Thursday, May 23, 2019

ANAL

Most of my close friends know I like things anal. Anal as in anal- retentive people. I swear, you guys really have your mind in the gutter some days. Of course they also know I have a touch  of obsessive compulsive disorder too. They all joke about how clean and organized the Casa is. It's even been said a few times, "Are you heading over to Crawford's?" I can't lie, I do love a tidy and clean house. The Lad once sat a glass down and it got one of those drink rings on the glass, and I got a bit testy. I assured him, I wasn't mad at him, I was mad at the dirt.!!! It occurred to me there are certain things I am anal about though.

You keep large redundant amounts of all your sundries such as laundry detergent so that you never risk running out.

You don’t just sort the money in your wallet by $1, $5, $10, or $20, but also sort the bills by wear-and-tear so that you get rid of the bills in the worst shape first.

You look up anal-retentive to see whether it needs a hyphen.

You don’t just keep a grocery list, you micro-optimize order of the items on the grocery list so that you only make one pass through the grocery store.

After a power outage or when Daylight Savings Time starts or ends, you feel the need to set all your clocks to the same minute and second.

You have two sets of cutting boards, and even labeled sweet and savory for cutting of those said items.

It really irritates you when someone says a list has 5 items and you count seven.

Now, don't trifle with me over these things.
How about you? What do you do that might be a tad anal-retentive?

46 comments:

  1. "you micro-optimize order of the items on the grocery list so that you only make one pass through the grocery store" - ME! my list is organized by aisle. I can usually do a shopping trip in 20-30 minutes.

    I like a neat work desk/office surroundings.

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  2. Gurl. You’re my spirit animal.

    XoXo

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  3. Yes, I'm anal. You know how disappointed I was to see this wasn't a tale of your anal sex?!?!?!?!?!

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  4. Huh Mistress, no wonder your house is so well appointed. Does it drive you mad to be OCD AND anal-retentive? While I'm not anal, my shampoo and conditioner bottles HAVE to be facing the same direction in the shower.

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  5. I would NEVER have guess you were anal!!!!

    Yes I am anal on some things. My huge underwear collection is in drawers by color. And the toilet paper must roll from over the top!

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  6. My desktop icons are placed only on top of the screen and they have to be in the center; and the recycle bin icon has to be at the bottom right corner of the screen.

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  7. Nope, not me but I'm sure I've had my moments... :-)

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  8. Well Ms Crawford, I put my list in shopping order where refrigerator & frozen items are last, as they should be. The brand labels in my kitchen cabinet and fridge must be facing forward. All my CD’s are in alphabetical order by artist, and within an artist, they’re in alphabetical order by ‘album’ name.

    Is that anal?

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    1. Yep, if the CD's stay in order. My DVD's are in alphabetical order within their genres. That's only because I can open my own retro video store. I need to be able to find them. However, a movie might (probably won't) get returned to its spot until I have a pile up.

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  9. Wow! I would drive you out of your ever lovin' mind! This is one of those posts where the line from Radiohead's Creep comes to mind for me. "I'm a creep. I'm a weirdo. I don't belong here." Also the Drag Race posts.
    I do write a grocery list. I then proceed to the store with the list still sitting at home. I wing it!
    I have a whole lotta clocks all set at different times. I guess at which one is the most accurate. I think I may have been anal about school work, but I graduated high school 45 years ago, so, I'm cured! Love, love, love your new header/banner/above picture!

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    1. Oh dear...when I have left the house with the list and get to the store, I'm besides myself, and end up spending more money then I wanted too.

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    2. Maddie, I do that whether I bring the list or not.

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  10. Observation: Anal retentives have more insight and are more able to laugh at themselves than the opposite – anal expulsive… I found so many webpages with people describing themselves as anal retentive, not so with the anal expulsive… me? I am anal-expansive… need to get off my butt and exercise.

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    1. Anal-expulsive, really? Sounds like a shart problem.

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  11. You sort your M&M’s by color and make sure to eat certain colors until you have an even number of all. At that time, you proceed to eat one color at a time until they have all disappeared.

    I guess you sort your men in much the same way?

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    1. @norma - I sort my M&M’s by color and proceed to eat one color at a time until they have all disappeared.

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  12. When you take eggs out of the carton, they cannot both come from one side. They must be evenly distributed until the very last egg remains.

    Being at your house, y 'all could eat off his floors!

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  13. I used to be but not anymore. The wedding is off!
    Oh I remember one thing, my work station must have all my tools lined up and grouped into similar tools when I leave. If someone messes it up... well we're not sure what happened to those people... I'm sure they are ok... somewhere.

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    1. Off? And I just ordered the matching jock straps!?!?!

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  14. I'm with you on some but ... arranging bills in order of wear-and-tear?
    Two sets of cutting boards? We have three ... one for poultry, one for meat, one for veggies.
    And yet I would take the time to check the hyphen on anal-retentive.

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  15. You have seen pictures of my desk at home? It is neater than my desk at the work. My office does not need an organizer, it needs an archeologist - Google only knows what is buried in those layers. Now I do have a particular way of stacking the cards when I play solitaire. That is about as retentive as I get.

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    1. Oh, and the Bourbon collection is organized - but not cataloged - yet. I do keep a log of all of the hotels I have stayed in for the past 15 years.

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    2. Oh dear. I noticed that all my gins are grouped together in the bar, now that you mentioned that.

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  16. When I'm hanging out the washing, the shirts/blouses have green pegs. Trousers/ jeans have blue. Towels/sheets have yellow and socks and underwear have white. Items of the same type are always pegged out together. No socks between shirts etc πŸ˜€

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    1. Yep, a color coded system sounds anal-retentive to my. I love it.

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  17. I'm messy, although I try really hard to be anal. I am, though, fussy about crockery - how it's stacked, and where it's stacked - and who uses which mug. I could go on, but I won't.
    Sx

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    1. I also heard you like your cormorants to be all neatly and orderly in a group and straight line when drying out those feathers?!?

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  18. Anal retentive, OCD, we all have our ways of getting through life. Whatever works, works. It's a guy thing, I think. Be at peace.

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  19. I have all my bow ties in their separators by color and then light to dark.

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  20. So many more reasons to love you. I had a T-shirt a while back that asked "Does Anal-Retentive Have a Hyphen?" and I do the same thing with the bills in my wallet. The holograms must all face the same direction and the oldest bills are in front to be used first (and fast). My mother was worse. She folded tens in half, fives in thirds, and ones in fourths; and they were tucked in different corners of her wallet! Jerry has at times handed me his wallet to pay a toll and I have handed it right back to him. It's a mess!

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  21. Oh gosh ! After reading your list I realise I am not anal at all apart from counting the items in peoples shopping basket to see if there are more than five in queue at the 'quick' checkout.

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  22. Every towel in my apartment is hung up neatly and evenly on its rack. Always.

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  23. When was the last time you had sex?
    JP

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    1. It was Wednesday night at precisely 9:00pm on the dot.

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  24. Oh, my, my, my. We'd get along just fine! I close the door to the pantry after I get out a spice or something, even though I will have to open it the door again momentarily to put said item away. Always put things where they belong. Haphazard items lying on tables or counters makes me crazy. One pass through the grocery store - please! only one pass through the grocery store. Paper money always needs to be facing the same way - and nothing upside down! See??? We'd get along just fine!
    Have an excellent weekend!

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    1. Yes....we'd get along on many fronts I believe.πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›

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  25. To quote Quentin Crisp — 'There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.'

    Jx

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  26. I do all of the things you listed! Also, if I write out a grocery list and make a mistake or cross something out, I have to make out a new list so that the handwriting is neat.

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  27. My diet is on a time schedule, I eat every 3 hours without fail and on time.

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  28. I own different sized sanitizers and lube when traveling for different sized bags. A mini one for my 4-inch toiletries, a small one for small bags, a medium-sized one for medium-sized bags, a big one for bigger bags or suitcase.

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    1. And a gallon-sized container for a visit to the Casa Borghese. Jx

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  29. I'm guilty of the grocery list thing. Entrance is on the right. I have a list on my smart phone so I can go down the aisles from right to left and in order. Then I'll go to the nearest checkout line regardless of how many items there are in the cart.

    Honestly, I thought it was just me making my life easier as I get older.

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