As I mentioned last week, Jax is on vacation. I’m posting a few not-too-long and not-too-serious articles in her absence.

The Pagan Princesses live in Austin, where the city motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” It’s a rallying cry and a marketing strategy designed to encourage patronage of local businesses and merchants. And it also helps keep our local culture alive by promoting and supporting some of the unusual events in our town. For example, Eeyore’s Birthday – a free, fun hippie frolic in a public park completely run by volunteers. Note: If you live in or near Austin, the 51st Annual Eeyore’s Birthday will be April 26th – and there will be a Maypole!

While I consider myself an Austinite now, I don’t consider myself a totally weird person. But I have to admit, I have some quirks. In the interest of sharing (or maybe TMI), I thought I’d share a few of my uniquely-me traits. Judge me or don’t, but have fun doing it!

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I like to chew gum in the shower. Even when I wash my hair. I am not sure why washing my hair should alter my desire to chew gum in the shower. I feel like it should, but it doesn’t.
My “go to” Girl Power soundtrack is from Conan the Barbarian (1982). The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra version is amazing, but I am still very fond of the original record. This music fills me with courage, humility, rage, and peace when I listen to it. Really, it fills me with whatever I need in that moment. Powerful stuff.
I don’t like condiments. Mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup all smell disgusting to me. I have to hold my breath to make sandwiches for other people who like these condiments. And if any of these get on my fingers by accident, I do a “heebie jeebies” dance on my way to the sink to wash them off (and disinfect my skin). Yuck. I’m gagging right now just thinking about it.

So, there are a few maybe-weird or maybe-quirky things about me. What are three uniquely-you things you’re willing to share? [Keep it clean, Realm. *wink*]


Featured image, the “Keep Austin Weird” logo.