My friend Jeanette, the mastermind behind the vision board, has gotten me to thinkin’ again which is never ever good.
She wrote a post about 30 Refreshingly Unique Blog Writing Prompts and let me tell you, they are indeed refreshing.
Every once in a while, bloggers/writers/journalists/”influencers” (hate that word) run into a dirty little thing called writer’s block.
Back in ye olde days, columnists usually only had to provide content for ye olde magazines and or ye olde newspapers, once a month.
Oh, in this scenario I am a columnist.
Run with it.
So there wasn’t as much pressure to talk about stupidity because they had an entire month to figure out what stupid shit they wanted to write about.
But now it’s hard, man.
Add to this that I have added the pressure of trying to create content twice per week because I want to stay sane (writing is my therapy, why I HAVE NO DAMN CLUE).
But thanks to Jeanette and her writing prompts, it’s like she did the work for me.
So from her list of delightful prompts, I chose #7: A quirk you have. Let’s get real.
Game on, Jeanette. It’s about to get real, real quick.
Only, I didn’t really know how to define a quirk, per se.
So I went searching for a list of quirks to see if I was a match for any of them and Google did NOT disappoint as I found a website that listed 500 different character quirks.
Who knew there were so many quirky quirks, to begin with?
I won’t be listing 500 quirks, so you don’t need to do your regular scanning to the end of the post.
Rather, here is a list of my top 30 quirks.
Oh please, I have LOTS more but I’m not ready to be that transparent.
1- I feel the need to create content twice weekly for a blog about nothing.
2- I am a stickler for spelling/grammar and if you are using it incorrectly, I am silently judging you.
3- I snort when I laugh really hard. If you haven’t ever heard me snort while laughing, you apparently aren’t funny enough.
4- When standing still, I can’t just stand still but rather rock or sway from side to side. I first noticed this when I was pregnant with Anna. My coworkers would say, “aww you’re already getting ready to rock your baby”. But I still do it to this day and my baby is now an adult.
5-I am a neat freak and a little bit of a germaphobe. I used to be ashamed of both but now I own it.
6- I talk to my plants when I water them. I talk to my pets all the damn time too.
One of the quirks on the 500 list that I wish I had was “prefers to skip rather than walk naturally”. If you do this, I need you in my life.
I also want someone who follows me around with a boombox.
7- When I drive into parking garages, I always duck while driving under those low ceilings.
8- I text with one finger. If I’m mad at you, guess which finger?
9- When I am stressed out or going through something hard, I watch Real Housewives or Gilmore Girls compulsively.
10- I hate doing my hair. Like, dread it. I try to only wash my hair every other day NOT because it is good for my hair but because I hate styling it.
11- When I run walk on the treadmill, I have a playlist named Female Artists that I listen to. While walking/running, I pretend that I am on American Idol with a technicality and that I am the first middle-aged woman to win it all and get a recording contract.
12- That is when I am not pretending that I am the first middle-aged woman to win an Olympic medal for ski jumping.
Back to the list of quirks, #97 is photographer. Not photographs cats dressed as Boy George. Not photographs plastic deer in the woods. Just photographer. Is that in itself quirky?
13- I have to eat something sweet every day. Honestly, I need it after every meal. That is, except for breakfast.
14- I don’t eat breakfast every day.
15- I shave my upper arms in addition to my underarms. But only during the summer. During the winter, my arms look like a Yeti.
16-I bite my cuticles.
17- I am in a constant state of feeling like I am letting someone down, not doing enough, or feeling guilty. But I am working through that with my therapist.
18- I overuse catch phrases apparently and didn’t realize it until I started getting gifts with said phrases on them. For example- I used to use the phrase it is what it is a lot; I got a sign with that phrase on it one year for Christmas. Then last year, my oldest daughter got me a mug that says Are You Kidding Me? on it. I looked puzzled when I opened it until she said, “mom, you say that ALL of the time!”.
#232- an unhealthy obsession with Kermit the Frog. Ummmm, there’s no such thing as an unhealthy obsession with Kermit the Frog.
19- Long nails gross me out. ESPECIALLY on boys or men.
20- I get annoyed having to tie shoes, so I try to choose only slip on shoes or slip on my tied shoes.
21- I am a fast and hard walker. Meaning if you ever lived in an apartment under me, I am very sorry.
22- I am also a fast talker as well.
#262 “finds out people’s pet peeves and does them”. That’s called having a teenager. #264 is “always asks to borrow food or money”. Also called having a teenager.
23- I need a fan to sleep. Always.
24- I sniff people when I hug them. Not in a weird way. Or the most non-weirdest weird way.
25- I love getting a foot rub and pedicure but I can’t do it for other people because EWW FEET.
26- I struggle with fractions. If you said I had a quarter tank of gas, I would have no idea what you are talking about. DON’T SHAME ME.
27- I played with Barbies until 7th grade. Even then, I wasn’t ready to stop.
28- But I didn’t care to play with baby dolls. In fact, I never really cared for them.
29- I didn’t like babysitting, or taking care of kids in general before I had kids. But since having kids, I love it.
30- I know exact years (and sometimes even months) of when songs were popular. If you asked me when a song was popular, I could tell you to the date it was released.
Boy, I could go on and on and on.
Maybe I should have kept that to myself.
What are your quirks?