April 19, 2012

on a few of my quirks...

If I haven't cleaned the kitchen before going to bed the night before, I have to clean the entire thing before making breakfast in the morning. I was thinking about how ridiculous this is (while washing a few pots and pans and wiping down the stove this morning), but it's like I can't enjoy breakfast if the kitchen isn't up to my standards of cleanliness. Simply stated, I'm a very organized cook and typically clean while I go along. Also, Jay makes a huge mess whenever he makes something—even as simple as a fried egg and hashbrowns—so, if he made a big breakfast before work, there are usually egg remnants on the stove that give me stress hives. Clearly, I'm obsessive compulsive.

I have this weird thing about socks. I don't like socks. I remember when I was a teenager and went on a date with a guy to see a movie, and he took off his shoes and put his socked feet on the theatre seat in front of him. That was my first moment of, "Oh, dear God. Your socks are ruining my life." I'm oddly creeped out by people walking around wearing socks and no shoes, and hate picking up Jay's socks to put in the hamper. One he discovered this, he started this little game called "Sock Hands", in which he goes to bed with his old socks on his hands and I then threaten him with divorce.

I typically wear only one or two pairs of shoes until they absolutely fall to pieces. I own more than two pairs of shoes, I swear, but you will rarely see anything but my current favorite(s). Which begs the question of why I am a cheapskate and refuse to spend more than $20 on one pair…

I'm a complete hypochondriac. I blame the Discovery Health Channel. I'll think I have some rare and untreatable disease and Jay will be like, "Oh, my gosh. You've got to be kidding me." And I'll be like, "IT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE ALL THE TIME!" When really I mean that I saw it on an episode of Mystery Diagnosis, only the person who had the disease was a 75 year old man in Kentucky.

If there is a show on serial killers, I will watch it. Which is probably why I'm always pretty sure I'm going to die. The other day a random guy started chatting with me while I was walking from my car to the front door and my first thought was, "You're being a little bit too friendly, guy. Are you going to show up in my kitchen and murder me tonight?" I know.

There are times I will eat an entire box of Rice-A-Roni by myself and will hide all the evidence so my husband doesn't judge me. (Which probably makes me less quirky and more of a glutton, but let's just go with it.)

I'm so weird about organization, but all our closets are a living nightmare. (I blame our lack of space.) And I'm so weird about cleanliness, but I haven't vacuumed the floorboards in at least a year. (I blame the fact that we don't actually have floorboards. Or a vacuum with attachments.)

28 comments :

  1. We are freakishly, freakishly alike. The kitchen thing? I COMPLETELY agree and understand. Like to the T. I am also a complete hypochondriac and HATE socks. And the shoe thing? Yeah, I am TOTALLY wearing a 4 year old pair of wedges right now in which one heel is almost completely destroyed, and clip-clops louder than the other shoe because the rubber sole is gone, but I LOVE them! So much!

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  2. Haha! I'm the same way about socks. They make me feel claustrophobic. Is that weird?

    My mom is like you - I walked into their house the other night and she was vacuuming a vacuum with another vacuum (could have been an episode of friends). I wish I would have inherited some of her crazy, though.

    I've been making it a habit of getting up 20 minutes earlier than normal and using that time to tidy. It's so nice to come home after my hour and 1/2 commute to a pretty space.

    Love you & all your quirks, Kerri!

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  3. OMG, I love this post. My ex had a THING about socks, where he would lose his mind if I wore them to bed. Sock Hands sounds brilliant. Also like something Andrew would do.

    I'm totally stealing this post idea, btw.

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  4. I am the same way about shoes! I have quite a few pairs, but I wear the same two over and over again.

    Also, "Sock Hands" is pretty hilarious.

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  5. Hahaha :)
    Same here... I had this "sock thing" before I met my boyfriend, who wears only colorful socks with different ornaments... So now I'm not angry even if he leaves them not in the right place :)
    P.S. Great blog!



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  6. Ditto on the kitchen thing... My husband makes a huge mess, and it drives me crazy! I have to have a clean kitchen (and dishes are either in the dishwasher or away) before bed, otherwise I have to scrub it like a maniac the next morning.

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  7. I'm the EXACT same way with my kitchen! It stresses me out to no end when the kitchen isn't clean and it has really ruined cooking as a whole for me. My husband is the better cook, but is very messy about it too. Oh well.

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  8. Girl I am with you!!!

    I am such a clean kitchen freak. I must have a clean kitchen...it is where we cook for that we will consume...so it should be crazy clean!

    also, i am a hypochondriac through and through. I can't watch shows like grey's anatomy or mystery diagnosis (and you can forget about House. nope not happening. i have tried watching those shows...and then i convince myself i have whatever freaky disease is being highlighted. My husband has officially banned me from WebMD.

    We went 3 years of our marriage without a vaccum with attachments (my husband didn't see the need for them) but last year my husband gave into my begging (and we finally had it in the budget). I was so pumped about it that I even blogged about it! I hope that you get a vacuum with attachments soon. For your sanity! ;)

    Sorry for the crazy long comment.

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  9. ROFL about the hypochondriac paragraph. And dude, I'm the same way about shoes. I finally let myself up the cost to about $40 per pair, but that's rare. I'm a big fan of Payless.

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  10. seriously we are so alike in some ways it's quite hilarious. i can't stop watching serial killer shows or crime shows and then i wonder why i always think i hear noises or that someone's going to kill me, ha.

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  11. I am a huge hypochondriac. Some of the ailments I have convinced myself that I have: AIDS, uterine cancer, brain cancer, stomach ulcers, and liver failure.

    I have none of these things. But I FEEL like I do.

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  12. hahah that sock moment is classic! i know exactly what you mean, especially in a movie theater. keep your shoes on!!

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  13. I've never had Rice-a-Toni. Is that weird?

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  14. The scary closets: It's the channeling Monica thing. (awesome) Wearing shoes out: totally just deemed my fave pair unwearable. (teardrop)

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  15. Side note: gosh, how I adore you and your quirks! love!

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  16. Kerri! Did you see my post on OCD? I'm simply asking 'cause either you did and were inspired, or you didn't and we're rockin' a serious brain wave party! Seriously, though, I just posted my odd OCD facts a day ago. (I hate "promoting" my blog, but I gotta share! (http://www.lariatsandlavender.com/2012/04/ocd-honesty-post.html)

    However, I am GROSSED by barefeet... I rarely wear shoes, so mine are and in my head, that's okay. Jen often will wear socks, or have barefeet which is fine. However, if I see ANYONE else with barefeet, I flip my lid. Internally, of course... I rarely speak up! I'd rather them have socks on... On the OTHER hand, I can't even IMAGINE touching anyone else's socks except for mine and Jen's... Now I have the heebie jeebies, thank you. :P

    Oh oh oh and I know what you mean, about people following you. Today I went to get the mail - THE MAIL - and as I was walking back, this guy turned the corner at the same time. I was freaking the heck out (again, internally) and than he passed me and I realized he was coming home from like, junior high. >.>

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  17. SOCK HANDS would kill me!! I wouldn't get in the bed if Peter was wearing socks on his hands or feet.

    I'm like you about shoes. Right now I'm alternating between two pairs of Old Navy flats. One was $20, the other was like $6 with some ridiculous coupon. I will wear the crap out of those puppies (which should take, uh, three weeks tops) and then buy more cheapies to replace them and continue to ignore the dozens of pairs of "good" shoes sitting around collecting dust.

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  18. Haha, I'm the exact same about the serial killer shows...they're such good shows, but then I'm always worried about these rare things happening!

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  19. My husband is the same way with making a big mess when he cooks. And I ALWAYS clean the kitchen before I start cooking something, no matter which meal it is. And I'm jealous that you wear TWO pairs of shoes. I wear ONE pair until my husband has to tell me to get a new pair, because he's embarrassed by the state of my shoes.

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  20. The cleanliness thing - I have that. Particularly at the weekend. I don't enjoy my first cup of tea as much if I have to have it in untidy surroundings.

    It's guys at bus stops that creep me out. The one on my way home from work is quite remote, and it's dark when I'm there for at least 60% of the year. I have been know to overreact to strangers being there. I often tell twitter because then at least SOMEONE ELSE KNOWS I am at the bus stop and there is a weird guy.

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  21. This is so funny! Love sock hands.

    Maybe everyone hates this- but I haaaate (to the point of disgust) the feeling of a dry toothbrush on my fingertips. AND a dry microfiber cloth. Yuuuck!

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  22. That post made me laugh! I would totally kill my BF if he ever does that socks hand thing in bed! About the hypochondriac, I understand totally. I'm always googling thinking I have some rare disease or thinking I might die tomorrow. And there's so many stuff we can find online, we always have some of the symptoms listed haha. I'm crazy about the cleaning part, but mostly for my desk. I can't do anything if my desk and office isn't perfectly clean! Like it stops my creativity haha. Thanks for that nice post! =)

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  23. OMG! I have the same thing with shoes. I bought a new pair of boots last winter and wore it everywhere. Now I'm tempted to rock the skirt and boot combo this spring.

    I used to be a bit hypochondriac too. Then I had to force myself stop googling every symptom I ever had. Isn't that hard?

    BTW, great post! :)

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  24. You totally crack me up!! I am very OCD about my kitchen too. It ends up being the landing spot for mail, kids papers from school, husband's wallet, keys, sunglasses, etc... but it drives me insane. I have to keep my counters 100% clutter free. I don't care if the stuff is shoved in a closet or in a drawer, as long as it appears that I've got it all together and organized. ;) My husband makes a big mess in the kitchen too. Must be a man thing.

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  25. I think the OCD thing may actually be normal. Or at least I'm hoping. haha

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  26. I kept reading...and kept reading...and when I got to each new paragraph I thought, "wait, that's not normal?" :) I'm basically the exact same way. :) The one thing? Even though I hate socks, I still walk around in them without shoes...but the second someone else's are around or mine are off my feet? Hate them.

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  28. Oh my goodness I love this post. I am the same way about serial killers. Last year when we were searching for our new condo, our Realtor took us to see a place that had recently flooded. I asked her if someone had died in the bathtub. She knows me so she didn't even bat an eye but the seller's Realtor was horrified. I was all "I'VE SEEN LAW & ORDER!" and then we left. Quickly.

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