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    Quirky Habits

    Okay I admit it, I have quirky habits.

    I hate to turn off music in the middle of a song.
    If music is on, I can't turn it off when I'm going to take a shower.

    When I'm pouring something, usually food, into a container I pour in the amount I want then stop and pour in just a little bit more.

    I arrange my eggs in the carton so that they are balanced. The reasoning is that I don't want to pull it out and flip it up or down because the weight is all at the front or back.

    Okay, confession time!

    What quirky habits do you have?
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    quirky habits -- hmmmmmm I've never thought of this!!!

    Okay -- I insist the most used kitchen utensils go in the 2nd drawer down and the least used go in the 3rd down drawer....

    I have to have my pans stacked by size --- even the fry pans

    Those sound more anal retentive than quirky -- ROL

    I refuse to eat my watermelon when the rind is on it -- I have to cut it off

    I'll have to think some more!!

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    I tap my spoon on my tea cup after stirring the sugar and milk in. I do this so the spoon doesn't drip of the way to the sink. I turn the kitchen light on to answer the kitchen phone. I have a lot more but both of these drive my husband up the wall.

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    I have too many to think of just one or two. Husband has some too.
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    I make sure all the labels are facing out when I put canned goods on the shelf. It's kind of quirky but it also helps when you're looking for something.

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    The toilet paper and paper towels have to be placed so they roll from the top down! I've been known to rearrange these at my daughter's and friend's houses...so pathetic!
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    All of the light switches have to be in the same position LOL We have a lot of switches that can be turned on or off from more than one place in the home so we have rows of two or three light switches. They all have to be up or down...I will go through the house and flip them all to make them right.
    I know I have more but this is one that my husband just doesn't get lmao
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    The coffee grinder has to be lined up exactly so it covers the electrical outlet behind it.

    The coffee maker sits equal distance between the coffee grinder and the placemat that holds the coffee fixin's

    When applying hand lotion, each hand has to have the same amount of squirts. Same goes for my legs.

    I always fix my husband's coffee first. The dog always gets fed before the cat. Dunno why I do that.

    Geez, don't know if I'm more anal retentive or quirky. But -- I can leave a pile of clothes on the floor NEXT TO the clothes basket for a week and it not bother me.

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    Balancing the egg carton as you do makes perfect sense to me, as does tapping the spoon so it won't drip. I just thought those were common sense rather than quirky. Turning on the light when you answer the phone also makes sense because you might need to jot a note. Pans won't nest unless they're stacked by size. I don't have a lot of habits I can't rationalize some way. It's my husband who has the quirky ones! (How come we don't have a little imp face among the smileys here?)

    I tell my kids and nieces and nephews that if a prospective mate does anything that is the least bit annoying to you, take a good hard look at it because if you marry him/her you will be dealing with that forevermore, and it will only annoy you worse over time.

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    AMEN, Rose_P!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    I make sure all the labels are facing out when I put canned goods on the shelf. It's kind of quirky but it also helps when you're looking for something.
    ooohh, like the bad husband in "Sleeping with the Enemy."......

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    I have to organize the laundry when I hang it on the line - socks together, my undies, Dh's undies, t shirts, pillowcases, etc. Like goes with like. Or else....

    Plus I go nuts if two forks are stuck together by the tines - like nails on a blackboard.

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    Most of my quirks are food related (I think)

    I don't eat wet bread---dressing, bread pudding, soggy Italian beef, etc.
    Pumpkin and custard pies are also a big NO because I don't like the feel of them on my tongue
    I like cheese but not on sandwiches except for burgers

    I used to have a lot of quirks about my house, everything had to be neat and in it's place.
    My home was my sanctuary and I didn't like to have it invaded by anyone. After people would come and visit it always felt strange, like it wasn't "just mine" anymore. That might have come from growing up in a very small house with 7 other people.

    Oh, I have a phobia about birds, heights and tight spaces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    I make sure all the labels are facing out when I put canned goods on the shelf. It's kind of quirky but it also helps when you're looking for something.
    LOL, mine are alphabetized too. But I'll bet that like me, you can make out a grocery list with one quick glance.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    None here! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready View Post
    LOL, mine are alphabetized too. But I'll bet that like me, you can make out a grocery list with one quick glance.

    That reminds me, I also alphabetize my spices. Makes them so much easier to locate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    ooohh, like the bad husband in "Sleeping with the Enemy."......
    Guess I missed that one.

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    I have to squeeze every little bit out of the toothpaste tube. I even roll something round on the tube to get it all. Same with any thing that comes in a tube. That sucker better be empty.

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    This is a fun topic!!
    I'm quirky about the way I drink Coke...I absolutely have to have it poured slowly down the side of the glass, which has to come out of the freezer not the cupboard, and have one very large piece of ice in it. I make my ice in the smallest (1/2 cup?) Glad plastic disposable cups.

    I only use Yardley Lavendar soap in my bathroom.

    I have to sleep with 5 pillows, one against my tummy, one against my back, one under/between my knees and another to support my upper arm when on my side. Oh, and my head, of course. (Reckon I'll never remarry unless we have separate bedrooms! No room in my bed, LOL!)

    I can't stand the feeling of 'prickly' upholstery fabrics, only cotton/denim for me! Or I have to cover my seat and chair arms with dish towels.

    Don't anybody touch my pillowcase or face towels, nobody!

    Geez, there is certainly a bit of neuroticism among us!

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    I love this topic, too!!! Jan -- you're so funny!
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    I cannot stand any wrinkles in my sheets. If I were rich I would hire a maid to wash them and hang them dry and change them daily. Not one spec of dirt or crumbs. Yes, so we have an ancient cat who lives in our room with a litter box (not MY choice, she is DH's cat.) Guess what gets in the bed? Kitty litter! UGH!

    I also hate wet bread. I even toast my hamburger and hot dog buns so the condiments won't sink in.

    I have a favorite coffee mugs. I cannot drink out of a straight mug or a large one. They have to be small and tapered. If DH brings me a cup of coffee in a large or straight mug, I pour them into a more suitable mug.

    My towels MUST be folded in thirds.

    I hate for anyone else to fold my laundry.

    I cannot sleep unless I have Vicks under my nose. Smells really bother me...see post about elderly cat and cat box.

    I am terrified of static electricity.

    Cat boxes gross me out.

    I have a 20+ year old pillow I cannot sleep without.

    I ignore the phone. Why do people have to call me? Don't they know I am busy and have no time for chit-chat?

    So much more. Sure I am neurotic. I don't care. I am 52 in August and I will not take any more BS!

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    I have several light switches in a room also and they must be going the same way.

    All the hangers in the closet must be going hook over rod.

    All paper money must be facing the same way.....I used to be a bank teller and our cash drawers had to be nice and neat and the paper money going the same way. Drives me nuts when I get change from a cashier and the paper money is going every which way.

    Does not bother me to have news papers stacked to the ceiling on the kitchen table, but when I worked my desk had to be cleared before I left for the day.....this drives my husband nuts...maybe that is why I do it...HA!!

    I am sure there are a lot more that I can't think of right now.
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    I know many people who have almost all of the quirks listed above. Some of mine are just the way I was raised--no hats at the table, shirts are required at the table and no supper until the sink is empty. The last one drives my family crazy because I won't fix supper if the sink is full of dishes--we will all eat peanut butter sandwiches or someone else will fix supper. Most of my personal issues are food related--marshmallows, tapioca, rice pudding, malt-o-meal and cream of wheat, canned asparagus & pickled okra. The texture gags me. When I was younger, no food was allowed to touch another food on my plate or I wouldn't eat the parts that touched each other. I'm not quite as picky now but I still don't like it and will avoid letting my foods touch and I still tilt my plate to keep juices from flowing onto other food.

    Hubby is much more anal than I. He has to have his "elbow" space at the table, puts the toilet paper on over the top and will gripe & grumble if we don't do it right, I still can't figure out the paper towel holder thing so I just deal with his grumbling over that one. He's sentimentally attached to an ugly vertical, wooden towel holder that just irritates the crap out of me so he should just count himself lucky that I bothered to put paper towels on it at all--LOL. He also has the bed wrinkle issue someone mentioned above. He's also very weird about his socks "matching", especially his black dress socks. I try to shade match them but when he's having a grumpy butt day, he'll go through them and double-check my shade matching skills. I will say that he has been mellowing over the years so those nit-picky things he does have become less & less frequent or he's learned to hide them from me which is ok, too--LOL!
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    I have to do things in 3's. I will pump the lotion bottle three times, I will tap my credit card at the check out counter 3 times, I pat my dogs 3 times, you get the picture.. .

    I also CANNOT stand it when someone touches me with their feet! Doesn't matter if it is bare or covered with a sock!

    I cannot use a bathroom stall if I see the person before me come out of it.

    Hate to sit in a chair that is warm from a strangers behind
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    Wow you guys all sound pretty normal to me. I have many of the same idiosyncracies, plus many of my own. I count things. I count steps as I go up and down them. I have the neatest junk drawer I've ever seen. Actually all of my cabinets and drawers are neat. I may have a mess elsewhere, but my cupboards are organized. I name my sewing machines, which I know many of you do, but I name my cars, appliances and sometimes even my plants. I am not as OCD as Monk, but I understand him way too much. My hubby said he is going to buy me the Tshirt that reads "I am CDO. It is like OCD, only the letters are alphabetical like they should be."

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