Monday, September 15, 2008

Quirks? What quirks?

Elizabeth at Three Channels was tagged recently to write about some of her quirks. My first thought was "I don't think I have any quirks"...but then as I read her list and saw that the first quirk she listed was about having extra pacis on her at all times (we all know how torturous it can be when a baby is crying for a paci and there are NONE around), I laughed outloud because I have pacis all over my house, in my purse, in the diaperbag, on my nightstand, Garrett's nightstand, and I have 2 unopened packages of pacis in a drawer, just in case!! The Soothie company is making a killing off of people like me, who are deathly afraid of not having a paci available when their child cries.

Well, well, well, whatdya know? I do have some quirks after all! And it turns out that she tagged me with this fun meme so I had some time to think about any other quirks I might have. Of course once I sat down and started thinking about it, I came up with a ton but I'll only list 6 for the sake of the rules of this meme (and because I don't want to put anyone who might be reading this to sleep!)

1) I'm addicted to chapstick. My lips must be moist at all times or it drives me totally nuts. I have little tubes of chapstick EVERYWHERE. Bella took my chapstick out of my purse on Saturday before I took her to dance class, unbeknownst to me of course, and I practically had a meltdown right there in the middle of her class, when I went to dig it out of my purse and it was NOT there. Some people love their daily glass of wine, I love me some chapstick! If I was stranded on a desert island, that would be the one thing I couldn't survive without.

2) Anyone and everyone in my life gets the glorious honor of being given a nickname by me, whether they like it or not. I'm too embarrassed to write what I call my sister but let's just say it was a name that stuck when we were younger. She even calls me by the same nickname. And the bad thing is...we've shortened the nickname so it's a version of the original nickname. My kids all have wierd nicknames too....Cole is "Dude-Z" or "Dog", Bella is "Peanut" (but also has been known to be called "nutty" or "nutter butter"), Garrett is "Lil E" and Landon is "Chicken" (also known as "chicky" for short). All the stories of how these names were derived are unique because all nicknames always have a story behind them. What my kids don't realize is that they will forever be called those endearing nicknames, no matter how old they are, because that's just how I am. I can picture myself calling Landon when he's in college when one of his frat brothers answers the phone and I say, "Hi this is Chicky's mom, is he around?" My dad and brother also have nicknames and to this day that is how I refer to nickname only.

3) I'm totally OCD about germs...and other things. Mainly germs. I'm constantly washing my hands to the point that they are always red and raw. I'm a huge huge huge fan of Aquaphor. I'm constantly spraying the counters and the sink with that Clorox anti-bacterial spray and wiping down the counters with anti-bacterial wipes. God forbid I see any of the kids walk out of the bathroom without having washed their hands...they might as well have committed the crime of the century. I'm also OCD about checking my alarm clock to make sure it's set, make sure all the doors and windows are locked, make sure the burglar alarm is set, make sure the kids are all breathing....all this before I turn in at night. It's a 30-minute procedure, trust me.

4) I am in love with my pillowcase. I'm deathly attached to it. I'm heartbroken when it finally is in shreds and I have to admit that it's time for a new one. I have to wash the new one several times to achieve that softness that I crave. It's wierd...a 39-yr old woman with a strange attachment to her pillow case. It travels with me when I go on vacation.

5) I am always on time for events, sometimes even early. I get annoyed with people who are chronically late. I understand being late every once in awhile but every single time??? When we go out places, I have myself to get ready, I have 4 kids to get ready, I have a huge diaperbag to pack, I have to make sure the double stroller is in the car, and strap all the kids in their carseats AND I still manage to be where I need to be ON TIME.

6) Lastly, my attitude on slow drivers is "we're all on the road for a reason...we all have some place to be...why the hell are you driving so leisurely down the street as if you're just killing time????" I don't know about you but if I'm on the road driving in my car, it means I'm going somewhere. I want to get there within a reasonable time. Slow drivers, especially the ones who drive 60 mph in the fast lane on the freeway, are just plain annoying.

The rules for this Meme are:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged bloggers letting them know they’ve been tagged

I tag:

Tena at Punky Monkeys

Kim at The Mommy Machine

Amy at Thoughts from the Mrs

Tabbatha at Smelling Like Roses

Mrs Bear at Outnumbered Two to One

Susie at The New Mommy, Just One More Minute


Tena said...

I too have a thing for chapstick, hardly ever wear lipstick, just need me a good ol fashion tube of chapstick!!

Thanks for the vote and the tag!

Tabbatha Rose said...

I got your message LOL you and I have some similar things too. I will get mine up soon as I can. Its been crazy around here the past few days.

Elle said...

That pillowcase thing is a little quirky. LOL! I'm the same way about germs and not washing your hands. EEWWW!

Janine said...

Haha - I've also given ridiculous nicknames to my children. So ridiculous that people stop and stare when I call them these names in public. :)
My quirks are here:

mrsbear said...

The pillowcase quirk cracked me up. I also call my kids by weird little nicknames, but they're never consistent, just kind of whatever comes out of my mouth at the time.

Thanks for the tag, I'll try to get to it today.

Stephanie said...

Your list made me laugh, I have some pretty crazy quirks myself. One my husband thinks is entirely insane is when other people sit on my bed. When my parents come in visit my mom will sometimes come in the room and plop down on my bed. It freaks me out, relating my bedroom to my mother I have to change the sheets. It's crazy I know but I can't help it.

screamish said...

Yeah i read about this chapstick thing once! and I know a woman addicted to lip crosses borders, it doesnt have to be the brand chapstick either..wierd....not as rare as you'd think!

L I S A said...

We might be related because I was so there with you on #1, 2, 3 & 6. In fact, my sister years ago bought the book, "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing", it's all about OCD. I've gotten better, but now I have kids so I'm washing away again. And of course, I have to have my Blistex and the kids have to have their soothies!

twinmama said...

Embrace your quirks! Those are awesome. I can completely attest to being quite annoyed by chronic late people especially when I have myself, twins and several bags to pack every time we go anywhere. We are usually on time, but usually have to wait on others.

Joy said...

Most I can relate to, except the pillowcase LMAO...too funny!

ParentingPink said...

Oh, the chapstick addiction - I can soooooo relate! LOL. I've been tagged by Outnumbered Two to One so I'll be listing my "quirky list" tonight or tomorrow (whenever my kids will let me blog!).

Kim said...

I can relate to the chapstick, and unfortunately I've passed my addiction to Burt's Bees on to my oldest daughter who uses it like crack.

I'm going to have to give this meme some thought, because I'm not sure I have any quirks. No sirree, diddly doo, be bop aroonie . . . I'm very normal and well-adjusted . . . cha cha cha . . . where's my morning drinky poo? ; P

Nina said...

I laugh at the driving one because I go nuts when people are just cruisen down the road with out a care in the world. I am always telling Luke to not listen to me because I start ranting in the car.
Sorry, I am one of those that is always late. I blame it on my husband and kids because when it is just me I am always ontime or early.

Cant Hardly Wait said...

I hate slow drivers. Hate them! I also hate people who ride their brakes. Okay, I don't HATE them. But they suck a lot.

Tammy Warren said...

I have been tagged for this also. At first I was like you...I didn't think I really had any. I think I am up to 10 at the time. I will make that post soon.

I love chapstick and lipgloss. I actually have a panic attack without it. I do have to admit the pillowcase thing is quirky. My 8 year old is like that.

Thank you for being open and sharing this.

JenniBeanV said...

My name is Jenni...and I am also a chapstick addict. I looooove the stuff.

Also? Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers!

MamáChanga said...

I NEED to have a thing for chapstick, my lips seriously get dry. Hmmmm...I'll have to think about my quirks, germs would probably be the biggest. My mom takes her own pillow & sheets whenever she travels, I think that's a riot!

Hugs & Blessings!

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