Sunday, July 22, 2012

deer on cat tranqs and other normal things

This image of "Highland archers" shows an unshod team of kilted hunters springing upon some apathetic deer in the woods. The one on the left is apparently tripping on cat tranqs, since it didn't think to run off until the archer was about to brain him. I saw this image and laughed at it, and then stopped laughing when I realized today was my archery practice. And I wear kilts. And I spend a lot of time barefoot....

And I can't wait for deer season.

Hmm.

Today on the way to our usual team practice, Elizabeth and I were talking. I was telling her about a friend who came to visit a few months ago and was very nervous about germs and ticks. I explained to Elizabeth about this woman's constant washing, body checking and bug sprays, her several shoe changes, refusal to swim in the river or eat food from the farm. I must have sounded totally shocked and Elizabeth said, very patiently, "I don't think you realize how different you are, and how your far from normal your lifestyle has become. And now that you aren't even going to the office, you're REALLY out there." I agreed with her, and thought about the HIghland Archers, and realized I had more in common with them than most people I graduated college with. What do you think it means if the people in woodcuts are more applicable to your Tuesdays than the ones in fashion magazines?

But I'm not that different. I root for the New Directions at Nationals EVERY YEAR (and I sing along). I never miss the Daily Show and Colbert Report. I have Mac-n-Cheese with powdered cheese stuffs in a box in my cubpoard. I get stupid crushes. I own every season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and stand by it as the best television show of all time and anyone who disagreed has simply never watched it. I post on Reddit. The Postal Service's song Brand New Colony can still make me run uphill when my legs are shaking. I buy Chinese take out. I swoon over Jamie Fraser. I wanted a pony growing up. I have a degree from a state school I no longer use. I subscribe to Vogue. I love getting a dress on and going out to dinner. I fall in love every five years with such focus and ridiculous loyalty I can't cheat on those people I'm not even dating, because it feels wrong. I bite my nails. I drive horribly (but park awesomely). I've been on It's a Small World in Disneyworld. I think Neil Patrick Harris might very well be the next step in human evolution. I fight with my parents. I have a fridge plastered with stickers and photos. I love romantic comedies that feature Hugh Grant and/or Sandra Bullock and when they are together I feel 13 souped up on sugar and hope. I like concerts and burritos. I love dogs. I drive a used truck I owe more money on than I care to admit. I'm not perfect. I'mnot even that good at farming. I'm a million lightyears from Martha Stewart. I'm not everything you think I am.

But yeah. I don't care if I step in chicken poo barefoot in a kilt while shooting arrows. But if that's your bar for normalcy I was gone a long time ago.

So, woodcuts. A+

30 Comments:

Blogger Alison said...

Ha ha--at first I was shocked, shocked! to read you have that nasty Kraft mac'n'cheez in your cupboard. Then I was actually a little relieved. Even you cheat once in a while, eh? ;)

July 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

hey hey, it's Annie's shells and white cheddar! at least!

July 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

(thanks Alison!)

July 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

And you like Buffy, too?? Awesome.

I actually think you hit normal way more than I do. The album I memorized when I was a preteen was... Handel's Messiah.

On the other hand, my romantic comedies are likely to feature Meg Ryan, I'm hooked on Cheetos, I have a master's degree from Harvard I never used even for a minute, I get excited about Taco Bell, ...

Dang, I think I ran out of normal. Oh well. Were my examples even remotely normal? Probably not...

The cool thing about hitting thirty is that you're that much closer to getting to call yourself "eccentric" rather than "weird." And getting more so all the time. The trick is to find those who are equally odd and stick close.

We are envied by many, believe it.

July 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

I'm certainly not above snagging a soft ice cream cone at my town's gas station while filling up my work vehicle...once or twice a week. I try not to, but it's the end of the day and I'm a tad impulsive when I'm hungry. More than my poor lactose intolerant stomach should have, especially when I have yummy goat milk at home I can turn into even yummier ice cream! And I probably wouldn't say no if someone offered me String Cheese when I just finally discovered the secret to making it!
We're only human!

July 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger karen said...

LOVE this post. Here's to Kraft Mac & Cheese-my honey's fave. I adore you Jenna! Karen from CT

July 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Caligirl said...

Hi Jenna! I found your blog through Jon Katz just yesterday. I'm not a farmer but I love animals and I love to read. Thanks for sharing your life story with us. I really appreciate the little things in life like young turkeys arriving and dogs running together (from your videos). I look forward to reading more of your daily ins and outs.

July 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

Oh, and I would totally have a stockpile of Kraft Mac'n'Cheese if I didn't have this gluten issue. Sh*t, still not normal.

July 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM  
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July 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

Like like like!

July 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM  
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July 22, 2012 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Megan, Rudy's mom said...

I was uncomfortable with my uniqueness till I turned 29. One of my friends was describing me to her mom and her mom thought I was way older. Now that I'm turning 31 in a few weeks I OWN IT! I love that I understand why I'm the way that I am and people who don't get me don't need to be around me full time. Social activities out side of my circle like school are weird so I just have to pay attention to my filter. Unique people unite!

July 22, 2012 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

This might be one of my favorite posts from you. I sat here reading it while biting my nails, and it made me happy. I think you're the best kind of "normal" and "abnormal" there is. You subscribe to Vogue?? Way classier than me...one of my favorite things to do is come in all hot and sweaty and dirty and read Cosmo (!) in the bathtub (with Dr. Bronner's soap, of course). Balance is a good thing.

July 22, 2012 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger No Name Farm/Ranch said...

I wrote a post on my own blog about this very topic just a week ago (and doing that pissed off all sorts of lovely people in my life). But those of us living on the edge of the woods with goats on the porch, feasting on the meat we raised outside the front door, we're just not as relatable these days, are we? Sometimes it feels like being split 20 ways when you live "unconventionally" but still think there's a lot of damn fine things about convention. As usual, your post made me grin silly. From (another Jenna, down in TX) one of your biggest fans :)

July 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

Anybody remember the game "LIFE"? You race your little car piece around the board, picking up a spouse and then children as you go, and somewhere along the line you get a random career assigned to you. If you end up not "winning" at the end of the board, the other option is "You retire to the country and become a philosopher." I always thought that sounded like a pretty good life, and now I know that it is... I'm it! :)

July 22, 2012 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I too think this is one of your bestest posts~ I always have said its the "normal" people who make me nervous, but as I get older I wonder... What IS normal? Whatever category you fall in Jenna, it works for me! Let us all celebrate ALL our different sides, it's what makes us special :)

July 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

Chicklet, the reason I enjoy your blog so much is because you are real; you're not perfect and you sure as hell aren't afraid to admit that! It refreshing!

July 23, 2012 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Eating the rare crap food is good for the soul, I think.

Also, I drive horribly and park awesomely, too. Everyone I know thinks they are a good driver - even when they are not. Thanks for admitting you aren't. haha!

July 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

Your discription of your visiting friend is why city people should stay in the city. Unless they are willing to learn a real way of life.

July 23, 2012 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

I just ate 2 sandwiches for breakfast--ice cream sandwiches. I'm probably not normal either.

July 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger MKandtheforce said...

Buffy is the BEST. And you use reddit, too??

July 23, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Normal is overrated. The reason your readers love you so much(myself included) is for the fact that you are not the conventional normal, and we strive to attain that state of grace.

I'm happy to be the oddball of my neighborhood, gardening and chasing chickens in my bare feet(someday I may doing so in a kilt) ;) We also homeschool, don't have cable t.v, or eat fast food. But there are times when conventionalism creeps back in. Just last night we ate cheesy brats. Something we were highly embarrassed to buy, and havent'eaten in a very long time, but for some reason I just had to have them. I can honestly say it won't be happening again soon, but it was good while it lasted. :)

July 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

Well, I am definitely not worried about germs, and am not fanatical about washing, but since being infected with several tick-borne diseases, the sight of a black-legged tick, even on the cover of a book or on my computer screen, creates an instantaneous recoil reaction in my gut. Ticks are worthy of fanaticism, in my experience. Nasty buggers.

July 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Try living in the city and being this weird. I never realized how much our neighbors really know we are strange. We kept a tree that had to be cut and had it sawn into lumber which is drying in our side yard (lots of neighbors noticed and thought it was a great idea, I'll bet more lumber piles will be showin up), I just performed surgery on a zucchini plant and pulled out the little bastard that was killing it, we cook and eat outside on a regular basis and hang our clothes out to dry. Luckily I think our weirdness adds to the neighborhood and give others the freedom to be weird too. I believe more people would loosen up if they just see others doing things that are even just a bit different. Some conventional stuff is awesome and some is just stupid (ever read the directions for preparing frozen corn in a microwave? It's harder than the stovetop by far!!!)

July 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger SeedsNSpores said...

Thank you for waving your freak flag proudly- and reminding us that if we own our freak it becomes awesome! Tonight, after I bike home, I will sit down to a homegrown and brewed dinner with my guilty pleasure, The Bachelor on hulu. :)

July 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger SeedsNSpores said...

Thank you for waving your freak flag proudly- and reminding us that if we own our freak it becomes awesome! Tonight, after I bike home, I will sit down to a homegrown and brewed dinner with my guilty pleasure, The Bachelor on hulu. :)

July 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Jamie.......... :)

July 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger karental said...

HA! I live in the 'burbs,can't stand romantic comedies, wouldn't touch powdered "cheese" if my life depended on it, but I did step in chicken sht barefooted just today....

July 24, 2012 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Gramma Phyllis said...

One of the best quote I ever heard about normal was "normal is just a setting on the drier" In fact, I believe there was a book written with that title. And it is so true. My normal is different from yours and the next person's. Just keep on being your "normal" self that all of your readers have come to love.

July 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Kerianne said...

Holy crap you are my life idol

July 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM  

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