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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Thirteen Oddities

Thirteen Odd Things You May Not Know About NPW
(In playing along with Noelle's Ten Dirty Little Secrets)

1. My clothes closet is organized by color, then in long sleeve to short sleeve order (with 3/4 length sleeves somewhere in between). Then pants, skirts, dresses, in that order. Sometimes shirts with patterns throw me off so much I can't decide which color they belong with, so they are relegated to the back of the closet where I promptly forget that I own them. My shoes are another story; they have an entire room devoted to them. Well, shoes and Christmas decorations, and a clothes rack, and Chris's shoes, and a couple of tables. But mostly shoes.

2. I have a compulsive need for car's radio display to be dust-free. While the rest of my car looks like the city dump had an avalanche that spilled directly into my backseat, I am always careful to lovingly remove any speck of dust that might marr my view of the radio station.

3. My use of commas is excessive and sometimes egregious. I'm aware of this and I am constantly re-reading my writing to make sure it doesn't look ridiculous.

4. Ten years later, I remain absurdly proud of my perfect score on the SAT II Writing test. As you can clearly see, that perfect score brought me big things: a whopping teacher's salary and a half-assed blog.

5. I can feel a nervous tic coming on when kids use the three-hole punch in the library and drop the little punched out holes all over the orange carpeting. If I catch them, I make them pick up every single one. If I don't see the actual culprit, I've found myself on more than one occasion down on hands and knees picking them up. Time to invest in a dust buster, maybe?

6. I'm irrationally afraid of being murdered. Likely this is due to a combination of factors: too much Court TV, a fear of the dark, and a somewhat hysterical mother who insists on calling me daily with updates on local Boston crime.

7. I prefer good beer to good wine. Does that make me less girly? Maybe. I don't care. Nothing is better than a delicious beer and pizza combo.

8. Every morning when I wake up I have to do things in the exact same order: coffee, shower, dress, lunch, dry hair, pack up, goodbye to Chris, out the door. If I don't do it in this order every day, I inevitably forget something and I can't be held acccountable for going into school half-dressed with wet hair and no lunch.

9. I get an ominous feeling when I step on cracks in the sidewalk or spill salt. I scoff at superstition, but deep down I still get a panicky, anxious feeling.

10. I have very strange cuticles. They're kind of non-existent, except when I somehow manage to snag one on something and it rips to shreds and causes a bloody mess.

11. If I know I am having guests over to my apartment I will obsessively clean and tidy, even if that means shoving everything "extra" into Chris's office room. We might be messy, but at least we can manage to be privately messy.

12. Having my wisdom teeth out was the worst experience of my life. That might make me sound like a huge wuss, but if you've never experienced a dry socket and a sadistic oral surgeon shoving 12 yards of gauze into a hole drilled into your jaw then you have no right to judge me. Plus, I woke up from the surgery to find my father laughing at me and my clothes covered in blood from where they had to drill my teeth out of my bone. Traumatizing.

13. I eat my lunch at 10:30 every school day. That means on the weekends I am absolutely starving by noon- which ends up being breakfast. Then I skip lunch because otherwise it would ruin my 5 p.m. dinner time. It also means that when all you normal people are eating lunch, I am pretty much done with my work day. Yeah, schools.


Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

ok...miss obsessive compulsive...we have vendors that can and will help you. Did that just develop when you flew the NH scene? And by the way they have not found the mugger/rapist in your area yet.....never walk alone.

11:34 AM

Anonymous Anonymous rocks hardcore!

ok you total WEIRDO!!!! And I thought I was a freak?? OH have taken the lead by far miss missy!!!!!!!! Although I have had some of those thoughts from time to time....hmmmmm......maybe its the mother figure??

11:49 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

My family: supportive till the end. Thanks, Mom! Thanks, Sis!

11:54 AM

Anonymous megan rocks hardcore!

well well well...looks like, in my old age, I have become less OCD; whereas you, my friend, have become more. You can no longer tease me about my tendencies.

1:12 PM

Blogger Ween rocks hardcore!

Number one: I had NO IDEA Jelly Bellys came individually wrapped. I cannot tell you how much I love that.

I also used to prefer beer to wine. Sometimes I still do. Maybe I'm just getting old.

1:15 PM

Blogger L Sass rocks hardcore!

you seem to come from the same mildly-OCD school of thought as me. Color coded closets forever!

2:41 PM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

Holy Crap, NPW! I organize my closet in exactly the same way! It's one of the many reasons I refuse to buy 3/4 length sleeves. I have to go read the rest of your post now, I just felt the overwhelming urge to tell you that.

2:49 PM

Blogger Noelle rocks hardcore!

I'm also right there with you on #2, #3, and #4, except for me it was the SAT II in Biology. Fat lot of good that did me. Your wisdom tooth story sounds a lot like my sister's, the moment she woke up, the dentist told her she was a "cheap date" because she passed out so quickly. To this day, you can't say those words without instilling fear into her heart.

2:53 PM

Blogger briliantdonkey rocks hardcore!

Good to see I am not the only wierdo out there. errrrrrr I mean none of those things are wierd at all! Question for ya. I have seen this thursday thirteen around a few times at other blogs. Where is/are the origin/rules/guidlines for it?


Ps: Feel free to substitute a "," in place of each of the "/" above if it makes you feel better. Squinting really hard seems to work wonders for that.


12:46 AM

Anonymous alyndabear rocks hardcore!

Ha! You are so wonderfully odd, I feel right at ease with my own wonderfully odd self right about now. :P

1:51 AM

Blogger stefanie rocks hardcore!

I organize my shirts by sleeve length and by type of shirt (e.g., sweaters, casual cotton pullovers, "going out" tops), but I do not go so far as to sort by color. Still, I understand the compulsion towards that sort of extra organization. :-)

I rarely think about being murdered, but I am probably irrationally afraid of going blind. Not sure if that's more or less weird.

8:15 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

In the spirit of Friday Randomness:

1. I had no idea you were so OCD. Welcome to my world.

2. I totally ripped off your contest on Funky Carter today. Thanks for the idea!

3. Did my new zombie avatar. Yeah!

8:38 AM

Blogger Aaron rocks hardcore!

Dig my new avatar, I meant. Yeesh.

8:39 AM

Blogger NancyPearlWannabe rocks hardcore!

Meg- Please, whatever you do, do not come over to my place and rearrange everything like we did in your dorm room. I might have a heart attack.

W- Yay! Hope you liked the package. I really wanted to keep those cool ass magnetic paper clips, but I forced myself to give them up.

L- Phew! Someone else to share my neuroses with. :)

Noelle- Sometimes it seems like we are clones of the same person, living in different states, with only mild differences- you like Battlestar, I like Firefly, you play kickball, I play Frisbee... Boston and NY may just parallel universes.


Aly- I didn't quite realize I would come off as being so odd. But I guess it's all true. I can't deny my oddities any longer!

Stef- Oh, my sweaters all have a separate bin. I never hang them up. I forgot to mention that part! I also have all my t-shirts in color order in my dresser drawers. Man, I'm weird!

Ace- Prepare to hand me a prize. I deserve it. For being awesome and all.

10:40 AM

Blogger Lisa rocks hardcore!

This time I'm commenting as I read...#5, you know you can get dustbusters through the Scholastic book orders??? I'm sure you can bribe some teacher with extra bonus points to get one for you! That's how I got mine and I gotta tell you I love it.
#9 I can't step on the grates on sidewalks. People think I'm psycho, but seriously, I know someone who fell through one once so I feel my fear is warrented.
11) I do the same thing. We have an entire room that we have dubbed the scary room because it's just that: SCARY.
12) I still haven't had my wisdom teeth out. I'm petrified of it.
13) This year I have the latest lunch, which means I get to eat at 12:30. How cool is that!?!?
I love Thursday 13 by the way, where does it come from!?!?

8:01 PM

Anonymous Teacher Jane rocks hardcore!

I eat lunch at 10:30, too. My weekends are always ridiculously messed up, food-wise, because of the schedule I'm on five days a week. Breakfast at 6, lunch at 10:30, dinner at 5. Non-school people don't understand.

And about the beer vs. wine thing: I totally feel you.

7:44 PM


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