I would like to think that I am transparent on my blog. I try to be straightforward and up front with who I am, what I think or believe. You know that I love Jesus, birds, and organizing. You know what my husband looks like, as well as a few other family members. But do you know I only drink coffee in the morning to get the…umm…pipes flowing? Or that I love cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise so much that I could lick it off the bottom of your shoe? Nope. I didn’t think so. There are just some things you cannot pick up on a blog, no matter how transparent and “yourself” you are. It’s the little things about people, the quirky and random parts about their personality that you don’t get through a computer screen. I find this a shame because it’s the quirks that make a person real and somewhat adorable and often times amazingly fun.
So in an effort to try to become “that person” in which you can totally relate to and laugh at, I have decided to give you a list of the top 10 quirky (and possibly gross) facts about myself that you probably did not know–and maybe after reading this wish you hadn’t known–about me.
Can I get a drum roll please….
1. I talk with my hands. Always. I wave them around (usually really fast) and generally make a scene by knocking things over or hitting others just passing by (on accident of course).
2. My body language and facial expressions are out of control. There is a 99.9999 percent chance I will never have to tell you what I’m thinking because you can always read it on my face or figure it out through my body language. I am constantly being told by my husband and close friends to “be quiet”even when I am not talking—whoops! Busted! Maybe I should wear a mask and an over sized poncho?
3. Germs no longer freak me out… at all. If I drop a Dorito on the floor, I will pick it up and eat it 100% of the time. I usually don’t use toilet covers or squat while in public restrooms as I put my bare tushy right on the toilet seat. (Sorry, Mom) When out to dinner I will rarely wash my hands before eating and I don’t see the point in cleaning my apple before biting into it (It’s worth noting that I almost never get sick—knock on wood).
4. I refuse to eat breakfast until after my morning coffee has gone to work. No, I don’t mean until after I get that burst of energy from the caffeine, but rather after the caffeine has given my intestines that sudden burst of energy it needs to clean out the food from the day before. Catch my drift?
5. I love to talk about poop and could carry on a conversation with you for hours regarding the many different colors (dark or light brown?), shapes (chunky, skinny, or S-shaped?) and consistencies (solid, peanut butter, soft serve, or runny?). I consider it a gift, but my mom finds it gross. I also tend to unapologetically make an announcement when I have to “drop the kids off at the pool” and afterwards, I enjoy discussing with my husband and friends as to whether or not it was “successful.” I take pride in a good “poo”. In fact, one of my friends purchased me a t-shirt that says, “I pooped today” and I wear it…everywhere.
6. I must sleep with my special blanket every night. This is not an exaggeration. If I don’t have it, I don’t sleep. If I can’t find it, I have a slight panic attack followed by a melt down. I often refer to it as my “blankie.” It’s not a blanket that I used when I was an infant or even as a toddler. In fact, I didn’t acquire this “blankie” until 2006 when I was 23 years old and visiting my parents home over Christmas. I not only love it because it is soft and has hummingbirds on it, but it was also the blanket my late Grandma Minnie used to cover her legs while watching her favorite television show called Jeopardy.
7. My favorite place to brush my teeth is in the shower which is why you will find a tube of toothpaste and a purple toothbrush next to the shampoo and conditioner. It sounds gross to keep a toothbrush in the shower, but I promise you it’s not. I keep it safely tucked away inside a container, towards the back away from everything that could contaminate it. But if you remember quirky fact #3, germs landing on my toothbrush wouldn’t deter me from using it anyway.
8. If I forget something somewhere, I absolutely will not turn around to go back and retrieve it. It doesn’t matter if I am just a half mile down the road or still sitting in the driveway, I will not turn around. Just last month I left my favorite pair of sunglasses that I have had for over four years at a restaurant because I refused to allow my husband to turn around and go back. However it should be noted that I miss those sunglasses terribly and I haven’t been able to find another pair like them.
9. I am a nosy person. I will sweep a clean sidewalk, nonchalantly check an empty rain gauge, or water the dead bush in my front yard just to sneak a peak at what is going on over in the neighbor’s yard (I hope they are not reading). I can be so nosy that I will break my neck or fall into the lap of an old lady while trying to ease drop on another person’s conversation at a restaurant, gas station, grocery store, shopping mall, movie theater…well, you get the point, in order to find out their business. In fact, one of the main reasons I pursued a degree in Social Work/Counseling was so that I could easily find out what was going on in other people’s lives and get paid to do it. My parents even bought me a pair of binoculars in college as a joke. But it’s no joke. I have been known to use them…
10. I am not a risk taker and the pictures below explain it all. I don’t like falling or heights, which means you will never see me skydiving, bungee jumping, or climbing past the third step on a ladder. I do not like riding horses or motorcycles, and you will most likely find me holding all of the bags, cell phones and hats as my friends strap themselves into their seats on a death-defying roller coaster. When it comes to taking risks with money, I don’t. I like my money where I can see it and would prefer to keep it tucked away underneath my mattress; therefore gambling is out of the question and putting even a quarter in the stock market makes me sweat with nervousness. The only risk I am willing to take is looking like a fool for believing in God for my miracle baby bird…
So there ya have it. I have officially exposed myself with my random list of the top 10 quirky facts you probably didn’t know (or want to know) about me. Are you judging me now? Are you nodding along, saying “oh my goodness, me too!” Hopefully it’s the latter and we can still be friends.
What is the most random, quirky fact you can tell me about yourself?
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