When I meet people, I get asked quite often "So what do you do" Going by past experiences, depending on how communicative I feel, I reply
"Nothing" or "Something" (You cannot have teens in your life and not have something rub off on you)
And when they realise that I have zero interest in kitty parties, or gossip or coffee mornings or shopping, they look at me as If i were an alien and whisper "But then what do you do, how do you spend your day?"
That question puts me in a dilemma. Do I give them an hour by hour analysis of my day or do I break it gently to them that I sit there and blink my eyes and 5 hours pass by just like that.
There are times I turn amnesiac c and I answer " I love to crochet"
Which is the truth. After story writing, paper quilling, painting and blogging, crochet is my current passion. Creating contemporary trendy designs from simple yarn satisfies my creative energies and gives me immense satisfaction.
I get various reactions to this simple statement.
Reaction 1: " Blink, blink blink, and then a very knowledgable " What's crochet?, aah you must mean knitting?"
I roll my eyes, heave a sigh and hiss ferociously "NO, it's not knitting, you hear me, knitting is different, DIFFERENT. This is called crochet, it uses a hook and yarn and have you heard of google....hello, come back I was talking?!"
Reaction 2: "Blink blink blink"
and then "but I thought only old people do crochet"
I roll my eyes, and peer at the offending soul who has just realised what he/she has implied. Before I can get myself into sarcasm mode, the person has beaten a quick retreat, thanking her stars that her good sense has kicked in fast.
Reaction 3: "blink blink blink"" and an "Okay" accompanied by a "deer caught in the headlights" look which implied "I have no clue what you are talking about"
That's when the fog of temporary amnesia lifts and I realise the futility of even trying.
So the last time I got asked this, I answered "I'm a yarn artist". After all, my eyes needed rest. Rolling those eyes can get quite tiring, besides there is only that much that they can roll back.
Reaction Magnifique : "WOW! Can I have your card? Do you have a website? What do you do? blah? blah?"
And just like that , with just two words. my image got a makeover.