Friday, June 01, 2007

Why do I do that?

1) I make a half pot of coffee and then drink from it for three or four days. That's disgusting. (but don't worry- I always wash everything thoroughly before we have guests. It's only myself I don't care about.)

2) On the other hand, I refuse to drink out of a wine glass that I used the night before. Or a wine glass that is smudgy. It just Bothers me. They must be washed with hot, soapy water and dried flawlessly with a clean dish towel. If I get a smudgy wine glass in a restaurant I freeze for several minutes and am unable to speak.

3) I am anal about my kitchen being clean (other than the coffee pot, obviously). I like shiny counters and floors. No crumbs or splatters on the stove. All dishes put away or in the dishwasher. On the other hand, my bedroom can sport tangled bedsheets, teetering bedside book piles and a huge laundry pile smack in the middle of the floor, and I don't even blink.

4) I walk around my car and check all four tires before I drive anywhere. If you ride with me I'll likely be too embarrassed to do this, but I'll think about flat tires multiple times on the way to our destination.

5) I sometimes skip my night dose of allergy meds because I don't like to take medication and I think, well, it can't hurt skip one dose. Then I wake up feeling like my sinuses are filled with pancake batter. It's really smart to pay a specialist a bazillion dollars and then ignore her advice, isn't it?

6) I drop socks and gloves "accidentally" because I know my dog loves to steal them.

7) I squeal and praise my plants when they produce blooms. I've also been known to high-five their leaves.

8) I have a picture of a pig doing a flying leap off the end of a dock. I've always enjoyed it because I like to imagine that this is what animals do when humans aren't around. One night we had friends over for dinner and one of them confessed that the pig looked like a pink, hairless baby rat from a distance. Now I can only think about naked baby rats when I look at it.

9) After Mike does the grocery shopping I like to identify the least and most expensive items on the list. The least expensive is usually a bunch of scallions. I always laugh if he buys blueberries, because then the receipt says BLUB.



Blogger His suzy said...

Can't naked baby rats leap into the water too? lol

The funny thing is, without ever having met you, I can totally picture you giving your plants high-fives!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

#7 probably is a good idea. We have 3 plants, 2 of which I like wholeheartedly. The other one is a bit of a's mounted in a rock so you scratch your hands on it, and it seems to be dead. I never gave the other 2 preferential treatment, but I think the rock-mounted one just knows I don't like it as much. And I feel bad.

I'm actually not *sure* it's dead, so I was thinking of posting a picture on my blog with the caption "Dead or alive?" If it's dead I want to lay it to rest, poor thing.

4:28 PM  
Blogger rock_ninja said...


I am frightened.

That is because I didn't think there was anyone else in the world as oddly and selectively anal as I. I feel exactly the same way about wine glasses, but my tea mug has not actually been cleaned once this week, despite the fact that I drink out of it twice a day. Same thing about the kitchen- I will sleep soundly in a filthy bedroom, even when there are crumbs in the bed, but unless the kitchen has been thoroughly swept and wet-swiffered, I'll be up all night.

I could go on and on, but I would also just like to state that I'm a little jealous that you get to be a professional bibliophile.

5:44 PM  
Blogger heart said...

okay so random! but i met a pet pig tonight. and i could totally imagine him jumping off the edge of a dock. they are just cute, happy animals who wag their tails like dogs. adorable :)

12:05 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Heart - i love pigs too :)

4:50 PM  
Blogger R U Serious?? said...

We are very alike!! (except for the flying pig thing) You have NO IDEA what pets do when we aren't around!! LOL I can only guess!!

Yeah..... I squeal too!! The miracle of nature!! It gets me excited!!

Hope your weekend has been a good one!

12:23 AM  
Blogger Janet M Kincaid said...

Too funny!

Ironically, I'm very similar. I have a stack of papers and books and crap piled up in my office that I don't even bat an eye at, but a messy kitchen drives me completely up the wall. Don't mind that the trunk of my car is a black hole, but I get all wonky about trash in the interior of the car itself. And don't even get me started on the subject of laundry....

Love that you high-five your plants. I seem to be killing mine...

7:43 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Suzy- sure. why should pigs have all the fun?

bearette- I was hearing a certain Bon Jovi song in my head as I read your comment... :)

Ninja- Selectively Anal. I like it. I think I'll put that on my resume.

Heart- I've always wanted a pet pig. Some goats, too. Maybe someday...

Serious- once my childhood dogs got out of the house. we found them at the lake down the street, swimming. :)

Janet- I like a nice, clean car interior, too. Sometimes I Swiffer the dash while I'm in traffic.

Is anyone anal about clean bathrooms? If so, want to come stay with me for a few?

11:28 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Another confession about wine glasses:

when I take a sip of wine I try to put my lips in the same place every time. This is because I always have Burt's Bees or lip gloss on and I don't want a ring of unsightly lip prints around the rim.

Okay, I'm going to my therapy appointment now.

11:30 AM  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

1) Yes. 2) Yes. 3) YES. 4) Um, no, but I will remind you to do it, so you don't have to be embarrassed. 5)ALL THE TIME. Sadly. Which just makes 1, 2, 3 worse.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

Hee (re Bon Jovi). And I think everyone is sensitive about backwash on the glass...I heard a girl refer to it that way once. Lipstick, crumbs, etc.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

I'm surprised you don't do a thorough lip washing before every wine tasting (guzzling) session. ;)

2:16 PM  
Blogger Caro said...

BLUB is a high dollar item.

I wish I had a spotless kitchen. Alas, it eludes me.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Roxanne said...

A spotless kitchen would be nice, but totally unrealistic with munchkins in the house.

Does Alex behave himself in the kitchen or is he just as bad as human children?

6:53 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Alex is a very, um, joyful eater, so there are always crumbs around his bowl. On the other hand, he doesn't blow mouthfuls of spaghetti across the kitchen like my brother used to.

8:33 AM  

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