Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some OCD Things I Do. But Not As Bad As You Guys.



Do any of you nutjobs have OCD? I don’t but there are a few specific things that I’m kind of OCD about. Here they are:

- When I’m eating cheese and crackers* and I’m getting close to the end I need to make sure that there are no crackers left and no cheese left. You know what I mean – so I don’t get stuck eating a piece of cheese or a cracker by itself. So I have to start doubling up the cheese or breaking crackers in half as I get closer.

- I always have a magazine or book in my car on the front driver seat. I've noticed it can never be upside down.

- I’m obsessed with keeping my Droid 100% charged.

- I have to turn off lights when I’m not in a certain room in the house.

- Pillows have to be 100% perfectly positioned on the couch or I can’t concentrate.

OK weirdos. Let’s hear it. What are your crazy OCD things? And has anyone officially been diagnosed with it?

*cracker of choice is usually the wheat thin or the Trisquit

28 comments:

sybil law said...

I do the couch pillows thing, but the worst thing I do is, when I've cooked, I can't sleep at night until I've checked that the oven and burners are off. I actually did leave them on once, so that's not entirely nuts, but most of the time, I have to get up and check.

Chelle said...

Have you read Naked by David Sedaris? It chronicles his hilarious OCD hangups... like licking the windshield of his Dad's car and such.

Here is my craziest person one: I like to feel "even". This means that if I scratch one arm, I am compelled to inconspicuously scratch the other arm in the exact same place etc. Both sides of my body have to be the same. Crossing my legs drives me batty.

I can't eat soup with a tiny spoon. It has to be a soup spoon. Well I CAN, but it bugs me.

I can relate to the cracker thing. There has to be as many cheeses as crackers. That is how it is.

I don't like getting into a bed that isn't made with the sheet tucked in at the bottom.

I have to fight with myself not to get all competitive and "prove-y" when people say I can't do something. Even if I know they are using reverse psychology on me. This is why I learned to run heavy equipment. Thanks, brothers.

I can't sleep with the bedroom door open. Closet door either. They have to be closed so I'll hear them open when all the sinister things try to get me. In case you're wondering, this one is leftover from my childhood.

Wow. I'm crazy.

Tom said...

I'm with you on the eating thing. I try to eat equal portions of a meal so I end up with a final bite of each item. I can't stand seeing someone eat all of one item and then move to the next. I also check locks multiple times when I leave my home. I'm a security freak.

TrinaLikesWine said...

I have to 'categorize' my groceries as I unload them onto the belt. Produce together, meats (raw not deli), misc. refrigerated items, cleaning supplies and dry goods. But I think that's more so the bag boy doesn't smash my bread and/or tomatoes with dry canned goods.

With you on the cheese to cracker ratio...I also hate finger prints on stuff. And I have to have the radio volume 'just so' or I get annoyed...Also hate when my driver seat adjustment is screwed up bc I have to have it exactly right or I'm not comfortable...I think I've said enough here...

TC said...

I can't leave money at restaurants without all the bills facing the same way in descending value.

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Nope, you're all a bunch of whack jobs.
I feel so much better now.

Dr Zibbs said...

Chelle - I have read that. Haha.

Dr Zibbs said...

Chelle - I have read that. Haha.

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Dr Zibbs said...

Chelle - I have read that. Haha.

Peggy said...

I'm perfectly perfect in every way except that I have to have the closed end of the pillowcase by my face at all times...lots of flipping over pillows in the middle of the night.

ps...you're all weirdos

CrotchPains said...

Zibbsy--you forgot a few that I have witnessed:

1. must have room pitch black when watching a movie at home. If there is a light on, even a very dim one, Zibbs will put on his sun glasses to watch the movie. I witnessed this years ago on vacation with the Zibbs clan and we still laugh about it.

2. When drinking a tumbler of Crown Royal, Zibbs must cram 20 ice cubes in the glass and pour the booze up to the very rim so that if there was one more drop, it would over flow.

Gotta go...more later after I consult with Mrs. CrotchPains...

Mrs. Crotchpains said...

You always have to have your beer in a coolie if possible except when you're at our house cause we didn't have any, but now we have Hawaii.

When I lie in bed I have to have the blankets on the bed so that they are hanging over the same length on both sides before I get in and then I pull the blankets just up to my chin. If there's too much fold over I have to readjust.

I have a real issue with symmetry and evenness. When I snack I will always have an even number of pretzels, chips, etc.

As you know I'm a little OCD about chapstick, Vaseline etc. Must have around for lips at all times.

Shannon Green said...

Instead of OCD I prefer to think of myself as adorably quirky. These are just a few examples of my adorable quirkiness:

I don't hang my clothes in my closet, I file them according to color in the order of the spectrum: ROYGBIV.

In my pantry, all of my canned goods are sorted by type and neatly stacked with labels facing forward.

The toilet paper roll must be hung so that you pull the paper from the top of the roll, not the bottom. I will flip the roll to suit me no matter where I happen to be peeing.

There are others but those are the most adorable.

The difference between me and someone who is OCD is that I can quit any time if I want to. I just choose not to.

Jessica said...

Toilet paper must come from over the top and not under the roll. I will change it at other people's houses or in public bathrooms.

I'm totally crazy about how the dishes are put away (especially the Tupperware) and always check the cabinets after my husband unloads the dishwasher.

Clothing and the linens are folded a certain way.

At meals I eat one item of food at a time: all of the peas, then all of the main dish and then all of the other side dish if there is one. I will not mix bites and cannot move onto another food on the plate until one is finished.

I also rarely drink during a meal and prefer to drink my entire glass of water (or whatever I'm drinking) last, after all of the food has been eaten.

Could go on, but I'm starting to sound like a freakin' crazy person.

KendallJaye said...

I have to have squared up sheets. Like a hotel. I'll remake the bed every night if I need to just for perfectly tight hospital corners.
-KJC

Dr Zibbs said...

CrotchPains - HAHA. The sunglasses during the movie. I forgot about that.

Shannon - very adorable.

Jessica- koo koo. koo koo.

diane said...

Your constant commenting to Chelle "outwacks" my checking the coffee pot to make sure it's off.
What is it with guys and Wheat Thins anyway? I never met a guy yet who doesn't prefer them to Ritz.

Old Man said...

don't forget that if there is a communal bowl of popcorn you insist on having your hand hover over it and rather than just grab a handful you must work the popcorn over with your fingers, sort of shuffling it first, before taking any. This may be OCD or your way of making sure others decide not to have any more popcorn. Similar may occur with potato chips or other bite-size snacks, say, Pepperidge Farm tiny bite-size goldfish crackers.

Kristen said...

oh my god, I was going to say I don't do anything OCD until Trina said the thing about grouping like items on grocery store conveyor belt. I pretend I'm playing a video game when I do this. Which is not crazy. At all.

Also, I microwave salad when served with beans, but who doesn't do that.

Dr Zibbs said...

Diane - The Ritz is only good with peanut butter and jelly on it.

Old Man - What are you talking about? You say I do this? Where? Where did this happen? Refresh my memory.

Kristen - a video game? Haha. I think I may pretend Im a machine when I'm trying to clean the kitchen really fast but a video game? A little odd don't you think?

Kristin Uhlig said...

No odds numbers on the TV volume..20, 22, or 25 is best because it's exactly in the middle (that's the only exception to the rule). No 24 or 26, it's too close to 25. 28, 30, etc.

However 'knocking on wood' requires 3 knocks, 5 if I feel I need it. (no evens).

Food boxes in cabinets must be ordered from tallest to shortest

Everything must end of my right side. I don't really know how to explain this one. But right is better than left.

I've never been diagnosed with OCD but I believe everybody has a form of it, or just little things they do because of preference.

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Son of a Thomas said...

1- I can't get in or even sit on a bed unless it is made.

2- Pillows must face open end out.

3- I cannot eat in a dark or dimly lit room.

4- I don't go barefoot. I put on shoes even to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

5- All bills in my pocket must face the same way.

diane said...

You're right about the pj on Ritz, I forgot about that. Also, cream cheese and grape jelly on saltines.

Mrs. Crotchpains said...

I can't believe Crothpains didn't leave some of his own ODD tendencies here. Such as his need to do a Sat. Walk through at the gym rather than showing at home.
He also has to be out of bed before 5:00 on a work day(crazy).
He can't work in his basement office until it's neat and tidy.
He doesn't like to eat breakfast without the paper at his side.
That's just a few.

Prunella Jones said...

Let's see, weird OCDish things? Hmmm...well, like Son of Thomas, I don't like to go barefoot ever. I'll even wear sandals when I'm in the ocean.

I can't see a can of whipped cream in the refrigerator without sucking the nitrous out of it. Mmm, that brain cell bursting goodness is impossible to resist. My mom always buys Cool Whip in a tub now.

Also, I can't have sex if there is a pet in the room. I feel like they are judging me or something.

akfireweed said...

I laughed at this exactly fourteen times...but then second guessed myself, and I went back and tried seven guffaws instead. that was better.