So I'm a Little Bit Off...Who Cares?

Mom makes her bed (1st thing) every day too!
Mom makes her bed (1st thing) every day too!
Oh look...he didn't make the bed!
Oh look...he didn't make the bed!
Sweats match...all the way down to the slippers!
Sweats match...all the way down to the slippers!
Tomorrow's outfit all ready to go!
Tomorrow's outfit all ready to go!
Lunch is ready for tomorrow!
Lunch is ready for tomorrow!
Shoes I can grab at a moment's notice.  I'll spare you what's behind that closet door!
Shoes I can grab at a moment's notice. I'll spare you what's behind that closet door!

Accepting who I am!

 Here I am, sitting at my desk, eating my 100-calorie bag of Snyder’s Pretzels, and I yell out “Hey there’s an odd number of pretzels in my bag today!”  A co-worker promptly replies “You count your pretzels?”  “Well hell no” I tell her “I just take them out of the bag in pairs, and today I had an extra!”  Without a beat she yells over “And this is your way of convincing yourself that you’re normal…because you don’t ACTUALLY count them?”  GOOD POINT!

I realize that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a very serious disease for the majority of people inflicted with it.  However, my OCD tendencies happen to be just enough to be annoying to myself and extremely humorous to those around me. 

This is something that I have learned to accept no matter how much I become agitated over inconsistencies.  I have learned to take a step back (enough to see what others see) and laugh at myself…sometimes!  I’m a big goof and I’m ok with that…now!  I’m also quite aware of the fact that my little issues did not come from the wind.

I remember watching my mom (when I was younger) ironing her sheets after taking them out of the dryer and thinking to myself “WHY?”  I also recall my grandmother (her mother) getting ready for family functions by placing tags in plates and bowls (all of which were identical) stating what kind of food was to be placed in each one…again “WHY?”  Well now I know why…I’m a bit off!

 I left work early a little over a week ago because I did not feel well at all!  I am not the type of person to miss any work unless it’s a planned day off, or I am terribly ill.  It happened to be Martin Luther King Day, so my boyfriend had that day off.  Now, because of my form of OCD I am not able to relax until I feel that every thing is in its place.

So, as soon as I walked in the door and saw the dishes still sitting in the sink, I set myself up to be (and this is putting it very mildly) a not so pleasant person to be around.  I immediately went into 5th gear and started my “cleaning machine” routine.  Mind you, I WAS SICK!  It started with “I’m just going to load the dishwasher” and did not end until the bathroom floor was mopped.  It wasn’t until every single thing in my house was in order that I could plop my skinny little butt on the couch and relax.  But by then…too late…I WAS NASTY!

Normally I’m not quite that bad.  On a normal day (for me) I just have to deal with minor OCD behavioral issues.  The first one that comes to mind is also my very first action of every day…THE BED!  I can’t seem to walk out of that bedroom without making that damn bed.  Now this wouldn’t be so ridiculous if it weren’t for the fact that I get up at 4:30 in the morning and my boyfriend is still sleeping when I get up.  Yet I still feel the need to make half of a bed.  Then, the very first thing I do when I get home is make his side of the bed… “WHY?”

That is part my weekday routine.  On the weekends I literally wait until he gets out of the bed before moving so that I can make that stupid bed before getting on with my day.  Every Saturday and Sunday morning I hear the same words… “You have issues!” and each time I think to myself “No kidding…you think?”

Believe it or not I am able to relax from time to time, but not until…the 2nd half of the bed is made, I’ve changed into my sweats, all jewelry and makeup has been removed, the mail has been sorted, my lunch (for the next day) is made, my coffee cup is cleaned out, the dishwasher is loaded (and started,) the humidifiers are filled, the pellet stove is loaded (and started,) dinner is put together in the Crockpot, the kitchen floor is swept, and (three days out of the week) my ice cream is made.  Unless I am out of town, there are no variations to this routine!  So “Yes, I have issues!”  But I’m ok with that.  In fact, so is my boyfriend…he finds it rather comical as long as my satanic side doesn’t surface.

After all of these years, I still catch him laughing at me as I count out exactly four Milk Duds every night, immediately after eating my ice cream.  Again, no variation…every night is the same routine!  First there’s dinner, then ice cream followed immediately by four, not three, not five, but FOUR Milk Duds!

Obviously I see a therapist.  I discussed the whole Milk Dud issue with my doctor one day.  His observation, after having listened to me for years, was that I tend to need things to be in even quantities.  He asked me to try (for a few nights) eating five Milk Duds instead of four.  Well I did that…had to up my dose of Xanax, and now I’m back to four Milk Duds…it’s easier (and less mood altering) than drugs!

I’ve got to hand it to my boyfriend, and my family, it takes a lot of patience to deal with me on some days.  Luckily (for me) he is very laid back.  None of my odd behavior seems to bother him.  However, the man also has a very twisted sense of humor.  He gets a real kick out watching me run back into the bedroom to find a new outfit every time he gives me a look of disapproval (jokingly) when I ask him how I look.

Of course we’ve given up on that routine because; 1) it is very time consuming for him to convince me that he was just kidding, and 2) I’ve come to realize that the man wouldn’t notice if I walked out of the house wearing a purple shirt, with yellow pants and green shoes…he just doesn’t care!  But the look on his face is priceless every time I run back in the house to change my shoes (after seeing in the daylight) that they’re not quite the same shade as my coat or belt.  “You just had a pair of brown shoes on?” is his usual question.  “But they were the wrong shade of brown” is my usual answer….then he just shakes his head, twists his face all up and says “Oh, for crying out loud!!!”

I have so many other quirks and odd habits, all the way down to matching every article of clothing I wear, that I could probably write an entire book about it.  However, I’m going to spare my readers by cutting it off here.  This was just a brief glance into the world of “Wendi!”  Someone I’m getting to learn how to like, and adjust to, more and more every day!

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Wendi, I would say that you are just a well organized person. A great trait to have in my opinion.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Well thank you Putz (don't really like calling anyone a putz though!) I'm glad you read my hub.


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wsp2469 6 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

Hello, lady!

You take your pretzels out in pairs and then count the pairs to the point where you know if it's even or odd!? That IS weird BUT being ready is a GOOD thing! We should take you along on a scout trip since you believe in "being prepared".


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Yes WSP, everything has to be paired up in my world. And yes, I'm up for a scout trip...just tell me when and where!

Thanks for reading my hub!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I do believe you would have liked the TV show "Monk!" It just went out of production, but it was fabulous. And Wendi, so are you!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Wendi, Thank you so much for the glimpse into your life. I agree with the OCD phenomena and find it intriguing to say the least. I personally don't think you have a problem, but that's just me being me(odd/strange/weird). I respect you and have a similar attitude like your boyfriend. I too, usually have a routine that I do everyday, but I seem to have more control(OCD- I'm sure I have a mild case :) but I cannot say mine is like yours. However, I'm very glad I took time to read your hub. Thank you so much. :)


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you so much Laurel. It's funny you should mention that show, my parents really like it.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

I'm glad you took the time to read it also Cagsil. This wasn't the hub I was preparing to write the other day (when your hub caught my eye,) but as soon as I'm ready I'll be posting my next "serious" hub.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Whats the difference between well organised and OCD? Wendi M! Hehehe... You are actually a very unique and err... 'normal' person.

Loved this hub and couldnt help but find the funny side!Well done x


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Shaz, I tend to look for the funny side of things more often than not...otherwise I'd just be one "seriously" depressed person.

Thanks for taking the time to read my hub.


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Run Down Battery 6 years ago from UK

You wouldn't be a Virgo by any chace? No, only joking... you sense of humour shines through... and so I/m not surprised he loves you! Made me laugh out loud... thanks!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Me? No, I'm a Sag! Thanks for reading my hub Run Down, glad you enjoyed it.


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wsp2469 6 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

I was gonna say! I think it's been a long time since Wendi has been a v--oh wait. . . never mind. I misread your comment, Run.

Never mind!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Ha ha ha ha WSP...Oh, and did I already say "HA!" Still luv ya!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thanks for the insights into OCD. Very interesting & I can easily relate. Humor is likely a great antidote, which you seem to apply well.

Happy Hubbing...


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Ken. Happy Hubbing to you too!


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

Wendi I'm gonna share something with you that my brother says to me when I insist on things being a certain way: "Vern (we call each other Vern, know what I mean...), you just like things like you like them."


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

LOL RM...that pretty much sums it up! Thank you.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

LOL...and then there's the rest of us trying to live up to the likes of you! Great look and a great take on a difficult situation. Thanks for sharing.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thanks Rope. My hope is to (someday) be able to just take things in stride. But as I stated in my hub, I'm ok with the person I am right now.


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hEiDivaChocolate! 6 years ago from New York, NY

~LOVING~ you! Even sipping down Jack Daniel's couldn't stop me from being stressed after reading that... and I liked it! >;}


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Diva...glad you enjoyed it.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Oh I am sorry I have gone almost a month without finding you! I think I found someone who would understand I count steps, but only to ten unless I am stressed. At work they asked (when I was stressed) How long do you think that trench is? I said about 500' It was 508 feet. Just saying. Loved your hub!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

LOL Faybe...yes, I do understand! But it's not a bad thing.

Thanks for reading my hub.


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Singing Bill 6 years ago

I have a tendency to want things to be laid out the same each day, but am not a slave to it. I think most people are at least a little bit that way. At work, it helps me be more productive. Really liked the hub.

Bill


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you singing Bill. Glad you enjoyed it!


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Tulai 6 years ago from France

I genuinely enjoyed reading your hub and the humour is too good! I could relate with some of what you wrote since I went through a period of mild obsessive compulsive behaviour,in my pre-adolescence years. It however faded off over the years (I grew up in a developing country where such conditions were unknown or not recognized.So most grown ups around me were probably too busy to notice and my classmates/ friends just thought I was being a little bit weird ;-) lol)

Thank you for sharing!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Tulai. I always feel a little better when I hear that I'm not the only person who obsesses over things.


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Hokey 6 years ago from In the energy.

Self acceptance is truly the only way to find any peace. Thanks for sharing.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Hokey.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

I really enjoyed this hub. I do think that you seem pretty 'normal' and yes self acceptance is so important.It is important to be able to love oneself. One of my favourite quotes is ; God grant me the wisdom to change what I can and the strenghth to live with what I can't. Your sense of humour comes through strongly and I think you should give yourself a pat on the back for being the person that you are.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you so much Eiddwen.


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RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

What an interesting peek! Thanks for sharing!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you RunAbstract.


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denise mohan 6 years ago from California

Cute baby, plz keep 'em comin'


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Denise, and I am eager to find the time to sit down and write some more.

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