Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quirky Quirks

My new blog buddy, Rachel, recently tagged me with this, so here are a few quirky things about me. I hope you don't think I'm too weird after reading these. And even if you do, I hope you'll still like me!

1. I can't stand to have one hand wet and the other hand dry. It feels so uncomfortable to me, especially if I then have to touch a towel to dry off the wet hand and the dry hand touches the towel too. Ugh, I hate the thought of it! So I always have to get both of my hands wet, not just one. This is very bizarre.

2. I make and maintain lists for just about everything: a daily to-do list, a monthly to-do list, a seasonal to-do list, a house to-do list, a "dinners to make this week" list, a Things to Buy list, a grocery list, and lists for clothes to get, books to read, movies to watch, places to visit, and more. I'm crazy about lists (in more ways than one!).

3. I'm a little obsessed with time management. I tend to structure and plan my days in such a way that I will be able to get as much as I can out of every minute. I often fall a little short, especially in the evenings. Like right now, I'm blogging instead of doing other things I should probably be doing. But it's the end of the day and I need a break!

4. Just about every drawer and cabinet in my house is really organized, because I'm a neat freak. I'm very particular about where things go and how they get put away. It's a little scary, even to me, although I don't think I'd want it any other way.

5. Misspellings and grammatical errors bug me. It's the detail-oriented, oversensitive editor in me. When I'm reading something and I spot a mistake, if there's a pen nearby I actually sometimes write in the correction. It just makes me feel better, like somehow I'm making the world a better place. At least my world, anyway, since I guess I'm the only one reading the correction.

6. I have lifelong brand loyalty to a few things simply because of positive associations with them from my childhood (I think this is a reason why children get so heavily marketed to). For example, I'll only ever get Snuggle fabric softener sheets because I remember the commercials from when I was young with that cute little Snuggle bear and it brings back happy memories. Plus, that's what my mom used. So it's worth it to pay the few extra dollars, even though it may be a little impractical.

I tag: Barack Obama, Michael Phelps, and anyone else who wants to do it!


Alyson said...

Ok, this post made me realize just how not alike we are. Everything you listed in this one, is nearly opposite of me. I crave flexibilty in my day and I hate too much structure. I need to just know that I can be spontaneous at any moment, even if I choose not to be. I grew up in a relaxed atmosphere and now I love that most. Having said that, I do like some sense of structure to my days. I like to have things that I have to do and need to be done. If there's too much structure, I get anxiety.

Having some opposites in friendships is good though. It helps each of us to see things in a different way. So, don't worry, I still like you! :-)

Donna said...

It's true, we're very opposite in those ways. You and Peter are similar about being spontaneous and flexible. I probably needed to marry someone like that to help me relax a little. I like flexibility, but I think I like schedules even more. It's nice to get a good mix of the two.

BTW, I was disappointed by Ghost Hunters at Pettibone's Tavern. They got nothin'! What was up with that??

rachel said...

Oh lists- my life blood. I don't know how I could live if I didn't refer to my lists! Around here everything is in units of time so I totally get that- I wish I was so organized. I'm going to have to watch the grammar in my posts! I love to write, but am lazy in being correct. (Thus all the dashes!) Feel free to mark up my posts in red pen. I can use all the help I can get! :D

Alyson said...

I definitely think a good mix is great in marriage. I'm sure Peter appreciates your organization and ability to keep things in order. Unfortuneately, neither Russ nor I are like that, but I do try when it's important.

I totally called that one on Pettibone Tavern. They have never found a ghost in a tavern. By the way, I took my cousin to that spooky trail when Adam was in school one day. Totally weird feeling! We were going to go back with a digital voice recorder, but never were able to make it. Maybe you and I should try when the boys are in school one day.

Karolynn said...

Your #5. I have problems with spelling and grammar. I wished my drawers were more organized. I personally hate clutter, I am always getting rid of stuff.

Carol K. said...

So funny who you tagged. I'd love to know those men's quirks!