Wednesday, December 9, 2009

habits...not bad, just...a little odd

I am the only one with odd little habits that are virtually ingrained into the soul? Things I don't know if I could change, even if I wanted to. I read an article that said if we could change up some of our little habits and ways of doing things it would strengthen the connections in our brains and make us sharper. I am all for that. So I gave it a try. And...I utterly failed. I just didn't feel comfortable. My world just didn't feel right when I switched things around. Oh well, I guess I'm just going to have to resign myself to being stupid.

What silly habits could possibly be more important than strengthening the synapses in my brain. Well now, how about I enlighten you?

When I put on my socks and shoes, I always put on one sock and then the shoe then move on to the other foot and do the same. Putting both socks on then moving on to the shoes seems like such a waste of time and motion.

My towels in my linen closet MUST be facing with the fold out. I actually take the towels out of the closet and fix them if Joe has put them in the "wrong" way.

I always eat the foods on my plate in order of least liked to most liked. I like to save the best for last.

I look at my food very carefully before I eat it. Someone actually commented on this habit when I was in college. I think it stems from the time the food closet/pantry in my parent's house had a moth infestation. Finding moths floating in my milk after eating all my Raisin Nut Bran will do that to a person.

I like making foods like shortbread because it requires so few ingredients. Just goes to show you that foods don't need lots of fussing to be real good. Plus it just tickles my fancy that the pioneers who settled the prairie a hundred fifty odd years ago probably made shortbread. Flour, butter, water and a little bit of sugar. I'm sure Laura Ingalls' pantry contained those basics.

I'm realizing many of my quirks revolve around food...I wonder what that means?

I cannot start anything, cooking, quilting, scrapbooking or whatever, with a mess staring me in the face. Even if I know I will make more of a mess with whatever I am about to begin, I HAVE to clean up beforehand.

I talk to myself in the supermarket. I mutter about my list, menu, and any items I forgot to get and need to return to a previous aisle for.

I know I'm not alone in this. I can't be the only person wandering around the supermarket mumbling about acorn squash and whole wheat wraps. What pray tell, are some of your quirky little habits?


Dori said...

No you are not alone. I also talk to myself at the grocery store, I like my towels tri-folded and facing out, my toilet paper has to roll over the top and the toilet seats have to be down (unless they're in use, LOL).

Our quirks make us who we are.

EntertainingMom said...

both socks at the same time. shoes are downstairs in the mud room. i cannot start a new project with a mess staring me down either. other than that you are weird! LMAO!!!

Marie said...

LMAO!!! So glad I'm in such good company. :D

girlsmom said...

Mustard first on hot dogs and hamburgers. Always.

Kim said...

I'm much like you. I talk to myself at the supermarket,always. My socks and shoes aren't in the same place, so on that point we're different. I always have a good look at my food too. And MUST have tidiness in order to embark on a new project.

Other oddities (specific to me): I can't take my socks off at night until I've been under the comforter for at least 10 minutes. I have to tuck the ends of my mittens in to my coat or I don't feel warm. In the shower, I must do the following things in the following order: wash hair, conditioner hair, shave armpits, shave legs, wash body, rinse conditioner from hair. I can't cook in a kitchen that isn't clean.

Perhaps we both suffer from mild OCD?

I heart said...

I'm with Dori - I'm a tri-fold, facing out towel kind of girl too! I also have to fix them if they're wrong. Toilet paper has to roll over the top and seat is always down.

Speaking of the grocery store.. I actually organize all of my food inside my basket. Cold foods together. Everything's very neatly stacked. It's just weird!

Debra (dippy) said...

I also cannot start a project until it's cleaned. I can't sit down in front of a mess, I must clean it before I relax. Like Kim, when I shower or bath I do the same things in order every time. Towels have to be folded the same way as well as the fold facing out...same with bedsheets. I have to have the sink full of dishwater before serving lunch or supper so I can start washing immediately after the meal is over. I have to set the kids (and mine) clothes out the night before, lunches and snacks are made the night before.
While folding laundry everyone has their own pile with pants on the bottom, followed by sweaters, shirts, undershirts, underwear and socks. I could go on!!!

Anne said...

I put my sock and shoe on one foot at a time too!! I also talk to myself at the grocery store! I do NOT have to have a clean area to start a project (not suprised) LOL...and I don't inspect my food bc ignorance is bliss Marie!!! ha ha!!