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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Welcome to OCD land!

So, I got tagged about my quirks. And I have a lot of them. A LOT. But because we're limited to only listing 6, you get to hear the six that I want to share so that you don't think I'm too psycho. But maybe you think that anyway, and so here are six more reasons to confirm my craziness.
1. I'm a minimalist. I love to get rid of stuff, so much that I even fantasize about getting rid of other people's stuff. If I got a call from a pack rat telling me that they want to have me help them organize and dejunk, I think I would do the "Ford leap" and drive to their house that second. (It's Ford, right? I can't remember for sure...) And I can't wait until Ivy is older, because then I can get rid of the bassinet, and the high chair, and the saucer toy, etc., and I won't have to store them anymore. The Clean Sweep professional organizers are my heroes.
2. I have a conundrum about water. I can totally stick my face in the shower water, but I have a really hard time doing it in the swimming pool. I can't turn somersaults underwater to save my life-I come up sputtering and with a weird feeling in my ears. It took me forever to learn to breathe right while swimming the front crawl. Yet the full-powered spray of the shower doesn't bother me.
3. I hate toilets. HATE them. Well, I guess I should say I hate cleaning them. To clean the outside I use about 4 rolls of paper towels, because using a washcloth would be sick and wrong to me. The flushing chain thingy broke in Jakob's bathroom a few months ago, and for the few days he used our bathroom until it was fixed just totally grossed me out. Little boy pee-ew ew ewww!! If I'm downstairs and I have to go, I will go up to my bathroom (instead of using the downstairs bathroom), because it's cleaner, in my mind. My toilets currently have hard water buildup on the inside, and I bought some rubber gloves and a pumice stone thingy to try and scrub it off. And have I done it? No, because that would mean I would have to put my hand inside the toilet bowl! EWWW! Even with the gloves on I can barely stomach sticking my hand in there.
4. When I'm preparing food, I use the least amount of dishes possible. At lunchtime, I will use the same knife to cut hot dogs, slice cheese and apples, then also spread mayonnaise and mustard on a sandwich. I will use the same measuring cup or spoon as much as I can; if I need 1/4 cup of one thing and 1 cup of another, I will only get out the 1/4 cup and dip it 4 times for the 1 cup ingredient. I make a homemade pizza, and I will mix the extra spices into the tomato sauce in the can the sauce came in instead of putting it in a new bowl, just so I don't dirty a clean bowl.
5. Numbers. I can memorize phone numbers after dialing them only a couple of times. I still remember the S family's phone number that lived down the street, and I think I called them twice ever. I will remember birthdays of really random people. I love it when I look at the clock and it's 3:33, or 12:34, or 5:43, for example. My checkbook has to balance. I've heard of people rounding up or down in their checkbook for kind of a mindless savings; I tried it for a day and it totally drove me crazy that it wasn't exact.
6. Another contradiction quirk: food. Ham sandwiches are my favorite, but I hate cooked ham, like at Christmas or whatever. Maybe it's the slice thickness, but I would choose deli ham over cooked ham any time. I love corn, but I hate corn on the cob-I hate shucking it, and getting it in my teeth. I won't eat watermelon unless it's with a fork. I love tomato-based things (tomato soup, tomato sauce) but hate tomatoes. This quirk goes on and on.
There ya go. And because it takes one to know one, I tag...anyone that's on my list under Sweet Sites to list your six crazy quirks!

7 comments:

Emily said...

I too remember phone numbers and dates.(I still have my IF phone# memorized, and it has been 20 some odd years).

Amy said...

Yay for chucking stuff!! And the next time I am up your way I will be sure to clean your toilets for you. I can even scrub off the scum with no gloves. There is not much that can gross me out anymore. I have been hardened by all my time as a mom.

Kristine said...

Wow Nat, there was a lot I didn't know about you! I use minimal kitchen supplies when I cook as well, but I have never mixed things in the can! LOL! I'm the opposite from you when it comes to toilets. Mine have to be CLEAN!! I totally don't mind cleaning them as long as I scrub my hands and arms when I am done. This may be a gross question, but do you throw up in the toilet when you're sick? I think my clean toilet obsession comes from throwing up so much when I am pregnant. I basically hug the toilet for a couple of months, so they HAVE to be clean!! hehehe...

Kristine said...

P.S. I love when the clock reads cool times too! I use to always make a wish when they read 1:11, 12:34, 6:54, etc...

The Staker Family said...

I also remember phone numbers, you need the pampered chef easy read measuring cups or something like that because they have all the measurements on the one cup. I like to chuck things too, but I don't do it often enough, but I think I went too crazy when we moved because I got rid of stuff I still need like the high chair and baby swing and our bed, well I kept the mattress, and that's still all I have. But part of the problem is we had limited space, and the other problem is that I thought once Allan got a job we would be magically rich and I could just buy new stuff, it didn't work that way. It was fun to learn more stuff about you!

Mosers said...

Check out my blog about the Sanitation kit, it has something about vinegar and baking soda as a house cleaning agent that will clean that hard water out.... if not that Kaboom is awesome,I use it on hard water on my outside windows!

Karlenn said...

Oh, Nat, I just love you! You are so funny!!! I'm glad you are my sister. I never, ever knew about your face-in-the-water issue. I'm like Amy - I have no problem, whatsoever, with scrubbing toilets. I mean, I wouldn't scrape poop from the inside of the rim with my fingernails or anything, but no gloves needed for me. So you have no problem with changing diapers, but scrubbing toilets is hard? Interesting... You gave me some good ideas about food preparation and using a minimal amount of dishes. Very good idea!! And I'll have to read Mosers' blog about vinegar and baking soda. I knew vinegar gets off hard water deposits, but I didn't know about the combo of vinegar and baking soda. I need something for my stains in my tub. I scrubbed the crud out of it today, and it doesn't look like I did one thing.