February 15, 2006

13 THINGS

I saw this on MQ's site: 13 Things You Wouldn't Guess By Looking At Me. I don't know if I can come up with 13, but I'll try.

Hmm, I am anal and compulsive. I bet I could come up with 13 ways my best friends make fun of me for it.

1. I measure everything when I cook. I can't do pinches and handfuls and dabs. I measure everything out perfectly, even if it's something I've made ten times.
2. I researched and read books for months before we got a dog. I panic every time he does something out of the ordinary; both Erin and Kelly have gotten frantic calls about all sort of bodily functions.
3. I also write everything on the calendar: when Charlie had his last bath, when I cleaned his ears. I obsess about this dog so much that I know there's no way I'm ready to have a kid.
4. All of our movies and music are alphabetized. So are our books. I used to have them alphabetized within categories (e.g. fiction, travel, etc), but that became too difficult to maintain.
5. I even organized all my husband's field manuals. That was before I realized he's never once looked in one.
6. I also organize greeting cards into a file folder by event.
7. My friends tease me that I was even anal about my relationship: six years ago today my husband and I sat down and decided to be a couple. No spontaneity here.
8. But here's a few they might not know yet: I only turn the TV volume to an even number.
9. Also I color coordinate my shampoo and body lotion with what I'm wearing that day.
10. And I coordinate different detergents and fabric softeners with different loads of laundry.
11. I also coordinate my dishes with the food we're having. I guess that's why I have five place settings.
12. My old roommate and I used to share expenses in our apartment down to the last cent. If one of us bought a roll of paper towels, the other would hand over a quarter.
13. And as all of you already know, I stress out about using up spices, canned goods, and beauty products before we move. I lie in bed and fret about the bottle of Worcestershire sauce that will never be used. And it cost one dollar.

There. 13 things that might make you want to reconsider getting too close to me.

Posted by: Sarah at 02:53 AM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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1 Sarah, Those are the reasons I love you...and I started cracking up when I read #8...I do that too (and didn't even realize it)! Erin

Posted by: Erin at February 15, 2006 04:57 AM (DoZpu)

2 I think they have invented some sort of drugs for your "symptoms". You had me laughing and thinking I do some of those things...scary. Don't fret about #13, I will take them off your hands and use them wisely.

Posted by: Jennifer at February 15, 2006 11:58 AM (CfpP7)

3 That's absolutely hysterical. Now I can relate to #1 and #2...I too obide by #1, mostly because I'm not a good cook so ad-libbing is not in the cards for me. I'm sure you know by my blog that I'm guilty of #2...actually I'm #2 in progress. I do have one question: How exactly do you coordinate your shampoo and body lotion with your outfit? Are we talking matching styles and scents or literally colors of clothes to colors of bottles? Is this a ridiculously dumb question?? Funny stuff.

Posted by: Nicole at February 15, 2006 01:30 PM (1ECnr)

4 Hmmm...This is a little scarey since I'm your mom! I'm guilty of #1, #2 when I buy a car, appliance, etc., #3 when you kids were little or I couldn't have functioned with all your activities; I've gotten out of the habit and am sure I should still be writing things on the calendar, and #6 which I've done for thirty years. You still organize your closets so much better than I do. I need you to come stay with me for about a month and get this house (and your mother) in tip-top shape! I love you just the way you are! Your dad is alot like you; he organizes EVERYTHING and I know I drive him crazy! I guess there's truth to opposites attract! Mama

Posted by: Nancy at February 15, 2006 02:54 PM (6s7Zq)

5 Nicole -- For example, if I am wearing mostly earth tones, I'll go with vanilla scent, if pink then something flowery, if black then Victoria's Secret's "Very Sexy", etc. Shampoo is mostly color coordinated. It's a bizarre ritual, but it's true.

Posted by: Sarah at February 15, 2006 04:00 PM (G40OB)

6 UMMM uhhh, Sarah, that IS compulsive. But can you come stay with me a while and give me some lessons? I think its neat you were born with this ability, or maybe it could be an affliction, it sure makes life easier. I bet you ALWAYS know where you put down the scissors!

Posted by: Ruth H at February 15, 2006 04:55 PM (f39ic)

7 I think all 13 of those things (quirks) make you more interesting. We all have something special or different that we do. I'm personally guilty of organizing my closet by type, purpose and frequency of use. Especially my shoes! Also, I can't stand for items to be on the bathroom counter. I'm constantly putting away my husband shaving cream and toothpaste. I would hide his toothbrush, but it's a Sonicare and has to remain plugged in. And my big one...I like to have all pantry items organized by type, size, purchase date, etc. I'm freakish about stocking up and never wanting to run out of something. Kelly knows first hand how much stuff I had left in the pantry. SCARY!

Posted by: Vonn at February 15, 2006 06:00 PM (dEgRi)

8 I think all 13 of those things (quirks) make you more interesting. We all have something special or different that we do. I'm personally guilty of organizing my closet by type, purpose and frequency of use. Especially my shoes! Also, I can't stand for items to be on the bathroom counter. I'm constantly putting away my husband shaving cream and toothpaste. I would hide his toothbrush, but it's a Sonicare and has to remain plugged in. And my big one...I like to have all pantry items organized by type, size, purchase date, etc. I'm freakish about stocking up and never wanting to run out of something. Kelly knows first hand how much stuff I had left in the pantry. (More than 5 bottles of ketchup and mustard, EACH)SCARY!

Posted by: Vonn at February 15, 2006 06:02 PM (dEgRi)

9 Sorry for the double post. First attempt was "page 404 error" page not found. whoopsy!

Posted by: vonn at February 15, 2006 06:03 PM (dEgRi)

10 Sarah, Okay...that's what I thought. I understand the outfit-perfume coordination. I do that too...especially with the flowery colors need flowery scents ritual. You're not so weird.

Posted by: Nicole at February 16, 2006 02:26 PM (1ECnr)

11 Catching up on your posts here - 8. But here's a few they might not know yet: I only turn the TV volume to an even number I just started doing this! Well, sort of. I won't turn the volume to 13. Weird!!!

Posted by: monique at February 16, 2006 03:54 PM (AK5UJ)

12 Wow! And I thought I was anal when I use to organize my closet by colors! It was so much easier before I was married and had kids to organize it by blues, reds, blacks, etc. I don't do it anymore, because I simply don't have time, but I do have short-sleeved shirts, then long-sleeved, then skirts, slacks and dresses. When leaving my closet after a frustrating 20 minutes flipping through my clothes, I think about how much easier it was to find something to wear when I had it organized by colors! If I was in a mood for something blue, I went to the blue shirts and had a nice bit of choices. I do the scent thing a bit too. When I am going on a date with my husband and wearing something sexy, I will wear my Come-and-get-me scent. When I am going out to do an appointment, I will wear my pleasant flowery scent.

Posted by: Adrienne at February 20, 2006 04:41 PM (yAWf0)

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