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06 March 2012 @ 03:11 pm
Writer's Block: Say What?  
What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?


I actually don't know; I don't tend to find any question very weird. It may have been my very Christian friend, after returning from one of his Bible talks, asking me, "Kiwi, can you tell me about...being homosexual?" I will admit that I froze in the process of making my pasta, unsure of what to say.

But mainly I was amused by today's question because I had some silly, inconsequential, possibly weird questions for all of you.

1) (If you can cross your legs,) How do you sit cross-legged?

Feet tucked up inside like a meditation pose? Right leg in front, tucked up under your left? Left leg in front, tucked up under your right? Perhaps asymmetrically? I'd love to know!

I've been thinking about it because I grew up either sitting in the meditation pose (both feet tucked up over my thighs) or with my right leg in the front. After my hip injury, I wasn't able to sit cross-legged at all (it was very sad, honestly; it was my favourite way to sit). Since a year or so after my hip replacement, I've been able to do it for more than a few minutes at a time without going numb. I have discovered, since then, that I can no longer sit with my right leg in front. I had my left fibula removed when I was 15, but there are still little stubs of it left at the top and bottom of my leg (by my knee and ankle); I think that my right foot presses on the stubs when I sit cross-legged that way. It starts to hurt after a while of sitting, and when I leave the position my left lower leg hurts quite a lot, as if things are putting themselves back in place. I'm trying to re-train myself to automatically sit cross-legged with my left leg in front and it is proving to be exceedingly difficult!

And so I was curious how all of you sit, if you (can) use the position. (No judgment if you can't! I never thought I'd be able to again, once I lost it at 14.)

2) (If you use tube toothpaste,) Do you squeeze from the bottom of the tube consistently, or do you press from somewhere in the middle?

I always squeeze from the bottom because it's easier to deal with once the tube starts getting empty (no questing for more toothpaste down at the bottom). I am living with at least one centre-squeezer and, given it's my personal toothpaste, I'll admit to getting peeved and grumbly sometimes when I go to brush my teeth. I think it's one of those Little Things that can become a Big Thing when people are living with one another. So, how do you deal with the highly important subject of Toothpaste?

3) (If you use wall attachment,) How do you put your toilet paper roll on the rack?

My mother and I, occasionally dragging friends in, have had this conversation a number of times (sometimes we were less than sober, but not always). Now, some people put their loo roll on a standing rack, which seems to make it less of an issue, but it still is in a way. Do you set it up so the paper hangs over the roll on the outside? (For a standing rack, I suppose that would mean the paper unrolls from the side closest to you.) Or do you attach it so the paper unrolls from the wall side, so the free-hanging side is on the far side of the roll?

In the household, I am frequently the one to put new loo roll on the rack (probably because my father doesn't seem to, so it's either me or my mum). I always place it the first way - free tail over the rest of the roll - and my mother always turns it the other way around by the time I return. She is convinced I do it backward, though I have carefully inspected many houses, and there are many people who do it my way. And so I am once again curious!

There are my strange questions for you. I would love to read your answers!
 
 
 
minervas_eule: Go to Blazesminervas_eule on March 6th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I can't sit cross-legged comfortably for more than a few minutes, never could, and therefore avoid it if possible.

Our toothpaste does come in plastic wraps now, not so much aluminum any more, so its more flexible; and I press in the middle, but if I would create a dent that way, I'd fill it up from the bottom after a few days (if this makes sense to you...?)

I put the toilet-paper onto the rack like you do, with the loose end hanging over the roll - much easier to grip imho.

Kiwi Crocus: Fantasy || Pegacorn.cranky__crocus on March 6th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
You know, given that sitting cross-legged often does make me uncomfortable, I really should avoid it...but it's what my body always wants to do, has been since I was at least 4, and I can't seem to help it. Conflicting!

Your toothpaste habits make perfect sense to me! It tends to be the 'dent' thing that annoys me--when people go leaving craters in my toothpaste that I'm usually so careful to push from the bottom. :B It's a silly thing, really. :P

Ahhah! Glad to hear that, about the toilet paper. I find it easier to grip that way, too; it has always made perfect sense to me. (And I must have developed it on my own, somehow, given my mother has always been firmly on the loose-end-under-the-roll side. :B)

Thank you for your answers!
minervas_eule: Judi procrastinationminervas_eule on March 6th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Isn't that too strange: my daughters seem to put their toilet paper on the rack the other way, which they have never seen me doing... :-))
Kiwi Crocus: Animal || Awkward giraffe.cranky__crocus on March 6th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha! Now isn't that the darndest thing!

I'm going to giggle every time I put loo roll on the rack now, thinking that your daughters and I somehow managed to swap the ways we were 'supposed' to do it from what we learned from our mothers!
zeezofbadfaith on March 6th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
1) I usually do the right leg in front, tucked under the left; and then when it starts to get numb, I switch (with some difficulty). Though lately I've been refraining myself from doing it, because it makes my ankle hurt even more D: As soon as physhiotherapy is over I'm so going back to doing it XD

2) Pressing from somewhere in the middle is just wrong. Everybody presses from the middle at home, except for me! And I KNOW they're the ones who are wrong.

3) The paper has got to unroll on the outside. If it's on the wall side, it's even more difficult to unroll. (Nowadays we do this at home, but I had to teach people that it was the right way.)

I think I might have a wee bit of OCD going on when it comes to Little Things (that are Big Things) >_>
Kiwi Crocus: Ani D || Stare there.cranky__crocus on March 6th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
1) Ah, yes, I remember the days of only switching when I went numb; those were the good ol' days (before I got old (; ). I am, with effort, sitting left-leg-front at the moment, though I am highly aware of my fibula/lack of fibula, which makes me think that I just subconsciously made myself switch from the other way. Both ways make me hurt eventually, but I just can't stop!

2) Hahaha I have often heard myself saying such things in the evening. "No! You push from the bottom! That way it stays neat and easy! You toothpaste barbarians, you've got it all wrong!"

3) I agree on it unrolling better from the outside! For me it's easier to pull and rip that way.


I'm sure I've got a bit of OCD going on when it comes to the Little Things too, but it's also just what I like. :P And, at least with the toothepaste, it really does make things easier.
redbeargrlredbeargrl on March 6th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
I used to cross at the knee, right over left, but after two knee operations and gaining some *cough* weight, I now just cross them at the ankles and be done with it.

Toothpaste MUST be squeezed from the bottom! There is no option on this. It's from the bottom or death by flogging with day old pasta. I use a heavy duty binder clip to hold the end of the tube rolled up lest it make a break for freedom and start to unwind.

TP is a matter of which cat lives in the house. My preference is over the top but I've had some felines in the past that figured out this method would give them hours of amusement so, for them, I had it unroll from the bottom. Unrolling from the bottom saved me a lot of money, but it surely pissed off the cat.

Kiwi Crocus: EA || Mrs. Fisher || Is that so?cranky__crocus on March 7th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Gotchya! I've got pretty crap knees myself (have since before all the knee stuff), but thankfully have never needed any operations. I have little doubt that there will be knee replacements in my future, though... Don't want my hip getting too lonely. (;

Ahahaha flogging by day-old pasta. My grandmother used to threaten us with that all the time (well, mainly my brother). But yes, it seems reasonable punishment! I always squeeze from the bottom. I feel awkward when I go to friends' houses and they're centre-squeezers, because I never know whether I should follow their habit or go with my own...but I figure my habit only makes it easier for them to continue theirs, while it's detrimental the other way around, so usually I stick with my method.

*Laughs.* Understood on the cat front! Though are the cats truly unable to go gung-ho on the unrolling when it unrolls from behind?
iselimaiselima on March 6th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
No crossed legs for me since fifteen years or so and I don't remember from before.

Toothpaste, I do dame as Minerva's Eule :)

Wallpaper, I always would do on the wall-side and 'corrected' it if someone did it the other way. Nowadays I've changed it, as this holder or the paper we use, doesn't roll off well. So now it's hanging in the easy-grip way

Weird questions indeed *g*
Kiwi Crocus: HP || McMin || Smiles.cranky__crocus on March 7th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Teehehee, I'm always full of weird questions. :P

And I'm glad you're providing some representation of the wall-side unrollers, at least, even if you have since changed your ways for your current holder/paper!
Nickiperoxidepirate on March 7th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
1. Left leg in front, because it feels weird to do it the other way. But my right knee is grumpy lately, so I'm more apt to sit with my right leg out in front of me and my left leg tucked up with the foot under my right thigh.

2. Squeeze from the bottom, except in the rare instance when I'm too exhausted to care about where I grab the tube.

3. The first way, free end away from the wall.
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Sparklers.cranky__crocus on March 7th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
Let's just get married, mmmkay?
Nicki: all that jazzperoxidepirate on March 7th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
*bats eyelashes* I think it's meant to be.
Feather Quillfeatherxquill on March 7th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I love your questions.

I sit cross-legged with the right foot in front, left foot tucked up under my knee. This frequently results in my left foot going numb, which is kind of hilarious when I try to get up. Both feet have occasionally gone numb, though this happens less now than it did when I was at school and sitting on the floor was a more common thing. These days, I usually try to sit in chairs/places with back support, since my back hates it if I sit in that weird curved way for any prolonged length of time.

I'm a middle-of-the-tube squeezer because I just cbf most of the time. But my brother and I use different types of toothpaste (I'm a gel toothpaste person, I can't stand the white stuff), so it never bothers anyone.

And toilet lose toilet roll sheet on the outside is how it's supposed to be :P. Toilet-paper removal should be all about ease of access. Why would you want to have to reach underneath the roll to tear sheets off? IDGI.
Feather Quillfeatherxquill on March 7th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
And speaking of pet peeves/weird little things we do, I have a peculiar one about lip gloss/balm (the kind that comes in a pot, obvs, not a stick). I'm a finger-around-in-a-circle person, so that the surface of the lip gloss remains as smooth as possible, and, well, I can't say I've had anyone share my lip gloss for a long time, but at school it was a regular thing, and it always irritated me/grossed me out when people would jab their fingers into it and make little craters.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Drinks.cranky__crocus on March 7th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Glad you appreciate my oddball questions! :D

I've been sitting on my bed with my trunk in front of me (a make-shift desk), so it's been on my mind a bit. Often I sit lengthwise down my bed (up near the foot-end) with my back against my husband (a sort of pillow-thing) and a regular pillow. Occasionally, though, I hunch up in front of my trunk with my laptop on my desk; I tend to sit cross-legged then.

(It is quite a riot when one or both of my feet go numb and I stand, especially since I tend to have what I call the 'Sparkly Pins and Needles Dance', which may not be the silliest thing ever, but makes the list.)

the toothpaste question doesn't tend to matter when people have separate toothpaste. I mistakingly thought that if I purchased the tube for myself, it would be my toothpaste. :P That is now how the world (or my house at least) works.

Why would you want to have to reach underneath the roll to tear sheets off?
YES.

AND SO MUCH YES ON THE SODDING CRATERS.

I used to be like, "Did you see that surface? The surface of my lip stuff? It was even and smooth and nice to touch; it was like a calm lake. You just dropped bombs in my lip-lake. My lip-fish are dying. How dare you."

Also, have I mentioned how much I miss you? Because if I haven't, I'm doing things wrong. D: I feel that we haven't managed an actual talky-talk in ages, I think because we're both trying to get into different schedules and actually, like, do stuff. WHY IS LIFE GETTING IN THE WAY OF LIFE?
CaroRulescarorules on March 7th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
We put the toilet paper same way you do ;)
Megan: LGBT - Homosexuals - Awesomeluna_shovegood on March 8th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
1) When I sit cross legged I don't do it the over-the-top way, I'm more school-child style. :P

2) I press the toothpaste from the middle. Since we share toothpaste in this house (attempts at having separate ones didn't work out) and usually have a back up toothpaste/at least two given the attempts at separate ones I don't usually get to the end to have the problem of getting the last morsels out.

I used to push from the bottom but - back when we did get to the end of tubes - I found it frustrating when I couldn't get it up exactly evenly and it would turn into a long battle of toothpaste pushing.

Pressing from the middle is faster and lets me get the whole thing over with faster; the longest I've spent brushing my teeth is about 30 minutes. Up until recently I did about 10 minutes twice a day (sometimes three times) which was down from four or five (or more) times. So, yeah, I try just to get it over with quickly and not spend too long on the eternal doom of teeth-which-never-feel-clean.

Maybe one day I will have it down to two minutes twice a day.

3) My mother puts the toilet roll out with its tail to the wall (which, admittedly, looks neater) whereas my folding technique works best with the tail to the front. I can't say I've ever tried to argue my case, though. :P Our wall attachment as fallen off, so these aren't problems we're having at the moment now it's "Oh, I've got to reach behind me... Such effort."

So, yeah, some slight OCD tenancies there.

Edited at 2012-03-08 09:16 pm (UTC)