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Monday, June 30, 2008

Fun Monday~ What's your quirkiness?

The chaotic and wonderful LISA is this week's host of Fun Monday. It figures Lisa would pick an assignment that, at first thought would be easy, but turned out to be kind of tough.

Lisa's assignment:

A quirk is defined as a peculiarity of action, behavior, or personality; mannerism. We are all unique individuals, having quirks that help make us who we are. I would like to know what your quirks are. Confess to one, confess to ten, you decide. Just come back Monday ready to spill the beans, the rest of the world may look at you like you are from Mars, but you‘re among friends here. We won’t laugh, in fact that eccentricity just may endear you to us more.


I thought and thought...but am having a really hard time coming up with something! The one thing that came to mind immediately was that I don't bite my nails, I "peel" them. Yeah, it's gross, but it's one of my quirks. I have yet to come across anybody else who does it.


I used to let my nails grow, pre-Aidan. Now, with running after a 4 year old and geocaching, nice painted nails are a thing of the past (or maybe distant future?).




Oh Gawd! My toes look so ugly here!!! They're really not that bad.

I used to be a bit OCD, but again, with Aidan, all orderliness, neatness and...well, cleanliness has gone out the window. My house is in constant need of vacuuming and mopping and dusting. My bed is rarely made. I usually have a pile of laundry to do. Little floating fluffs of cat and/or dog hair drift by and find their way to the baseboards or under the couch. Yeah, I need to clean, but at this point I could do it 24/7 and never get it all done. It's kind of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. By the time you finish, it's time to go back and start all over again! Spending time with my family and friends is more important right now than sweating over the perfection of my house.

Where was I? Oh, yeah...quirks. I love my Starbucks and start to get the DTs if I go more than a week without any. But that's not really a quirk is it?

Um...ok, I got one! I like to use things up 100% before I go by more. One example: shampoo. The bottle has to be completely empty before I'll go buy more. My hub drives me nuts because he never uses anything up and opens up new stuff all the time. That's so wasteful!! I squeeze every last drop out of the tube of toothpaste and use my deodorant until I hit the plastic at the bottom of the solid stick. I even add a bot of water to the last of the shampoo, conditioner and hand soap just so I'm sure to get every bit out of it.

I have to have my kitchen counter CLEAN at all times. Not one crumb or drop of juice! I have been known to go insane after cleaning to come back in the kitchen and find a nice new stain from a drop of coffee on the old formica. GRRRRR!!!! WHY, WHY is it so hard for men to clean up after themselves?

My son said to say that I fart in my sleep. This is not true and he bases it on one night of camping a few years ago. A complete falsehood and NOT a quirk at all.

Someone else said I have a thing for taking pictures of people's butts. Again, not true. It's just that when and if the situation arises and I have a camera nearby...yeah, I'll take a picture. It's usually for alterior motives, though, NOT because I have a need to do it! And that same person who accused me of said "quirk" has a penchant for mooning me..SOOOOooo I think THAT quirkiness falls on her! (Lisa, you may have an idea of who I'm talking about!)

Ok now, go and read about everyone else's strange little habits and compulsions. There has to be someone out there stranger than me and my nail peeling habit!

Have a Fun Monday y'all and an even better week :)

23 comments:

IamwhoIam said...

Your the only person I know who can peel their nails. Mine don't peel. But q's and all we still think you're super.

Tracey_iPost said...

I used to peel my nails too! They are so thin that they often will split into layers! So, I used to peel them, but as I have gotten older *grimace* they have stopped splitting. Still soft, but don't split!

Hootin' Anni said...

I've been known to even add a couple drops of water in my shampoo bottle and shake it then use it before opening a new bottle.

My FM is posted...come on over!!

Kaytabug said...

The entire paragraph about cleaning or lack of is 100% me. I could have written that,verbatim!

I peel too, but I still call it bitting.

Jeanna said...

Hey, you should get together with RDH Mom.

Debs said...

I am like you with cleaning. I do clean. Not as much as I should at times. Why spend all my time cleaning? I would get nothing else done and life is too short not to have some fun. :)

hulagirlatheart said...

Hee hee. You said fart. Oh, sorry. I couldn't help myself.

storyteller said...

Interesting ‘quirks’ today … I’ve never heard of peeling one’s nails … I wish I had an ‘orderliness quirk’ … I start MY day with Starbuck’s Breakfast Blend coffee brewed at home with half regular and half decaf beans) … but I don’t see it as a quirk either.
Hugs and blessings,

Tiggerlane said...

Oooh...I'm with you on squeezing the absolute LAST drop out of something before getting more!! I think it's a GOOD TRAIT and not a quirk!

lisaschaos said...

I have found polish and geocaching don't mix. What's the point of putting it on when after one day caching it's all messed up. :)

I have to buy replacements before I empty things. Like if there's one can of soup left I can't eat it until I buy more. I knew I'd come up with more as I read people's quirks. :)

nikki said...

I think we all fart in our sleep every now and then.

Heather said...

I just told my daughter today that if she did not get her finding nemo party bag off of my counter it was going to get thrown away! My clean counters are not for everyone else to dump their junk on!

And I attach my old piece of soap to the new bar when I unwrap it. Then it melds to the new bar and gets used up. I hate throwing it away - it does feel wasteful!

Jo Beaufoix said...

I add water to stuff to use it all up, right down to pasta sauce. And if I don't get all the shampoo out of the bottle I feel like it's beaten me. :D

Irish Coffeehouse said...

I only peel if a nail splits. I fight the urge, but I loose. lol

Thanks for sharing!

Olive said...

Ahh! BA (before Aidan) and AA (after Aidan) is your excuse this time. It's good because being too perfect is not good. Just ask me.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

You missed my original post. Which was all about how I pick, peel, and bite both finger and toe nails. So, I'm with you there.

Faye said...

Sounds like there are SOME people in your family who are ganging up on you! Brave girl to deny and deny! I actually saw a movie the other night with a hand closeup of the actress and she had really "peeled" nails. (Sally Hawkins in Persuasion).

Alison said...

you are too funny!! I am with you on the kitchen counter though..I am the same way!!! I also have many pictures of my kids' butts!!

robinellablog said...

My left thumb peels. I love getting my other thumb nail under the to layer and getting a perfect peel. Then I have to cut the whole thing off because I can't stand the crater that the peeling leaves.

Is that weird? :-)

Rose said...

I wish my counters were clean; lately they've been very clean because otherwise the ants are moving in but normally they're a little too sloppy for me (maybe that's why we have the ants???)

grace said...

isn;t it painful to peel them? I am with you with the shampoo, it has to be completely completely finished before I throw it away

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Peeling the nails is better than biting at them. Easier on the teeth.

Molly said...

My husband sometimes peels the skin around his nails. Using things up 100% is not frugal just thrifty.