Five Weird Habits of Mine

Friday, December 30, 2005 | 0 Comments

I got tagged by AG at Abrasive Grace! My list turned into something more like a list of irrational fears rather than weird habits, but here it goes...

  1. I always check under the car and in the back seat before I get into my car at night. I also will not drive to where I was going if someone has been following me for too long. Hey, you never know!

  2. I would not allow a knife bigger than a steak knife in our house for the longest time. But that gets real old when you love to cook - try cutting potatoes with a 3" flimsy blade. I found a great chefs knife at a great deal and bought it. A chefs knife is my most feared knife because it is always used in horror movies. So I have it and I use it, but it can't be left out on the counter. It must be immediately cleaned and put away in the drawer after use. I just kind of see it as the Golden Gate Bridge - just tempting someone to jump.

  3. When I am trying to go somewhere, I usually have to run back into the house half a dozen times before finally getting myself together enough to go where I need to go. Sometimes I am lucky enough to remember that I have forgotten something while I'm still in front of the house, but many times I'm driving and have to circle back. I can imagine what my neighbors must think. On the bright side, I doubt we will ever be robbed - they would never know how long I will be gone!

  4. I don't like to waste time therefore I hate to be early and I am always trying to cram just a little more into the time that I have. "I've got five minutes before I need to be to my graduation ceremony. I have time to get all these flowers planted." This of course drives SSB nuts since he likes to be places a little early.

  5. I will take a huge amount of time making up my mind. I will debate my options, research what each has to offer, mull over my needs vs their features. I will try out the options if I can and then try them out again. I'm the person that you hate to be behind in a line when a choice needs to be made. I'm the person that you hate to take to a restaurant because it will take them an hour to make up their mind. I just have a fear of making a bad decision. And the more irreversable the decision, the more I debate and fuss. And even when I finally do make a decision, it isn't always final. I often change my mind moments after making a decision. When we went to sign papers on a new sedan, we actually left the dealership with a minivan instead. When we ordered our bed, I called them as soon as we got home to put it on hold because I decided in those twenty minutes from the store to home that I actually wanted another bed. After we put a deposit down on this house, I almost called to cancel because I had found another house I liked better. Why was I still looking for a house when we were already buying one? See how I drive my husband crazy?


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Blogger SierraBella said...

I'm also awful about buying.
I read online comments (like and ask friends and family for recommendations as well.
When I was younger, things were simpler, because of financial limitations... I could only buy what I could afford.
It took me 2 years to pick out our latest TV!

December 30, 2005 2:37 PM

Blogger Wendy A said...

I like to be a little late everywhere too. My hubby is an early bird. My fashionable lateness drives him crazy.

December 31, 2005 4:01 AM

Blogger "AG" said...

You and I must never arrange to go out to eat together.
I must always be ten minutes early, and when at a restauarnt I don't like being held up, see.

Poor poor SSB! :)

December 31, 2005 6:26 AM

Blogger Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

My wife does the #3 thing as well. I have a game where I guess how mnay times she will come back in after leaving the first time.

December 31, 2005 9:06 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Sierrabella, yeah it gets worse when you have more options. But I think in the end it is worth it because you know that you got the best you could for yourself. EXCEPT- another habit of mine, sort of mentioned in #5 is that after I feel really confident and finally make a big decision, I often totally freak out in panic so sure that I have made some horrible mistake. The panic usually involves tears. This has got to be the most annoying habit for SSB.

Wendy A, I am late for several reasons. One is that I don't like to waste the time standing around once you have gotten to some place early. Another is that I can rarely get out of the house on the first shot. Also I am way too optimistic about how long it will take me to do something.

AG, SSB and I have found ways to cope with our differences. If I can get the menu while we are waiting to be seated, I can usually figure out what I will have before we even get a table. Or we go to a BUFFET! Yay! Buffets! If I bring something to do while we sit there early, I don't mind being early for things.

Shamus, so there are others. That is very reassuring. SSB plays the same game.

December 31, 2005 12:04 PM

Blogger sideshow bob said...

The worst was after we bought the van...and then you said you thought you actually wanted the sedan are insane!

January 01, 2006 1:50 AM

Blogger OldRoses said...

WOW! How did you ever decide to get married? Or have a baby? Decisions like that are HUGE.

January 01, 2006 10:51 PM

Blogger tfg said...

I do #3 often, too. Usually it's major stuff; car keys, wallet, pants,etc.

January 02, 2006 2:09 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

SSB, pfft! You should have known that a long time ago!

OldRoses, I didn't really decide those things, they just happened. Like if you won a brand new car. You don't decide, you just take the car.

TFG, Welcome to my blog! I often have to check to make sure I didn't leave the house without pants.

January 02, 2006 10:35 PM

Blogger galetea said...

I have to admit that my hubby does #4 to me constantly. He's a "fiddler."

"Come on, love," I'll yell up the stairs, "we're going to be late for
the movie."

"Just a sec." I'll hear. And then I realize that he hasn't actually stopped what he's doing. He's "fiddling". I imagine he picked this up from his father who will decided to clean out the gutters 4 minutes before he's due to go out. At any rate, when I yell up the stairs, I realize that he is just going to keep playing guitar or piano WHILE WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE! ARRRRG!

In the #2 stakes, I have issues with cliffs and precipices rather than knives. My brain just kind of goes "how AWFUL would it be to fall?" and then my legs go, "LET'S FIND OUT!" and try to propel me over the edge, so guardrails are my friend. (I'm not mental, honestly, I have no deathwish at all.) I suppose this is rather the same as getting the idea to yell something particularly foul at a quiet moment in church. Once the thought is in your can't quite get rid of it.

January 04, 2006 10:22 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Galetea, yeah, I would so clean out the gutters too. I'm surprised that I ever get out of the house at all.
That "throw yourself off a cliff" feeling is exactly what I am talking about. I also get that while driving. And I often find myself yelling embarrassing things when it gets quiet. Especially if it is a highly inappropriate place and time. I think it makes life more interesting (not that I do it on purpose or anything), but people tend to really think that you are mental.

January 04, 2006 2:00 PM

Blogger ORF said...

Man, #5 is the story of my life. It takes me FOREVER to make decisions about things because I'm so afraid I'll make the wrong one. It's the primary reason I couldn't break up with my boyfriend for over a year. What if I made a mistake? (In hindsight, it was absolutely the right decision.)

Anyway, I've been working lately to sort of realize that with most things, it really doesn't matter what you do because ultimately everything will work out the way it needs to. That might not mean it's necessarily the way you WANT it to, but you just have to be ready to roll with it...

January 05, 2006 1:48 PM

Blogger Douglas Cootey said...

#4 is my fave. LOL I have the same problem. Always fitting 4 into 3. Why be early when you can squeeze in a new project!? I ended up creating an über satchel to fight off boredom. It's like Dr. Who's Tardis. I cram so many things in it that nobody in my family ever wants to carry it for me. BUT! I am never bored if I am early. ;)


~=~ - Fighting neurological disabilities with attitude and humor

January 05, 2006 4:23 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

ORF, naw, I'm too much of a control freak to roll with it. I metioned that in my "100 Things About Me" list (in my sidebar). If I feel that I can make a difference by my decisions, well, then I will agonize over making that decision.

There are, however many times that I get an overwhelming feeling about something and just do it no matter how crazy or improbable it seems. And THOSE decisions ALWAYS work out really well! SSB has learned over the years to just run with those crazy ideas, too.

Doug, hey, welcome to my blog! Another problem I have getting out of the house or being on time is that I can only seem to remember the things that I need to get done when I am under extreme time constraints or I'm trying to get to sleep. under either of these situations all the things that I need to do come flooding at me and they are usually things that I have forgotten for so long that they are long overdue and desperately need to be done RIGHT NOW!

Speaking of über satchels, I tend to carry everything but the kitchen sink with me. Need a pen, I have one. Need a spoon, I have one. Need a stapler, I have one. Need a tent, I have one. But the stachel needs to be something that I can attach to me because otherwise I will leave it behind. My husband follows me so that when I set my keys or bag down (as I inevitably will) he will pick it up for me. As we are heading out to the car and I suddenly panic, "Oh No! I lost my keys!!" He will heroically pull them out of his pocket. I don't know what I would do without him!

January 05, 2006 8:40 PM