have it
wrong. I would just feel really awkward if I called someone by the wrong name. And OMG, don't even start on mispronunciations! It's like a mortal fear I have, and a hair-trigger when I hear other people mispronounce someone else's name.
I know. You are thinking: What's the big deal, right? If you make a mistake, it's not the end of the world, apologize and move on.
I'm not sure where this quirk came from. It makes no sense, but it's a fact about me and here are some reasons I think this quirk will not be going anywhere anytime soon:
My name is Jami. It's just like Jamie, but I spell it differently. On purpose. It's funny, because I have not had people mispronounce my name much, but I get called the wrong name a lot. As a teen I was often called Jodi. (I have no idea why, but it's true. Random people would just write down or call out Jodi instead of Jami.) Once I was listed in the bulletin in our church as Jane. (I like Jane. I could be a Jane. But I'm not.)
There is a young girl who babysits for us. It took me forever to figure out how to pronounce her name! Alanna (uh-LON-uh). I felt like such a dummy because she would tell me and I would
forget. sheesh! I've been told I don't listen. I called her (uh-LAN-uh), like Allanis, many times. But now I think I have it down. I am my own worst enemy. :)
And then there is The Girl. I love her! I have corresponded with her in the past using the name Laura. Recently, I visited her new website (it's way cool. check it out!) and there is a little piece in the sidebar that says My name is Erika. Doh!
What have I done?
I am virtually mortified. (pun intended, 'cuz I'm witty like that)
So I contacted her to find out if I had made the error of all errors.
I will leave it to you to read what she has been up to here.
But suffice it to say, I am so relieved! And now I just can't stop laughing.
I guess I'm not the only one who has quirks.
You know what? I am finding it harder and harder to make time for blogging this summer. I'd love to know how some of you are doing this! I feel like it's a good day if I get a shower.
My point is, bear with me! I have taken SO many pictures for you guys...I will try to get them up. And if I don't get over to visit you for a little while, forgive me. I'm here and I'm trying, but the kids (and the kitchen chairs I am refinishing. oops! Did I just admit something??) have to come first.
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