Spin Cycle: Quirky McQuirk Quirk

March 26, 2009 5:00 am

I’m not the sanest person you might come across, I’ll admit it. This week’s Spin Cycle topic was to share some quirky traits. The few listed are just the tip of the iceberg, I could go on for days sharing my oddities but that would be, well, odd.

  • I can’t sleep if I can’t see the clock. I have to know what time it is. If there isn’t a visible clock, I’ll get up several times a night to check the time even though my two screaming alarm clocks never fail to wake me before dawn.
  • I also can’t sleep if my entire body from the neck down isn’t covered. Who knows who might grab my leg while I’m sleeping. Whoever it is would never think to pull the blankets off so I’m completely safe as long as I’m covered.
  • I can’t eat food if it was prepared in someone else’s house (besides immediate family members). I realize that way worse stuff happens to food in restaurants but still, it is what it is.
  • I usually go through my reader in either ascending or descending order, I can’t bring myself to jump around. I also approach blogging in the following order: write, catch up on my reader and THEN reply to comments. I usually don’t get through step two so the emails don’t start flowing until days later.
  • When I get a pedicure, I don’t let the person massage or touch my legs. I hate being touched by random strangers. You want to touch? $50 will buy you two minutes.
  • I don’t enjoy fountain soda unless the cup is 3/4 full of ice, otherwise it gets hot too fast. This fact is no longer relevant since I gave up soda.
  • I can’t pee in public bathrooms unless there is either: nobody in there, a toilet flushing or another steady stream of pee happening close by. Silence = stalemate.
  • When we get an adults only night out, I can’t focus on enjoying myself if when I see kids who are out past my mentally allotted bedtime. I’m not talking 8 or 9 o’clock, I’m talking about kids under two who are in restaurants or the movies (or Walmart) at 11PM when my kids have already been home asleep for three and a half hours.

I hope we can still be friends after you read about my lunacy. Head over to Sprite’s Keeper for more quirkiness.



  1. K

    I also like to go through my reader in order. Now that I am following way, way too many blogs I force myself to skip around, but it bothers me a lot.

    Ks last blog post..When Treadmills Attack

  2. Peggy

    Well…you’re just a big weirdo aren’t you! 🙂 You know I kid…I shouldn’t even have to type out that I’m kidding right?

    Too funny…I definitely have some quirks (like being up at 6am when I really don’t need to be?!) Maybe I’ll do Spin Cycle this week…

    Although I avowed to myself last night that I would not spend the whole day on the laptop b/c yesterday, I never even made it out of my jammies…

    You’re on the edge of your seat now right? Is she gonna do it? What’s Peggy gonna do today? Yeah…I knew it.

    Peggys last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  3. cat

    i knew there was a reason i liked you – youre a total freak! i cant sleep unless it is 100% silent and pitch black (or i have to be drugged). i am the lightest sleeper i know. also, sometimes i have to turn the alarm upside down or i cant fall asleep because of the “hurry up and sleep you gotta get up in two hours!” pressure.

    cats last blog post..metal chic

  4. Sammanthia

    I have to sleep with a blanket pulled up to my chin for the same reason! Mark thinks I’m cracked, but I like to think “quirky”. Or maybe “eccentric”.
    I’ve started my list, too and it took me over an hour just to get started. I didn’t even know where to start. That’s just sad.

    Sammanthias last blog post..Underwear? Check. Calamine Lotion? Check, Check.

  5. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    I can totally relate to 6 out of 8 on your list…nice to know I’m not the only one with those quirks! 😉

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)s last blog post..Thousand Words Thursday

  6. Michele

    Reader in ascending order = check, not eating food from other people’s home = un-check. I can eat pretty much anywhere as long as the utensils haven’t touched meat. Oh wait, that sounds a little quirky.

    Micheles last blog post..I’m really not a Buddhist

  7. Sprite's Keeper

    He he he, I was hoping you would play this one. Your quirks are good quirks. Blanket? Yup. Food thing? Um, depends on how much I trust you. (I will stalk certain dishes at a potluck and avoid others because I know who made them. And if a certain non-hand washer gets to the pickings before me, I touch nothing.) You’re funny. You’re linked!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..The Age of Mimic

  8. Robin

    What happens if you’re at someone’s house AND they offer you a soda only half filled with ice? Does all hell break loose? 😉

    Robins last blog post..I’m Twi-lliterate

  9. Wendy

    I cannot sleep without a blanket or sheet or something covering me either. I don’t know why. Even when it hot as hell, I still at the very least need a sheet.

    weirdos that we are…

    Wendys last blog post..The Failure of Winter’s Affair

  10. jenni

    i actually can’t sleep if i am fully covered! in fact, unless it really cold out, i don’t use ANY COVERS AT ALL! what do you think of that?

    jennis last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: Zombies and Other Anxieties

  11. The Stiletto Mom

    The soda thing? Nothing makes me more upset than when I get a Diet Coke from a drive thru and they have put like three cubes in. I’ve been known to drive back through. They usually get scared when it gets to that point…crazy lady drive thru alert!

    The Stiletto Moms last blog post..The Time I Met Tom Cruise…Also Know As “Why Wine Tastings Aren’t Your Friend At 22?

  12. WickedStepMom

    The kids being out at 11pm bugs me too. And, I can’t sleep without being covered. Even if I am roasting.

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..Proof that I am nuts

  13. Cape Cod Gal

    I have to do my reader in order. I’m five days behind right now due to my trip. But, I have to start at the top and work my way down. So, I’m always confused by recent posts that reflect past posts I haven’t read.

    Of course, we can still be friends. I’m crazy too!

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..Bitch Free Zone: Being Thankful for Life & Luck

  14. bex

    wow! i can’t believe i got to this before keely!

    its the zombies! they will eat your flesh while you sleep unless you covered. that way they can’t smell human flesh. they have a terrible sense of smell, since the nose is one of the first things to fall off when one becomes a zombie. so it only takes a blanket or sheet to disguise your living breathing delicious humanity.

    bexs last blog post..FFF: I married in your family, now you can’t get rid of me.

  15. FoN

    Oh man, just being around me would stress you out. I can eat anywhere, I take my kids to movies later than I should, I read totally random posts (aside from a few favs I read faithfully), I don’t even know how to reply to comments and I can dispose of any bodily fluid necessary in any bathroom anywhere.

    I need something covering me when I sleep though, so we could probably go camping together.

    FoNs last blog post..Yeah, they’re Weirdos – but they’re MY Weirdos.

  16. HeatherPride

    I can’t get a pedicure, period. The mere thought of some stranger sawing on my feet nearly does me in. Plus I saw a news report about how a bunch of people were catching toenail funguses (fungi?) from spas and nail places because the utensils were not being sterilized properly. Then I got a claim on a woman who claimed nail fungus from one of our insured salons (a really high-end spa) and she had to have two toenails cut out. No way, Jose. You can forget that.

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Fat Girls Club, Week Two: Roly Poly Right Along

  17. Beth

    I always laugh at my friends’ bathroom issues. I’m lucky if I make it to the potty and pull my pants down before it starts…people around or not!

    Beths last blog post..What’s a Little Self-Linking Among Friends?

  18. Lydia @ On The Verge

    If I agree with your list does that make me a freak too?

    Lydia @ On The Verges last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #8 – The Spring Break Version

  19. Captain Dumbass

    I get the blanket thing.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..He Blogs/She Blogs: Or Not

  20. Leslie

    Casey – you seriously crack me up! I would love to meet you in person some day – too funny.

    I also have to be completely covered up while I’m sleeping even if I was sweating to death. I also sort of freak out when I see kids out and about too late – that really bugs me for some reason.

    Head over to me site – I just put up a post about a great sale on cosmetics – if you’re a needin to refresh your supply 🙂

    Leslies last blog post..I LOVE Me a Good Deal!

  21. Heather

    I knew you were a weird-o!!! 🙂

    Heathers last blog post..Like totally giddy dude!!!

  22. Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommy

    I actually share a few of these with you, so it just goes to show that we are each crazy and well-suited to be friends!

    Petra a.k.a. The Wise (Young) Mommys last blog post..Taking a Deep Breath

  23. Ginny Marie

    I’m at my parents’ house this week, and there isn’t a clock in the guest bedroom. It’s DRIVING ME CRAZY! I should invest in a travel clock of some sort.

    Ginny Maries last blog post..Book Nook: Denise Fleming

  24. Lin

    That’s some weird sh*t there, pally. Although I do share some of your quirkiness–like the have to have covers on while I sleep (even a catnap) and the peeing thing. Very funny. I enjoyed laughing at/with you on this one!

    Lins last blog post..In The Thick-of-it Thursday

  25. cyndi

    You’ve got me thinking quirk-o-rama…and wondering why you only charge $25/hour?! Missed you, you freak! Big Hugs!

    cyndis last blog post..Well, excuse me, but I think youve got my chair

  26. Keely

    I can’t sleep if I *can* see the clock. I keep myself awake doing the mental math on how much sleep I’m currently missing out on by not being asleep.

    And now that bex has mentioned the zombies, I have to sleep entirely covered up too. Good thing it’s going to be hotter than hell here in a couple of months. Thanks, bex. Thanks a LOT.

    Keelys last blog post..I bet we left a shotgun there, too

  27. Katie

    I’m with you on the “must be covered” during sleep thing. Ever since I saw ‘Gremlins’, I’m terrified of a little green claw grabbing me. A sheet seems like the best protection.

    Katies last blog post..Or why you should just use dental floss

  28. anymommy

    Me too with the blankets when I sleep! I’m weird too. You’re on your own with the food thing – I love eating food I didn’t have to make.

    anymommys last blog post..Peace Out

  29. Becky

    We’re still friends! But I’m laughing at your unwillingness to let the nail person touch your legs! I’m like, “Have at it, I’ve got all day!”

    Beckys last blog post..A Tale of Two Lodgings, Part One: Borg’s Motel in Pacific Grove

  30. Nothing Fancy

    Yep…you’re quirky! Thanks for sharing!

    Nothing Fancys last blog post..Top 10 Sexiest Country Music Male Vocalists – Over 40

  31. Laufa

    Hello McD’s has teenagers cooking those fries, who may or may not have washed their hands. I worked at BK for a week and saw many a gross thing. It was disgusting.
    I completely agree about strangers touching legs. I tried to get a massage and it was just weird.

    Laufas last blog post..Dear Reader

  32. Camille

    Good quirks! This has been such a fun spin cycle. I find myself adopting other peoples’ quirks after reading them, so now, I probably won’t be able to sleep without seeing a clock, either! Heavens.

    Thanks for the spin!

    Camilles last blog post..The Day With the Positive Outlook

  33. Rachel

    Fascinating! I have even more quirks than I realized! Obviously I should have read this before writing my own spin!

    Rachels last blog post..Spin Cycle: Quirks

  34. Zip n Tizzy

    I’ll have to remember never to ask you over for dinner. But, I’ll go out to eat with you any time!

    I can’t touch a drink that i’ve left unattended in public. It’s even a stretch for me to let my kids drink from a water bottle, that’s been in my bag, if I’ve walked away from my bag at the playground.

    Good to know we all have our quirks.

  35. Carol Olmert

    canâ??t pee in public bathrooms unless there is either: nobody in there, a toilet flushing or another steady stream of pee happening close by. Silence = stalemate.

    Just wanted to let you know there are many others out there – about 7% of the US population according to some studies – who suffer from “shy bladder syndrome” (aka paruresis. For more information, go to the website of the International Paruresis Association at http://www.paruresis.org.

    Carol Olmert
    Author, “Bathrooms Make Me Nervous”

  36. mrsbear

    It’s alright, you’re only a little crazy by my standards, since I already suffer from the covers/sleep issue and I sleep with my Indiglo watch on all the time because if I wake up in the middle of the night I need to know exactly what time it is. I’m so behind in my Google Reader right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up.

    mrsbears last blog post..Denied – Half an Inch Shy of a Thrill Ride

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