Welcome! Here’s what this blog will be like

Hello! This is my first blog post, and I’m nervous! It helps to pretend that I’m invisible on the Internet, so no one can see me run away.

Competitve baking is super fun
Competitve baking is super fun. My many very specific opinions about pastry making finally paid off!

I’ve started this blog as a place to express some of the many things I almost never say to other people, mostly about getting through life as an exquisitely picky person. Some of those things may not be interesting to anyone but me, and that’s ok.

I am lucky enough to know many easy-going people.  I am even luckier to be married to such a person.  I have never been mistaken for one of them. Low maintenance? Laid-back? Nope.  Those things have never been said about me.

In the third grade, the teachers at the alternative hippie wonderland also known as my elementary school gave me the “stubborn but sweet” award, and that still pretty much sums me up. I like to get my own way, and that way is the pickiest possible way.

Persnickety? Extremely fussy and finicky about nearly everything, big or small? Yep.  That’s me.

The face I make when people tell me to smile.  My feelings are not public property.
The face I make when people tell me to smile. My feelings are not public property.

But it’s not all tantrums about how my toast gets buttered (yes, really.  In my defense, I was too little to do it myself) and meltdowns over TV shows with inaccurate depictions of baking (I’m looking at you, Pushing Daisies).

Scallops may very well be the perfect food.
Scallops may very well be the perfect food.

There are upsides to being very picky.  I care deeply about almost everything, including other people.  I almost always know what I want and what I don’t want. When in doubt, I have a lifetime of opinions I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about to help me figure things out.  And when I find something or someone that meets my ridiculous requirements, I appreciate just how special that is right down to the bottom of my prickly little heart.

For my fellow fussbudgets, my take on life will probably feel familiar, and I hope we can use our inside knowledge of the picky condition to improve the working of our human condition, or just talk about all the different foods we hate.

And for you happy-go-lucky people who respond “Oh, I’m happy with whatever” to most queries, firstly, bless you–I’m pretty sure the world would stop spinning without you–and secondly I hope this space will help us understand each other by illuminating the strange pathways and good intentions underlying pickiness. Or, you can stop by to laugh and shake your head at all the silly things I get worked up about.

Setting up an isolated reading nook on a camping trip combines three of my favorite things: reading, being outside, and being by myself.
Setting up an isolated reading nook on a camping trip combines three of my favorite things: reading, being outside, and being by myself.

Through my own picky lens, I’ll write about the things that interest me and the things I do on a regular basis.  Right now that includes reading, cooking, baking, being outside, health, and chronic illness. That said, it’s  my blog and I’ll talk about water use in arid regions and ethical issues in publishing when I want to.

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