Saturday, January 07, 2006

Strange Little Things

Okay, I'm going to post five strange things about myself. The list of my quirks is so large, culling only five items proved to be a task. Being who I am, I'd like to find the funniest things. And I have to have at least one really gross thing. I don't know what "meme" is though. Where did the term come from? If you know, please advise. And without further delay, my weirdness:

1. Live television makes me so anxiety ridden that I must turn it off. I can barely watch the Oscars. I prefer to watch the Olympic after I know the outcome of the events. I can handle Saturday Night Live and that is about it. Other than that, I will start pacing and get all hot flashy and then completely wig out.

2. I have to smell paper. I will be the one at Barnes & Noble smelling each book and magazine. My enjoyment of a magazine relies on content, imagery and SMELL. It pisses me off when a magazine doesn't smell the right way. Also, if I have nasal congestion and can't smell the magazine, I just have to put it down and look at it later. The Man and The Kid have a great time busting me when they see me sneaking a smell of something.

3. I will pick or pop any zit, scab, cyst, tumor, boil, blood blister and lesion. I will pick other people if they give me half a chance. I can locate something on skin that may not have a zit now, but it will be a zit in 10 years and I have to GET IT OUT NOW. It would be great to work in a dermatologist's office.

4. I don't like it when other people have arguments or conflicts in front of me...unless I'm involved. And no, it's not because I don't like conflict. It's because I think most people suck at arguing/debating. And I can do it better.

5. All the blinds in the house have to be positioned in the same way. If the blinds in the bedroom are open but lowered, then, all the ones in the den half to be the same way. I am utterly distracted if one of the little blind slats is stuck to another and not hanging symmetrically. It doesn't matter if I'm in the room or not, just knowing that they are not identical disturbs me.

This list goes on and on...but a friend of my is a counselor and she says there is a strong pattern of OCD type tendencies in my quirks. Looking at the above, I'd have to say she is correct!


Anonymous TB said...

So I guess reality TV is out for you huh? Don't worry, you didn't miss much.
I can relate to the OCD tendencies. You know the screws that hold switchplates and electical outlet covers on? They all have to be screwed into the same position - a perfect vertical line. And I do the same thing with the blinds, but only those in the same room.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

I've got a painful zit on my ear. I kinda wish you lived closer. After an initial awkward period, I have a feeling we could pick up some benzoyl peroxide, down some cocktails, and get to the extractions.

12:32 PM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

I am so with you on number 3. I am obsessed with popping zits and picking at shit like that.

Smelling paper, eh? LOL!! I'd bust on you too if I saw you doing that. ;)

12:32 PM  
Blogger Shrinking Violet said...

Ear zits are GREAT! Too bad I don't live near by...

12:48 PM  
Anonymous sarcastic journalist said...

I understand #3. I want to be a Puss Doctor.

Yes. I know.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

I have a nephew and I had a friend in 5th grade that smell every paper (mimeographs! mmm) and flip the pages of books under their noses to get the scent. I think it's a very interesting and endearing character trait. In fact, I tried to copy my friend by smelling everything, but I was obviously a fake. I'm thinking you're part spaniel.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...


These made me giggle (and wrinkle my nose at the same time)!

I suppose it goes without saying that I absolutely LOVE the graphic. :)

8:12 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I'm with you and TB on the OCD tendencies... Although it's not nearly as bad as my Grandmother. She straightens the fringe on the rugs. The paper thing has me intrigued. You're going to make me go home and sniff the paper in my house. I have enough weird traits. Must I start picking up other people's too? :)

8:29 AM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

The Olympics thing DOES make me anxious, but it doesn't keep me from watching. I'm also big on smell, but it doesn't prevent me from reading. I'm only non-sqeamish about my husband and kids when it comes to zits, etc.
But the blinds thing...hmmm...that'll take some professional help.

9:30 AM  
Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

My children think I am part monkey because if I see anything on them I am picking away. I am proud to say my oldest now comes to me to pop back zits. Hey, thats a compliment in my book.

I do smell books but only in private. I can't buy any that the binding has been broken. I even take the book that is several behind the front one. I don't want to believe that anyone else has even touched it.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Have you thought of becoming an esthetician?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Shrinking Violet said...

Yes, when I retire from my real job I want to become a facialist and indulge my zit popping tendencies!

1:09 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I'd rather just show people the "correct" way to argue. I'm partial to the Scorched Earth Policy method.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Ditsy Chick said...

The zit thing, you could be my mom.... I can handle my own, but I don't go after anyone else or let my mother within 10 feet of me...drives me nuts. I don't even what to know the primordial urge that causes the inner need to pick and pop.

Smelling paper, reminds me of those old mimeograph machines at school, paper fresh from them...mmmmm.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I linked over from Suburban Turmoil and just have to tell you that I think we might be related perhaps even separated at birth maybe? I'm all over the blind thing and the zits. I can't wait for puberty to really come into play for my kids so I can entertain myself.

Great post!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Shrinking Violet said...

Lisa - thanks for stopping by...I'll tell everyone to go to your site. It is great!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Rock said...

Now that is a killer list. I'm impressed.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yech. You meant that you may have breathed on all the books and magazines at my Barnes & Noble? Is that why the pages feel warm? No way will you ever see my collection of books! I mean what if you sneezed! You would get along with my dog. She needs to sniff everything. I never saw a dog sniff a brick wall before.
Hmm...I have never thought about my quirks.

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